Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

Devin Nunes

Nunes Comments on Iran Nuclear Deal Implementation

2016/01/16

For Immediate Release-  January 16, 2016                                                                                                                                  

Contact  Jack Langer (Chairman Nunes)   Jack.Langer@mail.house.gov

Nunes Comments on Iran Nuclear Deal Implementation

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes released the following statement on the implementation of the Iran nuclear agreement:  

“Today, Iran--the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism--will receive sanctions relief from the U.S. and the international community for allegedly taking steps to scale down its nuclear program. It is almost impossible to verify these actions, and we remain highly skeptical that the regime will follow through on any agreement. In the past month, Tehran has repeatedly violated international law, including testing ballistic missiles, seizing U.S. personnel, and firing rockets near U.S. ships. It is clear that the nuclear agreement has emboldened the regime, a foreseeable outcome that drove Congress to oppose the nuclear deal in the first place. As Iranian hardliners, including the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, reap the financial windfall of this agreement and use it to meddle in places throughout the world, the United States must be prepared to confront further Iranian aggression.”

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Nunes Comments on State of the Union Speech

2016/01/12

For Immediate Release-  January 12, 2016                                                                                                                                  

Contact  Jack Langer (Chairman Nunes)   Jack.Langer@mail.house.gov

Nunes Comments on State of the Union Speech

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes issued the following statement today in response to President Obama’s State of the Union address:

“Tonight we saw President Obama's habit of downplaying the severity of the threats facing our nation. The truth is, the United States now faces the highest threat level since the 9/11 attacks. Our deteriorating national security position largely stems from the withdrawal of the United States, under President Obama’s direction, from its historic international leadership role. As a result, al Qaeda and ISIS have expanded globally, with their members and sympathizers launching deadly attacks in Europe and even in the American homeland. Throughout the world, power vacuums have appeared that rogue states and dangerous organizations are now competing to fill. I sincerely hope that in the last year of his presidency, President Obama comes to understand that the critical threats we face require a clear, realistic, and robust strategy based on confident American leadership that is sorely lacking today.”

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Nunes Comments on Arrests of Iraqi Refugees

2016/01/08

For Immediate Release-  January 8, 2016                                                                                                                                  

Contact  Jack Langer (Chairman Nunes)   Jack.Langer@mail.house.gov

Nunes Comments on Arrests of Iraqi Refugees

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes issued the following statement today in response to the announcement of the arrests of two Iraqi refugees in the United States on terror-related charges:

“The arrests of these men present a stark warning about the deficiencies of our programs for accepting refugees from Iraq and Syria. Continuing these programs in their current form poses unacceptable risks to our national security that are growing more acute by the day. The SAFE Act, which passed the House of Representatives on an overwhelming bipartisan vote, would strengthen the security vetting of these refugees. In order to reduce the risk of terrorism in the American homeland, it is crucial that the Senate quickly pass the SAFE Act and that President Obama sign it into law.”  

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Nunes Comments on Intelligence Collection Allegations

2015/12/30

For Immediate Release-  December 30, 2015                                                                                                                                  

Contact  Jack Langer (Chairman Nunes)   Jack.Langer@mail.house.gov

Nunes Comments on Intelligence Collection Allegations

Washington, D.C. – House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes issued the following statement today in response to a recent Wall Street Journal report on intelligence collection:

“The House Intelligence Committee is looking into allegations in the Wall Street Journal regarding possible Intelligence Community (IC) collection of communications between Israeli government officials and Members of Congress.  The Committee has requested additional information from the IC to determine which, if any, of these allegations are true, and whether the IC followed all applicable laws, rules, and procedures.”

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Congress Approves Intel Bills

2015/12/18

For Immediate Release-  December 18, 2015                                                                                                                                  

Contact Jack Langer (Chairman Nunes)   Jack.Langer@mail.house.gov

Patrick Boland (Ranking Member Schiff)  Boland@mail.house.gov                                                                                                                         

Congress Approves Intel BillsCyber bill, Intel Authorization Act pass in omnibus

Washington, D.C. – House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes and Ranking Member Adam Schiff released the following statements after Congress approved the Cybersecurity Act of 2015 and the FY16 Intelligence Authorization Act as part of the omnibus spending bill:  

Chairman Nunes: “The American people overwhelmingly agree that we need to improve our defenses against cyber attacks and to keep our Intelligence Community fully funded to track and neutralize terrorists. That consensus is reflected in the big, bipartisan majorities that approved these bills in Congress. I'm grateful to the Appropriations Committee for including these bills in the omnibus package, and I look forward to their swift passage into law.”

