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  • Epiphany ends the 12 days of Christmas

    01/06/2014 4:32:51 AM PST · by cll · 28 replies
    Youngstown News ^ | 01/06/2014 | The Rev. Thomas M. Constantine
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! You are wondering why I’m still saying Merry Christmas. Christmas was 10 days ago. We all know the song “Twelve Days of Christmas.” Well, contrary to what many people may think, the 12 days of Christmas begins on Christmas Day and ends with the Feast of Theophany or Epiphany, which is Monday, Jan. 6. Theophany has just as an important role in our lives and the life of the Church as Christmas. In the early Church, the Nativity of our Lord and Theophany, the feast of the baptism of Christ, were celebrated together Jan....
  • House ethics panel opens investigation of Democratic Rep. Reyes

    10/12/2012 2:49:34 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 12, 2012 | Jordy Yager
    The House Ethics Committee announced on Friday that it is investigating allegations against Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-Texas). The secretive panel stated that after six weeks of investigating the lawmaker, it was moving to continue its probe until Nov. 28, 2012. The Ethics committee did not specify the nature of the alleged violations of House rules that it is probing in the case, but stressed that the extension of its investigation did not indicate that Reyes was guilty. The outside Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) board referred the case to the Ethics panel on Aug. 30. Reyes lost his Democratic primary...
  • Choose easy! The woman who used TurboTax to falsely claim a $2.1MILLION tax refund and went on a...

    06/11/2012 8:09:04 AM PDT · by DFG · 71 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 06/10/12 | Paul Thompson
    A woman who was given a $2.1million tax refund after filing a false claim went on a massive spending spree until she was caught. Krystle Marie Reyes was only caught after she reported the Visa card containing the seven figure sum had been lost. By that time she had already spent more than $150,000, including buying a car and other household items. The 25-year-old from Salem, Oregon, had used Turbo Tax to file her income tax return for 2011. She claimed earnings of $3million but used the tax calculator programme to claim a refund of $2.1million, Oregon Live reported. Due...
  • Texas Twofer: Tea Partier Forces Runoff; Obama-Backed Congressman (Reyes) Loses Primary

    05/30/2012 5:02:18 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 7 replies
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | May 30, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    By the way, speaking of Texas, a major Democrat has bitten the dust. Here it is. A major upset. "In a major upset, longtime US Rep. Silvestre Reyes has lost the race for the Democratic nomination to retain his congressional seat in far West Texas. "Reyes lost narrowly to former El Paso city councilman Beto O'Rourke. Reyes appeared to be closing the gap," but he came up short at the end. He's 67 years old, first elected to Congress 1966, and he received a rare primary endorsement last month from none other than The One, Barack Hussein Obama, mmm, mmm,...
  • Former Drug Czar Makes Controversial Statements About Border Security

    10/16/2011 1:34:11 PM PDT · by FryingPan101 · 14 replies
    ABC-7 News ^ | October 15, 2011 | Gaby Loria
    EL PASO, Texas -- Comments made about border security by former drug czar, retired general Barry McCaffrey, at a U.S. House subcommittee Friday caught the attention of U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-El Paso. "I really believe that it had a political purpose," said Reyes. McCaffrey testified that he participated in a seminar-style meeting in El Paso within the last 18 months alongside "100 people" from El Paso and Mexico. The topic was the threat of drug cartel-connected criminals operating in Texas. "People from both sides of the border said they feel intimidated and a senior police official in the city...
  • Obama And FARC

    03/08/2008 12:06:38 AM PST · by yoe · 1 replies · 442+ views
    IBD ^ | March 7, 2008 | Editor
    Terrorism: The March 1 death strike by the Colombian army against FARC warlord Raul Reyes broke open a trove of contacts in his computer. So why did the name of Barack Obama turn up there?Admittedly, it pales compared with other material from the dead thug's computer — such as FARC efforts to obtain uranium or Hugo Chavez's $300 million support. But the little Obama reference within the 15 FARC letters released by the Colombian government signals a disturbing pattern of contacts with rogue actors. It's not the first time, and Obama has yet to distance himself. In a Feb. 28...
  • Harvard for Tyrants - How Muammar al-Qaddafi taught a generation of bad guys

