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Incoming House intelligence chief botches easy intel quiz
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Rep. Silvestre Reyes of Texas, who incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has tapped to head the Intelligence Committee when the Democrats take over in January, failed a quiz of basic questions about al Qaeda and Hezbollah, two of the key terrorist organizations the intelligence community has focused on since the September 11, 2001 attacks.

When asked by CQ National Security Editor Jeff Stein whether al Qaeda is one or the other of the two major branches of Islam -- Sunni or Shiite -- Reyes answered "they are probably both," then ventured "Predominantly -- probably Shiite."

That is wrong. Al Qaeda was founded by Osama bin Laden as a Sunni organization and views Shiites as heretics.

Reyes could also not answer questions put by Stein about Hezbollah, a Shiite group on the U.S. list of terrorist organizations that is based in Southern Lebanon.

Stein's column about Reyes' answers was published on CQ's Web site Friday evening.

In an interview with CNN, Stein said he was "amazed" by Reyes' lack of what he considers basic information about two of the major terrorists organizations.

"If you're the baseball commissioner and you don't know the difference between the Yankees and the Red Sox, you don't know baseball," Stein said. "You're not going to have the respect of the people you work with."

While Stein said Reyes is "not a stupid guy," his lack of knowledge said it could hamper Reyes' ability to provide effective oversight of the intelligence community, Stein believes.

"If you don't have the basics, how do you effectively question the administration?" he asked. "You don't know who is on first."

Stein said Reyes is not the only member of the House Intelligence Committee that he has interviewed that lacked what he considered basic knowledge about terrorist organizations.

"It kind of disgusts you, because these guys are supposed to be tending your knitting," Stein said. "Most people are rightfully appalled."

Pelosi picked Reyes over fellow Californian Rep. Jane Harman, who had been the Intelligence Committee's ranking member, and Rep. Alcee Hastings of Florida, who had been impeached as a federal judge after being accused of taking a bribe.

Calls from CNN to Reyes' office asking for reaction to Stein's column have not been returned.
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that sucks. business as usual continues. crap.



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Jane Harmon knows her sh*t. Pelosi f**ked that selection.
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Jane Harmon knows her sh*t. Pelosi f**ked that selection.
Don't worry...I'm sure the last two butt-fucking imbicilles she's "vouched" for and put on a pedestal will be the last examples of her inability to lead. Probably no trend starting here, so you should start looking elsewhere.

By the way, you're a fucking pig-wallowing cunt for the insinuation.
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I'm sure we'll all be learning a lot in the next few months.

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

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They can always use Google. What a fkin waste!
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They can always use Google. What a fkin waste!
I'll bet you said zactly the same thang when ol' Dubyuh didn't know who the premier of Siliwalkistan was in 2000. It's because you're so fair minded.

Am I right or what?

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I'll bet you said zactly the same thang when ol' Dubyuh didn't know who the premier of Siliwalkistan was in 2000. It's because you're so fair minded.

Am I right or what?

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He would not even know who is the new president of Mexico, hell how many people in here know that?
We have a dysfunctional State Department and intelligence agencies run by imbeciles. Need I say more?

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Heading for 'education by mushroom cloud'.
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Anybody angling for intelligence and common sense in politics is going to come up "snake eyes" on that roll most of the time...

Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy; its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery. (Winston Churchill)
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