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Ex-Rep. Mark Foley: Paris Proves Need for Counterterrorism

By    |   Thursday, 08 Jan 2015 07:13 PM

The massacre of 12 people at a satirical French weekly by suspected Islamist gunmen is a graphic reminder of the value of tough counterterror programs that will sometimes bump up against our cherished civil liberties, former Republican U.S. Rep Mark Foley of Florida told Newsmax TV on Thursday.

"I'd like to talk to the victims' families' today in Paris from yesterday's attack and ask them what they would think about waterboarding," lobbyist and political commentator Foley told "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner.

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"I'll tell you what they'd think: Use whatever measure is necessary to protect our families and our lives," said Foley. "They lost loved ones. Today would not be a day they'd be sitting there and say, 'Let's be nice to these people.'"

Foley said that agencies such as the CIA and the FBI need to be given leeway to prevent terrorist attacks like Wednesday's assault on newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

"You let agencies do what they're tasked to do," he said. "Give the FBI powers. Continue to understand the CIA's role in the world in getting reconnaissance and information.

"We can't shy away from civil liberties; we should uphold them and treasure them," said Foley, but he added, "We have to ding some of them, and we have to prove [that] in order to get information you have to be ruthless."

"The people that go into the field to be operatives and undercover agents are not pristine characters," said Foley. "They've had challenging lives, and it gives them the skill set to interrogate and find out information that's helpful to us.

"We've got to stop trying to be so politically correct that we take away every tool in our arsenal that gives us information that could prevent a Paris attack," he said.

Foley called the release of the CIA torture report by Senate Democrats in December an example of how not to combat terrorism or support the necessary work that prevents attacks.

"There were warnings at the time if you release this, this was going to unleash the terror groups," said Foley. "Now, I don't blame that alone. … I'm suggesting, though, when you release what I call classified information, it does foment groups that are already poised to attack us."

Foley said it's also important for people to be exposed to the visual evidence of radical Islamists' brutality — whether it's an Islamic State (ISIS) beheading video or footage of a Paris attacker killing a policeman — because it provides "a dramatic illustration of the capabilities of these radical infidels."

"They have no respect for life," he said. "They brutally murdered that police officer who was unarmed. They shot him in the back of the head, like a coward, and they beheaded our citizens. If that's not enough graphic detail for Americans to wake up, I don't know what else we can do."

Foley also discussed the new U.S. Congress that opened this week with Republican majorities both chambers, and with a conservative uprising against the leadership of House Speaker John Boehner.

With Boehner safely, if narrowly, re-elected as speaker, Foley said it is time for the lawmakers who failed to remove him to make peace with reality, do their jobs responsibly and resist the temptation to grandstand for television by continuing to snipe at the leadership.

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The massacre of 12 people at a satirical French weekly by suspected Islamist gunmen is a graphic reminder of the value of tough counterterror programs that will sometimes bump up against our cherished civil liberties, former Republican U.S. Rep Mark Foley of Florida said.
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