House members call for 'Muslim spy' probe

Oct. 14, 2009 at 2:55 PM
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WASHINGTON, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Four Republican members of the Congressional Anti-Terrorism Caucus say a U.S. Muslim group tried to plant "spies" on key legislative committee staffs.

The four GOP members -- Reps. Sue Myrick of North Carolina, Paul Broun of Georgia and John Shadegg and Trent Franks of Arizona -- accused the Council on American Islamic Relations of attempting to place interns on Congressional security committees, the Washington publication The Hill reported Wednesday.

Citing the recently published book, "Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld that's Conspiring to Islamize America," the four members of Congress called for the House sergeant at arms to investigate whether CAIR had been successful in placing interns on the House Homeland Security Committee, Intelligence Committee and Judiciary Committee, the publication said.

"If an organization is connected to or supports terrorists (and) is running influence operations or planting spies in key national security-related offices I think this needs to be made known," Broun reportedly said. "So I join my colleagues here today in calling for action."

The Hill reported that CAIR is calling the accusations unfounded, citing worries they would tarnish improving relations between Muslim and non-Muslim Americans.

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