Tuesday, November 25, 2003
Romney Safety Concerns Lost In Space?

(EDITORIAL NOTE: Team Reform has killed the links on this post. To see the links, please jump to the February 13, 2004 post.)

Why is Willard Mitt so hepped about gay rights? Is it because he’s secretly carrying a torch for Bob Marsh but is afraid to be found out? Or because the issue strikes such a cord with so many “regular folk” that he can ride it for an h-e-double-hockey sticks amount of free ink?

While not totally letting Marsh off the hook, we’ll default to the latter – this time. We think Romney is chasing free ink. And consequently, letting a lot of other issues fall to the wayside.

Like state security.

Not too long ago, national and state security were sexy issues. Former Gov. Jane Swift (R-FlagBearer) even created a state agency to deal specifically with security. The S.A.T.U.R.N. program (Statewide Anti-Terrorism Unified Response Network) was developed by Swift’s Executive Office of Public Safety to be the state’s First Line of Defense against terrorism. (MetroWest Daily News, 4/10/2002)

Swift’s program was to act as anti-terrorism eyes and ears across every community in Massachusetts. (source: Lawrence Eagle-Tribune, 3/26/2002)

But enough about Swift. What about Willard Mitt? What were his thoughts on security?

Last year, Romney said that when he was Winter Games chef, he “worked with the law-enforcement and public-safety officials to construct and oversee an (unprecedented) anti-terrorist effort. The communication between federal agencies doing intelligence work and local law enforcement that was the front line of our defense was a wide-open pipeline. In Massachusetts and in other states, we are going to need to see that level of cooperation and collaboration across state and federal agencies.” (source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette, 7/28/2002)

Information. The Fraud Candidate was promising to protect us through information. How very cutting edge. So, how’s he doin’?

First, let’s go to the S.A.T.U.R.N. website and read what the State is doing about terrorism. Oh look, a quote by Governor Jane Swift? Wait a minute. Whoops. That doesn’t look right.

How about something more current, like the S.A.T.U.R.N. newsletter. Whoops. Nothing there.

Okay. It’s probably just an oversight. How about S.A.T.U.R.N. publications? There are two listed. Whoops. Each was posted on September 11, 2002.

How about news articles? They must have a fabulous news archive. Whoops. Nothing since September 6, 2002.

Nobody panic. We’ll all just head to the nearest public meeting and see our S.A.T.U.R.N. pals in person.

Oh. My. Gosh. There. Are. No. Public. Meetings. Listed.

(NOW what do we do?)

Quick, somebody start talking about gay marriage!


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