Congressman Peter King (R-NY) said on Fox News that the Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald should be prosecuted as well as Edward Snowden. He accused Greenwald of threatening to reveal the names of CIA agents, something Greenwald vigorously denies.
But most Fox viewers are going to hear only King’s wild accusation and not Greenwald’s vehement (and as far as I can tell, accurate) denial. This is a prime example of how Fox skews perceptions and polarizes this country. There’s enough here to debate and dissect without accusing Greenwald of stuff he hasn’t done.
As for King’s anti-terror bonafides, let’s not forget his support for the Irish Republican Army.
“My relationship with Congress will never be the same again. They made us wait 90 to 100 days to give the most basic human aid. It was absolutely disgraceful. … All I know is that there were people close to dying in my district and nobody gave a damn. That’s not something I’m going to forget.”
“Guys like Marco Rubio in Florida and all the money your people have gotten in Florida over the years from every hurricane that comes along and this guy has the nerve to vote against money for New York [for Hurricane Sandy], and they come up here and try to raise money. He can forget it.
“I made it clear any of those people — people who voted and postured against money coming to New York and New Jersey and then wants to come up here and take money out of our pockets, forget it. They can stay home.”
Congressman Peter King (R-NY) dissing his fellow Republicans for holding up Sandy aid.
From “Petraeus Says U. S. Tried to Avoid Tipping Off Terrorists After Libya Attack,” Eric Schmitt, NYT:
“David H. Petraeus…told lawmakers on Friday…that the administration refrained from saying it suspected that the perpetrators of the attack were Al Qaeda affiliates and sympathizers to avoid tipping off the groups.”
But the local Al Qaeda group Ansar al-Shariaproudly announced they had carried out the attack just a few hours after it happened. So just in case they thought we didn’t know, they told us. You can’t tip off someone when they are publicly boasting.
The other aspect of Petraeus’ argument that makes no sense is that the original talking points that referenced Al Qaeda were drafted by intelligence professionals and later changed to say “extremists” by “someone outside the the intelligence community,” according to Congressman Peter King (R-NY).
Petraeus’ claim would be much more credible if some political, diplomatic, or military person wrote talking points saying Al Qaeda, and the intelligence community changed them. But here we have the reverse.
Here’s Congressman Peter King, R-NY, sounding apocalyptic about a Newt nomination and presidency:
“[I]f by some chance Newt was ever the nominee, there’s no doubt in my mind that between now and November, there would be a series of just classic political mistakes being made by Newt and the whole party would be affected by it. If by some chance he was elected president, then for the country’s sake, we would be constantly trying to get ourselves out of crisis that Newtcreated in addition to the real crisis we have with China and Al Qaeda and going through the whole, the whole panoply of threats including you know, the economic crisis our country faces. So, we cannot afford Newt Gingrich this time.” Emphasis added.
There’s a ready-made Obama ad all wrapped up with a shiny bow if Newt were the nominee. And King hasn’t even endorsed Mitt yet!
Rep. Peter King (R-NY) quite properly criticizes Rick Perry for calling Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke “treasonous” for using standard monetary policy. King says that Perry won’t do well unless “he tones down.” Excellent advice, but King’s stone comes postmarked “Glass House, Long Island.” King has been holding fear-mongering hearings on what he terms “Radicalization in the American Muslim Community” to promote his Islamophobia. Like Perry, King sees treason where it doesn’t exist. Both men need to tone it down, way down.