    03/10/2011 2:25:36 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies
    foreignpolicy.com ^ | MARCH 4, 2011 | DOUGLAS FARAH
    Col. Muammar al-Qaddafi is well known now for the abuses he has inflicted on his own people during more than four decades of brutal rule in Libya, but few remember the vast campaign of carnage and terrorism he orchestrated across West Africa and Europe when he was at the height of his powers. Nor are his more recent alliance with Hugo Chávez of Venezuela and his long-standing relationship with Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua -- both of whom are busy trampling their constitutions and moving toward dictatorship -- well understood. And the fact that all three governments support the Revolutionary Armed...
  • Rep Silvestre Reyes: Amendment undermines ATF gun-trafficking ability to Mexico(TX)

    02/19/2011 4:59:31 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Rep. Silvestre Reyes released the following statement: Congressman Silvestre Reyes (D-TX) voted against an amendment late tonight to H.R. 1, the Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011, that hinders the ability of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) to crack down on the trafficking of weapons into Mexico. The ATF has recently proposed a rule change that would require firearms dealers in southwest border states to report multiple sales of long guns, like semi-automatic assault rifles. The proposed amendment undermines the Attorney General’s ability to investigate and stem illegal gun-trafficking from the U.S. to Mexico. “As a former law...
  • U.S. and Mexico Collaboration Leads to Arrest of Cartel Leader

    09/29/2010 11:42:19 AM PDT · by Cindy · 11 replies
    ICE.gov - News Release ^ | September 27, 2010 | n/a
    September 27, 2010 US and Mexico collaboration leads to arrest of cartel leader MEXICO CITY - The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)-led Mexico City Border Enforcement Security Taskforce (BEST), consisting of Mexico's Secretariat of Public Security (SSP), along with Mexico's Office of the Attorney General (PGR) Specialized Investigative Unit for Organized Crime (SIEDO), executed an enforcement operation in Jalisco, Mexico, on Saturday which resulted in the arrest of cartel members associated with the leadership of the Sinaloa Federation's methamphetamine production operation. This organization is responsible for smuggling narcotics from Mexico to the United States and bulk currency from the...
  • MS-13 Driver in 2007 Murder in Springfield Sentenced to Life in Prison

    05/21/2010 5:08:37 PM PDT · by Cindy · 7 replies · 321+ views
    NOTE The following text is a quote: MS-13 Driver in 2007 Murder in Springfield Sentenced to Life in Prison ALEXANDRIA, VA—Carlos Bladimir Montoya, also known as "Ciego," 26, of Sterling, Va., was sentenced today to life plus a consecutive 120 months in prison for his role in the murder of a rival gang member on May 5, 2007. Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Shawn Henry, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI Washington Field Office; and Colonel David Rohrer, Fairfax County Chief of Police, made the announcement after sentencing by United States District...
  • Texas lawmakers promise Calderon to expedite transfer of choppers, planes to Mexico

    04/09/2010 9:08:19 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 10 replies · 276+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | April 9, 2010
    U.S. border lawmakers from Texas and Arizona said Thursday they would seek to expedite a transfer of helicopters, airplanes and equipment to Mexico following a meeting the President Felipe Calderon. Getty Images Rep. Silvestre Reyes The transfer of equipment was approved by the U.S. Congress in the $1.3 billion Merida Initiative designed to help the Mexican government combat narcotics cartels operating in that country. Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-El Paso, led the congressional delegation to Mexico. He said border lawmakers were working with the Obama and Calderon administrations "to develop the next phase of assistance." Reyes, Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, and...
  • Outdated report based on figures retracted long ago (census)

    04/07/2010 12:13:44 PM PDT · by wolfcreek · 5 replies · 368+ views
    Austin American Statesman ^ | 4.7.2010 | Politifactcheck Texas
    Urging constituents to return their filled-out 2010 census surveys to the federal government, U.S Rep. Silvestre Reyes refers to a dramatic blast from the past. The El Paso Democrat states in a March 11 e-mail: “An audit of the last census found that over 370,000 people living in Texas were not counted, and our state lost an estimated $1 billion in federal funds as a result.”
  • Authorities in El Paso Arrest Seven in Connection with Kidnapping/Murder Investigation

