Roll Call: Heard on the Hill 10.15.09
Intern 007. Until now, we thought the worst offenses that interns were capable of were crimes against fashion (no, ID badges do NOT go with everything) and underage drinking.
But according to Rep. Sue Myrick, those clueless-looking interns might actually be undercover secret agents.
The North Carolina Republican, along with Reps. John Shadegg (R-Ariz.), Paul Broun (R-Ga.) and Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), on Wednesday accused the Muslim advocacy nonprofit Council on American-Islamic Relations of trying to plant lowly interns in Congressional offices in an effort to sway U.S. policies.
The Members pointed to revelations in a new book, “Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring to Islamize America.” In that book, authors P. David Gaubatz and Paul Sperry cite a 2007 internal CAIR strategy memo stating that the group would “develop national initiatives such as a lobby day and placing Muslim interns in Congressional offices” and accused the group of having ties to Hamas.
CAIR spokesperson Ibrahim Hooper told HOH that Gaubatz stole documents from CAIR but could not confirm or deny the authenticity of the memo.
“It’s really ridiculous that elected officials want to attack a group for doing something that every American has the right to do — and merely because we’re Muslim,” Hooper said.
Left unexplained by either side is how mail-sorting, coffee-fetching interns actually, ah, influence policy.