Sen. Dan Coats: ‘The Information We Have Is He was Shot in the Throat’

By Nicki Rossoll

Apr 21, 2013 1:30pm
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Below you can find some of the notable comments made Sunday on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” This week’s powerhouse roundtable guests included House Homeland Security committee ranking member Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss.; Senate Intelligence committee member Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind.; Council on Foreign Relations president Richard Haass; ABC News Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz; and editor of The New Yorker David Remnick.

Coats says right now, suspected Boston bomber is ‘in a condition where we can’t get any information from him’

COATS: The information we have is that there was a shot to the throat. And it’s questionable whether — when and whether he’ll be able to talk again. Doesn’t mean he can’t communicate, but right now I think he’s in a condition where we can’t get any information from him at all.

Martha urges all media outlets to be ‘careful’ to avoid ‘confirmation bias’

RADDATZ: …Everybody was glued to the television, everybody wanted to know what was happening. We have to be careful — we all have to be careful. I take the lesson of a former intelligence officer, who said “when I was a young man, my dad took me deer hunting. And we were laying there and looked out and my dad turned to me and he said ‘son, when you go deer hunting everything starts looking like a deer.’” So we have to be careful, we have to make sure we don’t have a confirmation bias that we want something to happen. CNN made a mistake, law enforcement made a mistake. You remember when it first happened, they said there was an explosion at the JFK Library.

Haass says ‘terrorism is never going to be eradicated, it’s like disease’

HAASS: What’s scary about this is how relatively easy it is. And if these guys could go on the internet, use primitive devices to do something like this, they’re not the only ones who are going to do it. The attention they garnered is going to encourage copycat incidents — terrorism is never going to be eradicated, it’s like disease.

And what we have to think about is yeah, we go after it, but how do we make ourselves more resilient? How do we protect ourselves, how do we get better at bouncing back?

Remnick calls out Rupert Murdoch and NY Post for its “Bag Men” cover

REMNICK:  Outrageous.  It’s outrageous behavior.  Look I have some sympathy for what happened to CNN.  They’re on all day long –

STEPHANOPOULOS:  The arrest?

REMNICK:  And they got legitimate, what they thought were legitimate sources telling them that there was an arrest.  They turned out to be wrong, they corrected their mistake.  I wouldn’t want to be in their shoes.

This is something more pernicious.  This is slapping on the front page of the newspaper with a wide circulation of something not confirmed at all, and it harms people’s lives and I give that guy a lot of credit to go on television and talk to you.  That takes courage.

STEPHANOPOULOS:  Rupert Murdoch responded in a tweet, he said that all the “New York Post” pictures were those distributed by the FBI and instantly withdrawn when the FBI changed directions.

REMNICK:  That’s a lousy excuse.  Sorry, that’s a lousy excuse.  It appeared on the front page of his newspaper, it was there for all to see.  And it hurts that kid.

STEPHANOPOULOS :  Take responsibility and apologize.

REMNICK:  You bet.

Coats thinks we need to step back and put immigration reform ‘on hold’

COATS:  You usually end up with bad policy if you do it in an emotional way or an emotional reaction.  We saw some things post-9/11 that were enacted that if we had had a little bit more rational time to think this through, perhaps we wouldn’t have had some of the pushback on it.

But more importantly, immigration is an issue that has dramatic economic effect on Americans.  It has national security implications.  I think stepping back just a little bit and putting it on hold, for instance, we have a bigger issue than immigration in front of us.  And that’s our debt deficit and it’s got to get solved.

Thompson says putting a hold on immigration ‘is not in the best interest of this country’

THOMPSON: It is not the right thing to do. We are a nation of immigrants. I trust our government , we vet people up and down. We review policies everyday. But, to put it on hold, is not in the best interest of this country.

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