Congressional Tri-Caucus Blasts Four Anti-Muslim Colleagues

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Friday, October 23, 2009 at 3:27 pm

It’s been about a week since four bigoted members of Congress used a book published by the birthers at WorldNetDaily to call for a witchhunt of Muslims on Capitol Hill. And, in a testament to sanity, no such investigation appears to be underway. But members from the Congressional “Tri-Caucus” — a coalition comprised of the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus — have released this statement:

Four of our colleagues, Reps. John Shadegg (AZ), Paul Broun (GA), Trent Franks (AZ) and Sue Myrick (NC) recently requested that the House Sergeant at Arms to launch an investigation of the civil rights group CAIR, or Council on American-Islamic Relations, to determine whether it was placing staff and interns in key Congressional offices who they fear are acting as “spies.”

This proposed investigation coincides with the launch of a book by Dave Gaubatz, an anti-Islamic activist and author of the book “Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld that’s Conspiring to Islamize America.” It features an introduction by Rep. Myrick, and was written after Gaubatz posed as an intern at CAIR in an effort to “infiltrate” the group.

These charges smack of an America of sixty years ago where lists of “un-American” agitators were identified. We should be affirming the importance of diversity and tolerance for all interns and staff who serve in Congress without suspicion of being identified as “spies.”

The idea that we should investigate Muslim interns as spies is a blow to the very principle of religious freedom that our founding fathers cherished so dearly. If anything, we should be encouraging all Americans to engage in the U.S. political process; to take part in, and to contribute to, the great democratic experiment that is America.

We all have experienced the sting of discrimination and we know that there will be challenges ahead. But our message should be firm that the America we believe in welcomes people of all backgrounds to the U.S. Congress.

We ask these charges be disavowed and we issue a hearty welcome to interns and staff of all creeds, color, ethnicities and sexual orientation.

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chrisjay
Comment posted October 23, 2009 @ 8:02 pm

Why, oh why am I not surprised to hear the the Birfers are caught up in this disgusting spectacle?


tim
Comment posted October 23, 2009 @ 8:16 pm

Long before “Muslim Mafia” was published several members of Congress had warned of CAIR's disturbing origins. One of the first consistent and fearless critics of CAIR has been Democrat Senator Charles Schumer who said: “We know [CAIR] has ties to terrorism…intimate links with Hamas.” Senator Schumer made these statements during a September 2003 Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology and Homeland Security where the evidence against CAIR was laid out in detail. CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad was invited to testify at this gathering, but chose to avoid the meeting and instead submitted a crude and absurd written statement listing CAIR's “accomplishments” and childishly attacking critics.

Senator Schumer continues to give unapologetic support in efforts to investigate and exclude CAIR from involvement in government programs, including “training” the FBI. In February of 2009, Senator Schumer joined Senators Kyl and Coburn in contacting the FBI to state their support for the FBI severing ties to CAIR saying “We certainly support that action…”


tim
Comment posted October 23, 2009 @ 8:17 pm

Democrat Senator Barbara Boxer has also called out CAIR. She recalled an award to CAIR's Basim Elkarra when she researched and learned of his involvement with CAIR and CAIR's ties to Hamas. In addition to recalling the award, Senator Boxer also told CAIR to remove her statement endorsing CAIR from their web site. CAIR blasted Senator Boxer saying her actions were rooted in “Islamophobia.” Senator Boxer made clear her feelings about CAIR when she said: “To praise [CAIR] because they haven't been indicted is like somebody saying, 'I'm not a crook'”

When Representative Sue Myrick was joined by congressional colleagues and members of the Anti-Terrorism Caucus at a news conference to announce their request for the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate efforts by the CAIR to lobby congress illegally and place CAIR interns in sensitive agencies, CAIR thought they had an easy mark with eager media assistance to vilify these Republican representatives as “attacking Muslims” and deflect the attention away from the evidence of CAIR's dubious ties to terrorism. However, Sue Myrick founded the bipartisan Anti-Terrorism Caucus which consists of over 120 congressional members and includes Representatives Bud Cramer (D-AL), Kay Granger (R-TX), and Jane Harman (D-CA) who are the Caucus co-chairs. A Caucus statement demonstrates that CAIR is a serious problem for all Americans, not just an issue for one political party:

“Terrorists don’t target Democrats or Republicans. They target Americans, and this is why we must face this issue as Americans. Members of Congress and the American public must know the threats we face from radical jihadist terrorists. The Anti-Terrorism Caucus will give Congress the tools and resources it needs to communicate those threats to the public, as well as help them make more informed decisions when it comes to terrorist issues.”


strangely_enough
Comment posted October 23, 2009 @ 8:58 pm

9-11.130

Limitation on Naming Persons as Unindicted Co-Conspirators
The practice of naming individuals as unindicted co-conspirators in an indictment charging a criminal conspiracy has been severely criticized in United States v. Briggs, 514 F.2d 794 (5th Cir. 1975).

Ordinarily, there is no need to name a person as an unindicted co-conspirator in an indictment in order to fulfill any legitimate prosecutorial interest or duty. For purposes of indictment itself, it is sufficient, for example, to allege that the defendant conspired with “another person or persons known.” The identity of the person can be supplied, upon request, in a bill of particulars. See USAM 9-27.760. With respect to the trial, the person's identity and status as a co-conspirator can be established, for evidentiary purposes, through the introduction of proof sufficient to invoke the co-conspirator hearsay exception without subjecting the person to the burden of a formal accusation by a grand jury.

In the absence of some significant justification, federal prosecutors generally should not identify unindicted co-conspirators in conspiracy indictments. See USAM 9-16.500; 9-27.760.

http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/eousa/foia_reading_ro…


tim
Comment posted October 23, 2009 @ 9:12 pm

Founder Omar Ahmad on FBI wiretaps spoke of starting an organization in the US for Hamas. He went on to say: “Registering an organization is easy. I can register 100 organizations in 100 cities in one day…”

He then said: “I mean, we don’t really have available people whom we could dedicate
for the work we want to hide…”

http://www.txnd.uscourts.gov/judges/hlf2/09-29-…

What work were these CAIR founders going to try to “hide”? Answer: Work in support of Hamas.

CAIR was built on a foundation of religiously mandated fascism and death. They and anyone associated with CAIR have no business in our government.


tim
Comment posted October 23, 2009 @ 9:13 pm

http://www.txnd.uscourts.gov/judges/hlf2/09-29-…


tim
Comment posted October 23, 2009 @ 9:19 pm

Sorry Link for HLF transcript end should look like this: /09-29-08/Philly Meeting 7E.pdf

(http://www.txnd.uscourts.gov/judges/hlf2/09-29-… Meeting 7E.pdf)


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Comment posted October 24, 2009 @ 3:19 am

GOP loonies… The GOP is surely becoming the party of the idiotic bigots…


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CAIR, the Muslim Brotherhood and more…
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