September 15, 2005
Because deep down, we all know that every foreigner is guilty:
Governor Mitt Romney raised the prospect of wiretapping mosques and conducting surveillance of foreign students in Massachusetts, as he issued a broad call yesterday for the federal government to devote far more money and attention to domestic intelligence gathering.
In remarks that caused alarm among civil libertarians and advocates for immigrants rights, Romney said in a speech to the Heritage Foundation that the United States needs to radically rethink how it guards itself against terrorism.
‘‘How many individuals are coming to our state and going to those institutions who have come from terrorist-sponsored states?” he said, referring to foreign students who attend universities in Massachusetts. ‘‘Do we know where they are? Are we tracking them?”
‘‘How about people who are in settings – mosques, for instance – that may be teaching doctrines of hate and terror,” Romney continued. ‘‘Are we monitoring that? Are we wiretapping? Are we following what’s going on?”
And are we checking under beds? Gotta check under beds.
Romney, it should be noted, is trying to position himself as a homeland security expert while he ponders a 2008 presidential run. Trying and apparently failing.
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