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It's getting to where I have to wait a little while just to see where a demonstration is coming from because they seem to be everywhere. There are demonstrations in the Middle East, Wisconsin, Ohio, Florida, Indiana and who knows where the next one will prop up. The protests of the Middle East are about overthrowing dictators and the ones here it home are about workers having the right to collective bargaining. If that's not enough to fan the flames; Representative Peter King(R-NY), is using his power as Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee to convene hearings on what he calls "Islamic Radicalization."

The Muslim- American community in representative King's Long Island District has taken umbrage to his targeting of Muslim-Americans. The title of King's hearing is "The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and That Community's Response." Representative King has said that 80% of the Mosques in United States are controlled by radical Imams. As of yet, Mr. King has failed to prove that, but he got it from Sheikh Kabbani who was a Muslim leader during the Clinton Administration, when he testified back in 1999 and 2000 before the State Department that he thought over 80 percent of the mosques in this country are controlled by radical Imams. Really, Mr. King, testimony from a terrorist, 11 to 12 years ago and we need this hearing because? The hearings are about the last three words of the title “That Community Response." The committee chairman thinks that Muslim-Americans are withholding information on would be terrorist. Chairman King forgets (or doesn't care to know) that, "the largest single source of initial information (48 of 120 cases) involved tips from the Muslim American community." Not only does this contradict King's implicit charge that the American Muslim community is one vast terrorism enabler, but it suggests that an outcome of his hearings will be the further alienation of this community - and less cooperation with the authorities. I remembered that the father of the Christmas Day bomber told authorities of his son's involvement with extremist, months before the plot.

This morning I heard Peter King quoting Janet Napolitano's words when she said “The terrorist threat facing our country has evolved significantly in the last ten years -- and continues to evolve -- so that, in some ways, the threat facing us is at its most heightened state since those attacks," she said before the House Homeland Security Committee. “It is true that fifty individuals involved in 32 high-profile terrorism plots involving al Qaeda-like ideology in the past decade were U.S. citizens at the time of their arrests, according to a study by the New York State Intelligence Center. Most were natural-born. She did not say we should hold hearings targeting Muslim-Americans because they don't respond the way Rep. King thinks they ought to...If only Peter King would have listened to the words of Henry Adams,when he said"Politics,as a practice,whatever its profession has always been the systematic organization of hatreds."

I don't think Representative King would've been alienating to any one, if his committee would have widened the scope to include all domestic terrorists and used the data the Southern Poverty League has been gathering for years. These selective hearings will amplify the rumblings of Islamophobia as it did last summer. The hearings will serve as "breaking news segments” for Fox News and talk radio....Even before these hearing we had state and local communities thinking that our justice system could be overtaken by Sharia Law. The paranoid will abandon their quest for concealed handguns permits for "Open Carry."....As always, Texas will lead the way....:-(