Skip to comments.Rep. King Announces Third Radicalization Hearing Set for July 27 -- Terror recruiting in US
Posted on 07/24/2011 1:07:34 PM PDT by garjog
King said: In our first two hearings, the Committee has examined radicalization of Muslim-Americans generally and focused on the problem of radicalization in U.S. prisons.
At this hearing, the third in a series, we will examine Somalia-based terrorist organization al-Shabaabs ongoing recruitment, radicalization, and training of young Muslim-Americans and al-Shabaabs linking up with al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).
In Minnesota, Ohio, and other states, dozens of young Muslim males have been recruited, radicalized, and then taken from their communities for overseas terrorist training by al-Shabaab. In a number of cases, the men including both Somali-Americans and other converts -- have ended up carrying out suicide bombings or have otherwise been killed, often without their families even knowing where their sons have gone. There has not been sufficient cooperation from mosque leaders. In at least one instance, a Minnesota imam told the desperate family of a missing young man not to cooperate with the FBI.
There are growing concerns that al-Shabaab in Somalia is linking up with al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in Yemen to better train these radicalized young men in order to attack Americans around the world, or potentially shift their focus to attacking our homeland.
(Excerpt) Read more at homeland.house.gov ...
Also see this report at Investigative Project on Terrorism: Shabaab Essay Boasts of Western Recruits http://www.investigativeproject.org/3052/shabaab-essay-boasts-of-western-recruits
King is doing the natiojn a huge service. He is putting on record what Obama is actually allowing to happen.
I hope King gets around to border sovereignty issues in Arizona and New Mexico, a horrid vulnerability, I believe a whole organization of drug lord revolutionistas control large swaths of public land in both states, and they will war for Obama.
Peter King as the moral authority on terrorism.
You couldnt make this sh*t up, you just couldnt.
homeland Security makes up position papers on classes of terrorists without having any data to support them. Tey wrere able to brand returning veterans as security risks, and it caused an uproar, but the finding is still in place.
King is establishing a data base that will show that Janet Napolitano is a mere political puppet who discovers security risks as she is directed by Obama and his White House staff, which at his time includes two Muslin Brotherhood members. The New Black Panthers would never be found on Naplitanos defined risk list. King is standing squarely in the way of fascism, and he has the data to support his findings.I hope someone recognizes his effort as heroic.
Heroic?. Dont make me vomit. You ARE aware of this man’s past history with terrorism, yes?.
This is the same Peter King who used to rail against the British for their ‘mistreatment’ of IRA terrorists.
This is the same Peter King who used to SUPPORT IRA terrorists in the US in the 80’s who opposed extradition back to the US. EVEN AFTER THE IRA MURDERED AN AMERICAN CITIZEN IN THE 1983 HARRODS BOMBING.
This is the same Peter King who used to oppose said extradition even although it was the policy of his own (Republican) govt and President (Reagan).
This is the same Peter King who openly invited terrorists like Gerry Adams to America even at the height of the IRA’s terrorism.
I would have thought that it would Americans that the head of your most senior security oversight committee, one which oversees the organisation whose very task is to defend America from terrorism, is a man who for 40 years and until four years AFTER the evil of September 11th 2001, was an open, vocal and passionate supporter of terrorism.
Terrorism which in 1983 killed an innocent American and wounded another.
A man who opposed Ronald Reagan’s attempts to stop said terrorism support from the US. A man who in 2008 was defending publicly a bail-jumping convicted IRA terrorist (and illegal alien) arrested in the US. A man who called George Bush ‘a tool of anti-Catholic bigoted forces’ in 2000.
I thought that it might strike Americans as strange and hypocritical that said chairman is now advocating many of the anti-terrorist tactics he opposed for 40 years.
I honestly thought that might disturb some people.
‘Support for IRA Terrorism
In the 1980s, King actively supported terrorists within the Irish Republican movement, and frequently traveled to Northern Ireland to meet with senior members of the Provisional Irish Republican Army, many of whom he counted as friends. In 1982, speaking at a pro-IRA rally in Nassau County, New York, King said: We must pledge ourselves to support those brave men and women who this very moment are carrying forth the struggle against British imperialism in the streets of Belfast and Derry. “In 1985, he convened a press conference before the start of New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day parade (for which he was Grand Marshal), and offered a defiant defense of the IRA: ‘As we march up the avenue and share all the joy,’ he declared, ‘let us never forget the men and women who are suffering and, most of all, the men and women who are fighting.’” Regarding the 30 years of violence during which the IRA killed over 1700 people, including over 600 civilians, King said, “”If civilians are killed in an attack on a military installation, it is certainly regrettable, but I will not morally blame the IRA for it”. King compared Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams to George Washington and asserted that the “British government is a murder machine”.
