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The country's largest Muslim advocacy group will take to the streets of the US capitol today the Council On American Islamic Relations you probably know the better as care.
Along with dozens of other civil rights groups are challenging.
The Muslim radicalization hearings that are gonna get underway in the capital tomorrow.
Yesterday during our show -- spokesperson.
Blasted the organizer of these hearings house homeland security committee chairman Peter can't listen -- -- -- Congressman king has a history of making anti Muslim remarks such as there are too many mosques in America.
He's also early in January applied that Muslims are not American.
When it comes to pushing back against violent extremism.
Then he goes on what he does he puts -- a bunch of false allegations.
He says 8085%.
Of American Muslim leadership are extremists and not cooperating with law enforcement.
-- -- -- your congressman Peter King getting ready for this big hearings tomorrow.
Joins me now to respond the morning congressman.
Good morning was an -- I'm doing just fine thank you at what about those comments did you say that 85% of all mosques have extreme leadership.
Well let me just first -- to -- -- a bit survived to be attacked -- -- Which was neighbors and they unindicted co conspirator in a major.
Terrorist financing case some more -- so I -- in 2000 for that up to 80% of the mosque in America.
-- control by Islamic radicals I based that on.
The testimony of -- the body a national Muslim leader.
Who was testifying at a State Department hearing in 1999.
I was his testimony saying that he -- -- -- -- out of touch.
With the Muslim communities I was basing my statement I would national Muslim leader has.
All right BA -- and that has said been documented and they've questioned that you know the credibility of that source but you've laid out your response to that.
And we're gonna leave that at that for now how about this front page story -- times this morning.
Congressman king which basically suggest that your support of the IRA.
Makes it very difficult for you that that's a conflict of interest for you in some ways because you supported an end the the latest stories present at a terrorist group.
And now higher calling out another terrorist -- your response.
Again that's a totally biased reporting with a New York Times through -- once several months ago that he praised me.
My work can bring about these -- -- that they were trying to prove another point secondly British prime minister Tony Blair as recently as last week.
Thank me for all the way done to bring about these small -- And said he understands the statements and major in the 1980s because I -- -- elements within the -- to the peace table Bill Clinton also says very much.
Vital vital ought to bring about peace and on the island.
And just two years ago President Obama.
All -- the media be the ambassador to Ireland you really think that president Barack Obama what all of this to be if he thought there was any kind of terrorist connection what I did was I -- Jobs are -- They're saying the reason that all of this may be somewhat relevant is it that the biggest charge against these hearings is that they are exclusionary that they're just point -- finger at Muslims in this country.
And that you -- you wouldn't want to see something like that towards Catholics sort towards Jewish people of the Jewish faith.
I in this country what's your response to that charge.
Say that helped -- it was attempting to radicalize the Muslim American community.
That's where the danger is coming from it's a small percentage -- overwhelming majority of Muslims are outstanding Americans.
But the reality is that that threatens public within that community if I thought for a moment.
That there was a move in the Irish community Jewish community Italian community the Buddhist community.
Anyone at all was involved in any serious effort against the American government certainly -- with -- overseas enemy.
That's what happened -- -- either with -- recruiting in this country obviously we would investigate that this has nothing to do.
With Islam as a religion.
The -- to reality right now is al-Qaeda.
-- in its attempt to get supporters is trying to radicalize the Muslim American community and they've had some success they had.
-- the subway apartment New York Shahzad the Times Square bomber.
Major it's not these were all them -- people living in this country legally under the radar screen.
Understand and and it's a very understandable concern acting to most Americans.
I guess that the most important thing is what the goal is -- these hearings and -- -- wanna raise awareness of this problem and then what you know what do you hope to to get out of that.
Well first of all secondly I guess I want to work.
Establish security for Muslims living in this country right now as we've -- the testimony tomorrow.
Which is coming primarily from Muslims how they are victimized -- there -- radicalization going on.
And how to would be leaders in their community to not help them.
Do not urge cooperation with the FBI -- law enforcement that's part of it to secure the most American community itself secondly to encourage them.
-- -- more responsibly rather have it looked like -- An unindicted co conspirator.
The FBI refuses to deal with care and yet they emerge as a major spokesman for the Muslim American community why would they allow a group like this to be yes spokesman.
I -- and you know you've referred to that a couple of times -- unindicted co conspirator issue that goes back to the Holy Land Foundation.
Case and people can look that up if they -- -- get more information about you know white care is on that list.
Peter King thank you very much we're going to be watching this is it should be very interesting to see how all of this unfolds.
And we'll -- -- -- again afterwards thank you very much and good luck has been hearing thank you -- -- you have today thinking like --
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