Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas warned the public in April about the Federal Communications Commissionâ€™s takeover of the Internet and Islamic State group camps in Mexico.
Gohmert made his warnings in an interview with talk radio host Greg Garrison during an event promoted by the Federation for American Immigration Reform, noted RightWingWatch.org (video below).
"I mean, the FCC had no intention of taking over the Internet. I mean, gosh, even though it was one of the most amazing developments in the history of man when it comes to entrepreneurism and, just amazing, you know, free enterprise, you know, innovation is awesome. But it was doing so well (President Barack) Obama couldnâ€™t stand the thought of the government not taking it over. So, he says the FCCâ€™s going to take it over, they had to scramble and redo their thinking, and then they come out with regulations saying, in essence, they would take it over. I mean, this is really a dangerous time for America."
Gohmert failed to mention that the FCC's net neutrality rules won't allow Internet service providers to favor certain sites, and will keep all websites â€” and entrepreneurs â€” on a level playing field, noted Ubmedia.biz.
Gohmert later mentioned a widely disputed report by the conservative website Judicial Watch:
"Then we find out this week thereâ€™s an ISIS (Islamic State group) camp 3 miles south of El Paso (Texas), a training center, and theyâ€™re working closely with the drug cartels. This is a dangerous time for the king of America to be allowing open borders."
Politifact.com notes that this claim was denied by the National Security Council, FBI and the Mexican government. Judicial Watch told Politifact.com that it could not name its sources for the story because that "would get them killed."
No proof of the alleged Islamic State group camps in Mexico has been produced.