Washington (CNN) - The House Homeland Security Committee is set to open Thursday the first in a series of hearings looking into alleged radicalization in the Muslim community, led by Republican committee Chairman Rep. Peter King of New York.
Here's a look at who's testifying at the hearings:
Zuhdi Jasser is a physician and president and founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy. He founded the group after the 9/11 terrorist attacks as "an effort to provide an American Muslim voice advocating for the preservation of the founding principles of the United States Constitution, liberty and freedom, and the separation of mosque and state," according to AIFD's website. Jasser is a former lieutenant commander in the U.S Navy and a recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal.
Abdirizak Bihi is the director of the Somali Education and Social Advocacy Center. According to the organization's website, Bihi has been organizing the Minneapolis Somali-American community since 1996. His "vision came directly from the experience of his father, who was imprisoned for seventeen years in Somalia for consistently speaking out on behalf of community members. His mission: Educating and training Somali leaders for civic action."
Melvin Bledsoe is the father of Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, the man responsible for the 2009 fatal attack on the Little Rock Army Recruiting Center killing. According to the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Bledsoe will say at the hearings that "Islamic radicals programmed and trained" his son to kill.
Leroy Baca is the Los Angeles County sheriff and retired member of the U.S. Marine Corps. He was sworn in as the county's sheriff in 1998 and reelected in 2006. Baca commands the largest Sheriff?s Department in the country and is director of Homeland Security-Mutual Aid for California Region I.