Thursday, October 15, 2009

The new McCarthyism

By Michael J.W. Stickings

Surprise! It's Republicans targeting an Islamic organization without a shred of evidence:

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.

So these Republicans have a right-wing book full of delusional paranoia, a book with a forward by no less an authority than... Rep. Sue Myrick. That's it. No names, no proof, nothing. The son of one of the co-authors went "undercover," infiltrating CAIR and spying on its members and activities, even pretending to be a Muslim, beard and all. And what did he find? As a CAIR spokesman put it: "This guy spied on us for months, and the most they can come up with is that we're doing ordinary lobbying work on Capitol Hill?"

Oooh. Ahhh. Even Politico admits that a much-ballyhooed CAIR strategy document "basically lays out a fairly straight forward public relations and lobbying strategy." And yet these GOP McCarthyites are still targeting this group, sullying its reputation and making some pretty damning accusations. It would be one thing if they actually had evidence. Without it, this just looks like profiling, an assault on a legitimate organization. And why? Because it's Muslim. And we all know what these bigots think of Muslims.

Sue Myrick, John Shadegg, Paul Broun, and Trent Franks. You're our Craziest Republicans of the Day.


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  • Yeah, I used to be suspicious of Muslims attending flight school. But not any more. I'm tolerant and would never want to offend anyone, even if they are uninterested in the class about landing the plane. Hmmmmmmmmm.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:51 AM  

  • Omar Ahmad -- Co-Founder of the Council on American-Islamic Relations

    President and CEO of Silicon Expert Technologies.
    Former Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP) Officer.

    Omar Ahmad was captured on FBI surveillance tapes at Hamas meetings in the U.S.A. during 1993 explaining that the IAP could not, for political reasons, admit its support for Hamas, and then
    discussing how the Hamas agenda could be cloaked and advanced. Omar Ahmad's airfare
    and hotel bills for this meeting were paid for by the Holy Land Foundation.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:54 AM  

  • "And we all know what these bigots think of Muslims."

    I'm still getting images of the demonstration outside the Danish Embassy in London with titles claiming it was a rally about destroying America.

    There's more to it than bigotry, it's a religious jihad all by itself and you'll never see organizations rallying to replace the US constitution with a Theocracy treated with the same irrational, hysterical attitude.

    By Blogger Capt. Fogg, at 9:56 AM  

  • Ahmad is no longer with CAIR, but I think the point was not that CAIR is composed of Cub Scouts but that accusations against them are not legitimized by past or present ties to Hamas.

    I don't like them or trust them either, but that doesn't mean I can take seriously anybody making accusations with little or no evidence and it's hard to deny that there's a great effort being made to cast suspicion over every shop keeper or taxi driver with a Muslim sounding name.

    Who can object to sticking with the facts?

    By Blogger Capt. Fogg, at 10:20 AM  

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