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Carolina Courage

“This all sounds fanatical if people don’t know about it.  I’m not a radical person.”

Despite her critics, and despite the rough reelection campaign she faces in Charlotte this fall, U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC, 9th District) has spent the last two years fighting to bring her concerns before Congress and the American people.  In my telephone interview with her on June 14, she repeated her usual disclaimer—“I know how this sounds to some people”—but then proceeded in hard, clear language to denounce both Islamic terrorism and the recent attempts by certain Islamic organizations to infiltrate various government agencies.

Myrick spoke first of the bipartisan Congressional Anti-Terrorism Caucus, which she founded and which she chairs along with Robert “Bud” Cramer (D-AL), Kay Granger (R-TX), and Jane Harman (D-CA).  At the founding of the caucus on January 30, 2007, Myrick stated that “my hope . . . is to spur an elevated national dialogue on this issue so that we can unite as Americans did during World War II.”  When I asked if she might elaborate on this goal, Myrick explained that she and the others had begun the antiterrorism caucus as an educational tool for members of Congress and their staffs, so that they might more fully understand domestic terrorism and share that knowledge with their constituents.

Their efforts have certainly attracted attention. ...

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