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October 15, 2009

THE UGLY INTERSECTION OF PARANOIA, BIGOTRY, AND MCCARTHYISM.... It's almost as if right-wing House members want to be made fun of.

Republican members of the Congressional Anti-Terrorism Caucus said the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) have tried to plant "spies" within key national-security committees in order to shape legislative policy.

Reps. Sue Myrick (R-N.C.), John Shadegg (R-Ariz.), Paul Broun (R-Ga.) and Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), citing the book Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld that's Conspiring to Islamize America, called for the House sergeant at arms to investigate whether CAIR had been successful in placing interns on key panels. The lawmakers are specifically focused on the House Homeland Security Committee, Intelligence Committee and Judiciary Committee.

"If an organization is connected to or supports terrorists [and] is running influence operations or planting spies in key national security-related offices, I think this needs to be made known," said Broun, who sits on the Homeland Security Committee. "So I join my colleagues here today in calling for action."

It's as if they're handing out crazy pills in the cloak room.

The book Myrick, Shadegg, Broun, and Franks are relying on was published by WorldNetDaily, a radical fringe website that recently "reported" that the Obama administration is considering Nazi-like concentration camps for dissidents.

The book's co-author's son pretended to be Muslim to infiltrate the not-so-nefarious organization as an apparent intern. (Put another way, "the dastardly plot to plant Muslim interns as spies on the Hill was uncovered by an intern acting as a spy.") The book's co-author's son alleges that CAIR -- an entirely legitimate, mainstream advocacy group, that is not "connected to" terrorists -- is secretly plotting, using fake interns as pawns in some elaborate scheme.

So, do Myrick, Shadegg, Broun, and Franks know of any intern/spies CAIR has sent to Capitol Hill? Actually, no, but they heard about this book and want an investigation anyway.

Honestly, I get the sense that some of these guys are getting dumber as time goes on.

As for "infiltration" of CAIR, the man who pretended to be a Muslim and an intern apparently took as many documents from the organization as he could during his time there, and discovered that the lobbying group intends to do "ordinary lobbying work on Capitol Hill." When Myrick, Shadegg, Broun, and Franks released an internal CAIR "strategy" document yesterday, they unveiled "a fairly straight forward public relations and lobbying strategy."

At the intersection of paranoia, bigotry, stupidity, and McCarthyism, it isn't pretty.

Steve Benen 10:05 AM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (37)

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... and this is, no doubt, just the tip of the paranoia, bigotry, and mccarthyism STOOPIDITY ICEBERG that is the wacko repugnant party's elected leaders.

rank & file grassroots? well, you dont even want to try and imagine...

Posted by: neill on October 15, 2009 at 10:06 AM | PERMALINK

I can't wait until these guys start investigating the health insurance industry's spy network, where they plant key employees as legislative staff, then have them rotate back to the insurance company's payroll for debriefing/payoff.

Oh, wait.

Posted by: eadie on October 15, 2009 at 10:07 AM | PERMALINK

Yet, I'm surprised that most of the MSM has not picked up on this story. Sure, it's ridiculous on its face. Yes, it's transparently false. Obviously it consists of trumped charges and hyped innuendo that lead nowhere.

But as the press has so often stated, the story is "out there" and thus demands it be "covered." Like Obama's birth certificate or Clinton's murder of Vince Foster, these things demand thorough airing by the media because, well, SHUT UP! That's why!

Posted by: Domage on October 15, 2009 at 10:08 AM | PERMALINK

Don't worry, I'm sure CNN will devote an entire segment to the growing menace of CAIR, with plenty of challenge-free air time for these assholes.
CAIR = New ACORN.

Posted by: Patrick Starr on October 15, 2009 at 10:12 AM | PERMALINK

Does anyone ever call him "Congressman Joey Joe-Joe Junior Shabadegg"? If not, why?

Posted by: lloyd on October 15, 2009 at 10:17 AM | PERMALINK

I guess CAIR's getting the ACORN treatment.

Posted by: leo on October 15, 2009 at 10:27 AM | PERMALINK

"Myrick, Shadegg, Broun, and Franks heard about this book. . ."

Although I haven't actually READ any of them, I too am aware of a series of 'books' that report the existance of an alien living among us, disguised as a mild mannered reporter on a famous newspaper.

