Connecticut Republican Lies To Claim Democratic Opponent Is "Wrong On Security"
A new televison advertisement from Rep. Nancy Johnson (R-CT) uses a lie to portray her Democrat opponent, Chris Murphy, as weak on national security issues.
Here's the script for the advertisement:
NARRATOR: A call is placed from New York to a known terrorist in Pakistan. A terrorist plot may be unfolding. Should the government intercept that call or wait until the paperwork is filed? Nancy Johnson says: ‘Act immediately. Lives may be at stake.’ Liberal Chris Murphy says: ‘No. Apply for a court warrant even if valuable time is lost.’ Chris Murphy — wrong on security, wrong for America.
But in truth Murphy, like most Democrats, supports the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which required a court-approved warrant for wiretapping. In the case of national emergencies, the FISA court permits the government to get a search warrant 72 hours after surveillance is conducted. (In the link, see Section F, Item 2.)
In other words, Johnson is repeating the same spin conservatives have been floating for the past few months.
It sounds pleasing to the ear. The Democrat doesn't care, "even if valuable time is lost." But the argument for speed doesn't make much sense when the law allows warrants to be issued after the surveillance operations have taken place.
But when you are trying to win an election, as Johnson is, why make an argument based on truth?