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Peter King Falsely Claims American Muslim Communities ‘Do Not Cooperate’ To Combat Terrorism

From Think Progress. (hat tip: Just A Fan)

Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly has been on an Islamophobic tear lately. O’Reilly initially took heat for saying that “Muslims attacked us on 9/11″ and he has since defended that claim, saying that “there is a Muslim problem in the world.” After receiving criticism for that statement, O’Reilly defended himself again, claiming that there is a “Muslim problem” because “good” Muslims don’t combat extremism — a point radio host Don Imus told O’Reilly was not “accurate.”

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) seems to have picked up on O’Reilly’s spurious reasoning, telling Imus yesterday that leaders in the Muslim community “do not cooperate”:

KING: It’s not just people who are involved with the terrorists and extremists,it is people who are in mainstream Islam, leaders of mosques, leaders of Muslim organizations who do not come forward and denounce, officially denounce, officially cooperate with the police against those extremists and terrorists. So, it goes beyond the terrorists and the extremists and also includes those in what others call mainstream Muslim leadership.

Watch it:

King didn’t provide any evidence that Muslims aren’t cooperating with authorities. While many Muslim leaders have complained of a heavy-handed FBI presence in their communities, American Muslims have been integral in combating domestic terrorism. As Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) said at an event sponsored by the Center for American Progress, according to the Muslim Public Affairs Council, “About a third of all foiled al-Qaida-related plots in the U.S. relied on support or information provided by members of the Muslim community.” Indeed, a Senagalese Muslim immigrant who works as a vendor in Times Square was the first to bring the smoking car that was part of the failed Times Square bombing plot to the police’s attention. And the father of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab — who failed in his attempt to blow up an airplane over Detroit last year — alerted U.S. authoritiesof his son’s “extreme radical views” months before he tried to carry out the attack.

Moreover, a recent academic study found that American contemporary mosques are serving as a deterrent to the spread of extremism and terrorism. The New York Times noted that the study found that “many mosque leaders had put significant effort into countering extremism by building youth programs, sponsoring antiviolence forums and scrutinizing teachers and texts.” “Muslim-American communities have been active in preventing radicalization,” said study co- author David Kurzman. “This is one reason that Muslim-American terrorism has resulted in fewer than three dozen of the 136,000 murders committed in the United States since 9/11.”

King’s claim that Muslim organizations in the U.S. aren’t denouncing terrorism is simply false. For example, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a leading American Muslim organization, unequivocally condemned terrorism and has launched numerous anti-extremism campaigns.

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  • Beautiful Muslim Doll

    “I agree with you whole heartedly that Saudi Arabia has always played an important role in world terrorism inclucluding 9/11 but the poor Muslims who happen to live in the West have to pay the price dearly”

    So why do you spend your time bashing those “poor” Muslims then, do you see how bigoted are?

    Why don’t the likes of you and Spencer and others, question why the US has ties to these despotic regimes

    Why aren’t you protesting outside the Saudi embassy as to why they’re now giving evidence about Al Qaeda activists to the world, only because Al Qaeda are threatening to depose them.

    Before this, and after 9/11 they were blaming 9/11 on Israel. A senior Saudi Prince even openly said so.

  • JD

    The muslim bashers are now getting into office by creating fear of muslims…. that is now scary rather then people debukeing them like they do people who make Jewish hate comments or Black comments people are supporting them….. 1930 people be scared be real scared…

  • Khushboo

    Oh Porky, you had me til you mentioned Quran! *shakes head*

  • http://thebandofstrangers.blogspot.com/ Jack Cope

    Goodness! I agree with something Mr Pork says! Yes, I agree that there should be a curb on Saudi influence and in fact that already happens in most of the Muslim world where Saudi is greatly opposed from spreading it’s hateful message. However, unfortunately the last part is your usual, ever read the Qu’ran to be able to make such a rash statement? Since most Muslims believe in peaceful co-existence (and the ones that don’t tend to be brainwashed or not understand the Qu’ran) would it be fair to say that your interpretation is wrong? I think so.

  • http://gmail halalpork

    @ Beautiful Muslim Doll :I agree with you whole heartedly that Saudi Arabia has always played an important role in world terrorism inclucluding 9/11 but the poor Muslims who happen to live in the West have to pay the price dearly.That country should be stopped from funding and building more Wahabi oriented Moques,Madrassas and Community centres in America which promote Anti-Jewish and Anti-Christian propaganda and are nuseries for terrorists production.Unfortunately,the Quran cotains all the dangerous material,which is dangerous for peaceful co-existance,but the Muslims can’t see that.

