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Homeland Security Advisory

December 11, 2006

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Isnt This Friggen Dandy?/Silvestre Reyes Incoming House Intel Chair Fails Basic Intel Quiz

Incoming House intelligence chief botches easy intel quiz

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Silvestre Reyes of Texas, who incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has tapped to head the Intelligence Committee when the Democrats take over in January, failed a quiz of basic questions about al Qaeda and Hezbollah, two of the key terrorist organizations the intelligence community has focused on since the September 11, 2001 attacks.

When asked by CQ National Security Editor Jeff Stein whether al Qaeda is one or the other of the two major branches of Islam -- Sunni or Shiite -- Reyes answered "they are probably both," then ventured "Predominantly -- probably Shiite."

That is wrong. Al Qaeda was founded by Osama bin Laden as a Sunni organization and views Shiites as heretics.

Reyes could also not answer questions put by Stein about Hezbollah, a Shiite group on the U.S. list of terrorist organizations that is based in Southern Lebanon.

Stein's column about Reyes' answers was published on CQ's Web site Friday evening.

In an interview with CNN, Stein said he was "amazed" by Reyes' lack of what he considers basic information about two of the major terrorists organizations.



"If you're the baseball commissioner and you don't know the difference between the Yankees and the Red Sox, you don't know baseball," Stein said. "You're not going to have the respect of the people you work with."

While Stein said Reyes is "not a stupid guy," his lack of knowledge said it could hamper Reyes' ability to provide effective oversight of the intelligence community, Stein believes.

"If you don't have the basics, how do you effectively question the administration?" he asked. "You don't know who is on first."

Stein said Reyes is not the only member of the House Intelligence Committee that he has interviewed that lacked what he considered basic knowledge about terrorist organizations.

"It kind of disgusts you, because these guys are supposed to be tending your knitting," Stein said. "Most people are rightfully appalled."

Pelosi picked Reyes over fellow Californian Rep. Jane Harman, who had been the Intelligence Committee's ranking member, and Rep. Alcee Hastings of Florida, who had been impeached as a federal judge after being accused of taking a bribe.

Calls from CNN to Reyes' office asking for reaction to Stein's column have not been returned.

Story Here

Michelle Malkin Remind's Us of Reyes' crony scandal involving a no-bid contract for a broken U.S.-Canadian border camera system run by a firm that employed Reyes' daughter as vice president of government contracts.
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That's pretty bad when we the American People or at least those of us who pay attention know more about Al-Qaeda than the New House Intel Chair! Everybody had enough of this crap yet?

Thing's have gotten pretty bad if CNN is disgusted!

15 Comments:

Blogger J_G said...

We all knew this was coming with the demoduds. They don't have any "go to people" to even look the slightest bit competent or above board. Everyone that is at the top of the demodud ranks have been in their positions for so long because of gerrymandered districting and demodud machine politics. The people are getting the same old same old with the "new" demodud slim majority. Maybe it might bne a good idea to have another election, I believe the results would be a "leetle bit" different after seeing the toatlly corrupt and incompetent nature of those being put in charge. The demoduds are making those "wascally Wepublicans" look like pikers when it comes to corruption.

December 12, 2006 9:08 AM  
Blogger Uncle Pavian said...

Let's not be too hard on him, ladies. After all, if he were able to hold a real job, he wouldn't have to demean himself by being a Democratic Member of Congress, would he? I mean, since he's too old to get stuck in Iraq, right?

December 12, 2006 10:59 AM  
Anonymous chrys said...

Geez! Do they give members of the Senate and Congress "Top Secret" background investigations?! HEY - Maybe an IQ test would be a good idea. After that - maybe a typical "current events" test that normal high school students can pass! I'm tired of the Dems who stay around no matter what laws they have broken - and - then - make a huge issue over the slightest infraction from any other group!

Even the "gay pervert" guy. Don't you think they would have made a huge "stink" if people actually started to keep a closer eye on this man - it would have been because he was gay!?! Leaving a new complaint opening "after the fact." Besides, didn't this "pervert" wait to make the weird contact AFTER working together was over?! Nor - did the "pervert" actually become aggressive or commit a rape, etc.?!

All this shows is that Pelosi doesn't know how to check backgrounds beforehand on people she prefers. Nor, does she seem to know who to ask for help. Talk about working with people?!?

The lack of leadership - all around - is upsetting. Geez - people on the street can see this mess - why can't they?

