Friday, June 30, 2006

Jim Ryun, Todd Tiahrt oppose freedom of the press

Via the Journal World's Congressional Briefing:
Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution — widely depicted as condemning the media — expressing its anger over those revelations.

In the Kansas delegation, Reps. Jim Ryun and Todd Tiahrt voted for the resolution, as you can see here. Rep. Dennis Moore opposed it. Rep. Jerry Moran did not vote.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports: “Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Kan., said the latest leak should be investigated. He called for the formation of a grand jury to find out who violated federal law by leaking the information to the newspapers. He said reporters and editors should be given immunity if they'll identify the leakers, but should go to jail for contempt if they refuse.”

The resolution… ends with a statement that sounds like a warning to the media, saying the House “expects the cooperation of all news media organizations in protecting the lives of Americans and the capability of the government to identify, disrupt, and capture terrorists by not disclosing classified intelligence programs such as the Terrorist Finance Tracking Program.”

Sen. Pat Roberts asked this week for an assessment of damage done by the revelations -- but Bloomberg reported that Roberts is uncomfortable with the tenor of the debate.

Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas, the Republican chairman of the Intelligence Committee, said he's "worried about freedom of the press."
So am I. Congress has no business threatening journalists for doing their jobs.