  • Justin

    Peter King is a mother-fudgin’ douche bag.

  • http://www.facebook.com/britpak Mohammed Abbasi

    What an Assfrolickin as we say here in the UK

  • http://thebandofstrangers.blogspot.com/ Jack Cope

    Ah, you are not aware of Robert Spenser and Pammy then Frogger :-P

    Ah well, another day another loon huh? And as people have pointed out this was the same guy who was ‘soft’ on the IRA when they were bombing the UK all those years ago. It would be interesting to see what happens if he approaches the EDL as an ally as others have been doing since the EDL is full of Unionists (those that support British controlled Northern Ireland). I think that will be an interesting one to watch :-)

    Oh, and maybe someone should point out to him who foiled the recent cargo bombs plot…

  • mike

    No comments from bobby bear yet? I need some entertaqinment.. hurry up and come up with a ridiculous commentary..

  • JD

    Often, the whistleblowers are simply friends or associates of a plotter. Failed underwear bomber Omar Farouk Abdulmutallab was originally fingered by his own father, who approached US authorities and warned them that he feared his son was planning to attack the US. The younger Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian, obtained his explosives and some rudimentary training in Yemen.

    Farooque Ahmed, the Pakistani American arrested last week for seeking to bomb the DC metro, was also brought to the attention of authorities by a source in the Muslim community.

    The FBI then set up an elaborate sting in which at least two individuals working undercover for the government posed as Al Qaeda operatives and engaged his help in organizing an “attack” on the metro system, until enough evidence was collected to carry out an arrest.
    ——
    SO PETER KING CAN TAKE THAT INFORMATION AND SHOVE IT

  • JD

    Christian Science Monitor
    By Dan Murphy Dan Murphy – Tue Nov 2, 11:47 am ET

    One of the key lessons emerging from the Yemen bomb plot is that, in the shadowy world of tracking militants and winnowing out rumors from the real thing, some of the most vital intelligence comes from countries and individuals in the Muslim world.

    How an ex-Gitmo detainee helped foil the plotFront and center in foiling the Yemen bomb plot was the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the native land of most of the 9/11 attackers. In particular, former Guantánamo prison inmate and AQAP turncoat Jabr al-Faifi played a key role, according to the BBC and others.

    Mr. Faifi, a Saudi national, was released from the US-run Guantánamo facility in 2006 to Saudi Arabia, where he went through the Saudi government’s rehabilitation program for former militants. Soon after his release from the program, he fled to Yemen and joined up with AQAP, the Al Qaeda offshoot that is determined to overthrow the Saudi monarchy and has largely been pushed out of the country into Yemen’s hinterlands.

    According to the BBC, citing senior British officials, Faifi returned home to Saudi Arabia a few weeks ago and turned himself in, soon telling Saudi interrogators that AQAP was planning to use international air freight to ship bombs to the US. The Saudis quickly informed the US and the United Kingdom, managing to provide the exact tracking numbers of the packages in question, and the packages were stopped in Dubai and the East Midlands airport in the United Kingdom.

    Investigators are still piecing together precisely what happened in the thwarted plot, which involved bombs being sent from Yemen to Chicago, possibly to detonate them in mid-air over the city. Security officials around the world are considering new layers of security at airports, particularly for air-freight companies whose security appeared to be the weak link.

    Report: In US, 1 in 3 Al Qaeda plots exposed by MuslimsAl Qaeda has organized no successful attacks on the US since 9/11. In the US, as abroad, cooperation from the broader Muslim community has been crucial.

    Often, the whistleblowers are simply friends or associates of a plotter. Failed underwear bomber Omar Farouk Abdulmutallab was originally fingered by his own father, who approached US authorities and warned them that he feared his son was planning to attack the US. The younger Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian, obtained his explosives and some rudimentary training in Yemen.

    Farooque Ahmed, the Pakistani American arrested last week for seeking to bomb the DC metro, was also brought to the attention of authorities by a source in the Muslim community.

    The FBI then set up an elaborate sting in which at least two individuals working undercover for the government posed as Al Qaeda operatives and engaged his help in organizing an “attack” on the metro system, until enough evidence was collected to carry out an arrest.

