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Posted at 9:35 AM ET, 03/11/2011

Democrats embarrass themselves at Islamic radicalization hearing

By Jennifer Rubin

The Islamic radicalization hearings were hotly anticipated. For those expecting a "witch hunt," the House Homeland Security Committee chairman, Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), was a disappointment. His opening statement was measured and included a staunch defense of the hearings:

Let me make it clear today that I remain convinced that these hearings must go forward. And they will. To back down would be a craven surrender to political correctness and an abdication of what I believe to be the main responsibility of this committee -- to protect America from a terrorist attack.

Despite what passes for conventional wisdom in certain circles, there is nothing radical or un-American in holding these hearings. Indeed, congressional investigation of Muslim American radicalization is the logical response to the repeated and urgent warnings which the Obama administration has been making in recent months.

He was respectful and forceful in replying to vicious ad hominem attacks accusing him of everything from racism to McCarthyism:

This committee cannot live in denial, which is what some would have us do when they suggest that this hearing dilute its focus by investigating threats unrelated to al-Qaeda. The Department of Homeland Security and this committee were formed in response to the al-Qaeda attacks of 9/11. There is no equivalency of threat between al-Qaeda and neo-Nazis, environmental extremists or other isolated madmen. Only al-Qaeda and its Islamist affiliates in this country are part of an international threat to our nation. Indeed, by the Justice Department's own record, not one terror-related case in the last two years involved neo-Nazis, environmental extremists, militias or anti-war groups.

I have repeatedly said the overwhelming majority of Muslim-Americans are outstanding Americans and make enormous contributions to our country. But there are realities we cannot ignore. For instance, a Pew Poll said that 15% of Muslim-American men between the age of 18 and 29 could support suicide bombings. This is the segment of the community al-Qaeda is attempting to recruit.

But he also called out the most vocal group in opposing his hearings:

To combat this threat, moderate leadership must emerge from the Muslim community. As the majority and minority staff of the Senate Homeland Security Committee concluded in its report on "Violent Islamist Extremism and the Homegrown Terrorist Threat," "Muslim community leaders (and) religious leaders must play a more visible role in discrediting and providing alternatives to violent Islamist ideology."

This means that responsible Muslim-American leaders must reject discredited groups such as CAIR, the Committee on Islamic-American Relations, which was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the terrorist financing case involving the Holyland Foundation. In the lead-up to this hearing I found it shocking and sad that the mainstream media accepted CAIR's accusations as if it were a legitimate organization. Thankfully, FBI Director Mueller has ordered the FBI to cease all dealings and contact with CAIR. I would hope that all law enforcement officials would follow the lead of the FBI director.

King's restraint was not duplicated by many Democrats on the committee. I wasn't able to watch live, but when I did view the recorded hearing I was amazed. Slack-jawed. The Democrats' unhinged rhetoric and wild accusations did more to undermine their opposition to the hearings than anything King could possibly have said.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tex.) was among the worst:

"I'm reminded of someone, a proverb, now quoted by Sheila Jackson Lee, cleaning a dirty kitchen, you can't clean it with dirty water," Jackson Lee, who has a reputation for being one of the most difficult bosses on the Hill, said at the beginning of her five-minute rant. "There are [sic] no redeeming factual information that we will receive today that can add to the abhorrence that all of us have on terrorism in the United States of America. We don't disrespect the witnesses, at least I do not, but you see, it has already been tainted, this hearing. There are no loud signs of reasonings [sic] that are coming through this hearing. The reason is because it has already been classified as an effort to demonize and to castigate a whole broad base of human beings. I cannot stand for that."

Jackson Lee then reached for a copy of the U.S. Constitution.

"I brought with me the Constitution, the living, breathing document. The First Amendment allows us the freedom of religion. The freedom of association and expression," she said. "But I will tell you today, that this breathing document is in pain."

You can readily believe that working for her must be a "living hell."

Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Calif.) was no better, carrying on about the hearing's resemblance to the McCarthy hearings. (No, the Democrats were not very creative in their rants.) Rep. Al Green (D-Tex.) asked why they weren't talking about the KKK. (Because the KKK didn't kill 3,000 Americans on 9/11?)

And Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), drawing sympathy from the same liberals and pundits who had taunted the speaker of the House for his tears, broke down talking about a Muslim first responder killed on 9-11 by the jihadists whose ideological views Ellison ignored. In fact, he would only refer to them as "violent extemists," in essence refusing to acknowledge their motivation or the existence of Muslim radicalization. He too misrepresented the hearings' objective:

Ascribing the evil acts of a few individuals to an entire community is wrong; it is ineffective; and it risks making our country less secure. . . . Targeting the Muslim American community for the actions of a few is unjust. Actually all of us--all communities--are responsible for combating violent extremism. Singling out one community focuses our analysis in the wrong direction.

Yes, but the hearings aren't targeting the entire community (as King repeatedly stressed) and, while all groups are "responsible" for fighting against radicals whose ideology Ellison can not name, the radicalization recruiters target Muslims. Other than that, he made perfect sense.

Ellison, of course, has a curious record of his own, as fellow Minnesotan Scott Johnson (who has kept an eye on Ellison for some time) of the Powerline blog reminded us:

Ellison's background includes his work as a local leader of the Nation of Islam in Minneapolis, an ally of convicted gangster Sharif Willis, an agitator on behalf of cop killers, a supporter of SLA terrorist Sara Jane Olson (the former Kathleen Soliah), and a mouthpiece for the Muslim Brotherhood front group and unindicted Holy Land Foundation co-conspirator CAIR.

It was left to Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), a great friend of the Muslim community (and one of the most virulent anti-Israel members as well) to, in essence, tell his colleagues to put a cork in it. Sure, he made a self-referential comment that he always kept Joe McCarthy's picture on the wall as a reminder when he was chairman, but he then gave up the critical point: "There is a reason for us to go into this."

The witnesses, while predictably not all that enlightening, did put a human face on radicalization. Abdirizak Bihi, a Somali immigrant, described how his son was recruited and, as horrifying, how fellow Muslims went after him for co-operating with law enforcement. Perhaps most poignant was the father of the murderer who killed one and injured another at a Little Rock, Ark., military recruiting station. Melvin Bledsoe described how his son Carlos converted to Islam and then was radicalized by Islamic extremists. He told the committee that Yemeni extremists snared Carlos through their "counterparts" in Nashville. Soon, Carlos was off to a terror training school in Yemen and then put in Yemeni political prison, which was "the final stage of his radicalization." He said simply: "Something is wrong with the Muslim leadership in Nashville. What happened to Carlos at those Nashville mosques isn't normal."