And I DEMAND an immediate congressional investigation of ALL members of the Main Stream Media, to determine just who this so called alien is, and what his agenda might be. . .

Posted by: DAY on October 15, 2009 at 10:32 AM | PERMALINK

@Day: The alien's name is Clark Kent, and you never hear about it because he's a reporter for a respected MSM newspaper, the Daily Plante.

Posted by: Cap'n Chucky on October 15, 2009 at 10:37 AM | PERMALINK

Planet. I'd be so much cleverer if my fingers could spell.

Posted by: Cap'n Chucky on October 15, 2009 at 10:38 AM | PERMALINK

Myrick is a piece of work -- it appears she has written the foreword to the book they find so disturbing in revealing CAIR's secret plan...

I think it is quite clear that Sue Myrick hates anyone who is Muslim.

Posted by: neill on October 15, 2009 at 10:40 AM | PERMALINK

Oh my. Republican projection at it's finest!

Posted by: Realist on October 15, 2009 at 10:44 AM | PERMALINK

What?! No Steve King?! I would expect him to be all over this. This is right in that ignorant bigots wheelhouse!

Can you imagine the utter jack-assery that would be taking place on a daily basis if these clowns were in the majority and ran the show?

Posted by: GiggsisGod on October 15, 2009 at 10:44 AM | PERMALINK
And I DEMAND an immediate congressional investigation of ALL members of the Main Stream Media, to determine just who this so called alien is, and what his agenda might be. . .

Super idea, DAY!

Posted by: noncarborundum on October 15, 2009 at 10:47 AM | PERMALINK

I have three words for the senators:

Patrick Henry College.

Posted by: paul on October 15, 2009 at 10:48 AM | PERMALINK

an organization is connected to or supports terrorists [and] is running influence operations or planting spies in key national security-related offices

That's CIA, not CAIR.

It's easy to get those acronyms confused, I guess.

Posted by: biggerbox on October 15, 2009 at 10:50 AM | PERMALINK

Come on, guys. These are MUSLIMS they're wanting to investigate.

It's not like we're talking about real Americans . . . .

Posted by: Tea Bagger Jones on October 15, 2009 at 10:52 AM | PERMALINK

Gaubatz, the co-author of the book, is a real prize.

Someone ought to ask Rep. Myrick if she's proud of having written the foreword to a book by a raving racist and anti-Semite.

Posted by: Matt Weiner on October 15, 2009 at 10:52 AM | PERMALINK

Let me guess, a total of 57 interns may be working covertly for CAIR?

Posted by: Allan Snyder on October 15, 2009 at 10:53 AM | PERMALINK

Gay Muslim Nazis practicing witchcraft in suburbia is no laughing matter! This is serious business! When conservatives are no longer allowed to buy football teams, we know this country is one step away from San Francisco-style Sharia law.

Posted by: Conservatroll on October 15, 2009 at 11:04 AM | PERMALINK

@ Conservatroll: Does San Francisco-style Sharia law involve leather burkas?

Posted by: Cap'n Chucky on October 15, 2009 at 11:26 AM | PERMALINK


Why, of course you are right- we all know that Muslims love America and that CAIR is not a apologist for Muslim terrorists.

As for McCarthy-the left continues in denial about the fact that the release of KGB files after the fall of the left's favorite tyranny, the USSR, revealed that Joe was right.

Posted by: t on October 15, 2009 at 11:28 AM | PERMALINK

Ah good, that's what the story was missing. I was wondering what the goal was and it turns out it's lobbying work. We should investigate CAIR anyway--along with every other lobbyist on the hill! After all, if there's anyone who's commitment to the security of the nation is questionable it's lobbyists.

Posted by: MNPundit on October 15, 2009 at 11:39 AM | PERMALINK

It's cheap publicity for them and they get to look like heroes to the right-wing extremist crowd. I doubt if they care whether or not they look crazy or stupid or bigoted to everybody else.

I just hope that someday there will be real, tangible negative consequences for this kind of behavior. It can't come soon enough.

Posted by: VaLiberal on October 15, 2009 at 11:54 AM | PERMALINK

re: Cap'n Chucky @ 10:37 AM

Actually I think Daily Plante is a perfect name for an MSM newsrag...

Posted by: Butch on October 15, 2009 at 11:57 AM | PERMALINK

Isn't "paranoia, bigotry and stupidity" already McCarthyism?