    03/19/2010 5:18:29 PM PDT · by Cindy · 3 replies · 299+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: Authorities in El Paso Arrest Seven in Connection with Kidnapping/Murder Investigation Federal Charges Include Conspiracy to Commit Murder, Murder for Hire, Kidnapping, Drug Distribution and Interstate Transportation in Aid of Racketeering SAN ANTONIO—U.S. Attorney John E. Murphy, DEA Special Agent in Charge Joseph M. Arabit, FBI Special Agent in Charge David Cuthbertson, U.S. Border Patrol Marfa Sector Chief Patrol Agent John Smietana and El Paso Sector Acting Chief Patrol Agent Randy Hill, El Paso County District Attorney Jaime Esparza and El Paso County Sheriff Richard Wiles announced the arrest of seven individuals charged...
  • Venezuela's Chavez: Friend Of Terrorists (Not surprising)

    03/02/2010 5:27:33 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies · 301+ views
    Investors.com ^ | March 2, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    War: A Spanish court has charged Venezuela with collaborating in a terrorist plot to assassinate President Alvaro Uribe of Colombia. That's an attempt on a top U.S. ally, and calls for a hard response. If it's not predator-drone time, it's time to name Venezuela as a state sponsor of terror. What came to light Monday isn't the first time Venezuela's Hugo Chavez has been caught aiding terrorists, but it may well be the most egregious. Spanish Judge Eloy Velasco named a Venezuelan government official as a key link between 12 FARC and ETA terrorists who were indicted in a 2003...
  • Investigating the Bush-Cheney "torture" investigators (ties to Revolutionary Communist Party fronts)

    02/26/2010 8:05:23 AM PST · by ETL · 19 replies · 474+ views
    various sources
    From yesterday, Thursday, February 25, 2010:Intel bill pulled over controversial added interrogation provision "A controversial bill that would have levied criminal punishments on intelligence officers for harsh interrogations was pulled Thursday evening [Feb 25, 2010] . 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."... Intelligence committee Chairman Silvestre Reyes (D-Texas) added the language, originally offered by Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.), to his manager’s amendment, which makes several changes to the bill...
  • 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...
  • Dad Barred From Taking His Jewish Baby To Church

    12/13/2009 11:09:42 AM PST · by GonzoII · 370 replies · 5,770+ views
    cbs3.com ^ | Chicago Dec 11, 2009
    A father has been hit with an unusual restraining order: Keep his daughter away from any religion that is not Jewish. After the girl's parents split up, the father went to a Catholic church and had the girl baptized, CBS station WBBM-TV reports. Joseph Reyes, 35, had his daughter baptized and sent his ex-wife a picture of the ceremony. Rebecca Reyes says she only learned of her daughter's Baptism when Joseph sent her the picture, and that he sent it out of malice. Joseph Reyes denies this. "I sent it because Rebecca asked me for pictures," he said. Rebecca Reyes...
  • Does Giving Campaign Cash To Lawmakers Help Land Earmarks?

    05/19/2009 12:23:09 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies · 585+ views
    KFOXtv.com ^ | May 19, 2009 | Israel Balderas
    Democrats who now run Capitol Hill have come under fire from government watchdog groups and the issue involves one as old as politics itself – pay to play. A now defunct Washington, D.C., lobbying firm called The PMA Group is at the heart of what could be the Beltway’s next big money scandal. The FBI is looking into allegations that several lawmakers gave lucrative defense contracts to their campaign contributors. The three principle targets of this federal investigation are Democratic Congressman John Murtha of Pennsylvania, Peter Visclosky of Indiana and Jim Moran of Virginia. Investigators want to know for whose...
  • Congress to oversee CIA more closely

