Republican right-wingers accuse CAIR of planting ‘spies’ on Capitol Hill

Muslim MafiaFour Republican lawmakers have accused the most prominent Islamic advocacy group in Washington of trying to plant “spies” as interns on Capitol Hill. The claim was quickly denounced as “racist” and “insidious” by the Council on American Islamic Relations, and the effort appears to have little support from GOP leaders.

In an unusual announcement this morning, four conservative Republicans – Reps. John Shadegg (Ariz.), Paul Broun (Ga.), Trent Franks (Ariz.) and Sue Myrick (N.C.) – formally asked the House Sergeant at Arms to launch an investigation of the Center for American-Islamic Relations. They accused CAIR, a non profit group, of trying to infiltrate Capitol Hill with interns and staffers.

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 Myrick. The author of the book, Dave Gaubatz, is an anti-Islam activist who wrote last year that “a vote for Hussein Obama is a vote for Sharia Law.”

Politico, 14 October 2009

Update:  See also, 15 October 2009Media Matters, 15 October 2009 and Bartholomew’s Notes, 16 October 2009