*Mikey/MRFF mentioned at 2:10.
*Read transcript of above video*
SEN. SHAHEEN: In response to Senator Rubio, you talked about the importance of defending human rights as Secretary of State, and certainly as Secretary of State you would be this country’s top diplomat recognizing America’s values in support of diversity and inclusion, and yet, during your tenure in Congress you’ve made statements that have been described as anti-Muslim and anti-LGBT rights. So, how would you, as Secretary of State, reconcile those positions and statements that you’ve taken in Congress with the need to represent America’s values and defend human rights?
POMPEO: Senator, I appreciate the question. Look at my record. Not just these past fifteen months. There were the same questions when I was to be confirmed as the CIA Director. As the CIA Director I have honored and valued every single CIA officer, regardless of race, color – you pick it – gender, sexual orientation. I’ve treated every one of our officers with dignity and respect. I’ve promoted them when they deserve it. I’ve held them accountable when they deserve that as well. I promise you that I’ll do that as the Secretary of State.
SEN. SHAHEEN: And I appreciate those sentiments. And I appreciated your comments in your testimonies saying that you would support the State Department’s workforce, that it be as diverse in every sense of the word – race, religion, background, and more. And yet you were criticized at the CVIA for undermining policies of the previous administration to improve diversity at the CIA.
POMPEO: Ma’am, I don’t know the criticism that you’re referring to. I have to tell you that I didn’t undermine a single policy. We’ve emphasized it; we’ve talked about it; we’ve worked on it. I think – I’m proud of the work I did to continue to develop and increase the capacity of the CIA to deliver a diverse workforce to meet the challenges – the intelligence challenges in that case around the world.
SEN. SHAHEEN: Well, I would just say, Michael Weinstein, who is a former Air Force officer who founded the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, says that he has been seeing increasing complaints from those inside the intelligence community under your leadership. So, I think there have been a number of concerns raised.
POMPEO: Ma’am, ma’am, if I might -†
SEN. SHAHEEN: Please.
POMPEO: The number of – we call them ‘no fear complaints’ – the statutory requirement – decreased from 2016 to 2017 by 40 percent.
SEN. SHAHEEN: Good.
POMPEO: And I’m proud of that. It’s not enough. Whatever the final tally was was too many. But I’m proud of the record – not just – I don’t want to take full credit for that. The work that my team has done on this I’m incredibly proud of. I supported their efforts and I will do it the same – I will be it [sic] the same way if I’m confirmed as the Secretary of State.
MRFF’s response to Pompeo’s above attempt to dismiss MRFF’s contention.
By: Mikey Weinstein | MRFF
Date: April 12, 2018
Pompeo smugly retorts that the CIA has had 40% less “no fear complaints” over the past year.
Pompeo’s response is not “good.” While at face value, Pompeo’s flaunting of a decrease in “no fear complaints” might seem promising, MRFF asserts a decrease in complaints represents something much more sinister.
The Trump regime is SCARY for minorities. Muslims and transgender servicemembers, – MRFF clients- are SCARED to follow through issuing complaints through the official channels. There are repercussions for those lacking the “right” religious beliefs.
The idea of there being “No Fear Complaints” is hilariously naive. A deer doesn’t “complain” to a mountain lion.
A decrease in the percentage of “complaints” doesn’t mean less bigotry. It could just as well mean MORE bigotry…bigotry endorsed by those in power.
MRFF is separate from the Government, we keep the Government in check and uphold the Constitution.
People facing religious discrimination in the Department of Defense and associated intelligence agencies come to MRFF because they have “faith” in our ability to defend their civil rights. Since the Trump administration took power, MRFF has seen a drastic increase in complaints. Hmmm.. Food for thought..