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GLENN: Dateline Washington D.C., residents mourning the victims of September 11th attacks this morning heard an eerie echo just an hour later. Reports that a Coast Guard vessel had fired shots at a boat in the Potomac river near the Pentagon. Let's see here. But after -- why is this -- but after an hour of anxiety, the Coast Guard and the local police said the whole thing was a training exercise and that no shots were fired. Network news programs broke into regular morning shows to report the incident and CNN went to blanket coverage as word spread of false alarm, Frances Townsend, former Homeland Security advisor with Bush administration got angry, calling the exercise felony stupidity. Why hold a drill on September 11th with Memorial services still in progress? A Coast Guard information officer John Edwards said that it was part of standardization training drill. Bullcrap.
STU: You are saying it didn't -- wait, what do you mean bullcrap?
GLENN: Bullcrap. This is -- I agree with the former Homeland Security. This is -- you know, I've got to go with CNN -- I mean, I can't believe I'm saying this, but the CNN audio of Coast Guard speaking to a suspicious boat, blah, blah-blah, they went with wall-to-wall coverage and they're getting hammered for it. CNN panic in D.C. on 9/11 anniversary. Let me click on the White House Gibbs lecturing the press.
STU: I have that up here actually.
GLENN: You have it?
STU: Yeah. Gibbs said the reporting was based on listening to a police scanner and wasn't verified before being reported. Asked if 9/11 was an appropriate day for such a training exercise, Gibbs said, I tend not to question law enforcement trying to keep the nation safe. He said the media should check before reporting.
PAT: Really? They have the unmitigated gall saying they tend not to question law enforcement?
GLENN: Hold it just a second!
PAT: I'm sorry, I thought the police acted stupidly.
GLENN: Hold it just a second.
GLENN: I want you to know that there's no investigations on ACORN. I want you to know that there are absolutely no investigations in Van Jones. There's no investigations in the NEA. There's none of that. There's no investigations. But according to the Associated Press -- and I quote -- twelve people from across the country have been chosen to serve on an independent panel to review the arrest of a black Harvard scholar at his home by a white police officer. City leaders have created a panel after the arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr., triggered a national debate over racial profiling. Healy said the panel members were chosen based on their diverse professional backgrounds, their experience with community relations and conflict resolution. Cambridge police commissioner Robert Haas has said the newly named panel will give an independent assessment of the July 16th arrest. Cambridge wants to take away something meaningful from this process. The committee is scheduled to meet for the first time early next month. It is unclear how long the reviewer will take.
Don't give me that bullcrap!
STU: That is really bad.
PAT: Oh, no, we tend not to question law enforcement agencies.
STU: And we covered the entire history, the entire career. The reason he was a communist of Van Jones was questioning law enforcement for trying to keep the country safe. Constantly accusing them of racism for doing so. And then not to mention -- I mean, he's talking about the Coast Guard. How many times have we heard the military being questioned?
GLENN: How about CIA? We tend not to question.
GLENN: We tend not to question law enforcement as they're trying to keep the country safe. CIA.
STU: What a great point.
PAT: Unbelievable. Unbelievable.
GLENN: How about FBI. Local police, you name it. This administration --
PAT: That's all they do.
GLENN: -- is questioning all the time.
STU: It's part of a stump speech for these people. That is unbelievable how --
GLENN: You know what? Let me tell you something --
PAT: I tell you, the Pillsbury spokesboy, worst, worst White House spokesman of all time.
STU: Wait, wait. Worse than McClellan?
PAT: Worse than McClellan.
STU: I don't know about that.
PAT: I stand by that, Stu.
PAT: I stand by it.
STU: We may have to have a --
PAT: We may have to have a worse off.
STU: -- a March madness worse off.
GLENN: Hold it just a second. Hold it just a second. How is he supposed to be any good? How could you possibly --
PAT: He's got tough material to work with, there's no doubt.
GLENN: Exactly. You couldn't be... you couldn't be Beelzebub and be able to get through this stuff.
STU: Wait a minute, no. If someone says to you, hey, is 9/11 the appropriate day for a training exercise near a Memorial.
STU: You could say --
PAT: Probably not, no.
STU: Or you could say, look, we're checking into it, the Coast Guard is looking into it, blah, blah. I tend not to question law enforcement, when that's all you do! That's all you seem to do! I don't think that's the best way of phrasing that. So yes, he's terrible.
PAT: Yeah. That's --
GLENN: The unmitigated gall.
GLENN: The unmitigated gall of these people.
STU: I give CNN 0 break on that. If someone says --
GLENN: Absolutely. 9/11 -- so you know, this was going on while the presidential motorcade was going over one of the bridges.
PAT: You've got to cut to that coverage.
GLENN: I mean, how do you not?
PAT: The question is why didn't Fox? And MSNBC and CBS, NBC.
STU: Everybody else. You know, it all depends on what -- they apparently were covering this area anyway. So I don't know what Fox was maybe covering something else.
PAT: Yeah, maybe they found out by the time they were going to that something --
GLENN: I will say this. I don't hold it against anyone for holding out and saying, "Wait, wait, wait, let's not cause panic."
GLENN: Okay? But I also don't hold it out against CNN for going to it. It's unreasonable to assume that while the president is on his way to a 9/11 event that the Coast Guard would be holding terror exercises right by the Pentagon!
PAT: There's no way. There's no way.
GLENN: There's no way. Great there's no way.
GLENN: There's no way anyone insane came up with that idea.
STU: That's amazing, how you would think that that's the right thing. But again, you know, it's good to see that it turned out that way. I mean, there's no reason for me at least at this point to believe that it was anything other than an actual training exercise. And at least we have that. It's better than the alternative.
PAT: Yes, it is. I will tell you this. I think that there are -- I wrote in Common Sense about the enemies within. America, there are enemies on so many sides within. There are anarchists, there are communists, there are people that are on the right to the really, really, really far right that are dangerous. It doesn't matter. The extremes are very dangerous. Then you introduce all the people that wish us harm from other countries outside. I mean it when I say our republic is so fragile that it could be shattered with anything above the sound of a whisper. I ask sincerely that you remember what you were like and what you felt like after 9/11. Go back to church. Go back to God. Fall to your knees and pray. And pray for our president. Pray for our secret service. Pray for our officials in Washington. Pray for protection on the mall tomorrow or any of these 9/12 events. Pray for protection. We need it. Because little things, little things can shatter this republic. A big thing could just take us down in flames forever. Pray for safety. I tell you I have some answers for you. I'll share them with you next week, and it's good news. But pray for time and safety.