Video: Dem Rep claims al-Qaeda no longer a threat to the US

posted at 8:45 am on October 27, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

And you thought Betty McCollum couldn’t do any worse than deliberately leaving out “under God” while leading the Pledge of Allegiance in the House in April 2002.  No, my friends, this is Minnesota we’re talking about here.  We’ve put Jesse Ventura in charge of the state and sent Al Franken to Washington.  As Jack Nicholson once said in As Good As It Gets, “Sell crazy someplace else — we’re all stocked up here.”  The Representative from MN-04 declared during her midterm election debate with Teresa Collett that al-Qaeda no longer poses a threat to the United States.  No … seriously:

No longer than an hour after watching this late yesterday, I stumbled across this story from ABC News, which explains to everyone not in Congress that not only is AQ still a threat to the US, it may be an even bigger threat than ever:

American Al Qaeda may now pose the most clear and present threat to the homeland, top government sources tell ABC News.

Americans have risen high in Al Qaeda’s leadership and are now helping shape strategy for attacks on the U.S.

One source told ABC that it is clear these homegrown Al Qaeda want to spill American blood.

American Al Qaeda may be even more dangerous than foreign fighters, sources say, because they know the nation’s psyche and its “soft” targets, and its American recruits can often move about the country freely. In fact, during a speech to the top police chiefs in the country Monday, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano shared a stark assessment:

“The stark reality that I shared with Congress recently – and that I’m sharing with you today – is that we at the Department of Homeland Security, and I venture to say the FBI as well, are operating under the premise that individuals prepared to carry out terrorist acts are already in the country, and may carry out these acts of violence with little or no warning,” Napolitano said.

Hey, you know who might want to know that?  Your Congressional Representative. It might help to have an informed person representing Minnesota’s 4th CD, rather than someone who apparently gets her security briefings from Dennis Kucinich.  Does Betty McCollum pay any attention at all while in Washington?  It’s not as if Janet Napolitano and Robert Mueller have kept this a secret from anyone.

First we have Senator Mark Dayton who runs away from Washington DC because he claims no one’s safe, and then we have Betty McCollum telling us that the organization that the Obama administration says is the gravest national-security threat to the US poses no danger at all.  There has to be a rational middle someplace.   Perhaps 4th CD voters will send Betty home and send Teresa in her place.

Note: Just in case anyone thinks this is taken out of context, watch the entire question and answers from all three candidates in their entirety here.  McCollum’s answer comes at the 3:20 mark, if you’d like to skip ahead.


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Video: Dem Rep claims al-Qaeda no longer a threat to the US

Whew! The threat’s all gone! I sure feel safe now.

/iz relieved

powerpro on October 27, 2010 at 8:48 AM

Ok, maybe we haven’t been very good lately, but do we really deserve this political class?

rbj on October 27, 2010 at 8:50 AM

Don’t worry folks, she’s only projecting for our own good.

Now a word from OBL…….

belad on October 27, 2010 at 8:50 AM

This is who they are. This is what they think.

thebrokenrattle on October 27, 2010 at 8:51 AM

Wow, and people wonder why we are in so much trouble, and why we should never trust government with our health care. Sickens me to no end to see such moronic behavior coming from those who want complete control over our lives.

Keemo on October 27, 2010 at 8:51 AM

“Sell crazy someplace else — we’re all stocked up here.”

that’s perfect. I’m going to use that myself.++

ted c on October 27, 2010 at 8:52 AM

The real threat is zombies rising from the cemeteries on Nov 2 and heading for the polling places to vote “Dem”.

cartooner on October 27, 2010 at 8:53 AM

Head in the sand up her a**…

RalphyBoy on October 27, 2010 at 8:54 AM

But but but…O’Donnell took a long time to pay off a bill or something! Look over here!

fossten on October 27, 2010 at 8:55 AM

al-Qaeda must be a big donator to her campaign.

darwin on October 27, 2010 at 8:56 AM

She’s a wacko but I do like my crazies out there front and center. Nothing worse than being deceived and second-guessing their motiviation, let alone your vote.