But he, too, vouched for peaceful and law-abiding Muslims who are his friends and neighbors. He, like King, distinguished radicals from the whole Muslim community. Still, he was blunt that "political correctness" has prevented us from uncovering how Muslims are recruited. With the pain only a father can know, he implored the committee that "we are losing American babies. Our children are in danger."

Frankly, the Democrats embarrassed themselves. Ordinary Americans watching their temper tantrums would, I think, readily conclude that the hearings are appropriate and the Democrats' antics are not. King would now do well to assemble some panels of experts who can discuss the methodology of Islamic recruiters. Thursday, we learned a lot about the Democrats; now it is time to learn about the jihadists.

By Jennifer Rubin  | March 11, 2011; 9:35 AM ET
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To call Peter King a religious bigot would be to elevate him far above what he deserves. He is far worse.

What Peter King is really all about -- and it is craven beyond imagination -- is stoking the fires of American right-wing racism (directed against Semites commonly known as Arabs) and religious bigotry (directed against the Muslim religion) as a means to solidify right-wing animosity toward President Obama (widely believed by the right to be Muslim). This is, of course, despicable beyond description.

Here, Ladies and Gentlemen, is your typical GOP Congressman of the 21st century.

Posted by: J_B_A | March 11, 2011 9:38 AM | Report abuse

The whole Democrat party os an embarrassment upon the whole country. Their blatant corruption with the unions, overspending and deliberate destruction of the free market are just some examples why they should never be in power again.

Posted by: regulas1 | March 11, 2011 9:58 AM | Report abuse

As to that more recent terrorist massacre, the one perpetrated by Tim McVeigh in the name of containing the federal government, and as to Rep. King's vocal support of a terrorist organization, the IRA, Rep. King said, "Look, I may disagree with their approaches, but these are white Christian folk."

Okay, he didn't say that. But actions, as our parents all taught us, speak louder than words.

Posted by: archer070 | March 11, 2011 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Jennifer Rubin displays all the pomposity, arrogance and condescension of, for example, a Peter King. To use her own words: Frankly, she embarrassed herself.

And, for some odd reason, I see an enormous difference between the tears of John Boehner, who's given to that behavior, and Keith Ellison, who's not, but who is seeing his faith bludgeoned by the likes of King -- and Rubin.

Speaking of the identical unAmerican activities of the McCarthy hearings, I'll ask the question asked of him: "At long last, have you left no sense of decency?"

Posted by: washpost16 | March 11, 2011 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Why is that upon seeing the title of this piece, I already knew the religion of the author?

Perhaps newspapers of note should spare their column space of the drivels of the pathologically hateful people of the weekly standard.

Posted by: getjiggly3 | March 11, 2011 10:08 AM | Report abuse

What are the odds a Muslim is a terrorist?

CIA estimates there are between 5,000 and 10,000 Islamic terrorists world-wide. There are 1.5 billion Muslims.

Answer - Between 1 in 150,000 and 1 in 300,000. Pretty darned low.

In comparison... The odds any given Catholic priest may have molested a child are 1 in 25. 4% have been accused.

The odds you'll die of cancer or heart disease 1 in 3.

Let's cut the anti-terrorism funding and increase the medical research funding.

Posted by: Marko117 | March 11, 2011 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Peter King supported the IRA, who used terrorist tactics in Northern Ireland.

Posted by: anne15 | March 11, 2011 10:08 AM | Report abuse

This blog is an embarrassment.

Posted by: PrinceBuster21 | March 11, 2011 10:09 AM | Report abuse

I wonder how Ms. Rubin would have seen Congressional hearings on Jewish-Americans and their lack of cooperation after the Jonathan Pollard spying for Israel scandal. I am sure she would have found that "respectful and forceful."

This type of fear mongering has no place in the U.S. If you condone it to be used against others, you condone it to be used against yourself. Fear and lies are all the modern GOP seems to have today.

Posted by: rcasero | March 11, 2011 10:11 AM | Report abuse

To deny that certain groups in this country are trying to radicalize American Muslims would be like Nero fiddling while Rome burned. I would like to see more Muslims reporting to the authorities when these attempts occur. We need to stop being so politically correct in this country that we put ourselves at risk of another 9/11.

Posted by: 78vette | March 11, 2011 10:11 AM | Report abuse

The odds any given Catholic priest may have molested a child are 1 in 25. 4% have been accused.

Posted by: Marko117


I'm no Catholic clergy apologist but there is no way 25% of priests are child molesters. You're as bad as the wingnuts when you just make things up to make a point.

Posted by: PrinceBuster21 | March 11, 2011 10:14 AM | Report abuse

It's obvious that the author of this piece of crap is only trying to keep the fear-mongering of 9-11 alive. Same with King.
Ten years later the disgusting repukes are still using 9-11 as a political ploy.
It's really getting old, and is now starting to back-fire on them.
What a bunch of tools.

Posted by: strictly_liberal | March 11, 2011 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Jennifer must have hit a sore spot: The lefty loons are out in full force.

Posted by: gord2 | March 11, 2011 10:19 AM | Report abuse

oh no Jeniffer, King was not respectful, that is witch hunt, that McCarthyism , the right lost their mind.

Posted by: tqmek1 | March 11, 2011 10:19 AM | Report abuse

I watched the whole hearing. I was shock to find the Demmcrats are more radical than the radical muslam! I wonder they work for Al- Qaeda or CAIR?

Posted by: dlucs1 | March 11, 2011 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Radicalization that leads to violence is a problem. But it isn't just Muslims and it isn't all Muslims. To hold this hearing without including all radical groups in America was by definition discriminatory. Bottom line. What did we learn from this hearing? Nothing. It was a waste of time and money. Peter King is an idiot.

Posted by: CharlesS | March 11, 2011 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Who hired this tranny? Hey man, your childish commentary in between peoples quotes is uneccesary and unprofessional even if its an editorial. May I have your job? I see what type of people get hired these days no wonder this country is spiraling downwards. Please shave that upper lip and sol patch and get a real reporting job.

Posted by: ribrahim87 | March 11, 2011 10:26 AM | Report abuse

This was a witchhunt from beginning to end. Only those determined to hate Arabs and Muslims would be pleased. A Zionist, neocon and Crazy Christian sickness is now thoroughly infecting our country; please, give it up.

Posted by: citizenbfk | March 11, 2011 10:27 AM | Report abuse

I expected better in reading the blog on the Washington Post. Maybe some intelligence, but I found the same old tired arguments. It is inevitable that somebody will bring up Timothy McVeigh as though he represented a Christian movement. Jihad or Islamic radicalism is a worldwide movement. McVeigh was an isolated terrible incident. Try listening to their own words. They want to kill you.

