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DM of the Rings

June 21st, 2009 | 4 Comments | Posted in webstuff

I stumbled onto this and got a good laugh out of it.  Now if you’ll excuse me I have to roll a saving throw vs. uber-geekyness

*roll*

Damn, failed it again.

Keeping Them Safe

June 21st, 2009 | No Comments | Posted in People are Stupid

David Rhodes, a reporter for the New York Times, just escaped from his captors last Friday and managed to get to some friendly forces and is now back in good hands. For this I am glad for him, his family and his co-workers.

On the other hand, part of the article quoted his editors at the Times saying this

“All along, we were told by people that probably the wisest course for David’s safety was to keep it quiet,” Keller said in an interview on CNN.

So they did.

“It was an agonizing position that we revisited over and over again,” Keller said in the CNN interview with Washington Post media critic Howard Kurtz. “But I also have a responsibility for the people who work for me. I send a lot of people out into dangerous places and their security is also part of my job.”

It’s a shame that the level of responsibility that he takes for his people doesn’t extend to the rest of the country. They named Khaled Sheik Mohammed’s interrogator over the request of the CIA who wanted to protect him and were concerned for his safety; they revealed sensitive information about troop movements using illegally leaked classified information which could have compromised the safety of our troops, but when it comes to one of their own people the stance is “We had a responsibility to him.”

Yeah? Well what about the responsibility you have to the Americans you endangered by those other reports you did? Oh, the public had a right to know, right? Well how come we had a right (and somehow a need) to know the name of KSMs interrogator and we didn’t have a need to know that an American citizen was being held hostage by a bunch of scumbag terrorists? Oh, because that story wouldn’t have hurt the military or the intelligence community while Bush was president.

Again, I am glad that David Rhodes is safe and unharmed, I just wish the Times was as concerned about other people’s safety as they are about one of their own.

**UPDATE**

Michelle Malkin has a much better look at the Times and their attitude on national security.