Many Congress members simply cannot be trusted to keep the United States' important national security secrets. Let that sink in.
After U.S. forces killed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the founder of ISIS, during a midnight raid on Oct. 26, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) complained that he hadn't been notified of the operation.
President Donald Trump told reporters in Washington on Oct. 28 that the White House didn't notify the House Intelligence Committee about the raid due to a concern that the information would be leaked by Schiff.
"Well, I guess the only thing is, they were talking about why I didn’t give the information to Adam Schiff and his committee. And the answer is, because I think Adam Schiff is the biggest leaker in Washington."
The president certainly has a valid point. And it doesn’t just apply to Schiff. The House Intelligence Committee shouldn’t be entrusted with the White House grocery list, let alone the details of a highly sensitive military operation that could put many American lives at risk.
There are virtually no serious security protocols in Congress. There are no background checks for Congress members serving on any committees, let alone the especially sensitive armed services, Homeland Security, or Intelligence committees. Is it possible that the United States' enemies may be aware of this glaring weakness in the United States’ national security network? Is it likely that they might try to exploit it?
Many U.S. Congress members receive money from Iranian-backed entities. Some work closely with Chinese-supported organizations. Many have close ties to Marxist groups such as the Democratic Socialists of America or pro-China groups Communist Party USA and Liberation Road. Many Congress members are sympathetic to the United States' enemies such as Cuba, China, or Venezuela. Some on both sides of the aisle have ties to front groups for known terrorist organizations such as Hamas.
There are several currently serving members of the House Intelligence Committee with problematic ties. Many of them would probably struggle to get a security clearance to drive a school bus or sell stamps at the post office. But that doesn't prevent them from serving on a congressional committee with oversight of the FBI, CIA, Drug Enforcement Administration, National Security Agency, and a dozen other national security organizations.
"If the CDSs [Sandinista Defense Committees] maintain and advance their autonomy and continue to serve the role they have served they will help insure that the people of Nicaragua may have the kind of participatory role in their own destiny they were promised under sandinismo."
Himes was elected to Congress in 2008 with help from the Communist Party USA and has worked closely with a Party front, the Connecticut Alliance for Retired Americans, ever since.
Carson received money from the Iranian American Political Action Committee during the 2018, 2016, and 2014 election cycles and was an early backer of President Barack Obama's failed “nuclear deal" with Iran.
However, no espionage charges were ever brought.
The House Intelligence Committee, like every other committee in Congress, is shot through with “security risks.”
Is it any wonder that Trump is unwilling to share sensitive information with Schiff and his junior committee members?