Sen. Ted Cruz's hearing on Jihadi Obama’s intentionally making USA vulnerable to Islamic terrorism
Senator Ted Cruz's Congressional hearing on Jihadi Obama’s intentionally making USA vulnerable to Islamic terrorism. Jun 29, 2016.
“This year alone, the Obama administration has twice purged mentions of ‘ISIS’ and ‘Islamic terrorism’ from highly significant public records—one involving French President Hollande’s remarks about the Paris terror attacks and the other involving the terrorist’s 911 call during the horrific Orlando attack. The Administration was forced to abruptly reverse course when the public outcry became too great,” Sen. Cruz said in his opening statement. “…We cannot combat and defeat radical Islamic terrorism without acknowledging it exists and directing our resources to stopping it. And an Orwellian double-think that seeks to excerpt any reference to it, as the Administration did to the President of France, or erase pledges of allegiance to ISIS, as the Administration did with the Orlando terrorist, is counterproductive to keeping this country safe.”
On November 5, 2009, at Fort Hood in Texas, an Army Major named Nidal Hasan gunned down 14 innocent persons—including an unborn child—while shouting ‘Allahu Akbar.’
“Apparently folks in the gallery find it amusing -- a terrorist murdering 14 innocent souls. Prior to this terror attack, federal officials were aware that Hasan had attempted to contact Al Qaeda and had exchanged numerous emails with the terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki. A self-professing ‘soldier of Allah,’ Hasan had also worried many colleagues with his promotion of an extreme or radical interpretation of Islam.
“Yet, for fear of being branded as politically incorrect or otherwise, they did nothing. Then, after the fact, the Obama administration classified these terrorist killings as mere ‘workplace violence.’ In January of 2010, the Department of Defense issued a report entitled ‘Protecting the Force: Lessons from Fort Hood.’ The report did not mention Hasan by name, nor did it use the terms ‘Islam’ or ‘jihad.’
“I would like nothing more than to speak with a government official about these bizarre decisions and omissions, and about the pattern that has characterized seven years of the Obama administration, especially in light of the most recent terrorist attack in Orlando by a radicalized man who had been interviewed three times by the FBI, and yet, whose terror attack was not prevented. Indeed, this subcommittee invited two such witnesses: John P. Carlin, an Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice’s National Security Division, and Michael B. Steinbach, the Executive Assistant Director for the FBI’s National Security Branch. Both members of the Obama administration have refused to appear before this Senate hearing.
“3 months after Fort Hood, in February 2010, the ‘Quadrennial Homeland Security Review’ made zero references to Islam—radical or otherwise. Again, this subcommittee would have appreciated speaking with a government official about this deliberate omission. Again, they have refused to appear or testify.
“In 2011, the group ‘Muslim Advocates’ sent a letter to the Obama administration claiming the federal government had somehow become infected with ‘false and highly offensive training materials about Muslims and Islam,’ and demanding that such ‘bigoted and distorted materials’ be ‘purged]’ and was also advocating for the creation of an interagency task force to address this problem.
“... CIA director John Brennan (then the President’s Homeland Security advisor) agreed to create such a task force, and claimed that the federal government had indeed produced ‘offensive training’ that urgently needed to be dealt with in order to ‘reflect the vision that the President has put forward.’ Yet again, this subcommittee would like to discuss this critical issue of national security with the relevant officials from the Obama administration. (After all, should it really be the top concern of counterterrorism whether their efforts ‘offend’ anyone, rather than whether they work and keep Americans safe?) Yet no one from this Administration is even willing to show up and defend their scrubbing of anti-terror materials.
In November 2011, the Department of Homeland Security released its ‘Domestic Terrorism and Homegrown Extremism Lexicon.’ It made no reference to Islamic terrorism, despite being, on its face, an alleged ‘lexicon’ that included ‘anarchist extremists,’ ‘animal rights extremists,’ ‘environmental extremists,’ and ‘racist skinhead extremists.’ Yet somehow, ‘radical Islamic extremists’ were nowhere mentioned in the FBI’s supposed lexicon. Similarly, the FBI’s ‘Counterterrorism Analytical Lexicon’ makes no reference to ‘Islam,’ ‘radical Islam,’ ‘jihad,’ or any other such term. By way of comparison, the 9/11 Commission report, released in 2004, mentioned ‘jihad’ 126 times and ‘Islam’ 322 times.
“Under pressure from advocacy groups, the FBI purged 876 documents ...
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