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«Will Hurd (TX-23) Research Report The following report contains research on Will Hurd, a Republican member of Congress in Texas’ 23rd district. ...»

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More is gonna come out and I think there’s several cases in front of the Supreme Court now and we’ll see how those go, but this is gonna be an important issue. Ultimately, the rule of law should prevail, and we should be enforcing the laws on the books, and it’s the legislative branch that makes the laws and the executive branch that executes those laws, not the other way around. This is gonna be an interesting couple of months. [National Border Patrol Council’s Greenline Podcast, 59:51, 2/18/16]

Cheney Attended A June 2015 Hurd Fundraiser In San Antonio

Cheney Attended A June 2015 Hurd Fundraiser In San Antonio. “Republican former Vice President Dick Cheney will addresses a business convention before he helps raise re-election funds for U.S.

Rep. Will Hurd, R-Helotes. The events are closed to the public, and neither Clinto nor Cheney has invited news coverage. [San Antonio Express News, 6/03/15]

Cathy McMorris Rodgers Campaigned For Hurd

Cathy McMorris Rodgers Campaigned For Hurd. “Hoping to add momentum to Hurd’s fall push, he was joined Friday by the U.S. House’s highest-ranking female member. ‘I’m here because America needs Will Hurd. We’re excited about the leadership you’ll bring to America,’ said Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Washington, chairwoman of the House Republican Conference. But Rodgers’ appearance quickly drew fire from Democrats who cited a pending House Ethics Committee probe into whether she misused federal resources to attain her leadership role.” [San Antonio Express-News, 9/13/14]

Endorsed By Ambassador John Bolton In August 2014

Endorsed By Ambassador John Bolton In August 2014. “Ambassador John Bolton strongly endorses former CIA officer and TX-23 Congressional candidate Will Hurd. A native of San Antonio and standout at Texas A&M University, Hurd is challenging career politician, Democrat, and incumbent Congressman, Pete Gallego. The district, one of the largest in terms of landmass in Texas, runs along the MexicanAmerican border, and the election is considered a target for the GOP in Texas.” [BoltonPac, 8/12/14] CIA Career

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 Joined CIA’s National Clandestine Service out of college and served for 9 years, the branch handling the agency’s “cloak and dagger” work  Originally intended to work in CIA’s Division of Science and Technology but shifted to NCS stating, “I started off wanting to be ‘Q,’ but soon I wanted to be James Bond”  Career was boosted by relationship with former Defense Secretary Robert Gates who he came into contact with as both were class presidents at Texas A&M  In addition to domestic posts, worked extensively in South Asia, including in India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan  Claimed to have run all CIA undercover operations in Afghanistan  Claimed to have participated in offensive cyber operations against Russia adding “let’s just say I’ll probably never be invited to Moscow anytime soon”  Claimed to have been “the guy who went out and got us new sources and was in the alleys at 4 o’clock in the morning”  Claimed to be free to discuss his CIA career beyond certain rules, such as not discussing methods and sources.

Hurd served in the CIA for 9 years as a member of the agency’s National Clandestine Service, the division handling the “cloak and dagger” work, though he had originally intended to work in the CIA’s Division of Science and Technology. As he advanced through the agency, Hurd’s career was boosted by his relationship with former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates with whom Hurd connected as a fellow former president of the Texas A&M student body. In addition to some state-side posts, Hurd worked extensively in South Asia, including in Afghanistan, where he claims to have run all CIA undercover operations. Though he claims to be free to discuss his CIA career beyond certain rules, Hurd’s discussion of his work has generally been limited to broad references to his field work, referring to himself as “in the alleys at 4 o’clock in the morning.” Joined CIA’s National Clandestine Service After Graduating From College, Served 9 Years Joined CIA’s National Clandestine Service After Graduating From College, Served 9 Years. “Upon graduation, Will moved to Washington, DC to join the National Clandestine Service of the CIA. For the last nine years Will has been an Operations Officer and his primary mission was to collect and disseminate foreign intelligence to assist The President and senior government policymakers in making

decisions relating to national security. He has served primarily in South Asia.” [Hurd Website, accessed:

