Fox Hosts Spar Over ‘Slippery Slope’: Future Presidents Could Use NSA Against ‘Pedophiles,’ ‘Bank Robbers’
“Don’t let anybody tell you this has not affected the people that are fighting the war on terror,” Fox & Friends‘ Brian Kilmeade said of the NSA story on Wednesday morning. The segment found Steve Doocy at odds with Kilmeade and Gretchen Carlson, as he discussed concerns about government being secretive about surveillance. Transparency, his co-hosts argued, shouldn’t be at the expense of tipping off terrorists.
Turning to the eight senators who want to declassify the FISA documents, Doocy questioned whether that isn’t a dangerous move. People formerly involved in the intelligence community have argued that it would provide terrorists too much information — but Doocy argued that Americans need to know what their government is doing.
“At what expense?” Carlson asked.
“How do you thread that needle into watching people’s privacy, at the same time explain the program to assuage their worries if possible — at the same time keeping the integrity of the program in place,” Kilmeade further questioned.
Doocy pressed further noting that while the current president may be using surveillance to go after terrorists, what’s to say future ones won’t use it against pedophiles or bank robbers? Or those who evade taxes? It’s “a slippery slope.”
“I’m not willing to give up any liberty for a short-term security fix,” he added.
But the short-term, Kilmeade countered, is “planes hitting buildings.”
“There has just got to be a better way,” Doocy insisted.
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