Rep. King has beefed up security
March 10th, 2011
08:03 AM ET
11 years ago

Rep. King has beefed up security

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.

He described threats he is getting as a "combination of things" and said the decision to step up protection was made because of various "threat assessments." King also revealed to CNN that he has already had security protection with him at home in New York for the "last three or four months."

As the public learned following the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona, most members of Congress do not have security protection, but King says that he now has someone either from the New York Police Department or the Nassau County Police with him at all times when he is in his district. He said this too was done because of threat assessments by law enforcement officials.

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  1. GI Joe

    He had better step up security. He's opening a hornet's nest and stirring up more hate.

    Wisconsin should run a swastika over the capitol today. The same dictatorship is happening in Michigan, Ohio, and New Jersey as we speak. Our freedom is GONE. Look up and study PNAC - it's the repubican playbook for turning towns and states to corporations - then the corporations will have us, our kids, grand-kids, etc., as indentured servants our entire lives.


    March 10, 2011 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  2. Canadian Jim

    Ignorance has always been the greatest threat to our security and safety. King is part of the problem, not the solution.

    March 10, 2011 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  3. w l jones

    Muslim live on this land one thousand years before Columbus discovered it so why would they wont to distroy this beautiful country. Bless.

    March 10, 2011 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  4. Chipster

    It's probably a good idea for King to have some extra protection. There are a lot of volatile people who are not too happy with King's plan to treat American Muslims as if they are closet terrorists. His comments have McCarthyism written all over them. Terrorists could use this treatment as a recruiting tool if King proceeds with his plans. Before the PATRIOT Act and the constitutional violations that Americans have made little effort to prevent, King would have been ridiculed out of office. Fear has crippled and perhaps destroyed our country. We surrendered to it by 2008 and perhaps don't deserve our liberty anymore.

    March 10, 2011 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  5. 100% ETH

    King is 100% correct. Some Americans, they just don't learn.

    I remember, durin former President Bush the junior era, there were a continued Hurricane warnings in Florida and Louisiana, few people they listened their Government and they escaped, but some others they didn't obeyed their Government ordered and they vanished.

    March 10, 2011 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  6. len

    Good thought Mr.King. These people are out to kill every infidel there is Man,Women,or child. What about homegrown evangelical hate groups out there! They are getting just as bad at inciting violence! Better keep an eye on them to sir!!! It,s like that jewish secret service guy said,you Americans better start "Profiling" these people,they want to kill you? The muslim and christian good parishners,"Better put a cap on their violent "Chapters.

    March 10, 2011 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  7. Tsah from Virginia

    What? Is he afraid of a Muslim Attack????? I bet the threats are not even coming from the Muslim community – which is probably what MOST would believe in this case.

    I don't know – I think if King has presented this differently, NOT going against a specific group but treating his cause as a WHOLE – he would have been better off. Most Americans believe that "radicalization" is on the rise in the country but NOT most Americans believe it only comes from one group!!!

    Well – No matter what people BELIEVE – Even if they are WRONG – They should NOT be threatened!!

    March 10, 2011 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  8. FactCheck

    Don't worry Mr. King. No one cared a whiff about you before and no one will continue to care a whiff about you now.

    March 10, 2011 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  9. John in Brooklyn

    While I don't wish any harm on Representative King, I think anyone who suggests that religious liberties in the US only apply to Christians and Jews is simply not qualified to swear to uphold and protect the consitution of the US (a pledge he took when he entered Congress).

    March 10, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  10. carlos

    is this at taxpayer s expense or his own.....better be his own...why should we pay for his utmost stupidity....he is actually jeopardizing the United States of America s security with these hearings by inciting hatred.

    March 10, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  11. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    So is he using "former members" of the IRA for his additional security? After all, he has been their biggest supporter this side of the Atlantic for decades! Hey, maybe some of those former IRA members will recognize the Arab Terrorists they trained if they decide to attack Representative King! That will make identification significantly easier.

    March 10, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  12. Guest

    Forget the muslims! You should be going after the evangelical christians....they are the ones that are truly the danger to our great country.

    March 10, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  13. LouAz

    Has King looked at any others to see if "extra protection" is needed ? This guy is Joe McCarthy all over again !

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

    Hey Pete. If you want to be a get attention by being a lightening rod for hate, go ahead. Just don't come back to Seaford.

    March 10, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |