03/11/2011

Poll: Muslim-Americans as allies in counterterrorism

Muslim hearing draws views from all sides, with Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca pointing out that seven of the last 10 al-Qaida terrorist plots were foiled with the help of Muslim Americans

By William Douglas
Chattanooga Times Free Press

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.

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