Rep. Peter King to hold hearing on death of bin Laden
May 17th, 2011
05:58 PM ET
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Rep. Peter King to hold hearing on death of bin Laden

(CNN)-House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King will hold a hearing on how the death of Osama bin Laden impacts homeland security in one week, according to a written statement on his website.

"The national conversation has revolved around details emerging from the killing of Bin Laden by U.S. Special Operations Forces," he said.

To build on that conversation, King pledged to examine the consequences and benefits resulting from the death of "al Qaeda's founder and top leader." Specifically, King will focus on "the security of our homeland" in the near and long-term.

The ten-term Republican congressman from New York also added a warning. King noted that the successful mission in Pakistan simultaneously represents a "victory in our war against al Qaeda" as well as "increased risk of retaliatory attacks against America."

He drew heavy criticism from the Muslim community in early March for holding hearings on the radicalization of Muslim Americans. Democratic Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to congress, gave emotional testimony during the hearing.

A list of invited witnesses includes two CNN analysts, Peter Bergen and Frances Townsend, and MSNBC terrorism analyst Evan F. Kohlman.


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soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. NVa Native

    Another MacCarthy-like hearing from the radical right wing reactionary. Let's just hate everybody. Then we'll all be Repubs.

    May 17, 2011 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  2. Jim

    Doesn't this guy have anything useful to do? First he wants to interrogate Muslim Americans, apparently only for the publicity, and now he wants to waste time investigating Bin Laden's death. For what?

    May 17, 2011 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  3. D-NICE

    How does a hack like Peter King keep getting elected? I would be ashamed if I lived in this guy's district.

    May 17, 2011 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    This will give King something to do because he is sooooo out of touch.

    May 17, 2011 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  5. James in SD

    A Hearing? In god's name why? Dont you have a regular job to do in Congress that has to do with finding jobs or something! Other than waste more time on a dead guy!

    May 17, 2011 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  6. Len Smith

    bin Ladin is dead, so let it rest. Done, Finished and overwith. What is the Congressman looking for a medal of sorts? What a waste of time and money. King must not have anything to do.

    May 17, 2011 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  7. thomas

    What a great waste of tax payers money !
    Peter King should hold hearings on Ex Enron Corp. founder Kenneth Lay, who was convicted of helping perpetuate one of the most sprawling business frauds in U.S. history. Investagate his so called death , then track him down and shake him down.
    Ken was smarter the Bernie" Madoff ! $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    May 17, 2011 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  8. GI Joe

    What's this idiot going to do? Incarcerate all the Navy Seals? He's just a big show and never does anything useful, NY, time to vote him out and get someone in there that does something besides accuse and tear down our military.

    May 17, 2011 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  9. Ron

    WIth this idiot at the helm, they will probably come back and say Been Lousy was "murdered" or something else really stupid. You must know he's only doing this to see if there's anything he can use against PRESIDENT Obama. What a loser that King guy is. NY needs better representation.

    May 17, 2011 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  10. Dave

    Republicans claiming bin Laden's death harms our national security... we all knew this was coming, folks.

    Republicans are soft on terrorism; 9/11 happened under Bush and Bush couldn't kill Osama. Politically speaking, republicans savor the thought of another terrorist attack in America.

    May 17, 2011 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  11. Mtnjim

    Yup, gotta get a list of "talking points" on how President Obama was wrong.

    May 17, 2011 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  12. darla

    Try pursuing this nonsense king and lets see how you"ll enjoy your last term in office you pompous jerk.

    May 17, 2011 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  13. Sally Shaw

    This is a waste of taxpayers' money. Do something useful like creating JOBS.

    May 17, 2011 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  14. C. Howe Yulikit

    More grandstanding from the IRA terrorist lover.

    May 17, 2011 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  15. Mollybee

    How did this idiot ever get to be a Representative? He is all over the map on foreign policies. In particular, his views and activiies regarding Islam and American citizens who are Muslim.

    May 17, 2011 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  16. Augusta

    He's just grandstanding for himself.

    May 17, 2011 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  17. Sgt Schultz

    Is this REALLY necessary? King is just trying to exploit fear-mongering for political points as usual. Especially by bringing on that Bush cabinet official. Gee why nobody appearing from Fox News – Fact Don't Matter? Maybe Glenn Beck will stick his foot in mouth again.

    May 17, 2011 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  18. willard

    Presdient obama will be take careful with middle east and syria I think that obama can't get new ideas of country but middle east and syria will watch to presdient obama will speech his word

    May 17, 2011 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  19. Kenny

    I am of the opinion that Mr. Peter "Pan" King is of a greater threat to this country than any terrorist as long as he goes around spreading his own personal form of hate towards Muslims. He seems to live on the ideas that used to be thought among Whites back in the 40's 50's and 60's that all Blacks are bad. Now in the 2000's Peter "Pan" King has changed the hate thought being spread around from Blacks to Muslims. He is one sad and ignorant man. I just hope he realizes before he causes serious problems how dangerous he is to society and to himself.

    May 17, 2011 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  20. ThinkAgain

    "increased risk of retaliatory attacks against America."

    No, duh! A third grader could have come up with this "analysis." I'm guessing this waste of time and energy – that should be spent on job creation – is just another ploy by the Republicans to minimize President Obama's success in eliminating the mastermind behind the worst domestic terror attack in our nation's history – which, coincidentally happened on GW BUSH'S WATCH!

    May 17, 2011 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  21. lynn

    Just more political grandstanding. The U.S. will always be the target of jealous radicals. They hate us for what we have and how we developed our Country. King is just working on photo-ops.

    May 17, 2011 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  22. GOP = Greed Over People

    Is the GOP ever going to investigate how to help create JOBS?

    May 17, 2011 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  23. Papasan

    Total Right Wing Loony Nut Case!

    May 17, 2011 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  24. Chuck Anaheim, Ca.

    Now THERES a real job creating solution by one of the head republicons.

    May 17, 2011 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  25. Chispter

    By all means, Rep. King, let's waste even more time and money than you have already!

    May 17, 2011 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
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