Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) this week accused the Obama administration of being influenced by members of the Muslim Brotherhood into ignoring that the threat from radical Islam.
In an interview with the conservative World Net Daily, Gohmert said that particularly in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, “it’s very clear to everybody but this administration that radial Islam is at war against us.”
“I’m hoping either this administration will wake up or a new one will come in in the next election before irreparable damage is done because radical Islam is at war with us,” Gohmert repeated. “This administration has so many Muslim Brotherhood members that have influence that they just are making wrong decisions for America.”
Gohmert blasted the decision to read bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev his Miranda rights, blaming Attorney General Eric Holder for blocking investigators from gathering information about additional threats to U.S. citizens.
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In photos of her as a younger woman, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva wears a low-cut blouse and has her hair teased like a 1980s rock star. After she arrived in the U.S. from Russia in 2002, she went to beauty school and did facials at a suburban day spa.
But in recent years, people noticed a change. She began wearing a hijab and cited conspiracy theories about 9/11 being a plot against Muslims.
Now known as the angry and raving mother of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, Tsarnaeva is drawing increased attention after federal officials say Russian authorities intercepted her phone calls, including one in which she vaguely discussed jihad with her elder son. In another, she was recorded talking to someone in southern Russia who is under FBI investigation in an unrelated case, U.S. officials said.
Tsarnaeva insists there is no mystery. She’s not a terrorist, just someone who found a deeper spirituality. She insists her sons – Tamerlan, who was killed in a gunfight with police, and Dzhokhar, who was wounded and captured – are innocent.
“It’s all lies and hypocrisy,” she told The Associated Press in Dagestan. “I’m sick and tired of all this nonsense that they make up about me and my children. People know me as a regular person, and I’ve never been mixed up in any criminal intentions, especially any linked to terrorism.”
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Speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, Minnesota Representative Keith Ellison (D) compared the surveillance of Muslim communities to Japanese internment camps.
Ellison, a Muslim himself, was responding to Rep. Steven King’s (R-NY) earlier proposal that surveillance be increased on communities where “you know a threat is coming from.”
Ellison reacted: “We don’t have enough law enforcement resources to just go after one community. And remember, we went after a community in World War II, and the Japanese internment is a national stain on our country, and we are still apologizing for it.”
King responded dismissively: “No one is talking about interment. We’re talking about following the Constitution. What the NYPD is doing– yeah, they have thousand cops working on counter-terrorism, [but] 16 plots against New York have been stopped. If any of those had gone through, we’re going to have hundreds or thousands of people dead.”
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