Jane Harman Quotes

Jane Margaret Lakes Harman (born June 28, 1945) is the former U.S. Representative for California's 36th congressional district, serving from 1993 to 1999, and from 2001 to 2011; she is a member of the Democratic Party. Harman was the ranking Democrat on the Homeland Security’s intelligence subcommittee. When Democrats held the House majority, she was in line to chair the House intelligence committee but was denied the post by then-Speaker Pelosi. Resigning from Congress in February 2011, Harman became President and CEO of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She succeeded former Congressman Lee Hamilton and is the first woman to lead the 45-year-old “living memorial” to America’s 28th President.

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In a post-9/11 world, diversity has become even more important.

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In 1969, when I graduated from Harvard Law School, women and minorities made up a tiny fraction of the first year associates accepted by top law firms.

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Democrats and Republicans love Israel and all of us care about the existential threat to Israel from Iran.

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I think Democrats in Congress love Israel. Our relationship with Israel depends on a strong bipartisan relationship.

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The Clinton foundation has done a lot of good in the world.

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At the same time as we clearly condemn actions of violence by groups in Palestinian against Israel.

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“And I choose to be an optimist.”

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“The failure of Democrats to articulate a compelling message and policy position on national security issues spelled doom for our party during the last election cycle,”

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“We know that there was a massive security failure, and despite repeated warnings by U.S. intelligence, the Saudis did not take adequate measures, ... This was wrong, and it was preventable.”

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“The Committee's review of a series of intelligence shortcomings, to include intelligence prior to 9/11 and the pre-war intelligence on Iraq, clearly reveal how vital a diverse intelligence workforce is to our national security.”

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“has made real progress under difficult circumstances.”

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“The agency seems in free-fall in Washington, and that is a very, very bad omen in the middle of a war,”

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“The point of it is to understand fully how we collected, analyzed and presented intelligence ... and what responsibility the intelligence community had to correct misinformation by policymakers,”

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“It's clear the Intelligence Community must do more to make diversity in hiring and retention of minority employees a high priority for all agencies.”

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“We can no longer expect an Intelligence Community that is mostly male and mostly white to be able to monitor and infiltrate suspicious organizations or terrorist groups.”

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