Rep. Peter King: Muslim community fails to help crack down on terror

Mar 6, 2011 Issues: Domestic Radicalization / Radicalization Hearings

BY Richard Sisk
Daily News
March 6, 2011

WASHINGTON - A Long Island congressman charged Sunday that New York's Muslim community was failing to cooperate with city cops and the FBI on the terror threat.

Republican Rep. Peter King, who will hold hearings on Muslim radicalization later this week, "I'm aware of a number of cases in New York where the (Muslim) community has not been cooperative."

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), appearing with King on CNN's "State of the Union," said King was singling out the Muslim community while ignoring the terror threat from other groups.

"I think it is the wrong course of action to take," Ellison said.

But King cited the example of a young man who allegedly went to "two mosques in Suffolk County in Long Island, said he wanted to engage in jihad. They said we don't do it, but (they) never told the police, and then he went off to Afghanistan."

"I don't believe there is sufficient cooperation," King said. "They do not give the level of cooperation that they need."

In Manhattan, groups supporting and opposing the hearings by King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, planned to hold dueling demonstrations in the afternoon.