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I demand that you block the confirmation of John O. Brennan as CIA Director.
Rep. Jeff Duncan
Sen. Lindsey Graham
Sen. Tim Scott
March 6, 2013
To my Elected Representatives;
ref;I demand that you block the confirmation of John O. Brennan as CIA Director.
As an American, I demand that you block the confirmation of John O. Brennan as CIA Director.
Not only has he refused to answer the important question as to whether or not he believes drone strikes on Americans on U.S. soil are authorized and within the President's power, he has also shown incredible naiveté in regards to violent jihad and radical Islam.
Throughout his government career as well as in his personal life, he has come to the defense of Islam and its most dangerous tenets.
In a 2010 speech at NYU he called jihad "legitimate" and suggested that it has nothing to do with violent acts of terror, despite the opinions of Islamic leaders that suggest otherwise (consider the Hassan al-Banna of the Muslim Brotherhood's pamphlet entitled "Jihad," where he calls violent jihad "sound" doctrine).
Further, John Brennan is responsible for scrubbing Islamic terminology out of law enforcement and intelligence documents, successfully divorcing religious radicalism from its association with terrorism.
The biggest concern I have is the fact that John O. Brennan has never countered allegations that he himself is a Muslim convert.
In February, former FBI agent John Guandolo claimed that Obama's nominee for CIA Director converted to Islam in Saudi Arabia in the 1990s. Why hasn't Brennan put these powerful allegations to rest?
I believe that Brennan is, in fact, as Guandolo claims, a Muslim. Brennan claimed to have witnessed the hajj - describing it as majestic - an event in which only Muslims may participate. Brennan, without converting, would have no way of witnessing firsthand the hajj as he claims.
While I understand that the occupation of a government post does not require any type of religious test, and religion is protected under the first amendment, I do believe that legally there is an irreconcilable conflict between Sharia Law and Constitutional Law.
Brennan, like all members holding office, is obligated by his oath to defend the Constitution against enemies foreign and domestic. This includes protecting the Constitution against the encroachment of any foreign law, like Sharia.
I am not convinced that his oath to America's Supreme Law would be genuine, and I ask that you do all that is in your power to block his confirmation as the Director of Central Intelligence. I ask you to urge your colleagues to do the same.
Pickens , SC