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Rep. Peter King of New York defended on Sunday a congressional hearing he will hold this week on the threat of homegrown Islamic terrorism that focuses on Muslim-Americans, calling it an issue "which is not being talked about publicly" and needs to be.

"People in this country are being self-radicalized, whether it's Major Hasan or whether it's Shahzad or whether it was Zazi in New York," King said on CNN's "State of the Union." "These were all people who were identifying, in one way or another, with al-Qaeda or al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. So it's an international movement with elements here in the United States."

King was referring to Army Major Nidal Malik Hassan, a military psychiatrist whose shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, in November 2009 claimed 13 lives; Najibullah Zazi, an Afghan-born man living in Colorado charged in 2009 with conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction; and Faisal Shahzad, a Pakistani-born man living in suburban Connecticut, whose attempt to blow up a bomb in Times Square last June was foiled.

King said the hearing by his Homeland Security Committee, scheduled for Thursday, will "go forward; and it's going to talk about something which is not being talked about publicly, which I think should be."

Asked about a recent report saying that 48 of 120 cases involving terrorist plots came from tips from the Muslim-American community, King said he did believed there has been "insufficient cooperation" and that this would be a key focus of the hearing.

"Certainly in my dealings with the police in New York and FBI and others say they do not believe -- they do not get the level of cooperation that they need, and even in Minneapolis we had occasions with Somali-Americans who felt that there were imams in their own community who were telling them not to cooperate with the FBI," he said.

Rep. Keith Ellison, a Minnesota Democrat who was the first Muslim to be elected to Congress, said on the same program: "It's absolutely the right thing to do for the chairman of the Homeland Security Committee to investigate radicalization, but to say we're going to investigate a religious minority ... is the wrong course of action to take."

Ellison said King's hearing would play into the hands of terrorist leaders like Osama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki, by enabling them to "stand up and claim, you know, 'See, we told you; America's at war with Islam.'"

"That's one of their main recruiting arguments," Ellison said. "That's why I think that we need to be careful about how we use the instrumentality of the government in investigative hearings."

"The strategy should be to engage the community, don't frighten the community, engage the community and help, and say 'Look, we embrace you as fellow Americans. Let's all together hold hands and meet the security challenge.'"
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jfcdispatcher

It's interesting that an act of terror by a Muslim will not bring out the Muslim community to protest the terrorists but they will come out to protest a hearing.

March 10 2011 at 12:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sandra Miller

3000 of our innocent American brothers and sisters were slaughtered by Islamic Terrorists (not peace abiding
Muslims) on 9/ll. Other attempts by them to kill Americans have, or have not, succeeded. Why should we not be car
ful and concerned?

March 10 2011 at 11:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dwmert

it is true that most muslims are not terrorists. it is also true that most christians and jews are peace loving too. a third truth is that most terrorists are muslim, therefor it is the duty of all peace loving people to do something about it. if you are muslim, jewish, or christian and have knowledge of any violent sub-culture in your religion and do nothing or say nothing to any authority figure, then you are as guilty as the perpetrator(s) of any violent acts committed by them, and the blood of the victims is staining your hands also. the answer?...there will be no easy solution to this problem, and it will not just go away....but i forsee another 'crusade' someday in the future where it may be possible that an entire religion is wiped out to ferret out these extremists. after some terrorists nuke an american city, or some other large modern city (london, paris, moscow, new york...ect) it might be time to look at mecca during the annual pilgrimage and perhaps solve the problem that way. i dont endorse violence, but it is coming, and it is brought on by the extremists and terrorists themselves.

March 10 2011 at 11:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cwmktng

The situation in Gaza should be referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC), Amnesty International said today (9 March), as it called on the Human Rights Council to pass a resolution that would pave the way for the UN Security Council to make such a referral.

The UN Security Council’s swift action to refer the situation in Libya to the ICC Prosecutor contrasts markedly with its unwillingness so far to address the situation of the Gaza conflict, said Amnesty.

Amnesty International this week handed over a petition to Sihasak Phuangketkeow, President of the UN Human Rights Council, calling on the Council to take this crucial step later this month to ensure international justice for victims of the 2008-2009 conflict in Gaza and southern Israel.

Amnesty International UK Campaign Manager Kristyan Benedict said:

“The victims of the Gaza conflict have been demanding justice for over two years. Those demands have been totally ignored by the Israeli and Hamas authorities. Neither has seriously investigated credible allegations of war crimes.

“It’s now time for the international community to step in and insist on justice and accountability.

“Victims of the conflict must not be ignored any more. The member states of the UN Human Rights Council have a clear opportunity to do the right thing and ensure the situation in Gaza ends up at the ICC.”...

March 10 2011 at 9:27 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Coprogirl

HELLO? Constitution thumpers?? This is a first amendment infringement. King is demonizing a religious group. Talk about xenophobia! Listen, I'm an atheist, I think all religion is worthless and detrimental to society: that being said, I will defend the right of citizens to practice their religion to the nth degree.

March 09 2011 at 6:26 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
mrs05151933

What I would like to see Congressman King do ,also, is make it clear to the ones that don't like our Laws and our Constitution, that they are extremely welcome to go back where they came from, post haste. We didn't come into these United States, they did, and I'm not leaving. Maybe we should make it easier to understand, that the OATH they took to become an American Citizen was not just for a few days, but for life. I believe these people swore to abide and live by the Laws of the United States of America, before they received their Citizenahip Papers. They can still be of Muslim Faith but the Sharia Laws (Hope that's spelled right)must stay in the Country are from. I'm sure that they knew their Laws were not welcome in the United States. Thank you for your time. TSgt., USAF Retired.

March 09 2011 at 5:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Susan

Unless you are an American Indian - you most certainly DID come here, just like those "others" you are talking about - if not you then your ancestors did. The difference being that middle eastern people, even after being here for many generations and fully Americanized are more easily recognizable as such and are STILL viewed by people like you as 'others' who came into YOUR country (which it is NOT, any more than it is theirs!) So you need to 'revise' your comment where you say "we didn't come into these United States, they did and I'm not leaving" Perhaps is exactly people like you with this sort of thinking who SHOULD leave!

March 09 2011 at 7:21 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
mpfarina

I agree with Peter king 100% . I will do anything he needs me to do to get support. NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11 2001.

March 09 2011 at 4:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dc walker

Yes, King, discuss the situation. Sit down with law enforcement, government analysts and talk about radical jihadists threatening America. Americans today are stripped searched at airline checkpoints for a reason and yet people don't even want to discuss the threat. Not all Italians were in the Mafia not all Muslims are jihadists not all priests are rapists. We are adults, identify the bad guys but don't stop the discussion for fear of hurting someone's feelings, this is the world we live in today.

March 08 2011 at 10:39 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
sfamilyent

There are other, non-Islamic, homegrown terrorism that needs to be investigated as well. Specifically targeting those associated with Islam for a congressional hearing is wrong.

March 07 2011 at 7:55 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
joe

The defeat of radical Islam would better the quality of life for peaceful muslims in this country . So why would CAIR or any other Muslim group protest this investigation? The accusation of religious bias is moot because radical Islam cannot be separated from peaceful Islam unless the radical elements are eliminated. The cooperation of the peaceful muslims is needed to achieve that separation. If the peaceful muslims are not willing to help defeat the radicals from within then they have no right to protest the investigation by Congress.

March 07 2011 at 6:47 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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