The incoming chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security said Sunday that he will hold hearings on the “radicalization of the American Muslim community.”
In an op-ed piece in Newsday, Rep. Peter King said such hearings are critical because al-Qaida “is recruiting Muslims living legally in the United States — homegrown terrorists who have managed to stay under the anti-terror radar screen.”
The Long Island Republican said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press that the Muslim community “does not cooperate with law enforcement to anywhere near the extent that they should.”
A spokesman for the Washington, D.C.-based Council on American-Islamic Relations said he fears King’s hearings will become an anti-Muslim witch hunt.
"We’re concerned that it’ll become a new McCarthy-type hearing," said the spokesman, Ibrahim Hooper.
King, 66, is in line to chair the Homeland Security Committee with the Republican takeover of the House.
He vowed do all he can “to break down the wall of political correctness and drive the public debate on Islamic radicalization.”
This is a very, very dangerous road for this country to take if we want to believe we’re a country that believes in religious freedom. Fact: From 1980 to 2005, only 6% of terroristic acts in the United States were committed by Islamic extremists. Jewish extremists accounted for 7%. Is King going to call for a hearing on the Jewish community?