At a Senate hearing today sponsored by Sen. Ted Cruz, a well-known anti-Muslim activist denounced both of America’s Muslim congressmen for supposed ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

The title of the hearing, “Willful Blindness: Consequences of Agency Efforts to Deemphasize Radical Islam in Combating Terrorism,” indicates that Cruz intentionally pandered to the magical thinking of anti-Muslim conspiracy theorists by holding it.

Indeed, Chris Gaubatz, the witness who denounced Reps. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and André Carson (D-IN), is a second-generation specialist in evidence fabrication, bigoted smears, and deranged narratives aimed at stoking anti-Muslim sentiment.

Chris Gaubatz’s father David was a decorated career agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations and an Arabic linguist. He emerged from the Iraq quagmire in 2006 with a cockamamie fairy tale about the Pentagon supposedly covering up giant underground bunkers full of Saddam’s WMD, including stockpiles of uranium.

Dismissed as a crank, the elder Gaubatz nevertheless became ‘Director of Intelligence and Counter-terrorism Studies’ at something called the ‘Society of Americans for National Existence’ (SANE). The organization’s boilerplate used to seem anything but sane, which is probably why their website is now members-only:

National Existence is political order experienced by men of the nation as a Rise to Being. Its opposite is a replacement of political order experienced by men, women, children and slaves as a Fall from Being. This Redirection in the experience of the Terms of Being (Self, Society, G-d and World) results in the collapse of Self into Society and all into World. The goal, wittingly or otherwise: a World State.

SANE opposes this Redirection and its manifestations: chants of Racism, Democracy, Equal Rights, Human Rights, Women’s Rights, Animal Rights, and the always growing list of what is the Single Concept: Certainty/Uncertainty = Science/Open Society = World. To understand this reciprocal and how it affects a convergence of factors bent on the destruction of National Existence is to be SANE.

SANE is the first step back into the Present. And it is this step “back” to National Existence that will secure the present and protect the future.

David Yerushalmi, president of SANE, is the author of ‘anti-Sharia’ legislation that has appeared in more than a dozen state legislatures.

In 2008, David Gaubatz sent his son Chris on an infiltration and propaganda operation against the Council on American Islamic Relations, or CAIR. After Chris made away with thousands of pages of documents, Gaubatz then stitched together a raving screed, Muslim Mafia, using threads of paranoid speculation.

That project was connected to the Center for Security Policy, an organization run by professional Islamophobe Frank Gaffney, and published through an imprint run by Joseph Farah, the editor of World Net Daily who has promoted smears about President Obama’s birth certificate and religious views. It was also championed by anti-Muslim hack David Horowitz.

And in one sense, they succeeded in their designs: four congressional representatives actually demanded an investigation into Gaubatz’s incendiary charge that CAIR had tried to infiltrate Congress with agents posing as interns on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood. The matter didn’t go anywhere, of course, but it garnered plenty of attention on the right.

However, the investigation into Chris Gaubatz’s sham internship — such as his repeatedly ignoring clear instructions to stay out of sensitive areas — has taken much longer, requiring a lengthy trial process that remains unfinished.

In the case of at least one recording she reviewed, [the judge] said Gaubatz was not a party to the conversation and stood behind an individual speaking on the phone. Given the circumstances, “it is not clear from the video or from any other facts in the record whether Chris Gaubatz’s presence would have been apparent to this speaker, or if Chris Gaubatz was instead acting as an ‘unseen auditor’ to whom the one-party consent rule would not apply,” the judge wrote.

David Gaubatz left the Islamophobia industry in 2013, writing a long explanation which charged that America’s primary anti-Muslim organizers are primarily motivated by fundraising. Now touting his own consultancy to better cash in on the Islamophobia racket, Chris Gaubatz is still hyping his ‘secret mission’ inside CAIR to any congressional committee that will listen to his blather:

During my time conducting undercover research as an intern for Hamas, both at CAIR MD/VA in Herndon, VA, and CAIR National in Washington DC, I preserved documents that revealed Hamas doing business as CAIR: conspired to cover-up fraud committed by one of their immigration attorneys; discussed coordinating with Bin Laden and his associates; placed staffers and interns inside congressional offices -conspired to influence congress, specifically judiciary, intelligence, and homeland security committees; impacted congressional districts, tasking each Hamas Chapter office with influencing at least two legislators.

His presence as a ‘witness’ before an actual Senate committee is a good measure of Ted Cruz as a politician. Whenever he isn’t busy cementing his reputation as the most hated man on Capitol Hill, Cruz can always be found standing close to the nearest goofy conspiracy theory.

  • muselet

    It’s interesting to see just how intertwined are Islamophobic groups and their leaders: Frank Gaffney and the Center for Security Policy, Joseph Farah and WND, and David Horowitz seem to pop up every time anti-Muslim bigots are mentioned.

    Also, is there anyone on the Right capable of writing clearly and without eccentric capitalization? Because that mission statement from SANE is, for want of a better word, bizarre.


    • Indeed, the Islamophobia industry is driven by a small number of people wielding a large amount of right wing money.

  • Walter

    In other news: Muslim extremists kill 36 in suicide bombing in Istanbul today. But let’s carry on calling it “Islamaphobia” why don’t we?

    • Don’t Muslims live in Istanbul?

      Bigotry is not an effective strategy for dealing with anything, least of all terrorism.

      • Walter

        Yes, they do. Bigotry may not be the answer, but inviting groups into your country en masse who has such a prevalent habit of blowing themselves up is just plain suicidal.
        Speaking of bigotry, 52% of Muslims polled in the UK recently said that they think homosexuality should be illegal. Do you know what the penalty in Muslim majority countries is for being gay?
        So, considering what we know, the logical question here would be:
        Why do you hate gays so much?

        • No, the logical question here is why you think more bigotry is the answer to bigotry. It’s not, and never has been. Denouncing an entire religion because of its most perverse and extreme elements is a form of bigotry. At least half of Alabamians think homosexuality should be illegal, and LGBTs are subject to all sorts of prejudice in the ‘Heart of Dixie’ — according to your propagandistic “logic,” I “hate gays” just by living here.