Archive for March 7th, 2011

King Claims Common Ground With White House on Islam Hearings, Blames CAIR for Backlash

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Once again, the typical reaction to the problem of Islamic terrorism; oppose any attempts to involve the Muslim community in combating the problem.
Remember, a Muslim is a Muslim first and foremost. Everything else comes after that.

The nation’s largest Muslim advocacy group and other organizations are stoking opposition to a hearing planned later this week in Washington which will delve into the threat posed by Islamic radicalization.

But Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee hosting the hearing, said Monday that he’s on the same page as the White House when it comes to addressing that threat and engaging moderates in the American Muslim community.

“I’m not going to give into political correctness. I’m going ahead,” King told Fox News.

Ahead of Thursday’s hearing, hundreds of protesters gathered Sunday in Times Square to accuse King of unfairly targeting Muslims. The event featured celebrities like hip hop mogul Russell Simmons and was backed by a slew of religious organizations and leaders.

King, though, pinned blame for the backlash on the Council on American Islamic Relations. Noting CAIR’s history as an “unindicted co-conspirator” in a terrorist funding case, King said CAIR is exactly the kind of group Muslim leaders should “push aside.”

CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper acknowledged his organization has been organizing opposition to the hearing “from the very beginning,” but said the backlash is broad-based.

“We’d like to take credit for being the sole opposition to his witch hunt, but in fact it’s actually, literally hundreds of interfaith and community groups, civil liberties organizations who are opposed to these hearings in their current form,” Hooper said, adding that his organization continues to be concerned about “bias” at the upcoming hearing.

With his hearing, the New York congressman said he’s simply taking “the logical next step” beyond what the White House has discussed.

Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough gave a speech on Islamic radicalization Sunday at a Virginia mosque. There, McDonough stressed that the country does not practice “guilt by association” and that violent extremism is not unique to any group, but said the responsibility to oppose it rests with everybody.

McDonough’s address was an apparent prelude to King’s hearing. Though he did not refer to King during the speech, he was quoted afterward saying, “We welcome congressional involvement in the issue.”

King, noting he spoke with McDonough Friday night, said once the “window dressing” from Sunday’s mosque speech is cleared away, the two of them are saying effectively the same thing.

“I agree with everything he’s saying,” King told Fox News. “What he is saying is what I’m saying. This is a real threat. Al Qaeda is recruiting in the United States.”

King said he’s “not generating fear” but just “stating the facts.”

He plans to call several witnesses, including the uncle of a Minneapolis man who linked up with a terror group in Somalia and is believed to have been killed. He also plans to call the father of a man alleged to have killed a soldier at an Arkansas military recruiting center in 2009.

There has been a string of terror cases involving U.S. citizens in recent years. Justice Department data obtained by Fox News shows there has been a “class-one” terrorism case — the highest designation for a terrorism case — involving a U.S. citizen every two weeks, on average, since January 2009.

An August 2010 background report showed 21 U.S. citizens were charged in such cases in 2009 and another 20 were charged in 2010 between January and August.

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Saudi Arabia Imposes Ban on All Protests

Monday, March 7th, 2011

The Saudi royals seem to be scared of the regional unrest. We’ll see if they are the next to fall.

Its statement said security forces would use all measures to prevent any attempt to disrupt public order.

The announcement follows a series of protests by the kingdom’s Shia minority in the oil-producing eastern province.

Last month, King Abdullah unveiled a series of benefits in an apparent bid to protect the kingdom from the revolts spreading throughout many Arab states.

“Regulations in the kingdom forbid categorically all sorts of demonstrations, marches and sit-ins, as they contradict Islamic Sharia law and the values and traditions of Saudi society,” the Saudi interior ministry statement said.

It added that police were “authorised by law to take all measures needed against those who try to break the law”.

The protests in the Eastern Province – where much of the country’s crude oil is sourced – have been demanding the release of prisoners who demonstrators say have been held without trial.

The announcement of the crackdown on protests follows the return, last week, of King Abdullah to the capital after an absence of several months due to illness.

He unveiled an additional $37bn (£22.7bn) in benefits for citizens, including a 15% pay rise for state employees, as well as extra funds for housing, studying abroad and social security.

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