December 28, 2005
"I think when you suggest that civil liberties are just as much at risk today as the country is from terrorism, you've gone too far if you leave that impression. I don't believe that's true," said Michael O'Hanlon, a national-security analyst at the Brookings Institution who advises Democrats on defense issues.Oh boy, Kos is going to have a field day with that statement. But it highlights a fundamental difference between the people who are in charge of our security who understand the threat and the people who want to be in charge but refuse to acknowledge the threat.
"I get nervous when I see the Democrats playing this [civil liberties] issue out too far. They had better be careful about the politics of it," said Mr. O'Hanlon, who says the Patriot Act is "good legislation."
White House deputy press secretary Trent Duffy puts a finer point on the matter of the current surveillance operations:
"This is not about monitoring phone calls designed to arrange Little League practice or what to bring to a potluck dinner. These are designed to monitor calls from very bad people to very bad people who have a history of blowing up commuter trains, weddings and churches."The vast majority of Americans instinctively understand this. Blinded by Bush-hatred, the kook-fringe Left never will. Which is why this is a loser as a political strategy.
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