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CBS and 60 Minutes Modern Benedict Arnolds - (Pat Boone's "letter to the editor")
NEWSMAX.COM ^ | MAY 24, 2005 | PAT BOONE

Posted on 06/08/2005 9:03:41 PM PDT by CHARLITE

Recently, entertainer Pat Boone wrote NewsMax editor Christopher Ruddy a letter regarding his feelings on Abu Ghraib and Iraq, the contents of which are published here with permission:

Mr. Christopher Ruddy
Editor, NewsMax
Dear Chris,

Hasn't anybody got the guts to accuse the worst perpetrator in this whole Abu Ghraib prison debacle - CBS and 60 Minutes II?

What do you call it when, in time of war, someone takes military intelligence and turns it over to the enemy, who in turn uses it to kill Americans?

Isn't that the definition of treason? Did Benedict Arnold do worse? Did Julias and Ethel Rosenberg pay with their lives for something like this?

It has already been well established, and CBS certainly knew, that the military announced to the press back in January that allegations had been made concerning treatment of prisoners and were being investigated.

In March there was another announcement that the allegations were still being investigated and certain service personnel at Abu Ghraib were relieved of their duties and might be court marshaled.

In other words, while America was fighting a war, the military had already taken the allegations seriously, were investigating them and were taking steps to correct the situation. In other words, it was being handled, and handled well.

These things happen in war on all sides, and though they are not excusable, they are kindergarten exercises compared to car bombs, ambushes, rocket launchings and dangling burning bodies over bridges - and this is what the interrogators at Abu Ghraib were trying to find ways to stop.

Freedom of the press is precious to us, but you can abuse any liberty and stretch it out of shape until it becomes license, and concerned citizens will call for limitations.

In this case, if CBS had really cared about the country, about our military, about doing the right thing, they would have taken these pictures, (which they had illegally) and asked the military and the Pentagon what was being done about the abuses (Although they most likely knew it, they would have been told that the matter was in hand and being taken care of).

Indeed, a general implored them not to publish the pictures because of what he knew would happen as a result.

CBS could have cared less.

In their mad competition for rating points, dollars, and seeing a great way to blast the President and the war effort in Iraq which they have continually denigrated and opposed, they broadcast they abhorrent pictures – and not just to the United States, BUT TO THE WORLD!

Knowing full well that we were walking a tight rope, trying to fight a war, quell disturbances and build a republic for Iraq in the midst of all the terrorist resistance, CBS published these abhorrent pictures knowing they would destroy completely our image and standing in the Muslim world.

And what about Osama bin Laden? What about the terrorists? What about America's image with all our allies around the world? And what about America's own self image and confidence in their leaders?

And what did the beheaders of Nick Berg say, just before they callously sawed his head off while he screamed, "This is in retaliation for what you Americans did to our people at Abu Ghraib!" And how did they know about these interrogation abuses?

Though poor Mr. Berg blames George Bush and Donald Rumsefld, it is incontrovertible that his son would be home with him right now had it not been for the publication of those pictures. Mr. Berg is pointing his finger in the wrong direction.

And as a direct result of CBS callous and patently unpatriotic action, America is suffering great loss of prestige around the world, and will for decades.

America has lost credibility with Muslims and the Arab world internationally, perhaps forever; and every American life is in far greater danger from terrorist reprisal, no matter who and where we are!

Freedom of the press is a cherished commodity, guaranteed by our Constitution. But freedoms, if they are to be maintained and to have the original meaning, must be treated with grave responsibility and restraint.

For me, CBS has become "the enemy within", and I hope never to watch the network again. I think most Americans ought to reflect on the results of their irresponsible and unpatriotic behavior and perhaps narrow their viewing options by one network. The next time America or Americans suffer at the hands of terrorists, thank CBS.

Pat Boone

P.S. As of today, May 21St, you can add Brokaw, NBC and The Washington Post to the list. Have these media pariahs gone mad?! Who'll be next to fire at our own troops?
pb


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1 posted on 06/08/2005 9:03:42 PM PDT by CHARLITE
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To: CHARLITE

Well, he'll never be allowed to appear on a PBS retrospective again, but he's right on this time.


