“My first goal is just to have people even acknowledge this as a real issue. This politically correct nonsense has kept us from debating and discussing what is one of this country’s most vital issues. We are under siege by Muslim terrorists.” Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.Y)
Now, as the new chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, King said he is finally in a position to do something about it. House hearings will start next month investigating the rise of U.S. Muslim terrorism and King maintains that most Muslim leaders in this country aren’t cooperating with authorities, even as arrests of homegrown terrorists are rising greatly. King once a friend and ardent supporter of the Westbury Mosque has many friends and constituents in the Muslim community. With 400 members, the Islamic Center is one of the largest and most prominent of the U.S. mosques.
But things changed for King after 9/11.
On Oct. 18, Khankan and another Westbury mosque leader were quoted in the local paper, “That it wasn’t Muslims who had orchestrated the attacks. Who really benefits from such a horrible tragedy that is blamed on Muslims and Arabs? Definitely Muslims and Arabs do not benefit. It must be the enemy of Muslims and Arabs. The Israeli government would benefit from this tragedy by now branding Palestinians as terrorists and crushing them by force.”
Their statements infuriated King, who had lost friends in the attacks, as had many in his district, which lies 30 miles east of Manhattan. For King there was no turning back.