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Frank Gaffney is convinced that Muslims are a grave threat to America, and that people who associate them may be guilty of treasonous acts, and that we need a new House committee to investigate them all. In other words, he proudly advocates a return to full-blown McCarthyism, and a new House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC):

[I]t’s called misprision of treason. And that is a crime in which an individual, doesn’t have to be a government official but it would apply there but also to private citizens, who knows or has reason to know that seditious activity is under way and does nothing about it. I think we need to include that in the possibilities here because what our friend and co-author Andy McCarthy has called willful blindness may actually be a criminal offense under our statutes and people need to be held accountable.

I’ve called in a column I wrote a couple of weeks ago in the Washington Times for a new congressional oversight committee. Back in the Cold War as we talked about in our first program we wrestled with another totalitarian ideology that was determined to destroy us back when the McCarren Act was enacted, we had what was then called the House Un-American Activities Committee to explore what was going on, who was doing it, who was helping them do it, what the implications would be if it weren’t stopped. I think at the very least a new House Anti-American Activities Committee.

For starters, I think we already have a House Anti-American Activities Committee, or at least something close to it, in Peter King's ongoing series of meetings about the supposed threat represented by Muslim Americans. I suppose he could formalize it further by putting a new name on the door, or by making white hoods the new committee dress code, but it's getting pretty darn close to McCarthyism already.

Secondly, in the wake of Norway's recent anti-Muslim fueled terrorism, I would have hoped people like Gaffney would have spent a little less time talking about the supposed secret menace of other people's religions and a little more time contemplating the effects of their constant fearmongering over the supposed secret menace of other people's religions. We might have hoped, anyway, but none of us really expected it: Bigotry against groups of "outsiders" has always been and will always remain the staple of Gaffney-style "conservatism." They just switch the "outsiders" they're targeting according to public tastes: It is now considered tasteless to fearmonger against black Americans (unless you're Rush Limbaugh, in which case you can still do it every single day without being called out on it), but immigrants, homosexuals, non-Christians and other groups are still fair game.

If we truly set up a committee like that, I hope it investigates the effects of hate speech by Gaffney and others on lone-wolf terrorists here and in other nations. If we're going to investigate "un-American activities," that would seem to qualify more than some group of Americans having the audacity to belong to a different religion. We certainly have ample evidence of many self-professed Christians among recent terrorists—the Atlanta Olympics bomber, for example, or the devout Christian fellow who assassinated Dr. George Tiller outside his own church, and if we're talking about the dangers of holding a specific religious law above United States law, I expect I would be able to find you a hundred separate American lawmakers giving public speeches to demand exactly that, so long as it is their specific religion being enshrined instead of someone else's.

In fact, this particular Gaffney proposal (investigating people for treasonous acts) is apparently the direct result of the appointing of a Muslim American to the New Jersey Superior Court, which Gaffney found appalling because, well, the fellow was Muslim. Muslim! And the out-of-control, Sharia-loving liberal governor Chris Christie appointed him anyway!

So Gaffney's concern over someone else's religion being a "totalitarian ideology" is a bit ... unreflective, perhaps. Gaffney announced this need for new McCarthy hearings on the threat of Muslim Americans and their sympathizers during an appearance on a Christian television program: I would expect that if a Muslim television program similarly demanded government investigations of Christians and their supporters, the howling cries of oppression from Gaffney and his ilk would deafen us all.

No, I think there are few things more un-American than religious intolerance—but I think there is little hope of Frank Gaffney ever learning that.

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  •  Can I put a tattoo on that dude's forehead? (17+ / 0-)

    Nothing offensive...just a big question mark and the letters WTF.

    Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right.

    by darthstar on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 03:49:24 PM PDT

  •  how about a House Unsmart americans Committee (14+ / 0-)

    so we can identify all the nutcases

    PLEASE donate to a global children's PEACE project: Chalk 4 Peace

    by RumsfeldResign on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 03:54:17 PM PDT

  •  If the guy's gonna go all midcentury on us (6+ / 0-)

    couldn't he at least go with bebop, boomerang patterned linoleum, or abstract expressionism?  I love retro, but this bastard's picking the wrong shit.

