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  • Former Intelligence Chairman Warns ‘Stealth Jihad’ Is Moving Through The West

    01/17/2016 6:28:34 PM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 22 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | 01/17/2016 | Ginni Thomas
    Iranians burn US flags outside the former US embassy in Tehran on November 4, 2013, during a demonstration to mark the 34th anniversary of the 1979 US embassy takeover. Thousands of Iranians shouted "Death to America" as they demonstrated 34 years after Islamist students stormed the embassy compound in Tehran, holding 52 American diplomats hostage for 444 days. AFP/Getty Images Former House Intelligence Chairman Pete Hoekstra is genuinely worried about the fundamental changes President Barack Obama has made to American foreign policy, according to this 28-minute exclusive video interview for The Daily Caller News Foundation. A Michigan congressman for...
  • Interview with Pete Hoekstra on Syria, Obama's foreign policy, and more

    10/31/2015 7:39:03 AM PDT · by Randall_S · 1 replies
    USA Transnational Report ^ | October 31, 2015 | USA Transnational Report
    Interview with Congressman Hoekstra begins at 25 minutes into program. Hoekstra discusses Syria, Obama's foreign policy, and how the United States has totally alienated its former allies with Obama's foreign policy in the Middle East
  • USA Transnational Report – October 31, 2015, With Congressman Pete Hoekstra

    10/30/2015 5:42:54 PM PDT · by Randall_S
    USA Transnational Report ^ | October 30, 2015 | USA Transnational Report
    USA Transnational Report for October 31, 2015. Happy Halloween! LIVE at 8 AM EST This week's topics include: - Interview with former U.S. Congressman Pete Hoekstra (R-MI), former House Intelligence Committee Chairman, on Hillary, Benghazi, Obama's foreign policy, and his future plans - GOP debate – the Mainstream Media has again been exposed as a farce - Paul Ryan's election to Speaker of the House, and the abomination of Congress's budget for Obama's remaining term ... and beyond - The Syrian Summit in Vienna ... why has Iran been invited? & more... You can listen to USA Transnational Report live...
  • West Michigan: Debbie Stabenow or Pete Hoekstra for Senate? (Freep this Poll)

    10/19/2012 1:59:12 PM PDT · by CreviceTool · 16 replies
    M-Live ^ | October 19, 2012 | Editors
    Next week, MLive.com and The Grand Rapids Press will make the decision about who we believe should be elected Michigan's U.S. Senator. We'd like your help. Unfortunately, Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing and former Congressman Pete Hoekstra, R-Holland, couldn't reach an agreement on debates, so you won't get to see them square off on the issues. But you've likely seen or heard a campaign ad and maybe you've made your decision. Now help us make ours.
  • Hoekstra says he'll catch Stabenow as voters focus

    09/27/2012 9:12:22 PM PDT · by Qbert · 12 replies
    AP via Times Union ^ | September 27, 2012 | JOHN FLESHER
    ELK RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) Republican U.S. Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra couldn't have asked for a friendlier audience than the workers of Traverse Bay Manufacturing Inc., who are fighting mad over what they consider unfair competition not from China or India, but from their own government. [Snip] "We're the underdog, we're behind," Hoekstra said in an interview after his factory visit in the Lake Michigan town of Elk Rapids. "It's been a very sleepy race ... pretty much been frozen in place for the last eight, nine weeks. But we think that as people start to focus and as...
  • Rick Santorum stumps for Pete Hoekstra in his Senate bid

    09/23/2012 8:18:53 AM PDT · by Qbert · 15 replies
    The Holland Sentinel ^ | Sep 18, 2012 | ANDREA GOODELL
    Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, in Holland campaigning for Pete Hoekstras Senate bid Tuesday afternoon, said Michigan is key for Mitt Romney's chances. [Snip] Santorum called Michigan a potential decider. If Mitt Romney wins Michigan, hes going to be president of the United States, Santorum said. The two talked about national security, the Senate race and Hoekstras opponent, Sen. Debbie Stabenow. Debbie Stabenows taking up space, Santorum said, later pointing to the lack of a budget proposal from the Senate Finance Committee, on which she sits. [Snip] Top of the list was national security. The U.S. has fewer allies...
  • GOP outlook shifts in Senate races in Michigan, Missouri

