On Wednesday, Texas Democrat Sheila Jackson Lee, the “congressional boss from hell” being sued by a former staffer, called for an investigation of “right-wing extremists” in the United States.
CNS News reports that Jackson Lee made the statement during a hearing of the House Committee on Homeland Security about the radicalization of young Somali-American Muslims by the terror group al-Shabaab.
According to CNS:
Jackson Lee used much of her allotted five minutes to question panelists with expertise on radicalization about the alleged hacking into telephones of 9-11 victims by the now-closed News of the World tabloid in England.
“I would add to that, that I would like to have a hearing on right-wing extremists, ideologues who advocate violence and advocate, in essence, the terrorizing of certain groups,” she said.
Jackson Lee did not specify who she considered a “right-wing extremist,” but given her statements in the past, one can conclude that her idea of a “right-wing extremist” is anyone with whom she disagrees – or possibly those pesky Tea Party activists who believe in following the Constitution.
Or it could be anyone who goes to a Christian church or believes in God. In June, Jackson Lee claimed “Christian militants” might try to bring the country down:
“As we look to be informational, we should include an analysis of how Christian militants or others might bring down the country. We have to look broadly, do we not?” Lee asked Patrick Dunleavy, a former New York corrections official.
CNS reports that while the committee was focused on real threats of terror, Jackson Lee focused on what she called “hate groups.”
Before Jackson Lee was recognized by Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), the committee chairman, the panel of witnesses gave details about how al-Shabaab, an affiliate of al-Qaeda, is recruiting young Somali men who live in the United States to travel to that African nation to participate in terrorist training camps.
“You will hear how al-Shabaab, who bin Laden called one of the most important armies of Islam, is engaged in an ongoing, successful effort to recruit and radicalize dozens of Muslim-American jihadis, who pose a direct threat to the U.S.,” Rep. King said at the hearing.
But Lee apparently was not concerned with real threats from Islamic groups and asked that a 39-page document addressing “hate groups” be included in the congressional record along with two FBI documents regarding domestic terror. King allowed the inclusion of her documents.
According to CNS, Jackson Lee wants the committee to receive briefings from the FBI and the CIA.
“My concern with the focus of the hearings that we have had is the isolation of certain groups,” she said.
In Jackson Lee’s mind, Christians and people who do not agree with her are more of a threat than the terrorists who have declared war on America and have actually killed thousands of innocent people.
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