Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Judy Judy Judy.....When will you learn?


February 14, 2006 -- Former New York Times reporter Judith Miller turned up at a federal appeals court in Manhattan yesterday for arguments over whether the feds have a right to subpoena her phone records as part of a probe into Islamic charities and terror financing.

The New York Times is seeking to stop authorities from gaining access to records for calls that Miller and another reporter, Philip Shenon, made to sources in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

The reporters received information about the government's plans to block the assets and search the offices of two Islamic organizations.

The case against Miller can be found here. But I clipped out the important stuff in a prior post, just about a year ago.

Page 13

On December 3, 2001, consistent with
The Times’ policy of seeking comment from the subjects of its articles,
Miller telephoned HLF (Holy Land Foundation) and spoke with HLF
representatives about the information that had been disclosed to
her by one or more confidential sources. According to Miller, she
sought comment from HLF at this time only "about the government’s
intent to block HLF’s assets," and she did not intend to tip-off HLF
about the impending FBI search of HLF’s offices.
Patrick J.
Fitzgerald, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois
("Fitzgerald"), representing the government, has stated that on the
night of December 3, 2001, Miller disclosed to HLF personnel that "government action was imminent"
(Affirmation of Patrick J. Fitzgerald, dated Nov. 19, 2004, and that
the HLF personnel were surprised by the information conveyed by Miller.
According to Miller, "[t]hat government action was taken against [HLF]
did not come as a surprise to even a casual observer."

Patrick J.Fitzgerald.

Hummmmmmm. Now I know I've heard his name along with Miller's in a recent story I just can't put my finger on it.