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Bin Laden Tape Used for Political Gain

Reported by Janie - January 20, 2006

Representative Peter King (R - NY) appeared on Dayside yesterday to discuss the release of the latest tape from Osama Bin Laden, and used it to play on the emotions and fears of the American public, in order to justify the NSA spying scandal.

At the end of the brief interview, King said, "I would just say, this should also be a wake-up call for us about how important it is that we go ahead and reauthorize the Patriot Act, and how we should be supporting the President about the NSA surveillance because we need this more than ever, we need tha tinstantaneous reaction the Commander-in-Chief can take if he has to, rather than going through a lot of details and rather than having to run to court every time we come across something."

King, in an attempt to obfuscate the facts of the case, claims that the President needs to spy on American citizens without a warrant because there's too much paperwork and time involved in following the law of the land. He distorts the FISA law, to appeal to the fear in all of us, while neglecting to mention that the President can take immediate action in spying on citizens and receive the necessary warrant (and the proper checks and balances as designated in the Constitution) up to 72 hours after the surveillance has begun, thus negating this oft-used talking point.

George Bush has stated repeatedly, that the fight on terrorism is due to the fact that these terrorist organizations "hate us for our freedoms". So how exactly, does giving up the freedoms guaranteed to us within the Constitution, allow the United States to win the War on Terror? Using Bush's own line of reasoning, by giving up our freedoms as the terrorists supposedly wish, wouldn't that mean we are losing? In order to win this War on Terror, which is a dire necessity, we need to assure that our freedoms are protected at all costs and not allow anyone, including the President, to take them away.

The hosts of Dayside appeared to agree with King's argument, and refused to challenge King's misleading statements.

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