    •  how about restoring the 1950s (8+ / 0-)

      tax brackets? And public works programs comparable to the construction of the Interstate Highway System, but modernized for a day when rational people know that continued fossil fuel use is suicidal.

      And the kind of science and math education programs we got when the Russians were beating us in space research?  (which might also happen again... I mean space research, I expect US public education to continue to deteriorate)

      It's ironic that we can look back to a Republican President and see . . . good government in some ways to the political left of the kind of government we have now.

      Probably why Republicans look back to the continuing disaster of Reagan rather than Eisenhower for their ideal GOP President.

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      by alizard on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 04:37:32 PM PDT

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  •  I recently read The German Mujahid by (8+ / 0-)

    the Algerian novelist, Boualem Sansal which is stuck in my head.

    One of the points that Sansal makes is that the elements of the Holocaust continue to take place--the pressure on "the other', the dehumanization, the prevalence of the security state, the use of fear to force helpless individuals to do what the state wants, the propaganda, the racism, the use of industrialized techniques of propaganda, the use of ideology to isolate a group, etc.

    One doesn't need a full blown genocide to perpetuate the elements of the Holocaust.

    In the end, though, Sansal points to the mystery of understanding the Holocaust--how could so many look their fellow human being in the eyes and order their deaths....

    Buck up--Never say die. We'll get along! Charlie Chaplain, Modern Times (1936).

    by dizzydean on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 03:57:50 PM PDT

    •  Demonizing "the other" is mankind's greatest (3+ / 0-)
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      failing.  It makes so much evil not just possible, but necessary--the Milgrim experiment writ large.

    •  "how could so many. . . (6+ / 0-)

      The point behind being an authoritarian follower is that one gives one's moral compass to a representative of the Great Fearless Leader, the representative smashes it and returns it, and the follower wears the smashed compass as a badge of hono.r.

      At that point, the follower will follow any orders he is given and regard following orders as a mark of moral virtue, no matter how repugnant those orders would be to a reasonable person and be puzzled as to how anyone could find following the orders of The Great Leader immoral, since from the point of view of an authoritarian follower, the foundation of morality is obedience to a Great Leader.

      Unfortunately, authoritarian followership didn't exactly go out of style with the fall of the Nazis.

      One should never outsource one's conscience.

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      by alizard on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 04:45:26 PM PDT

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    •  They did it because someone told them to do it. (2+ / 0-)
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      "In the end, though, Sansal points to the mystery of understanding the Holocaust--how could so many look their fellow human being in the eyes and order their deaths...."

      Anyone who still believes that evil is something mysterious should watch Philip Zimbardo, famous for his Stanford Prison Experiment, explain his understanding of how ordinary people can become monsters.

      •  I've seen that, but would point out Milgram's (0+ / 0-)

        Obedience to Authority, where there was resistance to doing "evil" by those who had strong views of what evil was.

        I think the authority angle can be very persuasive, but it does not abjure us from using our free wills.

        Buck up--Never say die. We'll get along! Charlie Chaplain, Modern Times (1936).

        by dizzydean on Fri Sep 02, 2011 at 06:41:28 AM PDT

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  •  Gaffney?...Good the Fuck Grief Hunter (2+ / 0-)
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    my disappointment shows no bounds.

  •  Well, the House Un-American Affairs (9+ / 0-)

    Committee was the most accurately named committee the Congress ever assembled.

  •  Why am I not surprised? (5+ / 0-)

    As long as Republicans can get away with half-baked rubbish rebranded as political speech we will see the slow slide back into McCarthy-ism.

    Muslims are just handy targets.

