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Rep. Duncan Hunter Jr. (R-CA-52) had an interesting comment on the debate over an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would rescind a Bush-era policy classifying the names of attendees at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (formerly known as the School of the Americas). The amendment, offered by Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA-03), Joe Sestak (D-PA-07), Sanford Bishop (D-GA-02) and John Lewis (D-GA-05), would require public disclosure of the names of the Institute's attendees.

In opposing the amendment, Rep. Hunter said that by releasing the names of attendees publicly -- as was routinely the case prior to 2006 -- "you are literally encouraging their murder."

What an interesting thing to say, in light of continuing right-wing insistence that no such thing is true with regard to the public posting of much more specific identifying and actual targeting information about certain women's health providers, don't you think?

And as it happens, Rep. Hunter's pronouncement also comes at a time when right-wing superkook Michael Savage has announced his intention to post similar information regarding the staff of Media Matters.

But keep in mind that because there are no right-wing terrorists (and angels, I'm assured, are tearing up just at the mention of the words in close proximity to one another), Rep. Hunter's worry about attacks which have never taken place or even been threatened against foreign military operatives is very real and deserving of serious concern, while the attacks which are openly threatened and in fact carried out time and again against doctors or anyone otherwise deemed "too liberal" (not to mention the new hobby of stalking and ambush of people writes things wingnuts don't like) are not only frivolous and silly concerns, but are downright anti-American to discuss.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Thu Jun 25, 2009 at 03:30 PM PDT.

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