2 posted on 06/08/2005 9:11:21 PM PDT by CondorFlight
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To: CHARLITE

A few days after 9/11, the networks announced they would no longer show pictures of Americans jumping to their deaths out of the WTC for fear of inflaming our anger.

But the same networks had no problem showing pictures of terrorists in humiliating poses for over a month.


3 posted on 06/08/2005 9:11:36 PM PDT by Peach
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To: CHARLITE

BUMP!!!


4 posted on 06/08/2005 9:15:20 PM PDT by BlessedBeGod (Benedict XVI = Terminator IV)
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To: CHARLITE

"Though poor Mr. Berg blames George Bush and Donald Rumsefld, it is incontrovertible that his son would be home with him right now had it not been for the publication of those pictures. Mr. Berg is pointing his finger in the wrong direction."


I agree with everything in the letter except for this statement about the Islamo-fascists who sawed off Nicholas Berg's head - those savages don't need new excuses to kill all infidels, and there is no reason to think they would not have done in Nick Berg even in the absence of Abu Ghraib photos. They would have cited something else instead, or they would simply have done it while screaming "Allah Akubar" or whatever their rant du jour is.....


5 posted on 06/08/2005 9:16:47 PM PDT by Enchante (Kerry's mere nuisances: Marine Barracks '83, WTC '93, Khobar Towers, Embassy Bombs '98, USS Cole!!!)
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To: CHARLITE

The socialist, liberal MSM has tried to incite and worked to promote insurgency in the US since the 60's. The next war we fight will probaably be from within.


6 posted on 06/08/2005 9:17:19 PM PDT by jec41 (Screaming Eagle)
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To: CHARLITE

Bump.


7 posted on 06/08/2005 9:24:33 PM PDT by TBP
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To: CHARLITE

I wonder why so many people say "I could care less" (as in "CBS could have cared less") when they really mean I could NOT care less?


8 posted on 06/08/2005 9:25:52 PM PDT by Lucas McCain
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To: CHARLITE

We need more letters like this from famous people. He may not be front and center but people still remember him. The MSM is getting people killed and they do not care.


9 posted on 06/08/2005 9:29:01 PM PDT by Brimack34 (Why does the MSM hate our military?)
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To: Peach

There was an election at stake and they wanted to win BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY.

Viacommie owns SeeBS of the Abu Ghrab footage, forged National Guard memos, and MTV/Rock The Vote's phony "Republican Draft" scare campaign.

Nick Berg's blood is on their hands.

He was not captured because of the prison abuse but the Islamonazis who held him sure used that as a PR excuse to behead him. Why doesn't the same media denounce these war crimes?

Many kidnap victims have suffered the same fate yet the media doesn't even show an excerpt of such videos today.

The same media also shunned any footage of the genuine horrors at Abu Ghrab under Saddam Hussein (like cutting off men's hands).


10 posted on 06/08/2005 9:30:40 PM PDT by weegee (Re: immigration "Those Syrians are coming to Iraq to do the bombings that Iraqis won't do.")
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To: Enchante
"those savages don't need new excuses to kill all infidels, and there is no reason to think they would not have done in Nick Berg even in the absence of Abu Ghraib photos"

I recall Rumsfeld saying there really isn't any logic to their actions at all. He said "They just wake up one morning and want to kill someone for the heck of it..anyone".

11 posted on 06/08/2005 9:32:29 PM PDT by Windsong (FighterPilot)
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To: weegee

Redstone actually claimed publicly to support Bush.

He had an odd way of showing it didn't he?


12 posted on 06/08/2005 9:34:44 PM PDT by wardaddy
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To: CHARLITE

Damn skippy! I didn't know Pat Boone was still alive. Not only is he alive...he's kicking ass!


13 posted on 06/08/2005 9:39:54 PM PDT by TheSpottedOwl (Free Mexico!)
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To: CHARLITE

Pat Boone was my inspiration to remove CBS from my TV's channel list. It has been well over a year since my TV has been tainted by anything from CBS.


