Long Island Congressman Peter King appeared in the friendly confines of Fox News this afternoon to defend his plan to hold hearings on the radicalization of American Muslims under his new role as chairman of the Homeland Security Committee.
“We have to break through this politically-correct nonsense which keeps us from debating and discussing what I think is one of the most vital issues in this country, that we are under siege by Muslim terrorists,” King said. “And yet there are Muslim leaders in this country who do not cooperate with law enforcement. We have the reality that Al-Qaeda is trying to recruit Muslim American and yet we have people in the Muslim community who refuse to face up to this and will not cooperate with the FBI or the police.”
The Council on American Islamic Relations has denounced King’s plan to hold hearings, but King pointed to the example of Najibullah Zazi, who planned to detonate an explosive in the New York City subway system, Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad, and Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan as proof that such inquiries are necessary. He also cited the rise of radicalization among Muslims born in European countries.
“The American media, American politicians, the inside elite refuse to discuss this issue. When someone like myself says, ‘Let’s raise this issue’ I am immediately denounced as a bigot, as a McCarthyite,” he said, adding, “Liberals wanted to believe that George Bush was the cause of terrorism.”
King said that he is in close contact with Muslim leaders and said, “They are good people but they just don’t seem to appreciate the necessity of why they should be coming forward.”