Treasonous Climate Denier of the Week: Mo Brooks

October 24, 2019

Here, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) opines that sea level rise is being caused by rocks.

Rep. Brooks was one of the group of lawmakers that yesterday, invaded a top security SCIF chamber, turned on their cell phone, and ordered pizza.

CNN coverage below – you can skip to 2:00 minutes to see Rep. Brooks calm, reasoned demeanor.

Fast Company:

A band of Republicans with a theatrical bent have stormed the room where the House Intelligence Committee is holding its impeachment hearings. Questioning of Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper was halted and remains halted as Republicans, led by Florida representative Matt Gaetz, remain in the room eating pizza, according to CNN.

The real reason the hearings have been halted may have more to do with security than with political showmanship, protocol break, and general rudeness. The Democrat-led committee meets in a secure room called a SCIF, or security compartmented information facility. As one former SCIF employee notes on Twitter, all who enter to hear testimony must leave their phone in a locker outside the room.

Ben Siegel

@benyc

INSIDE THE ROOM: Rep. Connolly said two-dozen Republicans “stormed” into the SCIF, delaying the start of the Cooper deposition.

He said a few, including Rep. Gohmert, were “screaming,” and all brought phones into the secure SCIF room. (Rep. Conaway ended up collecting them.)

That’s because cellphones are considered “high value” targets for foreign intelligence agents. “Foreign adversaries are constantly trying to figure out what goes on inside those rooms to figure out what the US knows about them, to out US high-level sources in their governments, to know what the US government knows and use it against us,” tweets Mieke Eoyang, who once worked in the same secure hearing room for the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Eoyang explains that, after a security breach happens, a set of countermeasures must be completed to make sure the room hasn’t been compromised. That costs time and taxpayer money.

Mieke Eoyang

To ensure that the information was secure, the members should give over their electronic devices for scanning to ensure no malware was on them, and that they have not compromised the SCIF.

If they don’t want to give them up, they should have checked them before entering.

Mieke Eoyang

@MiekeEoyang

So, to recap:

To disrupt testimony from a DOD official on how the President endangered national security for both the US and Ukraine by withholding military aid, the President’s allies further endangered national security by storming the SCIF with their electronic devices.

“. . . in “storming the SCIF” without observing the security protocols, Rep. Gaetz et al, endangered our national security and demonstrated they care more about a political stunt than protecting intelligence information,” Eoyang tweets. “I cannot emphasize enough how serious this is.”

The military also uses SCIFs for sensitive hearings. If someone enters a military SCIF with a potential listening device, it’s considered treason.

 

9 Responses to “Treasonous Climate Denier of the Week: Mo Brooks”

    • rhymeswithgoalie Says:

      I have a choice of clicking that link or drinking a bottle of bourbon. I think the bourbon will win.

    • Sir Charles Says:

      Hard to read that much crap…

      https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/remarks-president-trump-9th-annual-shale-insight-conference-pittsburgh-pa/

      “…

      I withdrew the United States from the terrible, one-sided Paris Climate Accord. It was a total disaster for our country. (Applause.) And I thought when I did that, it would be very tough. And all I do is get applauded for that move, so much. It would’ve been so bad for our country. They were taking away our wealth. It was almost as though it was meant to hurt the competitiveness — really, competitiveness of the United States. So, we did away with that one.

      The Paris Accord would’ve been a giant transfer of American wealth to foreign nations that are responsible for most of the world’s pollution. Our air right now and our water right now is as clean as it’s been in decades. Shutting down American producers — (applause) — the Paris Accord would’ve been shutting down American producers with excessive regulatory restrictions like you would not believe, while allowing foreign producers to pollute with impunity. They were allowed to do what they were doing.


      We’re opening federal lands and offshore areas for responsible oil and gas production. And I opened ANWR to oil and gas in Alaska. You know, the ANWR site is one of the biggest in the world and nobody could get it approved, including Ronald Reagan. They could not get it approved. I got it approved. And it’s one of the — one of the great potential sites anywhere in the world.

      Oil production on federal lands is at an all-time high, and revenue to the American taxpayer from energy development has nearly doubled since I took office. Think of that.

      (Protestors in the audience.)

      Thank you.

      We are streamlining the EPA’s oil and gas methane rule.

      AUDIENCE: Booo — (to the protestors)

      THE PRESIDENT: Don’t pay attention. Don’t pay attention.

      Saving energy producers millions of dollars in compliance costs while maintaining sterling environmental standards like never before.

      Yeah, don’t hurt him. Don’t hurt him, please. They don’t know they’re dealing with very tough people in this room. (Laughter and applause.) Oh, they don’t know who they’re dealing with. They don’t know who they’re dealing with. They just don’t understand. All right. Go home to mom. (Laughter.) Explain to mom that you tried to take on very powerful people, and many of them physically as well as mentally. That’s not a good thing to do — not in this room. Be careful. Make sure you don’t hurt them, please. Thank you.


      We believe the United States should never again be at the mercy of a foreign supplier of energy. We were at their mercy for many, many decades. We are committed not only to energy independence but to American energy dominance. (Applause.)”

      So here some facts:

  1. dumboldguy Says:

    That clip of the moron Mo Brooks smugly reading from the script that someone wrote for him is nauseating! His ancestors likely owned slaves, attended lynchings for entertainment, and helped keep Jim Crow alive for generations.

    I do NOT understand why the scientist allowed himself to be bullied and browbeaten the way he did. I would have called Brooks out for the science-ignorant low-IQ cracker that he is, told him to go F himself, and invited him out into the parking lot. The “storming” of the hearing room by a group of Repugnants is reminiscent of the behavior of Nazi storm troopers—-what’s next, the burning of the Capitol? It gets crazier every day.

    • Brent Jensen-Schmidt Says:

      Mirrors my thoughts. Even a mild response like ‘you are joking with that question servant of the people, aren’t you??’ More satisfying, ‘that is a really stupid question!’
      Note sHitler gained control with 37% of the vote. Impossible for that to happen in America, certainly hope so. The Germans never considered the possibility.


  2. Plate tectonics is the reason why erosion does not cause sea level rise. Land is rising in some parts of the world.


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