    Control is the arn't controlled enough,

    Today, 9-1'11, 7491 US and allied soldiers, and untold Iraqis and Afghans are dead. Pres. Obama, you inherited Bush's lies, now stop the madness.

    by boilerman10 on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 04:01:04 PM PDT

  •  Were we to ever go there again... (8+ / 0-)

    Frank Gaffney would be first on my list of people to review because he is the one who is un-American.

    The man is a POS.

  •  Their paranoia make me happy (2+ / 0-)
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    makes me giggle a little, too.

    No Jesus, Know Peace

    by plok on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 04:02:39 PM PDT

  •  Wow-- so can I report secessionists and white (8+ / 0-)

    separatists who advocate the overthrow of the Zionist/Jew-dominated Amerikan government to this committee?  Whew-- I've been waiting a long time for a committee (aside from what little the FBI investigates) that would want to take seriously the home-grown anti-US terrorism led by predominantly white, anti-Jewish, anti-black, anti-US government conspirators!!!

    That's one more thing to add to my long list of small problems. --my son, age 10

    by concernedamerican on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 04:02:51 PM PDT

  •  Well, I agree ... lets do (8+ / 0-)

    investigate seditious behavior - and (thank you Frankie for the idea and volunteering) -  the new HUAC should narrow its barrel and sights on the criminal right generally and Mr. Gaffney in particular, followed by a criminal retrospective of the seditious admissions of Dick Cheney, Donnyboy Rumsfled and W during the last ten years. And while we're at it and want to really be conscientiously thorough, let's toss in Darryl Issa, Virginia Foxx, Louie Gomert , the Koch Brothers and Richard Mellon Scaife for good measure. That otta fill the plate of the DOJ for awhile...

  •  I fought those BASTARDS back in the (8+ / 0-)

    early sixties and I'll fight them again only much more vigorously and with real focus this time: I'm a past-middle-age veteran who won't put up with this "un-American" shit any fucking longer. This is the kind of
    crap that gets my goat more than anything and I'll go to the wall this time against these lice.

    O, it is excellent to have a giant's strength; but it is tyrannous to use it like a giant." --Shakespeare, Measure for Measure

    by Wildthumb on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 04:04:57 PM PDT

  •  I, on the other hand, am convinced that (6+ / 0-)

    Republicans "are a grave threat to America, and that people who associate them may be guilty of treasonous acts, and that we need a new House committee to investigate them all ...".

    We could start with those Republicans who looked the other way while Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld were overtly committing war crimes. Then move on to various Republican governors who have openly flirted with secession and armed rebellion. Misprison of treason, indeed.

    "... the conspiracy theory label .... condemns as hysterical and pernicious almost all speculations about the possible complicity of political elites in suspicious events." Lance DeHaven-Smith, "Censored 2011"

    by tovan on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 04:05:41 PM PDT

  •  There is a group that monitors hate crimes, acts (4+ / 0-)
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    of terrorism, and or politically related violence in the US, whose name I can't remember.

    I do seem to remember that out of either over 1,000 incidents, or groups, the majority were either right-wing, or Christian related rather than Islamic.

    Sorry, I don't have the link yet, I am hoping, and expecting someone else will have it for us in a minute.  If not I'll step out of the dinner I'm and google it.


    The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

    by HoundDog on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 04:08:54 PM PDT

    •  I'll need to see proof of that. (0+ / 0-)
      I do seem to remember that out of either over 1,000 incidents, or groups, the majority were either right-wing, or Christian related rather than Islamic.

      An "organized faction" of one.

      by SpamNunn on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 04:20:17 PM PDT

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      •  check the links in this subthread n/t (0+ / 0-)

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        by alizard on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 04:50:11 PM PDT

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        •  Not surprisingly, the SPLC has very little to say (0+ / 0-)

          about anything other than right wing or religious terrorists, like they don't exist.  


          An "organized faction" of one.

          by SpamNunn on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 06:13:42 PM PDT

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          •  if you can find a site (0+ / 0-)

            with verifiable and recent information on left-wing terrorists, please post.

