"To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public." Theodore Roosevelt
Law enforcement officials are up in arms over Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's claim that the infiltration of insurgents into Iraqi security forces is comparable to problems encountered by U.S. police departments. "It's a problem faced by police forces in every major city in our country, that criminals infiltrate and sign up to join the police force," Rumsfeld said during Senate testimony Thursday. "We know that this is a difficulty." The secretary was responding to claims by Iraqi officials and U.S. military officers that a majority of Iraqi security units have been infiltrated by terrorists posing as recruits.
"The secretary's comment was flippant and reflects a fundamental lack of understanding about what American police departments are all about," said Bill Johnson, executive director of the National Association of Police Organizations, which represents 238,000 officers in New York, Los Angeles, Boston and other cities. "It's absurd to equate the idea that background checks may occasionally miss a shoplifting charge or somebody who smoked dope as a kid with a person who wires themselves with explosives and blows themselves up in a dining hall," he added.