New York Rep. Peter King is under attack for his plan to hold hearings on the Muslim community's lack of cooperation with the government to stop the rising threat of homegrown radicalization when he becomes chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. King's investigation, though, is imperative, as even top Obama administration officials are warning of the frightening increase in acts of homegrown terrorism.
King is being described as the real extremist for his past vocal support of the Irish Republican Army and is being accused of having an anti-Muslim bias. The legal director of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee says King has "bigoted intentions" and the community affairs director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations' New York chapter says he "has dedicated years of his career peddling extremist rhetoric and baseless claims concerning the Muslim community and its leadership."
The true "baseless claims" are the ones made against King. He was an advocate of U.S. military intervention in the former Yugoslavia on the side of Muslims, has taken Pakistan's side over India's in their fight over Kashmir, and had a long relationship with the Muslim community of Long Island. His record contradicts the accusation that he has an anti-Muslim agenda. His warnings are based in fact and they are echoed by top Obama administration officials.