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Rep. King calls for hearings on homegrown terrorism, praises Holder

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Caroline May
Political Reporter

Incoming House Homeland Security Chairman Peter King of New York says he is pleased that Attorney General Eric Holder and the Obama administration have had an “awakening” about the threat of homegrown Islamist terrorism.

Holder told ABC News Tuesday that homegrown terrorism “is one of the things that keeps [him] up at night,” noting that in the last two years, of the 126 individuals indicted on terrorism charges, 50 have been Americans.

“The ability to go into your basement, turn on your computer, find a site that has this kind of hatred spewed … they have an ability to take somebody who is perhaps just interested, perhaps just on the edge, and take them over to the other side,” Holder said, acknowledging the reach of Islamist radicals like Anwar al-Alawaki. Al-Alawaki, currently believed to be hiding in Yemen, is suspected to have inspired Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan and attempted Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad.

King says he intends to open a congressional inquiry into the radicalization of American Muslims once the Republicans take control of the House Homeland Security Committee in the next Congress.

“There are two things we’re confronting,” King told The Daily Caller. “One is, that, Al Qaeda has pretty much realized that it’s very difficult to attack us from overseas, our defenses are good, we’ve gone nine years, a little bit of luck but a lot of skill, we’re not being attacked from overseas, what they’ve done is …is they’re now recruiting Muslims living here in the United States.”

King said that he is glad that Holder is finally coming to terms with the threat posed by radicalized domestic Muslims and the fact that terrorism was not just the fault of the Bush administration.

“I think that Eric Holder and other members of the administration came in with a built-in bias that somehow this was permanently George Bush and Dick Cheney’s fault. [They thought], ‘Once they were gone, once we stopped talking about Islamic terrorism and once we just reached out and showed that we were better than Bush and Cheney were, the terror threat would dissipate.’ Well, we see it’s more severe than ever, as severe as ever. And it’s right now here in our own country.”

King said that despite the fact that he is being demonized in the press by liberal detractors and groups like the Council on American Islamic Relations (an un-indicted co-conspirator a Hamas terrorist funding trial), he has enjoyed a long and harmonious relationships with much of the Muslim American community. Now, with Holder acknowledging the threat of domestic Islamist terrorism, King is more confident that he will be able to make inroads into the problem of homegrown terrorism.

“It’s keeping Eric Holder awake and also if you’ve noticed in recent weeks he’s actually given speeches as to why he’s conducting operations in mosques and Muslim communities. Now if I had called for any of this, if I had asked a year ago for operations in mosques….I would have been branded a racist,” King said.

King expects hearings to begin in February.

  • oletech

    Sorry Mr. King. When it comes to Holder I will not believe it till I see it.

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  • tombt

    Holder and others like him have ideological blinders on that prevent them from seeing, let alone understanding, the threat from radical Islam. Obama thought he could mend fences broken by the previous administration by extending a hand to radicals like Iran and N. Korea. So very naive. No. I still think that when Holder thinks about homegrown terrorists he is largely thinking about the tea party. Holder’s worldview – shared by others in the Administration – also explains thier misunderstanding of economic matters.

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  • jdw

    Holder may be talking about ‘homegrown radicals’, but he and the MSM still refuse to attach muslim to it. Hey Holder, ‘Its Muslims Stupid’!
    You can bet your life that if it were Christians or Jews that were blowing up airplanes, bars, or killing their daughters, he would be saying radical Christians, or radical Jews!

  • hologram5

    Neither of these morons could investigate their way out of a wet paper bag. They think patriots are homegrown terrorists and if it wasn’t for patriots, we’d still be living under the crown if not speaking German outright.

  • teapartypatriot

    Per “You Lie!” hussein’s imbecile AG holder, YOU may be an American terrorist if:

    1. You have read the US Constitution or the Bill of Rights
    2. You get information from ANYPLACE BUT the lamestream socialist fake-news media
    3. You object to having the lunatic-left confiscate your income to pay the mortgage of your deadbeat neighbor
    4. You want to work for a living, instead of getting endless unemployment benefits and other BIG GOVERNMENT welfare.
    5. You want to vote WITHOUT being intimidated by Black Panther goons and thugs.
    6. You don’t want to be forced to join a lunatic-left d-crat socialist-supporting union and pay dues that are then passed on to the campaigns of d-crat socialists.
    7. You don’t want the BIG GOVERNMENT NANNY STATE telling you what to wear, what to eat, what to think, what to drive, what to carry groceries in, what box to check in elections, what to drink, what to do every moment of every day….
    8. You don’t want China to OWN you thanks to the out-of-control reckless China-funded spending of the lunatic-left d-crat socialists.
    9. You are a Christian or support any religion other than radical islam.
    10. You are able to speak English instead of ONLY spanish.

    It’s time for the utter, total failure of a racist, incompetent joke and disgrace to America known as “holder” to be fired.

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