14 posted on 06/08/2005 9:40:15 PM PDT by Jeff Gordon (Recall Barbara Boxer)
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To: CHARLITE

Awesome! Thank you Pat Boone for saying what so many of us have been thinking!


15 posted on 06/08/2005 9:56:57 PM PDT by GloriaJane (http://music.download.com/gloriajane "Seems Like Our Press Has Turned Against Our Country")
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To: Lucas McCain
"I wonder why so many people say "I could care less" (as in "CBS could have cared less") when they really mean I could NOT care less?

Yes, I've picked up on this as well. They're saying the exact opposite of what they intend. (If they could care less, they do care some)

Our next lesson will be on the meaning of "is" vs "are" (/sarcasm)

16 posted on 06/08/2005 10:08:29 PM PDT by Rabble (Just When is John F sKerry going to release all his military records ?)
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To: Enchante; ThreePuttinDude; Beth528; SMARTY; Ghost of Philip Marlowe; CyberAnt; nothingnew; ...
"They would have cited something else instead, or they would simply have done it while screaming "Allah Akubar" or whatever their rant du jour is....."

I agree that they invent excuses for their barbarism. However, Pat Boone's position is: "Why hand them such inflammatory excuses?".......and to think that these media people KNOW exactly what they are doing - i.e. hurting America's interests and endangering our men and women in uniform....that's what is despicable and unforgiveable!

Char

17 posted on 06/08/2005 10:19:05 PM PDT by CHARLITE (I propose a co-Clinton team as permanent reps to Pyonyang, w/out possibility of repatriation....)
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To: Mrs Zip

ping


18 posted on 06/08/2005 10:32:12 PM PDT by zip (Remember: DimocRat lies told often enough became truth to 48% of Americans (NRA))))
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To: CHARLITE

And let's not forget the great hero, the most decorated man in the US military (now deceased) who made sure the pictures were handed to CBS for how many dollars, I wonder?


19 posted on 06/08/2005 10:40:30 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (Understand Islam. Understand Evil. Read THE LIFE OF MUHAMMAD link My Page.)
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To: Peach

And now .. as I understand it .. there is another set of the filth and some stiking judge is going to allow the ACLU to have them. Sickening.


20 posted on 06/08/2005 10:55:53 PM PDT by CyberAnt (President Bush: "America is the greatest nation on the face of the earth")
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To: CHARLITE

I agree .. it's on purpose .. and they know it. But .. they always loudly profess it's accidental.


21 posted on 06/08/2005 11:05:42 PM PDT by CyberAnt (President Bush: "America is the greatest nation on the face of the earth")
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To: CHARLITE

Let's face it, many in our media are murderers, plain and simple. They can call it whatever they want, but the truth is they are ruthless murderers, they just haven't the courage to do it themselves. But that doesn't stop them from encouraging others.


22 posted on 06/08/2005 11:11:40 PM PDT by McGavin999
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To: CHARLITE
I never cared for Pat's music...except for his Heavy Metal cover album Pat Boone, In a Metal Mood : No More Mr Nice Guy, but this is a damn good letter
23 posted on 06/09/2005 12:20:33 AM PDT by Once-Ler (Beating a dead horse for NeoCon America)
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To: USF; Fred Nerks; Former Dodger; jan in Colorado; ariamne

Pat Boone getsin a Metal mood about traitorous anti American seditionists at see BS snooze! In spite of his pabulum approach to pop music, he is a decent Christian guy, and I knew I liked him for more than one good reason. His letter to Newsmax is well worth a read!

A.A.C.

When will enough of the governments of the world say "Enough", realise the Phony Religion Of Peace for what it is, and embark upon the "Last Crusade" to save mankind?


24 posted on 06/09/2005 2:08:11 AM PDT by AmericanArchConservative (Armour on, Lances high, Swords out, Bows drawn, Shields front ... Eagles UP!)
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To: boxerblues

Great letter from Pat Boone.


