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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Political Correctness Run Amok
An estimated 15,000 people attended a memorial service in Fort Hood, Texas to honor the 13 people killed by suspected gunman and Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan { Article}. Sean, who made a careful distinction between radical Islam and those who practice a sincere religion, argued that the deaths at Fort Hood were not a “tragedy” but an act of terrorism. “Nobody wants to fuel bigotry in any way,” Sean said, “but what we’re seeing in this story is political correctness run amok. These people died, it appears, because of the fear of being seen as anti-Muslim. That kept authorities from acting to stop Major Hasan before he went on this killing rampage.” There have been many news reports of Hasan corresponding with a radical cleric in Yemen nearly a year before he took the lives of 13 people. Lt. Col. Val Finnell, a former classmate of Hasan’s told reporters that “they should've confronted him — our professors, officers — but they were too c oncerned about being politically correct."

Warning Signs Ignored?
Rep. Peter Hoekstra joined Sean on the NewsMaker hotline to discuss the Fort Hood, Texas massacre. Hoekstra, the ranking minority member of the House Intelligence Committee, is demanding information from the CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies to determine how much they knew about the shooter, Major Hasad. So far, Hoekstra said, the intelligence agencies have been less than helpful. “There are some indications from open source reporting that there were questions about Hasan and he may have been linked to either jihadist statements either he had made or he had had contact with ‘people of interest’ overseas,” said Hoekstra. The Congressman echoed Sean’s sentiment that Hasan was not stopped sooner because of political correctness. “Everybody wants to be hypersensitive. ...... They want to be sure before anyone makes a claim like that [that Hasan was an extremist]. I have been made aware of information from the intelligence community that suggests the possibility that serious issues exist with respect to the performance of US intelligence agencies," Hoekstra concluded.

A State Of Denial
Joining Sean by telephone from Orlando, former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani talked about the shootings at Fort Hood. Sean explained to Giuliani that he believed the murders in Texas to be an act of terrorism. “I mentioned way back at the Republican convention that it’s possible that if there’s a Democratic administration that we’re going to end up being in a state of denial about terrorism,” Rudy explained. “I believe you can’t confront a problem unless you’re honest about it. When you don’t, I think you make a lot of critical mistakes. I think this should result in a very thorough investigation of precisely why these warning signs were not taken seriously.”

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Rudy Giuliani

Rudolph William Louis "Rudy" Giuliani (pronounced /ˈruːdi ˌdʒuːliːˈɑːni/ ; [1] born May 28, 1944) is an American lawyer , businessman and politician from New York . He served as Mayor of New York City from 1994 to 2001. A Democrat and Independent in the 1970s, and a Republican since the 1980s, Giuliani served in the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York , eventually becoming U.S. Attorney . He prosecuted a number of high-profile cases, including ones against organized crime and Wall Street financiers . Giuliani served two terms as Mayor of New York City, having run on the Republican and Liberal lines. He was credited with initiating improvements in the city's quality of life and with a reduction in crime. He ran for the United States Senate in 2000 but withdrew due to being diagnosed with prostate cancer and revelations about his personal life. Giuliani gained international... More >

Peter Hoekstra

Peter "Pete" Hoekstra (born October 30, 1953) is a Dutch -born American politician from the U.S. state of Michigan . A Republican , Hoekstra has represented the Michigan's 2nd congressional district [1] since taking office in 1993 following his win in the 1992 election . Born Cornelius Peter Hoekstra in Groningen in the Netherlands , Hoekstra emigrated to Holland, Michigan , U.S. , at the age of three with his family when his first name was dropped [2] . (Hoekstra's district has the largest concentration of Dutch Americans in the country.) Hoekstra attended Hope College , receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1975 and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan Business School in 1977. Prior to running for Congress, Hoekstra worked for office furniture manufacturer Herman Miller , eventually rising to vice president for marketing. In 1992, he ran in the Republican primary for the 2nd District, which had been... More >