            I wouldn't consider "Animal Rights Terrorists" left-wing . . . since they are anti-science, they are properly classified with the extreme right.

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            by alizard on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 09:05:21 PM PDT

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      •  From the SLPC (3+ / 0-)
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        U.S. Hate Groups Top 1,000

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        The number of active hate groups in the United States topped 1,000 for the first time and the antigovernment “Patriot” movement expanded dramatically for the second straight year as the radical right showed continued explosive growth in 2010.

        Several factors fueled the growth: resentment over the changing racial demographics of the country, frustration over the lagging economy, and the mainstreaming of conspiracy theories and other demonizing propaganda aimed at minorities and the government.

        The report is in the Spring 2011 issue of the SPLC’s quarterly investigative journal Intelligence Report. The Hate Map also contains a comprehensive, state-by-state listing of hate groups and their locations.

        The SPLC documented 1,002 hate groups operating in 2010 – a 7.5 percent increase from the 932 groups active a year earlier and a 66 percent rise since 2000. It is the first time the number of hate groups has topped 1,000 since the SPLC began counting them in the 1980s.

        But the most dramatic growth in the radical right came in the antigovernment “Patriot” movement. These conspiracy-minded organizations, which see the federal government as their primary enemy, grew by 61 percent over the previous year. Their numbers increased to 824 groups in 2010, from 512 groups a year earlier. Previously, the only higher count of Patriot groups came in 1996, during the movement’s heyday, when the SPLC found 858 groups. Militias, the paramilitary arm of the Patriot movement, grew from 127 groups to 330 – a 160 percent increase.

        “Nativist extremist” groups – organizations that go beyond mere advocacy of restrictive immigration policy to actually confront or harass suspected undocumented immigrants or their employers – saw their numbers increase by 3 percent, from 309 groups to 319.

        Taken together, these three strands of the radical right – hate groups, nativist extremist groups and Patriot organizations – increased from 1,753 groups in 2009 to 2,145 in 2010, a 22 percent rise. That followed a 2008-09 increase of 40 percent. ...

        Meanwhile, there are growing signs that the extremist movement is already producing significant acts of terrorism.

        In an 11-day period this January, a neo-Nazi was arrested as he headed for the Arizona border with a dozen homemade grenades; a terrorist bomb attack on a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Spokane, Wash., was averted when police dismantled a sophisticated bomb; and a man who officials said had a long history of antigovernment activities was arrested in a car filled with explosives outside a packed mosque in Dearborn, Mich.

        That’s in addition to the attempted assassination of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona, an attack that left six dead that same month. The assailant appeared to be severely mentally ill, but he also seemed to have absorbed certain ideas from the radical right, including the notion that the federal government is evil.

        Last May, two police officers in West Memphis, Ark., were murdered when they stopped a van driven by a father-son team from the “sovereign citizens” movement, part of the larger Patriot movement. Eight law enforcement officers have been killed by radical-right extremists since President Obama was elected.

        The hate groups listed in this report include neo-Nazis, white nationalists, neo-Confederates, racist skinheads, Klansmen and black separatists. Other hate groups on the list target gays or immigrants, and some specialize in producing racist music or propaganda denying the Holocaust.

        The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

        by HoundDog on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 05:09:08 PM PDT

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      •  Southern Poverty Law Center might be what (0+ / 0-)

        Hound Dog was thinking of.

        I did a SPLC search a couple years ago and was surprised to find that southern Michigan had as many, or more hate groups then most state in the south.

        Economy goes to hell, must be the "others" that are at fault. Can't be the bankers, they dress nice, and most are white Christians

    •  Here's a link to the (6+ / 0-)

      Southern Poverty Law Center's Hate Map.

      They currently are monitoring 1,002 active hate groups in the US.

