Congressman Peter King Resurrects McCarthyism: This Time Around the “Communists” are Muslim

Aaron Cynic writes at Diatribe Media:

Peter King’s brand new version of the HUAC hearings and the glory days of the McCarthy era is set to begin Thursday, when King will hold hearings deciding whether or not American Muslims have been “radicalized.” King told CNN’s State of the UnionWe’re talking about the affiliates of Al Qaeda who have been radicalizing, and there’s been self-radicalization going on within the Muslim community, within a very small minority, but it’s there. And that’s where the threat is coming from at this time.”

King justified his witch hunt, titled “The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and that Community’s Response” by citing three terrorist incidents in the U.S. instances involving Muslims – the tragic shooting at Fort Hood in 2009 and two bomb plots in New York. King said “People in this country are being self-radicalized, whether it’s Major Hasan or whether it’s Shahzad or whether it was Zazi in New York. These were all people who were identifying, in one way or another, with Al Qaida or Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.” But while these horrific instances of terrorism are ghastly, they’re certainly not representative of the American Muslim community at large.

King’s no stranger to stoking the fires of fear towards the Muslim community. The Washington Post reports that in 2004 King told Sean Hannity that “no American Muslim leaders are cooperating in the war on terror,” even though a study found that tips thwarting 48 out of 120 cases involving American terrorist plots came from the Muslim community. Furthermore, the study concluded that the number of Muslim-Americans engaged in terrorist acts against America has totaled 28 in the past two years. In addition, the Post reports a Pew Research study found in 2007 that most Muslim Americans are largely “assimilated, happy with their lives and moderate with respect to many of the issues that have divided Muslims and Westerners around the world.”

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  • Dust

    oh okay, so I guess we’re also watching the radicals in the xtian community in american…

    • Andrew

      Do you mean “watching” like a boss watches an employee or a director watches an agent?

  • Dust

    oh okay, so I guess we’re also watching the radicals in the xtian community in american…

  • Andrew

    Do you mean “watching” like a boss watches an employee or a director watches an agent?

  • Weekendsvanatta

    islamic and christian extremeists should prepare to be run out of the country. this isnt about racism. this is about killing off oppressive religous and cultural ideals.
    Stopping the spread of islam is the same as stiopping the spread of the KKK christian. shut em down.

    • DeepCough

      It would interest you to know that the HUAC was originally formed to prosecute fascist groups like the KKK, until their directive changed (one Congressman at the time deemed them “an American institution”).

    • aaroncynic

      So what you’re saying is, King should be holding hearings on Christian extremists as well? Say, the Hutaree perhaps? Good luck.

      This isn’t only about racism, it’s about scapegoating and fear mongering. Republicans often shrug off white Christian terrorist (Timothy McVey, etc) as being loners or not representative of the faith. Then they turn around and hold panels such as this – because it’s easy to scapegoat an entire faith or belief system as long as its adherents are sufficiently foreign enough. We did the same with anything connected to communism, (Russians were sufficiently foreign enough at one time), with the Japanese (internment camps), etc.

      This isn’t about killing off oppressive cultural ideals. King voted against repealing DADT and is a huge fan of the PATRIOT ACT. Both of which are pretty damned oppressive.

  • Weekendsvanatta

    islamic and christian extremeists should prepare to be run out of the country. this isnt about racism. this is about killing off oppressive religous and cultural ideals.
    Stopping the spread of islam is the same as stiopping the spread of the KKK christian. shut em down.

  • DeepCough

    It would interest you to know that the HUAC was originally formed to prosecute fascist groups like the KKK, until their directive changed (one Congressman at the time deemed them “an American institution”).

  • Anonymous

    So what you’re saying is, King should be holding hearings on Christian extremists as well? Say, the Hutaree perhaps? Good luck.

    This isn’t only about racism, it’s about scapegoating and fear mongering. Republicans often shrug off white Christian terrorist (Timothy McVey, etc) as being loners or not representative of the faith. Then they turn around and hold panels such as this – because it’s easy to scapegoat an entire faith or belief system as long as its adherents are sufficiently foreign enough. We did the same with anything connected to communism, (Russians were sufficiently foreign enough at one time), with the Japanese (internment camps), etc.

    This isn’t about killing off oppressive cultural ideals. King voted against repealing DADT and is a huge fan of the PATRIOT ACT. Both of which are pretty damned oppressive.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    Yeah, there’s a fella for you who’s got his finger on the pulse of the nation. Not even Joe Pesci would wear a haircut like that outside of a film contract!

    Seriously though, whoever advised King to pursue this course now has seriously got to be fired. Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, Iran, it’s all waking the Western World up to the really insidious dynamic that’s cutting the world in two, and it ain’t got squat to do with religion . . .

    Yeah, it’s a really mix of comedy and horror, alright. To see some stupid, doomed bastard jump so gleefully into the shoes of washed-up alky demagogue McCarthy . . ..

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, there’s a fella for you who’s got his finger on the pulse of the nation. Not even Joe Pesci would wear a haircut like that outside of a film contract!

    Seriously though, whoever advised King to pursue this course now has seriously got to be fired. Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, Iran, it’s all waking the Western World up to the really insidious dynamic that’s cutting the world in two, and it ain’t got squat to do with religion . . .

    Yeah, it’s a really mix of comedy and horror, alright. To see some stupid, doomed bastard jump so gleefully into the shoes of washed-up alky demagogue McCarthy . . ..

  • Old_cross-eyes

    Please explain to us all how Islam is a race, aaroncynic.

    Then please do some research about the 1995 Senate hearings into the white militia movement, which took place right after the Oklahoma City terror bombing.

    These hearings are long, long overdue. Stifled by political correctness gone crazy.

  • Old_cross-eyes

    Please explain to us all how Islam is a race, aaroncynic.

    Then please do some research about the 1995 Senate hearings into the white militia movement, which took place right after the Oklahoma City terror bombing.

    These hearings are long, long overdue. Stifled by political correctness gone crazy.

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