WASHINGTON — Amid tight security, a House of Representatives committee launched a controversial — and at times emotional — probe Thursday into the radicalization of American Muslims, an inquiry that its chairman described as necessary to "put aside political correctness and define who our enemy truly is."
Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King, R-N.Y., struck a largely balanced, civil tone as he opened the hearing. He said he was undeterred by criticism that the inquiry, the first in a series, unfairly characterizes the nation's Muslim community as prone to terrorist indoctrination, but he also offered a pointed concession.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca listens as Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, President and Founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (left) testifies during a hearing of the House Homeland Security Committee, on "the extent of the radicalization" of American Muslims. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)