Friday, July 22, 2005

Gov. Romney on Threats to Society 

This morning on WBUR (Boston's NPR news station), there was coverage of Gov. Romney riding the Red Line yesterday to prove his faith in MBTA security precautions. One of his statements really popped out at me as I was driving down 128. Of course now I can't find the streaming audio of it (I thought it would be in this story, but it's not). But the statement was something like this:

As far as people that are threat to our society, we have to find them. We have to find them and get them out of the country.

Apparently our fine governor is one of those who hold the idea that preventing terrorism means targeting foreign citizens, in spite of the fact that the London bombings of two weeks ago were apparently conducted by British citizens. What would have been his grounds for deporting Timothy McVeigh? How many US citizens are currently under scrutiny (rightly or wrongly) under the blanket of the USA Patriot Act, which has the goal of preventing terrorism? And how many people have been wrongly targeted based largely on their ethnic background or nationality?

So much for the great melting pot.

Boston.com has an article on ways the T-riding photo op didn't go as planned. Like the governor being a few years out of touch with how much it costs to ride the T.

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Posted by Beth Henderson at 10:27 AM