VOTEVETS STATEMENT ON APPOINTMENT OF MIKE POMPEO TO HEAD THE CIA

WASHINGTON, DC – The largest progressive group of veterans in America today is responding to the selection of Mike Pompeo to lead the Central Intelligence Agency.
 
In a statement, Jon Soltz, Iraq War Veteran and Chairman of VoteVets.org said:
 
“Mike Pompeo said that Muslims who do not issue statements condemning every terror attack are ‘potentially complicit’ in terror attacks.  That mindset is horribly wrong when it comes to views of civil rights and civil liberties of Muslim Americans.  Statements like those also further propaganda of radical terrorists, who, right now, are celebrating the election of Donald Trump, because they believe it will bring about a war of religions.  This puts us all in extreme danger, but especially our troops, serving overseas.
 
If Mike Pompeo believes that Muslims who do not issue statements on terror attacks are ‘potentially complicit,’ then as CIA director, we can be assured that he will spy on those people, who are innocent, in violation of their Constitutional rights. 
 
This administration is turning out to be as scary, bigoted, and abnormal as most people feared.  We call on all lawmakers, and the media, to stop normalizing the trajectory we are now on.  It is un-American, and it makes us infinitely less safe.”
 
 
BACKGROUND:
 
Mike Pompeo said Muslims who do not put out statements condemning attacks are 'potentially complicit': https://thinkprogress.org/gop-congressman-american-muslim-leaders-are-potentially-complicit-in-terrorist-acts-3c8fb1ad74b#.b00frq6e3

Terror groups are celebrating Trump win:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/11/09/islamist-extremists-celebrate-trumps-election-win/

Founded in 2006, and backed by over 450,000 supporters, the mission of VoteVets.org is to use public issue campaigns and direct outreach to lawmakers to ensure that troops abroad have what they need to complete their missions, and receive the care they deserve when they get home.  VoteVets.org also recognizes veterans as a vital part of the fabric of our country and will work to protect veterans' interests in their day-to-day lives.   VoteVets.org is committed to the destruction of terror networks around the world - with force when necessary - to protect America. While non-partisan, the group is the largest progressive organization of veterans in America.
 
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