WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, along with 18 other Members of Congress, sent a letter to the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, regarding the recent 2015 Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community.
“On February 26, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released the 2015 Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community,” said Chairman Poe. “Notably missing from the terrorist section? Iran and Hezbollah. Iran -the largest State sponsor of terror in the world- is perhaps the greatest threat America and our allies face today. Hezbollah is Iran’s puppet terrorist arm. Both have been on this list in the past. What has changed since last year?”
“I am left to conclude that it is either the official position of the Direct of National Intelligence that Iran and Hezbollah no longer pose a threat to the United States or perhaps the Administration thought it would remove them for the sake of pacifying Iran during the nuclear negotiations. If the former, then I have serious concerns about the judgment of our Director of National Intelligence. If the latter, then this Administration is making a big mistake. Appeasing the Supreme Leader of Iran and all his henchman will not work. This is a reckless foreign policy that will come at the expense of the security of America and our allies around the globe. Several of my colleagues have joined me in this letter demanding an explanation for why Iran and Hezbollah were left out. We look forward to receiving the Director’s response.”