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Posted at 6:01 PM ET, 03/10/2011

White House guarded on King's Muslim hearing

By Perry Bacon Jr.

The White House declined to condemn the controversial hearing on Capitol Hill about American Muslims and the threat of "homegrown" terrorism Thursday.

Repeatedly asked at a White House briefing about the administration's views on the hearing, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said "congressional involvement in this issue is welcomed by this administration because we think it's an important issue."

Carney repeated the comments of other White House officials that "we don't believe that in America we should practice guilt by association," but declined to say whether the administration thought Muslims were being unfairly targeted by Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), who called the hearings in his role as chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security.

The administration had attempted to give its view on the hearings through a speech Sunday by Deputy National Security Adviser Dennis McDonough, who said: "When it comes to preventing violent extremism and terrorism in the United States, Muslim Americans are not part of the problem, you're part of the solution." McDonough, like Carney, did not specifically refer to King or the hearings.

By Perry Bacon Jr.  | March 10, 2011; 6:01 PM ET
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Comments

TrueIslam ... the purpose of the hearings is to expose the "Muslim" minority that doesn't believe as you do.

And to encourage you and those you assert are true to Islam, to turn out the miscreants who are bringing harm to your religion.

If you are real, then you should be rising up publicly and condemning the terrorists and radicals!

I can't hear you?

Posted by: Hazmat77 | March 12, 2011 7:39 AM | Report abuse

finally someone has the courage to call a spade a spade

Posted by: Aldol | March 10, 2011 9:07 PM | Report abuse


Why am I not surprised by that kind of waffling from a presidential coward who gets his kicks by massacring children in helicopter gunship attacks and by offing the cousin of his own puppet Karzai to teach him to be obedient?

Posted by: bloggersvilleusa | March 10, 2011 9:04 PM | Report abuse

I believe the hearings are held to eradicate the extremists.If anybody finds fault with that they are aiding the enemy.The bleeding hearts want protection but are not willing to do their part in obtaining it.

Posted by: Crustycrab | March 10, 2011 7:02 PM | Report abuse

The White House is "guarded." Hilarious.

Translation: "The White House couldn't lead itself out of a paper bag."

Obama is doing the only thing he knows how to do: dither until someone else addresses the problem, then Monday-morning quarterback them to death with a bunch of legalese.

Except in this case, look for the Obama attacks to start on the Sunday-morning talk shows.

Posted by: flintston | March 10, 2011 7:02 PM | Report abuse

As usual with a lot of western Christian countries America, along with my own country England we appear to be scared of telling the truth about how the Muslim world works. It murders christians with impunity burns down churches denies Christians worship in Muslim countries,and what do we do NOTHING we stand by silently and let them. As soon as we stand up and point out what is going on with the the radicalisation of home grown muslims we are called racists.Isn't it time the Muslim community accepted the fact of what is going on and stand up against these fanatics and shout out against them.I won't hold my breath.

Posted by: peterstephenson | March 10, 2011 6:45 PM | Report abuse

We need stop associating terrorism with Islam. Any person who hurt another person can not be a muslim. Islam teaches love and harmony with all humans. If we can understand that, we will start calling these terrorists as infedils and evil, and start respecting people of all faiths. We are all God creation and God loves all of us and God want us to love of all Humans. Lets think about showing respect to the real true muslim who are working to make this a better place and ask all of us to help catch the people making evil plans, we can all live peacefully and world will be a better place.

Posted by: TrueIslam | March 10, 2011 6:44 PM | Report abuse

I am glad to see somebody that sees this as a threat.. we don;t have any other group, that straps on explosives and thinks they will go to heaven and get rewarded with 72 virgins!! that shows you how stupid these muslims are in their beliefS..72 virgins, hell why stop at 72??/

Posted by: zzapperz | March 10, 2011 6:43 PM | Report abuse

OF COURSE THEY "DECLINED TO CONDEMN" IT. WHO IS ASKING THEM TO CONDEMN IT? ARE YOU, WASHINGTON POST?

Posted by: Bluntalk | March 10, 2011 6:42 PM | Report abuse

The Republican Congressman, Peter King, does not have the credibility to conduct such a hearing. He has made some extremely bigoted statements about Muslims in the past. Besides, he was a supporter of terrorism, in the past, when it came to the IRA. This guy has absolutely no credibility. He's a hypocrit, plain and simple. Clearly, what the Republicans are doing by instigating this witch hunt is what they have always done in the past, whether it is McCarthyism or union bashing or what have you, all they ever do is spread fear and hate, just to distract Americans from the fact that Republicans have done absolutely nothing to correct the main problem confronting America today, the economy. They campaigned on creating jobs, but all they have done is ELIMINATE JOBS, as we are seeing Scott Walker of Wisconsin and Chris Christie of New Jersey and the whole damn lot of them doing.

Posted by: AbelMalcolm | March 10, 2011 6:41 PM | Report abuse

RELIGION -- of ALL flavors -- is the problem.

Posted by: Manwolf | March 10, 2011 6:39 PM | Report abuse

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