He called the IRA “the legitimate voice of occupied Ireland.” A Northern Irish judge ordered King ejected from the former’s courtroom, describing him as an obvious collaborator with the IRA. King called himself “the Ollie North of Ireland.” King did not meet Gerry Adams until 1984, four years after his liaison with the IRA began and before that his links with the IRA were predominantly with its military, rather than the political wing, Sinn Fein. At this time he was friendly with Michael McKevitt, the common law partner of Bernadette Sands, sister of the IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands. McKevitt was at the time a senior leader of the IRA and was its Quartermaster-General, in charge of arms acquisition. McKevitt planned a massive series of arms smuggling operations of weapons provided to the IRA by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi during the mid-1980s. During this time, King would stay in their home in Co. Louth while visiting Ireland and was also very close to the IRA’s former Operations Officer in Belfast, Anto Murray, who was convicted in 1990 of kidnapping a suspected British spy. As Belfast Operations Officer, Murray planned or authorised every IRA bombing, shooting and killing in the city. King would stay with Murray and his wife Lucy during visits to Belfast and after Anto Murray was imprisoned, he hosted Lucy Murray on a tour of the Capitol when she visited the United States. He became involved with NORAID, an organization that the British, Irish and US governments accuse of financing IRA activities and providing them with weapons. Although some organisations reported that King was banned from appearing on British TV for his pro IRA views and refusing to condemn IRA activity in the UK, he was merely not interviewed. When the Archbishop of New York embraced King at the city’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the Daily Mail “dedicated an entire editorial to the affair and called it the ‘handshake of shame.’”
In 1993, King lobbied for Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams to be a guest at the inauguration of President Bill Clinton. In 2000, he called then-presidential candidate George W. Bush a tool of “anti-Catholic bigoted forces,” after Bush visited Bob Jones University in South Carolina, “an institution that is notorious in Ireland for awarding an honorary doctorate to Northern Ireland’s tempestuous Protestant leader, Ian Paisley.”
He stopped supporting the IRA after being offended by Irish public opposition to the invasion of Iraq, labelling it as begrudgery rather than suspicion of and opposition to the war.
In 2008, King spoke in defense of bail for a fugitive IRA member, Pól Brennan, who had escaped from prison in the UK and been detained in Texas 15 years later. The IRA member, who had broken out of prison during the Maze Prison escape and entered America illegally, was being held without bail after his work permit expired; King said: “My experience dealing with (Irish) republicans is that they don’t jump bail in this country. They honor their commitments.”’
Rep. King and the IRA: The End of an Extraordinary Affair?
‘If the signs of disillusionment are to be believed, an extraordinary affair in American public life may be coming to an end. Since the late 1970s, a Long Island congressman, Peter King, has been aligned with one of the most violent terrorist groups in recent European history, defying critics in his own Republican Party and elsewhere, and yet managing to prosper. Now, however, Mr. King and the Irish Republican Army appear to have come to a parting of the ways.
After years spent stoutly defending the IRA and its often bloody methods, Mr. King recently called on the group to disband and bring the seemingly endless Irish peace process to a final and successful conclusion. Frustrated with continued IRA criminality, Mr. King is now in an unaccustomed position: His stance on the IRA is tougher than that of either the British or Irish governments, although it is in lockstep with White House advisers.
The Nassau County politician, who used to travel to Belfast as often as twice a year, has not set foot in Ireland since just before the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Conceding that he has “cooled on Ireland,” Mr. King blames an epidemic of what he calls “knee-jerk anti-Americanism” that swept through Ireland after the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.’
Peter King, IRA supporter and enthusiastic counter-terrorism advocate
By Peter Finn
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, March 5, 2011
‘In 1985, the Irish government boycotted the St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York City, the biggest celebration in the Irish American calendar. The cause of its umbrage was Peter T. King, that year’s grand marshal and someone the Irish government said was an “avowed” supporter of a terrorist organization, the Irish Republican Army.
King, then a local politician on Long Island, was one of the most zealous American defenders of the militant IRA and its campaign to drive the British out of Northern Ireland. He argued that IRA violence was an inevitable response to British repression and that the organization had to be understood in the context of a centuries-long struggle for independence.
“The British government is a murder machine,” King said. He described the IRA, which mastered the car bomb as an instrument of urban terror, as a “legitimate force.” And he compared Gerry Adams, the leader of Sinn Fein, the IRA’s political wing, to George Washington.
A quarter-century later, King is chairman of the powerful House Homeland Security Committee. After the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and the Pentagon, he became an uncompromising supporter of the Bush administration’s counterterrorism policies. And he has suggested that President Obama “use the word ‘terrorism’ more often” so people understand the seriousness of his purpose.
