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NY Rep. King: I'll hold hearings on radical Islam

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?

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Rep. Steve King Calls For The Return Of McCarthyism In Congress: It’s A ‘Good Process’ That He Would ‘Support’

Today, Right Side News posted an interview with Rep. Steve King (R-IA). The interview touches a number of political topics, including King’s belief that Congress shouldn’t focus on the economy, but rather “culture,” because “if you get the culture right, you’ll get the economy right. Everything will fall into place automatically

At one point, the interviewer referenced the October National Press Club press conference where Accuracy in Media’s Cliff Kincaid called for the revivalof the House Internal Security Committee, the 60′s-era successor to the McCarthyite House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). Right Side News asked the congressman if he would support the “re-creation of such committees.” King answered, “I would. I think that is a good process and I would support it”:

At the October press conference Kincaid wanted to revive the House Internal Security Committee to study “the ugly spread of Marxism in America, its roots, branches and current manifestations, particularly within the administration of President Barack Hussein Obama.”

These are the people in charge of the US House now. I’m so screwed if they resurrect those committees. Think Progress explains the implications:

The House Internal Security Committee was the “successor” to HUAC, which began in 1938. Thousands of Americans were investigated by HUAC for alleged ties to communist infiltrators, and it even turned its sights on the Roosevelt administration, seeking to undermine its progressive reforms by questioning its patriotism. Following World War II, the committee turned its sights to harassing supposed sympathizerswith the Soviet Union, and investigated Americans as far-reaching as author Dalton Trumbo and musician Pete Seeger.

In the 1960′s the committee was renamed the House Internal Security Committee, and spent most of its time trying to intimidate nonviolent progressives, such as Abbie Hoffman (who appeared in a clown suit before the committee to call attention to the mockery it was making of democracy). In 1975, the committee was disbanded by House Democrats and all of the legitimate issues it dealt with were reassigned to the House Judiciary Committee.

If this happens, we are no better than the regimes we attempt to topple.

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