Jane Harman

(Jane Margaret Lakes Harman)

Jane Harman
Jane Harman
  • Born: June 28, 1945
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Politician

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Jane Margaret Lakes Harman 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 H. Hamilton and is the first woman to lead the organization.

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A few people have big free speech and the rest of us have little free speech. Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission was decided wrongly. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
As the only mother on this hearing panel, I think you should go home and get some rest. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
Follow the money, and one arrives at a basic fact: the CIA’s edge is paramilitary. Budgets & Budgeting
Having Islamic people inside the tent playing by democratic rules is a lot better than having Al Qaeda outside the tent trying to blow it up. Religion & God
Homeland security intelligence done the wrong way will give us thought police. Defense & National Security
I am an optimist. How else could I have stayed in the Congress for nine terms? Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Now that every smartphone user is a potential collector of intelligence, the key is to skillfully sort the data. Although no structural obstacle prevents the U.S. intelligence community from doing this work well, there remains a strong bias, bordering on elitism, against using freely available information. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
One can doubt the sincerity of the technology community’s outrage over the NSA’s surveillance practices—doubt, for example, that the Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, whose company reportedly stores petabytes’ worth of data about its billion-plus active monthly users, was shocked at the thought of mass data collection. Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
A lot of the things that we've been able to do in the last several years were Democratic ideas, including the structure for this new director of national intelligence.
At the same time as we clearly condemn actions of violence by groups in Palestinian against Israel. Time
But as I often say, terrorists won't check our party registration before they blow us up.
I think I am aggressive, I think I am critical when it's necessary.
If the withdrawal from Gaza goes badly, obviously, that will set us back.
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. Women
In a post-9/11 world, diversity has become even more important.
Maybe it's my 15 minutes of fame, maybe it's longer.
So, you know, I think that Democrats are being more successful in Congress and I'm really going to be proud of the role I will play tomorrow as ranking Democrat on the Intelligence Committee when this bill passes.
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.
The point is to solve problems, not point fingers.
There's no deep bench there, Mahmoud Abbas is, I think, the best leader of the Palestinians we could field.
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.
We need spies that look like their targets, CIA officers who speak the dialects terrorists use, and FBI agents who can speak to Muslim women who might be intimidated by men. Women