Paul Broun and Dr. Strangelove

It’s been decades since Georgia had a Congressman as wacky as GOP Rep. Paul Broun, who occupies a notch on the far-right-wing fringe. You’d probably have to go back to the late Larry McDonald, who behaved like a character from the 1960s cult film “Dr. Strangelove.” (Well, okay, Cynthia McKinney may have occupied the same spot at the opposite end of the spectrum.)

Ever out for ways to embarrass his constituents, Broun joined with three other wingnut congressmen yesterday — Reps. John Shadegg (Ariz.), Trent Franks (Ariz.) and Sue Myrick (N.C.) —to declare that a Muslim advocacy group is trying to “infiltrate” Capitol Hill by planting interns as “spies.” They asked the House Sargeant at Arms to launch a formal investigation of the Center for American-Islamic American (CAIR).

CAIR is a mainstream, all-American civil liberties and advocacy group that tries to eliminate bias against Muslims and advance the integration of Muslim-Americans into the American mainstream, like countless other minority advocacy groups. In 2004 CAIR launched a “Not In the Name of Islam” petition in order to “disassociate the faith of Islam from the violent acts of a few Muslims.”

So what did Broun and his colleagues have as “evidence”? A CAIR strategy document that says, among other things, they would try to place Muslim as interns on Capitol Hill. CAIR probably figures nothing would help their image more than having well-educated, hard-working young Muslim Americans working in congressional offices.

But Broun et al see a terrorist plot, a 2009 version of the Manchurian Candidate. What crackpots.

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October 15th, 2009
8:39 am

Congressman Broun maybe a little far to the right. But CAIR is by no means mainstream and has the history to back it up.


October 15th, 2009
8:41 am

“It’s been decades since Georgia had a Congressman as wacky as GOP Rep. Paul Broun, who occupies a notch on the far-right-wing fringe.”

Decades? At most it’s been a few years – Cynthia McKinney. I guess occupying a notch on the extremely far left, claiming 9/11 was an inside job or attacking a police officer doesn’t count as wacky to liberals.


October 15th, 2009
8:52 am



October 15th, 2009
8:54 am

I’m concerned with all of the ties CAIR seems to have with organizations funding islamic violence across the world. Compare them with other more moderate American islamic organizations like the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) and you come up wondering why moderate people would want to support CAIR. It just doesn’t add up.


October 15th, 2009
9:11 am

Hmm. I’m not sure that CAIR is all that American. They sure don’t handle questions and investigations and disagreements very well.

Just last June they forced the American Library Association to cancel a panel discussion on Islam because they hated one man of the five panelists, because he questioned their scriptures and beliefs. Not boycotted or protested. Cancel. They didn’t even want the subject brought up.

I’m all for defending your beliefs. But in America, one can disagree with another without being shouted down, censored and restricted. Their Islamic religion, unlike Christianity, can’t be questioned in public.

CAIR may be in favor of promoting Islam, but American they are not. Their idea of freedom of religion is that their religion can be practised without criticism, ridicule from outside their faith or academic investigation of their history.


October 15th, 2009
9:17 am


Thank you.


October 15th, 2009
9:25 am

I recall Hank Johnson was dancing on the edge of lunacy a couple weeks ago, throwing a round the R word with his wacky buddy Jimmy Carter. Wackos on the left and right abound.

Joseph Farah

October 15th, 2009
9:46 am

It seems Cynthia Tucker is badly in need of a spell checker. “Sargeant”? No wonder she doesn’t comprehend the threat posed by groups like CAIR


October 15th, 2009
9:56 am

I’m sure he represents his constituients well and will be reelected. Better safe than sorry, I guess.

We need to change our election process where average citizens can run and not be knocked down by the media elites before their views are heard.

Pat Phelps

October 15th, 2009
10:27 am

Cynthia – Why aren’t you talking about Texas Rep. Jackson-Lee and why she is wasting MY hard earned tax dollars, taking up valuable time on the house floor, only to talk about Rush Limbaugh and why he shouldn’t be allowed to buy an NFL team. Talking about a paranoid nut job. She is like a bad talking doll that can only say one thing, Racism, Racism.


October 15th, 2009
10:32 am

Sounds like nut jobs to me. But no, no one was as wacko as McKinney. That idiot was off her rocker in all phases of life.


October 15th, 2009
10:37 am

Simmer down, there, Evil. You’re very loud. Not very factual…but very loud. Saying it in ALL CAPS adds spittle, not credibility.


October 15th, 2009
10:38 am

What about Barr? I think the Beatles said it best, CooCoo cachoo. Crazyville, Ga. every pol from the state has this city in their district.

