Will SWIFT become "SLOW and stopped"? [UPDATED]

C.I.R. Press Editorial
(Important/interesting update at bottom.)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – We have heard now for a week that the NYT did no damage to the war with its SWIFT story. Why? Because everyone knew about it, including the terrorists. Well apparently they were sorely mistaken. And I suggest that if the Government of Belgium was surprised, maybe terrorists were as well. The left commenter’s have gone around saying “it has a website.”

Yes, SWIFT has a website. You know what else has a website: the White House, FBI, CIA, DIA, Pentagon, just about every military base, etc. Now I am not advocating getting rid of the sites, but there is a HUGE difference between having a site and disclosing what goes on behind the walls. Just because the CIA has a website you want all their actions disclosed on the front page of the NYT? I guess since the Pentagon has a website all troop movements should show up on the front page. Your bank has a website, how about putting your personal information up... stop the privacy bitching. I respond: "It has a WEBSITE." In the lefts world, you got a website we want to know everything!

As with other stories of this nature, you might as well stick a fork in it:

“Belgium Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt has ordered an investigation into the activities of Swift, which is regulated by the Belgian central bank and is subject to Belgian law.”
Before you accuse me of being a pawn in the game and just wanting to cover things up, that is not what I am doing. But when you start to investigate a classified action, the bits and pieces will tumble out courtesy of leaks. This program is at the minimum on life support, and possibly in full cardiac arrest. And the point I have made that might be the worst damage is the fact that other covert portions of Governement's won't feel safe working with us, thanks to the leakers and those that are more than willing to use such information.

"Why should any company in any country cooperate with the United States? Its assistance will almost certainly become a major liability once the New York Times splashes the details all over its front page."
Hip hip horaah for Keller. What a treasure he is for America, sorry... those on the left that hate Bush. Even Murtha of all people asked him not to publish it, are people going to start saying that he is really a moderate democrat that is on Bush’s side?


[UPDATE @ 2340hrs July 5th:] (h/t) Special Report w/ Brit Hume
Eric Lichtblau in the NYT November 29, 2005
"The U.S. government lacks an integrated strategy to train foreign countries and provide them with technical assistance to shore up their financial and law enforcement systems against terrorist financing... [The administration] is now developing a program to gain access and track bank transfers...but experts in the field say the results have been spotty."

More and more lost I become, I thought everyone knew about this program NYT!? It has actually been around for years, but according to you just over half a year ago it didn't exist. I can surely see how so many would feel everyone was aware. Did it ever occur to these people that we don't want the world knowing our strategy, who is involved, and how in depth the ongoing work is?

Hot Air -- Belgium to investigate SWIFT