Silvestre Reyes

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Silvestre Reyes is a Democratic Congressman from Texas, where he represents the 16th district. Reyes is the chariman of the House Committee on Intelligence. He was elected to Congress in 1996, after a 26 year career with the the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. Reyes is a veteran of the Vietnam War.


Supports Torture

Reyes called for Bush's appointees for DNI and CIA continue in the Obama administration. He also said that "some parts of the CIA's controversial alternative interrogation program should be allowed to continue." (Source: Top Democrat urges "continuity" for CIA, DNI and interrogation policies, by Glenn Greenwald,, December 10, 2008),

Sunni or Shia?

Despite being chair of the House Intelligence Committee, Reyes is poorly informed about basic facts of the Middle East; for example, he didn't know that Al-Qaeda consists of fundamentalist Sunnis. (Source: Democrats’ New Intelligence Chairman Needs a Crash Course on al Qaeda, by Jeff Stein, Congressional Quarterly, December 8, 2006.)


  • Reyes has called for sending 20-30 thousand more U.S. troops into Iraq "on a temporary basis".

External Links

  • Official House website.
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