In 2010, John Bolton told Fox Business Channel host Andrew Napolitano that he would “absolutely” lie to protect U.S. national security when interviewed regarding about documents released at the time by Wikileaks.
Napolitano asked, “You would lie in order to preserve the truth?”
Bolton replied, “If I had to say something that I knew was false to protect American national security, I would do it. I don’t think we’re often faced with that difficulty, but would I lie about where the D-Day invasion was gonna take place to deceive the Germans? You better believe it.”
Napolitano then asked, “Why do people in the government think that the rules of society to the laws don’t apply to them?
“Because they are not dealing in the civil society we live in under the Constitution,” answered Bolton. “They are dealing in an anarchic environment internationally where different rules apply.”
“There are convenient misstatements that people can make,” he added. “And it may not be the most appealing thing to say, but honestly, in that case, that’s a good example of something that benefitted the United States.”
When asked if Bolton himself had lied during his diplomatic career, he replied, “I don’t think so, knowingly. But, I certainly am able to spin things. And a good diplomat is able to spin things just like American politicians.”
Bolton, who recently left the White House where he served as President Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser, is set to release a tell-all memoir of his time at the White House.
In excerpts recently released to The New York Times, Bolton alleges that Trump gave “personal favors to dictators he liked.” For example, Bolton claims that President Trump gave China’s Communist President Xi Jinping the go-ahead to house Uighur Muslims in concentration camps.
Trump defends that he’s been one of the toughest leaders on China. The Department of Justice is also looking into pursuing charges against Bolton for potentially leaking highly classified information.
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Boston Celtics Player Legally Changing Name to ‘Enes Kanter Freedom’ to Celebrate U.S. Citizenship
Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter is celebrating becoming a U.S. citizen in an incredible way. The 29-year-old athlete from Turkey is having his citizenship oath ceremony Monday, and will legally change his name to Enes Kanter Freedom.
Kanter is an outspoken human rights advocate who had his Turkish passport revoked in 2017 after he criticized Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Mediaite reports “he has also criticized NBA stars Michael Jordan and LeBron James for not doing enough to help the Black community and not speaking out against exploitative labor practices in China respectively.”
Celtics head coach Ime Udoka told the Boston Globe the team is “all for” the player’s name change. Kanter’s manager says the player will complete his legal name change to have Kanter become his middle name and Freedom be his new last name at Monday’s ceremony.
“We congratulated him as a group for getting his American citizenship last week,” Udoka said. “That’s who Enes is, we’re proud of him. Enes is who he is. He’s passionate about his stances and the name change; you look at [Ron] Artest [who changed his name to Metta Sandiford-Artest in the middle of the COVID-19 outbreak] and guys that have done it in the past. It’s something he wants to express and we’re all for it.”
Kanter has already changed his official Twitter account to Enes Kanter FREEDOM with his new last name in all caps. Freedom made waves when he tweeted the following on November 18: Money over Morals for the ‘King’. Sad & disgusting how these athletes pretend they care about social justice. They really do ‘shut up & dribble’ when Big Boss [inserted Chinese flag] says so. Did you educate yourself about the slave labor that made your shoes or is that not part of your research?”
The tweet included photos of basketball shoes he wore painted with human rights depictions and phrases such as “hey still researching and getting educated?” as well as “I am informed and educated on the situation.”
The statement is with regard to his criticism of LeBron James’ partnership with Nike. “Nike remains one of the NBA’s biggest sponsors as both organizations feed off their partnerships with China” reports Mediaite. Kanter Freedom also made an offer to take Michael Jordan and Nike co-founder Phil Knight to China in order for the men to “visit these slave labor camps and you can see it with your own eyes.”
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