Congressional hearing on the "Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community"

Mar 10, 2011

The Committee on Homeland Security is holding a hearing entitled “The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and that Community's Response.”

ABC News reports:

Today’s House hearing on “The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and That Community’s Response” has created a firestorm of criticism by civil rights groups and Democrats who say that Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., is intentionally isolating Muslims.

Democrats and rights groups say he’s guilty of “modern-day McCarthyism,” and is using religion to divide Americans.

You can watch the hearing now on C-SPAN.

Here's King responding to critics of the hearing on a CBS affiliate:

Witnesses of the hearing include:

Panel 1

  • Hon. John D. Dingell, A Representative in Congress from the 15th District of Michigan
  • Hon. Keith Ellison, A Representative in Congress from the 5th District of Minnesota

Panel 2

  • Hon. Frank Wolf, A Representative in Congress from the 10th District of Virginia

Panel 3

  • Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, President and Founder, American Islamic Forum for Democracy
  • Mr. Abdirizak Bihi, Director, Somali Education and Social Advocacy Center
  • Mr. Melvin Bledsoe, Private Citizen
  • Sheriff Leroy Baca, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department