    08/28/2012 9:05:37 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 27, 2012
    The successful comedic recipe of tragedy-plus-timing can spell disaster in politics. A mistake late in the race can be a game changer. A gaffe that may sound like a career-ender may be forgotten by the electorate a few months later. So Republicans look like they have a chance to get the last laugh in Michigan, even as their chances in Missouri are looking more like a lead balloon. Former Republican Rep. Pete Hoekstra, left for dead after his infamous "Debbie Spend-it-now" Super Bowl ad, has been clawing his way back and is now in a statistical dead heat with two-term...
  • Obama, Romney Tied Again in Michigan; Hoeskstra leads Stabenow

    EAST LANSING, Mich. President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are deadlocked again in the battleground state of Michigan according to the latest Mitchell Poll. Romney and Obama are tied at 47% with 3% voting for someone else and 3% undecided. Just ten days ago, Obama led Romney by 5% (49%-44%). -snip- If the election for the United States Senate was being held today and the candidates were Debbie Stabenow the Democrat and Pete Hoekstra the Republican who would you be voting for? If you are voting for or leaning towards Stabenow press 1, voting for or leaning...
  • Michigan residents vote in primary

    08/07/2012 6:00:27 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 11 replies
    Wood TV Channel 8 ^ | August 7, 2012
    Polls opened Tuesday morning across Michigan for the state's primary election, with voters making choices including a Republican to take on Democratic U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow. About 20 percent of Michigan's 7.33 million registered voters are expected to cast ballots. Officials told 24 Hour News 8 they expect 10-15 percent of Kalamazoo voters and 20 percent of Ottawa County voters to vote. Pete Hoekstra of Holland has an advantage in money and name recognition over Clark Durant of Grosse Pointe as they duke it out for the GOP U.S. Senate nomination. The race also includes former Kent County Judge Randy...
  • Tea party focused on coming GOP Senate primaries

    08/06/2012 5:47:02 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    AP via Townhall.com ^ | August 6, 2012
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) Sarah Palin is mounting an aggressive campaign in Missouri in television and radio ads, in automated telephone calls, even serving barbecued pork sandwiches at a rural political picnic. She's urging residents to vote for Sarah Sarah Steelman, one of three Republicans in a prickly U.S. Senate primary. Fresh off a resounding Republican runoff victory by Ted Cruz in Texas, Palin and the tea party movement now are trying to capitalize in primaries this month in Missouri, Wisconsin and Arizona. But they may pose a more difficult test than in Texas, where the charismatic...
  • Clark Durant picks up steam ahead of Michigan GOP Senate primary

    08/06/2012 5:48:53 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 9 replies
    Human Events ^ | 8/6/12 | John Gizzi
    With little time to go before Michigans Republican U.S. Senate primary Tuesday, signs are mounting that Clark Durant former Reagan administration official and lifelong movement conservative may overtake the longtime front-runner in the polls, former Rep. Pete Hoekstra. Should Durant win the primary to oppose Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow will be Step Four in a string of pitched battles in GOP Senate contests won by tea party-backed conservatives against establishment candidates. In Indiana, State Treasurer Richard Mourdock defeated longtime Sen. Dick Lugar for renomination and in Nebraska, State Sen. Deb Fischer emerged atop two better-known officials. Most recently,...
  • U S Senate Candidates to Debate (Michigan)

    07/30/2012 2:17:05 PM PDT · by garyb · 7 replies
    WKAR-TV East Lansing ^ | 07-26-2012 | Jeanie Croope
    U.S. Senate Candidates to Debate on 'Off the Record' By JEANIE CROOPE The three Republican candidates running for Michigans U.S. Senate seat have agreed to do their one and only televised debate at WKAR-TV on Thursday, August 2, at 2 p.m. Pete Hoekstra, Clark Durant and Randall Hekman have agreed to a single moderator, no-rules format in a program to be anchored by senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick. This special election-year edition of Off the Record will be broadcast by Michigan public television stations across the state as part of the Off the Record series. The 2 p.m. taping will...
  • GOP ex-Rep. Hoekstra: FBI, CIA should vet candidates citizenship (w/Video)

