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Ruppersberger not so hot on national security after all

7:30 AM EDT, May 18, 2011

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Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger has been receiving a great deal of media attention lately as the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee due to the demise of Osama bin Laden ("Ruppersberger: It was bin Laden," May 13). According to the congressman, you would think he pulled the trigger himself.

Yet, a close examination of his record on intelligence issues reveals another story. A few weeks ago, Mr. Ruppersberger publicly stated that the radical Muslim Brotherhood has "moderated" its view and deserves to be involved in negotiations in Egypt. Is this the same group that reportedly continues to support its manifesto promoting the destruction of Israel and the United States? Is it the same Muslim Brotherhood that is allegedly attacking Christians with other radical groups? Could it be that the all-knowing Dutch, who receives special insider information, is clueless on these matters?

Mr. Ruppersberger, who votes for President Obama's policies about 99 percent of the time, also enthusiastically supported the president's unlawful attack on Libya, costing American taxpayers tens of millions of dollars. However, Congress did not approve of these military actions, and although he is a member of the "gang of eight" who are given extensive intelligence briefings, Mr. Ruppersberger admitted he wasn't aware "of what Obama did or did not sign" when it came to any authorization of intervention into Libya. It would appear that Mr. Ruppersberger supports the Muslim Brotherhood but not the U.S. Constitution and the rule of law.

And, where was Mr. Ruppersberger's influence concerning America's national security when it came to WikiLeaks exposing our top secrets, endangering agents and other national assets? The congressman appears to have been lying low and not seeking publicity during this intelligence setback.

Mr. Ruppersberger advocates the pat-downs of small children and senior citizens at airports, believing this policy makes America safer. He supports government intrusion into our personal lives by authorizing the use of potentially dangerous TSA x-ray machines, while he refuses to support immigration control programs that actually would protect us from potential terrorists.

A faithful proponent of Obama administration illegal immigration programs, the congressman has voted for the "Dream Act" that provides taxpayer subsidies to illegal aliens. Yes, that's the same type of insane legislation that we are now fighting against in Maryland. Mr. Ruppersberger, a lawyer, does not appear to understand the term "illegal," and he has used his position to vote against programs that would secure our borders. According to the Department of Homeland Security, more than 700 potential terrorists have been apprehended crossing the Mexican border into America during the past year. Yet, Mr. Ruppersberger, a supposed expert on national security, votes in favor of "open borders," placing America and its citizens in grave danger.

Finally, let's remember that our military heroes play a major role in our national defense. Mr. Ruppersberger's staunch support of repealing the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy reveals how little he respects and understands those who serve in our armed forces. In addition, he recently voted against "traditional marriage" which happens to be current national law. Mr. Ruppersberger has also voted to force chaplains to perform marriage ceremonies for same sex couples in the military, thus further damaging the social fabric of our nation.

Although Mr. Ruppersberger claims to be a national security expert, his judgment, voting record, and apparent misguided conclusions have served to make America more vulnerable to threats and weaken our national defense. Perhaps it is time to look elsewhere for leadership in the 2012 election.

Renee Brooks, Baltimore