Assigned Reading: House Repubs: CAIR May Have Planted Interns in DC
(FROM: The Hill)
A representative of CAIR called the accusations unfounded and worried that they would tarnish the improving relations between Muslim and non-Muslim Americans.
“God forbid American Muslims take part in the political process and exercise their rights,” said Ibrahim Hooper, a CAIR spokesman, in a telephone interview. “I suppose they’re going to investigate the Muslim Staffers Association next.
“If these people weren’t so hate-filled, it would be laughable, but unfortunately they have an audience and given their positions, it’s going to get picked up by the hate blogs.”
While the Republicans said they did not know of specific legislation that CAIR had affected, Franks said he wouldn’t be surprised if they were trying to amend the PATRIOT Act.
“One of the target policies that they might be concerned about is the PATRIOT Act itself — those things that give us the greatest tools to be able to surveil those conversations outside of this country…and I think organizations like CAIR would like to diminish that.”
Okay, above and beyond the obvious concerns with the Council of American-Islamic Relations placing interns and other staff in key committees and offices on Capitol Hill, I found this quote to be especially maddening. Why? Because there is already a group looking to diminish the capabilities of the PATRIOT Act and make this country less safe.
They’re called Democrats.
On September 17, after all, ten Democrat senators including Russ Feingold and Dick Durbin introduced the JUSTICE Act which, according to a report by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, would “rein in the worst excesses of PATRIOT and last year’s FISA Amendments Act.” JUSTICE, by the way, is an acronym for “Judiciously Using Surveillance Tools In Counterterrorism Efforts.” Sounds positively terrific . . . to terrorists.
In fact, the Democrats have been looking to undermine the PATRIOT Act from the beginning, consequences be damned. Consider how Sen. Harry Reid and his flunkies bragged in December 2005 about how they successfully “killed the PATRIOT Act” by having its extension filibustered:
I definitely appreciate the efforts by House Republicans like Reps. John Shadegg–a favorite of mine–and Sue Myrick to expose and excise from sensitive Capitol Hill areas interns and other personnel who don’t have America’s best interests at heart. But while they’re at it, perhaps they can connect the dots and address the other group actively working to undermine American security in the name of political expediency and some sort of perceived justice.