(Washington, D.C.): Two of the leaders in the House of Representatives whom Newt Gingrich has properly called “the National Security Five” weighed in today against the nomination of John Brennan as the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Representatives Trent Franks of Arizona and Louie Gohmert of Texas, warned that Mr. Brennan has gotten wrong the central menace of our time – what outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton two weeks ago called “a global jihadist threat.”
The Congressmen spoke on the House floor on the eve of confirmation hearings on the Brennan nomination that promise to make those Chuck Hagel underwent last week look like a love-fest. On the one hand, some Democrats are furious over the nominee’s past involvement with enhanced interrogation techniques and his present role in the use of drones to neutralize American jihadists seeking to attack the United States. On the other, Republicans have been outraged by the Brennan record on not only prohibiting the use of the term “jihad” in U.S. enemy threat analysis but his serial contempt of congressional overseers, lies and leaks that have damaged national security.
Center for Security Policy President Frank J. Gaffney, Jr. commended Messrs. Franks and Gohmert, who are, respectively, the Chairman of the House Judiciary Constitution Subcommittee and the Vice Chairman of that Committee’s Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations Subcommittee:
Trent Franks and Louie Gohmert have distinguished themselves as true and courageous leaders within the Congress by dint of their grasp of the nature of our enemy and the repressive, anti-constitutional doctrine they seek to impose on all of us – Muslim and non-Muslim, alike: shariah. They are absolutely right to warn against entrusting the CIA to a man who is, at best, witless and at worst mendacious about the true nature of jihad, of both the violent and the stealthy, pre-violent kind. We strongly urge their colleagues on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence to arrive at the same conclusion and vote to reject this nomination.
Rep. Franks’s remarks included the following observations:
“I believe the success of the [Muslim Brotherhood's] ‘stealth jihad’ has been significantly enhanced by remarks and public statements made by John Brennan over the past four years. He should, therefore, not be allowed anywhere near– let alone be given the responsibility for running– America’s premier intelligence agency.”
Rep. Gohmert’s remarks included the following observations:
It is time we took a real objective look at people who say their goal is civilization jihad and the elimination of our freedom to choose as we please and to choose our public servants…We have got to have someone directing intelligence who understands the threat against us and will insure that we are protected and understands the Global Jihadist threat. It would be a great mistake for our Senate to confirm John Brennan as the chief architect that he has been for the failure to understand and comprehend the “Global Jihadist Threat,” as Secretary Clinton has noted going out.
Originally posted at the Center for Security Policy