Washington (CNN) - House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King's own personal security has been stepped up ahead of a controversial hearing he is holding on American Muslim radicalization.
The increased security is because of concern around the hearing he plans to hold Thursday, which has drawn a good deal of anger and protest, King told CNN.
(CNN) - Ovide Lamontagne hopes his house is big and strong enough.
The New Hampshire attorney and long time Republican Party activist will host the second of his 2011 presidential house parties at his home Thursday in Manchester. The guest of honor will be former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who will most likely make some kind of Republican presidential announcement in the next few weeks.
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CNN: U.S. Muslim groups slam radicalization hearings
Leading American Muslims on Wednesday strongly criticized this week's planned congressional hearing into the alleged radicalization of members of their community, calling it an unfair attack on loyal citizens and a dangerous break from the traditional U.S. embrace of tolerance and pluralism. Rep. Peter King, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, has said Thursday's hearing is necessary to explore the extent to which al Qaeda is trying to influence and indoctrinate U.S. Muslims, among other things. But his plans have created an uproar, with critics accusing Republican leaders of bigotry and comparing the hearings to Sen. Joseph McCarthy's allegations of Communist infiltration in the early years of the Cold War.
CNN: Experts, Muslims worry about fallout from hearing on radicalization
Rep. Peter King's goal is to thwart Muslim radicalization, but some people fear his hearings could have exactly the opposite effect. Some counterterrorism experts believe shining a harsh spotlight on the Muslim community could play into the jihadist narrative that the West is at war with Islam and encourage more people to participate in terrorist activity. Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, says King is unfair if he blames the entire Muslim community for the actions of a few. "I think his approach is going to radicalize young people," says Awad. King - a New York Republican - says he is holding the hearings because the Muslim community has not cooperated sufficiently with law enforcement.