Rep. Peter King addressed the Third Radicalization Hearings on al-Shabaab today with an amazing speech. His information is supported by facts and he will not back down.
Al-Shabaab is recruiting inside Mosques in Somali communities in places like Minneapolis, Ohio, California, New Jersey, New York, Illinois, Missouri, Alabama, Virginia, Texas and San Diego.
Al-Shabaab sends the same message as Al Qaeda, echoing their violent message against innocents, encouraging suicide bombing. With the death of Osama bin Laden, al-Shabaab is considered by many terror experts as the new power house in East Africa. Many of their leaders have vowed to avenge the death of Osama bin Laden.
Al-Shabaab (Arabic for “the youth”) is the Somalia affiliate of Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda and Anwar al-Aulaqi’s al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula , which is actively recruiting and radicalizing dozens of Muslim-American jihadis. It is growing at an alarming rate and they are producing the largest number of homegrown terror cases filed by the Justice Department over the past two years.
President Obama’s Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, has said the Administration remains, quote, “…Vigilant that al-Shabaab may expand its focus from fighting to control Somalia to plotting to attack the U.S. homeland.”
Rep. King addressed the media’s assault on his hearings: “…Finally, I note that certain elements of the politically correct media—most egregiously the vacuous ideologues at the New York Times—are shamelessly attempting to exploit the horrific tragedy in Norway to cause me to refocus these hearings away from Muslim-American radicalization.
If they had even a semblance of intellectual honesty the Times and the others would know and admit that there is no equivalency in the threat to our homeland from a deranged gunman and the international terror apparatus of al-Qaeda and its affiliates who are recruiting people in this country and have murdered thousands of Americans in their jihad attacks.
Let me make this clear to the New York Times and their acolytes in the politically correct, moral equivalency media–I will not back down from holding these hearings. I will continue to hold these hearings so long as I am the Chairman of this Committee.
Apart from all the strategic and moral reasons why these hearings are vital to our security, they are liberating and empowering to the many Muslim- Americans who have been intimidated by leaders in their own communities and are now able to come forward.
I also owe it to all the friends, neighbors, and constituents I lost on September 11th. I will not back down.” Read here: Transcript
Rep. Peter King’s address to the Third Committee on Homeland Security Hearing on Radicalization, Focusing on al Shabaab
Rep. Peter King questioning witnesses