December 12, 2006 12:32 PM  
Blogger The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

With the Dems so willing to negotiate with terrorist states and to feel sorry for terrorists because they all had mothers, ( some are even questionable concerning that), it doesn't surprise me that he has no idea who we are fighting. If any of them did we would not have the problems in fighting this war that we do and the resolve to win it would be strong!

December 12, 2006 1:01 PM  
Anonymous Night Rider said...

Ha Ha Ha what a pick from the Libs the Nancy Pelosi extremist Leftist to pick Silverstreak Reyes for what, to head the Intelligence Committee? He has no Intelligence.

December 12, 2006 2:15 PM  
Blogger TrekMedic251 said...

OMG! A Congressman gave business dealings over to his daughter,...and got RE-ELECTED??

December 12, 2006 7:38 PM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...

What a DUMBASS!!! This beat's all.

The previews of what we are going to have to put up with for the next 2 years are becoming more like previews to a horror movie!

I feel like finding those Republican's that didnt get out to vote, going up to them personaly and punch them in the nose!

December 12, 2006 9:38 PM  
Anonymous chrys said...

Just an add-on here. IF you were thinking that the "pervert guy" in my comment was Reyes - NO - it was a comparison somewhat of Democrat crimes compared to the Republican disasters. The "pervert guy" refers to Foley.

In an attempt to limit or shorten the TMI - needed words go missing because I think they're understood! ;-)

December 13, 2006 5:49 AM  
Blogger mariestwocents said...

JG,

I was hoping to GOD that they did have some "Go To" people left in there somewhere because if this Dumbass is all on his own we are screwed!

December 13, 2006 9:57 AM  
Blogger mariestwocents said...

Uncle P,

Let's not be too hard on him, ladies. After all, if he were able to hold a real job, he wouldn't have to demean himself by being a Democratic Member of Congress, would he? I mean, since he's too old to get stuck in Iraq, right?

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LOL.

He needs to be let loose on though Uncle P, I cant believe this nimrod didnt pass the Intel Quiz. What does that say about these freaks?

This truly is what the Lunatic Left thinks! THAT WE ARENT EVEN IN A WAR!
If they honestly believed we were they would know thing's like Hezblahhh is funded by Iran and just basic stuff we know, for the love of Pete.

December 13, 2006 10:11 AM  
Blogger mariestwocents said...

Chrys,

No foolin and IQ test or a background check would have surely been in order for this guy!

Lmao not to mention "Current Event's" haha.

I'm tired of the Dems who stay around no matter what laws they have broken - and - then - make a huge issue over the slightest infraction from any other group!

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No foolin! We need to be on thier ass the entire time these Lunatic's on the left are in the powerfull positions for the next 2 friggen years!

The lack of leadership - all around - is upsetting. Geez - people on the street can see this mess - why can't they?
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Well the only way I can look at this is President Bush still has his Veto pen and probably will not let these idiot's get away with to much, and there will be such public outcry when they do screw up (And they will) they will be under OUR scrutiny and we will and should cause so much of a ruckess that they have to mind thier P's and Q's. One can only hope!

December 13, 2006 10:24 AM  
Blogger mariestwocents said...

Ken,

With the Dems so willing to negotiate with terrorist states and to feel sorry for terrorists because they all had mothers, ( some are even questionable concerning that), it doesn't surprise me that he has no idea who we are fighting. If any of them did we would not have the problems in fighting this war that we do and the resolve to win it would be strong!
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We can only hope that there are those that will be working around him with some knowledge of what's going on in the world.

Pretty sad Pelosi's pick has to be educated AFTER he take's the post of Intel Chair!

December 13, 2006 10:29 AM  
Blogger mariestwocents said...

Night,

Ha Ha Ha what a pick from the Libs the Nancy Pelosi extremist Leftist to pick Silverstreak Reyes for what, to head the Intelligence Committee? He has no Intelligence.
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LOL

It is comical, but deadly serious at the same time.

"Has no intelligence" LMAO!

December 13, 2006 10:32 AM  
Blogger mariestwocents said...

Trek,

OMG! A Congressman gave business dealings over to his daughter,...and got RE-ELECTED??
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Sickning isnt it? LOL

December 13, 2006 10:34 AM  
Blogger mariestwocents said...

Chrys,

Just an add-on here. IF you were thinking that the "pervert guy" in my comment was Reyes - NO - it was a comparison somewhat of Democrat crimes compared to the Republican disasters. The "pervert guy" refers to Foley.

In an attempt to limit or shorten the TMI - needed words go missing because I think they're understood! ;-)

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Ooops lol I thought you meant Reyes Ha!

December 13, 2006 10:35 AM  

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