When I think of the terrorist atrocity that happened eight years ago, I feel deeply for people like Vic and Christina Colaio. These two fine Americans lost their sons Stephen and Mark, who both worked in the World Trade Center. Along with their daughter, Jean, the elderly couple suffers their loss on a daily basis. Time does not heal those kinds of wounds.
That is why I am so enraged by the John Adams Project, a group of subversive Americans affiliated with the ACLU who are sneaking around taking pictures of CIA agents who may have interrogated captured al-Qaida guys in the wake of the Sept. 11 attack. This insidious outfit believes the CIA tortured casually and the U.S. is a 'human rights violator.'
After taking the surreptitious photos, the Adams Project then passes them on to lawyers representing incarcerated terrorists, hoping that an accused man will, in turn, accuse a CIA agent of torturing him. This nasty business is now being investigated by the Justice Department, but the Obama administration has kept very quiet about it and, strangely, so have the media.
Very few newspapers have reported on the John Adams Project, and there is something quite disturbing about that. Remember Valerie Plame? She was the CIA operative publicly exposed by columnist Robert Novak in an Iraq weapons-of-mass-destruction controversy. After that happened, the left-wing media went wild with indignation. How could anyone name a CIA person, thereby putting him or her in danger? The New York Times was on fire over the story. But when faced with the facts about the John Adams Project, the Times buried the story on page A20.
There comes a time when Americans get fed up with hypocrisy and simply walk away from the hypocrites. That is happening right now in the mainstream media. Newspapers are going out of business, network TV news is losing its audience. Weekly news magazines like Time and Newsweek are barely surviving as Americans look elsewhere for their news.
Many media analysts blame this sad state of affairs on the Internet, which can provide instant information free of charge. But I believe many news consumers understand that the fix is in and are furious about selective and distorted reporting. Thus, they are voting with their wallets.
By exposing CIA agents to accused terrorists and their lawyers, the John Adams Project is obviously putting lives in jeopardy. This is a thousand times worse than the Plame affair, which saw top Dick Cheney aide Scooter Libby convicted of a felony while the press largely celebrated.
But where is the coverage of the Adams story? Where is President Barack Obama on the issue? Why are these people being allowed to terrorize the Central Intelligence Agency?
Relevant questions. We await the answers.
Veteran TV news anchor and author Bill O'Reilly is a host on Fox News.