NELSON INSTITUTE DIRECTOR, GMU LAW PROFESSOR WEIGH IN ON POSSIBLE CHAIR FOR INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE

November 9, 2006

HARRISONBURG—In an op-ed published today by TCS Daily, Dr. J. Peter Pham, Director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University, and Professor Michael I. Krauss of George Mason University School of Law expand on Dr. Pham’s contribution to Family Security Matters earlier in the week and weigh in on widely-circulated reports that incoming Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to pass over Representative Jane Harman of California, currently the ranking Democrat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and appoint Representative Alcee Hastings of Florida as the panel’s chair.

Noting that, in addition to being impeached by the House of Representatives and convicted by the Senate—by near unanimous margins in both chambers, then controlled by Democratic majorities—for conspiracy to accept a bribe as a federal judge, Mr. Hastings also has a questionable congressional record, both in terms of ethics and votes on national security issues, the commentary concludes: “ With the serious international security challenges faced by Americans, the last thing we need is more bitter partisanship. Nancy Pelosi is set to make history as our first female Speaker. But what history will record of her speakership, should she choose to vault Mr. Hastings over Ms. Harman, is that her legacy had precious little to do with providing for the common defense of the Republic, and too much to do with shameless pandering.”

The essay by the two professors, “Speaker Pelosi’s Impending Intelligence Failure,” can be accessed online by clicking here.