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Pete King To Testify Before Parliamentary Inquiry Into Islamic Radicalization

September 12, 2011

September 12, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - U.S. Congressman Pete King [R-NY] whose Homeland Security Committee has investigating the forces which are believed to be associated with increasing radicalism among U.S. Muslims, will testify tomorrow [9/13/11] before the British House of Commons Select Committee on Home Affairs.

The Brit Home Affairs Committee is chaired by Keith Vaz MP. Its inquiry is entitled "Roots of Violent Radicalisation."

Regarding this historic appearance [Mr. King is the first American legislator to so testify] the Congressman said:

"While I have consistently stated the overwhelming majority of Muslim-Americans are outstanding people, the reality is that radicalization within the Muslim-American community by al-Qaeda and its affiliates is a real threat to the security of our homeland. Fortunately, the Obama Administration recognizes this. The President's deputy national security advisor has warned that 'al-Qaeda and its adherents have increasingly turned to…attempting to recruit and radicalize people to terrorism here in the United States…for the express purpose of trying to convince Muslim Americans to reject their country and attack their fellow Americans.' Attorney General Eric Holder said this is what keeps him awake at night. Clearly it is an issue that absolutely must be addressed, as I have begun to do with these hearings. I am honored to have been invited by Chairman Vaz to testify before the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee as our vital ally, the United Kingdom, struggles with this same threat within its own borders. I look forward to sharing a number of our preliminary findings with Chairman Vaz and the Committee."

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