Bloggers try to deflect by bringing up Catholic Priests or abortion clinic bombings. I submit they do this because they are ignorant of what Islamic radicalism is all about, they have read nothing and know nothing and they like it that way.

So what is it that they did not understand about Keith Ellison and his connections to radicals? Did the writer lie? If so prove it instead of going after her or King.

Instead of having Lee Baca who sleeps with CAIR, Commissioner Kelly of the NYPD should have been discussing the NYPD report on radicalization. I submit that none of the arrogant know nothing bloggers here ever read it or even know about it. Some of you are truly pathetic and beyond stupid.

Rather than face the truth or at least try to find the truth, bloggers prefer to attack the messenger, Peter King.

Posted by: WyattE | March 11, 2011 10:28 AM | Report abuse

I'm shocked this was even posted. Washington Post, do better. You just embarrassed yourself. The article has the tone of a 12 year old complaining to her mommy.

Posted by: llnoonan | March 11, 2011 10:30 AM | Report abuse

To whom it may concern, This post is something you should ponder. If all the terrorist attacks that have been stopped dead in there tracks by our great law enforcement personal actually went through, would you still be calling Peter King a racist? No you wouldn't, you would be complaining and asking "Why did this happen? who is to be blamed for not stopping these attacks. You see liberal thinking got us into this mess and only true American values will get us out and protect us. do not be fooled by dumb libs there actions are suspect and there goals are plain to see. libs leave this country your ruining it. Only after people die do you libs act. Day late and a dollar short. par for the coarse in lib ville. shameful that people call these hearings racist. Shame Shame Shame on you.

Posted by: American22 | March 11, 2011 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Once the politicking is done on both sides, it will be interesting to see if any, actual evidence comes out of these hearings linking American Muslim groups to terrorism, or whether it's all just going to be a disconnected string of innuendos.

Posted by: Silver_Money | March 11, 2011 10:32 AM | Report abuse

"the one perpetrated by Tim McVeigh"
You do know it is in the news right now that they just arrested a homeless man, a Muslim for ties to that bombing, so Islam was in with the Oklahoma bombing too. I am sure the main stream media will bury this fact.

Posted by: regulas1 | March 11, 2011 10:34 AM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, but Rep. King explicitly said that extremism is not caused by the entire community. Yet people are accusing him of being a racist, even though Islam is not a race of people, and of being an Islamophobe, even though he explicitly said the religion as a whole is not to be blamed.

Left-wing guerillas, right-wing nuts, etc. have not committed acts of violence systematically and on such a global scale that it has even become a National Defense issue.

I do applaud the left and the Umma for deflecting any criticism or any attempt at self-analysis that would cause one to admit the fact that the moderate Muslim community has been, with a couple exceptions, completely silent in regards to Islamism. Surely we must make SOME social demands? Surely a problem exists that should be mentioned, right?

Posted by: jeremytheorthodox | March 11, 2011 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Just one question to the posters here yelling about racism. If the radicalizing of Muslims is in fact occurring in this country, should it be investigated?

Posted by: thebink | March 11, 2011 10:35 AM | Report abuse

I dont like King but he is right on this one. Every time I have to take my boots off in an airport I get really pissed off. The hard truth is that most if not just about all terrorist activities are perpetrated by young male Muslims many of which are converts.

We can save a great deal of time and efforts in airports just by profiling. If the FBI are after a serial killer they profile. Why should we inconvenience everyone for the few.

Posted by: akpat | March 11, 2011 10:35 AM | Report abuse

It is true that Rep. King's opening words were measured, as was the general tone of the hearing. But the reason why he refrained from using the blatant anti-Islamic rhetoric that he has in the past is precisely because of the vehement criticism that had come from Dems, civil rights and religious leaders leading up to the hearing. Yes, Rep. King had to defend rather than attack, and for that I am extremely grateful to the Democrats. In particular, my thanks to Rep.s Sheila Jackson Lee, Laura Richardson and Keith Ellison.

Mr. Ellison cried while he recounted how a Muslim AMERICAN died trying to save lives on 9/11 and then instead of being lauded as a hero was slandered as a terrorist for no other reason than his religion. Here in the U.S. we value religious freedom for EVERYONE, not just Christians, and we value fairness. Mr. Ellison's tears were patriotic. That the author of this opinion piece would make a point of ridiculing him for it calls into question her character. Her agenda is already quite clear.

Posted by: shaktinah | March 11, 2011 10:38 AM | Report abuse

I don't know what hearing you were (so-called watching), but the one I saw made me feel sorry to be an American. It was one more example of the xenophobic furor practiced by the "Good" Republicans.

Mr. King, for all his self-professed concern for the safety of our citizens, is nothing more than a shill for the Republican spin-machine.

Take a look at the witnesses (hand-picked lackeys of the right), the only exception being Sheriff Baca. At least he had the courage to stand-up to the representative that tried to cleverly box him into answering a "hypothetical" question regarding an islamic group (supposely with terroist ties)-- He let him know in now uncertain terms that if some group was worth prosecuting, bring them to trial, otherwise don't waste all of our time. At least he doesn't suffer fools gladly.

Just remember, for those of you "Good" conservatives out there: When they're done going after the Muslims, they just may be going after you next. Unfortunately no one ever pays attention to such things until it's too late. Vigilance should never take a holiday.

Posted by: ulyese | March 11, 2011 10:40 AM | Report abuse

I have no problem with pursuing Islamic terrorist threats, but this public show piece does nothing but waste time and money in the face of other more pressing concerns .

In a world where people are trying not to get laid off due to Republican policies, not getting healthcare due to Republican policy (and not getting the deficit reduction that can occur when fixing healthcare properly), and seeing conservatives engage in "show deficit cutting" that does not even begin to solve spending issues, we hardly have time for this type of political entertainment.

As for the blog author, it's a despicable piece of writing. Sheila Jackson Lee gets trashed because she is a bad boss (and via her own quotes) pretty bad in the grammar department?

Really? That's analysis? And Dingle gets hit for not being a "friend to Israel". Because that's required? He can't be a friend to Iceland, or Kenya instead?

It's funny cause we often seem to forget this. Bush screwed up on terrorism. We had the crap bombed out of us. And I like Bush. Voted for him twice. And his dad. BUT, nothing has happened on Obama's watch and you would think from all the talk that things have gotten worse. They have not.

Posted by: thumbtom | March 11, 2011 10:40 AM | Report abuse

To say the dems OR repubs embarassed themselves, at any time or any place or in any way is redundant. Our so-called "leadership" is an embarassment to our wonderful America. I wish we could dump them all and start over.

Posted by: carbar4647 | March 11, 2011 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Prince buster, read again.

