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Pompeo Opposed Limits On NSA Surveillance.  In November 2016 Newsweek wrote, “Pompeo is an advocate for expanding the federal government’s surveillance authority. After the leaks of the former intelligence contractor Edward J. Snowden, Pompeo opposed limits on government surveillance imposed by the Obama administration and Congress.”  [Newsweek, 11/21/16]

Pompeo Proposed A Law To Re-Enact And Strengthen NSA Surveillance Efforts.  In November 2016 Newsweek wrote, “Most significantly, he opposed the USA Freedom Act, which replaced the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records with a system in which the government has to get a court order to obtain records from phone companies.  ‘Congress should pass a law re-establishing collection of all metadata, and combining it with publicly available financial and lifestyle information into a comprehensive, searchable database,’ Pompeo wrote in an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal. ‘Robust surveillance, drawing on a variety of technical and human intelligence and backed up by rigorous investigation of all leads, is the best way to mitigate the [terrorist] threat.’”  [Newsweek, 11/21/16]

Pompeo Said Placing Safeguards On Surveillance Measures Was Abandoning The Intelligence Community.  In November 2016 Politico wrote, “But he has used that perch to be a fierce advocate for expanding U.S. surveillance efforts, both at home and abroad. Washington ‘is blunting its surveillance powers,’ Pompeo wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed earlier this year, just a few weeks after the deadly 2015 terror attack in San Bernardino, California.  He also bashed a series of surveillance reforms approved earlier this year that shuttered a program to collect bulk phone records, imposed limits on other types of data collection and instituted new public reporting requirements.  ‘The intelligence community feels beleaguered and bereft of political support,’ he wrote. ‘What’s needed is a fundamental upgrade to America’s surveillance capabilities.’”  [Politico, 11/18/16]

Pompeo Said Oversight And Criticism Of U.S. Torture Techniques Made Americans Less Safe.  In November 2016 Politico wrote, “Pompeo's nomination could get a frosty reception from Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee during his confirmation. He was a strong critic of its 2014 report on CIA torture of terrorism suspects. The 525-page document detailed evidence of CIA officials condoning torture and misleading government oversight staff about such practices.  ‘What I can tell you about this report is two simple things,’ he said during an interview on the Hugh Hewitt radio program. ‘One, it has made America less safe, that is this release will ultimately cause Americans to be killed. And second, there was no good rationale for putting forth this report. There was literally no news, save for some salacious details that actually put these very warriors at risk.’”  [Politico, 11/18/16]

Scientific American Headline: “Trump Proposes An Advocate Of Mass Public Surveillance As CIA Chief.”  [Scientific American, 11/23/16]

Scientific American: “Mike Pompeo Wants To Collect Bulk Data For Detailed Profiles Of Anyone Who Uses The Internet”  [Scientific American, 11/23/16]

Scientific American: Pompeo Proposed A Nearly-Universally Unpopular Surveillance Bill.  In November 2016 Scientific American wrote, “Pompeo introduced a bill in 2015 to restore wide spying powers to the National Security Agency that had been curbed by Congress after revelations by Edward Snowden. The legislation was too extreme both for liberals and for libertarian-leaning conservatives; it was called “Big Brother on steroids” by the Tea Party activist group FreedomWorks. It also failed to win much support from other Republicans and never made it out of committee.”  [Scientific American, 11/23/16]


Pompeo Defended Waterboarding And Other “Enhanced Interrogation Techniques.”  In November 2016 National Public Radio reported, “Pompeo objected to a 2014 report from Senate Democrats that was critical of waterboarding and other so-called enhanced interrogation tactics.  ‘Our men and women who were tasked to keep us safe in the aftermath of 9/11—our military and our intelligence warriors—are heroes,’ Pompeo said in a statement. ‘These men and women are not torturers, they are patriots. The programs being used were within the law, within the Constitution...’”  [National Public Radio, 11/21/16]

Pompeo Lamented The Dismantling Of The CIA’s Black Site Program.  In December 2016 Roll Call wrote, “Trump’s nominee for CIA director, Rep. Mike Pompeo, has said the agency’s dismantled black site interrogation program was “within the law, within the constitution,” while the president-elect’s pick for attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions, twice voted against anti-torture legislation.”  [Roll Call, 12/12/16]


Washington Post: Pompeo “Accused Muslim American Leaders Of Being ‘Potentially Complicit’” In Boston Marathon Bombing. In November 2016 the Washington Post wrote, “But following the Boston Marathon attacks in 2013, he accused Muslim American leaders of being ‘potentially complicit’ by failing to condemn extremist views more forcibly.”  [Washington Post, 11/18/16]

Pompeo Blamed Muslim-American Leaders For The Boston Marathon Bombing, Obviously With No Evidence.  In November 2016 Politico wrote, “After the Boston Marathon bombing, Pompeo took to the floor for a speech in which he said, ‘Mr. Speaker, it’s been just under two months since the attacks in Boston, and in those intervening weeks, the silence of Muslim leaders has been deafening.’ Muslim groups bristled, noting that a number of major organizations criticized the terrorist attack within hours.”  [Politico, 11/18/16]

Washington Post: Pompeo Introduced Bill To Appease Conspiracy Theorists’ Fear Of Muslim Brotherhood.  In November 2016 the Washington Post wrote, “And Rep. Mike Pompeo — Trump’s pick for CIA director — has co-sponsored a bill to ban the Muslim Brotherhood, an Egypt-based Islamist organization that conspiracy theorists on America’s far right have accused of plotting to infiltrate the government.”  [Washington Post, 11/18/16]

Pompeo Said Muslim Americans Have A “Special Obligation” To Speak Out Against Terrorism.  In November 2016 The Atlantic wrote, “After the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, Pompeo said American Muslim leaders had a ‘special obligation’ to speak out. He said: ‘Instead of responding, silence has made these Islamic leaders across America potentially complicit in these acts and more importantly still, in those that may well follow.’”  [The Atlantic, 11/18/16]


New York Times: Pompeo Choice May Be A Way For Trump To Get Closer To Koch Brothers.  In November 2016 the New York Times wrote, “Mr. Pompeo, the president-elect’s pick to direct the C.I.A., may also be a way for Mr. Trump to warm relations with the Koch Industries directors Charles G. and David H. Koch.”  [New York Times, 11/18/16]

Pompeo’s Campaigns Were Largely Championed And Financed By The Koch Brothers.  In November 2016 the New York Times wrote, “Mr. Pompeo was first elected to Congress with a large amount of financial support and a prominent public endorsement from the Koch brothers, and the Kansas congressman has remained closely aligned with them since. Individuals associated with Koch Industries are by far the biggest donors to Mr. Pompeo’s political career, contributing $357,000 to him since 2009.  The Koch brothers — among the biggest players in financing Republican candidates nationwide — remained largely on the sidelines in this year’s presidential race.”  [New York Times, 11/18/16]