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Richard Perle Calls Investigative Reporter, Seymour Hersh a Terrorist

CNN LATE EDITION WITH WOLF BLITZER

Showdown: Iraq

Aired March 9, 2003 - 12:00   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

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BLITZER:Let me read a quote from the New Yorker article, the March 17th
issue, just out now. "There is no question that Perle believes that
removing Saddam from power is the right thing to do. At the same time, he
has set up a company that may gain from a war."

PERLE: I don't believe that a company would gain from a war. On the
contrary, I believe that the successful removal of Saddam Hussein, and
I've said this over and over again, will diminish the threat of terrorism.
And what he's talking about is investments in homeland defense, which I
think are vital and are necessary.

Look, Sy Hersh is the closest thing American journalism has to a
terrorist, frankly.

BLITZER: Well, on the basis of -- why do you say that? A terrorist?

PERLE: Because he's widely irresponsible. If you read the article, it's
first of all, impossible to find any consistent theme in it. But the
suggestion that my views are somehow related for the potential for
investments in homeland defense is complete nonsense.

BLITZER: But I don't understand. Why do you accuse him of being a
terrorist?

PERLE: Because he sets out to do damage and he will do it by whatever
innuendo, whatever distortion he can -- look, he hasn't written a serious
piece since Maylie (ph).

[Tom's comments: I wonder when these guys will come out of the closet wearing their nice new "brown shirts" ?“Heil, Israel!” -   “Heil, Sharon!”  ]


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