You may have read Andrew McCarthy’s excellent work at National Review, but you might not be aware that McCarthy is a former federal prosecutor and expert on Islamic terrorism.

McCarthy offered some very enlightening and chilling testimony this week at a Senate hearing on Islamic terrorism which was led by Senator Ted Cruz.

He described his testimony in vivid detail in a column at PJ Media:

Willful Blindness and Radical Islam: My Testimony

On Tuesday, I was a panelist at the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on “Willful Blindness: Consequences of Agency Efforts to Deemphasize Radical Islam in Combating Terrorism.”

The hearing was held by the Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts,” chaired by Senator Ted Cruz (R. Tex.).

Chairman Cruz, members of the committee, my name is Andrew C. McCarthy. For over eighteen years, I was a federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York, retiring from the Justice Department in 2003 as the chief assistant United States attorney in charge of the Southern District’s satellite office.

I worked on terrorism investigations and trials in various capacities following the jihadist bombing of the World Trade Center on February 26, 1993, and continuing through the end of my Justice Department tenure. This included several weeks helping supervise our command post near Ground Zero in lower Manhattan in the aftermath of the jihadist atrocities of September 11, 2001, in which nearly 3,000 Americans were killed by al-Qaeda jihadists in the worst domestic attack by a foreign enemy in American history…

Consequently, I have had the opportunity to participate “on the front lines,” as it were, of our government’s initial responses to the enemy’s declaration of jihadist war against the United States (which, in effect, is what the 1993 WTC bombing was): as well as in our transformation from a pre-9/11 law-enforcement-centric counterterrorism approach to a post 9/11 war-footing, with critical law-enforcement and domestic-intelligence support missions.

I remain convinced that this war-footing strategy is the only sensible counterterrorism paradigm for our current threat environment — very much including its prevention-first counterterrorism mindset, relying on intelligence-driven policing — as opposed to the pre-9/11 emphasis on prosecution that sees terrorism as a criminal-justice matter mainly to be addressed by investigations after attacks have occurred.

You should really read the whole thing.

Here’s a short clip from McCarthy’s testimony in which he describes radical Islam by saying: “This political ideology, which is radical, would supplant our Constitution.” Watch:

Democrats also invited guests to this hearing. They included a Muslim advocacy activist and a representative from the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Their presence served the purpose of advancing the false moral relativism that Democrats have been pushing for the last several years; that extremism is extremism, whether it’s carried out by Jihadists or members of the KKK.

CNS News has some of the details on their testimony:

Farhana Khera, president and executive director of Muslim Advocates, explained how using those terms [Islamism, Jihad, etc.] makes America less safe.

“ISIS wants this to be a war against Islam and by using religiously loaded terminology like jihad, we’re playing into their mindset. … It’s also grossly inaccurate. I think we need to call the threat what is it. It’s ISIS. It’s al-Qaeda,” Khera said.

“And it’s no different from the [Ku Klux Klan] or those who attack abortion clinics. We wouldn’t go and say there’s a problem with radical Christianity or radical Christian terrorism. We call the threat what it is. It’s the KKK. It’s those attacking women’s health clinics,” she continued.

If you want four to eight more years of these ridiculous mental gymnastics to deny the reality of what’s happening in the world and here in the United States, be sure to vote for Hillary or stay home on election day.

If not, you already know what you need to do. Hold your nose if necessary.

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