I support the right of the National Republican Trust PAC to advocate any issue it wants in any way it wants. It shouldn't even have to file reports with the government. It's the job of the public to distinguish messages it should believe and messages it shouldn't.
So let me help you with that now: An email being circulated by the National Republican Trust PAC is despicable and wrong.
"Obama's Plan: Mohamed Atta Gets His Driver's License," it blares. [I've been able to find no online version to link to.] The email reads:
Did you know that Mohamed Atta, the 9/11 ring leader, had a valid Florida driver's license?
Did you know 13 of the 19 hijackers had obtained valid driver's licenses? Armed with these licenses, eight of the hijackers even registered to vote!
Here is the shocking fact: Obama strongly supports giving illegal aliens in America driver's licenses.
He said as much during two Democratic debates earlier this year.
This is terror-pandering of the highest order. While it's true that several 9/11 hijackers got driver's licenses and other documents, this has the same relationship to the success of their attacks as the brand of shoes they wore. They could have used their Saudi passports to board flights that day, and the same people in the same circumstances could get on planes today. Even if the REAL ID Act were implemented and we all carried a national ID, terrorists would not be prevented from boarding U.S. flights.
Yet there is no reason to fear. Our protection against a subsequent 9/11-style attack is the direct security of hardened cockpit doors and the awareness and vigilance of airline crews and passengers.
If it's true that Obama would allow illegal aliens to get driver's licenses — by the way, it wouldn't be his decision because driver's licenses are issued by states — it wouldn't affect our security against terrorism.
By all appearances, this message looks like it is designed as much to raise money for the National Republican Trust PAC as to discredit Obama. Certainly, it doesn't bring credit to Senator John McCain. In fact, it hurts him. To folks who don't know campaign finance law, it looks like a desperate and venal grasp by McCain for an issue against Obama.
Hyping terror threats damages our country by provoking overreeactions that can be more damaging than direct attacks themselves. This message from the National Republican Trust PAC is offensive.