U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) held a hearing on the Obama administration's "willful blindness" to radical Islamic terrorism in the U.S., and while two key witnesses refused to show up, there was still a lot to be learned.
Cruz, as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts, called the hearing—titled Willful Blindness: Consequences of Agency Efforts to Deemphasize Radical Islam in Combating Terrorism—in response to the U.S. government's reaction to the Orlando nightclub shootings two weeks ago. It was intended to investigate the deadly consequences for the safety and security of the American people under current Obama administration policies.
"This year alone, the Obama administration has twice purged mentions of 'ISIS' and 'Islamic terrorism' from highly significant public records—one involving French President Hollande's remarks about the Paris terror attacks and the other involving the terrorist's 911 call during the horrific Orlando attack," Cruz said during his opening remarks. "The Administration was forced to abruptly reverse course when the public outcry became too great.
"We cannot combat and defeat radical Islamic terrorism without acknowledging it exists and directing our resources to stopping it. And an Orwellian doublethink that seeks to excerpt any reference to it, as the Administration did to the President of France, or erase pledges of allegiance to ISIS, as the Administration did with the Orlando terrorist, is counterproductive to keeping this country safe."
The hearing was briefly interrupted by three women wearing pink T-shirts claiming the hearing was the byproduct of "islamophobia" among Republicans. But Cruz also noted two key witnesses—John Carlin, an Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice's National Security Division, and Michael Steinbach, the Executive Assistant Director for the FBI's National Security Branch—had refused to appear before the subcommittee.
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