I said 4% have been accused. About 1 in 25. As opposed to 1 in 300,000 muslims are terrorists.

"o We asked each diocese, eparchy and community for their total number of active priests in this time period. Adding up all their responses, there were 109,694 priests reported by dioceses, eparchies and religious communities to have served in their ecclesiastical ministry from 1950-2002. Using this number, 4.0% of all priests active between 1950 and 2002 had allegations of abuse.

o The Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) reports a total of 94,607 priests for the period 1960-2002. When we look at the time period covered by the CARA database, the number of priests with allegations of sexual abuse is 4,127. Thus, the percentage of priests accused for this time period is 4.3% if we rely on the CARA figures assessing the total number of priests."

Posted by: Marko117 | March 11, 2011 10:40 AM | Report abuse

I am glad that all of King's critics have made ad hominum attacks and cited unrelated matters. But can you please explain something that he said, no what you think he said, but something he said, to be wrong? I have heard racist, bigot, blah blah blah. But it seems like it is simply more fashionable for the Left to pretend that there is no problem at all. I guess we should disorganize our military and shut down our intelligence agencies. Really, no danger here. Nothing to see. Move along.

Posted by: jeremytheorthodox | March 11, 2011 10:42 AM | Report abuse

It's pretty sad when the Washington Post hosts a hack like Rubin that defends what amounts to a classic Whitey/John Birch witch hunt. You see, they know they are going to lose the war against the middle class, such as in Wisconsin, and so now they have to serve up a big slice of fear cake with red, white and blue frosting. Tim McVeigh and some pals killed a federal building full of Americans, and the White Tea Taliban just shrugs its shoulders in public and celebrates McVeighs actions in secret (I live in Idaho, trust me). History will look back and note that hacks like Rubin were mere short order cooks for the race baiting Right.

Posted by: 4yourinformation | March 11, 2011 10:43 AM | Report abuse

To whom it may concern, This post is something you should ponder. If all the terrorist attacks that have been stopped dead in there tracks by our great law enforcement personal actually went through, would you still be calling Peter King a racist?
And just which terrorist attacks have been stopped dead in there [sic] tracks by our great law enforcement personal [sic]? I'm eager to hear. Thus far I know of few, if any attacks that our government has thwarted.

Posted by: tallman209 | March 11, 2011 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Even as a New Yorker who takes pride in the fact that my hometown has one of the best, if not the best newspaper in the country (the New York Times), I have always held the Washington Post in high esteem for the quality and journalistic integrity of its writers, regardless of their ideological leanings. But what happened here ? This is the first time I've heard of Jennifer Rubin and this article is just too painful to finish reading. If WP is looking for a conservative writer, then at least get a good one! Jennifer Rubin seems like a better fit for the Washington Times.

Posted by: dc_ricky | March 11, 2011 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Last year 6 Americans died from terror acts.

You have a higher chance of dying from a slip in the bathtub than dying from terrorism. A higher chance of being hit by lightening!

This is all about shoveling more of our tax dollars into the bottomless pit called anti-terrorism funding. Which Mr. King will be richly rewarded.


Posted by: Marko117 | March 11, 2011 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Just one question to the posters here yelling about racism. If the radicalizing of Muslims is in fact occurring in this country, should it be investigated?

Perhaps it should be...immediately after the "radicalizing" of the extreme christian right is investigated.

Posted by: tallman209 | March 11, 2011 10:47 AM | Report abuse

thebink - No. recruiting terrorists is not owned by Islam. There are more Christian malitia groups that are anti-American government in this country than there are Muslim. Timothy McVeigh killed more children than died on 9/11. These "hearings" accomplish nothing except to elevate the level of feal and hate towards a specific group. Why have them at all?

Posted by: BillinNY | March 11, 2011 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Ok Boys & Girls, Settle down. We are all being led around by our noses. The is subterfuge and distraction being played out by all political parties. Hey guys , feeling a little nervous about your finances, a little sacred- just where they want you. Feeling like you can't trust your neighbor, just where they want you. We haven't produced any significant areas of sustainable employment for decades. Remember savings & loans, remember dot com, remember housing. The steel mills shut down and they all deregulated and sold the fixtures. The middleman is all we have for jobs Middleman reads broker, salesman for insurance, real-estate, phone services, anything you can think of. Funny how everyone is anti government but nobody minds that we have insure every single thing that we do. We are one hell of a risk huh. But we are all that they have . So they are setting us up for the next milking, but what better way to make us cooperative than fear and insecurity. All they are about is making money. Not necessarily the politicians (although a lot of them too) but the backers of the politicians. No one can run for office for any meaningful political position without being backed by people with lots and lots of money. Those people do not give it out because they believe in some cause that they want perceive by us lowly fools down here. No siree bob ! they want more money.
Farmland is next, food is next Watch those prices rise folks. $18 a lb for your favorite what ever. MACDEES here we come.
All this other stuff is to manipulate us. We have bureaus that we pay huge money to , that figure this stuff out. They have your voice on record. They might not get right all the time, but it is their job. The senators BOTH sides are trying to divide us. Get piece of paper out make a priority list for yourself. I bet eat healthy, and exercise come up higher than stateside terrorism, immigration, gay marriage. I bet finances are right up there to, education for your children, health care that's decent, you know the important stuff. They are blowing smoke up our derrieres. XOX

Posted by: jolieo | March 11, 2011 10:48 AM | Report abuse

HERE IS THE BOTTOM LINE: 1. Muslims are killing,maiming,torturing,burning EACH OTHER,thruout the middle east,and beyond. and killing Anyone, who is a non-believer in their religion, or who speaks out for Peace.(Pakistan's "christian" Council Member for example-Muslims killed him, because they wanted him silenced.He was a moderate peaceloving person. and they kill him.). No other religion in modern history, is doing what Islam is doing today, to their own people, and to others. The Muslim community has brought this on themselves for not policing and ridding themselves of this extremism. Form your Muslim brigades.Fight for Free Speech, and A Free Press in these Muslim Countrys. Why Hesitate? Go fight these extemists. The problem with Islam, is that it cannot or will not co-exist with any other belief. At some point, Islam trys to "take over".
Sharia Law, can never co-exist with our Constitution and Bill of Rights, which believes in individual freedom. Islam believes in total submission. Never the twain shall meet.

Posted by: stormpost | March 11, 2011 10:49 AM | Report abuse

@ tallman209




the list goes on...

Posted by: jeremytheorthodox | March 11, 2011 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Marko117, my bad. Thanks for sourcing.

