October 15th, 2009
06:05 PM ET
11 years ago

Michigan Dem responds to GOP charges about Muslim interns

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WASHINGTON (CNN) – House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers is blasting charges by a group of Republican lawmakers that a Muslim activist group has planted interns on Capitol Hill in an effort to alter national security legislation.

"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," Conyers, a Michigan Democrat, said in a Thursday statement. "Numerous Muslim-American interns have served the House ably and they deserve our appreciation and respect, not attacks on their character or patriotism."

GOP Reps. Sue Myrick of North Carolina, Paul Broun of Georgia and John Shadegg and Trent Franks of Arizona had held a press conference Wednesday highlighting an undercover investigation undertaken by conservative Chris Gaubatz, who spent several months posing as an intern at the Council on American-Islamic Relations. A book about that operation written by his father, David Gaubatz, and co-author Paul Sperry features a foreword previously penned by Myrick. That book, published by an imprint attached to conservative Web publication World Net Daily, was scheduled for release on Thursday.

In an excerpt of the foreword published by the Raleigh News & Observer, Myrick says the authors had documented evidence Muslim agents are in the country and "carrying out their subversive plan."

"America is asleep to the danger that confronts us," writes the congresswoman. "Since the 1960s there has been a concerted effort on the part of radical Islamists to infiltrate our major institutions. Front groups of terror now operate openly in our country, comprising a network of support for jihadists. …We Americans must wake up before it is too late!"

–CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart contributed to this report.

Filed under: Congress • John Conyers
soundoff (108 Responses)
  1. sue

    Conyers is a dope.
    And do we always have to preface everything by saying "and after the historic election of our first African-American president" yada, yada....
    I thought Obama was suppose to be an American?
    And if someone is compromising our security, I want to know about it!
    Would Conyers be alarmed if these interns were white men since white men are evil?

    October 15, 2009 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  2. congresswoman is right

    cant believe those people ... let me tell you something congresswoman! .. muslims are not radical or bad people ... but if there is any !!! then be sure they became radical cuz of you and people like you .. i never seen america as blinded as ... stop making people stupid and make muslims as hangers to your failure ... you know what make GOPiers funny and sad at the same time !!?? it cost them nothing to be famous among conservatives ... you can only say something bad about muslims or obama .. and you are there .... thats how they see the cons base now ..

    October 15, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  3. J E B

    GOP I guess means, lies, and untruthfulness, anything to scare america into their beliefs

    October 15, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  4. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    God help the republicans!

    October 15, 2009 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  5. sick of republican phonies

    where's Joe McCarthy when you really need him?

    October 15, 2009 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  6. Brian from SC

    I'm sorry, but this sounds so typical of the GOP in recent history. Stirring fear into society, so that you ultimately win their votes and "confidence/ trust"....is not the American way!!!

    October 15, 2009 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  7. Mohammed S

    There are muslims toiling and spiling blood for our country and all these nuts can do is question our integrity. We are not the Borg who take orders from a guy in a cave/tent. There is no plot here. This is shades of Mccarthyism.


    October 15, 2009 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  8. Martin

    "America is asleep to the danger that confronts us," writes the congresswoman... What planet does this congresswoman come from? I guess Homeland Security, the FBI and CIA don't come to mind when you talk about confronting the dangers that America faces... Give me a break!!

    October 15, 2009 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  9. JR

    "We Americans must wake up before it is too late!", yeah, we need to wake up to the radicalization af America by right wing fruitcakes, evangelical extremists and people that DON'T believe in what America stands for, republicans.

    October 15, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  10. A 50-year Democrat no more. Now an independent with brains.

    Its funny how some people can show their ignorance by opening their mouth. There is no place in America for illegals and Muslims. SO get the hades out if you want to work in the government of some country. We have enough idiots there now.

    October 15, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  11. jim

    Once again the "If you ain't white your not right " republicans strike again. They are supposed to be the party of religion. When are you people who believe in the ways of the republican's see the true colors! Their racist ways are a total joke and totally unamerican.

    October 15, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  12. The idiot

    I guess Conyers is defending the Obama administration which is clearly trying to destroy this country. Did the muslim interns write the bills Conyers just doesn't have time to read. My tax money is going to pay this idiot. He and his wife should be in jail for corruption and he is passing judgement on other honest people. Typical corrupt, hypocritical libatard.

    October 15, 2009 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  13. garys usually right

    Rationally I agree with Conyers, emotionally I hope that he is right. If one extremist gets access to our leadership it could be disasterous. I hope that those congresspeople know what they are doing. I can't imagine that Bin Laden or Ademajad would be having any Christian, Jewish or Hindu interns....I guess that what makes our country unique.

    October 15, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  14. LouAz

    Didn't McCarthy point out those same Muslim spies 50 years ago. Oops, those were commie spies. Sorry Repubs.

    October 15, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  15. Scott, Tucson

    Sorry..having lived in Saudi Arabia for a good number of years and seen first hand what Islam and Sharia law is all about and the objective of the Muslim world, I'd be very leary to trust any Muslims. Our leftist news agencies don't report it because they're so P.C. but Muslims around the world are murdering dozens of people everyday all in the name of Allah.

    October 15, 2009 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  16. Dan, TX

    Wow, republicans are scared little girls, aren't they. LOL.

    October 15, 2009 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  17. Melvin

    Them Repugs are getting too disgusting for words. I really hope some of them gets water-boarded. What is their agenda going after Muslims?

    October 15, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  18. PALIN/BACHMANN 2012!!!

    America was founded as a Christian Nation and the Real Americans are taking back our country!!! Were going to clean the terrorists and lyin africans out of the white house and congress!!!

    October 15, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  19. Oy Vey

    Hey we heard this same tune during the cold war ... my goodness there were cells of Communism under every rock. Now it's Muslim citizens ?

    I agree we have to keep our eyes continually focused in defense.

    If the Rethuglicans had a tune to whistle they'd be blowing their brains out right now.

    The commies are coming, The commies are coming !!

    October 15, 2009 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  20. terry,va

    Coyners is speaking on behalf of a large Muslim population he has to cow tail to to get re-elected. Politicians will sell their soul and this country's security to get elected. I hope he and others like him can live with themselves when they pull another 9/11.

    October 15, 2009 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  21. Smoke

    if it looks like a dog,smells like a dog,acts like a dog, it's usually a dog.

    October 15, 2009 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  22. cognitive dissident

    A new mcarthyist age is upon us. For shame!

    October 15, 2009 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  23. Elizabeth

    I find religious bigotry repelling, whether it is aimed at Muslims, Jews, Catholics, Buddhists, or any other religious group. If "Muslim agents" are found to be in this country, "carrying out their subversive plan," they ought to be identified by their political affilliation, not their religion, and the alleged "subversive plan" needs to be exposed and opposed.. Condemning them because they are Muslims or Islamic, however, smacks of bigotry.

    October 15, 2009 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  24. Gary from Madison, WI

    Really. What about the radical Christians? Oh, wait – that would be the conservative base.

    October 15, 2009 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  25. hockey dad

    Todd Palin and Texas governor Perry want to secede from the Union,... what are these GOP racists, going to do about it?

    October 15, 2009 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
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