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Letter: Televised shooter coverage could hurt

This still video image from a helicopter, courtesy

This still video image from a helicopter, courtesy of KABC TV in Los Angeles shows a shooting scene in San Bernardino, California on Dec. 2, 2015. Photo Credit: AFP/Getty Images / HO

TV networks carried live broadcasts of the evolving tragedy in San Bernardino [“2 shooters kill 14 at San Bernardino holiday party, police say,” News, Dec. 3]. Cameras in helicopters and on the ground showed the real-time response of myriad law enforcement and public safety agents.

As a retired police administrator, I was immediately concerned not only about the possibility of shooters watching this live on television or a smartphone, but also about every terrorist group in the world that could be viewing the coverage.

In a chase for ratings, America’s TV stations provided a classroom for those who plan to assault our country. With the intelligence that they could glean from TV or the Internet, they could adjust their strategy, tactics and training.

Why would we compromise our national security this way?

William Kiley, East Northport

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