NY Congressional Representatives’ Stance on Jihad and the War of Ideas

Posted On: July 25, 2008 at 11:26 AM By: DanNY

Our NY Representatives showed their true colors last week!

On July 16th the U.S. House of Representatives voted on the Hoekstra amendment to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Bill for 2009 Intelligence funding.

The Hoekstra amendment condemned efforts by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), National Counter Terrorism Center (NCTC), and the State Department to recommend a “terror lexicon” that prohibits use of words such as “Jihad,” “jihadist,” “Islamist,” “mujahadeen,” “caliphate,” etc. In this amendment, Congressman Hoekstra called for the House of Representatives to prohibit the use of intelligence funding in support of such “terror lexicon” efforts.

New Yorkers can see how their individual representatives in the House voted (Roll Call 500) on this issue, demonstrating where their individual congressional representatives stand on the war of ideas in fighting Jihad.

These NY Representatives voted for political correctness over victory in the war on terror.

Rep. Timothy Bishop D, NY-1 Rep. Yvette Clarke D, NY-11 Rep. Joseph Crowley D, NY-7 Rep. John Hall D, NY-19 Rep. Brian Higgins D, NY-27 Rep. Maurice Hinchey D, NY-22 Rep. Nita Lowey D, NY-18 Rep. Carolyn Maloney D, NY-14 Rep. Carolyn McCarthy D, NY-4 Rep. Gregory Meeks D, NY-6 Rep. Jerrold Nadler D, NY-8 Rep. Charles Rangel D, NY-15 Rep. Jose Serrano D, NY-16 Rep. Louise Slaughter D, NY-28 Rep. Edolphus Towns D, NY-10 Rep. Nydia Velazquez D, NY-12

As Congressman Hoekstra stated, per the Congressional Record:

“Al Qaeda itself uses these terms to describe its fight against America, our allies, and moderate Muslims around the world. Why then would we prohibit our intelligence professionals from using the same words to accurately describe al Qaeda’s stated goals?””Yet that is exactly what some in Washington are attempting to do. I was dismayed to learn that over the past few months, intelligence bureaucrats at the State Department, the National Coun ter ter ror ism Center, and the Department of Homeland Security have issued memos imposing speech codes on how their employees can describe al Qaeda and other radical jihadist groups. They won’t even be able to use the words these groups use themselves to describe themselves. These agencies within the intelligence community won’t be able to use those words.”

“Mr. Chairman, free speech should not be controversial, nor should candid, accurate, and fair discussion of the self-professed goals of the terrorists that attack our homeland and have sworn to kill more Americans.” “I find it more than ironic that some who have complained the loudest about politicization in the intelligence community would oppose this simple amendment to prevent the politically correct politicization of our Nation’s intelligence community. We all know that political correctness can be the enemy of clarity.”

“We also know that radical jihadists have made repeated efforts to stifle free speech in the West, including the murder of Dutch film maker, Theo van Gogh, and frequent death threats against authors, cartoonists, and journalists.”

“Let’s not give the radical jihadists a victory here by imposing a speech code on America’s intelligence community.”

“How will America understand the nature and the character of our enemy if we can t use the words that they use to describe themselves and we need to come up with a whole new language that is totally out of context with the enemy and the nature of the threat that we face today?”

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The full article is here.

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