      Don't tell me what you believe. Tell me what you do and I'll tell you what you believe.

      by jnhobbs on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 04:28:52 PM PDT

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    •  you mean this group? (3+ / 0-)
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      by alizard on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 04:49:32 PM PDT

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  •  Okay...Confess.. Who turned the rock over and let (2+ / 0-)
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    Gaffney crawl out from underneath??  Let us know, and now, and nothing will come of it.

    Who did it??

     I know someone did.....  Gaffney doesn't just appear out of thin air, you know.


    "You can't always get what you want; but if you try sometimes...." - Rolling Stones

    by LamontCranston on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 04:09:22 PM PDT

  •  Gaffney looks pretty white (2+ / 0-)
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    to me but so did Hitler and Stalin. Is there something needing to be investigated here?

  •  Feith got a very large grant to write the (1+ / 0-)
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    diplomatic history of the Bush administration at some bullshit college in DC...Up pops Cheney..Up pops Feith..Up pops Colin Powell...Up pops Condoleeza.......We watch this bizarre shit with interest.......Whither Bush?...Hillary got your ass in a slinger COWBOY.

  •  Boy, that didn't take long. The longing for (4+ / 0-)
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    a new McCarthy era I mean.  Only this time the crime will be 'being President while Black'.

    Gaffney has been out from under his rock for a long time, he is a Cheney neo-con from way back and they trot him out when things gist too quiet.  Or maybe this time it is to celebrate the Cheney book release and the tenth anniversary of 9/11 which they claim justifies all their past excesses and will justify their future excesses.

  •  The entire Republican caucus (4+ / 0-)
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    is dedicated to un-American activities.

    Politics is the art of changing what's possible.

    by happymisanthropy on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 04:16:44 PM PDT

  •  The authoritarian brain (3+ / 0-)
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    makes my head hurt.

    We view "The Handmaid's Tale" as cautionary. The GOP views it as an instruction book.

    by Vita Brevis on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 04:17:33 PM PDT

    •  is there such a thing? (1+ / 0-)
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      We know that authoritarian followers exist entirely too well, but do they actually have brains?

      This is an area where government should be funding research, into both the existence (should they happen to exist) of their brains and any structural abnormalities common to them but not to normal people. Perhaps it is possible to help those people by means less radical than brain transplants whose sources are not in jars marked "abbie-normal".

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      by alizard on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 05:20:26 PM PDT

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  •  Gaffney must be a jackass. Sohail Mohammed (4+ / 0-)
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    is a great guy, and will make a great judge.   As a NJ practitioner, I can tell you that no one who actually knows the guy has a problem with the appointment, especially if we want diversity on the bench in a very diverse county that reflects the people who will come before him.  

    As for a new"House Committee", we don't need one.  We have a Committee on Homeland Security.  That's all we need.  We don't need a committee that questions people's patriotism.  

    An "organized faction" of one.

    by SpamNunn on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 04:18:34 PM PDT

  •  I'm not going to be surprised when some (4+ / 0-)
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    Republican politician suggests book burnings.  With the prevailing political/hate-filled climate, it's a possibility:  everybody hide your copies of  Huckleberry Finn.

    •  More likely, books about climate science, and (4+ / 0-)
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      possibly economics, biology (that mentions 'evolution') and geology that dates the earth as over 6000 years old. This country has become an asylum, with the really dangerous nuts making public policy statements, via Fox 'news', and getting billionaire backing.

      May you live in interesting times--Chinese curse

      by oldcrow on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 04:39:44 PM PDT

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    •  Fortunately book burning is much less (0+ / 0-)

      effective than it used to be considering how easy it is to spread information around.  Heck, there are even banned books torrents on the usual torrent sites and even the largest one is less than 600MB of data (I am assuming that one consists of scanned images instead of ORCed text).  Considering a 2GB MicroSD card costs less than $20, good luck effectively banning any book.

  •  Huac. Cheney. Hmm. n/t (0+ / 0-)

    We Will NOT Compromise On Fairness.

    by franklyn on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 04:21:40 PM PDT

  •  You have nothing to fear, except when we tell you (2+ / 0-)
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    1.  Frank is an idiot, funded by sociopaths.
    2.  Today's Congress is too lazy to emulate McCarthy and interested in the big bucks from Corporate sponsors, not governance.

