Rachel Maddow exposes just how big a deal the revealing of information about Fort Hood shooter's links to radical cleric in Yemen by the ranking Republican member on the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Pete Hoekstra, really is. In short? If he didn't know he's being closely watched by us, the Cleric sure does now.
Oh, and this isn't the first time Hoekstra exposed state secrets for short term political gain (see here & here) or just lied about them for for short term political gain (see here).
Hoekstra unrestrained on intel revealUPDATE I:
Nov. 10: Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-MI, has revealed information about accused Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan that was not disclosed by the FBI or any other government agency. Rachel Maddow talks about his recklessness with Chris Hayes, Washington editor for The Nation.
House intelligence committee chair Silvestre Reyes smacks Hoekstra down (via TPM):
House intelligence committee chair Silvestre Reyes (D-TX) made a thinly veiled swipe at his GOP counterpart today over comments made by Pete Hoekstra (R-MI) criticizing the Obama Administration's handling of information about the Fort Hood shootings."I spoke with the Director of National Intelligence on Friday morning, and Director Blair committed to briefing members of the Committee on any possible information the Intelligence Community may have had with respect to the tragedy at Ft. Hood last Thursday. I trust when members of Congress return from the Veterans' Day District Work Period that the DNI will follow through on his promise.
"As the President stated last week, it would be inappropriate and premature to jump to conclusions on this matter. The Committee will allow investigators to do their jobs to ensure a thorough accounting of the facts. Once those facts have come to light and are presented to us, the Committee will consider and assess them.
"I am disappointed that some have rushed to the news media with unfounded information in order to gain headlines. I hope that my colleagues will refrain from speculation, pray for those who were affected by this tragic incident, and let investigators do their work."
Rep. Hoekstra Was Source Of Joe Klein’s FISA Lies, Decries ‘Paranoid,’ ‘Self-Absorbed’ ‘Far-Left Critics’
Today, House Intelligence Committee member and “Bush loyalist” Pete Hoekstra (R-MI) revealed that he was a “source” for Klein’s error-filled column, and proudly defends Klein in a column titled “Klein Kerfluffle” in the National Review.this round up of some of Hoekstra's more "notable lies" by FireDogLake's Marcy Wheeler:
In his National Review piece, Hoekstra attacks progressive bloggers as “civil liberties extremists,” stating that a “belief that efforts to target al-Qaeda operatives in foreign countries” may involve U.S. citizens is evidence of “self-absorption” and “paranoia.” “The issue is not nor has it ever been about surveillance of Americans,” he alleges.
But under the hastily-passed Protect America Act, there are “virtually no protections” for U.S. callers in international communications, leaving surveillance authority to the administration. In fact, 61 percent of voters favor court protections for surveillance of Americans.
Eureka!!! WMD in Iraq!!!
Remember when Crazy Pete and Rick “Man on Dog” Santorum claimed that a few piles of canisters filled with now-inert chemical weapons were the WMDs we went to war to find?
I’d just leave it at that–but it bears mentioning that the pattern of the demagoging is the same as Crazy Pete is employing now: claiming that the intelligence community is not being forthcoming with secret information that Crazy Pete has been privy to, and if they only would reveal what they know, Crazy Pete would score political points. In other words, we’ve heard precisely the kinds of claims Crazy Pete is making now before–and in the past those claims proved to be bullshit.read the other examples...