Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Peter King releases witness list for House hearings on American Muslims

Posted at 8:00 PM ET, 03/ 7/2011
The Washington Post
By Michelle Boorstein

After weeks of speculation and controversy, Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) released Monday night the names of witnesses for his first House hearing on domestic radicalization among American Muslims.

The six witnesses who will speak Thursday before the Homeland Security Committee come from a range of backgrounds. They include:

-- a father and an uncle of young American Muslims whose faith turned radical and violent. One young man was killed in Africa; the other went on a shooting spree on a military base and is in prison.

-- an Arizona internist and Muslim who believes Islamic leaders in this country need to speak out more aggressively for reforms of the Koran and be less defensive.

-- Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, who was called by the minority Democrats on the committee and has spoken often in recent weeks about his cooperative relationship with Muslim Americans.

-- Two congressmen coming from very different perspectives. Minnesota Democrat Keith Ellison, Congress's first elected Muslim, will likely bring reams of data about Muslim cooperation and will criticize the idea of a hearing focused on one faith group. Virginia Republican Frank Wolf currently oversees the budget of the FBI and the Justice Department through his work on a House subcommittee.

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