Two members of Congress, two men whose families were devastated by a relative's radicalization and two civic leaders with opposing views on Muslim community support for law enforcement will testify Thursday at the first hearing on Islamic radicalization in America.
According to the National Review, the father of a man accused of gunning down an Army recruiter and the uncle of a Minneapolis man killed after joining the Somali terrorist group al-Shabaab will testify about their relatives' path to violence. Also testifying are U.S. Reps. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., and Frank Wolf, R-Va., along with Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca and Muslim political activist M. Zuhdi Jasser.
U.S. Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., called the hearing in December, saying Congress needed to study new and effective methods used by al-Qaida and its affiliates to recruit terrorists from among Muslims in America. That includes English-language Internet video postings and several issues of a new magazine issued by al-Qaida's Yemeni branch.
In addition, King has said, more needs to be done to get community support for terrorism-related investigations. "When I meet with law enforcement," he told the New York Times, "they are constantly telling me how little cooperation they get from Muslim leaders."