Peter King Muslims
March 10, 2011 by USA Post
Peter King Muslims, (AP) – Congress has penetrated deeply into a raw and emotional debate Thursday on American Muslims who have committed terrorist acts in the name of religion, in a hearing punctuated by tearful testimony, recriminations and political theater.
Republican Rep. Peter King said U.S. Muslims are too little to help fight t*rror*sm in America. Democrats warned to inflame anti-Muslim sentiment and vitality of al-Qaida.
Framed photos of the fire at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the families of two young men accused the Islamic community to inspire young men to commit terrorist acts. On the other hand, one of two Muslims in Congress cried while discussing a Muslim firefighter who died in the attacks.
The deep divisions reflect a country still grappling with how best to fight against t*rror*sm for nearly a decade after 2001 September. Al-Qaida has recently built a strategy around motivate young American Muslims to become terrorist cells of a man, and the U.S. government has fought the fight against this effort.
King, a congressman from New York and the new chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, said he called the hearing because the Muslim community leaders need to speak up against t*rror*sm and work more closely with the police and the FBI. Democrats wanted the audience to focus on the terrorist threat, more broadly, including white supremacists.
“This hearing is now playing in al-Qaida now worldwide,” said Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, said the committee was the trmpling of the Constitution.
Republicans said it was nothing but political correctness.
“We must know our enemy and it is radical Islam in my opinion,” said Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas.
Thursday’s hearing was the first major event for the new Republican majority in the House, and he raised the city. The room was packed, and officials led the audience in an overflow.
At one point, an exchange between Representative Tom Marino and Al Green was hard as they talked over each other. Green, a Democrat from Texas who is black, told the hearing on t*rror*sm should include discussion of the Ku Klux Klan. Marino, a Republican from Pennsylvania who is white, said the day was the subject of t*rror*sm, prompting the president to rap the gavel on several occasions that the two argued over whether the KKK is a terrorist organization.
Despite years of government focus on t*rror*sm, dozens of terrorist plots are unraveled and several successful attacks have suggested there is not a predictable path to violence. Thursday’s hearing revealed nothing on these roads.
Homegrown terrorists espousing their Islamic faith have included dropouts and college graduates, people of both poor and rich families. Some studies abroad. The Internet inspired others.
That has complicated government efforts to understand and move towards radicalization. It also reduced some of Thursday’s debate a series of anecdotes: Islamic terrorists on the one hand, a paramedic Islamic other.
Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., The first Muslim elected to Congress, in tears he discussed Mohammed Salman Hamdani, a Pakistani-American paramedic who died responding to the attack on the World Trade Center.
“Approach this committee on this particular subject, I believe, is contrary to the best of American values?? And threatening our security, or could,” said Ellison.
To further complicate any general discussion, the Muslim community is diverse and extensive. No organization speaks for everyone, and religion itself has no leader, that Catholics have the Pope. Some groups that dominate the debate represent a relatively small number of people and have varying degrees of credibility.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations, for example, launched a campaign’s most aggressive media in the country, often making himself the public face of the Muslim community when it comes to fight against t*rror*sm. The group has extremely strained relations with law enforcement. The Department of Justice has linked the group to a terrorist financing case, and the FBI does not work directly with its members. Chapter of the California group has recently developed a poster reading, “Build a wall of resistance. Do not talk to the FBI. ”
When young men have adopted a radical, violent view of Islam in the United States, they have sometimes done in secret, without the support or knowledge of local religious leaders or their families.
Melvin Bledsoe, whose son, Carlos, is accused of killing a private army to a recruiting office in Little Rock, Arkansas, testified on his son’s conversion to Islam and the isolation of his family. Bledsoe said he did not understand what was happening that his son became increasingly distant, stopped going home for the holidays and changed its name. He said that the U.S. is not aggressive enough in rooting radical elements of the Islamic community.
“We’re talking about stepping on toes, and they talk about we eradicate,” said Bledsoe. “Why do not people take their blinkers?”
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