Need intelligence

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

While Sen. Hil­lary Rod­ham Clin­ton of New York and her Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial op­po­nent Sen. Barack Obama of Illi­nois con­tinue to ham­mer each other on how best to tan­gle with the axis of evil, a top Repub­li­can can­di­date has de­clared that nei­ther Demo­crat ex­er­cises sound judg­ment.

“They are dan­ger­ously out of touch when it comes to de­fend­ing the home­land,” for­mer Mas­sachusetts Gov. Mitt Rom­ney says of the two Democrats, who each voted Aug. 3 against bi­par­ti­san re­form of the For­eign Intelligence Sur­veil­lance Act, which passed 60-28.

Mr. Rom­ney con­sid­ers the Pa­triot Act “per­haps our most ef­fec­tive new tool,” point­ing out that Amer­i­cans’ “most ba­sic civil lib­erty is the right to be kept alive.”

The key to ef­fec­tive home­land se­cu­rity, he ex­plains, “is intelligence, find­ing the at­tack­ers be­fore they at­tack, gath­er­ing and an­a­lyz­ing tips, mon­i­tor­ing sus­pects, wire­tap­ping, sur­veil­lance, all of the tools as­so­ci­ated with intelligence work.”

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