sherry on October 27, 2010 at 8:56 AM

The far left Democrats have a mindset that says terror threat=Republican advantage on national security. But the option of improving Democrats’ positions on national security makes them violently ill, because that would also entail becoming more pro-military and pro-covert action/intellegence funding. Better to pretend there is no threat from al Qaida than to vidicate George W. Bush and/or any future GOP presidential hopefuls.

jon1979 on October 27, 2010 at 8:58 AM

Does Betty McCollum pay any attention at all while in Washington? It’s not as if Janet Napolitano and Robert Mueller have kept this a secret from anyone.

Except that this administration makes polar admonitions. First, there is no such thing as the war on terror. Next, Jihad is pronounced as righteous by none other than the POTUS. Then, he says along with his advisers parroting that more attacks like 9/11/01 will make us stronger; and that there’s really nothing that the DHS can do to stop terrorist acts, anyway.

Does McCollum pay attention to the DNC Obama ONE VOICE? Take your pick, either way, Obama’s said it.

maverick muse on October 27, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Is there such thing as a category 6 hurricane? If not, I’m officially defining it as this election cycle.

WordsMatter on October 27, 2010 at 9:00 AM

What is her chance of loosing the seat?.

hawkman on October 27, 2010 at 9:01 AM

But Al-Q is a tiny fringe of religious hijackers that are down to under a hundred. Once they are gone, Islam will truly be the religion of peace again like in old times. So there really is nothing to worry about. Islam is awesome, Muslims are real straight shooters. A real wise man said something to that effect.

BL@KBIRD on October 27, 2010 at 9:01 AM

Who is this ‘commie pinko’ Betty person you speak of?

PappyD61 on October 27, 2010 at 9:01 AM

WOW…scarey,scarey stuff.

tencole on October 27, 2010 at 9:02 AM

I’m convinced.She sold crazy to me.

docflash on October 27, 2010 at 9:03 AM

Come on now anyone with half a brain knows the only threat to America is the conservative movement.

heshtesh on October 27, 2010 at 9:03 AM

When girls were girls and men were men…….and when we wouldn’t have jacked around with AlQueda.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fqCS7Y_kME

PappyD61 on October 27, 2010 at 9:06 AM

Disney Corp.
General Electric
Westinghouse Corp.
Viacom International
Times Warner
George Soros

You know, she does have one point; AQ has slipped down the ladder of threats below those listed above.

Keemo on October 27, 2010 at 9:06 AM

So why can’t she just go to Afghan, Iran or Pakistan and look for Al-Qaedas. Then entertain them with a Barbra Streisand Concert Party?

NO THREAT WHATSOEVER.

TheAlamos on October 27, 2010 at 9:07 AM

We all know the real threat comes from Evil Teabaggers!

Vera on October 27, 2010 at 9:12 AM

fossten on October 27, 2010 at 8:55 AM

EXACTLY!

cmsinaz on October 27, 2010 at 9:13 AM

one.stupid.scrunt

Harry S on October 27, 2010 at 9:13 AM

Slightly off topic but the point is where is the spotlight for these wack jobs? Which is on topic.
Our guy Ron Wyden apparently has not been living in Oregon for quite some time. I just read this yesterday and I am as appalled by that as I am about this woman saying there is no threat from AlQ.
I know where these scumbags come from but why are they allowed to become an entitled class doing nothing to earn it. By the people for the people is an absolute joke.

ORconservative on October 27, 2010 at 9:17 AM

Betty McCollum is really proving my theory that there must be something funny in the waters of the 10,000 lakes up there in Minnesota.

pilamaye on October 27, 2010 at 9:17 AM

Big omission on your part: who is her opponent and how can people help/contribute to get this fool out of office!!!???!!!

This is EXACTLY what Scott Brown capitalized on in January when he won the MA senate seat!! McCollum’s opponent needs to hop on this one NOW and get people in MN, in that district, fired up and ready to BOOT HER OUT next Tuesday!!!

Names?! Websites?! Information, please!

