Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Sue Myrick's goofy Mexico/Iran/tattoo theory goes national

Posted By on Wed, Jul 14, 2010 at 12:09 PM

You have to hand it to Sue Myrick: When she finds a new paranoid fantasy, she holds on for dear life. We reported recently on the latest bee to fly under the congresswoman’s bonnet — a supposed connection between Mexican drug cartels and Islamic terrorists. I guess she couldn’t think of a way to include blacks with guns in the conspiracy, so she barely missed hitting the White Republican Fears trifecta. But two out of three is crazy enough.

Myrick recently asked Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano to quickly convene a task force to investigate her theory of a Hezbollah-Mexican drug conspiracy (Homeland Security declined, saying it “does not have any credible information on terrorist groups operating along the Southwest border”). That’s not stopping our Sue, though. Now, she’s appearing in a taped “conversation” with Rep. Gary Miller (R-CA), in which she expands on her newest fairy tale, weaving a convoluted theory that Iranian agents are learning Spanish in Venezuela, then sneaking up through Mexico to get into America, in order to pursue their nefarious, evil schemes, whatever those may be (Myrick hasn’t worked that part out yet).

The congresswoman’s evidence for this intricate plot is that some prisoners in California have tattoos that say “Hezbollah,” and other tatts written in Farsi, which, of course, is the language spoken in Iran. Earlier, Myrick said, “Farsi implies a Persian influence that can likely be traced back to Iran and its proxy army, Hezbollah.” And as I said at the time, “Yeah, and I know a woman who has her name tattooed on her butt in Russian, so she’s probably a spy for Putin, right?”

Despite the sub-flimsy evidence, Myrick says her theory “scares” her. Well, Sue, a lot of us here in the reality-based community find it scary that you’re so fond of ludicrous, paranoid conspiracy theories. And here is something even scarier: As ThinkProgress notes, “Myrick is the ranking member of the House Intelligence Subcommittee on Intelligence Community Management, and would become the chairwoman if Republicans take back the House of Representatives in the midterm elections.”

Watch Myrick's tattoo/Iran/Venezuela/Mexico conspiracy theory conversation here:

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