    05/30/2012 11:37:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 30, 2012 | Cameron Joseph
    In an address to a Michigan Tea Party group in early May, former Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.) called for a government office to verify presidential candidates' citizenship and lamented Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) opposition to questioning President Obama on his birthplace. When asked about Obama's birthplace, Hoekstra said he wanted to see a three-person governmental panel check candidates' legal credentials to be president. "At any future election someone would have to walk into that office and prove that they meet the minimum qualifications to be president of the United States," he said, suggesting "an FBI person, maybe a CIA person...
  • Actress in controversial ad for Pete Hoekstras (Michigan) Senate campaign is deeply sorry

    02/17/2012 3:53:29 AM PST · by no dems · 26 replies · 1+ views
    The Cutline ^ | February 16, 2012 | Dylan Stableford
    An Asian-American actress who starred in the controversial ad produced by Michigan Republican Pete Hoekstra's U.S. Senate campaign has apologized for her participation. "I am deeply sorry for any pain that the character I portrayed brought to my communities," Lisa Chan, the actress, wrote in a statement on her Facebook page; this role is not in any way representative of who I am." The ad, which ran statewide during the Super Bowl, features a young Asian woman riding a bike through a field of rice paddies and speaking broken English while thanking Hoekstra's opponent, Democratic incumbent Debbie Stabenow, for her...
  • Michigan: Glenn tops Hoekstra in Senate debate straw poll

    10/02/2011 10:43:44 PM PDT · by AFA-Michigan · 2 replies
    Mid-Michigan Tea Party Forum | Oct. 3, 2011 | Mid-Michigan Tea Party Forum
    DeWITT, Mich. -- Republican U.S. Senate candidate Gary Glenn topped a straw poll of nearly 500 attendees following a candidates forum held Thursday night in DeWitt sponsored by three mid-Michigan Tea Party groups. Glenn said the results "are consistent with what I've experienced everywhere I've spoken the last six weeks, from Escanaba to St. Joe to Warren." "When Tea Party and other grassroots activists learn that Pete Hoekstra voted for the $850 billion Wall Street bailout, to raise the debt ceiling to $11 trillion, for earmarks like the $223 million Bridge to Nowhere, for the Brady Bill gun control law,...
  • Rep. Pete Hoekstra Says Administration Blocking Full Scope of Wikileaks Breach from Intel Committee

    12/09/2010 4:50:58 PM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    ABC News ^ | 12/9/10 | John R. Parkinson
    Rep. Pete Hoekstra, the ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, told reporters Thursday afternoon that the Wikileaks data breach is the result of a system that provided too many points of access created in the aftermath of the September 11th terrorist attacks, and that the Obama Administration is working to keep the full scope of the breach from congressional oversight by the intelligence committee. (Snip) Hoekstra said that in past national security breaches, the intelligence committee is historically the first panel in Congress informed about the contents of a breach. But so far, according to Hoekstra,
  • GOP would review probe into CIA actions--Terrorist interrogations issue said to cause morale problem

    10/31/2010 7:24:45 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 31, 2010 | Eli Lake
    If Republicans on Tuesday win the majority of seats in the House, that body's intelligence panel is likely to give fresh oversight of the Obama administration's prosecution review of the CIA's enhanced interrogation program. Rep. Peter Hoekstra of Michigan, the highest-ranking Republican on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, told The Washington Times last week that he would expect the next Republican chairman of the committee to hold hearings on how the threat of prosecutions has affected the CIA's morale. "I expect vigorous oversight of this administration now," Mr. Hoekstra said. "What has been the impact of [Attorney General...
  • Tea Party favorite Jim DeMint stumps for Pete Hoekstra's bid for governor

    06/25/2010 10:15:14 PM PDT · by pissant · 4 replies
    M-Live ^ | 6/25/10 | Monica Scott
    GRAND RAPIDS -- South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint -- a Tea Party favorite -- on Friday helped shore up conservative support for U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra's bid for governor. Six weeks before the Aug. 3 primary, Hoekstra, R-Holland, is in a close battle for the GOP nomination. And DeMint has had a bit of the Midas touch, backing a handful of Senate candidates who won primaries over candidates backed by party leaders, including Kentucky's Rand Paul. "I think it helps for people to know who your friends are," said Hoekstra about DeMint, who served with in the U.S. House before...
  • Hoekstra: Resignation of Director of National Intelligence 'Is The Result of the Obama Adm...

