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Rep. King’s Fourth Muslim-American Radicalization Hearing to Focus on Military

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The former IRA Terrorist supporter, Peter King is holding his fourth hearing on “Muslim-American Radicalization,” this time focusing on the “military.” Expect it to be an Islamophobiapalooza.

Rep. King’s fourth Muslim-American radicalization hearing to focus on military

By Jordy Yager

The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee is hoping his panel’s hearing on the radicalization of Muslim-Americans within the U.S. military will reveal how the armed services can better protect itself against homegrown attacks.

Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) is holding a joint hearing on Wednesday, along with Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), as the next stage in his series of efforts to address the radicalization of American Muslims.  Pointing to the 2009 shootings at the Fort Hood military base in Texas and at a military recruiting station in Arkansas, which killed a total of 14 people and wounded more than two dozen, King said the issue of radicalization within military communities is one that is grossly under the radar.

“There is an attempt by Islamists to join the military and infiltrate the military, and it’s more of a threat than the average American is aware of right now,” said King in an interview with The Hill on Monday.

Lieberman said his committee has held 13 hearings over the past five years on the issue of violent Islamic extremism and, based on what he has learned, the military is an increasingly large target for attacks.

“Clearly, the threat of homegrown terrorism has increased dramatically, and clearly, members of the armed services are a high-value target,” Lieberman said in a statement.

The issue was brought to the front burner for King after it was raised by Paul Stockton, the assistant secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas’ Security Affairs. King said he feels the Obama administration is just as concerned with the issue as he is, and hopes to develop a working partnership to address some of the inadequacies that will come up at Wednesday’s hearing.

“I think more can be done,” he said. “But this is not going to be any attempt to bash the administration, necessarily. From my perspective it’s going to be a productive hearing and it’s not going to turn into a partisan fight.”

King gave several examples of issues that need more attention, such as whether the military needs to provide more security for recruiting centers and bases in the U.S. or whether local and state law enforcement should play a larger role in coordinating security with the military.

He said he also hopes to address the minutiae of radicalization on military bases. He used an example of how he has heard of at least one instance in which a copy of the radical Islamic magazine Inspire — which has been used as a recruiting tool for terrorist groups — was found in a barracks and allowed to remain. But Confederate flags are rightfully banned, he said.

“I’m using that as an example about whether or not we need to be more aggressive in facing up to the reality. It’s Islamic terrorism. It’s not just a nondescript, anonymous type of terrorism.”

King has held three hearings so far this year on the issue of radicalization of Muslim-Americans within the U.S. The first one drew the most scrutiny, as nearly 100 members of Congress asked him to cancel it or widen the breadth of the radicalized groups he was probing. King lauded the hearing as a success, saying that it brought attention to a taboo subject that is a serious and growing security concern.

The other two hearings focused on the terrorist group al-Shabbab’s influence within the U.S., and the radicalization of Muslim-Americans within U.S. prisons.

Carlos Bledsoe is serving life in prison for waging a shooting spree in 2009 at an Arkansas military recruiting center that killed Army Pvt. William Long.

Bledsoe’s father — who testified before King at a previous hearing, saying that his son was influenced by radicalized Muslim ideals — is planning to be at Wednesday’s hearing, where the slain soldier’s father, Daris Long, is slated to testify. King said each knows the other will be at the hearing and that Bledsoe is attending to show his support for Long.

Also expected to testify are Jim Stuteville, an Army senior adviser for counterintelligence operations and liaison to the FBI, and Lt. Col. Reid Sawyer, the director of Combating Terrorism Center at the West Point military academy.

King is planning to unveil a committee report on the issue at Wednesday’s hearing and another joint report with the Senate panel afterward.

He said his next hearing will likely be next year and focus on the use of certain mosques by al Qaeda and Iran in their efforts to radicalize people within the U.S.

 

 

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  • Khushboo

    LOL @ TheBigT

  • Mustafa H.E.

    If only we had a system in which the president can approve of legislators; both House and Senate members. Nothing would be so relishing as to see a powerful president come into office and have Peter King not only stripped of his office, but placed into a military tribunal. The legislators as well as the judiciary should be subordinate to the central authority in any given political system, not the other way around.

  • @ TheBig_T: That Alex Jones video to which you linked is a very old one of a much younger Alex Jones. He has pretty obviously changed a WHOLE lot in his viewpoints. 😀 I don’t think you’ll find any video of anywhere near recent vintage that shows him supporting Israel and claiming that it’s Arabs that “own” Hollywood. I don’t watch him much, as there’s just something about him that I find irritating. But the recent video commentaries and interviews I have seen show quite a different Alex Jones than the young Jones to which you linked.

  • Khushboo

    *scratches head* Mohammedan?? Who are they?!

  • Sir David ( Illuminati membership number 5:32) Warning Contains Irony

    Mohammedan Demographics
    Hello Earth calling anyone home ?
    What rubbish in such few words . Get back to Atlas does drugs and tell aunt Pam you have been a good boy parroting such nonesence .

  • TheBig_T

    @mohammedens

  • Mohammedan Demographics

    Interestingly, I actually agree with the commentators here.

