King Announces Third Radicalization Hearing Set for July 27

Press Release

By:  Pete King
Date: July 19, 2011
Location: Washington, DC

Today, U.S. Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, announced that on Wednesday, July 27 he will convene the third in the series of hearings on radicalization of the Muslim-American community. The hearing is entitled: "Al Shabaab: Recruitment and Radicalization within the Muslim American Community and the Threat to the Homeland."

King said: "In our first two hearings, the Committee has examined radicalization of Muslim-Americans generally and focused on the problem of radicalization in U.S. prisons.

"At this hearing, the third in a series, we will examine Somalia-based terrorist organization al-Shabaab's ongoing recruitment, radicalization, and training of young Muslim-Americans and al-Shabaab's linking up with al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

"In Minnesota, Ohio, and other states, dozens of young Muslim males have been recruited, radicalized, and then taken from their communities for overseas terrorist training by al-Shabaab. In a number of cases, the men -- including both Somali-Americans and other converts -- have ended up carrying out suicide bombings or have otherwise been killed, often without their families even knowing where their sons have gone. There has not been sufficient cooperation from mosque leaders. In at least one instance, a Minnesota imam told the desperate family of a missing young man not to cooperate with the FBI.

"There are growing concerns that al-Shabaab in Somalia is linking up with al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in Yemen to better train these radicalized young men in order to attack Americans around the world, or potentially shift their focus to attacking our homeland.

"This coordinated and ongoing recruitment and radicalization of young Muslim men in the U.S. is a serious and growing threat to our homeland security and simply cannot be ignored."