    05/20/2010 6:24:13 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 26 replies · 1,004+ views
    CNSNews ^ | May 20, 2010 | Staff
    (CNSNews.com) - Rep. Pete Hoekstra of Michigan, the ranking Republican on the House intelligence committee, says the resignation of Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair is the result of the Obama administrations rampant politicization of national security and outright disregard for congressional intelligence oversight. ABC News reported today that President Barack Obama would be accepting Blairs resignation tomorrow, and the Associated Press reported that the administration has already interviewed several candidates to replace him. Hoekstra, who formerly served as chairman of the intelligence committee, issued a written statement saying that Blairs readiness to step down, considering his record of service...
  • Republicans Oppose Democrats' Do-Over Intelligence Bill

    02/27/2010 4:39:29 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 3 replies · 459+ views
    Congressman Pete Hoekstra website ^ | Feb. 26, 2010 | Dave Yonkman
    Washington, Feb 26 - U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich., the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, joined with fellow Republicans to oppose the flawed, extraordinarily delayed Fiscal Year 2010 Intelligence Authorization Bill that was not updated to address the two terrorist attacks on the homeland that occurred since it was passed by the committee eight months ago. "After an eight month delay voting on this intelligence bill, Democrats have refused to update it to reflect the flaws exposed by the Obama administrations mishandling of the Detroit and Fort Hood terrorist attacks," Hoekstra said. "Instead Democrats tried to update it...
  • Hoekstra: Democrats will try to pass McDermott interrogation bill again

    02/27/2010 9:53:56 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 7 replies · 574+ views
    dailycaller.com ^ | Feb. 27, 2010 | Alex Pappas
    Republicans stopped a provision that establishes criminal penalties for CIA officers that use cruel, inhuman or degrading interrogation methods from making it into the Intelligence bill passed Friday but the leading Republican on the House intelligence committee said that provision is hardly dead. This is not the last time well see the McDermott stuff, Rep. Pete Hoekstra told The Daily Caller of the legislation authored by Democratic Rep. Jim McDermott. It will come back. They will find every way that they can to make it law. Hoekstra said the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Intelligence chairman Rep. Silvestre Reyes,...
  • Intel bill pulled over controversial added interrogation provision (Tried to pull a fast one)

    02/25/2010 5:53:16 PM PST · by jazusamo · 16 replies · 508+ views
    The Hill ^ | February 25, 2010 | Susan Crabtree
    A controversial bill that would have levied criminal punishments on intelligence officers for harsh interrogations was pulled Thursday evening. House Republicans charged Democrats with trying to sneak a provision into the intelligence authorization bill that would establish criminal punishment for CIA agents and other intelligence officials who engage in cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment during interrogations. Democrats inserted an 11-page addition into the bill late Wednesday night as the House Rules Committee considered the legislation. The provision, previously not vetted in committee, applied to any officer or employee of the intelligence community who during interrogations engages in beatings, infliction of...
  • GOP cries foul over amendment to Intel bill

    02/25/2010 1:53:15 PM PST · by jazusamo · 5 replies · 741+ views
    The Hill ^ | February 25, 2010 | Susan Crabtree
    House Republicans are charging Democrats with trying to sneak a provision into the intelligence authorization bill that would establish criminal punishment for CIA agents and other intelligence officials who engage in cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment during interrogations. Democrats inserted an 11-page addition to the bill late Wednesday night during as the House Rules Committee considered the legislation. The provision, previously not vetted in committee, applies to any officer or employee of the intelligence community who during interrogations engages in beatings, infliction of pain or forced sexual acts. The bill said the acts covered by the provision would include inducing...
  • Another Reason To Keep Gitmo Open

    12/29/2009 4:44:43 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies · 684+ views
    Investors.com ^ | December 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Security: Two of the four leaders allegedly behind the attempted destruction of Flight 253 were released from Guantanamo two years ago. The case for indefinite detention has been made once again, and not in Illinois. Sometimes America's chickens do come home to roost. In a statement released Monday, al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, which counts among its leadership two former Guantanamo detainees, claimed responsibility for the attempted destruction of Northwest Airlines Flight 253. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the crotch bomber, told FBI agents he was trained for his Christmas Day mission in Yemen by top leaders of the group who provided...
  • Nation's aviation security system is flawed, experts say