    •  somebody might want to give (1+ / 0-)
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      the GOP losers for the POTUS nomination consolation prizes which will take them out of the action ... i.e. gathering up corporate bribes and creating the laws paid for.

      Imagine Bachmann sidetracked into being the chairperson of such a committee.

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      by alizard on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 04:53:56 PM PDT

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  •  Gaffney's sorry ass was safe at home when this (7+ / 0-)

    this fellow, aged 20, was killed in Iraq.

    His name was Specialist Kareem Rashad Sultan Khan, and the image of his mother mourning at his tombstone has become part of history.  From Wikipedia:

    His service was cited during a 19 October 2008 interview on Meet the Press with general Colin Powell.[3][4] In particular, Powell referred to a photograph in The New Yorker which showed Khan's mother by his gravestone in Arlington National Cemetery.[1] Powell said Khan's example refutes the anti-Muslim sentiment present in the Republican campaign during the 2008 U.S. Presidential election, namely that being Muslim disqualifies a person from being a genuine, patriotic American, or that a Muslim could not become President.[5][6]

    You have exactly 10 seconds to change that look of disgusting pity into one of enormous respect!

    by Cartoon Peril on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 04:23:19 PM PDT

  •  Excellent diary, but, really, so what? (0+ / 0-)

    Your peerless leader has explained quite thoroughly, just today again, that Obama is the problem.

    Who cares about rightwingers?

  •  don't be so quick to dismiss the idea (2+ / 0-)
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    An investigation of ALEC and the Koch Brothers in general by anyone with subpoena power is long overdue.

    Or an investigation of the people who paid for, lobbied for and created the laws providing tax havens for the superwealthy.

    Or a fishing expedition directed against right-wing extremist major funders.

    A good, hard look at Third Way is in order, probably in connection to the right-wing extremist funder probe, right-wing money provided some of their startup funding.

    With referrals to DOJ where appropriate.

    There are lots of genuine internal threats to America that have already done far more damage to America than al-Queda ever intended or dreamed possible.

    And I'm sure Gaffney would be happy to spend the occasional month in Washington, DC testifying against his paymasters.

    Unfortunately, the HUAC Gaffney has in mind would be simply a McCarthy style propaganda machine directed against any public figure who is to the left of Mussolini. Richard Nixon served on the first HUAC.

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    by alizard on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 04:28:14 PM PDT

  •  Teabaggers are much less popular... (2+ / 0-)
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    than muslims... I guess Gaffney thinks we should start a committee investigating them too, right?  Right?

    "The United States will not be able to dictate the pace and scope of this change. Only the people of the region can do that. But we can make a difference." 3/28/11

    by BarackStarObama on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 04:30:29 PM PDT

  •  "There's only two things I can't stand. (1+ / 0-)
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    Those who are intolerant of other's cultures, and the Dutch"  Nigel Powers

    For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong. H. L. Mencken

    by irate on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 04:32:20 PM PDT

  •  Wow. HUAC. The teevee was in it's infancy then. (2+ / 0-)
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    They'd have a whole lot more graphics now.
    And a tsunami of punditry.

    Oh, and.... Wolfe Blitzer.

    "So, am I right or what?"

    by itzik shpitzik on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 04:32:49 PM PDT

  •  As an American (2+ / 0-)
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    My only concern is that the new HUAC will be bipartisan in their demagoguery. Its important that republican and democrat witch hunters work together like the American people obviously want.

    •  with the right list of targets (1+ / 0-)
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      I'm sure that the kind of bipartisan consensus you seek would be easy to achieve.

      Several people (including myself) have provided suitable lists.