Ranking Member Schiff: “Today, Congress greatly contributed to our national security by passing the Intelligence Authorization Act and the Cybersecurity Act.  The IAA is the annual bill that makes sure the U.S. Intelligence Community has what it needs to safeguard the country, particularly in the face of grave threats from terrorism. The bill also ensures that Congress has what it needs to conduct rigorous oversight of the IC and safeguard the privacy of the American people. Additionally, after years of effort, Congress has finally passed a cyber information-sharing bill that tackles the scourge of cyber attacks while providing the strongest privacy protections to date. The Cybersecurity Act is landmark legislation that enables and encourages the private sector and the Government to rapidly and responsibly exchange cyber threat information. With this bill, we are crowdsourcing security so that information about a threat found on one system can be quickly shared – and other companies, agencies and consumers can be protected from a similar attack. At the same time, this bill protects privacy by requiring the removal of any personal information unrelated to the cyber threat prior to sharing and by requiring that it only enter the government through a civilian agency. There is more work to be done to safeguard our networks, our critical infrastructure, and our privacy against cyber bad actors, but this bill takes a critical first step. I congratulate and thank everyone who has worked so hard on the IAA this year and the cyber legislation for many years.”

 

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Key Intel Bills Added to Omnibus Legislation

2015/12/16

For Immediate Release - December 16, 2015

Jack Langer (Chairman Nunes)Jack.Langer@mail.house.gov

Patrick Boland (Ranking Member Schiff)Boland@mail.house.gov

Key Intel Bills Added to Omnibus LegislationSpending package includes Cyber bill, Intel Authorization Act

 

Washington, D.C. – The omnibus spending bill filed in the House of Representatives today includes the Cybersecurity Act of 2015 and the FY16 Intelligence Authorization Act. Versions of both bills have passed the House of Representatives with large, bipartisan majorities.

The Cybersecurity Act of 2015 is similar to the Protecting Cyber Networks Act (H.R. 1560), which passed the House on April 22 by a vote of 307-116. It also resembles the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act of 2015, which passed the House by a vote of 355-63, and the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015, which passed the Senate by a vote of 74-21.

The Cybersecurity Act of 2015 includes measures agreed upon in negotiations between the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the House Committee on Homeland Security, the House Judiciary Committee, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Designed to allow for greater information-sharing on cyber threats among private-sector companies and between the private sector and the government, the Act:

• Establishes the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as the portal for cyber threat information sharing with the government, while giving the President the authority to designate an additional, civilian portal if the DHS portal fails to be fully and securely operational.• Provides positive authority to share cyber threat indicators and defensive measures.• Provides for strong and clear liability protections.• Ensures that companies remove any extraneous personal information prior to sharing cyber threat data. DHS must then perform a second scrubbing of personal information, further disseminating that information in accordance with privacy and civil liberties guidelines drafted jointly by the Attorney General and DHS.• Further safeguards privacy and civil liberties, and provides for strong oversight, by requiring detailed reports by Inspectors General and the Government Accountability Office.

 

As included in the omnibus bill, the Intelligence Authorization Act is nearly identical to the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 (H.R. 4127), which passed the House on December 1 by a vote of 364-58. Authorizing funding for the Intelligence Community for the next fiscal year, the Act: 

• Sustains and enhances critical capabilities to fight terrorism and counter the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.• Funds efforts to recover from unauthorized disclosures of intelligence capabilities.• Sustains activities in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan to continue the fight against ISIS, al Qaeda, and the Taliban.

   

House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes said, “These bills are vital for protecting America’s digital networks and for implementing the necessary funding, authorizations, and oversight for the Intelligence Community. At a time when the United States faces pressing national security risks, Congress has delivered strong, bipartisan majorities for strengthening our defenses and for giving our Intelligence Community the tools it needs to identify, disrupt, and defeat threats to the homeland and our infrastructure. I’d like to thank Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers and Ranking Member Nita Lowey for including these crucial bills in the omnibus legislation, and I look forward to their quick passage into law.”

Ranking Member Adam Schiff said, “It is difficult to overstate the threat posed by bad cyber actors to our security, our privacy and our economy. After several years of effort, Congress has now produced a bipartisan cyber bill that allows the private sector and government to share information about malicious intrusions to protect Americans from further harm. The bill contains the strongest privacy protections to date, requiring personal information to be stripped out before malicious code is shared with DHS, and providing narrow liability protections to protect businesses that voluntarily participate in the program. It is the most significant effort by Congress to address the cyber threat to date, and should now become law.”

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Chairmen Nunes, Thornberry, Frelinghuysen Announce Creation of Joint Task Force to Investigate Allegations of Intelligence Manipulation

2015/12/11

For Immediate Release - December 11, 2015

Jack Langer (Chairman Nunes)Jack.Langer@mail.house.gov

Claude Chafin (HASC)Claude.Chafin@mail.house.gov

Jennifer Hing (HAC) JHing@mail.house.gov

Chairmen Nunes, Thornberry, Frelinghuysen Announce Creation of Joint Task Force to Investigate Allegations of Intelligence Manipulation 

Washington, D.C. – House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry, and House Appropriations Committee Defense Subcommittee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen released the following statement today:  

“Today, the House Armed Services Committee, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and the House Appropriations Committee established a Joint Task Force to investigate allegations that senior U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) officials manipulated intelligence products.  In addition to looking into the specific allegations, the Joint Task Force will examine whether these allegations reflect systemic problems across the intelligence enterprise in CENTCOM or any other pertinent intelligence organizations. Congressmen Ken Calvert (CA-42), Mike Pompeo (KS-4), and Brad Wenstrup (OH-2) will lead the investigation, which is expected to produce preliminary results early next year.” 