    Mr. Ahmed’s fellow Muslim wasn’t the only one to thwart a bomb plot in the US recently.

    A report released last month by the Muslim Public Affairs Council, a US-based lobbying group, found that 1 in 3 Al Qaeda plots targeting America since 9/11 have been exposed by Muslim Americans.

  • Beautiful Muslim Doll

    Did anyone else think it strange that the Saudi regime was the one that gave the evidence to the authorities about Al Qaeda’s UPS bombing attempt?

    I mean for years, they have been blaming Israel for 9/11, didn’t a senior Saudi Prince openly blame the Zionists for plotting Israel? and now that their own regime is threatened by the Yemeni insurgence, suddenly Zionists are no longer behind Al Qaeda as they were saying before. Suddenly they found evidence against Al Qaeda, now that they’re fighting to stay in power.

    Does anything else see this a cynical attempt to get the Americans to fight in Yemen under the guise of fighting Al Qaeda?

    I may be pushing it a bit, and i’m not a conspiracy monger, but it crossed my mind…i mean how do we know that the Saudi’s didn’t plant the evidence themselves to get America to fight a threat on their behalf?

  • Beautiful Muslim Doll

    Well this Peter King is a prize ignoramus and a crack addict I think,

    American Muslims are not the problem, it’s the American ties to despotic dicatatorships like the Saudi one that is the problem,

    The reason Saudi intolerance of not just other non Muslims but even other Muslim sects like Shia is rife, is because they use Islam for their own political advantage, and have little interest in promoting Islamic values except when they can be twisted to fit into how to oppress women, express bigotry at others, and remain in power.

    Peter King should be questioning why America props up these despotic regimes that use their oil wealth to propogate nonsense and oppress. American Muslims are not the problem, on the whole they’re law abiding, well educated, wealthy and a boon to America.

  • froger29

    I really hate this POS. If you can find a bigger lying hypocrite who walks the face of this earth, please point him out.

  • JD

    One of the key lessons emerging from the Yemen bomb plot is that, in the shadowy world of tracking militants and winnowing out rumors from the real thing, some of the most vital intelligence comes from countries and individuals in the Muslim world.

    To be sure, the failure of what US, British, and Yemeni officials say was a plot by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) to deliver its bombs is the latest in a long string of militant efforts that have come up short thanks to dramatically improved coordination of international intelligence and security efforts since 9/11.

    But many of the key pieces of intelligence that set those networks into action came from Muslims – some former militants themselves – who have stepped forward to stop Islamist militants.

    RELATED: Five reasons it will be hard for Yemen to ‘destroy’ Al Qaeda franchise

    How an ex-Gitmo detainee helped foil the plotFront and center in foiling the Yemen bomb plot was the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the native land of most of the 9/11 attackers. In particular, former Guantánamo prison inmate and AQAP turncoat Jabr al-Faifi played a key role, according to the BBC and others.

    Mr. Faifi, a Saudi national, was released from the US-run Guantánamo facility in 2006 to Saudi Arabia, where he went through the Saudi government’s rehabilitation program for former militants. Soon after his release from the program, he fled to Yemen and joined up with AQAP, the Al Qaeda offshoot that is determined to overthrow the Saudi monarchy and has largely been pushed out of the country into Yemen’s hinterlands.

    According to the BBC, citing senior British officials, Faifi returned home to Saudi Arabia a few weeks ago and turned himself in, soon telling Saudi interrogators that AQAP was planning to use international air freight to ship bombs to the US. The Saudis quickly informed the US and the United Kingdom, managing to provide the exact tracking numbers of the packages in question, and the packages were stopped in Dubai and the East Midlands airport in the United Kingdom.

    Investigators are still piecing together precisely what happened in the thwarted plot, which involved bombs being sent from Yemen to Chicago, possibly to detonate them in mid-air over the city. Security officials around the world are considering new layers of security at airports, particularly for air-freight companies whose security appeared to be the weak link.

    Report: In US, 1 in 3 Al Qaeda plots exposed by MuslimsAl Qaeda has organized no successful attacks on the US since 9/11. In the US, as abroad, cooperation from the broader Muslim community has been crucial.

