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Peter King Plans To Keep Probing For Muslim ‘Radicalization’ In 2012

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Rep. Peter King plans to once again hold controversial hearings about whether radicalization of Muslim-Americans poses a threat.

Rep. Peter King plans to once again hold controversial hearings about whether radicalization of Muslim-Americans poses a threat.

The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee signaled Thursday he intends to keep investigating the American Muslim community despite a report this week that showed the number of Muslim extremists arrested for terrorism is on the wane.

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), said he would resume his controversial hearings on radicalization among Muslim-Americans this year despite critics who say the focus on one ethnic group fuels bigotry and paranoia.

The chairman also said the committee would hold hearings on Islamist money coming into the United States and on “Iran’s intelligence services, proxies such as Hezbollah, and its ally of convenience, al-Qaeda; and the looming Iranian terror threat to the homeland.”

King will also continue his probe of leaks to a Hollywood filmmaker of classified details of the raid to kill Osama bin Laden, as well as about operations at the detention center at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, saying they “could endanger the lives of our intelligence officers and special operators, their families, and the homeland.”

Previous hearings led by King last year on the same topic awakened a storm of controversy, with critics questioning whether Congress should single out a specific minority group as a possible threat to national security.

King held the controversial hearings, bearing the title “The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and that Community’s Response.” Opponents such as Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) said the hearings dredged up the dark days of McCarthyism and only served to “vilify” a segment of the American population.

Also on the committee’s agenda this year is an investigation of “the possible roles that the deceased al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki and his at-large associates, Daoud Chehazeh and Eyad al-Rababah, might have played in facilitating the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.”

In addition, the committee plans to review security preparations for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and seek obtaining Purple Heart medals for the military victims of the 2009 terror attacks in Little Rock, Ark., and at Fort Hood, Texas.

The committee has scheduled its first hearing of the year on Wednesday, when Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will testify on President Obama’s 2013 budget request, expected Monday.

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24 Comments »

  1. Yay for Mr King! :)

  2. Wait. I wanna see his birth certificate and driver’s license and voter registration card to make sure he is this American he claims to be…maybe he should look in a mirror when he continues his “plan” to find terrorists.

  3. McCarth-… er, I mean King, is the extremist here.

  4. what about an investigation into the illegal political campaigns and contributions and radicalization of mormons, chatholics and fundamentalist christianity

  5. Very few Muslim’s are terrorists … while King gets his PR I have faith in our gov agents keeping us safe …

  6. Peter King is an embarrassment to this country. He’s no patriot. He’s a damned racist and bigot in a position of power. He’s what people outside this country see as America these days. We’re not what we pretend to be.

  7. i guess this is one way of ensuring you have a job, make stuff up and use the “terrorist” word so no one will question your intentions

  8. Wait a minute. I thought it was Obama who was against religious freedom.

  9. Someone needs to probe Peter King…with a long hot poker

  10. If one can’t find what one is looking for, a reasonable person concludes it probably isn’t there. An unreasoning person, like Rep King, keeps on looking. Like the kid looking for a Christmas pony.

  11. Peter King, stop harassing the Muslims, freedom of religion, get it?

  12. Bert Holland bite your tongue. Peter King is a Republican, so his intelligence is in question. No committee in the House is going to do anything unless they can cause President Obama some pain. Peter King is a zit.

  13. Looks like he has nothing better to do or at all …. who appointed such a bigoted idiot to chair Homeland security?? Isn’t that dept laden with stupid people already? frisking 90 yr old women and 3 yr old kids…. last time i flu I was scanned, wanded and hand paded.

  14. Well, they got the “probe” part right…

  15. This guy clearly needs a job…. oh wait!!!!!!

  16. Let’s hope his pacemaker gives out. This is why we should not have old people working , and making decisions.

  17. He’s employed, but he’s certainly _not_ doing his job.

  18. get a life pete

  19. I really would like to know how much is he is money he is making. The stupid idiot.
    King actively supported the Irish republican movement in the 1980s, and frequently traveled to Northern Ireland to meet with senior members of the Provisional Irish Republican Army, many of whom he counted as friends.

    He is a Terrorist himself, the reason why he is trying to cover his real identity by making so much noise about America Muslims.

  20. King will face re-election later this year if you are opposed to these hearings then you can try to get him defeated in his district or get a Dem majority in the House. Otherwise King will continue as the head of the committee and the Islamic hearings will continue. Just as their have been hearings in the past on organized crime, Latino gangs, African-American gangs and White supremacists.No religion or ethnic group is above criticism or investigation in the US.

  21. Josef bc those ppl generally are not radical. Duh.

  22. How come he thinks Muslims who haven’t done anything are terrorists, but the IRA are “freedom fighters”?

  23. How come he thinks Muslims who haven’t done anything are terrorists, but the IRA are “freedom fighters”?

  24. How come he thinks Muslims who haven’t done anything are terrorists, but the IRA are “freedom fighters”?

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