DINORight on October 27, 2010 at 9:18 AM

Big omission on your part: who is her opponent and how can people help/contribute to get this fool out of office!!!???!!!

It’s in the first paragraph — Teresa Collett. Click on her name for her website. She’s terrific, too.

Ed Morrissey on October 27, 2010 at 9:19 AM

Sorry, Ed … individual Democrat/Nitwits are a dime a dozen. This story is truly about Minnesota, much as all stories about corrupt government officials in Illinois are stories about the corrupt Illinois Democrap/Mob machine, not about (pick one).

Minnesota, the frozen north central Canadian border state, is so profoundly out of step politically with it’s geographic surroundings that it startles. Berkeley on Lake Superior; The Hollywood of the Iron Range; Austin North; the Frozen Ghetto — call it what you will, but Minnesota is seriously effed up.

Jaibones on October 27, 2010 at 9:21 AM

AQ is no longer a threat because she stopped insulting them with that “under God” business in the pledge. I credit Betty McGollum with ending Islamic terrorism.

forest on October 27, 2010 at 9:21 AM

Unbelievable

blatantblue on October 27, 2010 at 9:23 AM

It’s ok, Betty has identified the real threat facing America: “Teabaggers” and people driving SUV’s.

Bishop on October 27, 2010 at 9:25 AM

Yes, Mr. Morrissey, about “Gov.” Ventura, why is the loons never go away?

Cindy Munford on October 27, 2010 at 9:26 AM

Betty McCollum is really proving my theory that there must be something funny in the waters of the 10,000 lakes up there in Minnesota.
pilamaye on October 27, 2010 at 9:17 AM

No, just the city lakes; Calhoun, Harriet, and Lake of the Isles, the lake I live on is untainted.

And don’t blame me for McCollum, I’m a Steelers fan.

Bishop on October 27, 2010 at 9:27 AM

Note: Just in case anyone thinks this is taken out of context, watch the entire question and answers from all three candidates in their entirety here. McCollum’s answer comes at the 3:20 mark, if you’d like to skip ahead.

Thanks for this, Ed. I had wondered what the context was.

Abby Adams on October 27, 2010 at 9:27 AM

individuals prepared to carry out terrorist acts are already in the country,

Only problem is that Janet was talking about Tea Partiers, not AQ.

MJBrutus on October 27, 2010 at 9:28 AM

You’ve got to be sh**ting me Pyle!!

JohnGalt23 on October 27, 2010 at 9:37 AM

McCollum is just the average lib-nut who makes decisions on what they wish be the case instead of what the facts dictate. Her perception of reality is skewed by delusions of grandeur that are inherent in her liberal arrogance. Thank goodness for liberals. It means the rest of us do not have to think because they are so intellectually superior than the average American. What kind of lifeforms vote garbage like McCollum into office? This minute minority rules because their subjects elect them. The sad thing is they may be right.

volsense on October 27, 2010 at 9:39 AM

I don’t consider Al Qaeda to be a serious threat to the U.S. Didn’t the war in Afghanistan destroy their operational capabilities? As far as I’m aware, Al Qaeda has been defeated. “Defeated” means they are no longer a threat. And forgive me if I don’t believe some government official saying they’re still a major threat, since his/her continued employment probably depends on the war on terror never ending.

These f*ckers have been in hiding for years now. They’re not scary. Let it go, wingnuts. You won the war on terror. Be happy.

Enrique on October 27, 2010 at 9:46 AM

You won the war on terror. Be happy.
Enrique on October 27, 2010 at 9:46 AM

And that’s why our Best and Brightest are still fighting and dying for your sorry self in Afghanistan. Epic fail.
Stay vigilant, America.

kingsjester on October 27, 2010 at 9:50 AM

For many months now my mind has been whirling trying to figure out how Pelosi got all the Dems to vote for Obamacare, Financial Reform and to jump over the cliff like lemmings to their political death. In just a few seconds Hot Air reveals to me the reason. These idiots are in charge? I beginning to be more afraid of the Demo-rats than AQ.

