Judge Jeanine: Obama Has Repeatedly Caved to North Korean Intimidation
On last night’s “Justice,” Judge Jeanine Pirro reacted to the "cowardly and embarrassing" decision to shelve the Sony Pictures film "The Interview" because of threats from North Korean cyber-terrorists.
Judge Jeanine acknowledged that Sony shouldn't have caved to the terrorists' demands, but she said President Obama is also to blame.
She criticized Obama for piling on Sony and saying they should have reached out to him before pulling the film.
Sony executive Michael Linton recently came out and refuted Obama's comments. Linton said he spoke with high-level White House officials.
"So who to believe? A company on the front page of virtually every newspaper, struggling to deal with hacking by a foreign regime? Or the president of the United States, who makes believe he wishes he was contacted, whose own FBI says that North Korea is responsible and whose Department of Homeland Security is accused by many of missing in action?"
"This president can say the U.S. should not give in to intimidation, but he has done that repeatedly with North Korea."
Watch Judge Jeanine's opening statement above and read the full transcript below.
Tonight, America capitulates to a North Korean thug in a wuss move that will have enormous future ramifications.
The Sony movie "The Interview" - scheduled for Christmas Day release - now shelved because of computer threats. While Sony’s decision is cowardly and embarrassing to the country, only one person's responsible for the victory of the cyber terrorists - identified by the FBI as North Korea. The man who guards the Constitution, the President of the United States Barack Obama.
Yet in classic Obama fashion, he piles on and blames Sony:
"I'm sympathetic that Sony as a private company was worried about liabilities and this and that and the other. I wish that they had spoken to me first. I would have told them do not get into a pattern in which you're intimidated by these kinds of criminal attacks." - President Obama on Friday.
But Sony chief executive Michael Linton insisted that Sony was in contact with senior White House advisors about the problem. Even the State Department agrees - Sony was in discussion with them.
As someone who follows the president, I can tell you he is often not a man of his word. So who to believe? A company on the front page of virtually every newspaper struggling to deal with hacking by a foreign regime or the president of the United States, who makes believe he wishes he was contacted, whose own FBI says that North Korea is responsible and whose Department of Homeland Security is accused by many of missing in action?
Where was the president when Sony stood alone on this? Through initially embarrassing emails to class action law suits to threats of 9/11 style attacks.
He's a lawyer. He understands liability. He watched as email gossip turned into international cyber warfare. And he wants to blame a corporation struggling to survive?
This is not a small issue - this is huge - now any enemy, and we certainly have our share - can threaten not only artistic entities but banks, corporations and our government itself.
What if they don't like "The O'Reilly Factor? And how do we know when a digital threat is capable of being a physical threat?
I've been telling you for a year about the weakness of our grid. Ironically - reports are that the same North Korea has a satellite capable of delivering an electromagnetic pulse that would shut down America’s electric grid.
Our nation's strength is derived from the Constitution, the First Amendment - freedom of speech - freedom of the press. This president can say the U.S. should not give in to intimidation, but he has done that repeatedly with North Korea:
"In the wake of this aggression, Pyongyang should not be mistaken: the United States will never waver in our commitment to the security of the republic of Korea." Obama on April 11, 2013.
"But it's important for North Korea, like every other country in the world, to observe the basic rules and norms that are set forth, including a wide variety of U.N. resolutions that have passed. The United States will take all necessary steps to protect its people and to meet our obligations under our alliances in the region." Obama on April 11, 2013.
More red lines that won't be enforced and now a new one that wont' be enforced.
But I’m a believer. I believe in America. My money is on America - and I believe that I will see this movie - one way or another.
Watch Judge Jeanine's full opening above.