Part of me wonders if Hollywood is finally figuring out that there’s a huge pool of people out here for whom the War on Terror is not an abstract relic of Bush Administration paranoia:
NBC News has scheduled its controversial to-catch-a-terrorist investigative program, in which an elite team hunts war criminals.“The Wanted” will premiere Monday, July 20, at 10 p.m. with specialists in counterterrorism, foreign intelligence, war crimes and investigative journalism profiling suspected international terrorists.
“We hope this program sheds light on an overlooked story,” said David Corvo, executive producer at NBC News. “It is surprising how many people with serious accusations against them are living openly and avoiding any sort of judicial process.”
The project drew criticism when it was first made public in February, with government officials saying the effort could interfere with ongoing criminal investigations, and human rights advocates concerned about the program making false accusations. Lingering distaste from the news division’s similarly law-enforcement-trumping “To Catch a Predator” segments on “Dateline,” which went after accused sex crimes perpetrators, has also led to worries about the new program.
And part of me wonders if it isn’t a first salvo in a Hollywood/Media campaign to cover for Obama’s retreat on everything else related to the War on Terror – Guantamo, withdrawal from Iraq, attacks into Pakistan and the works.
Obama wouldn’t dare call it a national cause, much less a war. But if they can spin it as entertainment…?