U.S. Rep. Myrick: 'Homegrown' terrorists are working within U.S.

By Jim Morrrill jmorrill@charlotteobserver.com Posted: Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010

Republican U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick warned a Huntersville audience Tuesday about the dangers of "homegrown terrorism" and new Iranian inroads into the Americas.

Myrick made her comments during a meeting with about 60 members of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce in Huntersville.

The appearance was one of several Myrick has made during the August congressional recess. She hosted a town meeting in Cornelius on Tuesday night and is scheduled to address a GOP women's group today in Charlotte.

In Huntersville, Myrick criticized spending by the Obama administration. She said she believes that raising taxes - some Democrats want to end the Bush-era tax cuts for wealthier Americans - will further hurt the economy.

She answered questions about health care, mortgage deductions and immigration and decried partisanship in Congress.

"People sent us there to be Americans," she said, "They didn't send us there to be Republicans or Democrats."

But it was when she was asked, "What keeps Sue Myrick up at night?" that her voice rose.

"I'm extremely concerned about Iran and the situation in the Middle East," she said. "People don't want to face the fact that we have terrorist organizations operating in this hemisphere and this country."

Myrick, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said she's disturbed by reported activities in this hemisphere by the Lebanese-based Islamic group Hezbollah, seen by many as an Iranian proxy.

Myrick repeated what she wrote in a June 23 letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano: that Hezbollah has increased its cooperation with Central American drug cartels and poses a threat to security on the southern U.S. border.

Myrick said she worries about Iranians learning Spanish and slipping through the border.

But Homeland Security spokeswoman Amy Kudwa said Tuesday that, "At this time, DHS does not have any credible information on terrorist groups operating along the Southwest Border."

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