Republicans have picked it up, screaming for an investigation into the findings.
Mrs. Myrick and Republican Reps. John Shadegg of Arizona, Paul Broun of Georgia and Trent Franks of Arizona called Wednesday for an investigation by the House sergeant-at-arms into whether CAIR was successful in planting congressional interns.Of course the main congresspeople pushing this are clearly a bit nutty and the guy who sent his son undercover is a major nutjob who's convinced Obama's a Muslim who wants to bring Sharia law to the United States, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't look at the evidence they claim demonstrates (in the words of North Carolina Republican Rep. Sue Myrick) a "concerted effort on the part of radical Islamists to infiltrate our major institutions."
"If an organization that is connected to or supports terrorists is running influence operations or planting spies in key national security-related congressional offices, I think this needs to be made known," Mr. Broun said.
And here's the evidence, taken from a memo stolen from the CAIR offices:
It reads: We will focus on influencing congressmen responsible for policy that directly impacts the American Muslim community. (For example congressmen on the judiciary, intelligence and homeland security committees.) We will develop national initiatives such as a lobby day and placing Muslim interns in Congressional offices.
In other words, the undercover investigation came up with nothing. This is simply a typical PR planning memo in which a group seeks to get a hearing for its constituents by getting people near those who can make a difference. If you think there's something special about this, however, check out the mission of the conservative Leadership Institute, which uses almost precisely the same language.
The Leadership Institute’s mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists and leaders in the public policy process. To accomplish this mission, the Institute identifies, recruits, trains, and places conservatives in government, politics, and the media.Morton Blackwell's Leadership Institute has been creating and farming out conservative ideologues for 30 years now and there's nothing wrong with that. Right wingers have every right to build a base of support for their beliefs. If, however, CAIR is a conspiracy, then the Leadership Institute has been operating a conspiracy since 1979.
The truth is, getting an aide position in Congress is a complicated and often grueling process and getting a position on a committee that deals with defense and security requires a thorough background check. So the Muslim aides to congresspeople have to have proven their loyalty to the U.S.
Arguing with these people about this won't help, of course. As Blackwell himself once wrote, "Those fully convinced of a conspiracy theory take any contradictory information as proof positive of just how clever the masters of the conspiracy are."