Al Qaeda trying to radicalize U.S. Muslims, congressman claims
Protesters rally in New York City Sunday ahead of hearings on radical Islam.
March 9th, 2011
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Al Qaeda trying to radicalize U.S. Muslims, congressman claims

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The U.S. congressman set to hold hearings this week on "radicalization in the American Muslim community" wants Americans to find out how much al Qaeda is trying to influence U.S. Muslims, he told CNN Wednesday.

"I want to determine the extent to which that radicalization is taking place, the extent to which Muslim leaders are cooperating (with authorities) in trying to stop that radicalization," Rep. Peter King, R-New York, said on CNN's "American Morning."

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  1. majikbunny

    Since he is just pulling percentages out of the air with no supporting evidence, it can also be said that 85 % of Baptist churches are also run by radicals! Let's hold hearings on them also! Also 85% of Catholic churches support child molestation, so where's the investigations?I thought they were against government intrusion into our private lives?Let's expand the hearings to expose "communists" so we can go full circle back to the McCarthy Era!

    March 9, 2011 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  2. James Clay

    Whenever we hear of the most recent atrocity committed by Muslims worldwide or the in the U.S., the Muslim-American community remains silent. Their silence has in the minds of many people been construed as tacit approval of these heinous acts. I for one am not buying the "religion of peace" label that many are trying to place on Islam.

    I have yet to hear of a Presbyterian suicide-bomber.

    March 9, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  3. T'sah from Virginia

    November, 2010 marked the beginning of a our own war – war against the middle class; war against Muslims; war against unions; war against planned parenthood; war against anyone who wants to rise up; war against EDUCATION – and on this note about education – Why all of a sudden the RIGHT wants to crack down on education – take away funds???? I know why –

    Education was a very important "VALUE" that the RIGHT held close to them – It was their way of getting ahead – EDUCATION – the ONLY way you can make it to the TOP – and they were right!!! Okay, so now that the REST of America is catching on – We’re drilling our kids and we’re making it work – Who feels THREATENED now?? On top of that, the FAR-right cannot bear the fact that a Black man (and he's half White too) is picking up the ones that are being left behind!!!!! I truly believe that President Obama will DIE if that is what it will take to UPLIFT America!!! This bothers some!!!

    I will tell you now and I always taught my sons – “An educated Black man is a threat to the dying side of white America”. I raised three boys who are now men – fortunate – and they took my advice. I know this might sound a little “harsh” to some of you, but it worked. I drilled this in them NOT wanting to believe it was true – But NOW, I see!!!

    March 9, 2011 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  4. Obama 2012

    Who would think that in 2011, you would have a US Congressman holding hearings about a group of US citizens like this. The Republican party has become nothing but a front for racism and bigotry.

    March 9, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    Extremism in religion, leads to extremism in terrorism. The religion is too extremist because they do allow for the existence of any other.

    March 9, 2011 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  6. Darth Vadik, CA

    This will be another stain on this country just like slavery, McCarthy hearings and the Vietnam war, but those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it, anyways, the only one being radicalized in this country are the white middle-aged and bigoted right wing Cristians...

    March 9, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  7. Facelessdrone2005

    Al Qaeda doesn't need to do anything to radicalize American Muslims. American Muslims are more likely to get radicalized by all the stereotyped hatred against them that you read about every day from Americans themselves.

    March 9, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  8. Oy Vey Az

    The McCarthy period in US history was a difficult time for our nation, but it did make us all aware that there were enemies of our country in our midst. So if our current anti-al Qaeda period bruises a few middle east political feelings then the same result should emerge. There are enemies of our nation in our midst. Don't be fooled by the flag they wrap themselves in.

    March 9, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  9. mlc in CA

    Yet another bigot in a power position. What a waste of time and our tax dollars. I'm as corn fed white as anyone, and I abhor this abuse of power. Religious freedom should include freedom from being attacked, labeled, and examined by those who claim to hide their intolerance behind the flag of patriotism. How shameful.

    March 9, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  10. allamr18

    sigh. how ridiculous is this? conservative politicians are the kings of reactionary leadership. O something bad happens lets investigate the entire group of people that have nothing to do with it. The japanese bombed pearl harbor lets put japanese americans in concentration camps. what black people want rights lets turn dogs and water houses on them. What a group of muslims from afghanistan educated in germany and america flew a plan into buildings lets investigate the entire population of muslim americans to see why they arent telling us about radicalism. Maybe they arent telling you because they dont have anything to tell. Maybe none of their families or friends are actually planning anything radical.

    March 9, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  11. terry, va

    Instead of these people protesting all the time, maybe they should be looking for a job. If they have one and are off work "sick" they should be fired. I'm all for free speech. ( That is what I'm doing now.) But the protest are costing the taxpayers millions of dollars by teachers not showing up for work, for example. Or another example the dumbocraps in Wisconsin that skipped town instead of doing their job.

    March 9, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  12. ja

    it seem to me congress and most of america have been radicalized, since obama's election, congressman wilson's outburst, sarah palin, the boy in the arizona shootings, tea partiers, birthers, tim mcviegh, the list is almost infinite, non are muslim, but look at their behavior

    March 9, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  13. Jezmundberserker

    Rep. King is doing more to radicalize muslims in the US than Al-Qaeda is.

    March 9, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  14. Emerson

    Pete King is a disgrace. In his twisted logic, it was was completely appropriate for him to support the IRA in the '80's when they were killing innocent civilians in England with car bombs. What's the difference Pete, except that now you want to please the xenophobic radicals of the GOP?.

    March 9, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  15. Sniffit

    Apparently, Peter "McCarthy' King is trying to radicalize the US muslim community as well. This hatemongering demagogue needs a slap to the face. He's a disgusting bigot.

    March 9, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  16. rs

    Much like the I.R.A. radicalized him? King is as much amore terrorist supporter than those he is trying to scapegoat!

    March 9, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |