And despite the propaganda offensive by Hamas-linked CAIR and other Islamic supremacist groups, most Americans support the hearings. I certainly hope they do some good, and that King no longer allows himself to be cowed by his opponents. Certainly their fury and mendacity as the hearings begin indicate that he is getting close to areas that Islamic supremacists in the U.S. don’t want examined.
WASHINGTON — Rep. Peter King has had around-the-clock security as he pushes forward with a hearing Thursday on the radicalization of Muslims in America, but a new Gallup poll shows a majority of Americans support King’s plans.
The New York Republican who is hosting the first in a series of hearings on homegrown terror, will have extra security from Capitol Police who will be securing the congressional hearing room and surrounding areas, as well as his office, as the House Homeland Security Committee takes testimony.
That’s on top of a larger security detail provided by the New York Police Department and the Nassau County, N.Y., police, who have been guarding King for the past few months.
But a new Gallup poll shows that 52 percent of Americans say these hearings are appropriate, though support is split among party lines.
Sixty-nine percent of Republicans say the hearings are the right thing, while only 40 percent say they are appropriate. Independents’ views track closely to the national average at 51 percent supporting the hearings. Overall, 49 percent of Democrats polled on Tuesday say the hearings are not appropriate, compared to 42 percent of independents and 23 percent of Republicans….
In his opening statement, King says he is “well aware” that the hearings have generated “considerable controversy and opposition” but he’s not talking about anything different than the Obama administration is considering.
“Congressional investigation of Muslim American radicalization is the logical response to the repeated and urgent warnings which the Obama administration has been making in recent months.”
The Obama administration has tried to frame the discussion around radicalization in general, without singling out Muslims. King has said that’s just political correctness since Al Qaeda is the main threat to the U.S.
Despite the protests, there’s nothing in the prepared testimony that indiscriminately labels Muslims as terrorists, as critics had feared….
Critics didn’t “fear” that. They knew that would never happen. Critics tried to whip up fears of that happening in order to try to make sure the King hearings would be toothless or even scrapped altogether.