Scott Shane of the New York Times reports that the Democrats have offered a substitute resolution on the news media and the SWIFT program:
Mr. Bush received a prolonged, standing ovation from the Republican crowd when he added, “There can be no excuse for anyone entrusted with vital intelligence to leak it — and no excuse for any newspaper to print it.”
On Thursday, the House is expected to take up a Republican resolution supporting the tracking of financial transactions and condemning the publication of the existence of the program and details of how it works. The resolution says Congress “expects the cooperation of all news media organizations in protecting the lives of Americans and the capability of the government to identify, disrupt and capture terrorists by not disclosing classified intelligence programs.” Democrats are proposing a variant that expresses support for the treasury program but omits the language about the news media.
The Democrats support the program, but they won’t condemn actions that undermine it. It’s the kind of bold, refreshing straightforwardness we’ve come to expect from Pelosi and co.