Rep. Peter King: Muslim poll ‘very disappointing’

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) says that a new Pew Research Study shows the need for continued congressional hearings on Islamic radicalization in America, after the poll found 21 percent of Muslims have observed support for extremism in their communities.

King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, announced in December 2010 that he would hold hearings on the radicalization of American Muslims.

To date, King has held three hearings: examining the extent of radicalization in the Muslim-American community; looking at radicalization in the prison system; and addressing American recruitment by Al-Shabaab, a group of militants based in Somalia.

King’s office told POLITICO that he intends to hold further hearings over the next year, but none have yet been scheduled.

The Long Island lawmaker says he doesn’t believe that the number of radicalized Muslims is very large, and emphasized that he thought most were loyal Americans.

However, he said he was alarmed at the fact that only 43 percent of those surveyed viewed the country’s ongoing anti-terrorist efforts as “sincere.”

“I’ve always said that the overwhelming majority of Muslims are good Americans [but] I’m concerned that only 43 percent of Muslims see anti-terrorism programs are ‘sincere’. I don’t know what world they’re living in… it’s very disappointing,” King said.

Asked if Muslims have legitimate grounds to feel harassed or targeted, King said: “Absolutely not. No more than any Irishman should have felt targeted when the FBI was going into Irish bars. The fact is that al-Qaeda is attempting to recruit American Muslims… Some people just want to be perpetual victims.”

In his view, the Muslim community should be most concerned with finding out who in their community supports al-Qaeda.

“There is a small percentage of American Muslims who are sympathetic to al-Qaeda, al-Qaeda is trying to recruit them. They are the ones we should be looking for – the American Muslim community should be at the forefront of trying to stop them, because they would be in their community,” said King. “What they should be doing is saying that they enthusiastically support these investigations.”

  1. #1 by Peter on 08/31/2011 - 9:34

    There’s a French word “mien” which means “an outward expression of ones inner reality” – just look at the ugly face/expression King expresses. What a horrible whore/human , very pathetic. Peter

  2. #2 by funky d on 09/01/2011 - 9:34

    when will the psychiatric association hold a hearing into his mental state and whether he is capable of rational thought. or are they deliberately not doing so cos they know the hearing will DEFINITELY conclude that he is A CERTIFIED LOON WHO SHOULD BE LOCKED UP FOREVER IN THE MOST SECURE LOONY BIN.

  3. #3 by B.Benhamid on 09/01/2011 - 9:34

    Why is this rat always after Muslims when we have a well known radical militant Jewish Defense League who own their own firearms and have private shooting ranges all over this country. Most of them are citizens of two countries US and the Zionist entity.

  4. #4 by Ingrid B. on 09/01/2011 - 9:34

    it isn`t just Muslims who think their anti- terrorism programme is sincere, most of the world`s population think the same..
    Why does this person hold such an important post? he sounds fanatical, brainwashed, and deranged. I would be worrying about the state of his mental health, if I were him. Glad I`m not, who would want to be like him, obsessive and bigoted..

  5. #5 by Gary on 09/01/2011 - 9:34

    The only thing that’s disappointing is that this racist pawn of the jews is still walking the earth.

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