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Chairman Nunes Comments on FBI Investigation of San Bernardino Attack

2015/12/04

For Immediate Release                                                                                                                          Contact Jack Langer  Jack.Langer@mail.house.gov    December 4, 2015                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Chairman Nunes Comments on FBI Investigation of San Bernardino Attack

Washington, D.C. – House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes released the following statement today after the FBI announced it is investigating the San Bernardino attack as an act of terrorism:

“I commend the FBI for acknowledging the San Bernardino killings as an act of terror. It is now time for President Obama to acknowledge this act was committed by the same Islamic jihadist movement – including al Qaeda and its estranged sister organization ISIS – that we have battled for fifteen years. Despite the President's statements that ISIS is contained and that al Qaeda is on the run, the events in San Bernardino show that the threat is real and growing. For the sake of the safety of the American people and our allies, the President must use every available resource to take the fight to the enemy.”

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House Passes Updated Intelligence Authorization Act

2015/12/01

For Immediate Release - December 1, 2015

Jack Langer (Chairman Nunes)Jack.Langer@mail.house.gov

Patrick Boland (Ranking Member Schiff)Boland@mail.house.gov

House of Representatives PassesUpdated Intelligence Authorization Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House of Representatives today overwhelmingly approved the Fiscal Year 2016 Intelligence Authorization Act (HR 4127) on a bipartisan 364-58 vote.   

The House had previously approved an Intelligence Authorization Act in June. The new version, updated to include measures in the bill reported out by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, provides the Intelligence Community the authorization needed to protect and defend the United States. It supports critical national security programs such as those protecting Americans against terrorism and cyberattacks. The total funding authorized by the bill is consistent with the Budget Resolution and the Bipartisan Budget Act, balancing fiscal discipline and national security.

Among other things, the legislation:        

·         Sustains critical capabilities to fight terrorism and counter the proliferation of weapons of            mass destruction.

·         Funds efforts to recover from unauthorized disclosures of intelligence capabilities.

·         Sustains activities in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan to continue the fight against ISIL, al            Qaeda, and the Taliban.

·         Employs Guantanamo Bay closure restrictions which reflect restrictions in the recently            signed FY16 National Defense Authorization Act.

·         Invests in the resiliency of our national security space architecture.

·         Provides policy direction on sensitive intelligence operations.

·         Promotes intelligence integration and sharing through investment in Intelligence           Community-wide information technology enterprises.

·         Enhances investments in military intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance aircraft.

·         Funds initiatives to thwart cyberattacks and insider threats.

House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes said, “Our enemies are rapidly improving their ability to launch devastating cyber-attacks and deadly terror strikes. Amid these elevated threat levels, it’s crucial that our intelligence professionals receive the resources they need to keep Americans safe. This bill will authorize those resources while ensuring full Congressional oversight of the Intelligence Community. I look forward to swift passage of the bill in the Senate so we can quickly get this legislation to the President’s desk.”   

Ranking Member Adam Schiff said, “The recent Paris attacks drive home how vigilant we need to be, and the bill before us provides urgent resources for the fight against ISIS and Al Qaeda. At the same time, we must never let our focus on any one threat or terror group distract us from the other challenges we face, like those from Iran, North Korea, Russia and China. This bill strikes the right balance by providing the necessary means to counter the wide-ranging threats from state and non-state actors, particularly in cyberspace, outer space and the undersea environment.  The bill also takes critical steps to shore up our counter-intelligence capabilities—particularly important in light of the devastating OPM breach. I remain strongly opposed to any restrictions on closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay, but as these provisions reflect what is currently in law, I support the larger bill.  Especially with what happened in Paris, we need to act now to fund and enable our intelligence agencies.”

The unclassified bill text and additional information is available here

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Nunes discusses terror threats on CNN State of the Union

2015/11/22


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Membership

Michael Conaway

TEXAS' 11th DISTRICT

Joe Heck

NEVADA's 3rd DISTRICT

Peter King

NEW YORK's 2nd DISTRICT

Frank LoBiondo

NEW JERSEY's 2nd DISTRICT

Jeff Miller

FLORIDA's 1st DISTRICT

Devin Nunes

CALIFORNIA's 22nd DISTRICT

Mike Pompeo

KANSAS' 4th DISTRICT

Tom Rooney

FLORIDA's 17th DISTRICT

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

FLORIDA's 27th DISTRICT

Chris Stewart

UTAH's 2nd DISTRICT

Michael Turner

OHIO's 10th DISTRICT

Brad Wenstrup

OHIO's 2nd DISTRICT

Lynn Westmoreland

GEORGIA's 3rd DISTRICT