I had a disturbing e-mail exchange with Robert Spencer after he appeared on CA Live the other day (Feb 28). Right at the top of the show, he asserted that the war against muslim terrorism is being “completely obscured” by (among other entities) law enforcement.
Being a 27 year veteran of law enforcement (who also happens to be assigned as my agency’s counter terrorism liaison), I took exception to his comment, and I e-mailed him and said that I hoped he was referring to policy-makers, (and not the cops on the street fighting the good fight every day).
What I got back from him truly shocked me. He replied by saying …“Sorry you took offense, but as they say, ‘If the shoe fits…’ and if it doesn’t, no offense should be taken.” He then went on to describe how policy makers have done things to water down the war on terror-which was my point EXACTLY. The problem is the policy makers in D.C.-not the people actually fighting the fight every day. The fact that he refused to make that distinction-even after reading my objection to it- told me everything I needed to know about this guy.
It did not help that he used most generic terms to describe numbers of local cops and FBI offices that have “followed suit.” He offers no proof or actual numbers. However, if it were true, and we are given policies and laws that we are bound to follow, what other choice do we have??? Does he think we should work outside the law (which would undoubtedly lead to indictments and removal from law enforcement)??? Again, the problems lie in the policies being imposed upon those of us doing the job every day. Some of us are not bound by the same policies and continue to fight the good fight, but Spencer refuses to make those distinctions.
The reason this is important is that law enforcement is under constant attack by the liberal media, Hollywood, and countless others, and they have managed to turn a large segment of the American people against us. We should not be subject to the same attack by someone who is supposed to be on the same side. His “And if it doesn’t, no offense should be taken” remark was dismissive and insulting!
I have to admit, I responded in a less than charitable way by saying he only wanted to sell more books by “besmirching dedicated warriors and creating scandal” (i.e. HE is the ONLY one fighting this fight and everyone else has laid down), and for that, I take responsibility.
I was disturbed by his response because if he is going to make such assertions and denigrate those of us that have sworn to protect our fellow citizens-and have laid down our lives to that end-then I think he should have gone a little further than “If the shoe fits” and maybe he could’ve admitted that his remark was a little too broad?
After reading my response to his “if the shoe fits” e-mail, he asked me to “please kindly never, ever write” to him “under any circumstances.” Of course, I will honor that request, mainly because he has proven to be incapable of receiving any feedback or to being challenged in any way without trying to belittle and condescend but it is also obvious that it would be a lesson in futility.
I really hope that CA Live looks a little more closely at this guy before having him back on.