New York Rep. Peter King has come through on his promise to hold yet another “radical Islam” hearing. This time, as he had announced at the end of his last hearing, he will be focusing on Islam in prison.
Via The Washington Post:
In a statement Thursday that announced the session, King said that “this radicalization hearing, like the one in March, will be a deliberate and thoughtful examination of an issue that is too important for our security to ignore.”
“We have seen cases in which inmates have been radicalized at the hands of already locked-up terrorists or by extremist imam chaplains,” King said, adding that the panel “will hear testimony from both U.S. and international experts on the issue and from those intimately involved in recent prison radicalization cases.”
It’s unclear what actual results were obtained from the first hearing, other than to inflame anti-Muslim sentiment across the country and garner a great deal of news headlines and other publicity both for King and for the experts who gave testimony at the event. It also provided King and his allies to call the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and “unindicted co-conspiritor” in terrorism about fifty times, despite there being no real support for the accusation.