Samuel Johnson

October 15th, 2009
10:55 am

Perhaps all you paranoid rightwingers should investigate the Girl Scouts as well, because you guys have already formed a definition of ’spy’ that would include most peace loving 10 year old girls. Wake up and leave your bunkers, you quivering cowards.

Pat Phelps

October 15th, 2009
11:10 am

Samuel Johnson – Forget the Girl Scouts. I’d settle for an investigation of Charlie Rangle. You remember him. The lying, tax evading, Ways and Means Chairman, Left Winger (as you say) from New York.

The Sailor

October 15th, 2009
11:10 am


Your link goes to the Jerusalem Post article that just covers what the paranoid republicans say. Circular linking doesn’t make a lame argument any stronger.

Try doing your own research instead of quoting a radical Jewish newspaper.

BTW, Rush is a racist, he’s made racist and ignorant comments all his career.

Pat Phelps

October 15th, 2009
1:14 pm

Sailor – was Rush a racist when he supported Michael Steele for Lt. Governor of Maryland? Do you believe that Ken Hutchinson, ex-Dallas Cowboy linebacker/preacher, thinks Rush is a racist?

You don’t know Rush Limbaugh, yet based on a few statements, some of which are false, you have concluded this man is a racist. Good thing you are a tolerant person.

Okpulot Taha

October 15th, 2009
2:04 pm

Cynthia Tucker, I am dismayed you would fall to such childish rhetoric to make your point. This immature thinking you display does not lend well to your credibility.

You serve as an embarrassment to those of us who are professional writers. This annoys me. More annoying is your deliberate avoidance of truth.

Okpulot Taha
Choctaw Nation
Puma Politics


October 15th, 2009
2:41 pm

Cynthia Tucker is the wingnut here. How dare she write about a subject, Islam and the stealth jihad, without ever having studied it! CAIR is, perhaps, mainstream. That is the whole problem. CAIR is part of the Muslim Brotherhood whose long-term plan is to subvert and undermine American society from within. CAIR supports the terrorist HAMAS. Unfortunately, that is mainstream! To understand Islam, one must know something about what the Koran and Muhammad say. CAIR believes, like all religious Moslems, that the Koran and Muhammad are sacrosanct. Well, here are a few examples from those Islamic sacred sources:

–“ the (only) religion (acceptable) before God is Islam.” (3:19)
– ” If anyone desires a religion other than Islam, never will it be accepted of him.” (3: 85)
– “You are the noblest community ever raised up for mankind.” (3:110)
– The unbelievers among the people of the book and the pagans shall burn forever in the fire of Hell. They are the vilest of all creatures. (98.6).
– Surely the vilest of animals in Allah’s sight are those who disbelieve. (8.55)
–The unbelievers are your inveterate enemy. (4:101)
– Mohammed is God’s apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless to the unbelievers but merciful to one another. (48:29).
– It is unlawful for a believer to kill another believer, accidents excepted. (4:92)
– Believers, take neither the Jews nor the Christians for your friends. (5:51)
– Make war on them until idolatry shall cease and God’s religion shall reign supreme. (8:40)
– Fight against them until idolatry is no more and God’s religion reigns supreme. (2:193)
– The true believers fight for the cause of God, but the infidels fight for the devil. (4:76)
– We will put terror into the hearts of the unbelievers. (3:151)
— I shall cast terror into the hearts of the infidels. Strike off their heads, strike off the very tips of their fingers. (8:12)

– Muhammad said to the Jews: “If you embrace Islam, you will be safe. You should know that the earth belongs to Allah and His Apostle, and I want to expel you from this land. “
– Allah’s Apostle said, “You (i.e. Muslims) will fight with the Jews till some of them will hide behind stones. The stones will (betray them) saying, ‘O ‘Abdullah (i.e. slave of Allah)! There is a Jew hiding behind me; so kill him.’ ”
– Mohammed said, “I have been ordered to fight with the people till they say, “None has the right to be worshipped but Allah, and whoever says, ” None has the right to be worshipped but Allah , his life and property will be saved by me.” (otherwise it will not). Vol. 4:196
– Mohammed said, “Whoever changes his Islamic religion, kill him.” Vol. 9:57
– Mohammed said, ” No Muslim should be killed for killing a Kafir” (infidel). Vol. 9:50
– Muhammad said: “Fight in the name of Allah and in the way of Allah. Fight against those who disbelieve in Allah. Make a holy war, …”


October 15th, 2009
3:11 pm

And how is this different than the fundamentalist Christian Conspiracy to put it’s spies and operatives into every corner of the Federal Government and take it over? The nest of extremists at Pat Robertsons Regents Law School and Liberty University?

The difference is that The Christians succeeded and brought America to its knees, destroyed the economy, crippled government and started a holy war in Iraq. Now who do you think the REAL danger to America is???