Herb on October 27, 2010 at 9:56 AM

The Democrats have always been perceived as WEAK on National Security. So Betty is reinforcing a stereotype. Doesn’t anyone in the DNC communicate with these tools?

Ixnay on the there is no terrorist threatay.

Dr Evil on October 27, 2010 at 10:07 AM

since his/her continued employment probably depends on the war on terror never ending.

Enrique on October 27, 2010 at 9:46 AM

Please explain how Janet Napolitano’s continued employment depends on this.

strictnein on October 27, 2010 at 10:12 AM

You won the war on terror. Be happy.

Enrique on October 27, 2010 at 9:46 AM

Was the last year all a dream? Major Hassan, Detroit, Times Square and more I’m probably forgetting…

Tim Zank on October 27, 2010 at 10:15 AM

Wow!!! I sure feel safer knowing this woman is in DC, helping to protect America, and it’s citizens from terrorist threats, and harm. NOT!!!!!!!!!!

My God Minnesota…vote this woman OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

capejasmine on October 27, 2010 at 10:15 AM

Now that Obama has taken care of Al Queada he can focus on the “Right Wing Extremist”… Wait that me… Wait Al Queada’s fine =P~~~~~

The Expert Knows

HAExpert on October 27, 2010 at 10:15 AM

These f*ckers have been in hiding for years now. They’re not scary. Let it go, wingnuts. You won the war on terror. Be happy.

Enrique on October 27, 2010 at 9:46 AM

It’s you and people like you who are truly scary pal. Your weight on our shoulders is a dynamic that must be solved.

Keemo on October 27, 2010 at 10:18 AM

Since she’s a Democrat politician, her opinions regarding national security are on par with her opinions regarding nuclear physics.

Her job is simple – she pulls levers the way Pelosi tells her, she shows up on the rubber chicken circuit to read inane speeches off of teleprompters and she loots the treasury.

In short, 9 out 10 adult Americans are more informed than this nitwit is.

NoDonkey on October 27, 2010 at 10:18 AM

What continues to amaze me, is why in heaven’s name is there *any* Democrat seat “safe” in this election? Just look at what they have done, and are continuing to do. If the American electorate would just pay attention to what the Dems have become, they would have ZERO chance of getting even ONE elected representative this year, and lose another third of their Senate seats in two years.

Webrider on October 27, 2010 at 10:25 AM

Dem Rep claims al-Qaeda no longer a threat to the US

Good. Let’s book her a plane ticket to Waziristan so she can tell AQ about it. Make sure she dresses like a typical American tourist and not wearing one of those burkhas.

Till (if) she gets back, I’ll be waiting for her update.

coldwarrior on October 27, 2010 at 10:30 AM

The real threat is zombies rising from the cemeteries on Nov 2 and heading for the polling places to vote “Dem”.

cartooner on October 27, 2010 at 8:53 AM

You know they made a movie about that, right:

Homecoming.

Deceased soldiers came back to vote against the, wait for it, Republican president who got them killed in his pointless middle east war.

Shameless.

catmman on October 27, 2010 at 10:30 AM

I’m all out of Minnesota jokes, Ed, but you keep electing yours to Congress.

Extrafishy on October 27, 2010 at 10:39 AM

The last line of that last video was interesting. AQ wants an attack on us before the 10 year anniversary of 9-11.

Perhaps not ironically, that is also the date scheduled for the opening of the Ground Zero mosque.

kurtzz3 on October 27, 2010 at 10:41 AM

The Tea Party is the Dems’ Al Qaeda.

So this makes sense in that parallel dimension.

profitsbeard on October 27, 2010 at 10:53 AM

MN is a unique state politically MN DNA requires one to vote DFL (Democratic-Farmer-Labor); And who isn’t for a democratic [form] of government, it right there in their name – D. Hey if you are a farmer you have to vote for the party with the F in it. If you are labor; government labor, teacher labor, any kind of labor – It’s right there in there name L for labor.

Minnesota home of the dumbest voters in America. Either that or the best voter fraud mechanism in America. Maybe a combination of both.

