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Jailing JudyThe Times Calls For Busting Sources not Reporters

William Safire, just before Independence Day, defended the Times’ Judith Miller in the oddest manner. Instead of standing by freedom of the press, he instead offers Big Brother other targets for imprisonment, citing with approval attempts to arrest intelligence whistleblower Philip Agee. Agee is a “turncoat” in the mind of the former Times man, and therefore should take Miller’s place in the dungeon. The implied maxim is: seize the other guy, but leave my colleagues alone.