The March 10th Homeland Security Committee hearing on "The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and that Community's Response" was a failure — simply because it added nothing new to Americans' understanding of Islamist radicalization.

As the chairman of the most important House committee charged with countering Islamist radicalization, it was incumbent on Representative Peter King to present compelling and substantive information that would raise the bar on the topic.

The hearings, however, did not accomplish this. Although the title of the day's proceedings was totally focused on radicalization, King presented no witnesses to define even what radicalization is, seemingly the basic starting point.

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