Local Muslims React To Hearings In Washington D.C.

Bonnie Petrie, 1080 KRLD

DALLAS (KRLD) – The chair of a congressional panel investigating homegrown terrorism is dismissing what he calls unwarranted “rage and hysteria” surrounding a hearing he opened today.

New York Republican Peter King says al-Qaida is trying to recruit young Americans to attack the United States, and the American Muslim community isn’t doing enough to speak out or help police. KRLD’s Bonnie Petrie spoke to one of those Muslim-Americans today.

Rep. King has been accused of McCarthyism over the hearings.  He says his effort is neither radical nor un-American. He called the inquiry “the logical response” to warnings from the Obama administration, citing Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough’s comments that “al Qaeda and its adherents have increasingly turned to another troubling tactic: attempting to recruit and radicalize people to terrorism here in the United States…This threat is real, and it is serious.”

One Democrat is accusing a House panel of playing into the hands of al-Qaida, by holding a hearing today focusing on homegrown terror and the threat that American Muslims can be recruited for attacks. But that claim from Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas was challenged by Republicans like Michael McCaul, also of Texas, who said, “We have to know our enemy” — and that in his view, it’s “radical Islam.”

(Copyright 2011 CBS Radio Dallas, The Associated Press contributed to this report)

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  • Scott

    At least SOMEONE is trying to NOT turn a blind eye to what is happening here.

    • Simon Goldfarb

      Burn those filthy Islamic dogs in their own satanic crude.

  • scott

    Wait another 10 years and it will be too late to try and make things “normal”….

  • Craig

    Union Bad!!!! Muslim Bad!!! Sharia Law Bad!!! …..9-11. boogie man come and get you. LOL….Feel safer now?

    • Nonya

      Most unions are bad. Muslims are not bad. Radical Muslims are bad. It’s trying to find out why/how they are being radicalized. You guys think that Republicans are the boggie men.

      • Mike

        What is your view on Radical Christians? Why are we not having a hearing on them? and yes these radical christians have commited terrorism inside the continental USA, Or does terrorism only apply to middle eastern radicals?

    • jackson

      There are none so blind as those that will not see.

      • Mike

        I agree, many Americans don’t see that this is a witch hunt and not a hearing on radical terrorism.

  • Sonny

    How many Muslim Peace Rallies have we ever seen here in the U.S.? NONE!! How many Muslim peace Rallies have we seen anywhere in the world? NONE!!!! Get a freakin’ clue you dumb @ss morons, they don’t want peace. Even the so called “peaceful” ones that live here in the U.S.
    My best friend is Lebonese (Christian), serves in the U.S. Army and grew up in Beirut. He’ll be the first to tell you that they’ll choose violence and their religion over an American or peace anytime!

    • Jason

      So when al quaeda terrorist ran those planes into the world trade center, how did you feel ….angry, sad, wanting to get a gun and kick some but. Now how do you think People in the Middle East should feel when Americans planes bomb their cities, when American money and CIA supply their corrupt dictators. I think they should smile and turn the other cheek too.

  • Harold

    “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not by religionist, but by CHRISTIANS; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ> For that reason alone, people of other faiths have been afforded freedom of worship here.” Patrick Henry 1776 .

    If you would check Most if not all founding fathers usually brought God into their speech . SO the Muslim religionist should be thankful they are in a country that believes they have the right to worship based upon CHRISTIAN values

  • Craig

    If we were really serious about preventing home grown terrorism we would be starting with the Repubs and carpet baggers. They are the real terrorists that are destroying our nation.


      You are correct the very man leading this hearing has ties to the IRA. And you would have to be living under a rock or rewriting history (which is the Repub norm) to not remember the MANY lives they took by bombing places. If this man were a Muslim with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood you would have already hung him in the nearest tree.
      Yes we need to make sure that we monitor these extremist groups and watch for homeland recruitment BUT these hearings are nothing more than a farce.

      • Felicity

        Did you actually WATCH the hearings? It was extremely low key and informational. Not a witch hunt but eye opening – especially poingnant were the parents of two young men radicalized in their respective mosques.

    • jackson


  • Mike

    Let me see if I got this straight if a Muslim bombs a building, and kills someone he is a terrorist that was radicalized by his religion. BUT if an American Christian bombs an abortion clinic he is a patriot who was doing the right thing?

    • Felicity

      No, the bombing of anything is wrong, but the sheer number of Islamist Extremeist attacks is the reason the focus is on this. Watch the hearings on CSPAN 2 and try to appreciated what America provides for you.

