Monday, June 26, 2006
Lawmaker wants newspapers investigated over stories on financial-monitoring program
WASHINGTON The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee wants criminal charges brought against newspapers that reported on a secret financial-monitoring program used to trace terrorists.
New York Republican Peter King cited The New York Times in particular. It published a story last week that the Treasury Department is working with the C-I-A to examine messages within a massive international database of money-transfer records.
King says he will write Attorney General Alberto Gonzales urging him to "begin an investigation and prosecution of The New York Times."
King's action was not endorsed by the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Senator Arlen Specter tells "Fox News Sunday" that calling for a prosecution of the Times is "premature."
Stories about the money-monitoring program also appeared in The Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times.