Tom Ridge talks to BBC HardTalk

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by blackfox, Jan 15, 2005.

  1. blackfox macrumors 65816


    Feb 18, 2003
    Here you go:

    I hate to link and run, but I don't want to be a spoilsport...

    I'll be back in later to discuss...

    Enjoy (you'll laugh, you'll cry, you will shake your fist in the air and/or say "damn straight")

    you'll need Realplayer.(sorry)
  2. blackfox thread starter macrumors 65816


    Feb 18, 2003
    Well, I thought it was interesting.

    In case you are wondering, Ridge fielded some pretty difficult and common-sense questions from the host, concerning (among others):

    - The lack of WMD
    - His opinion of whether terrorism increased resulting from Iraq
    - Is the US's decline in world opinion going to make it's job w/ regards to terrorism harder?
    - Whether Homeland Security could have better used the money spent in Iraq.
    - Whether civil liberties are threatened in overzealous pursuit of "safety" (eg Patriot Act)
    - Lack of security of shipping containers entering US ports
    - The general impossibility of closing borders completely to smuggling of illicit chemical/biological weapons since tons of illicit drugs seem to make it through.
    - torture/illegal detention issues

    Ridge's answers ranged from laughable to occasionally lucid.


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