Posted by Arab American Institute on January 09, 2017 in Blog

Rep. Mike Pompeo will will appear before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Wednesday, January 11th at 10:00am.

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Mike Pompeo is a Congressman of Kansas’ 4th district since 2011. He graduated first in his class from West Point in 1986 and then served as a cavalry officer patrolling the Iron Curtain before the fall of the Berlin Wall. After leaving active duty, he graduated from Harvard Law School where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. Pompeo serves on two major committees: Energy and Commerce, which oversees energy, healthcare, manufacturing, and telecommunications, and the House Intelligence Committee, which oversees America’s intelligence-gathering efforts. 

The Director of the CIA is responsible for directing foreign intelligence and surveillance operations around the world to advance U.S. national security. If confirmed, Pompeo would be a key voice briefing President Trump on foreign intelligence matters.

 Given these critically important responsibilities, we are particularly concerned in light of prior statements Pompeo has made that he might harbor anti-Muslim and anti-Arab bias. In this role, such a bias can negatively influence the CIA’s pursuit and analysis of intelligence. We raise questions about:

  • Previous statements that indicate Rep. Pompeo views the fight against terrorism as a primarily religious war – not a political or geopolitical one - between a minority of Muslims and all of Christianity.
  • Rep. Pompeo’s insistence that Muslim leaders must condemn each and every act of terror committed in the name of Islam or else be complicit in that act of terrorism, saying “Every Muslim leader must unequivocally proclaim that terror committed in the name of Islam violates the core tenets of the Prophet Mohammed, and they must do so repeatedly. Period.”
  • His reliance on discredited research by known hate groups including the Center for Security Policy.
  • His statement that, “we don’t have to say that all Muslims are bad. But … we’re going to have to have a broader approach in order to keep Americans safe.”
  • His call for massively expanding surveillance programs and databases, as well as his call for stripping all privacy protections foreigners currently have while in the U.S. and abroad.
  • His call to bring back torture tactics and the continuing use of detention facilities like Guantanomo Bay.