In yesterday’s roundup I mentioned this story about some conservative McCarthyites hyping a claim about Muslims planting “spies” on Congressional committees to influence national security policy. The claim is entirely based on a dubious book called Muslim Mafia written by a discredited character named Dave Gaubatz. But the Charlotte Observer notes that Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC), one of the Republicans hyping the book, actually wrote the foreward for it:

U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick, has penned the foreword for a new book, “Muslim Mafia,” warning of a Muslim conspiracy to support Islamic terrorism in the United States.

The authors, former Air Force investigator P. David Gaubatz and journalist Paul Sperry, lay out their investigation of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Observer’s Mark Johnson reports […]

“America is asleep to the danger that confronts us,” writes Myrick, a Charlotte Republican, “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.”

She concludes: “We Americans must wake up before it is too late!”

I think the term “conflict of interest” isn’t strong enough for this circumstance.

Myrick’s smear on Muslim-Americans is splashed across her House website, including her “Wake Up America” agenda. Nowhere in any of the linked documents does it reveal that Myrick wrote the foreward to Muslim Mafia.

A call to Rep. Myrick’s Washington office has not yet been returned.

David Dayen

David Dayen