Posted by: PrinceBuster21 | March 11, 2011 10:49 AM | Report abuse

One more thing: Since this is an opinion piece I do understand that it doesn't necessarily represent the views of the Post and that there is a lot more lee-way in what can be said. I also recognize that the Post is obligated to allow a variety of opinions, some of which I may strongly disagree with. That is fair. HOWEVER, I do not think the Post should allow opinion pieces that engage in gossip and blatant personal attacks such as "You can readily believe that working for [Rep. Jackson Lee] must be a living hell." There must be some standards for what gets published in the Washington Post if you expect us to continue to trust you for news and *intelligent* commentary.

Posted by: shaktinah | March 11, 2011 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Rep. King is not addressing Islam in these hearings. He is addressing a powerful strain of extremism that happens to exist in the Muslim community. Claims that he is after Islam are nothing but Red Herrings.

There is another conversation that must occur between America and Islam. America must explain to Islam that Shariah will not be recognized as providing valid reasons for anything in America. So, Muslims who want to be Americans must take upon themselves the duty of refraining from teaching Shariah to their children and the duty of protecting their children from others who would teach them Shariah. This is especially important for the girls. If girls are raised in Shariah then by age thirteen their personalities are shaped by it. For a girl to see and be taught that mother cannot speak to a non-Muslim unless she first makes eye contact with father to receive permission deforms the personality as surely as being taught that you cannot drink at the "whites only" water fountain.

Groups such as CAIR are full-throated advocates of teaching Shariah to Muslim children. It is the duty of the USA to explain to such groups that such teaching is not permissible and will be punished. That is the same duty as teaching that, in America, all females have all the rights and opportunities that males have.

Posted by: JohnMarshall3 | March 11, 2011 10:51 AM | Report abuse

How ridiculous is it that Peter King "heard" somewhere that Muslims don't cooperate with authorities. Yet he brought no "authorities" into confirm that fact. The only law enforcement officer that was at the hearing completely discredited this claim. This was nothing but a dog and pony show.

History is going to look upon Peter King as a degenerate, hypocritical, bigot looking to stoke the flames of hatred in this country. Individuals such as Jennifer Rubin be looked upon in the same way.

Posted by: RealityTwisted | March 11, 2011 10:53 AM | Report abuse

WyattE Peter King is a terrorist sympathizer , and long as the terrorists are Irish! You are wrong to dismis the religion of Tim McVeigh. There are malitia based anti government groups all over this country filled with Christians. Just because their religion is not their motivator, should it be ignored? If you say yes, then the same should hold true for Islamic terrorists. Your bias is showing!

Posted by: BillinNY | March 11, 2011 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Why is is so hard for liberals to say it? Radical Muslim Terrorists. That is NOT to say that ALL radical terrorists are Muslims, nor is it saying that ALL Muslims are radical terrorists. But denying the facts won't make them go away. The vast majority of terrorist attacks against the US, whether here or abroad, were committed by radical Muslim terrorists. Investigating this fact is NOT racist. It does NOT go against the 1st Ammendment's guarantee of religios freedom either, unless RADICAL Islam is now a religion. We have become so politically correct in the US that we can't even call something what it is because we may "hurt someone's feelings". If the Muslim community doesn't like the stigma of being associated with radical Muslims then THEY need to step up and eliminate the problem themselves. We should all be sick and tired of tip-toeing around the facts just so we don't "offend" someone.

Posted by: dstnwst | March 11, 2011 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Catholics and their persecution goes beyond Muslims any day! Abortion clinic bombings and the murder of abortin doctors is a perfect modern day example of religious fanatism! Proud and arrogant in defending it as 'DEVINE'! Is exactly the same as the Muslim radicals explanation! Look to northern Ireland with Catholics and Protestants killing each other over religious superiority? Religion in general should be the focus of these hearings! All religions have their fanatics Wetburro maniacs leading the Christian charge right now. Many say they do not represent mainstream yet mainstream does nothing to stop them! Sounds like what King is saying about the Muslims. Hey these lunatics are Muslims so you Muslims have to do more to stop them? I like Jesus Christ dislike organized religions for just that reason, they are all way into self preservation and making money to give a hoot about the Lord! What was Jesus Christ teaching us? Tolerance for all no matter how different! That we all worship the same Lord with different names! That we must work together as brothers and sisters whether the same church or not. Greed is the mark of the devil we all carry! Religion is the antichrist! Guess all the players are here and from the looks of things the end has begun! Better work more on peace,love and brotherhood and less on hate and greed or it will not matter we will all betray Jesus Christ before this day is done! To steal his line. God loves all his children, which includes anyone who is born alive! Not just the ones you JUDGE as OK! And he does not like those who persecute, kill, or reject his children! Contrary to popular belief in the world today murder will not get you into his kingdom, but rather a little hotter eternity!

Posted by: MickPatriot1 | March 11, 2011 10:59 AM | Report abuse


Re: "For instance, a Pew Poll said that 15% of Muslim-American men between the age of 18 and 29 could support suicide bombings."

Their support for suicide bombings was directed toward anywhere in the world, not necessarily the U.S.

Posted by: mkshares1 | March 11, 2011 10:59 AM | Report abuse

It was a muslim who was the shoe bomber
It was a muslim who was the pant bomber
It was muslim who attacked the trade center
It was muslim who attacked the embassy
It was muslim who attacked the ship
It was muslim who attacked the trade center again
It was muslim who killed at fort hood
It was muslim who killed at the recruiting office
It was a muslim at lockerbie

Now what is the common theme here and the reason we are subjected to pat downs scanners and shoe removal at airports..Now why s it all you lefties out there cant get the message.

Posted by: akpat | March 11, 2011 11:01 AM | Report abuse

‎"Peter King is simply abiding by the age-old proverb: If a tree falls in the forest, and doesn't land on an American, then did that tree really fall?" -- John Oliver

Posted by: rareed | March 11, 2011 11:03 AM | Report abuse

This is WHY I hate to see BLOGS intertwined with actual or should I say Factual news reporting. Most blogs are just that...
Uninformed Opinion.

This is a fine example of that.

Posted by: GrafikFeat | March 11, 2011 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Akpat: you said "The hard truth is that most if not just about all terrorist activities are perpetrated by young male Muslims..." And this is a lie. It is just not true.
There have been 36 plots by right-wing extremists since 9/11.
There have been 27 plots by white supremacists since 9/11.
Two plots by Jewish extremists.
Two plots by anti-immigrant extremists. Three attacks by anti-abortion extremists and Christian extremists.
Is Islamic extremism a problem? Absolutely. Do we need separate hearings that risk alientating even more muslims? No. The same thing could have been accomplished (if anything was accomplished at all) by having hearings on terrorism and how to stop it. That would have been a bit better than singling out a group of people, a very small number of whom are "terrorists". Nothing like making a group of people feel like they are against the wall.
So stop lying. Be smart. Why piss people off unneccessarily?

