THE NEW YORK TIMES AS Al QAIDA'S COUNTERINTELLIGENCE ARMThe New York Times revealing the apparently very narrow intelligence monitoring of international financial transactions by suspected al Qaida couriers, operatives and financiers
by the Treasury Department and IC was exceptionally damaging to American national security.
Unless the Bush administration is up to something else entirely different, publication here was particularly irresponsible and pointless partisanship by the Times editors. Covert or cut-out financial transfers of funds are the lifeblood of jihadism and terror operations and detecting these activities is now going to be immeasurably harder, as more al Qaida funds transfers are shifted to alternate, underground, networks. Great job guys !
As for the leakers inside the IC who first alerted the Times
, they need to be identified, their security clearances revoked, fired and prosecuted.