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Gov. Patrick Decries Chertoff's Fearmongering

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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Comments (5)

Heralder:

Lee:

Massachusetts Governor Patrick came out today..

A Democrat's opinion that Chertoff should be muzzled during an interview from expressing his personal feelings in response to a direct question isn't really breaking news to me.

I suppose certain people aren't allowed to express how they feel about things anymore unless you approve of their politics. They're expected to lie, except when they're expected not to lie.

While you're linking to Larkin:

What's worse they've cried "wolf" so many times that people aren't even listening anymore. They just tune it out.

That's in reference to this ominous, but ultimately mythical "climate of fear".

How do you feel about truthers...largely a part of the far left...spreading lies that our administration was responsible for 9/11? How is attempting to get people to fear their government ok? What is the rational behind that would you say....to demonize Bush and get a liberal candidate elected maybe?

I don't believe any of that to be the case, people are free to their opinions even if I totally disagree with them. It seems an over reaction to create a soap opera over this.

But that's just my opinion.

Lee Ward:

Irresponsible actions by government officials, like the "off the gut' comments made by Chertoff, might make you feel safer, Heralder... knowing that Chertoff is on top of the situation and concerned for our safety (well, at least his gut is concerned, his brain.... still doesn't know crap) -- but it makes the job of caring, responsible players like Governor Patrick more difficult.

Do they act on Chertoff's 'gut instincts' and ratchet up security? Do they spend an extra couple million this summer beefing up?

Or do they recognize that Chertoff is being a partisan jackass, and doing nothing more than attempting to jack up The Decider's sagging poll numbers during a time that the rest of the Republirats are leaving the ship in droves?

Patrick chose the latter, as would any responsible government official, and was pissed off enough about to let his constituency know that Chertoff was just bullshitting the American people.

Even Bush came out (see post update above) with a statement that Chertoff's warning had no weight whatsoever.

Should Chertoff be muzzled? Nice strawman argument - of course not.

Should Chertoff be responsible, and mindful of his position and influence his words have on Americans? Yes

If you believe he truly believes his gut feeling, he acted irresponsibly by saying so with intel to back it up.

If you believe he was just helping out his Homies with some quickly spun scare-mongering bullshit, as Patrick apparently does -- it was irresponsible at best.

And if the sitting administration was Democratic, the wingnuts would be calling for Chertoff's head -- don't you agree?

Heralder:
Irresponsible actions by government officials, like the "off the gut' comments made by Chertoff, might make you feel safer, Heralder...

Don't presume to tell me what they do, especially when on numerous occasions I've described exactly what: Nothing.

Do they act on Chertoff's 'gut instincts' and ratchet up security? Do they spend an extra couple million this summer beefing up?

No, was that a course of action that was advised? It wasn't a report on what should be done it was an observation.

Or do they recognize that Chertoff is being a partisan jackass, and doing nothing more than attempting to jack up The Decider's sagging poll numbers..

Tell me once again how fear of a terrorist attack reflects well on our President? Please also explain why polling numbers for Bush would make a difference to anyone?

Even Bush came out (see post update above) with a statement that Chertoff's warning had no weight whatsoever.

Which sinks your assertion that it was a ploy to bolster the President's polling numbers. You and Larking have contradicted yourselves so many times on this story it's ridiculous.

Despite the fact that Chertoff did not warn.

And if the sitting administration was Democratic, the wingnuts would be calling for Chertoff's head -- don't you agree?

If it was the same subject probably not. But I cannot deny that the right sometimes explodes tiny issues into huge national sercurity non-issues...like you've done here.

But what does that have to do with anything other than try to excuse yourself from partisan attacks?

Lee Ward:

"Which sinks your assertion that it was a ploy to bolster the President's polling numbers."

I never said this blatant attempt at fearmongering was authorized by Bush. I firmly believe that Rove and Cheney operate independently of Bush, and their influence on weak-kneed puppets like Chertoff is reeled-in by the President when there is an explosive response, as there has been (and rightly so) to Chertoff's irresponsible actions here.

But that's just my opinion.

And yes, -- if this was President Clinton's administration the wingnuts would be screaming for Chertoff's head.

Heralder:
I firmly believe that Rove and Cheney operate independently of Bush,..

Anything to back up that opinion and validate your story?


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