Posted by: brikster00 | March 11, 2011 11:07 AM | Report abuse

I have a small problem with something that was said in this article that I would like to draw attention to. The author stated that Rap. Al Green asked why they didn't question the kkk and the author says smuggly that the kkk didn't kill 3000 americans on 9/11. So those hundreds maybe even into the thousands of african americans that were brutalized at the hand of the kkk were not American? White america is so quick to dismiss its own history and that's a shame. There was NEVER a formal hearing about the kkk to my knowledge and they were America's FIRST extremist terrorist group grown right here at home. I just wanted to reflect that point. We all know why there was never any formal hearing. I just wanted to get that out there.

Posted by: qtpie_0627 | March 11, 2011 11:07 AM | Report abuse

It's important to note that McCarthy was absolutely right.

After Ronald Reagan won the Cold War, Soviet archives were opened. A body of documents called the Venona documents were discovered.

It verified McCarthy was right and that Hiss and all the accused and convicted Communists in Hollywood, the government, the Army and in America were in fact Soviet spies or "fellow travelers."

One of those fellow travelers had escaped to Russia, but returned when the Statute of Limitations ran out. He returned to the U.S. in 1996. He was asked why.

"To vote for Bill Clinton," he replied.

You can read about it in the book titled "The Venona Secrets, Exposing Soviet Espionage and America's Traitors" by Herbert Romerstein and Eric Breindel.

Posted by: wallfly | March 11, 2011 11:11 AM | Report abuse

The Arab world has suffered great abuse at the hands of English- speaking people. We installed and continue to support despots.They do not hate us bedcause we are Christian and they are Muslim. They hate us because we have never cared what happened to the Arab people, so long as we could get the oil. We are the ones who have createed the terrorists, not the Imans. Or as Pogo liked to say;' We have met the enemy and it is us'.

Posted by: isonespal | March 11, 2011 11:12 AM | Report abuse

BTW, Akpat, I'm not sure I understand why you are so upset about the taking off your shoes at the airport or the pat down. I mean, seriously, you sound like a whining child, ready to throw a tantrum. Is it really that hard for you to handle? Are you really that sensitive? And again you gave us a list of NINE muslim related attacks. I could give you dozens more than that of NON-Muslim plots, but you'd never read it anyway so I won't bother listing them one by one...unless you agree that you will rescind your lies and admit you are wrong after I list them.

Posted by: brikster00 | March 11, 2011 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Tim McVie, I hear that name come up alot when talking about terrorists. Where is Tim today? How long did it take to wipe him off the face of earth? And how many or the most recent terrorist are on death row? So I guess a dead terrorist that pretended to be a Christian is ok to execute but not a Muslim?

Posted by: dukeameye3 | March 11, 2011 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Thank you, Jennifer Rubin. Those who, on cue,shout "Bigot!", would be reminded of Rep Jackie Speier's historically pregnant inquiry as to the qualifications of the witnesses. Sharing her Roman Catholic faith with us, invoked, with her accusations, an earlier time when the laity were seen as ignorant. The bigotry of the orthodox left is by any other name still bigotry.

Posted by: epicharis1 | March 11, 2011 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Fear is a very powerful weapon. Unfortunately it also causes the mind to think irrationally. Isn't King going to look stupid when the next attack comes from someone who may fit the same profile, but is a non-muslim. Let law inforcement do it's job ... keep the politicians out of it.

Posted by: BillinNY | March 11, 2011 11:18 AM | Report abuse

When are the congressional hearings on-
-Catholic terrorism against young boys?
-Xenophobic Arizona terrorists murdering American Latinos?
-Religious extremist terrorists murdering doctors?
-Neocon militia terrorist organizations who publish videos advocating anarchy and rebellion against America?
-Anti-civil rights Republican terrorism against the American middle class?

I can’t seem to find any schedule for those…I guess the GOP must be too busy creating jobs to worry about pointless smear campaigns against peaceful organizations that are occasionally used as scapegoats for violence…as long as they’re predominantly Caucasian, at least. Then we know they’re patriots for sure.

Posted by: DAMNEDGENTLEMEN | March 11, 2011 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Wiki on Rubin...sounds about right.

Rubin's political views are widely characterized as conservative[4] and neoconservative.[5] She was also called a supporter of Tea Party movement,[6] She opposed Barack Obama on multiple occasions, calling him “the most anti-Israel U.S. president (ever),”[7] and writing that “Obama isn’t moderate, doesn’t like the free market, and isn’t interested in waging a robust war on Islamic fundamentalists.”[8]

Posted by: joegpatrick | March 11, 2011 11:21 AM | Report abuse

"Rep. Al Green (D-Tex.) asked why they weren't talking about the KKK. (Because the KKK didn't kill 3,000 Americans on 9/11?)"

Do you know who else didn't kill 3,000 people on 9/11? American Muslims. You know, the supposed subject of the hearings.

Posted by: sarcasticidealist | March 11, 2011 11:25 AM | Report abuse

What is this Little Witch Hunt costing the Tax Payer? Who authorized it?

Posted by: GrafikFeat | March 11, 2011 11:27 AM | Report abuse

I am happy Peter King is pushing political correctness aside in order to try and protect Americans! When I say Americans I mean,Catholic, Protestant, Atheist, Jewish, Hindu and yes, even Muslim Americans. I Know all races and religions have killed and even terrorized in the past but lets be real folks. Our problem in this country at this point in our history is Radical Extremist Muslims!!!!!! Plain and simple. Enough said.......

Posted by: jburke05 | March 11, 2011 11:28 AM | Report abuse

The GOP-We are the big tent party*

*Unless you are:
A person with an illness(FREELOADING SOCIALIST); Latino(INVADER, DRUG MULE); Muslim(TERRORIST); laid off or unemployed(LAZY DEADBEAT); a woman(2ND CLASS CITIZEN); an environmentalist(HOAXER, OIL SPILL CULPRIT); educator(OVERPAID ELITEIST); financial regulator(ANTI-CAPITALIST WEALTH-SPREADER); Gulf Coast resident(PROGRESS BLOCKER); black(RACIST); homosexual(ICKY PERVERT); of any religion other than Christian(UNCLEAN AND UNAMERICAN); Middle Class(LAZY CORRUPT UNION MEMBER); military veteran(NO LONGER USEFUL); journalist(LIBERAL CONSPIRITOR); Federal employee(USELESS BLOODSUCKER); civil rights advocate(DESTROYER OF AMERICA); or, of course, a black president (COMMIE SOCIALIST FASCIST NAZI UPPITY MUSLIM FOREIGNER).