    05/01/2009 5:14:22 AM PDT · by radar101 · 19 replies · 666+ views
    WashTimes ^ | May 1 2009 | Eli Lake and Bill Gertz
    In a rare gesture, House intelligence committee Chairman Silvestre Reyes sent a letter this week to all CIA employees suggesting that Congress shared some blame for the CIA interrogation controversy and should play a more robust role in the intelligence policymaking process. The letter, which was sent Wednesday and made available to The Washington Times on Thursday, appeared to undercut remarks by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that there was little Congress could do about harsh interrogations, including waterboarding. The Times reported last month that members of Congress, including Mrs. Pelosi, California Democrat, had been briefed on numerous occasions about the...
  • Panic Time for Pelosi (libs may have gone too far this time)

    05/01/2009 2:54:40 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 131 replies · 51,544+ views
    Human Events ^ | 5-1-09 | Jed Babbin
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has had a bad week. Caught between her own involvement in the CIA interrogations now condemned as torture and her party’s inquisitions, Pelosi floundered. Her fear and frustration have apparently given way to panic after word reached her of the CIA’s reaction to the damage she, President Obama and other Democrats have done to the spy agency in the last three months. Pelosi -- as I wrote earlier in the week -- was one of the few members of Congress briefed in detail on the harsh interrogation methods and who could have stopped them but didn’t....
  • Teens held in rape of 89-year-old woman

    04/10/2009 10:52:32 AM PDT · by Chet 99 · 49 replies · 1,780+ views
    Teens held in rape of 89-year-old woman PORT RICHEY -- Two teens charged with beating and raping an 89-year-old woman and then trying to smother her with a pillow are being held without bail in the Pasco County Juvenile Detention Center. Carlos Fernandez, 15, of 7151 Tudor Lane in Port Richey, and Luis Reyes Jr., 14, of 11230 Areca Drive in Port Richey, face charges of burglary to a residence, grand theft auto, attempted first-degree murder and sexual battery. Pasco Sheriff Bob White has recommended they be charged as adults, though the final decision lies with prosecutors. The Sheriff's Office...
  • Treasury Designates Additional FARC International Commission Members

    01/15/2009 10:39:43 PM PST · by Cindy · 4 replies · 395+ views
    HP-1353 "Treasury Designates Additional FARC International Commission Members" SNIPPET: "Washington, DC--The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today designated three international representatives of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a narco-terrorist organization. The OFAC action was taken pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act), which applies financial sanctions against significant foreign narcotics traffickers and organizations, like the FARC. "Today's action exposes three additional members of the FARC's International Commission," said Adam J. Szubin, Director of OFAC. "The FARC is one of the world's largest suppliers of cocaine and continues to be...
  • Cache of guns found in 2 vehicles

    11/29/2008 6:50:46 PM PST · by AuntB · 26 replies · 1,869+ views
    Press Democrat ^ | Nov. 27, 2008 | LAURA NORTON
    After pursuit in Santa Rosa, 7 men arrested on weapons charges, 1 held for drugs Seven men carrying an illegal arsenal of assault weapons and an eighth man suspected of selling marijuana were arrested in Santa Rosa early Tuesday. Officials said the arrests were made just in time. "We believe they were going to commit a crime out of the county," said Lt. Tim Duke with the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department. "A crime was stopped." Deputies received an anonymous tip just after midnight Monday that a Chevy Tahoe SUV and a pickup with multiple passengers who had illegal assault weapons...
  • U.S. helps ransom Reyes' kin - Relative of congressman's wife whisked out of Mexico

    06/27/2008 9:30:39 AM PDT · by AuntB · 28 replies · 219+ views
    Washington Times ^ | June 27, 2008 | Jerry Seper
    U.S. authorities helped facilitate a $32,000 ransom payment in Mexico for a relative of a U.S. congressman who was kidnapped last week by gunmen in Ciudad Juarez..... Erika Posselt, a Mexican national described only as "a relative of the wife" of Rep. Silvestre Reyes, Texas Democrat and powerful chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, was abducted June 19 ......in Juarez. Held for three days, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents - at Mr. Reyes' request - helped arrange her safe return. ........ the kidnappers negotiated with Mrs. Posselt's brother in Juarez and agreed to release her...
  • U.S. Congressman’s Family Member Kidnapped

