A welcome turn of events on the firing of Stephen Coughlin. “Congressmen Seek Answers about Terror Expert’s Firing,” by Fred Lucas for CNSNews.com (thanks to all who sent this in):
(CNSNews.com) – Members of Congress are seeking more information regarding the firing of a top terrorism expert at the Pentagon following reports that he was dismissed for being too critical of Islamic law.
Earlier this month, the Pentagon Joint Staff told Stephen Coughlin, a specialist on Islamic law at the Pentagon, that his contract would not be renewed in March. The firing apparently resulted from pressure by pro-Muslim officials working in the Department of Defense, according to numerous news reports.
Meanwhile, members of Congress have not had much success in getting answers from the Pentagon either, said Rep. Sue Myrick (R-N.C.), co-chair of the bi-partisan House Anti-Terrorism Caucus.
“We want to get to the bottom of this,” Myrick told Cybercast News Service Tuesday. “We are contacting everyone to see who we can talk to.”
Coughlin – who supporters say had one of the most important jobs in analyzing how Jihadists think — crossed Hasham Islam, an aide to Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England, according The Washington Times.
The paper reported, without attribution, that the aide told Coughlin to “soften his view” on radical Islam. When Coughlin refused, Hasham Islam called him a Christian zealot “with a pen,” according to the report.
The incomplete reports and near silence from the Pentagon creates the need to get at the truth, Myrick said.
“This sounds like another example of someone protecting national security and being told to shut up,” Myrick continued. “If we don’t get over being politically correct, we won’t be here as a country.”
This week, Myrick said she began contacting other co-chairs of the Anti-Terrorism Caucus, such as Rep. Jane Harmon (D-Calif.), Rep. Richard “Bud” Cramer (D-Ala.), and Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas) about setting up a meeting with Coughlin and Pentagon officials to find out the circumstances behind the firing.
Myrick stressed that any congressional inquiry is in the early, talking stages, but she has contacted the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the House Armed Services Committee, and the House Homeland Security Committee to inquire about investigative hearings into the case….
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