Wednesday, January 25, 2006

CNN's Interview with a Crackpot

How CNN could devote several precious minutes of airtime to a delusional crackpot is anyone's guess. Hugh Hewitt provides the transcript and valuable commentary.

Wolf Blitzer: ...those are powerful words, calling an agency of the US government, the Department of Homeland Security, with what about 300,000 federal employees, the new Gestapo. Do you want to take that back?

HB: No not really. I stand by my remarks... [rant omitted]

WB: But let me interrupt for a second. Are you familiar and I am sure you are because you are an intelligent man, what the Gestapo did to the Jews in World War II.

HB:: Absolutely.

WB: And you think that what the Department of Homeland Security is doing to some US citizens suspected of terrorism is similar to what the Nazis did to the Jews?

HB: Well, if you are taking people out of the country, and spiriting them someplace else, and they are being tortured, and they are being charged or not being charged so they will know what it is that they have done, it may not have been directly inside the, inside the Deaprtment of Homeland Security, but the pattern, the system, it is what the system does, it is what all these different divisions have begun to reveal in their collective...

WB: But no one has taken you or anyone else as far as I can tell to an extermination camp and by the tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands, even millions decided to kill them which is what the Nazis did.

HB: Mr. Blitzer, let me say this to you. Perhaps, just perhaps, if the Jews of Germany and people spoken out much earlier and had resisted the tyranny that was on the horizon, perhaps we would never have had Adolph Hitler and the Gestapo.

I take it from his statement that Mr. Belafonte is an avid gun-rights supporter because -- long before the Gestapo came into being -- Hitler had issued comprehensive gun-control laws. Surely, if the Jews had been permitted to possess light weaponry, they could have "resisted the tyranny" brought about by tens or hundreds of thousands of heavily-armed Nazis.

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