“No home-grown terrorists in America.” I read that sign and I think “tell it to Melvin Bledsoe.”
In March of 2011, when U.S. Representative King held his hearings in the U.S. House of Representatives’ Homeland Security Committee regarding homegrown Islamic radicalization, he was called everything from a bigot (of course) to someone who was looking to stir up animosity between groups of Americans.
The hearings were set to examine “The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and that Community’s Response” in the wake of several high-profile incidents linked to American Muslims such as the mass-shooting of Army soldiers at the Ft. Hood Army base by fellow soldier Nidal Hassan and the call for the death of a couple of American cartoonists and subsequent attempt to join As-Sahab by American-born Zachary Chesser, who became radicalized while at college.
On the list of people invited to speak to the committee were such people as Rep. Keith Ellison, who is the first Muslim elected to the House of Representatives and Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, President and Founder, American Islamic Forum for Democracy. But to me, the most compelling of the guest list was Mr. Melvin Bledsoe, Private Citizen.
This is the description of why Mr. Bledsoe was invited to speak:
Bledsoe is the father of Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, a converted Muslim who claims to be a member of al-Qaida. Muhammad is in prison for allegedly shooting two Army recruiting officers during what he calls a “jihadi attack on infidel forces.
I want to know how, who and why this happened to my son. And I say to you, if it happened to my son today, tomorrow it can be your son. This is something the American people need to wake up to. Tomorrow they could be looking for someone with blond hair and blue eyes.” [The Commercial Appeal, 3/28/2010]
Looking through the news this afternoon, I noticed the following story from Politico in which Rep. King is spoke before a British Parliamentary committee:
Rep. Peter King testified before a British Parliamentary committee on Tuesday, defending his three congressional 9/11 hearings and saying he will not be stopped by political correctness.
The New York Republican appeared before the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee inquiry entitled “Roots of Violent Radicalisation,” presenting his findings from the three hearings he has held on radicalization within the Muslim-American community as the House Committee on Homeland Security chairman.
He told the Parliamentary hearing he “would not back down to political correctness” and will continue to tackle what he called a “dangerous problem,” according to a copy of his testimony provided to POLITICO by his office.
“Undoubtedly, Congressional investigation of Muslim-American radicalization is the logical response to the unquestionable fact that homegrown radicalization is part of Al Qaeda’s strategy to continue attacking the United States and its allies,” King said. “I would not back down to political correctness.”
King also praised the United Kingdom’s government for its work on stemming radicalization, noting that its “Prevent” strategy “offers a candid assessment of the problem and a model for effectively addressing and countering this problem.”
King told the hearing he is “concerned that within the United States, political correctness has prevented many from sufficiently acknowledging and tackling this dangerous problem” and said studying homegrown terrorism must remain of the highest priority for both the U.S. and UK.
“While I have no doubt that the Committee’s radicalization hearings have had a significant and beneficial impact in fostering an honest dialogue about the growing issue of radicalization within the United States, I remain concerned that this problem is far from resolved,” King said, according to his prepared remarks.
According to a press release issued on Monday by King, both U.S. and U.K. researchers said King is the first member of Congress to testify before a Parliamentary hearing in Britain.
As an American, I am glad that we are allied with Great Britain in this fight. May both of our countries get past deceivers who use political correctness to manipulate the discussion. There may be hope for us yet. So help us God!
And to those who think this is McCarthyism, tell it to Melvin Bledsoe.
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