Sometimes you just gotta have faith that evil things can happen.
The Mayans could be right about 2012. The Antichristers could be right that three sixes are stamped somewhere on President Obama’s head. And a Republican congressman could be right that terrorists are plotting to have babies in the United States so that they can grow up and attack us from within in twenty or thirty years.
On Thursday night, Rep. Louie Gohmert and CNN’s Anderson Cooper engaged in a spirited debate over the lawmaker’s “terror babies” claims.
Have you guys been following this “Terror Babies” meme? It’s the crazy cousin of the “Anchor Babies” thing that somehow has become the most important political story of the month. Basically, the idea is that terrorists are going to use the 14th Amendment to sneak into the U.S. and have a baby that’s a U.S. citizen. Then, in 16 or 17 years, this “terror teenager” will be able to easily enter the U.S. and blow shit up.
At TPMDC, Eric Kleefeld notes,
Gohmert previously went to the House floor in June and warned about this evil plan, saying he had heard about it from an unnamed former FBI agent. Then on Wednesday night this week, Cooper hosted an actual former FBI official, who explained that there are no reports of this at all.
Cooper brought Gohmert on last night, and began by asking him whether he had even called the FBI agent. And from there, it turned into a nice one-way shouting match — that is, Gohmert yelling at Cooper repeatedly. At one point Gohmert did admit that he did not check with the FBI itself: “No, I didn’t talk to them, because the point is: when we did the research, we found the hole existed.”
At one point, Gohmert was just asking for trouble when he said: “I’m an easy target. You and Jon Stewart can have your fun. But please, at some point look at the gaping hole in our security.”
Also, Gohmert said that he promised his former FBI agent source that he would not reveal the man’s name. To which Cooper responded: “Well, that’s convenient. We have had a former FBI, a high-ranking one on this office who says it’s ridiculous.”
COOPER: The FBI says this is just not happening. You are spreading scare stories, and this is completely about politics.
GOHMERT: It is happening. It is happening.
COOPER: Where? Give me some evidence. Tell me one person, one terror baby that’s been born? Can you tell me?
GOHMERT: The explosions will not happen for 10 or 15 or 20 years and then you will be one of those blips. I’m not comparable to Winston Churchill, but the detractors like you are comparable to his detractors.
After the interview, Cooper told his viewers, “Let us know what you think about the baby theory. Again, we invite anybody who has any evidence of this — again, the congressman couldn’t present evidence — any time.”
In an essay on CNN, Ruben Navarrette Jr. compares the “terror babies” scare tactics with arguments employed by Republicans to defend the new controversial Arizona anti-immigration law.
Of course, this tall tale isn’t credible; it’s probably nothing more than a figment of politicians’ imaginations. But it is valuable since it helps illustrate a disturbing phenomenon here in Arizona, where supporters of the state’s new immigration law seem to feel as if they have to justify the measure not only by scaring people, but also by doing extreme makeovers. They take things that are familiar and try to make them sinister.
Those aren’t U.S. citizen babies, they say; they’re future terrorists. Those aren’t run-of-the-mill illegal immigrants who come to Arizona to work and feed their families; they’re drug mules for the Mexican cartels, says Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer. And those aren’t coyotes, immigrant smugglers bringing people in the United States as they have for generations; they’re drug cartels, which — according to Brewer — now control all the immigrant smuggling operations into the United States.
The Border Patrol was just as quick to knockdown those stories as untrue as the FBI was in refuting the story about terror babies using the 14th Amendment to do us harm.
This video is from CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, broadcast Aug. 12, 2010.