      • Mike

        look up how many attacks and arrests were made by muslim extremist in the last 2 years in continental US, and then look up how many attacks were made by right wing extremists, KKK, neo nazis… I could go on. Last week a man planted a bomb on a MLK parade, was he a Muslim extremist? A couple of years ago a man walked into a Church and shot a doctor in the head. Was he a Muslim.? If we are going to have a hearing about radical terrorism then lets have one but don’t single out a small group of individuals. But you have to love the way people on the right like to single out minorities, sorta like the Nazis did in WW2.

  • Courtier

    Next Peter King Hearing:
    Why Hispanic Communites are not stopping Illegals Immigrant entering in out Great Nation.
    Why Jews Communities are not stopping from Corporate Frauds and Ponzi Schemes.
    Why Moderate Christians are not Stopping Right Wiings Nuts from Hate Speeches.
    WOW More Hearing coming from your local GOP Office.

    • Mike


      Remember when Hitler blamed the Jews for the economy in Germany, then there were a couple of bombs went off and the Nazi propaganda took off, claiming Jews were responsible. A couple of hearings later…..well we know how that story turned out. Propaganda is a powerful tool, Stalin used very well that is how he kept getting elected into office (yes they had elections) with a little help from the secret police of course. Now many years later the republican party and the tea party decided to borrow a couple of examples from Hitler and Stalin. Why not it worked then and its working now. Welcome to your new America – freedom, liberty and pursuit of happiness, that is if you are not a minority, are a Christan, and blindly follow your party.

  • Courtier

    Xenophobia is defined as the “hatred or fear of foreigners or strangers or of their politics or culture”.[1] It comes from the Greek words ξένος (xenos), meaning “stranger,” “foreigner” and φόβος (phobos), meaning “fear.”[2]

    Xenophobia can manifest itself in many ways involving the relations and perceptions of an ingroup towards an outgroup, including a fear of losing identity, suspicion of its activities, aggression, and desire to eliminate its presence to secure a presumed purity.[3] Xenophobia can also be exhibited in the form of an “uncritical exaltation of another culture” in which a culture is ascribed “an unreal, stereotyped and exotic quality”.[4]
    Dictionary definitions of xenophobia include: deep-rooted antipathy towards foreigners (Oxford English Dictionary; OED), unreasonable fear or hatred of the unfamiliar, especially people of other races (Webster’s)[5]

    The Dictionary of Psychology defines it as “a fear of strangers”.[6] As defined by the OED, it can mean a fear of or aversion to, not only people from other countries, but other cultures, subcultures and subsets of belief systems; in short, anyone who meets any list of criteria about their origin, religion, personal beliefs, habits, language, orientations, or any other criteria.

    For Detail Examples: Watch Fox News.

  • Charles Johnston

    You guys might want to read this

  • Jason

    I think the main problem in America today is not terrorism, but ignorance. I am Jewish and have many friends who are Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, and Hindus. I respect their religion, and they respect mine. I have visited Churches, Mosques, and Buddhist temples to learn about the different religions. I am definetly not getting my information about Islam from Beck or Olberman. I proudly serve our Military, and have had the experience to travel to the Middle East and Europe. I have visited Israel, Egypt, Oman, and Kuwait and have been treated well in all those places by the local inhabitants. Yes terrorism is a problem worldwide, and I do believe we should have hearings on terrorism, but singling out one particular group is wrong. The Koran does not teach to kill. Neither does the Christian Bible. But both books have historical accounts of battles which took place. I too can take out verses from the Torah, or Bible and turn them into hate talk, even though that is not what the entire verse is insinuating. We cannot blame actions of a few on a whole religion. While stationed in Norfolk, I recall being mugged by African Americans two times. From my experience should I insinuate that All African Americans are muggers? Of course not. I have also had the experience of seeing my synagouge be a victim of arson. They caught them man who happen to belong to a Neo Nazi group. Should isinuate that all white lower income males belong to KKK, or extremest groups (even though many do)? Of course not. Yes I have watched the hearings and they are very informative, but again to single out one group, to me is wrong. The hate crimes committed by extremist groups in this country is fast and numerous.More so than terrorist actions by Muslim extremists. The reason we do not hear about these hate crimes, which I consider terrorism, is because the target is minorities. Unfortunately America Media stereotypes minorities and we as a nation have become brainwashed to believe all Muslims are terrorists, all Jews are rich, all Latinos are illegal or lazy, all Asians don’t know how to drive. If we don’t try to understand different cultures, instead of knocking them down, we will never regain our superpower status, or grow as a nation. What I love about America is that it is made up of many cultures, religions, and nationalities. And with all those differences we all have one thing in common, we are all Americans who love our nation.

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