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Posted at 8:00 PM ET, 03/ 7/2011

Peter King releases witness list for House hearings on American Muslims

By Michelle Boorstein

After weeks of speculation and controversy, Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) released Monday night the names of witnesses for his first House hearing on domestic radicalization among American Muslims.

The six witnesses who will speak Thursday before the Homeland Security Committee come from a range of backgrounds. They include:

-- a father and an uncle of young American Muslims whose faith turned radical and violent. One young man was killed in Africa; the other went on a shooting spree on a military base and is in prison.

-- an Arizona internist and Muslim who believes Islamic leaders in this country need to speak out more aggressively for reforms of the Koran and be less defensive.

-- Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, who was called by the minority Democrats on the committee and has spoken often in recent weeks about his cooperative relationship with Muslim Americans.

-- Two congressmen coming from very different perspectives. Minnesota Democrat Keith Ellison, Congress's first elected Muslim, will likely bring reams of data about Muslim cooperation and will criticize the idea of a hearing focused on one faith group. Virginia Republican Frank Wolf currently oversees the budget of the FBI and the Justice Department through his work on a House subcommittee.

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I suspect King should be glad the TEL was not in force when he said: “If civilians are killed in an attack on a military installation, it is certainly regrettable, but I will not morally blame the I.R.A. for it.” Under the statute, “terrorist activity” means any activity that is unlawful under U.S. law or the laws of the place where it was committed and involves: hijacking or sabotage of an aircraft, vessel, vehicle or other conveyance; hostage taking; a violent attack on an internationally protected person; assassination; or the use of any biological agent, chemical agent, nuclear weapon or device, or explosive, firearm, or other weapon or dangerous device (other than for mere personal monetary gain), with intent to endanger, directly or indirectly, the safety of one or more individuals or to cause substantial damage to property. The definition also captures any threat, attempt, or conspiracy to do any of these activities. Hummmm “or the laws of the place where it was committed” What exactly is the statute of limitations on terrorism? I think he qualifies even if he claims to be loyal to the US (Ireland, Israel, …).

Posted by: cjacks | March 9, 2011 9:21 PM | Report abuse

A rebirth of the McCarthy/HUAC hearings.
That big 'commie' scare resulted in Americans being persecuted and losing their jobs.
This guy seems unaware of the past witch hunts, except of course his support of the Irish Republican Army. Now it's another Republican army witch hunt.

Posted by: kacameron | March 9, 2011 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Which of these are a greater threat to the citizens of the USA, abortion clinic bombers, kahanists, or Given Kings long and active association with Christian terrorist organizations (IRA) I have to ask: at what point will dictionaries in the US be modified to have “see Republican” under hypocrisy.

Posted by: cjacks | March 9, 2011 8:37 PM | Report abuse

What time will the interviews of Timothy McVeigh and those other radical christians that blow up abortion clinics and kill those 30,000 people a year with guns be held????? Surely, he is just "starting" with the Muslims and working his way toward all groups. Someone please tell me that is what Mr. King is going to do.

Posted by: pgmichigan | March 9, 2011 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Rep. King.

Let the Libs wail and gnash their teeth, calling you every ugly name they can. The rest of us Americans are encouraged that someone finally had the cajones to look for facts, rather than stoop for the America haters, the Israel haters and the hetrosexual haters. Go get 'em Pete!

Posted by: BluePelican | March 9, 2011 8:07 AM | Report abuse

So well known Islamaphobe and chickenhawk Peter King (who cowardly avoided service overseas in Vietnam) is about to hold congressional hearings on "Islam's role in homegrown terrorism."?

Either he doesn't trust the FBI and CIA to do their job, or he is using this issue as an excuse to persecute a religious minority. I'm guessing it is the latter.

I hope every single Muslim witness brings up the IRA and Kings' support of the Irish to the a-holes face, and prefaces the answer to EVERY question he poses with, "unlike so many Irish Americans and their support of the terrorist IRA, American Muslims ...."

Posted by: DrainYou | March 8, 2011 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Hey Tommypie, there is a big difference between flushing out radical Muslims (charge them with a crime if you have evidence) and slandering a whole religion by offering generalities that serve only incite.

Posted by: ggilby1 | March 8, 2011 3:50 PM | Report abuse

What useful purpose are these hearings going to serve? Is a witness going to tell King: There is a group of radical Jihadists in my home town that no one knows about. I haven't told the police about them, but I thought I would bring it up to you. Or: The secret to finding Islamic terrorists is knowing that they wear red on Thursdays.

Posted by: ggilby1 | March 8, 2011 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Pete King is being villified in the liberal media for undertaking the effort of flushing out "undesirables", a.k.a. homegrown Muslim terrorists. Muslims are often coddled here in America. Don't touch them or you will be accused of touching the holy grail, a bigot, religious persecution, or worse. Yet, we know that there are primarily Muslims who have done great harm to the nation by terrorizing us in varios ways (remember 9/11?) What is wrong with King seeking to flush out these homegrown radical terrorists in the making? I suppose King has stepped over the line of political correctness in the eyes of the liberals. Pathetic!

Posted by: Tommypie | March 8, 2011 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Radicals are here and now right under our noses. We need to expose them and eradicate them. They are funneling money to terrorists groups as proven in the Holy Land Foundation trial in Richardson, Texas. Ask the soldiers gunned down in Texas. You could have asked the two sisters gunned down in the back of a taxi by their father and left to bleed to death as a so called honor killing. You could ask the dad about sharia law if you could find the little animal who they are hiding. They are selling their propaganda from the middle ages to the weak and ignorant right under our noses. Radical islam is barbaric. They stone little girls and old women with sharia law. And I will stand up to this horror as long as I have breath to do it so my grandchildren will not be forced into this evil.

