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Bank On Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act—Motion To Proceed— Continued September 11, 2014
Bill Nelson, D-FL
"I know some of the hearings are starting next week. Later this afternoon the Senate will have a classified briefing on the threat of ISIS. Many of us have already had a number of those briefings and know this is a threat like we have not faced before—not only because of the savagery but also the fact that they are well organized, they have a jihadist mission, and they are well funded."
Intelligence Authorization Act For Fiscal Year 2014 June 24, 2014
Mike Rogers, R-MI
"They already control a jihadist Disneyland the size of Indiana. Without leadership from the United States, this will quickly devolve into a full-blown sectarian war, which only helps ISIL’s political ambitions."
Howard P. “Buck” Mckeon National Defense Authorization Act For Fiscal Year 2015 May 21, 2014
Howard McKeon, R-CA
"(a) Sense of Congress.—Congress— (1) strongly condemns the ongoing violence and the systematic gross human rights violations against the people of Nigeria carried out by the jihadist organization Boko Haram; (2) expresses its support for the people of Nigeria who wish to live in a peaceful, economically prosperous, and democratic Nigeria; and (3) calls on the President to support Nigerian and International Community efforts to ensure accountability for crimes against humanity committed by Boko Haram against the people of Nigeria, particularly young girls kidnapped from educational institutions by Boko Haram. (b) Report.— (1) In general.—Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to Congress a report on crimes against humanity committed by Boko Haram in Nigeria. (2) Elements.—The report required under paragraph (1) shall include the following elements: (A) A description of initiatives undertaken by the Department of Defense to assist the Government of Nigeria to develop its own capacity to deploy specialized police and army units rapidly to bring Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau to justice and to prevent and combat sectarian violence in cities and areas in Nigeria where there has been a history of sectarian violence. (B) A description of violations of internationally recognized human rights and crimes against humanity perpetrated by Boko Haram in Nigeria, including a description of the conventional and unconventional weapons used for such crimes and, where possible, the origins of the weapons. (C) A description of efforts by the Department of Defense to ensure accountability for violations of internationally recognized human rights and crimes against humanity perpetrated against the people of Nigeria by Boko Haram and al-Qaeda affiliates and other jihadists in Nigeria, including— (i) a description of initiatives that the United States has undertaken to train Nigerian investigators on how to document, investigate, and develop findings of crimes against humanity; and (ii) an assessment of the impact of those initiatives."
Fascist Intolerance May 9, 2014
Louie Gohmert, R-TX
"We must stand up to terrorism,” bleated Hillary Clinton a few days ago in a tweet expressing outrage against Boko Haram, the jihadist organization that has abducted hundreds of young girls in Nigeria. Yet, when she was actually in a position to stand up to Boko Haram’s terrorism as Secretary of State, Ms. Clinton instead protected the group. Josh Rogin reports at the Daily Beast: The State Department under Hillary Clinton, fought hard against placing the al Qaeda-linked militant group Boko Haram on its official list of foreign terrorist organizations for 2 years; and now, lawmakers and former U.S. officials are saying that the decision may have hampered the American government’s ability to confront the Nigerian group that shocked the world by abducting hundreds of innocent girls. While Ms. Clinton now issues indignant tweets, Rogin elaborates on her failure to mention that her own State Department refused to place Boko Haram on its list of foreign terrorist organizations in 2011, after the group bombed the U.N. headquarters in Abuja. The refusal came despite the urging of the Justice Department, the FBI, the CIA, and over a dozen Senators and Congressmen. “The one thing she could have done, the one tool she had at her disposal, she didn’t use, and nobody can say she wasn’t urged to do it. It’s gross hypocrisy,” said a former senior U.S. official who was involved in the debate. “The FBI, the CIA, and the Justice Department really wanted Boko Haram designated, they wanted the authorities that would provide to go after them, and they voiced that repeatedly to elected officials.” In May 2012, then-Justice Department official Lisa Monaco (now at the White House) wrote to the State Department to urge Clinton to designate Boko Haram as a terrorist organization. The following month, General Carter Ham, the chief of the U.S. Africa Command, said that Boko Haram provided a “safe haven” for al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and was likely sharing explosives and funds with the group; and yet, Hillary Clinton’s State Department still declined to place Boko Haram on its official terrorist roster. As Mr. Rogin further details, placing an organization on the terrorist list enables the government to use various investigative tools for law enforcement and intelligence- gathering purposes. It also squeezes the organization by criminalizing the provision of material support to it and the conduct of business with it. After numerous Boko Haram atrocities, Republicans attempted to force Secretary Clinton to designate the group or explain why she refused to do so. The State Department heavily lobbied against the legislation. Only after John Kerry replaced Clinton and after a series of jihadist bombings against churches and other targets did the State Department finally relent and add Boko Haram to the terrorist list last November. The excuses now being offered in explanation for Clinton’s dereliction are specious. As Rogin explains, Clinton’s State Department claimed that Boko Haram was merely a local group with parochial grievances that was not a threat to the United States. Have a look, though, at the State Department’s list here. Several of the listed groups are waging local terrorist campaigns that do not threaten our country, the Basque ETA, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the Real Irish Republican Army, et cetera. A significant reason for having the list is to promote international cooperation against terrorism and discourage its use against anyone, anywhere. The fact that a terrorist organization may have only local grievances and may not directly imperil the U.S. has never been thought a reason to exclude it from the list. Fox News has further reported about another rationale of Clinton apologists: Hillary did not want to raise Boko Haram’s profile and assist its recruiting which, they reason, would be the effect of designation by the Great Satan. That is ridiculous. The main point of having the list and the sanctions that accompany a terrorist designation is to weaken the organization by depriving of it assets and material support. The logic of what Clinton supporters are claiming is that U.S. counterterrorism law—much of which was put in place by the administration of Bill Clinton—does more harm than good. Does anyone think they really believe that? What happened here is obvious, although the commentariat is loath to connect the dots. Boko Haram is an Islamic- supremacist organization. Ms. Clinton, like the Obama administration more broadly, believes that appeasing Islamists—avoiding actions that might give them offense, slamming Americans who provoke them—promotes peace and stability. See Egypt for a good example of how well this approach is working. Furthermore, if you are claiming to have “decimated” al Qaeda, as the Obama administration was claiming to have done in the runup to the 2012 election, the last thing you want to do is add jihadists to the terror list—or beef up security at diplomatic posts in jihadist hot spots or acknowledge that jihadists rioting in Cairo or jihadist attacks in Benghazi are something other than “protests” inspired by “an Internet video.” It is very simple. Most of us on the national-security right recognize that Islamic supremacism is an ideology rooted in Muslim scripture—a strict, literal, ancient interpretation of Muslim scripture, that is. Essentially, it advocates the adoption of shari’a, Islam’s legal code and societal framework. It is not the only way of construing Muslim scripture."
Providing For Consideration Of H. Res. 567, Establishing Select Committee On Benghazi May 8, 2014
Gerald Connolly, D-VA
"We will reveal nothing new; rather, we will do our great Nation a grave disservice in continuing to perpetuate myths and conspiracies that cloud a simple, painful truth: the attack on Benghazi was a tragedy perpetrated by jihadist terrorists—not by foreign diplomats, not by U.S. diplomats."

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