The Importance of Being (Peter) King

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Poor Peter.  The burdens that come with exposing the problem of radical Islam in America are falling squarely on Congressman Peter King’s shoulders.  This is because he, almost single-handedly, has taken up the mantle of leadership on this issue in the form of congressional hearings.  This is a daunting task no doubt, and he is to be commended for both his efforts and his courage.

It was therefore a grave disappointment when last week’s hearing, titled “The threat of Muslim-American radicalization in U.S. Prisons” fell flat.  Indeed, it left the observer wondering what the goal of the hearing was.  If it was to educate the public, it utterly failed.  If it was to raise awareness, it did no such thing.  To the contrary, an objective observer uneducated on this topic would likely walk away believing that the trend of Islamist radicalization in U.S prisons is minute, perhaps irrelevant, and certainly not a serious threat.  It might reasonably have been concluded that prison gang violence, discrimination against poor black men, a lack of rehabilitation and social injustice should have been the subject of the hearing.  After all, why is Poor Peter picking on radical Muslims and not radical Jews or radical Christians?  It just doesn’t seem fair.  And without further explanation, it doesn’t even seem constitutional.

Confining their answers to the questions being asked by the committee’s congressmen, the witnesses were able to eke out bits and pieces of useful information.  Yes, some people become radical Muslims in prison; yes, some Muslims in prison have formed or joined terrorist cells, and yes there are some inmates who want to supplant the U.S. government with Sharia law.

But without context and a clear purpose of what the hearing was intended to achieve, the viewer was left at the mercy of information elicited by congressmen who might not know much more about this subject than they do. It is conceivable that some congressmen might even have had a contrary political agenda.

This is the inevitable result when committee staff selects witnesses who are apologists for Islamism or who are unable to explain the relevance of the issue at hand.  The first witness, Patrick Dunleavy, former Inspector General of the New York State Department of Corrections and author of “Fertile Soil of Jihad” (a book about Islamic radicalization in prisons) did his best to explain the problem in the five minutes allotted.  The other three witnesses gave testimony counter to the conclusion that Chairman King presumably wanted the audience to conclude.  Sociology Professor Bert Useem from Purdue University (the Democrats’ witness) insisted that it is impossible for prisoners to be inculcated with extremist literature in jail because such literature is prohibited (ignoring other witness testimony that this literature abounds in jails anyway).  Kevin Smith, former Assistant U.S. Attorney from California, told the audience about some specific cases of terrorist cells forming in prison, but they sounded like isolated incidents.  And, Michael Downing from the L.A. Police Department praised Islam as “one of the most peaceful religions in the world but it has been hijacked.”  He insisted that working with the Muslim community is the best defense to countering terrorism.  Additionally, he asserted that the Islamic ummah would likely be “shocked” and not proud to learn about the extremist interpretations of Islam that inmates are learning in prison.  Yet, he emphasized that California jails examine “suspicious activity” and made no mention of monitoring the underlying ideology.

During the question and answer period, several congressmen used their allotted time to grandstand rather than extract information from the witnesses.  Some of the performances were quite impressive. Congressman Hansen Clarke (D-Michigan) was practically in tears as he shouted that discrimination against poor black men constituted the real problem with jails and that the focus on Islamic radicalization is merely a “distraction”.  Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX) and Bennie Thompson (D-MS) seemed certain that criminal gangs are more of a threat to America than Islamists.  Congresswoman Laura Richardson (D-CA) and others insisted that radical Christians and radical Asians and radical every-other-group are all equal threats. Further, Richardson professed that singling out radical Muslims constitutes discrimination “based on race or religion.”

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  • Jim

    There was more exposed than than it may seem.

    The liberals left's congressmen who perpetually tried to divert attention away from Islamic created prison conversions In so doing they seemed very protective of Islamic extremism.

    They were arguing that every thing else should be investigated except Islamic prison conversions.

    These disrupters of the Left have left a viewable record of their tactics used to protect
    Islamic terrorist recruiters from exposure.

    The enemy with in has exposed it's self.

  • Gene W.

    I support Congressman King and wish there were more support for his efforts. Please pray for him

  • Reason_For_Life

    Months ago I warned people right here that Peter King was a fool who would botch this investigation. I was mercilessly thumbed down for it.

    How's Peter King working out for you thumbers?

