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After Boston, we should put Muslims under surveillance, says Rep. King

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Peter King

Rep. Peter King’s hearings accomplished nothing and so he proposes an unconstitutional strategy like the one the NYPD carried out and that produced exactly zero results.

After Boston, we should put Muslims under surveillance, says Rep. King


President Obama cautioned the nation not to rush to judgment about the Boston Marathon bombers. But that’s not stopping Republican Rep. Peter King.

King, who chairs the House subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, is urging authorities to beef up their surveillance of Muslims in the U.S.  following Friday night’s arrest of bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Police must “realize that the threat is coming from the Muslim community and increase surveillance there,” the New York lawmaker told National Review.

King—who spearheaded controversial hearings on the radicalization of Muslim-Americans in 2011—also told CNN that “we can’t be politically correct. I think we have to see, has radicalization extended into the Chechen community?”

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was taken into custody on Friday night in Watertown, Mass., after a day-long manhunt following an early-morning shootout with police in which his older brother, Tamerlan, 26, was killed. The two are suspected of planting bombs that killed three people and injured more than 170 near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday.

The ethnic Chechen brothers came to the U.S. in 2002 after fleeing the war-torn region. The two were born in the former Soviet territory now known as Kyrgyzstan. Those who knew the family have said Tamerlan Tsarnaev had become a devout Muslim in the past few years.

Dzhokhar became a naturalized citizen in 2012, while Tamerlan had a green card and was reportedly hoping to become a citizen.

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  • Razainc_aka_BigBoss

    Another good article by Juan Cole

    Terror and other religions

  • Razainc_aka_BigBoss

    Let’s prepare our self’s for more Canadian Islamophobia after this.

    Alleged terror plot thwarted by arrests in Ontario, Quebec

  • Razainc_aka_BigBoss

    This didn’t take long

    Fox’s Brian Kilmeade Proposes Bugging U.S. Mosques

  • Reynardine

    The UK Guardian reported that all known Chechen rebel groups denied knowing him and stated (a) that they did not target civilian events like the Boston Marathon, and (b) they only blow up Russians, not Americans. Note that the imam had him thrown out of that mosque. This has very little to do with any outside connection at all and everything to do with vicious fairy tales he was telling himself to make himself feel good. His younger brother was reportedly making a better adjustment; I’d hazard he corrupted him out of envy and spite.

    To satisfy curiosity, I’ve dealt with people like this, professionally and personally. They can be most insidious. I don’t envy his widow her married life; I count his orphan lucky.

  • mindy1

    How nice to see 😀

  • JD

    Muslims Condemns Boston Marathon Bombings
    Condemns Boston Marathon Bombings

    groups vie to take lead in condemning terrorism

    groups vie to take lead in condemning terrorism

    Muslim leaders condemn Boston terror attack

    BOMBINGS: Islam condemns violence, Muslim leader reiterates

    leaders condemn bombing suspects

    CAIR-Chicago Rep Says Muslims Hurt by Terror Just Like Other

    of the St. Louis Chapter of the Council on American Muslim Relations
    say their faith condemns acts of violence and terror.

    Antonio: Local Muslims Say Boston Suspects Don’t Reflect Islam

  • Razainc_aka_BigBoss

    Another very good article by Rania Khalek

    US Media’s Boston Bombing Coverage is Dangerously Out of Control

  • JD

    “Now, there’s one thing you might have noticed I don’t complain about:
    politicians. Everybody complains about politicians. Everybody says they
    suck. Well, where do people think these politicians come from? They
    don’t fall out of the sky. They don’t pass through a membrane from
    another reality. They come from American parents and American families,
    American homes, American schools, American churches, American businesses
    and American universities, and they are elected by American citizens.
    This is the best we can do folks. This is what we have to offer. It’s
    what our system produces: Garbage in, garbage out. If you have selfish,
    ignorant citizens, you’re going to get selfish, ignorant leaders. Term
    limits ain’t going to do any good; you’re just going to end up with a
    brand new bunch of selfish, ignorant Americans. So, maybe, maybe, maybe,
    it’s not the politicians who suck. Maybe something else sucks around
    here… like, the public. Yeah, the public sucks. There’s a nice
    campaign slogan for somebody: ‘The Public Sucks. F*ck Hope.'”


  • Razainc_aka_BigBoss
  • eslaporte

    We move forward by changing the notion that this type of attack is some kind of statement about Muslims and Islam. When “non-Islamist” violence occurs, nobody looks to blame the killer’s religious faith, ethnic identity and the like. We say, sane or not, the killer alone is responsible for his actions and nobody else.

    It’s conservatives like King who would be quick top point out that if an individual commits a crime it’s the individual that will be punished.

    We change the notions by pointing out that only individuals – not religious faiths and ethnic groups – are to blame for their own criminal behavior.

  • Rights

    The shaping of congressman King’s bigotry toward Muslims moves on at a brisk pace. A day may come when he sits at par with Joseph McCarthy. Such great service to the high ideals of America.

  • Razainc_aka_BigBoss

    Unfortunately tragedies like this usually give more credibility to bigots and reactionaries like King. Even though people should take step back and think on how we can move forward protect individual rights and try to understand what caused it and see how we can prevent future tragedies

  • eslaporte

    If you use the faulty and wrong “radicalization” models – you proably would have missed this Tsarnaev character. Where is his beard and other outward signs of “Muslimness?”

    This is all about individuals who had their own personal problems that don’t involve anybody else – so law enforcement should not start going after innocent people!

  • Hopefully this will be Peter King’s last term in any political office.

  • Y’know these guys should REALLY need to be informed that most of the terrorist attack are by the right wing extremist. It’s over 50%. I wonder if they would put those guys under surveillance… Of course not.

  • mindy1

    Argh, we don’t even know the motives of the bombers yet DX

  • Razainc_aka_BigBoss

    It’s all coming from congress this where the radicalization happens if we could only profile congressmen I am sure if we watch their every move all these problems will be fixed

  • Reynardine

    A lager plot sounds quite all right to me, but I don’t think you’re supposed to drink it.

  • Reynardine

    Even before the Bill of Rights was written, acts of attainder were Constitutionally forbidden to both Congress and the states. Now, what part of this does Mr. King not understand?

  • Razainc_aka_BigBoss

    I think we need to profile congressmen to figure out why so many hateful bigots get elected they. Have hearings congressional radicalization and it’s consequences, then have hearings on the reaction of congress to congressional radicalisation hearings. Then we must have undercover FBI informants infiltrate random congressmans staff to figure if they are part of a lager plot luntics trying to get more lunatics elected.

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