25 posted on 06/09/2005 2:26:14 AM PDT by Las Vegas Dave
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To: AmericanArchConservative; jan in Colorado; Fred Nerks; Dark Skies
Thanks for the Ping... I can still hear the cries of "Allah Akbar" as the Koranimals were cutting off Nick Bergs head. The same goes for the countless other jihadi snuff movies I've seen.

What really gets to me is the way the MSM will air every bit of dirt they can find to try and provide fuel for the "Hate America" camp, scratching their collective heads and asking about "root causes," but dare not provide the same insight when dealing with the enemy. It's way past time for them to be honest, and address the enemies "root cause" - Islam.

When we finally get round to identifying the real roots of the global islamic terrorism we face, we'll start making real progress in burying the vile ideology that spawns it.

26 posted on 06/09/2005 2:34:49 AM PDT by USF (I see your Jihad and raise you a Crusade )
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To: CHARLITE

Don't forget "NEWSWEAK". They have single-handedly created the lie that has made more people hate America than if we had bombed Mecca.


27 posted on 06/09/2005 2:44:40 AM PDT by Bon mots
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To: CHARLITE
The oath of office says, "To protect against ALL ENEMIES, BOTH FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC!"

I consider much of the MSM to be DOMESTIC TERRORISTS!
28 posted on 06/09/2005 2:48:02 AM PDT by leprechaun9
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To: CHARLITE
I always admired Pat Boone. Now even more so. He certainly is not afraid to say what needs to be said and no longer "walks softly" in those white buckskin shoes!

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Instead he is kicking the ar$e of the Corrupt Back Stabbing network. Way to go, Pat!

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29 posted on 06/09/2005 3:25:00 AM PDT by CitizenM ("An excuse is worse than an lie, because an excuse is a lie hidden." Pope John Paul, II)
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To: CHARLITE

Excellent letter.


30 posted on 06/09/2005 5:33:24 AM PDT by little jeremiah (Resisting evil is our duty or we are as responsible as those promoting it.)
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To: CHARLITE

Thank you so much for pinging me to this thread. I'm going to copy and paste that letter on an email and send it to everyone in my address book. Why haven't I seen that letter before?


31 posted on 06/09/2005 5:43:35 AM PDT by tuffydoodle
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To: CHARLITE
even worse is the New York Times.

when our intelligence people caught an Al Queda computer/communications guy, they flipped him to help them identify members of the network that he was in communication with.

the plan was very simple... he would appraise our intelligence people of meets he set up between his network operatives. our agents would be there to identify the operatives, and follow them to their bases of operation.

much, if not all, of the Al Queda network inside the US could have been tracked down through this plan.

but somebody at the Pentagon leaked this information to the NYT. and like good little anti-americans, they PUBLISHED it.

that's flat out treason. they interfered with an intelligence operation in the middle of wartime. even if you're a loony liberal and look the war as a "police action", then they interfered with an ongoing police investigation.
32 posted on 06/09/2005 8:27:06 AM PDT by AnnAdoringFan
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bttt


33 posted on 06/09/2005 8:37:34 AM PDT by GretchenM (Action is eloquence. - William Shakespeare)
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To: CHARLITE
Way to go Pat!!!

BTW, is he still in leather pant mode? Or is he back to v-neck cashmere sweaters and dockers?

34 posted on 06/09/2005 8:42:18 AM PDT by DCPatriot
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To: USF
Thx, USF.

Actually, I thought Pat's turn with metal showed a lot of humor and more than a little courage. And he is certainly correct about the traitorous media.

However, I suggest the war isn't with the media (or the liberals), or Muslims, or even Islam.

I could be wrong, of course, but I think the enemy is Old Scratch himself, two-horns, two-legs and a tail.

Islam looks like the most perfect case of group (1.2 billion large) possession I have encountered so far.

As I say, I could be wrong.

35 posted on 06/09/2005 5:48:09 PM PDT by Dark Skies ("Die, Monster...Die!")
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To: CHARLITE

Thanks for the ping!


36 posted on 06/10/2005 9:36:20 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: TheSpottedOwl
Not only is he alive...he's kicking ass!


37 posted on 07/07/2005 4:46:32 PM PDT by perfect stranger ("Hell Bent for Election" by Warburg)
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