Other than that, all are welcome!!

Posted by: DAMNEDGENTLEMEN | March 11, 2011 11:31 AM | Report abuse

You are clueless. The motivator is the key. My bias is showing? Your stupidity is evident.

Posted by: WyattE | March 11, 2011 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Thank you, Jennifer Rubin. Those who, on cue, shout "Bigot!", would be reminded of Rep Jackie Speier's historically pregnant inquiry as to the qualifications of the witnesses. Sharing her Roman Catholic faith with us, invoked, with her accusations, an earlier time when the laity were seen as ignorant. The bigotry of the orthodox left, is, by any other name, still bigotry.

Posted by: epicharis1 | March 11, 2011 11:33 AM | Report abuse


you mention a number of non muslim plots and its certainly true that others of non muslim faith have perpetrated atrocities but of those I've mentioned all came to fruition.

You dont have to remove your boots, be subject to extensive pat downs, body scanner etc because of McVeigh.

Obviously it does piss me off because as citizens we appear to allow infringement of our 4th amendment rights and everyone doesn't mind. what will happen when the next airline nut decided to supposit the device internally. Are you then willing to bend over.

Whats more for all our technology these guys got through. Or we can do as the Israelis and profile. It cost less and is more effective.

As for pissing Muslims off I really dont care. If they think that their stone age ideas are so good then go to saudi and live there, but dont take all the advantages of our culture and then try to overthrow it.

As far as right wing Christians are concerned I dont have sympathy with them either but they are not presently the problem.

If you think that Muslim religion is one of freedom just go and look at the revolutions taking place in muslim countries right now and you we really find out what its all about if you go there.

Posted by: akpat | March 11, 2011 11:37 AM | Report abuse

I find it so interesting how everyone goes on about the only terrorist activity here in the US is Al-Quaeda, Muslim, Islam, etc. Everyone says there is no recent history of Christian terrorism, so therefore it's okay to hold these hearings, it's not really going after a 'class' of people.

The last I checked, 'terrorism' is defined as 1.'the use of violence and threats to intimidate, 2. the state of fear and submission produced by terrorism or terrorization (which is to produce widespread fear by acts of violence, as bombings), 3. a terroristic method of governing or resisting a government.

If that is the case, we have many examples of terrorism inside of this country that ARE NOT related to Al-Qaeda, Muslim, or Islam and the Government does little to nothing about them due to 'religious freedom'. Here is a small list of examples, and I could list many many more (it just takes a little research to find them under 'Christian terrorism'):

Patriot Movement, Hutaree, Army of God, Lambs of Christ, Concerned Christians, The Covenant The Sword and The Lamp of the Lord, Aryan Republican Army, etc. There are active militia movement groups in almost every state:

Yes, these groups are violent, responsible for bombings, murders, and all kinds of 'criminal activity'. Some are even teaching their children to 'kill for god'.

So, it's my opinion, these hearings are violating rights if they aren't going to go after every terrorist group out there in our country. This is purely more 9/11 hype because it's the last big story on people's minds. If we are going to be going after terrorist groups, we should be going after them ALL!

Posted by: IndependentMrs | March 11, 2011 11:38 AM | Report abuse

It is important to understand the nature of the relationship between liberalism and islam. Simply put, there has to be a reason why the left loves Islam so much that it will lie in its defence.

A couple of theories come to mind. First it the fact that the American left, like the left in Europe hates Israel and by extension, jews. It is just that simple.

Next is the fact that both radical Islam and the American left have a common goal: the destruction of America and global capitalism.

It all boils down to this: to the liberals the enemy of my enemy is my friend. And Islam is the left's friend for two big reasons.

Of course no one on the left has bothered to ask what would happen if this unholy alliance actually prevailed. Do idiots like Ellison think that the bearded ones in the Middle east will stop stoning homosexuals to death? Do the liberals think that the muslims will cease the practice of genital mutilation or honor killings?

but for the moment these two destructive movement fellow travel. This is just like those halcyon days of the cold war when the American left fell in love with the soviet union because, again, they shared a mutual goal.

Lefties here are using a tired,shop-worn old tactic. Since they cannot refute the content of the blog post, or the value of the hearings, they simply attempt to slander everyone that has the nerve to disagree with them.

Kinda like hurling death threats at people like President Bush and Govenor Walker. Ugliness is what the left does best.

Posted by: skipsailing28 | March 11, 2011 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Peter King is absolutely right, because other than Jared Lee Loughner, Shauna Forde (who murdered a 9-year-old and her father in a vigilante raid/witch hunt, then lionized herself on the web as a hero), Tim McVeigh (and Terry Nichols), Ted Kaczynski (the Unabomber), Eric Rudolph, Bruce Ivans, James Von Brunn (who attempted to subvert the Federal Reserve way back in the day before going on to murder a Holocaust Museum guard), Michael Griffin, The Reverend Paul Jennings Hill, John Salvi, James Kopp, Shelley Shannon, Lee Harvey Oswald, Scott Roeder, John Wilkes Booth, Charles Guiteau, Arthur Bremer, John Hinckley, Jr., Norman Mayer, Frank Corder, Francisco Duran, Russell Weston, Jr., Robert Pickett, and plenty of others who happen to be Non-Muslims (mostly Christians, actually), it’s always Muslims that are the real terrorists.
Nothing satisfies a right wing zealot more than a label they can stick on an entire people. So I guess I can safely classify Pete (and Rubin) as racist bigot Christian apologist war mongers.
Ahhh, that felt good.

Posted by: DAMNEDGENTLEMEN | March 11, 2011 11:49 AM | Report abuse

The witch hunt that the Democratic left is on must be stopped... The hearing are just one step in stopping the terror that the Dems are reigning down on us Americans...

Posted by: robinhood2 | March 11, 2011 11:51 AM | Report abuse

It's important to note that McCarthy was absolutely right.

Posted by: wallfly


Wow. Just wow.

You are a nutcase. McCarthy was more anti-American than anyone he dragged before his committee and he is held up today as an example of the most despicable kind of right wing extremism for good reason. He was a thoroughly detestable man who hurt this country and many good citizens of it.

He was not right. He was wrong. Besides, exploring communism in the 1930's was not unreasonable given the extreme economic conditions of the time. (I'm not saying it was good, mind you, only that given the circumstances I could see why someone might go to a meeting, read a book or have a friend who was a "sympathizer". It DID NOT make them traitors.)

Peter King is simply a weak version of McCarthy.

Posted by: PrinceBuster21 | March 11, 2011 11:51 AM | Report abuse

I agree with the author, it was astonishing to see our elected leaders suggest that any contact with law enforcement should be done only with a lawyer present. The dems did their best to hijack the topic with vitrol about almost anything else. Almost as if they are already in the pocket of the very people who have clearly stated that they are out to kill US citizens.

