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Bush Appointee: GOP Lawmakers Siding with ‘Professional Bigots’

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

By David Edwards and Daniel Tencer
The Raw Story

A former Bush administration appointee says claims that Muslim intern "spies" are infiltrating Congress are the product of "professional bigots" who are exploiting post-9/11 fears to make money.

Suhail Khan, who worked as a press secretary for a Republican congressman before joining the Department of Transportation under President George W. Bush, told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow that the four Republican members of Congress who are pushing for an investigation into Muslim "infiltration" of Congress were "duped" by the authors of a new book claiming to expose a hidden agenda in the Muslim lobby in Washington.

"These same professional bigots, as I call them, have gone after other Muslim-Americans serving their government in past years, in the Bush administration when I was serving," Khan said on The Rachel Maddow Show. "And now they're going after Muslim staffers, starting with interns. I guess if you know how to make coffee and answer the phone, next thing you do, you'll be taking over the world."

Last week, four House Republicans -- Paul Broun (R-GA), Trent Franks (R-AZ), Sue Myrick (R-NC) and John Shadegg (R-AZ) -- announced they would be asking the House sergeant-at-arms to investigate claims in a new book that the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the largest Muslim lobby group in DC, is trying to plant Muslim spies as interns on the Hill.

CAIR met those allegations with outrage and ridicule, saying that the evidence the authors mustered amounts to little more than records of typical lobbying activities....(Remainder.)



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