Islamophobia 101: Episode 33–Muslim Interns “Spying” on Congress

Posted on October 18, 2009


Rachel Maddow Exposes Anti-Muslim Extremists in Congress

Media Matters and CAIR

The Council of American-Islamic Relations has recently come under attack from four Congressional Republicans who accuse the group of attempting to plant spies in key Congressional offices in order to affect policy. Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC), Rep. John Shadegg (R-AZ), Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), and Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) held a press conference yesterday accusing the Muslim advocacy group of “trying to infiltrate the offices of members of Congress by placing interns in the offices.” The accusations against CAIR are in large part frivolous and are based on a new book written by authors known for their history of deception and bigotry.

Author and Publisher Of Book Have Track Record Of Derogatory Statements; Book’s Publisher Known For Advancing Conspiracy Theories

Book Published By Group Known For Pushing Conspiracy Theories. World Net Daily, the publisher of the book Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring to Islamize America, has been at the forefront of a campaign to question the legitimacy of President Barack Obama, writing:  “California attorney Orly Taitz, who has filed a number of lawsuits demanding proof of Barack Obama’s eligibility to serve as president, has released a copy of what purports to be a Kenyan certification of birth and has filed a new motion in U.S. District Court for its authentication.” The article added: “WND was able to obtain other birth certificates from Kenya for purposes of comparison, and the form of the documents appear to be identical.” [World Net Daily, 8/2/09]

Author Of Book Muslim Mafia Known For History Of Anti-Muslim Statements. According to Politico: “The proclamation from the four Republicans came in advance of a book, entitled Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld that’s Conspiring to Islamize America, which includes a forward by [Rep.] Myrick. The author of the book, Dave Gaubatz, an anti-Islam activist who wrote last year that ‘a vote for Hussein Obama is a vote for Sharia Law.'” [Politico, 10/14/09]

CAIR Criticized Gaubatz For Past Affiliation With Group Attempting To Outlaw Islam.  In an October 14 post, CAIR stated that Gaubatz is a “former employee of the racist group Society of Americans for National Existence (SANE). On its now members-only website, SANE offered a policy proposal that would make it illegal to be a Muslim: ‘Whereas, adherence to Islam as a Muslim is prima facie evidence of an act in support of the overthrow of the US. [sic] Government through the abrogation, destruction, or violation of the US Constitution and the imposition of Shari’a on the American People…It shall be a felony punishable by 20 years in prison to knowingly act in furtherance of, or to support the, adherence to Islam.'” [CAIR, Who Is Dave Gaubatz?, 10/14/09]

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U.S. Congressional Rep. Honda: Slander of Muslims is a ‘slander against democracy and religious freedom’

Washington Independent, 10/16/2009

At the heart of this issue is whether or not diverse populations are given a fair shot at representing their legitimate political interests in Congress, either as interns, as staff or as Members. The climate in Congress is clearly not as conducive as it should be in encouraging democratic representation, as exemplified by recent fear-rousing antics.As a result of the innumerous obstacles facing Muslim-Americans in this post-9/11 environment, their political participation is stifled and often stymied. More channels for Muslim participation are sorely needed, as well as a friendlier climate that embraces, not discourages, diversity. These fallacious allegations implicate the existence of a society still struggling with anti-Muslim sentiment. My Muslim colleagues in the House of Representatives, along with the highly qualified, patriotic and committed Muslim staffers and interns that have worked with my office and with CAPAC, contribute mightily to our democratic process. Any slander against these fellow patriots is slander against democracy and religious freedom.

Other Congressional Representatives Condemn Islamophobic Attack Against Muslim Congressional Interns

I am appalled by this request [for an investigation of Muslim ‘spies’ in Congress], and the insinuation that Muslim-Americans are somehow conspiring against this country through their work on Capitol Hill. As a strong advocate for diversity and religious freedom, I find these claims to be outrageous and offensive. I urge the rest of my colleagues to join me in denouncing this witch hunt, which is clearly intended to create fear and distrust in our Capitol Hill community,” stated Representative Loretta Sanchez.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, Jr. added, “It shouldn’t need to be said in 2009, and after the historic election of our first African-American president, but let me remind all my colleagues that patriotic Americans of all races, religions, and beliefs have the right – and the responsibility – to participate in our political process, including by volunteering to work in Congressional offices. Numerous Muslim-American interns have served the House ably and they deserve our appreciation and respect, not attacks on their character or patriotism.”

These unwarranted, ludicrous calls for terrorism investigations into political activist groups based on their constituencies’ nationality and religion are eerily similar to accusations of “terrorism” made 50 years ago against peace activists and civil rights groups, like the NAACP,” stated former Department of Justice ethics attorney Jesselyn Radack.
Radack is widely known as the whistleblower that exposed the Bush Administration’s misconduct in the case of John Walker Lindh, the “American Taliban”; one of the most prominent prisoners of the Afghan war, who’s naked, blindfolded, tied-up and bound to a board image in December of 2001, became the nation’s first glimpse of American-led torture.

Dave Gaubatz Under Disguise at CAIR Leadership Conference

Dave Gaubatz discusses how he served the national leadership of CAIR a summons at their 14th Annual Dinner in Virginia. He describes the precautions he took (including a disguise) to serve Nihad Awad personally.

The lawsuit against CAIR by former clients alleging racketeering, fraud, and breach of fiduciary duties. The lawsuit also alleges that CAIR’s corporation status in the District of Columbia was REVOKED. “The organization is no longer a valid corporation,” attorney David Yerushalmi said. “The District of Columbia delisted it on Sept. 8, 2008.”