"Are you sure you haven't left anything out?" the agent asked. That was a very uncomfortable question, not because I had left anything out, but because the agent seemed about to pounce. He was from the Defense Investigative Service, and he was interviewing me as part of an investigation of almost proctological dimensions. I was hanging up my Security Forces beret to become a military historian, which required a Top Secret security clearance, and a thorough background investigation. "What about the DWI?" he asked. Well, that floored me, because I had none. I had never been cited for so much as jay walking or cruelty to sparrows, let alone a DWI. I politely asked the investigator go back and check that one again and, indeed, they did so and found someone else with my exact name had been convicted of DWI, but that I had never spent a single night in the hoosegow. But for a moment there, a whole new career hung precariously in the balance.
In retrospect, I suppose I should have contacted Senator McCain and Speaker Boehner and cried discrimination. Would Congressman Boehner have labeled the investigation as "pretty dangerous," before his eyes welled up again, his voice cracking as he would say, "I don't know Dave, but everything I know of him, he has a sterling character?" Could I have short-circuited the entire process if I had been closely aligned with Hillary Clinton? Would John McCain have condemned the DIS agent for, "sinister accusations," in the same fashion as he has five members of Congress who have asked for an Inspector General's investigation into whether the Muslim Brotherhood is making inroads into our government?
Should advisers to the Secretary of State be subject to the same scrutiny as members of the military before given access to the nation's most closely guarded secrets? Because that is ultimately the point here. Five members of the House, including Representatives Louie Gohmert and Michelle Bachmann, have asked Inspectors General for DOD, the State Department, DOJ, DHS, and the Office of Director National Intelligence to look into the question of whether various people, including Ms. Huma Abedin, adviser of Hillary Clinton (and widely admired for her forbearance as the wife of disgraced ex-congressman Anthony Weiner), have links to the Muslim Brotherhood which, as a matter of record, is engaged in a "….grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within."
As is usually the case in instances like this, National Review's Andrew McCarthy is doing yeoman's work in finding and presenting some inconvenient truths, such as the fact that Ms. Abedin's mother, Saleha Abedin, is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood's women's division and an advocate for sharia law. She (Saleha Abedin) is also a board member of an organization that has been banned in Israel as part of Hamas, and which itself is part of the Union for Good, a terrorist organization under federal law, whose principal sharia jurist is Sheik Yusuf al-Qaradawi, himself having called for terrorist attacks against Israel and American forces in Iraq.
Now, whether or not these links are, in and of themselves, sufficient to cost Huma Abedin her job is a question I wouldn't try to answer without looking into the issue in more depth, which is precisely what Michelle Bachmann and a few other members of congress are calling for. From Bachmann's letter to Representative Keith Ellison on the subject:
The purpose of these letters [requesting IG investigations] was to request a multi-department investigation into potential Muslim Brotherhood infiltration into the United States Government. We find this is not only necessary, but beyond timely, considering that departments and agencies of the U.S. Government (including but not limited to, those departments to which these Inspector General letters were sent) have in the past and continue to be advised by organizations and individuals that the U.S. Government itself as identified in federal court as fronts for the international Muslim Brotherhood. That such a widespread assessment has not been performed is troubling and is the basis for genuine concern given the stark contrast between what the U.S. Government says about these Muslim Brotherhood front groups and their continued association with these groups.
If it had transpired during the course of the DIS investigation many years ago, that I had familial links with Soviet front groups, would it not have been prudent for investigators to take a hard look at the particulars before deciding to grant me access to Top Secret material? The answer, of course, is that it would have been suffocatingly ignorant if they had NOT done a thorough investigation. Access to classified material is not a right, after all. It is a solemn responsibility that requires a thorough investigation beforehand. And that is exactly what Ms. Bachmann and her colleagues are doing; asking for a thorough investigation. All of which begs the question; why the drama queen caterwauling from Messrs. McCain and Boehner? I understand why Democrats would howl and protest, their default position being that of solidarity with America's enemies, but what happened to wither the spines of Republicans who ought to know better? If we can't inject new spines into them, then it's time to inject new leadership.