The O'Reilly Factor
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Thursday, April 7, 2005
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Clock is ticking for Minutemen
Guest: Kris Kobach, former counsel to Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft

"Hundreds of Americans have traveled to southern Arizona to surveil the border with Mexico. They call themselves the Minutemen, and the concept is very simple ? bringing attention to the chaotic border situation. The Bush administration doesn't like this one bit and the office of Homeland Security has encouraged its Border Patrol supervisors to say bad things about the Minutemen. But every poll shows a majority of Americans is fed up with illegal immigration. President Bush has gotten away with doing little, while Democrats and the left also have no border solution. It's simply irresponsible to criticize private citizens trying to do something about a bad situation without providing an alternative solution. Talking Points applauds the Minutemen. They are in the great tradition of neighborhood watch groups. If the Bush administration doesn't like it, then put a larger federal presence on the border so the Minutemen can go home. It's that simple. There comes a time when all fair minded Americans have to understand that an open border is dangerous. I just hope that time isn't after another attack on civilians in this country. So three cheers for the Minutemen. Like their ancestors in Concord and Lexington, they're making a statement. And we all should respect that."


Former Justice Department official Kris Kobach joined The Factor with more on the Minutemen and the chaos at the border. He revealed that Mexican authorities actually seem to be helping lawbreakers evade the Minutemen patrols. "The Mexican government recently moved 1,000 troops to the region where the Minutemen are. The troops are diverting all the illegal alien traffic and all the drug smuggling traffic away from the Minutemen. They don't want the Minutemen to intercept drug smugglers because that would be embarrassing to Mexico." Kobach said President Bush was wrong to refer to the Minutemen as "vigilantes." "I think vigilante was a poor choice of words. A vigilante takes the law into his own hands, whereas these Minutemen are working within the normal law enforcement channels."
The Pope & Iraq
Guest: Fox News analyst Michael Novak

Just before the American invasion of Iraq, American Catholic theologian Michael Novak met with Vatican officials. Novak, now a Fox News analyst, said his goal was to convince the Vatican that this was a just war. "I said this was not a preemptive war. Saddam Hussein made certain promises and he broke them. He had to be held accountable, and we were operating out of the principles of a just war." Novak was unable to convince John Paul II and the Pope's top advisors. "They were worried about the casualties, they were worried about the civilians who would suffer. The Pope really wanted to see the war avoided, but he never said an absolute no to the Americans. He recognized that the final decision belonged with political leaders."
The convict and the warden's wife
Guest: Attorney Randall Coyne

In 1994 convicted killer Randolph Dial escaped from prison with Bobbi Parker, the wife of the assistant warden. The couple were recently found living together in Texas - Dial is going back to prison, but Parker claims she was a hostage the entire time and has not been charged. Attorney Randall Coyne elaborated on the bizarre case. "If the view taken by the FBI is that she was a hostage, there is no need to arrest her. If she was acting out of fear for her children's health she could have been duped and deceived. It's at least a possibility." The Factor contended that Bobbi Parker is guilty and must face the consequences. "This is insane, and the FBI is embarrassing. They should have arrested her immediately. She liked this guy and helped him escape. She's not some innocent victim."
Pot club moratorium
Guest: Attorney Angela Alioto

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has called for a moratorium on so-called "pot clubs" where medical marijuana is dispensed. The Factor and others have demonstrated how easy it is for anyone to feign illness and obtain a doctor's permission to purchase pot. Former San Francisco Supervisor Angela Alioto, a strong advocate of medicinal marijuana, conceded that the policy has had unintended consequences. "The abuse by doctors is outrageous. When a doctor gives it for a fake reason, he misuses the trust we legislators put in him. The process was meant for sick people." The Factor argued that medicinal marijuana laws have been an invitation to fraud. "It's absolutely an outrage and it's a big con. Good people voted for this policy, but now every pothead in the world knows they can abuse the system."
What will happen to Churchill?
Guest: Churchill's attorney David Lane

The University of Colorado continues to investigate radical professor Ward Churchill, who has been accused of plagiarism and lying about his ethnic background. Churchill's attorney David Lane claimed his client's ethnicity claims will be verified. "Ward Churchill will easily be able to prove that he is in fact Native American." Lane also said the charge of plagiarism has no merit because Churchill never claimed to author the work he's accused of misappropriating. The attorney then addressed one other allegation--that Ward Churchill copied the work of another painter, then sold it as his own. "Churchill has repeatedly said he had the full permission from the painter. The painter said he could use the work and make his own renditions." Finally, Lane expressed absolute confidence that his client will be fully exonerated, offering to bet The Factor a beer that Churchill will have a "long and happy career at the University of Colorado."
Prison life out of control
Guest: National Geographic Explorer's Lisa Ling

According to a television program produced by National Geographic Explorer, many American prisons are more chaotic and dangerous than ever before. Explorer host Lisa Ling joined The Factor with more about the disorder in our maximum security prisons. "They are hugely violent places," Ling asserted. "When you lock together over 3,000 men who have been convicted of the most serious crimes, a lot of tension is created. The inmates have their own governments and their own rules. It's a tribal environment strictly based on race, and there is every kind of drug you could want." The Factor suggested that America's penal system may require a radical redesign. "You're looking at a pervasive culture of sex, drugs, and violence. They have to come up with a solution or redesign the whole system. This is anarchy."