Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Libs Who Defend TSA Pat Downs Among Those Who Said Bush Monitoring Terrorists Violated Civil Liberties?

Does the left have more concern for the rights of terrorists than they do with the rights of American citizens?

Here's Bill O'Reilly's Talking Points Memo from Tuesday, November 23rd:

O'REILLY: Scenes showing a 3-year-old being patted down by a federal security agent are whipping up a frenzy of indignation, especially in the conservative community. Now, you'd think the opposite, that right-wingers would want stringent security and left-wingers would be opposed, but it's the opposite, with many left-wing pundits defending the airport chaos:


MICHAEL CROWLEY, TIME: There's this minor inconvenience that people are having to go through. It's not ideal, we should fix it. But I just -- I think that people getting very upset about something that's not that big of deal.

MIKA BRZEZINSKI, MSNBC: I mean, this has to be done. I mean, I'm sorry that it's intrusive and I'm very sorry that people are insulted. But, you know, the alternative is that we risk something.

MIKE BARNICLE, BOSTON HERALD: What does it say about us as a culture that we get more bent out of shape about this issue than we do about massive unemployment?

MATT LAUER, NBC NEWS: I hate to even think of what happens if the government caves in on this and relaxes these procedures and someone manages to get something on board a plane.


That's interesting, isn't it? So why is the left on board with the intrusive security?

"Talking Points" does not like to speculate, but I think it has to do with defending President Obama. I just can't think of anything else.

Remember: The left opposed nearly all the Bush anti-terror programs -- everything -- and now they're OK with body scanning and pat-downs? A few years ago, liberals were screaming - screaming - about the New York City police randomly checking packages on the subways. So this is an amazing turn of events, is it not?

As we said Monday, the solution to the problem is random selection, putting some passengers through the body scanners. But not Opie and Aunt Bee. They are no threat. While some will scream profiling, this is about efficiency.

Remember: Since the airport security systems have been installed after 9/11, not one terrorist has been apprehended inside a U.S. airport. Not one.

And these same libs think it's an invasion of civil liberties for Arizona to enforce immigration laws or for voters to be required to show picture identification.

Those on the right have long been concerned about the erosion of civil liberties by an expanding federal government. What a shame that those on the left change their tune depending on who is in the White House and are always on the wrong side of the issue!

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