Franks: Despite My Multiple Pleas Two Years Ago, Clinton Would Not List Boko Haram as Terrorist Organization

May 22, 2014 Issues: National Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-08) spoke early this morning on the House floor, after his amendment intended to counteract Boko Haram's increasingly violent and destabilizing influence in Nigeria and surrounding regions was approved en bloc during debate on the 2015 NDAA.

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Transcript:

"Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

"Mr. Speaker, last night, the House passed an amendment encouraging our regional partners and allies to develop an interagency strategy to counter the vicious terror attacks perpetrated by Boko Haram. Boko Haram is the terrorist group that recently kidnapped over 300 innocent Nigerian girls. Mr. Speaker, it is impossible for any of us to imagine the fear and heartbreak these children and their families are experiencing.

"Now, for some time it's been known these groups have extensive links between Boko Haram and Al-Qaeda affiliates. Yet, despite my multiple pleas two years ago to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, she would not even consider acknowledging Boko Haram's religious ideology and list them as a foreign terrorist organization.

"Boko Haram is stronger today than ever before. This Islamist group continues their rampage of terror because the administration, this administration, as they have so many times before, refused to look at the facts as they were. I hope now we will face Boko Haram for the terrorist group that it is, and defeat it, and somehow bring these innocent young girls home. I yield back."