    06/25/2008 12:46:42 PM PDT · by usurper · 88 replies · 111+ views
    The bloodshed in Ciudad Juarez being fueled by the drug war must have triggered a major alarm in Washington, D.C., this past weekend when the sister-in-law of a prominent U.S. Congressman was kidnapped while on a shopping excursion in the Mexican border town.
  • Model gets probation for ugly behavior with police

    04/02/2008 2:32:16 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 28 replies · 362+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | April 1, 2008 | Colleen Jenkins,
    TAMPA — It was Dec. 23, and a Temple Terrace police officer had just pulled Rebecca Reyes over for broken taillights, and all the Playboy model wanted to do was hide her boyfriend's Christmas present before he spotted it. One problem: She got out of her truck and ignored officers' orders to get back in. Then she mouthed off when one of them took hold of her arm. She ended up bruised and facing a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest without violence.
  • Hugo Chavez Phone Call Allowed Colombians to Locate FARC Camp (Translation)

    03/06/2008 10:13:53 AM PST · by StJacques · 126 replies · 1,834+ views
    El Pais (Cali, Colombia) ^ | March 5, 2008 | Elpais.com.co-EFE
    Telephone Call from Chavez to "Reyes" Allowed Colombians to Locate FARC Camp Elpais.com.co-EFE A telephone call that the President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, would have made to the guerrilla leader "Raul Reyes,"1 permitted location of the encampment, according to reports from Colombian intelligence, RCN Radio divulged today. The telephone call took place Wednesday the 27th of February, the day in which four Colombian Congressmen (Gloria Polanco, Luis Eladio Pérez, Orlando Beltrán, Jorge Eduardo Gechem), kidnapped for almost seven years, were liberated.2 "Chavez, emotionally moved by the liberation of the kidnapped prisoners, called Reyes (alias of Luis Edgar Devia) and told...
  • Seized Laptop Shows Chavez-Rebel Ties

    03/05/2008 1:24:41 AM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 24 replies · 578+ views
    AP via brietbart ^ | Mar 5, 2008 | FRANK BAJAK
    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) - A single laptop can reveal much, and so it is with the digital treasure chest that Colombian commandos found in the jungle quarters of slain rebel leader Raul Reyes. Files in the computer seized in Saturday's raid into Ecuador that claimed the lives of Reyes and 23 of his comrades offer an intimate portrait of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's desire to undermine Colombia's U.S.-allied government. If authentic, the documents show that sympathies Chavez first aired publicly in January grew out of a relationship that dates back more than a decade. But Chavez is not one of...
  • Colombia says FARC wanted to make radioactive bomb

    03/04/2008 3:56:54 AM PST · by maquiladora · 12 replies · 220+ views
    Colombia's FARC guerrilla movement was trying to get hold of radioactive material to make a "dirty bomb," Colombian Vice-President Francisco Santos said on Tuesday. Santos told the United Nations Conference on Disarmament that materials found on computers of Raul Reyes, the deputy commander of Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), showed the group was in negotiations to get hold of radioactive matter for a bomb. (Reuters)
  • Hastings Out as Chair of Intelligence Committee

    11/28/2006 12:43:58 PM PST · by pabianice · 199 replies · 8,383+ views
    Fox News | 11/28/06
    Alcee Hastings out as chair. Harman also out, accordingt to Fox. Second loss for Pelosi.
  • Inside the Beltway-Democratic Chairman Was for Iraq Troop Surge Until Bush Proposed It

    01/18/2007 9:42:22 AM PST · by MikeA · 11 replies · 567+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 01/17/06 | John McCaslin
    On Dec. 5, Newsweek magazine touted an interview with then-incoming House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Rep. Silvestre Reyes as an "exclusive." "In a surprise twist in the debate over Iraq," the story began, Mr. Reyes "said he wants to see an increase of 20,000 to 30,000 U.S. troops as part of a 'stepped up effort to dismantle the militias.' " "We have to consider the need for additional troops to be in Iraq, to take out the militias and stabilize Iraq," the Texas Democrat said to the surprise of many, "I would say 20,000 to 30,000." Then came...
  • The Ultimate Oxymoron: House Intelligence

