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Reader comment on item: Television in Time of War

Submitted by Peter J. Herz (United States), Aug 2, 2005 at 21:13

I agree wholeheartedly with your post. The Bill of Rights is not a suicide pact, and when there are groups who would put an end to the whole concept of freedom of speech who have openly declared war on the USA (Qaeda, for example), the USA has no business tolerating their "alternative viewpoint" once civilians have been killed and US troops are committed to putting their lives in danger.

I am also sympathetic to the Russians in their protest against the airing of the interview with the mass-murderer Basayev. The Beslan school massacre, which resulted from the deliberate policy of the terrorist/guerrilla groups rather than the unfortunate collateral damage of war, showed that Basayev is a criminal, not a "freedom fighter". I would further urge the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, CIA, and other organs to make it a point to have a long talk with the reporters and editors who were in contact with Basayev and demand disclosure of sources, hiding places, and itineraries, to be shared with the Russian government.

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