Radicalization among American Muslims
March 10th, 2011
10:26 AM ET
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Radicalization among American Muslims

(CNN) – A controversial hearing got underway in Washington on Thursday with a focus on radicalization of American Muslims. Many Muslims in the United States have criticized the hearing.

The number of cases of U.S. citizens or residents charged with or convicted of taking part in terrorist activities has jumped in recent years, according to a recent study from the New America Foundation and Syracuse University. There were 76 such cases in 2009 and 2010 - nearly half the total since September 11, 2001, the study says.

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  1. Alex

    They should do a hearing on the radicalization of the "Christian" right in our government. Now, that's the real threat to American and middle-class values!!!!

    March 10, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  2. Emerson

    Is all this for the sequel to the novel Pete King wrote. I bet its a story about a patriotic American legislative hero who dares to fight the the forces of evil with his own myopia and ambition, and a gavel. What a tale.

    March 10, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  3. gt

    just wondering,,,, but are these radicals the ones who dont allow women to go to school.... who teach hate to young boys ... who use sucide bombers because one religion dont agree with them.... geee.. yea we might want to look and see if they may be a threat to america....

    March 10, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  4. fayse

    This sounds like the first step to McCarthyism. It is wrong to single out one specific faith or religion. There are radical extremists in all faiths and not just faith groups. The names Timothy McVeigh, Jared Loughner,KKK , white supremicists, Westboro Baptist Church, John Birch Society (the forerunner of the Tea Party) All have extremism among them. Some of those protesting abortion will Bomb clinics and kill Doctors. This Country is divided enough without fanning the flames of hatred even more. We have a population of over 308,000,000 and that is aout how many different ideas and opinions we have. Thankfully, we live in A free Country we should be glad that we have that right.

    March 10, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    Perhaps Mr. King will next address why America is ranked #5 in the world for murders? In 2009 alone, 16,204 murders were committed within the United States. One assumes these murders were not ALL committed by radicalized *home grown* Muslims? Get a grip GOPers, and stop acting as if all your problems would simply disappear if not for all these *foreigners* who just aren't one of *us*, and don't deserve to be in America in the first place. Not that it matters that a great number of them were, indeed, born in America, and as such, are just as American as . . . well . . . we are. Better that we give an unborn fetus it's constitutional rights than to give an already born - and dare I say, breathing - Muslim their constitutional rights, yes, GOPers?

    March 10, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  6. Proud member of "Global Zero"

    I would love to see a hearing on the radical right in this country. This is nothing but a parade of this counties fear and hate of those that are not like "them". I am glad not to be one of those. This is an embarrasement for this country.

    March 10, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  7. Chipster

    When will the hearings begin on radicalized Christian groups like the Posse Comitatus, Christian Identity Movement, Aryan Nation, and other "Americanized" radicals? They're even more dangerous because they don't stand out in the crowd in the U.S. There's another dangerously radical group trying to circumvent judicial review, deny due process, prevent equal treatment, deny rights to bargain collectively, and abuse their power: the Republican Party!

    March 10, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    Can we really expect Islam to co-exist, without taking control?

    The indicators say NO!

    March 10, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  9. GI Joe

    This kind of action by the republicans will just give the radicals more reasons to attack.

    Hey radicals - it's the republicans, not the independents and democrats. Can you zero in on just the republicans when you've had enough of this prejudice and the lies?

    March 10, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  10. kumpta shankar

    It is untimely for Republicans to iniate public hearing on the subject when disenshanted muslim are laying down their lives in middleeast countries demanding democratic rights and freedom.They are once again setting the clock in reverse while Republicans themselves are supporting radicalisation of politics.The victim Gabeielli symboolises this fact.Sarah Palin is leading the movement and Tea Party has shown their intension in public on dealing with Obama.The intension of the inquiry is to advance covert threats to minority and to mend themselves to endorse their policies.Radical Tea Partys portraying the President as Nazi leader and unleasing violence against the opposition is a vivid example of radicalisation of American politics.Repealing the collective bargaining law by force is yet another example of radicalisation.Will there be an congressional inquiry on this aberration ? Let us wait and see.Americans have not forgotten witch hunt carried out by Macharthy and company decades ago.God bless America.

    March 10, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  11. Dan from Tx

    Yes but when Peter sides with terrorist organizations, such as the IRA, he says things like this:
    "'The message we are sending is that Irish-Americans are united in solidarity against British misrule on Northern Ireland,'"

    Hypocrite, liar, or both?

    March 10, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  12. Ronnie

    What about the radicalization of the republican tea terrorist ? They are by far a worse threat to America than muslims !

    March 10, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  13. Chris

    I'm more concerned about the radicalization among American conservatives. The right wing nuts in this country are sounding more and more like fascists every day.

    March 10, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |