King to Convene Fifth Hearing on Radicalization within Muslim-American Community

Statement

By:  Pete King
Date: June 19, 2012
Location: Washington, DC

The Committee on Homeland Security, chaired by Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY), will hold a hearing entitled "The American Muslim Response to Hearings on Radicalization within their Community" tomorrow at 10:15 a.m. in 311 Cannon House Office Building.

King said: "When I began this series of investigative hearings in March of last year to examine radicalization within the Muslim-American community, I was vilified by the politically correct media, pandering politicians and radical groups such as CAIR -- even though this issue was non-partisan and of serious concern to national security and counterterrorism officials in the Obama administration.

"To date, we have examined radicalization of Muslim-Americans generally, focused on the problem of radicalization in U.S. prisons, investigated al-Shabaab's recruitment of more than 40 young American Muslims, and examined the threat to military communities inside the U.S following attacks at Fort Hood and in Little Rock. Our witnesses included a number of Muslims, including a Muslim leader who testified at the al-Shabaab hearing that these hearings have empowered the Muslim Community to confront this serious problem.

"Tomorrow's hearing, at which I will be calling three Muslim witnesses, will expand on the prior hearings to examine the impact they have had in the Muslim Community's ability to address this issue and on U.S. efforts to counter al-Qaeda and affiliated groups' radicalizing of Muslims in this country to carry out terrorist attacks on the homeland."