    12/29/2009 5:12:12 PM PST · by Salena Zito · 18 replies · 825+ views
    PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW | Tuesday, December 29, 2009 | Salena Zito
    A congressman who oversees American intelligence operations, a former CIA operative and an intelligence official agree that Christmas Day's aborted attack on a U.S. airliner proves that the nation's anti-terrorism efforts are flawed. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano praised the nation's aviation-security system Sunday but backtracked Monday, admitting the system "did not work in this instance." "Clearly, the system did not work," Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich., told the Tribune-Review yesterday. Hoekstra is the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee. "Success is not a person on a plane with an explosive," he said. "That is a failure. The system designed...
  • Hoekstra doubles down on criticism of Obama on airline attack

    12/27/2009 4:53:32 PM PST · by pissant · 36 replies · 1,964+ views
    The Hill ^ | 12/27/09 | Jordan Fabian
    Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.) said Sunday that it is fair to blame the Obama administration for the attempted bombing of a Northwest Airlines flight bound for Detroit on Christmas Day. Hoekstra, the top Republican on the House Select Intelligence Committee said that the administration has not taken the threat of terrorist threats on the U.S. seriously. Asked by Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace if it is fair to blame the Obama administration for the attacks, the Michigan Republican replied ""Yeah, I think it really is." Hoekstra said that increased domestic threats have made themselves more evidence this year, with...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 27 December 2009

    12/27/2009 5:04:46 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 412 replies · 8,017+ views
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 27 December 2009 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows Sunday, December 27th, 2009 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich.; Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.; Sens. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., Arlen Specter, D-Pa., Richard Shelby, R-Ala., and Jim DeMint, R-S.C.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): White House press secretary Robert Gibbs; New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg; former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga.; Gov. Deval Patrick, D-Mass.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Gibbs; Reps. James Clyburn, D-S.C., and Peter King, R-N.Y.THIS WEEK (ABC): Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano; Gibbs; Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Homeland Security...
  • Hoekstra: Airline Attack Should be Wake-Up Call(Some of us have not been asleep)

    12/26/2009 6:03:10 PM PST · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 20 replies · 1,068+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 12/26/2009 | Newsmax
    Top lawmakers, concerned about potential breakdowns in homeland security protections, said Saturday that Congress has scheduled hearings next month to investigate the alleged attempted bombing of a Northwest Airlines flight just before touching down in Detroit on Christmas Day. Sen. John D. Rockefeller, D-W.Va., said the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, which he heads, will hold hearings in January to look into Friday's incident and related security matters, according to The Hill. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., told The Hill that the House Homeland Security Committee will also hold hearings to "get to the bottom of what did and did not...
  • Pete Hoekstra:Detroit terror suspect Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab may be connected to Ft Hood shooter

    12/26/2009 10:54:10 AM PST · by Velveeta · 54 replies · 3,326+ views
    mlive ^ | 12/26/2009 | Aaron Foley
    (snipped) Hoekstra says that Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab may have a common link with the Fort Hood shooter that shot 13 people in November. AFP, Dec. 26: There was a suggestion of links between Abdulmutallab and radical US-born Yemeni cleric Anwar al-Aulaqi, who had contacts with the US army psychiatrist accused of gunning down 13 people at a Texas military base last month. "He may have been in contact with the American imam al-Aulaqi," Peter Hoekstra, the most senior Republican on the House Intelligence Committee and a member of Congress for Michigan, told AFP.
  • Rep. Hoekstra: Attempted airline bombing should 'connect the dots' for Obama

    12/26/2009 10:30:40 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 62 replies · 2,358+ views
    Rep. Hoekstra: Attempted airline bombing should 'connect the dots' for Obama By Jordan Fabian - 12/26/09 12:46 PM ET Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.) Friday said that the attempted bombing of a Northwest Airlines flight bound for Detroit should "connect the dots" for the Obama administration. Hoekstra, who is the top Republican on the House Select Intelligence Committee, told the Detroit Free Press that the attacks are an indication that al Qaeda is beginning to plan more widespread attacks on the United States. Its not surprising, Hoekstra said of the attempt to blow up a Northwest airliner. People have got to...
  • Obama Administration is Stalling on Giving Congress Intelligence About Fort Hood Shooter

