NYT reported The following is a letter Bill Keller, the executive editor of The Times, has sent to readers who have written to him about The Times's publication of information about the government's examination of international banking records
I don't always have time to answer my mail as fully as etiquette demands, but our story about the government's surveillance of international banking records has generated some questions and concerns that I take very seriously.
Particularly the statements that I should be tried for treason or espionageAs the editor responsible for the difficult decision to publish that story, I'd like to offer a personal response.
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And what may be the best responses were from Political Musings blogged The Times has chosen sides in the war. Sad to say it isn’t ours.
and Wizbang blogged I'll give you the Reader's Digest version:
1) We have no reason to believe the program was illegal in any way.
2) We have every reason to believe it was effective at catching terrorists.
3) We ran the story anyway, screw you.