The mere fact of Congressman Peter King's hearings on "radicalization" of Muslims in the U.S. aroused a great deal of hysterical fury and wild accusations from American Muslim advocacy groups, and that was revealing to Americans who may not have realized how subversive those groups really are. But the hearings themselves didn't illuminate much of anything, as I predicted in January after King started caving to Islamic supremacist pressure over his witness list.
Reviews of Rep. Pete King’s opening round of hearings into “Muslim radicalization” are lousy. King blames the Muslim lobby and the media. But he’s the one who blew it.
King, the Republican head of the House Homeland Security Committee, deserves thrashing not because the hearing was an exercise in Muslim-bashing, as Democrats and the media unfairly charged. Far from it, the tenor of the questioning was respectful.
The problem, rather, was King didn't even come close to delivering what he advertised with his investigation, titled "The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and that Community's Response."...
The lead-off witness was Rep. Keith Ellison, a Muslim Democrat from Minneapolis who has tried to shut down the hearings since King first announced them. His top billing was an odd choice, to be sure. But King said he invited him "as an example of my good faith."
His gesture backfired, as we predicted days before the hearing ("Rep. King: Don't Pull Any Punches," March 9), when we noticed Ellison headlining the witness list.
Ellison, another close ally of CAIR, stole the show when he broke into tears while retelling the story of a Muslim paramedic who died in the World Trade Center. Ellison used the victim as an example of the "witch hunt" against Muslims in America by claiming he was falsely accused of involvement in the 9/11 plot.