Posted by: zoomee99 | March 11, 2011 11:54 AM | Report abuse


Are you smoking something?

-Catholic terrorism against young boys? DEALT WTH BY THE LAW
-Xenophobic Arizona terrorists murdering American Latinos? YOU MEAN ILLEGALS
-Religious extremist terrorists murdering doctors? DELT WITH BY THE LAW
-Neocon militia terrorist organizations who publish videos advocating anarchy and rebellion against America? UNIONS?
-Anti-civil rights Republican terrorism against the American middle class? SEVERAL TRILLION IN DEBT ?

Posted by: akpat | March 11, 2011 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Some of you people are idiots,you need to get you head out of the sand.Especially you (Lib),just keep thinking the way you are and see what happens.Have you forgot about the reporters getting their heads cut off by terrorists.Do you think they would hesitate for a second to do the same to you.I don't have a ansewer to what is going on in this country,but I do know that if we don't do something we are going to be in deep sh**.We need to quit arguing and start working together.

Posted by: tgolden61 | March 11, 2011 11:56 AM | Report abuse

McCarthy was wrong. Very wrong. But King is not McCarthy. It is too easy to draw that comparison and distracts from the issue.

Posted by: epicharis1 | March 11, 2011 11:58 AM | Report abuse


If you are wondering why Rubin mentions how bad it is to work for Shirley Jackson Lee, go ahead and read this:

Jackson Lee and her foibles are well known in Houston. She is truly harmful to the Congress of the United States.

Posted by: RickCaird | March 11, 2011 12:02 PM | Report abuse

If Bush didn't allow 9/11 to happen, we wouldn't be in this mess now. In a report on the first 100 days of the Bush presidency, one key change stands out: the daily security briefings did not mention terrorism in 99 of the 100 meetings. Terrorism was taken off the table. As a result, credible threats and intelligence were ignored. Figure it out wing-nuts.

Posted by: BillinNY | March 11, 2011 12:09 PM | Report abuse

@RickCaird - My point was that personal attack on Rep. Jackson Lee was entirely irrelevant to discussion about the hearing. But thanks for taking the opportunity to bring it up, yet again. Classy.

Posted by: shaktinah | March 11, 2011 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Whenever a terror plot is foiled and the suspect happens to be Muslim, the media is all over it. I would like to know why the media has not reported on this:

We if only hear about Muslim terrorists in the news and do not hear about the white supremacist Neo-Nazi terrorists and the conservative Christian anti-abortion terrorists and the animal rights terrorists, etc, etc, then of course the public is going to think it's only Muslims.

So how about it? - why isn't the Post reporting about this Neo-Nazi who tried to detonate what the FBI describes as a weapon of mass destruction during a Martin Luther King Day event?

Posted by: shaktinah | March 11, 2011 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Why doesn't King just come right out and propose putting all muslims in containment camps, like we did with the Japenese in WW2? After all, it was the Japanese who attacked Pearl Harbor. Looks like the same reasoning to me. King is talking about American Muslims here...he is falling into the same fear trap.

Posted by: BillinNY | March 11, 2011 1:19 PM | Report abuse


Straw man arguments are endless...

Posted by: epicharis1 | March 11, 2011 1:52 PM | Report abuse

As a young teenager my father knew no matter the neighborhood I grew-up in, I would be subject to being pulled over by police, for nothing more than the color of my skin. He instructed me in how I should respond in these instances. Decades later racial profiling became a "national" scandal. The rationalization was you pull a young black male over you'll find drugs.

Profiling works-everytime you subject a whole class of people based upon the actions of a small group of them- you succeed in alieninating the vast majority.

So if that's the intent of Peter King & his ilk, he will no doubt be vindicted, in as much as his committee creates more & greater divisiveness. This unrest will make a fertile environment conducive for recruiting and of course decrease any real chance we have of building the alliances necessary to truly thwart the very real threat we face.

Embarassment indeed-The dems are trying to save us from ourselves.

Posted by: doubledmarketing | March 11, 2011 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Apparently the libs believe Muslims are so fragile, that the mere mention of their names in such context will make them crumble and lead to Jihad. This is the same mentality that believes a Yemeni farmer is one day plowing his field with his Ox listening to Al Jazeera and a story about how the Pals are being treated infuriates him so that the next day he is likely to strap a bomb on and go hunt some Jews (or Muslims). This is a perfect example of Underdogma - whereby a perceived underdog or victim becomes untouchable and righteous just because of whose on the other side of the discussion.

Posted by: belmontbob | March 11, 2011 3:26 PM | Report abuse

As usual, it's Jennifer Rubin and the entire RW echo chamber that shamed America while the world watched and listened.
Last month, The Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security reported that Muslim American terrorism in USA had dropped by 50% from 2009 to 2010, and the #1 source of information helping Government agencies such as FBI & DHS to intercept planned terrorism attempts came from THE US MUSLIM COMMUNITY (link below). This did not stop King from lying in his opening that Muslims were not cooperating enough!!

David Schanzer, Director of Triangle Center on Terrorism & Homeland Security, said, “this study puts into perspective the threat presented by domestic radicalization of Muslim Americans...Americans should take note that these crimes are being perpetrated by a handful of people who actions are denounced and rejected by virtually all the Muslims living in the United States.”

At same time, yesterday 5 white members of RW radical Alaska Peacemakers "Patriot" militia were arrested for conspiring to murder Alaskan state troopers and a Fairbanks judge...and a 36-yr old white member of RW radical racist neo-Nazi National Alliance was arrested by FBI for the attempted bombing of hundreds of Americans at Spokane, WA's MLK Day Parade!

BUT Peter King lied during the hearings that the incidence of any activities by radical RW & neo-Nazi groups were minimal.

Ha Ha...shame on you, former murderous IRA terrorist sympathizer, Rep Peter King (R-NY), and shame on you, biased Jennifer Rubin!

Posted by: TruthFairy | March 11, 2011 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Jennifer Rubin wrote a blog titled: “Democrats embarrass themselves at Islamic radicalization hearing”

Which is followed by numerous liberals making unhinged, rash, and rabid comments. Result:

Democrats embarrass themselves when even thinking about Islamic radicalization hearing.

This is like a tar baby for them. Keep it up Rep Peter King.

Posted by: nvjma | March 11, 2011 7:44 PM | Report abuse

I'm not feeling embarrassed. Maybe in a week or two nvjma can think of a reason why I should be. It is a certainty that Jennifer Rubin lacks this capability.

Posted by: J_B_A | March 11, 2011 8:33 PM | Report abuse

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