By Leslie Shedd
The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence held their annual Worldwide Threats hearing yesterday, February 4, 2014. The hearing featured testimony from:
James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence
John Brennan, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
Lt. General Michael Flynn, Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency
James Comey, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
Matthew Olsen, Director of the National Counterterrorism Center
The hearing provided the members of the Intel Committee an opportunity to question the intelligence community in an open environment. Congressman Westmoreland foucsed his questioning on the state of counterterrorism in Afghanistan, specifically with regards to the growth of al Qaeda in the country and the re-emergence of the Taliban.
Rep. Westmoreland: "We've seen what's happened in Iraq. In fact, we mentioned earlier about the terror training camps in both Iraq and Syria. And of course we know they're in Libya as well, in the eastern part. It seems like we, evidentially, just don't have the will to stick to try to make what we are doing count. Because we have lost a lot of great men and women in the effort we have had in Afghanistan. It seems like with the approach that Karzai has taken, it might make your ability to get intelligence less because of the pull out."
CIA Director Brennan: "There [are] complications associated with uncertainty as far as what the presence is going to be like going forward."
A video of Congressman Westmoreland's questions can be found here.
Leslie Shedd is Congressman Westmoreland's communications director.