    There is nothing worse than an ally who's incompetent. A bad argument in favor of your position is worse than a thousand arguments against your position.

    • nightspore

      It does sound like he was out of his depth. Like most, still unprepared for the modern Meme Wars.

  • LindaRivera

    "Michael Downing from the L.A. Police Department praised Islam as “one of the most peaceful religions in the world but it has been hijacked.”

    "Mohammed is God's apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless
    to the unbelievers but merciful to one another" Quran 48:29

    Islamic terrorists have carried out more than 17,365 Deadly Terror Attacks Since 9/11

    British Schoolgirl's Testimony – Muslims Threaten Children With Violence & Rape Outside School Daily

    A nation's leadership that refuses to protect its own children is a nation that cannot survive.

    Horrifying and Evil. The utter horror of kidnapped Christian children. Their lives forever destroyed by cruel Islamo Fascists who are determined to make the children exactly like they are:

    Quran School:

    Who will rescue the children?

    It is war. A war that has been going on for 1,400 years. Founder of Islam, HUGE slave trader, Mohammad, murdered/beheaded 700 Jewish men because of the Jews' love for, and allegiance to G-D. The Jews refused to follow another god and the new religion of Mohammad. The Jews' wives and children were seized for slaves to lives of living hell.

    "Michael Downing from the L.A. Police Department praised Islam as “one of the most peaceful religions in the world but it has been hijacked.”

    By your statement, Mr. Downing, you obviously include Mohammad, founder of Islam, has having hijacked his OWN religion.

  • LindaRivera

    "Congressman Hansen Clarke (D-Michigan) was practically in tears as he shouted that discrimination against poor black men constituted the real problem with jails and that the focus on Islamic radicalization is merely a “distraction”."

    Save your tears, Congressman, for Black African Christian victims of Muslim barbaric cruelty!
    Faith J. H. McDonnell April 15, 2011
    A Plea for the Cote D’Ivoire:

    …Senator Jim Inhofe known for his love for Africa…He advised that he would offend not only the Ouattara regime, but the United Nations, France, and the U.S. State Department. All of these have sided with Ouattara, even as his supporters slaughter Ivory Coast Christians in a manner eerily reminiscent of the slaughter perpetrated by Kenya’s Odinga, another Islamist supported by the Obama administration. He reminded his fellow senators that in the days leading to the assault on Abidjan he had said that “this was going to happen” and that he had warned the UN and the State Department “that they would have blood on their hands.”

    He also expressed his concern for the hundreds of young supporters of President Gbagbo that had formed a human shield around the presidential palace, saying, “No one knows how many of these youths have been killed by UN and French forces.”

    …in the western Ivory Coast town of Duekoue, where a massacre of as many as 1000 pro-Gbagbo supporters, mostly Christians, took place between March 27 and 30.

    On Tuesday, March 29, “they started killing everyone.” She said that the Ouattara forces killed mothers and children, including shooting a young neighbor and her 6-month-old baby, and the elderly. By Wednesday, Houe said that Ouattara’s troops were using machetes. “They were slitting people’s throats, anyone — men, women, children,” she said.

    …Ouattara’s men circle Simone Gbagbo. Inhofe said that the thugs had pulled out her hair by the roots and then went to the streets, displaying her hair to mobs of cheering Ouattara supporters. Again Inhofe repeated his warning to other Sub-Saharan African leaders, saying, “This could happen to you. This could happen to your wife.”

    With very strong U.S. backing, UN soldiers and French troops went to war against Ivory Coast's Black African Christians. They proudly won the jihad and handed the country over to the barbaric Muslim forces. UN Peacekeepers? Give them their real name: UN Soldiers for Global Jihad.

    Why is there no investigation of this horrible crime against humanity? Where are the tears of congressmen and women and senators?

    Photo on the internet – Ivory Coast Christians' signs. A desperate appeal to the world for help:


  • tanstaafl

    The truth is there for those who seek it.

    Read the Qur'an and discover what Islam is. A cruel and inhuman dictatorship.

  • mlcblog

    It sure seems easy to fault Mr. King. Are you taking a stand? any kind of a stand?

    I believe he may have been threatened. I think I remember hearing about death threats and threats to his family so if he went soft….well, where are you?! before you judge Mr. King?

    Just saying. Easier to go against him? I think we should give this brave man credit and see what we can do to help!!