10/27/09] Was Involved With “Cloak-And-Dagger Work” Of National Clandestine Service, Rescue Efforts In India During 2005 Tsunami, 2006 Pakistan Earthquake Was Involved With “Cloak-And-Dagger Work” Of National Clandestine Service, Rescue Efforts In India During 2005 Tsunami, 2006 Pakistan Earthquake. “Hurd’s CIA career was spent mostly in South Asia hot spots, particularly Afghanistan and Pakistan. Besides the cloak-and-dagger work of the agency’s National Clandestine Service, formerly known as the Directorate of Operations, he was involved in rescue efforts in India during the tsunami of 2005 and in Pakistan during the earthquake of 2006.” [Houston Chronicle, 11/16/14] Before Moving Into Field Work, Initially Sought Career In Division Of Science And Technology: “I started off wanting to be ‘Q,’ but soon I wanted to be James Bond.” Before Moving Into Field Work, Initially Sought Career In Division Of Science And Technology.





“Beginning the interview process, he initially sought to put his computer skills to work in DST (Division of Science and Technology). This, Hurd explained, ‘is the branch that in the James Bond movies was headed by ‘Q,’ who created all those great gadgets we saw in the movies.’” [Newsmax, 7/17/15] Hurd: “I started off wanting to be ‘Q,’ but soon I wanted to be James Bond.” “So I started off wanting to be ‘Q,’ but soon I wanted to be James Bond.” [Newsmax, 7/17/15] CIA Career was Boosted by Defense Secretary Robert Gates CIA Career was Boosted by Defense Secretary Robert Gates. In January 2010, the San Antonio Express-News reported that Hurd’s CIA career was boosted by Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who is also a former Texas A&M student body president. [San Antonio Express-News, 1/22/10] Lived In Countries Including Afghanistan, Pakistan and India As CIA Operations Officer Lived In Countries Including Afghanistan, Pakistan and India As CIA Operations Officer. “Before deciding to run for Congress in the 23rd district of Texas, Hurd was an operations officer in the CIA where he was responsible for collecting foreign intelligence for the President and government policymakers. He has had the opportunity to live and work on the frontlines of several countries including Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.” [Paisano Online, 1/10/10]

Claimed To Have Run All CIA Undercover Operations In Afghanistan

Claimed To Have Run All CIA Undercover Operations In Afghanistan. “I was undercover officer for nine years. I was the guy in the back alleys at four o’clock in the morning collecting intelligence on threats to the Homeland. Spent two years in DC, two years in India, two years in Pakistan, two years in New York, a year-and-a-half in Afghanistan wear I ran all of our undercover operations.” [YouTube, 0:16, 3/13/15] Claimed To Have Participated In Offensive Cyber Operations Against Russia Claimed To Have Participated In Offensive Cyber Operations Against Russia. “A former CIA operative who now serves as a member of Congress indicated at a recent public event that the U.S. has engaged in “offensive cyber operations” against Russia, a revelation that comes while the two countries are effectively squaring off in Syria and Ukraine. The disclosure of the operations, which are likely classified, may have skirted the legal line with some coy phrasing. ‘I got a degree in computer science. I did some offensive cyber operations when I was in the CIA,’ said Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas), who was at the agency from 2000 to 2009. Hurd was speaking at an event on Thursday organized by The Atlantic’s Steve Clemons. ‘Were you the Stuxnet dude?’ Clemons quickly interjected, referring to an alleged joint U.S.-Israeli effort to sabotage Iranian nuclear infrastructure in 2009. ‘No, no,’ Hurd said. ‘Let’s just say I’ll probably never be invited to Moscow anytime soon. And I’m not too concerned with that.’” [Huffington Post, 2/08/16]

Participated In Offensive Cyber Operations As A CIA Agent

Participated In Offensive Cyber Operations As A CIA Agent. “Hurd, a computer science major at Texas A&M University, participated in offensive cyber operations as a CIA officer. After leaving the CIA, he helped build a cybersecurity consulting company.” [Dallas Morning News, 1/07/15] Used Consular Officer Position As Cover While In CIA, Claimed It Gave Him Expertise On NonImmigrant Visa Process Used Consular Officer Position As Cover While In CIA. In October 2014, while appearing on Texas Week with Rick Casey, Hurd mentioned using a consular officer position as one of his CIA covers.

