With the appointment late last week of Rep. Christopher Cox (R.-Calif.) as chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Rep. Curt Weldon (R.-Pa.) is seen by many as the likely successor to Cox as chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.
That seemed a safe assumption—until this week.
Rumors have been mounting that old hands at the Central Intelligence Agency and in the intelligence community may try to undercut Weldon’s candidacy. The principal reason could well be a new book written by Weldon and due out next week.
In Countdown to Terror, Weldon reportedly will graphically expose numerous intelligence failures and bureaucratic bungling within the intelligence community—CIA, FBI, NSA and DIA. Sources close to the story speculate that Weldon’s harsh criticism of the entire intelligence community could undercut his chances to take over this important new committee.
According to Regnery Publishing (a HUMAN EVENTS sister company), Weldon came to them this spring with a shocking story of national security threats and internal intelligence failures.
“Congressman Weldon told us that he had been trying to get various intelligence agencies to work with him for nearly two years,” Regnery’s spokesman told us. “He had tried to convince them to work with his source, and he had provided solid proof that his source was feeding him highly sensitive, and highly accurate, information on terrorist operations and capabilities around the world. He said he had resorted to trying to publish his findings in a book as ‘an act of desperation.’”
Weldon’s office would not speculate on whether or not the book might damage his chances for taking over the Homeland Security Committee, with spokesmen saying only that the lawmaker chose to write the book—for which he received no author advance, Regnery said—because he felt it was important for the American people to have the information.
But, as vice chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Weldon is already well-placed to ensure that his new book ignites a firestorm of debate.