    01/03/2007 10:34:12 PM PST · by jamesestrada · 5 replies · 572+ views
    JVT Productions Blog ^ | January 3, 2007 | James P. Estrada
    The Ultimate Oxymoron: House Intelligence By James Estrada January 3, 2007 A couple of weeks back Texas Democrat Sylvestre Reyes was appointed to head the House Intelligence Committee by Speaker-elect Nancy Pelosi . Reyes was interviewed by a local paper that asked several questions on the make up of Al Qaeda and he missed every one. Once he realized his bad scoring Reyes asked the folks from the paper if they spoke Spanish, citing that his Spanish was better than his English and then in Spanish asked why the paper was asking those questions (1). Reyes was picked over the...
  • Naked to our enemies

    12/18/2006 8:14:33 AM PST · by the Real fifi · 11 replies · 786+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 12/18/06 | clarice feldman
    Much as been made of the demonstrated ignorance of Silvestre Reyes, the newly named chair of the House Intelligence Committee. But Reyes is far from alone in failing to have learned the most basic facts of the forces arrayed against us. Reyes' position requires that he provide oversight of our intelligence operations, and those in charge of those operations have demonstrated they know little more than Reyes does:
  • Caption this photo (Flunky Reyes at displays incompetence during pop quiz)

    12/13/2006 2:38:34 AM PST · by Caipirabob · 58 replies · 2,500+ views
    KFOXTV ^ | December 12th, 2006 | FOX New
    I'm a little tea pot, short and stout! This is my handle, this is my spout... ***House Chair-To-Be Reyes Fails Pop Quiz A pop quiz about national and international intelligence was given by a reporter with Congressional Quarterly to Rep. Silvestre Reyes, and that reporter said the soon-to-be chair of the House Intelligence Committee quite simply flunked. Tuesday KFOX had a chance to catch up with Reyes, and asked him about the pop quiz. "It's unfortunate that there has been so much attention that has been paid to it," said Reyes, a Democrat representing El Paso. Reyes said he actually...
  • Reporters in Glass Houses: Reyes Inquistor Stein Says 'Al Qaeda Shi'ite'

    12/12/2006 1:32:07 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 38 replies · 1,395+ views
    MSNBC/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Hint to reporters whose shtick is exposing the ignorance of government leaders: keep your facts straight yourselves.There's been a rash of stories in recent days about the shocking ignorance of various government officials when it comes to bread 'n butter facts about the war on terror. First there was a report by Lisa Myers of NBC revealing how little some top FBI officials knew about various terrorist groups and leaders.Just in the last couple days, Jeff Stein the National Security Editor at Congressional Quarterly, has been getting a lot of play with his story of similar ignorance on the part...
  • Incoming House intelligence chief botches easy intel quiz (Reyes: Dimocrat Alert!!!)

    12/11/2006 9:40:23 AM PST · by rfp1234 · 48 replies · 1,980+ views
    CNN ^ | December 11, 2006 | Scott Anderson
    Monday, December 11, 2006 Incoming House intelligence chief botches easy intel quiz WASHINGTON (CNN) -- 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...
  • Rep. Silvestre Reyes on C-Span

    12/07/2006 5:31:54 AM PST · by rodguy911 · 5 replies · 500+ views
    C-Span ^ | 12/7/06 | Rodguy911
    Reyes appearance on C-Span is very revealing about where he stands and what we can expect as he heads the intel committe in the House.
  • 'Virtual fence' to cost $8 billion

