Spin Cycle

News, views and commentary on Long Island, state and national politics.

Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) is pushing back against Rep. Pete King’s recent and highly publicized attacks on Democrats’ anti-terrorism credentials, taking a shot at the GOP’s politicization of national security.
In a press release, Bishop took credit for inserting an amendment into the Intelligence Authorization Act that passed Friday that requires the attorney general and director of national intelligence to spell out in a report how they’ll balance intel collection and the prosecution of suspected terrorists.
Setting forth such a policy, Bishop said, “will help depoliticize the debate.”
Though Bishop didn’t name King, the Seaford Republican has been at the forefront of the GOP attack, especially in assailing the Obama administration for its prosecution, rather than military or CIA interrogation, of the would-be Christmas Day bomber in Detroit.
And Bishop sought to rebut King’s complaints, praising the “long track record of successes” of U.S. courts, law enforcement and intelligence professionals. He said the Justice Department has convicted more than 200 inmates tied to international terrorism in civilian courts.
It's relatively rare for Long Island’s five representatives to Congress to take shots at each other, even when the four Democrats and King disagree on some many issues. But then again, it’s an election year.