As King prepares to hold hearings Thursday on what he called “the extent of the radicalization” of American Muslims, his past as a defender of armed struggle has led critics to assert he is imposing a double standard.
“My problem with him is the hypocrisy,” said Tom Parker, a counterterrorism specialist at Amnesty International who was injured by an IRA bomb that struck a birthday party at a military hall in London in 1990. “If you say that terrorist violence is acceptable in one setting because you happen to agree with the cause, then you lose the authority to condemn it in another setting.”’
‘There are not many politicians more familiar with the maxim that “one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter” than Washington’s new chairman of the House Committee for Homeland Security. After all, he began his career as a shill for the IRA.
US Representative Peter King, Republican of New York, took over the ‘war on terror’ committee in January, following last year’s midterm elections, and has lost no time in making headlines about the threat of “homegrown” terrorism from America’s Muslims.
Tomorrow, he will chair hearings to investigate whether America’s mosques are actually recruiting centres for jihadists. He personally believes 85 per cent of the nation’s mosques are “radical”.
Muslims have rallied in Times Square to protest against stigmatisation, while President Obama has sent his deputy national security adviser, Denis McDonaugh, to a mosque in Virginia to say: “In the United States of America, we don’t practice guilt by association.”
King, now 66, should know the turf. For the first 20 years of his political career, he was notorious for his support of the IRA’s “armed struggle”. He drank in IRA pubs in Belfast, and worked with NORAID, the US organisation accused of funneling money and guns to Northern Ireland.
A Belfast judge once threw him out of his court as “an obvious collaborator of the IRA”, the FBI intercepted his letters from Sinn Fein’s Gerry Adams, and the Secret Service listed him as a “threat” when President Reagan visited King’s patch in the New York suburbs of Long Island.’
Who are they Candor....could one be weiner's wife who's family seems to be mmuch a part of the Muslim brotherhood?
Good on Peter King for exposing the connections between domestic Islamic terrorism and their enablers in the states.
Somebody must be interested in this, pinging two of you.
Ironic as heck, King being the lead on this.
I am interested to see how much flak there is from what just happened in Norway.
Google “ Clare Lopez”
I was in NYC yesterday, visiting the Statue of Liberty.
First, I was completely surprised and then irritated when getting to the Ferry boat, as I had to go through “Security”, removing my belt, watch, etc. I was pissed. Livid by the time I got through. Why? A few weeks a ago, I got first hand Intel that someone traveled out of NYC with a Box cutter in their carry on bag. Oh, But check Grannys diaper in her last days, and grope the little boys. TSA SECURITY IS A F#$KING WASTE OF TIME. Let me repeat: TSA SECURITY IS A F#$KING WASTE OF TIME.
So, I get through security, ready to spit nails, knowing its a complete F@#king waste of time. Outside of security there are three women in Hajibs, disregarding the security request to follow security rules and leave the secure area and follow the path to the Ferry . I yelled to the Security guy, as loud as possible, “THEY DONT GIVE A SHIT!” At that point the guard got serious and ran after them.
I get on the ferry, moving into the harbor. There is the view of the lower east side of Manhattan, where the Towers were once stood. There are about 15 Muslims on the upper deck of the Ferry. They jockey for position to pose in front of the old WTC view. I wanted to puke. They start taking pictures of each other in their Hajibs in front of the Freedom tower / WTC grave yard. I say to my kids, calmly, as loud as possible so they could hear me, “THATS WHERE THE MUSLIMS MURDERD 3000 AMERICANS.” I gave these people the dirtiest looks, muttering “Scumbags” as I watched them. I must say, the Statue of Liberty is incredible in person. The view of the The new Freedom tower is spectacular. Unfortunately, my blood was at the boiling. It was the most disgusting thing I have seen since 9-11.
PA, you should write your adventure up into a short report and post it here.People generakky do not know, but they should.
Thanks for telling me about his.Enough to make a person want to carry a bucket of tar and a bag of feathers around just in case.
I had no Idea why I was getting so Irate going through security. Afterward, my Wife said its because of the “Box Cutter” I was told about, and the Diaper check for Granny.
This is not the America I grew up in. Let me on the Ferry without Security. Let me on the plane without security. Don't grope my balls. Stay out of my mothers underwear. Just keep the god damn scum out of my country. Is that asking too much? Lady Liberty was erected to light the way to freedom, but unfortuatly its now attracting scumbags who want to see it blown up. So we lose our freedom. Still spitting nails...
Thanks for info...will follow up.
I am suggesting a man like Peter King be nowhere near such hearings and such an exulted position.
Okay. . .so you are suggesting he call of HIS hearings.
The hearings are important, its the fact that King has the position he has. Keep the hearings and boot out King.