CBS News has learned that a "general threat" was made against a member of Congress who made a fact-finding trip to Libya this week.
The chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., traveled to Tripoli as part of the Republican's ongoing investigation into the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attacks on Americans in Benghazi.
On Monday, a State Department email showed the Acting Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli reported that a Libyan national known as Eyad "shared his concern and his opinion that Representative Issa should not come to Libya for his own safety."
Eyad told the embassy "The Sen. Mr. Darrell Issa if he would like to keep his luxury life with a half billion $$$ Do not come to Libya. Who is gonna [guard] the guy? And whom you gonna put a blame if the worst happened...Cuz all he gonna gained a several bullets in his smart skull."
However, Issa made his adventurous trip to Libya anyway. So far, we know little details but we may soon. Who knows?
Issa returned from the visit safely this week and his office says it's investigating the public release of his travel plans. Issa has not made public details of the Libya visit or what he learned.However, Issa did reveal this:
He did, however, snap a photo of a memorial tree planted at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli in honor of the late U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, who died in the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks.
Issa declined to share any details about his travel.Classified like Issa's IRS interview transcripts or classified in a national security sense? Maybe it amounts to this on Benghazi:
“That would be classified,” Issa said.
Issa spoke briefly about the trip on the House floor Thursday morning, focusing more on his time in Egypt and criticizing President Barack Obama’s foreign policy.HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
“We have no policy, and we have no allies,” Issa said. “We must develop a consistent policy where our enemies fear us and our allies respect and count on us always.”
He also said that by requesting authority for a U.S. strike in Syria, Obama was “asking this body to spank someone slightly for using chemical weapons” but not dealing with the problems in Egypt.
Issa accused the president of “leading from behind,” a frequent Republican criticism of Obama’s foreign policy positions.
“The good things that are going on in America are often overshadowed by our poor foreign policy,” Issa said.
Oh Congressman Issa certainly is an authority on what is good U.S. foreign policy. After all, he served as a rubber stamp to President George W. Bush's Iraq War, doing absolutely no oversight until after November 2006 when the Democratic Party won control of Congress in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.
However, poor foreign policy started because of Issa's Iraq War votes and also because of his unwillingness to be transparent on where he stands with the troops:
Voted NO on removing US armed forces from Afghanistan. (Mar 2011)Yeah, seriously, Issa REALLY cares about the troops when he votes against a bill that asks for mandatory rest periods between deployments to Iraq. I mean, Issa himself comes from a military background, which makes him even more of an enigma.
Voted NO on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days. (May 2007)
Voted YES on declaring Iraq part of War on Terror with no exit date. (Jun 2006)
Voted YES on approving removal of Saddam & valiant service of US troops. (Mar 2004)
Voted YES on authorizing military force in Iraq. (Oct 2002)
Voted Yea (Passage) - HR 3087 - Requiring Reports from the Defense Department to Congress Regarding Withdrawal from Iraq
Voted Nay (Passage) - HR 2956 - Redeployment from Iraq Act
Voted Yea (Passage) - H Res 557 - War in Iraq Anniversary Resolution
Voted Nay (Amendment Vote) - H Amdt 672 - Repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" After Military Review and Certification
Voted Nay (Passage) - HR 3159 - Mandatory Troop Rest Periods Between Deployments to Iraq
But of course, Issa is the richest man in Congress, maybe even richer than Mitt Romney, so you never know what's going to be on his mind unless it's the power of $$$$$$$$$ coming to his campaign war chest.
Anyhow, there is a new Democratic challenger to Darrell Issa in California's 49th Congressional District. His name is Dave Peiser, an Encinitas-based IT consultant and while it appears he's still getting his campaign together (no news to report at this moment other than Peiser's campaign website), it doesn't turn to e-mail him and/or his campaign, start getting involved and firing up the base.
Here's Peiser's information.
Dave Peiser for Congress: http://peiserforcongress.com/
Phone: (760) 405-1257
The website still needs more updating and we still need to know where Peiser stands.
At best, keep Mr. Peiser's information handy and forward it to as many people as you know to monitor the campaign. Should there be another Democratic candidate emerging, I will keep you guys informed as well.
However, if you want, you can also harass the San Diego County Democratic Party to mount a Democratic candidate on their own ASAP, the more the merrier!
San Diego County Democratic Party Website: http://www.sddemocrats.org/
Address: 8340 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, Suite 10 San Diego, CA 92111
Phone: (858) 277-3367
Fax: (858) 571-0275
Contact Form: http://www.sddemocrats.org/...