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Senate hearings on Obama admin’s “willful blindness” to radical Islam

Senate hearings on Obama admin’s “willful blindness” to radical Islam

See no evil, hear no evil

Even though his official campaign for the presidency is over, Ted Cruz isn’t taking a vacation. Last Tuesday Cruz began conducting a hearing:

…investigating…“Willful Blindness: Consequences of Agency Efforts To Deemphasize Radical Islam in Combating Terrorism.”…

This hearing will likely focus on which figures within the federal government worked to squelch any research connecting the dots between local Muslim Brotherhood officials, these individual terrorists, and foreign terror networks. Senators on the committee now have an opportunity to expose the Muslim Brotherhood influence within DHS and the FBI, their invidious “Countering Violent Extremism” Agenda, and their hand in covering up counter-terrorism investigations. They can demonstrate how the federal government has hamstrung local law enforcement by refusing to cooperate and share information regarding jihadists living in their communities.

One question is whether anyone’s listening except those already disposed to be concerned about how the Obama administration is handling the problem.

One person who seems relatively unconcerned—and uninterested—in the Senate proceedings is Homeland Security head Jeh Johnson, who was grilled by Cruz yesterday. In the following clip showing their exchange, you can see what an excellent lawyer Cruz is and how he maintains a calm and even tone as he wields the verbal stiletto. Johnson manages to reveal his own condescending attitude and seems to resent even being asked the questions:

Here’s a post at RedState on how the proceedings have been going, with some quotes from Cruz.

Watch the full hearing:

And this article offers the following pearl of wisdom from Illinois Democrat Richard J. Durbin:

Durbin mocked the notion that there are Muslim bastions around the country, on par with old Irish Catholic parishes in his home state of Illinois.

“The Muslim population is not that large, per se, and they seem to be dispersed,” said the second-ranking Senate Democrat. “And when we talk about patrolling and enforcing Muslim neighborhoods, as one member of this panel has, I’m at a loss.”

“What was he trying to say?” Durbin asked. “What is a Muslim neighborhood?”

The answer has got to be “knave” on the “knave vs. fool” question for Durbin. No one’s that foolish.

[NOTE: See also this for a recent prediction by Marco Rubio. And also see this previous Legal Insurrection post about Andrew McCarthy’s testimony before the same committee.]

[Neo-neocon is a writer with degrees in law and family therapy, who blogs at neo-neocon.]


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Bitterlyclinging | July 2, 2016 at 7:50 pm

“Can you hear me now?” The Ben Rhodes/Buraq Obama enemy media echo chamber.


    rabidfox in reply to snopercod. | July 3, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    Political theater. Why bother since the media won’t cover it and the GOP won’t do anything anyway.

Xenomethean | July 2, 2016 at 11:57 pm

To help save this country from becoming Europe, which is now an Islamic state, America must ban Islam, Taken down mosque, and revoke Muslims of their citizenship…There is no other way, Japan has long made such a move America needs to follow it!

    Milhouse in reply to Xenomethean. | July 4, 2016 at 1:33 am

    What the hell are you talking about? On which planet has Japan banned Islam? Certainly not this one. Japan has no discrimination against any religion, and Islam does very well there.

    The USA, of course, can’t ban Islam or demolish mosques, any more than it can ban Christianity or demolish churches. Not without repealing the first amendment. Nor can it revoke anyone’s citizenship without repealing the 14th amendment.

It is long past time to eliminate our country of the useless, worthless agency known as the Department of Homeland Security. The incompetence starts at the top, and trickles down, as shown in the video of Ted Cruz questioning Jeh Johnson. There are already other, much more suitable, agencies capable of performing effectively, the job that DHS was created to perform. This agency is a HUGE waste of $64.9 BILLION/yr.

    rabidfox in reply to Thinker. | July 3, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    And it is also highly militarized. With people who do NOT swear to uphold and protect the Constitution.

    Milhouse in reply to Thinker. | July 4, 2016 at 1:36 am

    DHS and TSA were both bribes to the Democrats to get them on board for the war on the entire Islamic terrorist network that GWB launched on 11-Sep-2001. In return for their support, they got a huge bureaucracy, all of whose employees are unionized, and thus pay dues to the Democratic Party.

Theatre for the masses. Watch what they do, not what they say.