Romney Suggests Wiretapping Mosques

While I’m no fan of living in New Hampshire—having proclaimed it on numerous occasions, in private and in public, “not a real state”—I’m certainly happy that, having finally left Massachusetts, this jackass is no longer my governor (although, I’m not entirely sure that my current governor is any better).

What’s even scarier than the fact that Mitt Romney is currently in charge of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is that he’s also widely reported to be considering a run for the White House in 2008.

Here’s an excerpt from the Boston Globe article that got my blood boiling this morning and was the impetus for this post:

In remarks that caused alarm among civil libertarians and advocates for immigrants rights, Romney said in a speech to the Heritage Foundation that the United States needs to radically rethink how it guards itself against terrorism.

“How many individuals are coming to our state and going to those institutions who have come from terrorist-sponsored states?” he said, referring to foreign students who attend universities in Massachusetts. “Do we know where they are? Are we tracking them?”

“How about people who are in settings—mosques, for instance—that may be teaching doctrines of hate and terror,” Romney continued. “Are we monitoring that? Are we wiretapping? Are we following what’s going on?”

Romney’s spokeswoman, Julie Teer, responded to criticism of the governor’s remarks by saying that he has a “realistic view” of how to fight the war on terror. This is realistic? This is a man we want running our country? I certainly hope not.