Skip to comments.Dem senators lambaste vague terrorism warning [Oct. 31, 2001]
Posted on 05/18/2002 7:44:52 AM PDT by DKM
Dem senators lambaste vague terrorism warning
By Noelle Straub
Senate Democrats criticized the Bush administration Tuesday for its warning that another terrorist attack could come in the next week, without giving any specifics.
As if were not on high alert already, Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) said after Director of the Office of Homeland Security Tom Ridge briefed Senate Democrats. It provokes its own level of panic.
On Monday, Attorney General John Ashcroft cited credible information to indicate there would be new terrorist attacks within the United States or abroad in the next week. But he said he could not identify specific targets or the type of attacks.
Dodd said many of his colleagues questioned Ashcrofts action. What the hell are you saying this for? We all know this is a pretty precarious time.
Sen. Richard Durbin (Ill.) said the Democratic Caucus wants to be as cautious as the administration but wondered whether that kind of vague warning would only create more fear and anxiety.
I think we have to caution the administration to be careful, Durbin said. They can only do this so many times before they lose their credibility.
He said hes been peppered with questions from constituents who wanted to know what precautions to take, but all he could tell them was to go on with their lives while remaining vigilant.
When these warnings are given, the people we represent dont know what to do, Durbin said.
Republicans were much less critical of Ridge when he briefed their caucus, with Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) describing their reception of Ridge as cordial, loving, affectionate.
Speaking to reporters after the lunches, Ridge admitted that senators of both parties had cautioned him against repeated warnings of new terrorist attacks, which they compared to the little boy who cried wolf example.
Ridge said the administration was walking a tightrope on what information to release to the public, but said, It is very important, I think, at this juncture to continue to raise the level of awareness.
If even one security guard at a shopping mall pays extra attention to a suspicious package because of the warning, Ridge said, the warning would be justified.
Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) was less critical, saying the administration was in a very understandable dilemma.
To avoid leaks or misunderstandings, Daschle said, the administration made a choice that had some downsides. But he added, Under these circumstances I really dont know that they could have made any other choice.
Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) said he was ambivalent about the warning. It serves a purpose and Im not really quarreling about it. It serves a notice to the terrorists. On the other hand, its frustrating not to know why were on alert. You can only do that so many times before people become rather blasé about it.
Democrats have also complained that the administration has given out conflicting information about the terrorist attacks since Sept. 11.
Dodd said Democrats expressed the desire for Ridge to coordinate the various agencies on counterterrorism but also to provide a single voice for the administration. Theres a lot of noise and not a lot of clarity, Dodd said.
Hell go back with a stronger sense that people are disappointed about how this is being managed, Dodd said of Ridge.
Dodd advised Ridge to emulate Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, who often appears at press conferences with several experts who can bolster his message.
Now they're going to latch onto this, thinking that people don't realize that both houses of Congress had the same info as the President did. This problem could have been nipped in the bud as early as 1995 if Klinton hadn't been so busy dealing with his personal problems.
Thank goodness for the Internet and sites like FreeRepublic. Every day more people have access to information that would have been kept away from the public just a few years ago or filtered by the big 3 networks. At least WE know what's really happening. And so do more people every day.
Three cheers for FreeRepublic! Hip-hip......
I remember all of Clintoon's gang saying he was so superly multi-faceted that nothing bothered
him when it came to doing the work the American people hired him to do even between oval office sex-cigarathons.
Blah, blah...blah, blah blah, blah...blah, blah, blah, blah.
Give it a rest Dickie.
They're coming out with all guns blazing, folks. They have absolutely nothing else. There is no longer any doubt that the intent here is to use every tool at their disposal, especially the Marxist media, to attempt to destroy the President. They will do whatever, and I do mean whatever they can to keep this alive until the election.
I really hope they are taking notice of this at the White House and have some sort of plan to fight back. This is pure Marxist warfare and the Republicans better realize that and start aiming their own guns before it is too late. It is imperative that we keep hammering them accusation for accusation, attack for attack, until they are driven back into their caves like the filthy animals that they are.
It can be done, easily. Do the Republicans have the stones to do what they have to do?
Because Democrats speak with forked tongues.
This is the perfect piece of doo-doo to mash in the Democrats' face and say "Well, what the hell do you want?! Vague warnings or no? You've had it both ways and you're STILL looking for an election issue."
Considering the comments I've been reading right here for that past few days, I sincerely hope so...but I doubt it. Those of us who fell for the left-wing's GW conspiracy campaign will just lay low and stay real quiet for a while...until the Dems come out with their NEXT smear campaign, when they'll come back out in force and do the left wing's dirty work FOR them. Again.
Yeah, I'm still RAELLY steamed about the hatefulness and selective amnesia of a few freepers.
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