October 15th, 2009
5:37 pm

Last year, the government won convictions in a terrorism-financing trial that targeted an ostensible Islamic charity, the Holy Land Foundation, along with several of its top operatives. CAIR has complained long and loud because prosecutors identified it as an unindicted co-conspirator in the case. Its argument that this was a smear is specious. The issue is not whether the government named CAIR on a list disseminated pretrial; what’s germane is the basis for that listing. The government richly supported its assertion with evidence, and no citizen or organization has a right to expunge that which is proved in the public’s courts.

At trial, the jury was treated to a 1991 Brotherhood memorandum that described the organization’s “work in America” as “a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers, so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.” CAIR has been the linchpin of that strategy.


October 15th, 2009
6:07 pm

I’m always amazed by people who simply won’t listen to facts and would rather believe just any crazy story other than the factual data. The Qur’an does say what Abdulameer reports: It wants dominion over the world and has no humane, ethical boundaries to stop it from doing that. Osama was following Muhammad’s dictates when he devised the plan to topple the Twin Towers. CAIR is a federally discredited co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation, whose members went to jail. There is a controlling organization over CAIR called the Muslim Brotherhood. It has said its job is to destroy us from within (primarily by using our useful enablers like the press) to do so. Obama did tell us he’d share the wealth and change America.

What is it that makes all of you deniers deny the facts and make up weird, impossible things to replace the truth? Perhaps it’s because to face facts means you have to DO something about them, as opposed to just putting snarky, tasteless comments in these columns when a snarky, clueless writer scribbles out such unlettered nonsense.


October 15th, 2009
9:37 pm

don’t know enough of the facts to comment on CAIR per se, but will respectfully that any reader who claims that the text of the Koran is reason to oppose Islam will I hope be intellectually consistent enough to include the Bible in that category since ultimately, religious fundamentalism is the same regardless of its source. The difference between the goals of the Taliban vs. Christian Dominionists is non-material to those who don’t subscribe to such beliefs. On the other hand, you can’t reason a person out of a position they weren’t reasoned into in the first place…


October 16th, 2009
12:11 pm

Wow-there a lot of ignorant islamophobes on this site. Aren’t you guys embarrassed by yourselves. I recommend going to the Cair site and you can see how mainstream they are, rather than relying on second-hand hearsay from hate merchants. Such hatred really ends up harming us.


October 16th, 2009
7:11 pm

I have followed CAIR for many years. I have never seen, heard or read anything that insinuates that CAIR is trying to destory our country. On the contrary, they are trying to bring muslims to be part of mainstream America. What’s wrong with integrating a group of muslims who many are immigrants with advance degrees, highly edcuated and contributing memebers of society to the mainstream? These fanatic, racist congressmen are dying breed. They forgot what made america a great country is its immigrants and diversity of its religions. Those congressmen will sooner or later get voted out. Let’s not be like Europe and isloate immigrants and turn them into home grown terrorists. Lets be progressive and leaders to the world.

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October 18th, 2009
10:16 am

Comparisons of Christianity and Islam are beside the point and serve only to confuse the real issue – Islam is an ideology codified in a religion. It is a complete blueprint for living and covers every aspect of a Muslims life, public and private. However, a Muslim is quite happy to live under the laws of whatever country in which he lives and to enjoy the privileges and the resources available –until the laws of that land conflict with the Koran’s teachings. This is where the danger lies – then these well educated professionals, who continue to make inroads into American business, finance, government and society will use their influence and wealth to sabotage the laws of the land – changing them to conform to the teachings of Islam – and forever abrogating the freedoms and values we as Americans hold dear.

So I say to you Ms. Tucker, as a journalist and a woman of influence, regardless of your political leanings – please pause to see the big picture.

Placing Muslim interns in the government may not be a formal conspiracy, but it is a step in the cultural jihad process. Please do not denigrate those elected officials who understand this and seek to educate other Americans to this danger. They are not nut cases.


October 20th, 2009
1:24 pm

At first, I had no intention of entering into the basic discussion here which seemed to have quite a few angry, political people, with little specific knowledge or experience, shouting at one another, calling each other names (right-wing, left-wing, liberal, conservative, Democrat Republican,etc.). At the same time, I received an e-mail from an ex-student from Herat Afghanistan who asked if I was the same teacher from the local school who had visited his family’s home in 1965, giving him a picture of King Zahir Shah of Afghanistan with President Kennedy. I responded yes and listed some of my fond memories from those days in ‘65 and ‘66, when I was serving as a Peace Corps English teacher.

