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I've just been hit OK now you -- chairman of the house homeland security committee responding to critics of his plans for hearings from the on the threat from Islamic terrorism in America.
He's in new York Republican he said this last hour here in America's Newsroom with market rule this.
My -- first of all is to make it known and make the public aware -- begin a public debate on the fact.
Felt Haider's -- -- recruiting within the Muslim community.
This isn't just me saying this attorney general Eric all of a very liberal attorney -- right -- said just about five weeks ago that he can't sleep at night because of the number of young.
Muslim men will be radicalized to take up arms against that country.
These are American citizens people living here legally in this country are taking up arms against the country.
All right so Peter -- not backing down -- sailors with care the Council On American Islamic Relations are good morning to you.
Peter King you heard -- he said his goal is to make pub the public aware that al-Qaeda is working to recruit Americans what's wrong with that trying to figure that.
Well he's actually changing his talking points how he started off and you can go back and check his interview with Bill O'Reilly is saying that 85% of American -- leadership.
In this country is an -- living amongst us and even yesterday he acknowledged to Fox News that that number.
-- comes from one individual.
Who'd never provided any documentation to back it up.
And that's where my real concern comes I have facts Rand Corp.
congressional research service Duke University that.
Offer contradictory evidence what congressman king Hussein and and.
Part of new ways that you hold ordinaries substantially lower elevation to hold the series is figure with the -- -- facts are are you denying that al-Qaeda is not recruiting Americans.
Well I think any attempts by anyone to recruit American even one individual -- something to be concerned about but again.
If these hearings were gonna be sober and objective I wouldn't have a concern what they haven't haven't had -- end -- innocently type in Miami.
Good thing is they might not be -- -- -- our most of the -- worried about Muslim leaders not speaking out about the issue.
Are our Muslim leaders and mosques -- run across America holding back.
Once again king has said.
There too many mosques in America he recently implied that America that Muslims may not be Americans on -- radio show.
I can show you in these reports and I'm holding up instances in which American Muslim leadership have cooperated with law enforcement have reported people of concerned.
And yet congressman king does not want to would not understand that but again that's when you -- -- -- -- -- allegations that.
No so that's why you hold a hearing and he told Martha last hour that he would allow law enforcement.
To testify during the series -- -- we'll take him at his word but back to my two questions is al-Qaeda recruiting in America yes now.
Oh absolutely we know that but what you have to do is make sure we have a -- and objective understanding of that.
Not congress' it would -- lashing out do you believe people with pitchforks to 85% which you can't substantiate.
American Muslims may not be Americans in his view.
85% of the leadership is not cooperate so the masters sailors yet but it -- You just said via Qaeda is recruiting in American we have examples.
-- kid derived from Denver Colorado and a New York to bomb the city.
And indeed you could go on many from there.
-- Muslim we have usually harmless little centers in America for saying enough.
To help their fellow Americans.
It's to stop this before one of these guys successful.
Well let me just give your cup -- -- personal examples bill in 2006 I went to Baghdad to appeal for the release of the journalists who had been kidnapped.
More recently -- some families came to us from Virginia.
Told us about their concerns.
About some of the family members we connected them with the FBI but also keep in mind in 2008.
A year later that person turned out to be an FBI informant.
So I'm convinced that our community is doing the right there that I'm not -- -- it -- hang on what I'm not convinced.
Is the fact Peter King is gonna -- -- objective hearings based on statements like there too many mosques.
And America I got -- Torre said -- thank you for coming in today that's why they hold hearings we will watch it very closely.
And while it happens a rafter will bring you back on to get you to respond again OK appreciate it thanks so much Bill Maher thank you out of Washington just --
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