    Often, the whistleblowers are simply friends or associates of a plotter. Failed underwear bomber Omar Farouk Abdulmutallab was originally fingered by his own father, who approached US authorities and warned them that he feared his son was planning to attack the US. The younger Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian, obtained his explosives and some rudimentary training in Yemen.

    Farooque Ahmed, the Pakistani American arrested last week for seeking to bomb the DC metro, was also brought to the attention of authorities by a source in the Muslim community.

    The FBI then set up an elaborate sting in which at least two individuals working undercover for the government posed as Al Qaeda operatives and engaged his help in organizing an “attack” on the metro system, until enough evidence was collected to carry out an arrest.

    Mr. Ahmed’s fellow Muslim wasn’t the only one to thwart a bomb plot in the US recently.

    A report released last month by the Muslim Public Affairs Council, a US-based lobbying group, found that 1 in 3 Al Qaeda plots targeting America since 9/11 have been exposed by Muslim Americans. The report argues “this highlights the importance of law enforcement partnering with citizens through community-oriented policing.”

    RELATED: Five reasons it will be hard for Yemen to ‘destroy’ Al Qaeda franchise

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/csm/20101102/wl_csm/340537;_ylt=AnKb18vOj6KbWPjqBcblyXdvaA8F;_ylu=X3oDMTJkYnFkZnI4BGFzc2V0A2NzbS8yMDEwMTEwMi8zNDA1MzcEcG9zAzI1BHNlYwN5bl9hcnRpY2xlX3N1bW1hcnlfbGlzdARzbGsDd2hvc2F2ZWR0aGVk

  • JD

    Rep. Peter King the guy who is calling on Congress to defund NPR “because of its indefensible bias.” Here is some of his past comments..

    New York Rep. Peter King, a prominent House Republican, said there are “too many mosques in this country” in a recent interview with Politico.

    “100 percent of the Islamic terrorists are Muslim, and that is our main enemy today. So why we should not be profiling people because of their religion?”

    “while most Muslims are “loyal Americans,” they are reluctant to cooperate with law enforcement when they hear of anti-American plots.”

    Next Day
    “I’m not going to apologize. I stand by everything I’ve said.”

    Since his book’s release, King has echoed the claims he makes in the novel – including including statements that 85 percent of the mosques in the United States have “extremist leadership”

  • Crow

    Obviously all that evidence and those studies are wrong. Peter king said mainstream Muslims don’t speak up against terrorism and he dosen’t need evidence because he knows a guy who’s an ex-Muslim and after peter gave him a lot of money the guy told him there are no moderate Muslims and the Qu’ran supports terror. In closing I want to say peter king is an idiot and I’m sorry I have to share a state with him.

  • Amina A

    I’m just curious about how much help Peter King gave the authorities when it came to stopping Irish terrorism? He was, after all, more than ‘soft’ on terrorism when it was committed by Irish Catholics …

  • JD

    One of his latest entries on the blotter is the disturbing story about the naturalized American citizen who was arrested for an alleged plot to attack the nation’s second busiest subway system. Spencer introduces his post thus:

    At least one accomplice — he may have had more. So many Misunderstanders of Islam! Why is the Muslim community worldwide such an abysmal failure at communicating the peaceful nature of its religion to its own people?

    Funny guy that Spencer, eh? What “Scholar” Robert Spencer did not mention, to no surprise, was that the tip that led the FBI to survey this wacko and monitor his every move, eventually leading to his arrest, came from within the Muslim community itself:

    The tip that led to the FBI’s subway bombing sting came from a source in the Muslim community…

    So, it was the Muslim community which helped lead the FBI to the alleged subway attacker, the so-called (by Spencer) “D.C. jihadist.” Isn’t that interesting? In fact, the same holds true for the five men from Virginia who were arrested in Pakistan for plotting terrorist attacks. It was their own families who alerted authorities:

    The story of the five men became public when the council got their families in touch with the FBI after they left the United States shortly after Thanksgiving without telling their parents. That triggered an international missing persons case. The men were arrested Dec. 8 at the home of Chaudhry’s father, Khalid Farooq Chaudhry, and the terror allegations began immediately.

  • Watcher4

    Congressman Peter King, weren’t you a major IRA backer?

    http://www.tnr.com/blog/jonathan-chait/peter-kings-secret-terrorism-loving-history

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  • mindy1

    He is a politician, and will try to appeal to his base-in his case wanna-be Tea partiers

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