    12/06/2006 12:29:09 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 65 replies · 1,357+ views
    Houston Chronicle Washington Bureau ^ | Dec. 5, 2006 | MICHELLE MITTELSTADT
    DHS also says the high-tech answer to border control will take 5 years to build WASHINGTON — The Bush administration's plan to build a high-tech ''virtual fence" along the Southwest border will require nearly $8 billion and five years to complete, the Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday. The report, demanded by Congress, provided the most detailed timeline and cost estimate yet for completion of a Secure Border Initiative designed to bring the border under operational control by the end of 2011. The Department of Homeland Security concedes that it has effective control of 284 miles of the nearly 2,000-mile...
  • Reyes (D), Weldon (R), Not Much Difference, Just Timing

    12/06/2006 7:40:22 AM PST · by Jay777 · 11 replies · 597+ views
    Stop The ACLU ^ | 6-Dec-06 | Oak Leaf
    Remember the pre-election controversy with Curt Weldon (R)? The crushing blow, though, came in October, when news leaked of a federal investigation into whether Weldon used his office to steer business to a firm co-owned by his daughter. Weldon denied wrongdoing, but the damage was done, and Sestak surged to one of the widest victory margins among Democratic freshmen. Alcee Hastings out, Silvestre Reyes, another corrupt Democrat, in: But Reyes has been linked to past controversies. The inspector general of the government's General Services Administration looked into the serious failures of a $239 million network of cameras and sensors along...
  • Is Reyes So Darn Clean?

    12/06/2006 5:39:29 AM PST · by rellimpank · 10 replies · 616+ views
    Slate ^ | 06 Dec 06 | Mickey Kaus
    Virtual Fence = Virtual Corruption? Speaker Pelosi's post-Hastings fallback choice to head the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Silvestre Reyes, voted against building the 700 mile border fence. He prefers a system of video surveillance cameras, apparently. And gee, it seems that his daughter works for a firm that won a government contract to provide such surveillance services! What's more, according to WaPo's John Mintz (who broke the story) the firm did a really bad job. TPM Muckraker summarizes:
  • ‘We Can’t Afford to Leave’(Reyes-Dem) in your face Michael Moore

    12/05/2006 4:58:23 PM PST · by BlueJ7 · 40 replies · 1,375+ views
    MSNBC-Newsweek ^ | 12052006
    Dec. 5. 2006 - In a surprise twist in the debate over Iraq, Rep. Silvestre Reyes, the soon-to-be chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said he wants to see an increase of 20,000 to 30,000 U.S. troops as part of a stepped up effort to “dismantle the militias.”
  • Next Chairman for Intelligence (Reyes) Opposed War

    12/02/2006 9:59:45 AM PST · by FairOpinion · 22 replies · 826+ views
    NYT ^ | Dec. 2, 2006 | MARK MAZZETTI and JEFF ZELENY
    Representative Nancy Pelosi, the incoming House speaker, sent a strong new signal on Friday that Democrats intend to confront the White House by naming a Texas congressman who opposed the war in Iraq as the next chairman of the House intelligence committee. Mrs. Pelosi chose him over Ms. Harman in part because he has repeatedly taken a more combative stance toward Bush administration policies like the invasion of Iraq, military tribunals for terrorist suspects, and the National Security Agency’s domestic surveillance program. Mr. Reyes voted against authorizing President Bush to go to war with Iraq, and in June he said...
  • Pelosi chooses Reyes to run intel panel

    12/01/2006 10:33:57 AM PST · by teddyballgame · 47 replies · 1,533+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 12/1/06 | Tom Curry
    WASHINGTON - House Speaker-to-be Nancy Pelosi has chosen a Border-Patrol-agent-turned-congressman to take over the House Intelligence Committee, according to congressional aides. The two aides, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they considered it an internal party issue, confirmed that Democratic leaders are contacting congressional and other political officials to tell them Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas, will be the new chairman of the committee when Democrats take control in January. By seniority, California Rep. Jane Harman should lead the Intelligence Committee. The senior Democrat on that panel has served on it for eight years. Washington insiders saw Harman as the...
  • El Paso Dems Question Reyes (Old, but important article on possible intelligence chair)