    12/14/2009 4:07:55 AM PST · by Man50D · 40 replies · 1,540+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | December 14, 2009 | Chris Neefus
    Rest of Title: Says Hoekstra Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.), ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, says the Obama administration is stalling in providing information to the leaders of the House and Senate and the congressional intelligence committees on the multiple murders allegedly committed by a radical Muslim Army officer at Fort Hood more than a month ago. So far, the committee chairman and congressional leaders have received no detailed, substantive briefing on the event and what is known about its perpetrator. You know, theyre playing out the string, Hoekstra said Thursday. Were going home next week,...
  • Raw Audio: Rep. Hoekstra lays into Holder and the Administration

    11/18/2009 3:28:59 PM PST · by clyde_m · 1 replies · 380+ views
    The Patriot Room ^ | November 18, 2009 | Clyde Middleton
    There's nothing like a retiring Representative to hold nothing back. He lays into Holder and the Administration for having no plan, no decision methodology, and no logic for their approaches to the KSM NYC trial, the Ft. Hood terrorist attack, and the closing of Gitmo. Here's the raw audio of the conference call Bill and I just finished. The full interview runs just under 30 minutes:
  • Dems, GOP split on NY trials of alleged terrorists

    11/15/2009 4:03:59 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 30 replies · 1,322+ views
    Associated Press ^ | November 15, 2009 | Jim Abrams
    Bringing those accused in the Sept. 11 attacks to New York for trial would increase the security threat to the city and give radical Islamists a platform to propagate their ideology, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Sunday. Giuliani's view that the Obama administration is erring in trying Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others near the site of the World Trade Center was echoed by other Republicans on the Sunday news programs. Democrats defended the decision of Attorney General Eric Holder to try the five in New York where more than 2,000 civilians were killed on Sept. 11. If...
  • Obama urges Congress to put off Ft. Hood probe

    11/15/2009 3:19:02 AM PST · by Scanian · 48 replies · 2,241+ views
    NY Post ^ | November 14, 2009 | AP
    WASHINGTON President Barack Obama on Saturday urged Congress to hold off on any investigation of the Fort Hood rampage until federal law enforcement and military authorities have completed their probes into the shootings at the Texas Army post, which left 13 people dead. On an eight-day Asia trip, Obama turned his attention home and pleaded for lawmakers to resist the temptation to turn this tragic event into the political theater. He said those who died on the nations largest Army post deserve justice, not political stagecraft. The stakes are far too high, Obama said in a video and Internet...
  • GOP Rep. Pete Hoekstra Says He is "Not Sure Obama Realizes America is Still at War" - Video 11/13/09

    11/13/2009 1:59:22 PM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 5 replies · 346+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | November 13, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee - Rep. Pete Hoekstra - reacting to President Obama's decision to bring the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, to New York to stand trial before a civilian court. Hoekstra said he cannot understand why in the world Obama is doing this instead of taking the guilty plea of Mohammed and letting his punishment be decided by a Military Tribunal. Hoekstra makes two outstanding comments toward the end of the video. He said he is "not sure he (President Obama)realizes, even after last week, that America...
  • Top Republican says White House hiding info on Fort Hood (Among other things...)

    11/12/2009 11:53:56 AM PST · by bronzey · 28 replies · 2,093+ views
    The Hill ^ | 11-11-09 | Eric Zimmermann
    The ranking Republican on the House intelligence committee on Tuesday night accused the White House of withholding information on the Fort Hood attack. Rep. Pete Hoekstra (Mich.) said administration officials delayed briefing members of Congress about the alleged gunman, raising "red flags" about what the White House was hiding. "When they withhold information, you always start asking questions," Hoekstra told Fox News. "That's what raises red flags. What do they know that they don't want us to know?" Hoekstra linked President Barack Obama's handling of Fort Hood to a chain of other GOP criticisms of the president, including the administration's...
  • Hoekstra: White House Blocking Investigation of Fort Hood Massacre

    11/10/2009 6:52:43 PM PST · by TribalPrincess2U · 54 replies · 2,445+ views
    newsmax ^ | Tuesday, November 10, 2009 8:01 PM | By: Jim Meyers
    Rep. Pete Hoekstra, the top Republican on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, tells Newsmax that the White House intervened to keep him from obtaining critical information regarding the Fort Hood murders.
  • Administration Withholding Info on Ft Hood Attack

