Fleischer’s lesson on terror threats

By Les Kinsolving

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At today’s daily White House news briefing, WND asked presidential press secretary Ari Fleischer:

WND: The president has asked all Americans to be alert and to report any suspicious activity, which a nurse named Eunice Stone did in Calhoun, Ga., when overhearing three Muslim medical students joking about what sounded like terrorism. Now there are reports they may sue her. And my question – since Gov. Bush, Jeb Bush, has reportedly commended her, will the president also commend her and give some hope to other Americans who so report, that they will not be sued?

FLEISCHER: Lester, let me make the case generally for the president, because I have not talked to him specifically about this. These incidents are some of the sad reminders of what terrorism can do to the fabric of a country. And this is one of the reasons that we have to work so hard in such a unified way in our great country to defeat terrorists who come to our country to take advantage of our openness, of our freedom, of our multi-ethnic background, who want to destroy us and kill us.

And, of course, it is a citizen’s responsibility that, when they hear something that could be threatening to their neighbors and to their communities, they should, of course, tell the authorities. That’s what every child is told to do growing up, that if you hear something that you think could be a threat, you need to tell – for a child, an adult, and as you grow older, the law-enforcement community, so that all of us can be protected.

Of course, we wish all the information could be unfaultingly wrong. That’s not always the case. But does that mean that people should just look the other way when they think that something may be amiss? Of course not. We are one community in this nation, and as a community, we help each other, regardless of the background or the color of anybody’s skin, because these terrorists present a threat to all of us. And so, people across the country should continue to report anything that they believe is unusual behavior, and let the law-enforcement authorities make the proper judgments.

WND’s second question concerned recent comments about Bush by a German government official.

WND: The president was understandably outraged to be compared to Adolf Hitler by that German Cabinet member, for which there have been profound apologies. And my question is, does his outrage extend to what the Washington Post and the Associated Press accurately reported as a political consultant named Henson retained by Maryland’s Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign who called congressman and gubernatorial candidate Bob Ehrlich a Nazi?

FLEISCHER: Without commenting specifically, I don’t have any information on that particular charge. But obviously –

WND: – page 1 of the Washington Post, Ari. Undoubtedly you read that paper, don’t you?

FLEISCHER: Well, obviously, any charge about anybody in America being equated to Nazism or to Hitler is beyond the pale.

WND: Is beyond the pale? Thank you.


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