Might be? Is there really any doubt? “CAIR comes under fire during Peter King hearings on radical Islam,” by Felicia Sonmez and Michelle Boorstein for the Washington Post, March 10:
As the hearing stretched into its third hour, one of the few outbursts from the room came as Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) criticized the event as “grossly incomplete.”
“We are seeing a very skewed discussion. While I think these anecdotes are interesting, I don’t believe these are experts,” Speier said. A low wave of boos and hisses came from the room. Speier slammed the hearing for its lack of any law enforcement officials or representatives from the FBI or the Homeland Security Department — except for Los Angeles Sheriff Leroy Baca, called by the ranking Democrats.
She said that in addition to investigating Islamic radicalism, the committee might as well be investigating the Army of God, a Christian terrorist organization. She also drew a parallel between the witnesses on the panel and her own experience as a practicing Roman Catholic….
Jihad terror mass murder in Fort Hood. Jihad mass-murder plots thwarted in Portland; Baltimore; Lubbock, Texas; North Carolina; Times Square; on an airplane over Detroit; and more — and that’s just the last few months. How many mass-murder plots has the Army of God cooked up in the same time span?
Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.) also criticized the hearing as “theater” and the congressional equivalent of “reality TV.” She said she was “appalled” by the idea that “we have not gotten to a substantive conversation about how we define terrorism, how we define the whole idea of radicalization.”…
I agree wholeheartedly. We do need to define those terms properly, and others as well.
Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-Minn.), a freshman, said that unlike Speier, he believed that those on the panel were experts and commended them for their “courage” and “conviction.”…
The crowd seemed to gain energy — 3 1/2 hours into the hearing — when the subject turned to the legitimacy of groups such as the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Cravaack repeated allegations constant in the conservative blogosphere that the advocacy group is governed by terrorist organizations collaborating with outlawed groups like Hamas.
“Basically, you’re dealing with a terrorist organization. They might be using you, sir, to implement their goals,” Cravaack told Baca, who represents the largest sheriff’s department in the country.
Baca, who has been outspoken in recent weeks about his strong collaboration with Muslim American organizations, triggered something like a group gasp when he said, “If the FBI has any charges against CAIR, let the FBI bring them. You have facts, and you have a crime. Deal with it. We don’t play around with criminals in my world. If CAIR is a ‘criminal organization,’ prosecute them and bring them to trial.”…