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Monday, July 25, 2005
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Who's helping the terrorists?
Guests: Stephen Hayes, Weekly Standard & Robert Pollack, Wall Street Journal

"We have decided to tell you who, in my opinion, is helping the terrorists, which countries and individuals are aiding these vicious killers. Target number one in the USA is the ACLU, which is demanding that accused foreign terrorists be afforded Geneva Convention protections and trials in criminal court. The Geneva Convention is quite clear in stating that captured individuals wearing no uniforms and attacking civilians are not entitled to the treaty's protections. The ACLU doesn't care. The ACLU is also demanding that more pictures of the abuse at Abu Ghraib be released; the Defense Department is fighting that. Clearly more pictures of Abu Ghraib help the terrorists, as do Geneva Convention protections and civilian lawyers. What about a guy like New York Times columnist Bob Herbert? His thesis is that worldwide terrorism is being exacerbated by the Iraq War. You will not see Herbert and his ilk condemn the ACLU for inciting terror with this Abu Ghraib deal and that is out-of-the-park hypocritical. There is no question that any picture or accusation of an American abusing a Muslim is a terror recruiting tool. So Bob Herbert is most likely helping the terrorists, but his hatred of Mr. Bush blinds him. We are now fighting for our lives and those helping the enemy will be noticed by us."

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The Factor asked two journalists, Stephen Hayes of the Weekly Standard and Robert Pollock of The Wall Street Journal, to offer their own list of people and governments they believe are aiding worldwide terror. Number one for Pollock was Dick Durbin. "He compared US detention practices at Guantanamo to the Soviets and to the Nazis. Don't think that's not heard around the world. Every time I have an argument with a foreigner about this kind of stuff, they always point to Americans. They say 'I heard it form Dick Durbin, I heard it from Ted Kennedy, I read it in the Washington Post.' What's said here matters a lot overseas and we cannot be too sensitive to that." Hayes named Michael Moore as his top choice. "What bothers me about Michael Moore, and why I think he's still relevant, is because you don't see these Democrats denouncing what Michael Moore is saying. You don't see Democrats speaking out forcefully against Michael Moore and I think they should."

Erroneous police shooting in London
Guest: Fox News chief judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano

27-year-old Jean Charles de Menezes, a Brazilian working in Great Britain, was killed last week after he fled from police, who suspected him of being a suicide bomber. Were the police justified in their use of lethal force? Fox News Senior Judicial Analyst Judge Napolitano thought police had crossed the line. "You know they came within three or four feet of him and they plugged eight bullets in him, and they were wrong. He was harmless. There needs to be more standards before the police can engage in this type of killing." The Factor disagreed. "This guy, I believe, brought this upon himself. Look, you don't run away from police a day after a bombing, a week after 50 people are dead, and vault over into a subway, and think bad things aren't going to happen."

Natalee Holloway case continues
Guest: Fox News host Greta Van Susteren

The Prime Minister of Aruba has ordered authorities on the island to turn over materials relating to the disappearance of Natalee Holloway to the FBI. Obviously this case is beyond the capacity of the Arubans to solve, so now they are seeking help. "On the Record" host Greta Van Susteren offered her expert opinion. "It's gone from a spectator sport by the FBI to an active involvement, which is extraordinary, because I don't think if the shoe were on the other foot that we would allow that. Bottom line though, is you see the power of the media because it's really the pounding by the media that has put pressure on the Prime Minister to say to the police in Aruba, 'Look, bring the FBI in, let them help, let them be more than spectators.'"

Jesse Jackson and Toyota
Guest: Toyota spokesman Mike Michaels

A few years ago The Factor reported that the Toyota Motor Company had sponsored a Jesse Jackson conference after Jackson had threatened that company over hiring issues. Toyota subsequently backed away from its sponsorship. But this year Toyota was back, donating $100,000 to an event sponsored by Jackson and featuring the ultra-controversial Louis Farrakan, a man who is not exactly pro-USA. Toyota spokesman Mike Michaels said the sponsorship came as a shock to the company. "Our listing as a sponsor on the Rainbow/PUSH convention program was quite a surprise to us. What we were doing there was handing out scholarships to college students." The Factor cautioned against getting too cozy with Jackson and Rainbow/PUSH. "They put your name in a program and they put a number beside your corporation which isn't true. They didn't tell you a bomb-thrower was going to be on the dais, and a bomb-thrower shows up. I just might next year reevaluate who I'm doing business with."

Keeping track of sexual predators
Guests: Congressman Mark Foley & Derek Brett, University of Central Florida

There are more than half a million convicted sex offenders currently living in the USA and it is very hard for the states to keep track of them. So Florida Congressman Mark Foley and Utah Senator Orrin Hatch have introduced "The Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act," which among other things would require all convicted sex offenders to register with the federal government, in person; failure to register would be a federal felony. Derek Brett teaches Constitutional Law at the University of Central Florida and said the legislation was unconstitutional. "The federal government can't tell the states what to do in something that's specifically reserved for the states. We're talking about the police power of the states. The states have the right to pass their own criminal law, the states have the right to enforce their own criminal laws. The federal government can't come in and all of a sudden impose new procedures on the states saying this is how we're going to regulate you." Congressman Foley disagreed. "We're not telling them they have to do anything. We're giving them the tools in order to insure the safety of these children. Like a registration, ankle bracelet monitoring. These will all be done by local authorities. In fact, they've applauded our efforts."

Investigating the Great White shark
Guest: Author Susan Casey

So far this summer there have been four shark attacks in American waters, 3 of them in Florida. A 14-year-old Louisiana girl died from her injuries and a 16-year-old boy lost his leg. But the bull sharks responsible for those attacks were nowhere near as dangerous as the sharks that gather off the coast of California each September--Great White sharks. Susan Casey, the author of the new book on Great Whites, "The Devil's Teeth," spoke about the difference between the two predators. "The bull sharks really like shallow water. The White Sharks come fairly close to shore, because that's where the seals are. And they catch the seals. They particularly love the juveniles, as they're sort of lumbering around off the islands. The White Shark is a pretty complicated animal. There's more than one side to it. So it's an incredible hunter, but they have more than one facet to their personality."

Viewers sound off
Factor Words of the Day
Viewers agreed that Bernie Goldberg had been ambushed on CNBC:

Brent Henshaw, Red Lion, PA: "I watched the CNBC show that Goldberg was on and it was nothing but a coordinated mugging."

Viewers also agreed that the LA Times slanted too far left:

Kasson Lunt, Murrieta, CA: "Bill, I am a 65-year subscriber to the Los Angeles Times and the entire paper slants even the most innocuous news items. The paper has become irrelevant and that's a pity."

Steve Hoshimi, Pacific Palisades, CA: "Bill, I canceled my subscription to the LA Times after 15 years. I finally had enough of the slant."

And a Scottish viewer agreed that Britain was soft on militant clerics:

Simon Twenion, Macduff, Scotland: "Bill, you are spot on about the UK government being too soft on immigrants who preach hate. Why don't you come over here and do a British Factor?"

Book Mentions
Check out the books mentioned during this show.
The Devil's Teeth: A True Story of Survival and Obsession Among America's Great White Sharks
by Susan Casey

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