Haim Saban (pictured, at right) is a billionaire entertainment mogul and a major Democratic political donor. This week, he voiced what might be considered a new mainstream Democratic attitude towards civil liberties.
Yesterday, Saban—who has donated a seven-figure sum to Hillary Clinton’s presidential effort, and who resides in the terrorist hotbed of Beverly Hills—told The Wrap this about the new political climate after the Paris attacks:
Many members of the Hollywood community are very liberal and they value their civil liberties more than they value life. I disagree with that. You want to be free and dead? I’d rather be not free and alive. The reality is that certain things that are unacceptable in times of peace — such as profiling, listening in on anyone and everybody who looks suspicious, or interviewing Muslims in a more intense way than interviewing Christian refugees — is all acceptable [during war]. Why? Because we value life more than our civil liberties and it’s temporary until the problem goes away...
I’m not suggesting we put Muslims through some kind of a torture room to get them to admit that they are or they’re not terrorists. But I am saying we should have more scrutiny.
These Hollywood liberals—always soft on defense.
“Put Muslims in a torture room until they admit they’re terrorists” is the official Republican position. Haim Saban is articulating the more modest Democratic position, which is just “Put Muslims in a room, and keep them there.”
Update: This follow-up statement was sent to us by Haim Saban’s PR firm:
To be attributed to Haim Saban, sent by spokesperson:
“I misspoke. I believe that all refugees coming from Syria — a war-torn country that ISIS calls home – regardless of religion require additional scrutiny before entering the United States. At this moment in time, with hundreds killed in Paris and thousands more around the world, freedom as we know it is under existential threat. And while in contradiction to our country’s principles in time of peace, I’m comfortable with the government taking additional measures, including increased surveillance of individuals they deem suspicious. Our first priority is to protect the lives of our citizens and no liberty is more valuable than our safety. I regret making a religious distinction as opposed to a geographical one: it’s about scrutinizing every single individual coming from a country with ISIS strongholds.”