White House Tells Musharraf: Never â€˜Restrict Constitutional Freedomsâ€™ To Fight Terror
During todayâ€™s White House press briefing, spokeswoman Dana Perino condemned Gen. Pervez Musharrafâ€™s declaration of â€œemergency ruleâ€ in Pakistan. She said that the administration is â€œdeeply disappointedâ€ by the measure, which suspends the countryâ€™s constitution, and believes it is never â€œreasonableâ€ to â€œrestrict constitutional freedoms in the name of fighting terrorismâ€:
Q: Is it ever reasonable to restrict constitutional freedoms in the name of fighting terrorism?
MS. PERINO: In our opinion, no.
And she can say this with a straight face.