      Actually, the idiots who are likely to wind up on this committee would probably respond quite well to a call to investigate Third Way Institute funding. (DLC "think tank" aka propaganda sewer) And when they found th eir staffs had subpoenaed a number of their own campaign donors and the Bradley Foundation trustees . . . we'd see embarrassing public ass-kissing sessions (aka committee hearings) followed by ... the committee being disbanded, never to be seen or heard of again.

      If the HUAC is reformed, anyone with connections into the House is invited to present Third Way as a target.

      Peak Oil is NOW! Looking for intelligent energy policy alternatives? Try here.

      by alizard on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 05:04:20 PM PDT

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  •  Frank Gaffney thinks (3+ / 0-)
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    Ahianne, skrekk, irishwitch

    only Christians have any rights.

    That's what he and his think. Why try to shame them at all? They believe the Constitution only applies to them, and all of us should consider ourselves lucky.

    "I don't want to live on this planet anymore" -Prof. Farnsworth "I prefer to be a total bitch about my science"--me

    by terrypinder on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 04:34:44 PM PDT

  •  Gaffney has been on C-span WJ many times. (1+ / 0-)
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    I can take about a minute of it, then I have to turn off the TV before I throw something heavy through the tube.

    What I would love C-span to do is list where their guest get funding. All guest, let the public know who's agenda is being pushed.

  •  Fact is, we've had 53 home-grown terrorist events (1+ / 0-)
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    since 9/11 that involved Muslims.

    Two of them actually killed somebody. The Army guy at Ft. Hood and something else.

    Same period we've had 200,000 other killings with weapons.


    (I love South Park.)

    Angry White Males + Crooks + Personality Disorder psychos + KKKwannabes + "Unborn Child" church folk =EQ= The Republicans

    by vets74 on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 04:45:09 PM PDT

  •  Neoconservatives joining forces with dominionists? (4+ / 0-)
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    alizard, Ahianne, irishwitch, RunawayRose

    This video came from the Internet TV show of Rick Joyner, a very prominent leader in the New Apostolic Reformation.  Gaffney describes him as a personal hero.

    So one of the leading dominionists has joined forces with one of the leading neoconservatives.  Scary.

  •  he must be thinking about the GOP leadership (2+ / 0-)
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    not seen any worse Anti-American behavior in years

  •  Outsource the chair of the committee to Rush (0+ / 0-)

    He's a blowhard and a huge racist, sufficient CV for that crowd.

    I think that Republicanism is revealing itself as a personality disorder, not so much an ideology." -- Naomi Klein

    by AllanTBG on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 05:29:25 PM PDT

  •  Fine, they can call me to testify (1+ / 0-)
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    And when they do I'll be wearing a retro USSR hat and Che t-shirt.  I'm a marxist and damn proud of it.  It's the tea baggers who should be investigated and for Un-American activities.

  •  remember back during the height (1+ / 0-)
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    of the anti "ground zero mosque" hysteria? pelosi mentioned people hyping islamaphobia need to be investigated as to who was funding them. from the tone, it sounded like she already knew who was funding them.

    the right cried that was fascist big brotherism (or something or another) in protest, but strangely enough, the hysteria did get dialed down a notch. (see, obama, if you push back and threaten a bully, he'll back down.) odd how the right is always calling for investigations of muslims but decry their side being investigated themselves.

    Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation…want rain without thunder and lightening...Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. ~ frederick douglass

    by stolen water on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 06:22:36 PM PDT

  •  Hey Fucktard! (1+ / 0-)
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    Look in the mirror to see the treat to our nation.
    Do these idiots even study history?

    F*ck those idiots and the voters they rode in on.

    by roninkai on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 06:43:03 PM PDT

  •  Seditious activity? Perry threatening secession? (2+ / 0-)
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    skrekk, irishwitch

    I am guessing the Texas Governor will be the first person into prison if Rep. Gaffney is truly interested in investigating misprision of treason, or just outright treason.

    Some people are intolerant, and I CAN'T STAND people like that. -- Tom Lehrer

    by TheCrank on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 07:47:19 PM PDT

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