Casey: The other part of it is of course, the immigrants who are already here. That’s the other part of the major immigration program. Everyone agrees the immigration program is fixed, what do we do with them, whether there are 12 or 14 million, what do we do with them? HURD: There’s three pieces to immigration. There’s border security: we gotta make sure we’re enforcing our laws and protecting our country, that’s step one. Step two, is we need to increase access to legal immigration. When I was in the CIA, one of my cover jobs, the job I did during the day, I stamped visas. I was a consular officer. So I can talk until you’re blue in the face on our non-immigrant visa process. I know these things. I did this during the day and during the night I did my job of collecting intelligence on threats to the homeland. So we need to increase access to legal immigration. We’re a nation of immigrants, we’ve benefitted from the brain drain of every other country for the last couple of decades, I want to see us continue that, but I also, I want to benefit from the hardworking drain too. If you’re going to be a productive member of our society, let’s get you here as quickly as possible. The third bucket is the people that are already here, and I’m against amnesty, I’m against giving people that broke the law a special pathway to citizenship, but I think there’s a way that we can get them into the system.” [Texas Week with Rick Casey, published 10/27/14] Touted Time As CIA Field Officer As “The Guy Who Went Out And Got Us New Sources And Was In The Alleys At 4 O’Clock In The Morning On His Time In The CIA: “I Was The Guy Who Went Out And Got Us New Sources And Was In The Alleys At 4 O’Clock In The Morning.” “My job was to collect intelligence on threats to our homeland. So I was the guy who went out and got us new sources and was in the alleys at 4 o’clock in the morning” [YouTube, 10/27/14] Free To Discuss CIA Career Beyond Certain Rules, Such As Not Discussing Methods And Sources Free To Discuss CIA Career Beyond Certain Rules, Such As Not Discussing Methods And Sources.

“‘That story about being unable to say anything about where I was or what I did when I was with the agency is purely apocryphal,” said the Texas Republican, who joined the CIA at age 22 after graduating from Texas A&M University. “I am bound by certain rules, such as not talking about methods and sources, but beyond that I am clear on what I can talk about.’” [Newsmax, 7/17/15] …But Other Sources Claim He Can’t Say Much About His CIA Years. “Hurd can’t say much about his CIA years, other than that they involved ‘recruiting spies and stealing secrets,’ but without a doubt, his years as a clandestine operative in Pakistan and Afghanistan have made him a valuable commodity on Capitol Hill.” [Ozy.com, 2/02/15] Claimed He Was The Fourth Employee In New Post-9/11 Counterterror Unit: “My Job Was To Recruit Spies And Steal Secrets” Claimed He Was The Fourth Employee In New Post-9/11 Counterterror Unit: “My Job Was To Recruit Spies And Steal Secrets.” “After the Sept. 11 attacks, he was summoned to a new counterterrror unit. ‘On Sept. 12, I was the fourth employee in that unit that prosecuted the war in Afghanistan,’ Hurd said. The next nine-and-a-half years brought him to India, Pakistan, New York and Afghanistan - courting the enemy, he said: ‘My job was to recruit spies and steal secrets.’” [Washington Post, 3/08/15] Claimed That While Attempting To Meet An Informant, He Ran Over A Woman’s Foot Amid A Crowd, Forcing Him To Hire A Rickshaw Driver To Take The Victim To The Hospital.

Claimed That While Attempting To Meet An Informant, He Ran Over A Woman’s Foot Amid A Crowd, Forcing Him To Hire A Rickshaw Driver To Take The Victim To The Hospital. “Some of the stories he tells, or doesn’t, about his life seem straight from an episode of ‘Homeland’ or ‘24.’ Once, working undercover in an undisclosed South Asian nation, trying to meet someone who was trading secrets to the CIA, he entered what was supposed to be an empty alley for what was supposed to be a clandestine meeting. ‘When I turned down the alley, it was like a parade and a couple thousand people in this alley,’ he said. His Toyota Tercel ran over a woman’s foot; there was blood everywhere. ‘I’ve got a thousand people on my car, banging on it, shaking it,’ he said, until he finally decided to do something.



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