My later years involved English language education in universities and institutions in Kabul, Beirut Lebanon, Mashhad, and later Isfahan, Iran and Saudi Arabia. Between ‘65 and October 2001, I had spent a total of 17 years sprinkled through 5 decades in those countries with sometimes related work when back in the U.S. I cancelled my contract with a university in Saudi Arabia after the 9/11/2001 attacks and returned home on October 10th of that year. My clear impression over the last 3 decades was that these predominantly Muslim states, and their neighbors, were all growing religiously more conservative and dangerously so. When religiously leaders were subservient to tribal elders and government offices, there was only the problem of dealing with the family elders or government leaders. For example, in Herat Afghanistan, at the age of twenty-four, I was assigned, by the local education ministry, teach 16 and 17-year-old girls. This presented no problem then but today even Muslim male teachers of women are in danger. The Taliban of course would behead a non-Muslim or Muslim male teacher and blow up the school.

I have known these cultures intimately, both here and there, at their best and worst. The name-calling clouds learning. One of the best sources for an insider’s thoughts on the problems of the religion of Islam in open, muti-ethnic, religiously-tolerant societies is found in the writings of Phoenix physician Dr. Zuhdi Jasser. He is a devout Muslim who sees a grave danger to his religion and his country, the USA, from what he calls “Islamism” or political Islam. I highly recommend his web site, American Islamic Forum for Democracy or AIFD, for a very informed and articulate presentation of the problems with certain Muslim individuals and organizations. He descibes a very grave threat to his religion, our country and the world in general, from the misuse of the religion by religious and political leaders. The CAIR office of Arizona considers him to be an enemy. One previous CAIR leader, Marwan Ahmad, pictured him as a dog on the leash on the Arizona Reublic newspaper in their “Muslim Voice” publication.


October 20th, 2009
3:42 pm

“Cynthia McKinney may have”

MAY have? Come one. You wanna talk crazy, no one on the right comes close to her.

Randall W. Capps

October 20th, 2009
5:36 pm

Maybe if C. Tucker ran and won a congressional seat, she’d win that honor of being wacky.

I’m still wondering what this woman does for a living? It sure isn’t writing. I’m guessing she draws unemployment, sits mornings at Starbuck’s on their free web and finds her stories on Yahoo!

This is one reason why the AJC is loosing money. This used to be the premier paper of the entire south! Now, it’s not even carried in much of the state. People get tired of this diatribe that she’s spitting forth. I have a feeling that she has to write about something and has figured out how to cut and paste.


October 31st, 2009
4:10 pm

I read with interest the storm in a teacup regardng Ms Tucker’s article.

However Abdul Ameer in his enthusiasm for vengeance immersed in hate went for not only Ms Tucker’s jugular vein like a pitbull, but also tried to go for the jugular (if there is one) of our Creator.

He spewed incorrect, out of context, fractured and in appropriately translated,. partial sentences from the the Book of God of one of the major monotheistic religions in the world.

Misquoting with incorrect translations of arabic: – Muhammad said: “Fight in the name of Allah and in the way of Allah. Fight against those who disbelieve in Allah. Make a holy war, …”

and quoting out of context :

– “You are the noblest community ever raised up for mankind.” (3:110)
This was said about people who feared and loved God and were kind, caring and fulfilled the rights of other human beings.

It is treacherous to misquote and misrepresent the holy book of any religion and use it for personal gain or for spreading hatred in societies, or people of different race, color or faith.

People who are so arrogant that they do not even fear their own Creator, can misuse His words with impunity or twist them to create hatred amongst brothers.

I feel sad and sorry for such people as Abdul Ameer (which translates into ” the slave of the leader”) who has such self hatred that he feels okay to spread it by mis quoting mis representing and mistraslating references to the verses of the Quran and text of the Hadith without context.

There is a name for such people in the halls of academia and they never cross the threshold of a place of learning with a degree, but are usually propelled out with a velocity that does them justice for “dishonesty in use of references”.

All those who have studied the English language know how that can be done, but it remains treacherous dishonesty at all levels and most of all the person who is doing it knows it best.

I know that he will come back sputtering with few more of the disjointed sectioned quotes as an answer.

My humble and earnest suggestion to Abdul Ameer is to go back and in all earnest study and reflect on the Quran in context, starting from the first surah, and then come back and correct his hurriedly googled text of hate based distorted and fractured quotes from the Quran and hadith.

May he find the peace he is looking for in his study, and in doing so prevent the self hatred that he has from spewing out onto Ms Tucker who is a renowned jounalist, who has attempted to present Dr. Brouns attempts to gain notoriety on the back of todays “whipping boy” i.e. muslims.

With Best Regards,
from a Georgian who is waiting for a response from Dr Broun to my questions.


November 2nd, 2009
9:31 pm

Go back and look at what Larry McDonald said before he was killed on KAL 007. Where was he wrong? Even though everyone said he was paranoid at the time, must have to admit he was right in many of his assertions.

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