    11/10/2009 2:14:25 PM PST · by IbJensen · 24 replies · 1,190+ views
    CNS News ^ | November 10, 2009 | Christopher Neefus
    Intel Committee Republican Says Administration is Withholding Information on Fort Hood Attack, Demands Preservation of Documents for Possible Congressional Probe.CNSNews.com) Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.), the ranking Republican on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said Monday that the Obama administration has been withholding critical information on the Fort Hood murders allegedly committed by Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan. Hoekstra is demanding that the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National Security Agency and the Director of National Intelligence preserve documents relating to the incident for use in possible future congressional investigation. "President Obama said people...
  • Democrats Health Care Plan Will Shred Constitution, Hoekstra Says

    11/10/2009 3:39:03 AM PST · by Man50D · 9 replies · 552+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | November 10, 2009 | Nicholas Ballasy
    Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-Mich.) told CNSNews.com that the health care bill pushed by the Democratic House leadership will shred the Constitution and that Democrats have not given Republicans any time to showcase their ideas on health care reform. When CNSNews.com asked, Are you satisfied with what the GOP has proposed thus far to counter the Democrats plan on health care? Hoekstra said, Well, I mean theres always arguments that could be made: Youve got to be out there with a more powerful message and those types of things, but you know, were out there with a message. I think people...
  • Hoekstra and Rogers: Democrats health care reform will bring a lot of taxes and uncertainty:

    10/10/2009 5:49:51 AM PDT · by restornu · 14 replies · 470+ views
    Reporting Michigan ^ | Friday, October 9, 2009
    U.S. Representative Peter Hoekstra talks while U.S. Representative Mike Rogers listens. The pair spoke in Dearborn Monday to a group of business professionals about health care reform. News - Friday, October 9, 2009 23:15 - 0 Comments Hoekstra and Rogers: Democrats idea of health care reform will bring a lot of taxes and uncertainty U.S. Representative Mike Rogers said its clear to him how the Democrats will find the $1.8 trillion he says they need to pay for their national health care reform. They are going to tax you to death, Rogers told a crowd Friday. Rogers, a Republican from...
  • Standish, Michigan crowd against bringing Gitmo detainees

    08/20/2009 4:00:42 PM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 22 replies · 2,132+ views
    911FamiliesForAmerica.org ^ | August 20, 2009 | Tim Sumner
    Many of the 300 people who attended today's meeting in Standish, Michigan were already against moving Gitmo's detainees there; the rest left with more questions than they came with, according to town hall organizer and long-time Standish resident Dave Munson. I spoke with Mr. Munson this afternoon, after the meeting. He said, "The Department of Defense needs to come up here and be honest with us about how this would effect our community." ...U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Holland and a candidate of Michigan governor in 2010, took the podium first and urged the people to push for transparency. Hoekstra has...
  • Hoekstra: CIA Interrogation Techniques Worked

    08/04/2009 2:13:04 PM PDT · by Askwhy5times · 461+ views
    Bluegrass Pundit ^ | Tuesday, August 4, 2009 | Bluegrass Pundit
    President Obama released the legal documents that are the underpinning of the enhanced interrogation techniques. He has refused to release the documents that will show whether they worked or not. If they support his decision to end the use of these techniques, why won't Obama release them? Rep. Pete Hoekstra, ranking Republican on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, is joining the call for the release of these documents. (video)
  • Issa wants lie detector tests

    07/09/2009 5:28:47 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies · 590+ views
    The Hill ^ | July 9, 2009 | Jared Allen and Susan Crabtree
    A leading Republican on Thursday said lawmakers should be forced to take lie detector tests before receiving classified briefings, as debate intensified over lying between the intelligence community and Congress. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), a member of the Intelligence Committee and the ranking Republican on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said requiring polygraph tests would safeguard the information and clear up who is being told what. This comes as Democrats have accused the CIA of lying to members of Congress over the years, while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has faced her own questions about what she knew about...
  • VIDEO: Rep. Hoekstra: Obama, Pelosi "Undermining" U.S. Intelligence

