March 9th, 2011
12:37 PM ET

Peter King: The man behind Muslim hearings

Walk into Rep. Peter King's Capitol Hill office, and you are overwhelmed with how much the New York Republican is consumed by the September 11, 2001, attacks. There are photos on the walls of funerals he attended, images of a smoky Brooklyn Bridge, and baseball caps with sayings including "USS New York, Never Forget."

King says he doesn't have a monopoly on grief - but it is what drives him.

"If you ask me what I think about going to work every day, it's 9/11 and preventing another 9/11. There were too many people I knew," he told CNN in an interview in his office.

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  1. shelou

    We have to feel sorry for REPS trying to have serious talks because, although ernest, they manage to offend most people.It's a bit like their belief that when you meet someone from another country, you are supposed to march up to them, shake their hand and shout "my country is better than yours". If you don't, it isn't that you have better manners and are culturally senstive to the fact that everyone loves their own country and thinks it best, but that you are UNAMERICAN. Having said that, King should have taken the time to get to know the Muslim community/leadership across the US and asked them to lead/advise, discuss, and organize a collective messagenational/discussion – one that they get to characterize in their own wa/words. I bet their lead headline would not have been "help stop the radicalization of Muslims living in America" but "Muslim Americans lead the way in building stronger communities." Which they do.

    March 10, 2011 at 7:00 pm |
  2. Frogist

    He's loading the witness box to prove a point, not to find truth. He admits that himself in the article. He denies all the evidence that proves muslims have been ccoperative and sometimes pivotal in fighting terrorism. This is nothing but a witch hunt. And all it does is send the message that the US is against muslims. And in this environment, I would seriously wonder about the consequences.
    King's a hypocrite.
    You can't support the IRA who bombs women and children, and decry muslim extremists and be otherwise. Why? Because islamist extremism is affecting the US? They are an invading force he says. Like the British into Ireland? Does that mean any violent action towards muslim women and children are ok so long as implemented by non-muslim Americans? This is the man who compares Gerry Adams to Nelson Mandela! His viewpoint seems a bit skewed. And his past connections seem suspect. But more than that his words and actions prove this isn't about justice.
    True, we as a country need to determine who is a threat and who isn't, but is this really the way?

    March 10, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
  3. Muneef

    Al-Naml sura 27:
    She said: Lo! kings, when they enter a township, ruin it and make the honour of its people shame. Thus will they do. (34).

    March 10, 2011 at 7:31 am |
  4. Muneef

    America does not want to admit that this redicalization hearing is only meant to target Shiaa's in their fears of Iran regime.

    March 10, 2011 at 7:04 am |
  5. jonathan

    Give me the 16 billion being fought on marijuana yearly and I will single handedly end the war in a few years (5-10) without bloodshed.. all that is needed is wisdom....

    I am the poor wise man..

    March 9, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  6. Jennifer Hicks

    I see no good that can come from King's hearing. While he is correctly targeting radical, extremist Muslims, I doubt that that point will be sufficiently emphasized and that Americans will continue to generalize toward all Muslims.

    March 9, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  7. Oh, I See.

    "How about I do not trust any catholic priest because pretty much all of them are child molesters."
    Works for me.

    "God rest all those poor souls that have been killed because of the ignorance people like Mr. King are spewing."
    Care to elaborate on this?

    March 9, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
    • Justina

      @Oh-i-see, Catholics number more than 1.1 billions all over the world and growing. The best educators everywhere. Worry about abusers in your neighborhood houses and public schools and your companies more.

      March 9, 2011 at 10:05 pm |
    • T-party

      Dear mother, dear mother, the church is cold,
      But the ale-house is healthy and pleasant and warm;
      Besides I can tell where I am used well,
      Such usage in Heaven will never do well.

      But if at the church they would give us some ale,
      And a pleasant fire our souls to regale,
      We'd sing and we'd pray all the live-long day,
      Nor ever once wish from the church to stray.

      Then the parson might preach, and drink, and sing,
      And we'd be as happy as birds in the spring;
      And modest Dame Lurch, who is always at church,
      Would not have bandy children, nor fasting, nor birch.

      And God, like a father rejoicing to see
      His children as pleasant and happy as he,
      Would have no more quarrel with the Devil or the barrel,
      But kiss him, and give him both drink and apparel.

      Did you like this poem? Why not re

      March 9, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  8. Halden

    People need to stop looking at the koran and muslims. Am I the only person who see's that all of this is based off of hate? Hate of what people do not understand? If you keep saying "oh you can't trust any male muslim..." you are perpetuation hate. How about I do not trust any catholic priest because pretty much all of them are child molesters. Be a good god fearing american. Thats is what the G.O.P. wants. Fear. Fear. Fear. So if you have a few bad apples they are all bad? How many domestic terrorist are white? Most terrible incidents are white americans killing other with americans. God rest all those poor souls that have been killed because of the ignorance people like Mr. King are spewing. Spend more time learning about what you do not understand and less time trying to control this great nation with fear.

    We need to be spending tax dollars on our massive budget shortages and not these fruitless witch hunts. I want a hearing about why we are cutting budgets to schools, but pushing to support wars half way around the world?

    If we are the worlds greatest nation why don't we act like it! Less fear and more inspiration. Hope not Hate.

    March 9, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
    • Muneef

      Sorry to hear that few American Muslims making it hard for others to live in peace for some reason or another....but really just wonder although I feel they are thankful being citizens in America when compared to their mother land citizens...but when you are living in this great country and feeling thankful,what would be their feeling when they know or hear that this great nation is making their home land countries suffer by one way or another? Am sure they are shuttered in between both home lands...the old one and the new one...?

      March 9, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  9. Katra

    Rep. Peter King Has Love-Hate Relationship with Terrorism. Love Christian terrorist like IRA and Hate all Muslim. Isn't it so funny.

    March 9, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
    • Reality

      Please provide trustworthy docu-mentation that shows Rep. King is a supporter of the IRA.

      March 9, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
    • Oh, I See.

      Here's the whole story. Very complex. More than meets the eye.


      March 9, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
    • Justina

      The world's 2.3 billion Christians have nothing to do with your IRA. Stupid secular Americans.

      March 9, 2011 at 10:08 pm |
    • Nonimus

      "The world's 2.3 billion Christians have nothing to do with your IRA. Stupid secular Americans."
      I think they are referring to the Irish Republican Army, or more accurately the Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA), that was involved in what is sometimes called 'The Troubles' or armed conflicts between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland.

      March 10, 2011 at 9:34 am |
  10. Jenny

    I am very concerned as I cannot see the benefit of Mr. King's hearings.
    Please advise us where the money for this is coming from and how many millions will this hearing cost?

    March 9, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  11. Nonimus

    I think these particular hearing are counter-productive and King is bit nuts. However, does this article seem one-sided to anyone else, more like a personal attack than an interview?

    March 9, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
    • Frogist

      @Nominus: No, I don't really see that. Can you elaborate on what you mean?

      March 10, 2011 at 9:33 am |
  12. Reality

    Representative King's opening statement should be:

    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 global 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 12:56 pm |
    • Oh, I See.


      March 9, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
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