March 9th, 2011
12:47 PM ET

Al Qaeda trying to radicalize U.S. Muslims, congressman claims

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The U.S. congressman set to hold hearings this week on "radicalization in the American Muslim community" wants Americans to find out how much al Qaeda is trying to influence U.S. Muslims, he told CNN Wednesday.

"I want to determine the extent to which that radicalization is taking place, the extent to which Muslim leaders are cooperating (with authorities) in trying to stop that radicalization," Rep. Peter King, R-New York, said on CNN's "American Morning."

King said America had seen the evidence of that al Qaeda-inspired radicalization in "a number of attempted attacks which could have killed hundreds if not thousands of people," such as the failed Times Square attack and New York subway bombing plan.

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  1. peterfernandes238

    The us congressman set to hold hearings this week on "radicalization in the American Muslim community" wants Americans to find out.
    Email Addresses

    March 15, 2011 at 7:40 am |
    • iamthefredman

      Ask any NYer who was in NYC area on 9/11 or lived here since. We know who the enemy is. The enemy has declared who their enemy is, and it is the USA. That in and of itself is a declaration of war on the United States. Let's get real people. Obamamama screwed up again by not helping the Libyan people when we had the tiny window of opportunity to remove one more anti-USA Muslim warlord terrorist from power.

      March 15, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  2. Human Bean

    Somebody radicalized something somewhere. I can just feel it. I know radicalization is out there. Waiting. I'm going to be ready for it. I will become totally radical, dudes! Yeah! 😀

    March 10, 2011 at 2:31 am |
    • Peerson


      March 10, 2011 at 2:33 am |
    • SirDigbyChickenCesar

      It was me. I radicalized some leftovers. There's still some left if anybody wants some. I also radicalize the air when I fart.

      March 10, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  3. Justina

    Blasphemies in the West radicalize every person on earth for bad. Stop the stupid madness and abuse of freedom.

    March 9, 2011 at 11:48 pm |
    • David Johnson


      You said: "Blasphemies in the West radicalize every person on earth for bad. "

      I don't know who is creepier, you or HeavenSent. Why do you try to sound like a later day prophet?

      What would the West look like, if we stopped the madness? Would it be the Christian Theocracy that the Christian Right wants? Would you make it a crime to question the existence of god? Extinguish gays?

      What is on your wish list for the decadent west?

      Curious in Arizona

      March 10, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
  4. Charlie Sheen

    Al Queda does not need to radicalize US Muslims, the GOP is doing that already.

    March 9, 2011 at 10:04 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @Charlie Sheen

      You said: "Al Queda does not need to radicalize US Muslims, the GOP is doing that already."

      The Republicans are trying very hard to establish the Muslims as the threat, that only the Republicans can protect us from.

      The Republicans serve two masters: The rich and the Christian Right.

      I have no wish to be the slave of either of these.


      March 10, 2011 at 12:01 pm |
    • iamthefredman

      And what's so bad about Christians and the GOP?

      March 15, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
  5. Jay

    Thank heavens no one's out there trying to radicalize U.S. Christians! oh, wait...

    March 9, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
    • Justina

      Jay, right. Because all radical Christians would rather die protecting you, whether you are a Jew, a fellow Christian, a Muslim, or an air-headed atheist.

      March 9, 2011 at 9:51 pm |
  6. killuminati

    Google the card game INWO : Illuminati New World Order. Also the secret service raided the card company during the 90's saying that an employee hacked into a white house computer.

    March 9, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  7. Oh, I See.

    The more they protest, the more I'm concerned.

    March 9, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  8. Reality

    To reiterate: Getting to heart of the situation

    What instigated the attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon? And what continues to drive Muslims to commit acts of terror and horror? The koran, Mohammed's book of death for all infidels and Muslim domination of the world by any means. Muslims must clean up this book removing said passages admitting that they are based on the Gabriel myth and therefore obviously the hallucinations and/or lies of Mohammed. Then we can talk about the safety and location of mosques and what is taught therein. Until then, no male Muslim can be trusted anytime or anywhere.–

    March 9, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
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