UPDATE: Bush distances himself from Chertoff's stupidity.
President George W. Bush quickly distanced himself from Chertoff's remarks, with spokesman Tony Fratto saying "there continues to be no credible, specific intelligence to suggest that there is an imminent threat to the homeland."
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Gov. Patrick Decries Chertoff's Fearmongering
Massachusetts Governor Patrick came out today speaking against Homeland Security Chertoff's fearmongering statements yesterday regarding his 'gut feeling' that we're vulnerable to another terrorist attack.
Gov. Deval L. Patrick said today he has received no specific information about any increased threat of foreign terrorist attacks here, and criticized as "careless" new warnings of possible imminent attacks that Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said were based on his "gut" feelings.
In Massachusetts, airports, harbors and other high security areas are being protected at a normal level, the governor said.
As Larkin commented in his post 'Fearmongers on the Warpath yet Again':
Statements like these by Chertoff are, of course, utterly useless and do nothing to actually improve our security and help us win the war on terror. They are simply designed to spread fear among the populace in order to prop up the sagging political fortunes of our beleaguered President. I can think of no other possible explanation of why Chertoff feels it necessary to share his "gut feelings" with the American people. Chertoff should keep his guts to himself.
Governor Patrick says that it is business as usual in Massachusetts, and has harsh criticism for Chertoff's blatant efforts to frighten the public.
"I think it is careless," the governor said of the statements by Mr. Chertoff yesterday that he has a sense that the time is ripe for a terrorism attack, even though he had no specific threat or information to act upon.
"Frankly I don't think it is helpful to have the secretary of Homeland Security telling us what he feels. He should tell us what he knows," Mr. Patrick told reporters at the State House today.
"I don't think it is helpful to get a gut feeling without real information," the governor said. "If there is information we should have that. It should be shared. That is the responsible thing to do and our responsibility is to share, but there is no specific information."
More from the New England Cable News Network (video plays after a short commercial ad) here.
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