Posted by: greatgran1 | March 8, 2011 12:59 PM | Report abuse

The Christian Knights of the Klu Klux Klan are a terrorist group that has used Christianity to justify their beliefs and crimes. No one is condeming the Chritian faith or the billions of Christians on the planet because of them. No one called for white people to step up to end their terror. I am a Christian and I don't feel the need to explain or apologize because they exist.Extreme people can distort anything including scripture in the Bible or Koran. That is no justification for the hatred and disrespect of one of the major religions of this world. Peter King and those like him are the extremist here, not the millions of Muslim Americans.This will only add heat and no light. It is a disgrace and all people of faith should be offended by this action. Remember there are places in this world today where Chritians are persecuted for their faith. Do we want the USA to be that place for Muslims?

Posted by: gloria_richardson | March 8, 2011 12:11 PM | Report abuse

These comments are always all the same: People categorizing people; Liberals, Democrats; Republicans; always saying that 'the other side' is to blame for everything. You're just like a bunch of whiney children!
Whatever 'side' you're on, remember everyone here has a right to his opinion, WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT! Reread the CONSTITUTION! But no, most of you don't really believe in those rights and you can tell by the way you speak and think! HYPOCRITES!!
Both parties had a turn at running the show and BOTH CONTINUE TO SCREW UP OUR COUNTRY! So get off your high horse, grow up and act mature for once in your life! A lot of you ARE RADICALS, as you see nothing else and categorize everyone without really knowing anything. If you sat down with someone on the other side, you might learn something! But you can't and won't, you closed-minded hypocrites! You could read 1984 so you can get ready to eliminate everyone who doesn't think like you, using the Thought Police!
Only mature discussions, with compromise, w/o name calling, will fix our problems; however, people like you are PART OF THE PROBLEM! TRY TO BE PART OF THE SOLUTION ONCE, morons! REMEMBER, you morons, EVERYONE IS AN AMERICAN, right? OH, I FORGOT, YOU DECIDE THAT! JUST LIKE IN NAZI GERMANY, RIGHT? SIEG HEIL for your side!!! They’re the saviors of the world!! And as we fight amongst ourselves, they laugh in DC and they continue to do nothing as usual; babies just like you but in charge!! You make me wanna puke!

Posted by: NOTORIOUSDAD | March 8, 2011 10:04 AM | Report abuse

It's almost ten years since the attack and the silence from the Islamic community here and abroad was deafening. You bet there are Islamic sympathizers all over the U.S. The question is: how many and where? Multiple attempts and actual acts have been committed by American based muslims, one being a Captain in the Army.
What I want to hear from Muslim representatives are their plans for reporting extremists within their community. The bleeding liberals using Joe McCarthy analogies were predictable. Wake up America! Too many Muslims view you as infidels and want you dead. Wake up!

Posted by: newyorkerphil | March 8, 2011 9:31 AM | Report abuse

there are no radical islamists,jihadist in the USA like there wasn`t a MAFIA in the USA.

Posted by: SISSD1 | March 8, 2011 8:27 AM | Report abuse

It is offensive to bring faith or religion in this. When Timothy Mcveigh bombed Oklahoma Bldg, did the U.S. investigate radicalization of CHRISTIAN soldiers. When the young boys from Columbine school killed other school kids. Did the U.S. investigate the radicalization of CHRISTIAN school kids. When Jewish individuals gave secrets of the atomic bomb to Russia, did the U.S. investigate the radicalization of JEWISH individuals. This is a divide and conquer strategy aimed at raising suspicion and creating hate against the Moslem Americans. This deplorable tactic has prompted deranged individuals to kill innocent individuals, simply because they looked middle eastern. Ironically some were christians.

Posted by: ssabet | March 8, 2011 7:07 AM | Report abuse

Impeach Obama, the rest will take care of itself..

Posted by: wewinyoulose1 | March 8, 2011 6:59 AM | Report abuse

What radicalization? The very concept is a lib attempt to legitimize the nonsense that there are some dangerous fanatics to be distinguished from the mainstream; A concept that ignores the fundamental nature, and basic texts of Islam.
By this point, we should already be trying to undo the damage of our past immigration policies, and be implementing policies and strategies advocated by Geert Wilders, and start planning for mass repatriations.

Posted by: Nick4444 | March 7, 2011 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Where are the republican star witnesses, Moe, Larry & Curly?

What a waste of time, taxpayer dollars, and hot air. The smartest people in the room will be the ones sleeping five minutes after this silly charade begins.

and Tea Party anger over this big, stupid expense? Oh, that's right. They are just the 21st century version of the old, angry, whire homophobic christian coalition of the 20th century. F-A-R-T.

Posted by: pookiecat | March 7, 2011 10:41 PM | Report abuse

It begins. Peter King's dreams are coming true.

Two elderly Sikhs mistaken for Muslims shot, one fatally, from a pickup truck while walking down their street. The other Sikh is in critical condition.

Sikhs shot in Calif. may have been mistaken for Muslims
By Michael Winter, USA TODAY
Mar 07, 2011

Posted by: bloggersvilleusa | March 7, 2011 9:08 PM | Report abuse

I can hear it now: "Are you now, or have you ever been a member of an Islamic sect?"

Remember, those who will not learn from the mistakes of their reactionary predecessors are doomed to repeat them ... over and over and over again.

Posted by: labman57 | March 7, 2011 9:02 PM | Report abuse

King could probably schedule a hearing on mad bombers and the top ranked politicians who protect them.

Not sure the Democrats would like that.

Posted by: muawiyah | March 7, 2011 8:46 PM | Report abuse

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