CAIR sought to place Muslim interns in key congressional national security committees

This is from Gary Bauer’s daily e-mail, forwarded by Clark Coleman:

Muslim Spies On Capitol Hill?

Yesterday, a disturbing story was brought to my attention regarding our national security. A group of four House Republicans are calling for an investigation into a leading American Muslim advocacy group for placing interns in security-related Congressional committees.

The Muslim group involved is CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations), which calls itself “America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization.” Republican representatives obtained a memo from January 2007 in which plans were discussed to place Muslim interns on Capitol Hill in important positions where they could influence congressmen responsible for developing national security policy.

The committees that CAIR wanted to focus on were Homeland Security, Judiciary and Intelligence. The four Republicans calling for the investigation are Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC), John Shadegg (R-AZ), Paul Broun (R-GA), and Trent Franks (R-AZ). They want a full investigation by the sergeant-at-arms to determine whether CAIR infiltrated these high-security committees.

“If an organization that is connected to or supports terrorists is running influence operations or planting spies in key national security related congressional offices, I think this needs to be made known,” said Broun, who was referencing the Justice Department’s designation of CAIR as an “unindicted co-conspirator” in the trial of the Holy Land Foundation. The Holy Land Foundation was convicted last year of funding the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas.

Every day, someone emails me asking what the Republicans on Capitol Hill are doing to defend our values. I respond by saying they are doing a great deal, but Big Media refuses to report it because of its liberal bias. This is a perfect example. All four representatives are Republicans, and this story should be of national interest. But, the only media outlets that I have seen carrying it are the Washington Times and Fox News. Your local newspaper probably isn’t reporting it either. I hope this story gives you some encouragement and a better idea of how Republicans are working hard to defend our values and our country.

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LA writes:

Wasn’t CAIR officially discredited with the U.S. government some time back? At this point, do they have the privilege of recommending interns for Congress? If so, why?

Posted by Lawrence Auster at October 15, 2009 07:58 PM | Send

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