Rep. Peter King (R-NY) blasted reporters and civil rights advocates on Thursday while renewing his call for heavy surveillance on Muslim communities in the wake of the shooting attack at the Canadian Parliament, Buzzfeed reported.
“The fact is we have to find what people are thinking,” King told Newsmax host J.D. Hayworth. “We have to find out who the radicals are. We have to find out what’s going on in the mosques, which often are incubators of this type of terrorism.”
King said it was “no coincidence” that the suspect, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, carried out his attack after the extremist group Islamic State called for “individual Muslims” to act on their behalf in North America. He said Muslim communities in the U.S. should be monitored as they were by the New York City Police Department, “until those morons at the New York Times editorial board, and Associated Press, and American Civil Liberties Union went after them.”
The NYPD disbanded its “Zone Assessment Unit” this past April, after frequent criticism and two legal battles involving its covert surveillance of mosques. The program had been in place since 2003, and was described by at least one Muslim activist as “Cointelpro 2.0.”
King, the former chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security, further argued that President Barack Obama should declare Zehaf-Bibeau’s actions “an act of Islamic terrorism.”
Zehalf-Bibeau shot and killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, a Canadian Army Reserves member, during his assault before he was fatally shot by House of Commons Sergeant at Arms Kevin Vickers. Reuters reported on Thursday that Canadian federal and local authorities have determined that Zehaf-Bibeau acted alone.
Part 1 of Hayworth’s interview with King, as posted online on Thursday, can be seen below.
Part 2 can be seen here.