RUSH: Let’s go to the audio sound bites, ’cause this is part and parcel of the same thing. Today on Good Morning America (we’re up to number six for the broadcast engineer) the Justice Department correspondent ABC Pierre Thomas interviewed the attorney general, Eric Holder. Question: ‘What keeps you up at night? What keeps you up night? What do you worry about most?’
HOLDER: The concern that perhaps that we might have missed something. The threat is real, the threat is different, the threat is constant. The threat has changed from foreigners coming here to people in the United States, American citizens raised here, born here. You didn’t worry about this even two years ago. The ability to go into your basement, turn on your computer, find a site that has this kind of hatred spewed. They have an ability to take somebody who’s perhaps just interested, perhaps just on the edge, and take them over to the other side.
RUSH: Oh, yeah. Yeah, yeah, yeah. That’s what keeps him awake at night is threats, not from foreigners, but people in the US — American citizens, raised here, born here. Those are the real terror threats. When was the last one of those? When was the last one of them? And so you see — and the computer, ’cause you can take these people fragilely balanced on the edge and get some really smart molder of opinions, some terrorist, some crazy site, and the person in the basement on a computer can become a terrorist. This sounds just like Hugo Chavez. This is the language of authoritarian statists. This is the language of dictators. And this next is encouraging. Pierre Thomas said, ‘Are you confident the United States will continue to say they can’t afford terror attacks?’
HOLDER: The American people have to be prepared for, you know, potentially bad news.
RUSH: Wait a second. I thought you were working 24/7, 364 to keep us safe! Well, that’s what Big Sis said. She was on World News Tonight, and Diane Sawyer interviewed her. She said, ‘What do you say right now about the degree of anxiety that’s just realistic right now as we head into the holidays?’
NAPOLITANO: What I’d say to the American people is that we are — uh, and thousands of people are — working 24/7, 364 days a year to keep the American people safe.
RUSH: What is the one day they are not working to keep people safe? It can’t be Ramadan because that’s like a month. What is the one day? Well, she said ’24/7, 364 days a year.’ (interruption) No, because in leap years it would be two days. It would be 366. Election Day? Maybe it’s Election Day. Martin Luther King Day? What day are they not working to keep us safe? Obviously here a… What would you call this? A gaffe. And so on Morning Joe today, Andrea Mitchell (NBC News, Washington) they were talking about this gaffe, 364 days a year to protect the people.
Scarborough said, ‘Help us out here, Andrea.’ (impression) You know, I come from the No Labels group, and I don’t know what 364 means anymore because we don’t believe in labels and numbers are labels. So what is she talking about here? ‘So, if Janet Napolitano says we’re not going to have to worry about terrorism because we’ve got people working 364 days out of the year…’ By the way, Joe, you’re a No Labels guy. What are you doing talking about ‘terrorists’ for? Isn’t that a label? I’m distracting myself. ‘So, if Janet Napolitano says we’re not going to have to worry about terrorism because we’ve got people working 364 days out of the year are they giving us a heads up to let us know the day they’re all taking off so I can keep my family home?’
MITCHELL: One person takes off a different day, you see?
MITCHELL: That’s the deal. They’re covering for each other. I don’t know. Maybe it’s Christmas Day.
RUSH: Ah. Andrea Mitchell (NBC News, Washington) trying to cover for Big Sis. Well, they got it covered. It’s just that she’s taking one day off but somebody’s covering for her.
RUSH: I got Ron in Corpus Christi. You’re next on the Rush Limbaugh program. Hi.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. It’s a pleasure. Speaking about Eric Holder, I’m acquainted with victims of the FALN terrorist group, and you know, it didn’t help with the Clintons who let a lot of them free back in 1999.
RUSH: Yeah, that’s the Puerto Rican group.
CALLER: Right, Puerto Rican nationalist group, and they were really fringe. And there was one guy that turned down Clinton’s offer of clemency. His name is Oscar Lopez and he was cofounder of the group; he made bombs for the group; he taught others how to make bombs; he tried to escape from prison twice; he never showed any remorse, and he repeated that over and over again, no remorse, no contrition. Now he wants to get out, but there’s a parole hearing on January the 5th, and it’s an uphill battle. And there will be people showing up there trying to stop this, and so I encourage everybody to go on the parole commission’s website, give ’em a call, be polite, let ’em know what you think.
RUSH: Why does the guy want out now?
CALLER: I guess he just got tired of being in prison.
RUSH: Well, that makes sense.
CALLER: See, another friend of his got out this past year. He was the other co-founder, but he wasn’t as crazy as Lopez is, ’cause Lopez is a case. When he conspired to get out of prison the second time, the FBI busted it up. He conspired with members they were linked to the Weather Underground and he made up a list of stuff he wanted. I got the list here: blasting caps, armor piercing rockets, grenades, rifles, plastic explosives, bulletproof vests. He tried to break out, to kill his way out. And now he just wants to walk out.
RUSH: Well, you are informing me of something that I was not this up to speed on. I had not heard details of any of this. I’ve got 30 seconds. What specifically bothers you about this guy getting out after spending some time in jail?
CALLER: A lot of things. A sense of justice, compassion for the victims, they have to go and relive this again —
RUSH: But Clinton pardoned all of his buddies. The other guy just got out.
CALLER: Not all of them. Most of them. And also, you know, to show that the Clintons and Eric Holder can’t have their way, that’s part of it, but it’s mainly for the victims. I’ve gotten to know some of these people, and I suffer with them and they shouldn’t have to go through this.
RUSH: Well, that’s true. That’s true. That is terror. No question about it. Ron, I’m glad you called. I appreciate it.
RUSH: By the way, the FALN terrorist our last caller is talking about is a guy named Oscar Lopez Rivera. He rejected Bill Clinton’s offer of a pardon, and he’s served 12 years of a 70-year sentence. His hearing is coming up in January, and it is the hope of many that he is not released.
RUSH: Jay in Salem, Oregon, it’s great to have you, sir, on the Open Line Friday on Tuesday version of the program. Hello.
CALLER: Rush, nice to talk to you. It occurred to me one day, I was accused by an inmate of being a Republican, and I realized that they think like Democrats. The Democrat Party is the party of criminal thinking. I got to thinking about it, and a criminal thinks that laws don’t apply to them. They think there’s no controlling legal authority.
RUSH: Wait a minute, now. Hold it. You were ‘accused by an inmate’? Where were you?
CALLER: Well, I work at a county jail.
RUSH: Oh, okay. That helps. So an actual inmate accused you of being a Republican —
CALLER: That’s correct.
RUSH: — and they all think like Democrats?
CALLER: Exactly. And I got to thinking, you know, what is a criminal but someone that thinks that laws don’t apply to them. Al Gore said, ‘There was no controlling legal authority.’
CALLER: Criminals, they have a problem with addiction, maybe an addiction to power. A criminal thinks a lawyer is the answer to every problem, and…and what’s my last point? And lying is the redefinition of truth.
RUSH: I like it. (laughing) What better evidence could there be? The guy works in a jail and an inmate says, ‘You sound just like a Republican.’ (laughing) That’s excellent, Jay. I appreciate it. I’m glad you called and got through.