    Mohammedan violence is a problem because its part of the campaign to impose the Shari’ah – not because it “targets civilians”. If for example, targeting civilians in Gaza would get the Mohammed worshippers to stop sacrificing their children to Moloch – it would be a good thing.

    The war is against Mohammedanism – not against “terrorism”. The sooner we are honest about it, the sooner Humanity will win! Mohammedans just scratch their head when right wing folks talk about the “value of human life” and the need to “protect civilians” . . . those are concepts alien to the Quran and alien to Mohammedan culture.

  • Khushboo

    “Clearly, the threat of homegrown terrorism has increased dramatically”

    CLEARLY Lieberman and King are distracting us from what’s really happening: War on Muslims, not terrorism! Muslim countries are being occupied FOR OIL which benefits big corps. like Haliburton and JP Morgan Chase and many other rich money lenders at the expense of us taxpayers and our troops(4400 died and 30,000 injured so far). Muslims are anti-interest rates which is part of sharia which AGAIN hurts the banks. CLEARLY the BANKERS/BIG GREEDY CORPS are paying these corrupt congressmen to help blame everything on Muslims using “terrorism” as an excuse. CLEARLY!

  • TheBig_T

    @ Abdul-Rahman
    liked your comment except about Alex Jones
    AJ has been shown to support Israel and claim that Hollywood is owned by the Arabs
    here is a video proving this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNseMDToKdk

  • Abdul-Rahman

    Peter King is a such a hypocritical, Islamophobic, jackass. As you mentioned in this article’s beginning this is the same guy (Peter King) who heavily supported and fundraised for the IRA in Northern Ireland against the British oppressors; but then he turns around and says he opposes even the Palestinian resistance (aka Hamas)! When this ahole Peter King attempts to respond to people who point out his hypocrisy as an IRA supporter in the past, his only attempt at defense is that the IRA allegedly “didn’t attack Americans” even though it has been shown on record that one of the IRA’s bombing missions that attacked a Harrod’s in England (I believe specifically in London) killed a 28 year old American businessman from Chicago named Kenneth Salvesan.

    Hamas has never attacked America whatsoever, and I’m unaware of Hamas ever having killed an American citizen; unless possibly a dual “Israeli”-American citizen but in that case of course Hamas would be targeting said person because they were a member of the oppressive colonialist Zionist entity not because of any American connection. Also even more hilariously the IRA had very close links with many resistance and other armed groups from Muslim majority nations. Specifically the IRA is believed to have had close ties with Yasser Arafat’s PLO (the struggles of the both the oppressed Palestinians and oppressed Irish people of Northern Ireland was a common link) and also the IRA and the PLO were united in that they were both believed to have gotten significant levels of support from Muammar Gaddafi’s Libya back in the 1980s.

    As for this newest retarded “terrorism hearing” this IRA supporter Peter King is holding, it will be more lying bs and as for what some commenters here have raised the one case he can mention is the “Ft. Hood shooting” even though people like Alex Jones and others have shown a strong likelihood that the individual involved in that was another US government mind-controlled patsy to give more excuses to the NWO and the security state being formed in America (like the new law Obama is about to sign declaring the whole world a “battlefield”, giving Obama permission to kill any American citizen he wants without trial, and the ability for Obama to indefinitely intern/imprison any American citizen as well without any trial forever).

  • Daniel

    Hassan, excellent point. Why is killing military personnel considered “terrorism” when there’s a war going on? And why ISN’T killing civilians considered “terrorism” merely because we do it?

    Don’t get me wrong…I hate the deaths of our military personnel. But don’t call it what it isn’t.

  • Crow

    Peter king: terrorism is bad unless it’s committed by non-brown people. Also joe lieberman should have a z after his name not an i, because he’s definatley not an independant.

  • MICHAEL

    WHERE’S THE JOBS YOU LOWLIFE SHANTY PIECE OF TRASH?

  • Hassan

    *redefinition of terrorism, rather.

    I kind of put patriotism and terrorism in the same mental category.

  • Hassan

    First of all, attacking the military isn’t technically terrorism, despite our ultra-patriotic redefinition of patriotism to mean “when the enemy fights back”.

    Secondly, the Fort Hood situation is the only one he’ll be able to produce. There are a few thousand Muslims in the military, and the ONLY problem with them is the rank bigotry and harassment they constantly face. If his hearing had any shred of legitimacy, it would be about Islamophobia in the military.

    And that’s fine, really. If you’re going to sign up to kill and die on the orders of politicians nobody can bear to like for more than a few months at a time, then you deserve to be tarred and feathered.

  • “The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee is hoping his panel’s hearing on the radicalization of Muslim-Americans within the U.S. military will reveal how the armed services can better protect itself against homegrown attacks.”

    I can answer this at no cost to the taxpayer. Stop invading, bombing & occupying Muslim lands. Stop destroying homes & families of innocent civilians. Stop the torturing & renditioning of fellow humans. There you go Pete. Take a holiday

  • mindy1

    Stop focusing on this crap, there are BIGGER issues to worry about

  • Amago,

    How many of these hearings is he planing on having?

  • corey

    mcarthy would be proud

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