Secretary of State John Kerry said on Capitol Hill today that Iran "may" kill Americans or Israelis. Watch here:
A member of Congress asked the secretary of state, "Well, do you believe that Iran is the world's foremost sponsor of terrorism?"
"Yes," Kerry responded.
"And that they will use the conventional weapons made available by the Iran nuclear treaty to kill Americans or Israelis?"
"Well, they may," said Kerry. "They may. And we have, as you know, responded to that from 1979 when they took over our embassy forward, we have put sanctions in place specifically because of their support for terror."
And here's the full transcript of Rep. Mo Brooks's exchange with Kerry:
Mr. Brooks: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Secretary Kerry, my questions require brief answers to comply with my 5 minute time limitation and I hope you will cooperate in that context. Three months ago Iranian Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi stated that erasing Israel off the map is non-negotiable. Do you believe his comments accurately reflect Iranian government goals? Yes, no, or I don’t know?
Secretary Kerry: I think it accurately reflects some people’s rhetoric and some people’s attitude, but…
Mr. Brooks: In the Iranian government?
Secretary Kerry: I don’t think it’s possible for Iran to do that, and I think Israel has enormous capacity obviously…
Mr. Brooks: OK, I didn’t ask for all that other. I’m just asking if you have a judgement as to whether his comments accurately reflect Iran’s government’s goals.
Secretary Kerry: My judgment is, it is not an implementable policy by Iran.
Mr. Brooks: OK, well less than two weeks ago Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei led a rally that was frequently punctuated by chants of “Death to America!”, and “Death to Israel!” Do you believe his comments accurately reflect Iranian government goals? Again—yes, no, or I don’t know?
Secretary Kerry: I think they reflect an attitude and a rhetorical excess, but I see no evidence that they have a policy that is implementing that against us at this point in time.
Mr. Brooks: Well do you believe that Iran is the world’s foremost sponsor of terrorism?
Secretary Kerry: Yes.
Mr. Brooks: And, that they will use the conventional weapons made available by the Iran nuclear treaty to kill Americans or Israelis?
Secretary Kerry: Well, they may, they may. We have, as you know, responded to that from 1979 when they took over our embassy forward. We have put sanctions in place specifically because of their support for terror, because of their abuse of human rights.
Mr. Brooks: OK, I understand that. You answered my question when you said, “Yes, they may.” Next, is the Obama administration willing to use military force to prevent Iran from obtaining, building, testing, or using nuclear weapons?
Secretary Kerry: Yes.
Mr. Brooks: And, what has Iran done in the past couple of years that causes you to believe Iran will abide by the Iran nuclear treaty or that Iran wants to become a responsible member of the international community?
Secretary Kerry: The only thing that indicates to us a willingness to try to comply with this agreement is the fact that they have complied fully with the interim agreement for the last two years and that we have put in place such a strict set of consequences that it is deeply in their interests to comply if they have reduced two thirds of their centrifuges, stripped their stockpile, put concrete in the calandria of Arak, emptied out Fordow. There is a lot of incentive therefore to fully comply with this agreement.
Well, looks like the terrorists finally have won. The satirical French paper Charlie Hebdo announced it would no longer draw pictures of Muhammad, just six months after Islamic terrorists stormed their Paris offices and massacred the staff. They are far from alone in backing down in the face of such threats. After the Charlie Hebdo attack, the Jyllands-Posten, the Danish paper whose Muhammad cartoons caused great turmoil in 2005, refused to publish any of Charlie Hebdo’s controversial cartoons.
Jeff Sessions, a Republican senator from Alabama, details a pattern of terrorism committed by immigrants. These "events," he writes in a statement, "do not occur in isolation, but are often part of broader networks, groups, and pockets of radicalization made possible by unwise immigration policy."
The senator attributes the following terrorist activity since 2013 to immigrants:
Hillary Clinton made a statement today on the terror attack in Tennessee, which reportedly claimed the lives of four Marines. The Democratic presidential candidate compared today's attack to the racially-motivated murder of 9 Americans in a Charleston church last month:
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"We should expect that some portion of that money would go to the Iranian military and could potentially be used for the kinds of bad behavior that we have seen in the region up until now," Rice admitted on CNN.
Although President Obama has not yet fulfilled his promise to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the population there is gradually shrinking as detainees are repatriated or released into the custody of foreign governments.
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Republican members of the House intelligence committee say the Obama administration should release more of the one million-plus documents found after the 2011 raid that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
The White House has so far released around 120, including 86 more on Wednesday that revealed relatively trivial details, like the terrorist mastermind’s reading list. (One interesting nugget, though, was that al Qaeda had been considering opening a recruitment office in Iran.)
On Wednesday afternoon Kentucky senator Rand Paul, a Republican presidential candidate, began what he's calling a filibuster of the Senate's renewal of the PATRIOT Act. Here's a tweet from Paul announcing the speech:
I've just taken the senate floor to begin a filibuster of the Patriot Act renewal. It's time to end the NSA spying!
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