Michele Bachman and the House Intelligence Committee

Anne here -

If you haven’t already signed it, I’d like to issue a WWJTD activism alert for the petition by the People for the American Way to remove Michele Bachmann the House Intelligence Committee.

There are any number of reasons for doing this, but primary among them is that she has never met a right-wing conspiracy theory she hasn’t embraced with open arms. PFAW asserts that “conspiracy theories and religious McCarthyism should have no place in our government, especially in the [House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence], on which Rep. Bachmann sits.” Personally, I couldn’t agree more.

PFAW will be delivering the petition to John Boehner’s office Monday, so time is of the essence.

The petition:

Dear Speaker Boehner:

In service to ugly Islamophobic fear mongering, Rep. Michele Bachmann continues unabated in her unfounded and irresponsible attacks on dedicated public servants — a witch hunt that has targeted Huma Abedin, a key aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and now includes allegations that President Obama may be aiding the rise of global Sharia law.

Conspiracy theories and religious McCarthyism should have no place in our government, especially in the House Intelligence Committee, on which Rep. Bachmann sits.

Please remove Rep. Bachmann from her seat on the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence immediately. Members of the House Intelligence Committee are entrusted with classified information that affects the safety and security of all Americans. That information should not be in the hands of anyone with such a disregard for honesty, misunderstanding of national security, and lack of respect for his or her fellow public servants.



Bachmann has said some crazy scary things and apparently believes them to be true. During the Republican primaries last year, the Associated Press finally gave up trying to validate all of her statements – there were so many untruths its fact-checkers couldn’t keep up.  Among others, she claims that the Obama administration is supporting radical Islamist groups. Her false and irresponsible attacks have gone too far even for many of her fellow Republicans – including her own former campaign manager, who says her anti-Islamic witch hunt has reached McCarthyism levels. PFAW says that “this isn’t a Democrat vs. Republican issue. It’s about defending all of our values.”

Want to know some of her favorite conspiracy theories? These are a few that demonstrate her unfitness to sit on the House Intelligence Committee:

If you want more detail on Bachmann’s batshittery, check out PolitiFact.com or FactCheck.org‘s entries for her. They are enlightening.

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Civil rights activist Anne Orsi is one of the spokespeople for the Arkansas Society of Freethinkers and is the primary organizer of Reason in the Rock, a conference on science, secularism and skepticism. Got a question? Email her at anne@aramink.com. She's a lawyer but may not be licensed in your state. Sending her an email or reading her blog posts does not create an attorney-client relationship. Find Anne on Twitter as @aramink, and read her regular blog at www.aramink.com.

  • sqlrob

    There are “unAmerican” members of Congress who endanger the American way of life.

    A stopped clock…

    Although I’m 100% certain that she and I wouldn’t agree on the particular members. Look in the mirror for one of ‘em Michele.

  • http://raisinghellions.wordpress.com/ Lou Doemch

    Anne… Bachmann is in the House, not the Senate. Scared me for a second there!

    • http://www.aramink.com Anne

      Wow – can’t believe I did that. Correcting the error now. At least everywhere else I said “House.”

  • chengisk

    A double oxymoron does not negate itself, but rather it operates synergistically.
    Bachman + House + Intelligence = triple oxymoron

  • John Eberhard


  • invivoMark

    I’m scared that they’d take her off the Intelligence committee only to put her on the Science one….

  • ottod

    Irony meter needle broken.

  • Highlander

    As a resident of Minnesota’s 6th congressional district I’d like to apologize yet again for the representative’s behavior. I am unable to explain why the majority of voters in this district keep voting for her. Perhaps it’s a conspiracy?

    • http://www.aramink.com Anne

      There are lots of us ashamed of our elected officials. I’m from the state that spawned Mike Huckabee, and Congress’s newest completely batshit Republican, Tom Cotton. How extreme is he? Here are the reports:

      Part I
      Part II
      Part III
      Part IV

      There should be more in the days to come, because despite all of his Harvard degrees, Rep. Cotton has no heart or brain – at least not that he’s demonstrated.

  • John Eberhard

    Yesterday, PFAW staff and volunteers delivered 178,450 petition signatures to the Capitol Hill office of Speaker of the House John Boehner calling for Rep. Michele Bachmann’s removal from the House Intelligence Committee.

    And, yes, Cotton has neither brain nor heart, thus is touted as a rising star in the national
    Republican ranks.