Congressman says "arrest every Muslim that crosses the state line"
Rep. C. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), chairman of the House subcommittee on terrorism and homeland security and a candidate for the Senate, yesterday sought to play down remarks to Georgia law enforcement personnel suggesting they "just turn [the sheriff] loose and have him arrest every Muslim that crosses the state line."
In a letter to the Valdosta Daily Times, Chambliss contended that his comments were taken "out of context" and "should in no way be interpreted as my view of what should happen…If my remarks were offensive in any way, I apologize."
…Chambliss, according to sources in Valdosta, personally sought to persuade the reporter, Bill Roberts, to kill the story using his remarks, and asked the local sheriff to help block publication. An aide to Chambliss said he did not know what the congressman did in connection with the story.
Chambliss, in his letter to the Valdosta paper, said he agrees "wholeheartedly with remarks made by President Bush expressing the sentiment that this war is against terrorism -- not Muslims...I regret that any comments I made might have been misconstrued and misrepresented my true intentions and beliefs concerning this issue. Those of the Muslim faith or Arabic heritage are not our enemies. Terrorists are our enemy..."