But John Podesta, CAP president and CEO, wrote in his own blog post on Saturday he thought differently from his staffers.
“Open government and citizen access to information is the first principle of liberty in a democracy that has to be defended — even when it’s unpopular or deemed unhelpful in the short term,” he said.
Keep America Safe didn’t pull any punches in criticizing President Obama for waiting a few days to make a statement about the attempted Christmas Day plane bombing.
The group released a Web ad on Friday titled “100 hours” reminiscent of the television hit “24” that features video clips of Mr. Obama golfing over his Christmas holiday with the sound of a digital ticking clock.
It also shows footage of White House press secretary Robert Gibbs and Department of Homeland Secretary Janet Napolitano assuring the public “the system worked,” contrasted by Mr. Obama saying in a press conference there “was a mix of human and systemic failures that contributed to this potential catastrophic breach of security.”
According to KAS’ watch, Mr. Obama said this “100 hours” after the flight that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is accused of attempting to destroy landed in Detroit.
“How long did it take you to realize the system failed?” a narrator asks at the end of the spot.
Liz Cheney, founder of the nonprofit group producing the ad, also made the rounds on the Sunday talk shows, appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union” and ABC’s “This Week,” where she was sharply critical of the Obama administration on security issues.
Scott Brown, the GOP candidate in the Jan. 19 Massachusetts special election for the late Edward M. Kennedy’s Senate seat, came out with an ad of his own that’s an unmistakable echo of the “Keep America Safe” brand.
The ad, titled “Keeping America Safe,” advocates trying terrorists in military tribunals, rather than civilian courts, which is the approach Keep America Safe supports. As Mr. Brown notes in the ad, his Democratic opponent, Martha Croakley, prefers putting them through the criminal justice system.
“Some people believe our Constitution exists to grant rights to terrorists who want to harm us,” Mr. Brown says. “I disagree. Our laws are meant to protect this nation, not our enemies.”
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