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Peter King Defends NYPD Monitoring, Plans More Hearings on Islam

28 February 2012 General 27 Comments Email This Post Email This Post
Peter King

Peter King

by George Zornick

Appearing on WCBS in New York this morning, Representative Peter King offered a strong defense of NYPD’s spying on mosques and Muslim businesses and student groups in several states. Criticism of the recently revealed program has intensified in recent days, but King said he was proud of the police department.

“[Police Commissioner] Ray Kelly and the NYPD should get a medal for what they are doing,” he said. “This is good police work. If you are going after radical Muslims you don’t go to Ben’s Kosher Deli.”

This is perhaps not surprising coming from the man who held highly controversial Capitol Hill hearings into Muslim Americans last year, which many people saw as essentially profiling by public relations; his colleague, Representative Keith Ellison invoked the specter of Joe McCarthy in criticizing King’s efforts and said they served to “vilify” Muslims.

But, alas, King announced last week that he would hold more hearings into domestic radicalization among Muslim Americans in the coming year. “The series of radicalization hearings I convened last March has been very productive,” King said in a statement. “I will definitely continue the hearings in 2012.”

This is a good time to flag a recent study by Charles Kurzman, a sociology professor at the University of North Carolina and member of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security. His comprehensive examination of crime statistics found that terrorism-related incidents by Muslim Americans has declined markedly, and that Muslim-Americans represent “a minuscule threat to public safety.” He wrote:

The limited scale of Muslim-American terrorism in 2011 runs counter to the fears that many Americans shared in the days and months after 9/11, that domestic Muslim American terrorism would escalate. The spike in terrorism cases in 2009 renewed these concerns, as have repeated warnings from U.S. government officials about a possible surge in homegrown Islamic terrorism. The predicted surge has not materialized.

Repeated alerts by government officials maybe issued as a precaution, even when the underlying threat is uncertain. Officials may be concerned about how they would look if an attack did take place and subsequent investigations showed that officials had failed to warn the public. But a byproduct of these alerts is a sense of heightened tension that is out of proportion to the actual number of terrorist attacks in the United States since 9/11.

If King calls Kurzman to testify at his hearings I’ll eat my hat, but it’s possible Democrats on the committee could arrange for his appearance. He would provide a substantive counterweight to King’s typically anecdote-driven hysteria. Last week the FBI foiled a plot in which a Moroccan man wanted to bomb the US Capitol—you can bet King will give that episode a prominent role at his hearings.

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27 Comments »

  1. fuck you peter king

  2. He’s an appalling little racist and political opportunist. Wonder how he sleeps at night?

  3. There should be an Islamic or even better an inter faith hearing on republican right wing radicalization…

  4. We all need to pressure this guy to resign. He’s islamophobic, AND a terrorist sympathizer! (IRA)

  5. would somebody PLEASE make this nut-job go away? Thank you Alec W, my exact sentiments, ;] pw

  6. NY needs to get rid of that asshole as well as Bloombutt and Cuomo.

  7. What I want to know is, who the hell is monitoring that lunatic Peter King? He’s dangerously stupid.

  8. He needs to get a life! Maybe spend sometime with his grandkids if he has any.

  9. what a troll he is !

  10. I agree with Cheesehater. Hi. I’m Chocolatelover! :D

  11. No there should be an organization of Muslims that allow us to grow and prosper-oh wait. Nation of Islam duh

  12. How horrible….this guy needs to be taken out of office..This is STILL AMERICA…land of the free no matter who you are or what your religion is…

  13. and people like him say Obama is out to desroy religion when in reality it is people like King that hates any religion that he does not aprove of.

  14. Never let it be said that Rep King passed up any opportunity to prove what an idiot he is.

  15. Discusting, I’m so ashamed of what our government has been doing and still continues to do…When will all this isanity stop? I don’t even have the energy to write about this things anymore. SHAME!!!!

  16. What about the FLDS, did everybody forget all about the baby rapers?!? We have real homegrown terrorist that need to be removed from the gene pool.

  17. Lol Sakeena! I love chocolate aswell, just wish I could say the same out cheese.

  18. Article 4 Section 2: “The Citizens of each State shall be entitled to all Privileges and Immunities of Citizens in the several States.” First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” Fourth Amendment: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated…” That is all.

  19. Another asshole heard from.

  20. Peter King is a racist bigoted homophobe.

  21. And Yes he is a terrorist sympathisizer. He supported the IRA for many years. But at the same time condemned other terrorist groups doing the same thing as the IRA. He is a hypocrite on top of everything else.

  22. So, stop NYC from protecting the citizens. Lets just paint a big target so the mooselimb terrorists can get it right. WTF! Where is the sanity? Do you all want another 9/11?

  23. “No surprise there, another JEW, he should be investigated along with the rest of the thugs, who “BROKE U.S. LAW” and the Constitutional Rights of American Muslims, he is “DISGUSTING” as well as UNAMERICAN” and he should go to jail for breaking the LAW by spying on American’s without a warrant! As a registered Voter/Vet USAF, the man makes me sick, he’s an ass, an a threat too America’s way of life!

  24. what the officials need to do is keep an eye on the bigots like chris Gennett. doesn’t hate always lead to violence?

  25. I hope America wakes up from the Jew induced coma they are in. Arab spring would do wonders for the cockroach invested nation. What nation tells its citizens to vote, and gives them a coin with two heads on it. Well done America, Israel, allies, the elite. Keeping the world ignorant, spreading hate and fear for over 200+yrs

  26. You all idiots who criticized Rep. Peter King. You obviously want terrorists roaming in America and convert America to Islam and all freedoms are to be lost forever. You leftist degenerates screw up your heads !

  27. Not Jew induced, ZIONIST induced. Huge difference. My parents tried to justify the usage of the phrase “allah yil3an alyahood” by saying they meant only zionists, but i feel even they dont fully understand.

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