    11/25/2006 9:23:54 PM PST · by Patriot814 · 2 replies · 489+ views
    Reyes Testimony Stirs Concern For EP Dems February 8, 2005 -- El Paso County Democrats say they are in disbelief after watching the testimony of U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes before the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Investigations. "What he was saying doesn't make any sense," said Carmen Duarte, County Chair for the Democratic Party in El Paso. Duarte says they are concerned Congressman Reyes is downplaying the seriousness of border incursions, including the January 23rd incident in Hudspeth County where Hudspeth Sheriff deputies were at a stand-off with Mexican militants during a drug smuggling operation along the Rio Grande. "He wasn't...
  • Woman assaulted, set on fire; police seek suspect

    06/03/2006 9:51:22 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 13 replies · 449+ views
    The Sun News ^ | June 3, 2006 | Tonya Root
    Horry County police said Friday they were looking for a 29-year-old Loris man in connection with an attack on a woman who was kidnapped, sexually assaulted and set on fire, according to a news release. The attack occurred earlier this week, police said. The woman remained hospitalized Friday and was being treated for burns, with the most severe injuries to her hands, Horry County police Sgt. Bob Carr said. Police are searching for Fortinato Santos Reyes, who has been charged in an arrest warrant with assault and battery with intent to kill, arson, kidnapping and criminal sexual conduct, the release...
  • [Border Patrol]Union says high-tech gadgets are nothing without border agents

    05/25/2006 10:18:52 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 22 replies · 498+ views
    KENS 5 Border Bureau ^ | 05/25/2006 | Angela Kocherga
    The first wave of National Guardsmen head to the U.S.-Mexico border next week. Besides troops, technology is a large part of President George W. Bush's plan to beef up border security. There are plenty of high-tech tools in place now, but do they work? Night vision capability, thousands of motion detectors, and more than 400 cameras line the border, as the federal government increasingly turns to technology for protection. "We are in the process of making our border the most technologically advanced border in the world," Bush said. However, representatives of the Border Patrol Council, the union for border patrol...
  • Homeland Sub-Chair Rogers: 'Border Surveillance System Does Not Work'

    06/17/2005 10:28:55 AM PDT · by Happy2BMe · 28 replies · 574+ views
    Press Release Source: House Committee on Homeland Security Homeland Sub-Chair Rogers: 'Border Surveillance System Does Not Work'Thursday June 16, 1:57 pm ET WASHINGTON, June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- House Homeland Security Subcommittee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-AL) delivered the following statement at today's Subcommittee on Management, Integration and Oversight hearing entitled Mismanagement of the Border Surveillance System and Lessons for the New America's Shield Initiative. "We're holding this hearing today to discuss the issue of border patrol surveillance technology."In 1998, the former Immigration and Naturalization Service launched the Integrated Surveillance Intelligence System, known as ISIS. This system was originally designed to detect...
  • Border-monitoring equipment said to be defective TEXAS OTHERS

    04/11/2005 8:36:32 AM PDT · by Dubya · 26 replies · 580+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Apr. 11, 2005 | John Mintz
    WASHINGTON - A critical network of cameras and sensors installed for the U.S. Border Patrol along the Mexican and Canadian borders has been hobbled for years by defective, poorly installed equipment and by lax oversight by government officials who failed to properly supervise the project's contractor, according to government reports and public and industry officials. The problems with the $239 million Integrated Surveillance Intelligence System, or ISIS, which officials call crucial to defending the country against terrorist infiltration, are under investigation by the inspector general of the General Services Administration. That inquiry, into whether government officials allowed the contractor to...
  • REYES’ CHILDREN WORKED FOR BORDER PROJECT CONTRACTORS

    04/25/2005 4:56:54 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 7 replies · 451+ views
    Quorum Report / Newsclips ^ | April 25, 2005 | Harvey Kronberg, www.quorumreport.com,
    All three children of U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-El Paso, worked in some capacity for defense contractors that were criticized by the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. General Services Administration for installing faulty or incomplete equipment for a border security technology system. International Microwave Corp. and L-3 Communications Holdings Inc. — through their political action committees and others — also gave Reyes about $17,000 in campaign contributions during the past five years. Reyes, who was in his El Paso district office Friday, said that while he was a proponent of the border technology system that the General Services...