    06/19/2009 9:19:17 AM PDT · by ianschwartz · 5 replies · 385+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | June 19, 2009 | Real Clear Politics
    Newsmax: Rep. Pete Hoekstra tells Newsmax that the policies of the Obama administration and Democrats in Congress are putting the United States at "greater risk" and providing our enemies with "a bigger opening to attack" the U.S. again. The Michigan congressmen, the top Republican on the Intelligence Committee, also said the Democratic leadership is "undermining our intelligence professionals" and that their morale is "collapsing."Newsmax: Hoekstra: U.S. at 'Greater Risk' Under Pelosi, Obama
  • Dems mulling sanctions against GOP Intel members

    06/05/2009 5:45:21 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies · 962+ views
    The Hill ^ | June 5, 2009 | Jared Allen
    Democrats are considering punishing Republican members on the Intelligence Committee who openly discussed information that was given to them at a classified briefing on interrogations. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), the chairwoman of the House Intelligence Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, acknowledged on MSNBC that panel members received a classified briefing on Thursday. And she said Republican members who spoke to the The Hill after the briefing could be sanctioned. Certainly I think there needs to be accountability, Schakowsky said during a Friday appearance on MSNBCs The Ed Show. I dont exactly know if sanctions ought to be given or what...
  • House GOP dares Dems to prove intel allegations

    06/05/2009 12:00:47 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies · 867+ views
    The Hill ^ | June 5, 2009 | Jared Allen
    House Republicans on Friday reacted to Democratic claims that they leaked sensitive information from a closed Intelligence Committee hearing by using the same line of attack theyve deployed on Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.): Prove it. First you have Speaker Pelosi accusing the CIA of misleading Congress all the time without providing any proof. Now other Democrats are following her lead and making equally false claims without any proof, Jamal Ware, spokesman for House Intelligence Committee Republicans, said on Friday. If they believe the classified substance of the meeting was revealed, they should prove it. Intelligence Committee Democrats on Thursday blasted...
  • Intel firestorm: GOP reveals briefing info

    06/04/2009 7:18:01 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 40 replies · 2,394+ views
    The Hill ^ | June 4, 2009 | Jared Allen
    Republicans ignited a firestorm of controversy on Thursday by revealing some of what they had been told at a closed-door Intelligence Committee hearing on the interrogation of terrorism suspects. Democrats immediately blasted the GOP lawmakers for publicly discussing classified information, while Republicans said Democrats are trying to hide the truth that enhanced interrogation of detainees is effective. GOP members on the Intelligence Committee on Thursday told The Hill in on-the-record interviews that they were informed that the controversial methods have led to information that prevented terrorist attacks. When told of the GOP claims, Democrats strongly criticized the members who revealed...
  • Hoekstra hits back at Dem Senators

    05/24/2009 2:19:30 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies · 1,203+ views
    The Hill ^ | May 24, 2009 | Reid Wilson
    Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.) on Sunday lashed out at two Democratic senators who tried to use the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee as a new talking point. Democrats struggling to cover for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and her conflict with the Central Intelligence Agency have seized on a conflict Hoekstra had with the CIA in 2006. Back then, Hoekstra cited a report from the agency's Inspector General, a report that concluded the CIA lied to Congress and federal officials in the downing of a plane in Peru in 2001. The plane held missionaries from Michigan; a woman...
  • GOP keeps blasting Pelosi on CIA

    05/21/2009 9:34:21 PM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies · 758+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/21/9 | Carolyn Lochhead, Chronicle Washington Bureau
    Washington -- Republicans continued an all-fronts assault today on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for accusing the CIA of lying - even as a key Republican found himself on the defensive to explain why he accused the agency of lying to Congress just months ago. Rep. Peter Hoekstra, the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee who is running for governor in Michigan, in November said of the CIA: "We cannot have a community that operates outside the law and covers up what it does and lies to Congress." Hoekstra was reacting to the 2001 downing of a plane carrying Michigan...
  • Pelosi taking 'wrecking ball' to CIA morale, Hoekstra says

    05/20/2009 3:10:40 AM PDT · by Scanian · 11 replies · 1,066+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | May 20, 2009 | Stephen Dinan
    In disparaging the CIA and accusing the agency of lying last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has become a "wrecking ball" to the morale of officers risking their lives in the field, the top Republican on the House intelligence committee said Tuesday. Rep. Peter Hoekstra, Michigan Republican, also told The Washington Times he thinks that President Obama will not be able to keep his promise to close the detention facility for terrorism suspects at the U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by January, saying the president has come to realize that other countries won't take the detainees and that the...