House Homeland Security Committee chairman Peter King (R-NY) announced Tuesday he would convene a fifth hearing to investigate the radicalization of the Muslim community in the United States.
“When I began this series of investigative hearings in March of last year to examine radicalization within the Muslim-American community, I was vilified by the politically correct media, pandering politicians and radical groups such as CAIR – even though this issue was non-partisan and of serious concern to national security and counterterrorism officials in the Obama administration,” he said in a statement.
Critics have accused King of carrying out a religiously-based witch hunt by unfairly targeting Muslims in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, while ignoring other radical groups like white supremacists. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), the first Muslim elected to Congress, said in 2011 that King was “stoking fears about an entire group for a political agenda.”
“To date, we have examined radicalization of Muslim-Americans generally, focused on the problem of radicalization in U.S. prisons, investigated al-Shabaab’s recruitment of more than 40 young American Muslims, and examined the threat to military communities inside the U.S following attacks at Fort Hood and in Little Rock,” King said.
“Our witnesses included a number of Muslims, including a Muslim leader who testified at the al-Shabaab hearing that these hearings have empowered the Muslim Community to confront this serious problem. ”
The hearing will be held on Wednesday.