Same day voter registration, no id required, someone in line can just vouch for you and 14 of your friends. With an Attorney General who is blind to voter fraud, what could go wrong?

Dasher on October 27, 2010 at 10:59 AM

Wow!!! I sure feel safer knowing this woman is in DC, helping to protect America, and it’s citizens from terrorist threats, and harm. NOT!!!!!!!!!!

My God Minnesota…vote this woman OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

capejasmine on October 27, 2010 at 10:15 AM

Are you kidding? She will take 65-70 percent of the vote in the 4th district.

Dasher on October 27, 2010 at 11:00 AM

McCullum in 2008 68 percent of the vote.

http://electionresults.sos.state.mn.us/20081104/ElecRslts.asp?M=CG&CD=04

Dasher on October 27, 2010 at 11:04 AM

If Nancy Pelosi were in Minnesota’s 4th district (St. Paul) or 5th district (Minneapolis) she would get elected by the same margin she does in San Francisco.

Dasher on October 27, 2010 at 11:08 AM

“The stark reality that I shared with Congress recently – and that I’m sharing with you today – is that we at the Department of Homeland Security, and I venture to say the FBI as well, are operating under the premise that individuals prepared to carry out terrorist acts are already in the country, and may carry out these acts of violence with little or no warning,” Napolitano said.

Maybe the DHS should focus on that threat rather than “right-wing extremists” and patriot groups, and treating every American who wants to board a plane like a potential terrorist, stripping them naked and subjecting them to the TSA goons‘ ogling and molestation (the purpose of which is to humiliate and control).

Rae on October 27, 2010 at 11:17 AM

Enrique on October 27, 2010 at 9:46 AM

Thanks so much for sharing that.

Del Dolemonte on October 27, 2010 at 11:35 AM

No, my friends, this is Minnesota we’re talking about here. We’ve put Jesse Ventura in charge of the state and sent Al Franken to Washington. As Jack Nicholson once said in As Good As It Gets, “Sell crazy someplace else — we’re all stocked up here.”

Sadly true. Ventura has a new gig now: a “reality show” called “Conspiracy theory.” Very fitting.

tom on October 27, 2010 at 11:51 AM

Of course AQ isn’t a threat. Their biggest cheerleader is in the White House…..Osama bin Laden quotes the cheerleader by saying, “I won”……

adamsmith on October 27, 2010 at 12:10 PM

Video: Dem Rep claims al-Qaeda no longer a threat to the US

…and these are the same people who call Palin stupid.

What a joke.

Baxter Greene on October 27, 2010 at 12:59 PM

Let anybody sneak through the border – of course we have Hezbollah and AQ here in the homeland.

jodetoad on October 27, 2010 at 1:49 PM

These f*ckers have been in hiding for years now. They’re not scary. Let it go, wingnuts. You won the war on terror. Be happy.

Hey fringe lefty kook — your Philosopher/King, President O’Blarney, who ran on a platform which stated that Bush is a war criminal who started a bloody war for oil and that the U.S. needs to immediately withdraw from Iraq, seems to disagree with your brilliant analysis.

Jaibones on October 27, 2010 at 1:52 PM

we at the Department of Homeland Security, and I venture to say the FBI as well, are operating under the premise that individuals prepared to carry out terrorist acts are already in the country

But was Napolitano talking about al-Qaeda, or Tea Partiers and US military veterans?

malclave on October 27, 2010 at 2:51 PM

Perfect. You just can’t make this stuff up.

Que al-qaeda…

http://liveshots.blogs.foxnews.com/2010/10/27/man-arrested-in-va-for-terror-offenses/

av8tr on October 27, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Al Qaeda has been defeated…

But the problem is, we haven’t learned from history and are yet again trying to buy off other groups. They WILL be a threat after we give them enough funds to buy a knife to stab us in the back.

Dark-Star on October 27, 2010 at 7:56 PM

Ed, seems like you moved from the CA frying pan into the MN fire.

leftnomore on October 28, 2010 at 2:20 AM