Posted by: Jay B. on October 15, 2009 at 12:17 PM | PERMALINK

I think we need to start investigating the policy advisers (aka staff)=(aka czars) of some of these congresscritters. I think white supremacists have infiltrated them.

Posted by: Dave on October 15, 2009 at 12:27 PM | PERMALINK
As for McCarthy-the left continues in denial about the fact that the release of KGB files after the fall of the left's favorite tyranny, the USSR, revealed that Joe was right.

Joe McCarthy was not right, in that he asserted but never proved extensive communist infiltration throughout the Truman administration and other national institutions. He created a national, accusatory hysteria and ruined many people's lives.

You are correct that later KGB files revealed there were spies in key positions in the State department and other sensitive position. That's not the same thing as McCarthy being right. If it is the same thing, then let's arrest a hundred people right now, since some of them are certainly guilty of something.

Posted by: Rathskeller on October 15, 2009 at 12:48 PM | PERMALINK

"intersection of paranoia, bigotry, stupidity, and McCarthyism"

Not to mention grand theft.

Posted by: Frank on October 15, 2009 at 1:21 PM | PERMALINK

This reminds me of the book I saw a number of years back about Hillary Clinton's nefarious and dastardly plot to take over the country--by running for President!

Posted by: Stephen Stralka on October 15, 2009 at 1:26 PM | PERMALINK

My father, whose politics are somewhere to the right of Attila the Hun's, knows Shadegg. I met him once. He struck me as being an amiable dunce. My father probably knows Trent Franks as well. I've never met him, but after seeing him on TV, I get the feeling that he's, shall we say, less amiable than Shadegg.

t--Enjoy your paranoia. I'll let you in on a little secret--the Soviet Empire is no more. You might consider finding a new target on which to fix free-floating anxiety. Or get some new meds.

Posted by: Wolfdaughter on October 15, 2009 at 2:10 PM | PERMALINK

FOX News would be all over this story, except it lacks Hannah Giles dressed as a skank.

Posted by: Roger Ailes on October 15, 2009 at 2:11 PM | PERMALINK

There's a moral dimension to this story to which I'm perhaps hyper-sensitive, as I'm midway through Blumenthal's "Republican Gomorrah." And that's the willingness of so many leaders in the religious right to use their callow offspring as guided missiles for their cause without much consideration for their mental (or in this case physical) well-being. Never would I have sent my nineteen year old into harm's way (in this case a putative Islamic terrorist cell) without assurances that the intelligence was sound, the task was important, his minders knew what they were doing and had carefully evaluated and prepared him for the task, and had credible ways to extract him if he were compromised. I am appalled that a parent would do what this guy did.

Posted by: Bruce on October 15, 2009 at 2:12 PM | PERMALINK

[it is because of a history of racist comments like this one, particularly during the election, as well as insinuations of violence, that your comments are deleted -- mod.]

Posted by: t on October 15, 2009 at 2:40 PM | PERMALINK

Shadegg and his compatriots are idiots - while they waste time chasing after imaginary muslim spies, the real threat, time-travelling space aliens from Xirkon-6 are carrying out their work unhindered.

Or, put another way, anyone who can't coherently explain what the Null Hypothesis is should be barred from both government, radio, print, and cable TV.

I know, I know...

Posted by: DH Walker on October 15, 2009 at 3:41 PM | PERMALINK

Thanks, Moderator, @14:40. My real name starts with T, a lot of people call me T (partly because I drink so much tea and partly because my name's too difficult to pronounce correctly, for those who can only hear English values of vowels) and, every time I come across t's comment, I think about changing my name by legal deed.

Posted by: exlibra on October 15, 2009 at 4:00 PM | PERMALINK

Many years ago, when I was a nice young girl, I somehow formed the notion that one had to be really intelligent to become a member of Congress. Ah, the illusions of youth. Now it appears that an IQ above room temperature is discouraged.

Posted by: gelfling545 on October 15, 2009 at 5:04 PM | PERMALINK

Anti-communist fervor was the best thing that ever happened to the Republican Party, and ever since the breakup of the Soviet Union they've been desperately trying to build up a new Communism to heroically battle.

Posted by: Redshift on October 15, 2009 at 7:49 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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