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Congressman Pete King

Representing the 2nd District of New York

King Statement on Poll Showing Broad Public Support for Radicalization Hearings

Sep 19, 2011

National poll shows 63% of Americans support radicalization hearings

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, issued the following statement upon the release of a Secure America Now national poll showing that 63% of Americans support the ongoing series of radicalization hearings King convened in March and believe “they need to continue because they are providing information which is valuable and important to stop terrorism in the United States”:

“The results of this poll demonstrate broad public support for the series of hearings that I convened in March to examine the ongoing and real threat of terrorist radicalization within the Muslim-American community. In fact, 9/11 Commission Co-Chair Lee Hamilton testified recently that ‘the greatest current terrorist threat to the United States is from Islamist extremists’ and that we also face ‘the addition of home-grown threats.’

“While the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and liberals in Washington and in the media have chosen to ignore the threat and have spent their time lambasting me for holding the hearings, it is clear that the majority of the American public have been thoughtfully paying attention to reality and understand that the threat of radicalization within the Muslim-American community is real and must be addressed.”

Note: The poll shows that 63% of Americans support the radicalization hearings, while only 20% oppose. The poll is available HERE.

On March 10, Chairman King convened the first in the series of hearings, entitled “The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and that Community's Response.” The second hearing, on June 15, was entitled “The Threat of Muslim-American Radicalization in U.S. Prisons.” The third hearing, on July 27, was entitled “Al Shabaab: Recruitment and Radicalization within the Muslim American Community and the Threat to the Homeland.” Thus far, the Committee has heard testimony from 12 witnesses on the issue.