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RUSH: Norco, California, Gary, welcome to the EIB Network. Great to have you here.

CALLER: Yeah, hello, Rush.

RUSH: Hi.

CALLER: I wanted to talk about this New York bomber, this terrorist bomber. You know, I want to say that our president boasts, and he puts his best interests, his interests, in front of what’s best for the American people.

RUSH: Whoa, wait, wait. Did you actually hear him say that, that he boasts he puts his best interests ahead of ours?

CALLER: He shows it time and time again.

RUSH: Oh, yeah, but he doesn’t say it?

CALLER: No. No. He’s smoke and mirrors, Rush.

RUSH: Yeah, okay, got you.

CALLER: All smoke and mirrors.

RUSH: I misunderstand you.

CALLER: We’re all stuck with cotton candy in our hands and he wants us to take a bite. I seen the other day on Inside Edition, and this is an entertainment show, keep in mind an entertainment show, I see where they come out and they’re at one of the two residences where he lived, this terrorist lived in Connecticut, and they found this evidence, they found all these letters and documents, and they called the FBI to research the stuff that they already went through. Well, apparently they missed this stuff, and they came back, and this is live TV on an entertainment show. First of all, I want to know what is an entertainment show doing on what should be a forensically sterile — one would argue they would knock out the whole block.

RUSH: This is actually a quite a good question. Inside Edition took a crew up to this poor guy’s foreclosed home?

CALLER: Yes. They’re boasting, too. Keep in mind, they are boasting, they’re filming this while they’re calling the FBI, the FBI comes back, it’s made —

RUSH: Now, wait. I need to catch up with you a minute here.

CALLER: Okay.

RUSH: You’re ahead of me. I have a hearing problem. I need to catch up with you here. So Inside Edition, which we all know is an entertainment show —

CALLER: Correct.

RUSH: — dispatches a crew to this guy with money woes, the jihadi with money woes, foreclosed on house by Bush in Connecticut.

CALLER: Correct.

RUSH: And they’re looking through evidence up there, they’re talking to neighbors —

CALLER: Correct.

RUSH: — and the Inside Edition crew calls the FBI?

CALLER: You nailed it.

RUSH: And told them that they found additional evidence and the FBI came back?

CALLER: Exactly. Unbelievable.

RUSH: You gotta be kidding me!

CALLER: No, I am not! It’s unbelievable. It’s several nights ago on Inside Edition. It is live on TV because, keep in mind, both of these people have a huge problem.

RUSH: Wait a minute. Now somebody just flashed me a note here, I can’t believe this, that Inside Edition found Shahzad’s passport in the garbage, the FBI had missed it.

CALLER: Unbelievable.

RUSH: They found his passport in the trash can, after the FBI had left. So the FBI came back to look at that. And so Inside Edition found stuff that should have been found the first time. And you’re right, the real question is, where was TMZ? (laughing)

CALLER: Unbelievable.

RUSH: (laughing) How did TMZ —

CALLER: One would argue, nobody should be within a block of that house. That should be a sterile crime scene. They should be looking at hairs, fibers, everything.

RUSH: Jeez. I can’t believe that Inside Edition — are you sure it wasn’t the O’Reilly Factor?

CALLER: (laughing) No. No. These are from people that like to boast. Both sides — you see, the funny thing is —

RUSH: Well, that would fit.

CALLER: — administration that boasts, that puts their interests in front of — and I want to be clear — in front of what is best for the American people’s interests. And what is this thing, Rush, of telling everybody every little detail on how we caught this guy? Shouldn’t we keep a little of this stuff secret? Shouldn’t we not tell the terrorists all our little tricks on how we get ’em?

RUSH: Well, you have a point there, but what’s happened here — see, the New York Times has found in this story a gold mine of instances to advance other agendas: the Bush housing bubble problem, the mortgage foreclosure problem, gun control. This guy’s given the New York Times a treasure trove of agenda items. The New York Times has never cared about our secrets. They’ve been publishing them for years. I think what’s happening here is that it’s clear that a lot of dumb luck just led to this guy’s capture, and the administration really can’t claim a whole lot of credit here but yet they’re trying to. But if Inside Edition comes up with evidence that the FBI missed, and then Inside Edition calls the FBI back, you’re right, Inside Edition may have contaminated the forensics of the scene. Investigators have not said whether they have reviewed the documents or contacted the newspapers about them, but the Connecticut Post, New York Times reported yesterday that their reporters found Shahzad’s tax records, his college transcripts, time cards from a 2001 temporary accounting job, after the FBI left. So it wasn’t just Inside Edition. We do know that the New York Times and the Connecticut Post were on the case as well.

CALLER: What are these people doing there?

RUSH: Who?

CALLER: It’s all about boasting. See, this is a do-nothing administration. And I want to make it clear, do nothing. Nothing for the American people.

RUSH: It is interesting, though, of all the questions you’ve asked, here is a guy who nearly blew up Times Square, Inside Edition wants to go up there and find out about this guy as though he is a celebrity. It’s very, very puzzling, very puzzling.

CALLER: And, Rush, the liberals are still talking about Dan Quayle and potato. And where is this on the news? Could you imagine if George W. Bush’s administration did this? Maybe a low fly by —

RUSH: I know what you’re saying.

CALLER: — jets, they would go on and on.

RUSH: I know what you’re saying out there, Gary. So the Connecticut Post and the New York Times found these documents the FBI missed, and now this guy is a celebrity in Pakistan. Maybe Inside Edition has a version that’s telecast, broadcast in Pakistan. Who knows. Gary, thank you very much for the phone call.

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