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.
Washington (CNN) - The witness list for a House hearing to examine radicalization in the American Muslim community includes congressmen and several prominent Muslim-Americans. But notably absent from the list is U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who has been sharply critical of the hearing set to take place on Thursday.
House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Peter King told CNN Wednesday that he did not call the head of the Justice Department to testify because he knew that Holder would dispute what King says he hears privately from law enforcement officials - that Muslim-Americans aren’t sufficiently cooperating in anti-radicalization efforts.
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."FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Walk into Rep. Peter King's Capitol Hill office, and you are overwhelmed with how much the September 11, 2001, attacks consume the New York Republican. There are photos on the walls of funerals he attended, images of a smoky Brooklyn bridge, and baseball caps with sayings including "USS New York, Never Forget."
King says he doesn't have a monopoly on grief - but it is what drives him.
"If you ask me what I think of about going to work every day, its 9/11 and preventing another 9/11. There were too many people I knew," he told CNN in an interview in his office.
Washington (CNN) - House Majority Leader Eric Cantor Tuesday defended Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King for holding a series of hearings on the "radicalization" of the American Muslim community and that community's response to it.
The number two House GOP leader pointed to the 2009 attack at Fort Hood by a Muslim American soldier on fellow U.S. soldiers, and maintained that King's committee's job is to deal with potential threats to U.S. security.
Washington (CNN)- Republican Rep. Peter King of New York says "something from within" the Muslim community is a "threat" to America that needs to be explored.
The issue will be discussed in the upcoming week as King, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, holds hearings on the radicalization of Muslim Americans. Democratic Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, openly disagreed with the premise of the hearings as King gave a preview Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" with Candy Crowley of what will be discussed Thursday on the Hill.
(CNN) - Amidst the fallout from the WikiLeaks release of sensitive State Department cables, an ongoing fury of words has erupted from both sides of the aisle over blame and accountability.
Former President Bill Clinton issued a warning Tuesday at an appearance in Greensboro, North Carolina. "I'll be very surprised if some people don't lose their lives over these leaks," he said, while addressing a crowd at Guilford College. "And goodness knows how many will lose their careers."
(WASHINGTON) CNN – New York Republican Rep. Peter King is blasting the Pentagon for the release of confidential State Department documents by the controversial whistle-blowing website Wikileaks.
During an interview with CNN Lead Political Anchor Wolf Blitzer in the Situation Room Tuesday, the ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee blamed the Defense Department for failing to secure documents that were allegedly leaked at the hands of an army private.
(CNN) – Two days after President Obama declared his support for a controversial proposal to build an Islamic center and mosque near the site of Ground Zero in Manhattan, two New York lawmakers sounded off on the merits of the project.
Republican Rep. Peter King represents a portion of western Long Island less than 20 miles from New York City; Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler represents part of Brooklyn and a slice of Manhattan that includes ground zero. In an interview Sunday on CNN's State of the Union, the congressmen differed on how they characterized the sensitivity of building a mosque near such hallowed ground.
"The fallacy is that al Qaeda attacked us. Islam did not attack us," Nadler told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley.
"It is only insensitive if you regard Islam as the culprit as opposed to Al Qaeda as the culprit," he added. "[…]Objecting to the mosque would be as objectionable if you wouldn't object to a church or synagogue in the same place because that's blaming all Islam and you can't blame an entire religion."
But King said "the attack was carried out in the name of Islam," and the fact that many families of 9/11 victims are opposed to the proposal should be enough of a reason to relocate it farther away from where the twin towers of the World Trade Center came down.