From The New York Times, June 5, 1944

Allies Plan Massive Landing In France

LONDON – June 5, 1944

Under a massive secret operation by British, American, and Canadian forces, thousands of troops are scheduled to land at several beaches in the Normandy region of Nazi-occupied France tomorrow morning. The operations, which have already involved paradropping airborne forces into France as an advance to the invastion.

The plan, hatched by Allied Supreme Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower as “Operation Overlord” is designed to take the Third Reich by surprise and create a beachhead for future operations.

One unnamed source stated that “this plan is doomed to fail. Eisenhower is an incompetent leader who has already been responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Allied troops at Slapton Sands.”

For more details, including detailed maps of the landing zones, information on troop strength, and contingency plans, see page A5.

Apparently al-Qaeda doesn’t need to have spies within the United States government – the New York Times will tell them everything they need to know.

UPDATE: Not only did the Times publish information revealing the existence of a classified program that has already lead to the capture of al-Qaeda operatives here and abroad, they did so against the warnings of the Administration and several members of Congress from both parties.

As far as I’m concerned, The New York Times should be prosecuted under the Espionage Act. Freedom of speech does not extend to revealing vital matters of national security and endangering the lives of others. The backlash against this sort of action, especially considering the recent anti-terrorism raids in Miami will do more to harm freedom of the press in this country than anything else. The abject irresponsibility of The New York Times in revealing the details of this program indicates that in this war, Pulitzers come before patriotism as far as the Times is concerned. It’s little wonder the media is regarded as the least trustworthy institution in American society today.

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