Remember. Members of Congress are not cleared for secrets – republished 2023


I have written on this often.  Members of the US Congress do not have vetted information security clearances.  They have access to government secrets because of their constitutional office as elected representatives of the citizens of the US.  This is true in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.  This is true because they are members of a part of government co-equal with the Executive Branch.  The Executive Branch controls the clearance process created by presidential executive order and the co-equal congress cannot in our system be denied information by the executive.  Congressional staffs, however, ARE required to submit themselves to the executive branch clearance process.

What brings this to mind is are the statements and behavior of Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota’s 5th Congressional district, a jurisdiction wedged in between Minneapolis and St. Paul and probably not very typical of Minnesota. 

Members of Congress are immune from restrictions on their speech in Congress and generally during the sessions of their term in office.  “Treason, felony and breach of the peace” are exceptions to that immunity.

Ilhan Omar’s statements and attitude in her interrogation of the execrable Elliott Abrams yesterday raise the question for me of whether or not she can be trusted with US government secrets.  She spent four years of her childhood in a Somali refugee camp in Kenya.  She seems to have acquired there a deep antipathy to the US as a country.  She seems to regard herself as a Muslim penetrant in the US government, a penetrant who will automatically, as a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, have a great deal of access to US Government secrets.  She is openly supportive of various jihadi movements and the Maduro government of Venezuela.  How can we know what she will communicate outside the government and to whom?

It is impossible know the exact motivations of anyone, but I will hazard a guess that Omar is falsely sworn as a member of Congress.  What did she think these words meant?

“I, (name), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. [So help me God.”   wiki

Was there a certain irony in yesterday’s confrontation between the arch neocon and the Muslim activist?  Of course, there was, and it was on many levels.

Nevertheless, you can be sure that the FBI will be watching and listening closely.  pl

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10 Responses to Remember. Members of Congress are not cleared for secrets – republished 2023

  1. Sam says:

    IMO, the Jim Jordan led “Church Committee” will not get very far and in all probability be a smokescreen to placate the GOP “rebel” constituency.

    Rep. Thomas Massie has already said much of the hearings will be in a SCIF. The national security surveillance apparatus who have clearly been weaponized and engaged in domestic operations will run circles around this committee with classification, endangerment of national security, sources & methods and all the usual roadblocks from ever being brought to account.

    The unaccountable 4th branch of government can’t be easily excised. The findings of the Church Committee in the 70s led to the the Intelligence Committee’s in Congress. They have now been co-opted too. Russia Collusion hoax is the perfect example.

    The use of the national security apparatus to engage in domestic operations was shocking and really bad in the 70s. It is orders of magnitude worse now. Their power has increased exponentially since then.

    Even Devin Nunes who headed the House Intelligence Committee and who had his hair on fire at the egregious actions to attack a duly elected POTUS, yet went on to vote to reauthorize FISA with no reform around transparency and personal accountability. Even Trump who was on the receiving end of the national security apparatus shenanigans couldn’t gather the courage to declassify and make the American people aware of how far we’ve fallen from being a constitutional republic and the extraordinary powers and actions of this unaccountable branch of government who don’t even act in the shadows anymore but instead with impunity.

  2. TV says:

    The FBI?
    The swamp’s own STASI.

    • Bill Roche says:

      The FIB, DOIJ, and the CDIA are all swamp creatures. Oh they will be watching, but not to do good.

  3. A. Pols says:

    She is for all intents and purposes an enemy agent. As for me, I’ve always thought that holders of public office of whatever sort should be US born citizens. But, what do I know, eh?

    • Leith says:

      US born should be the law – and no dual citizenship – and no nvestments in foreign countries. But if such a law was passed some well funded group of whackos would claim it is unconstitutional and take it to the supreme court.

  4. KjHeart says:

    In Minneapolis, Scott Johnson of Powerline Blog has done original reporting, and significant research on Ilhan Omar.

    The recent Feeding Our Future scam has her fingerprints all over it. One of the defendants in the case is said to be a close friend of I.O.

    More in depth) non the Feeding our Future scam – there are 50 indictments now (unfortunately too many Minnesota judges are spinning these people out of the jails and several have absconded).

    Center for the American Experiment has some good reporting on the numbers – it is looking like this is an historic amount of fraud. Possibly the largest in the US.

    As to WHO Omar is, connections etc.

    “Omar’s father died this past June [2020]. His death provided the occasion for the public expression of condolences from many who knew him. Today David Steinberg reports that he was known by one and all in the Somali community as (Colonel) Nur Said Elmi, obviously because that was his name.”

    All three of these sites (linked above) have done a lot of boots-on-the-ground research into Omar. If there is any information available to the public about her (Omar), there will likely be something on one of these three sites.

    my thought:
    I am looking forward to the day that Ilhan Omar cannot get elected ANYWHERE in the US – based on her own statements, she obviously does not even like this country.


    • AK says:

      I think it’s very safe to say that a large proportion of our elected representatives in Washington do not, in fact, like this country.

      • Bill Roche says:

        A large proportion of elected officials, union members, and the press are socialists. Socialists d/n like competition, private ppty, individual liberty, and limited gov’t. There isn’t more to say.

    • Steve+G says:

      I live in her district and she is both loved and hated
      By her constituency. She was booed off the stage at
      A large Somali gathering for her woke ideology.
      The majority white liberal/ leftists love her. She
      Can do no wrong. During the last election she never
      Ran one ad advocating her reelection to my knowledge.
      Of course she pocketed the campaign’s finances as
      Her new husband was her pac chairman. Nothing to
      See here from all the local media. Disgusting writ large.

      • KjHeart says:

        Steve + G

        There is a LOT on I. Omar on those pages I linked – the liberal Star and Trib paper has a two story front entry to their building and a mural of Omar’s face two stories tall in the main lobby – that should tell you about the media bias in Minneapolis.

        Omar does not even live in her district (another illegal thing she has done as MN law is US reps have to actually reside in the districts they represent).

        Since you still live in the city, Crime Watch (Minneapolis) is a good resource – he is on both Twitter and Alpha News.


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