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King Announces Second Radicalization Hearing on June 15

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Location: Washington, DC

Today, U.S. Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, announced that on Wednesday, June 15 he will convene the second in a series of hearings on radicalization of the Muslim-American community. The hearing is entitled: "The Threat of Muslim-American Radicalization in U.S. Prisons."

King said: "In March, the Committee examined radicalization of Muslim-Americans generally. At this hearing, we will look specifically at the extent of the dangerous problem of radicalization in U.S. prisons. We have seen cases in which inmates have been radicalized at the hands of already locked-up terrorists or by extremist imam chaplains. We will focus on a number of the serious cases in which radicalized current and former inmates have planned and launched attacks or attempted to join overseas Islamic terrorist organizations. We will hear testimony from both U.S. and international experts on the issue and from those intimately involved in recent prison radicalization cases.

"This radicalization hearing, like the one in March, will be a deliberate and thoughtful examination of an issue that is too important for our security to ignore."


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