L.I. Congressman Says Hostile Phone Calls Flooding His OfficeBy Tony Aiello

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Long Island Congressman Peter King is facing threats — and getting extra security.

But he vowed Monday to forge ahead with controversial hearings on radicalization in the Muslim-American community, reports CBS 2’s Tony Aiello.

King was heavily criticized at a weekend rally in Times Square.

“American Muslims are part of the American family and are Americans, too!” Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf said.

But the congressman was strongly supported at a smaller rally nearby.

“Imam Rauf and his friends are trying to create a phony trumped-up civil rights movement,” one King supporter said.

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The wedge issue is Chairman King’s decision to call a Homeland Security Committee hearing Thursday titled “The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community — and that Community’s Response.”

“I want to show the extent of that radicalization, how it happens. Also whether or not the Muslim community is fully cooperating,” Rep. King said.

Every Homeland Security chair gets protection, but King’s has been stepped up in the wake of threats — some generated by the controversy over the hearings.

“I’m getting a lot of hostile phone calls now, but the main threats I’m getting are from overseas,” Rep. King said.

King said he views his effort in the same vein as 1995 Senate hearings into the white militia movement, which took place right after the Oklahoma City terror bombing.

“And they were gathering support, and I thought it was important to investigate them,” King said.

King also said he promises to hear from a wide-range of voices, including Muslims that oppose the hearings, but intend to participate.

Among the figures invited to testify by Democrats is the sheriff of Los Angeles County, who is seen as a close ally of the Muslim community.

Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Tony Aiello

Comments (64)
  1. David says:

    why was my comment not posted???

  2. David says:

    I say didn’t we learn anything from Viet Nam? We did not know who were our friends or who were our enemies. I think all Muslims citizenships should be revoked and removed from our Christian country. Look at the drug issue-we could have stamped it out in the early goings, Now try to get a grip on it. Bold moves take Guts. I thought that was what formed this country and made it great. We better take correct action with the Muslims in America or regret it big time later. The big time later is much closer than you think. STAND UP AMERICANS AND LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD IN WASHINGTON. The National Guard in each state can enforce fhe removal in their respective state! Let’s do it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. dfgdfgdfgh says:

    Go king go! Make sure you nail the muslim dictator that hijacked the presideny! Expose him for the muslim terrorist he is!

  4. jackgotney says:

    Is he being threatened by Muslims? What else is new. You are not supposed to be critical of Islam. To criticize their laws is punishable by death. A lot of funding for Islamic Institutions on Long Island (Mosques, Islamic Centers etc..) comes from sources with radical sectarian (non-secular) leanings. The West, most Muslims are taught from birth, is their sworn enemy. There are many radical Muslims who may not consider themselves radical because they are following Islamic traditions and law. Case in point the TV Exec who started a TV station to eliminate Islamic Stereotypes recently beheaded his wife for filing for divorce. By Islamic law it is encouraged to beat and even kill your wife if she speaks to you (assuming you are the husband) in a high handed way. Filing for divorce may have seemed ‘high handed’. Here we don’t accept that as legal and he now has to serve 25 years to life. They think it is OK to marry and have sex with a 9 years old (according to their Sharia law). They think it is OK to kill someone like a cartoonist or random Americans if a radical IMAM issues a Fatwah saying it is OK by Allah, but we don’t (obviously). If they live here, the Muslims who follow their Islamic law need adapt and fit in. They need to know which of their laws they can, and which ones they cannot practice here. Radicals here that have come under the persuasive influence of and or recruited by Islamic terror groups centered elsewhere (Somalia, Yemen, Pakistan etc.) need to be uncovered and converted to Western ways or sent back to the deserts they came from.

  5. clayusmcret says:

    Think about that headline: “In Wake Of Muslim Hearings, Rep. King Gets Security Upgrade”. If he was running a hearing about us infidel Baptists, or those infidel Catholics, or God forbid those crazy eyed infidel Pentecostals, do you think he’d need a security upgrade? Of course not. No one but muslims have shot knifed or painters, cartoonists or journalists on the street. No one but muslims are trying to set the world on fire for the coming of a 12th Imam. And yet everyone but muslims are trying to get islamic terrorism under control. Well, them and obama, but that’s a different issue. So you say.

  6. Intellibronc says:

    The camel fornicators are using the exact playbook the communists used in the ’60s…..Wake Up Sheeple!!!

  7. Montana says:

    Why doesn’t this Peter T. King investigate the “Home Grown” radicalization of Irish Americans, who support the tradition wing of the IRA (Irish Republican Army), or Noraid (The Irish Northern Aid Committee), and being recruited by “Enemy Overseas” or worse the “Catholic Church ”, where their priests have rape are young boys, what about that you hypocrite scumbag.

  8. Mike says:

    Peter King. The Irish terrorist Supporter.

    1. Intellibronc says:

      Go pound sand mikey, better yet, pull your head out of the sand…Wake Up Sheeple!!!

  9. Michael Black says:

    Why don’t they start a committee “The Extent of Radicalization of the American Christian Community — and that communities response.”

    FIRST amendment, people. FIRST.

  10. Lilly says:

    They think they own us like they own Europe. No way Jose!

  11. Kazoo says:

    I’ll volunteer to protect him

  12. Philabias says:

    King needs to be careful. ISLAM that great religion of peace(YEA RIGHT) wants to kill him.and its a good thing he didnt use a cartoon or there would have been riots all over the world. ISLAM IS MY ENEMY

  13. John Fiorella says:

    We have to keep our nation free from terrorism and Islamic Fascism…

  14. andrew says:

    so you’re saying you ditched your religion because of a web site? you are a fool, regardless of what name you call God.

    1. NIYAZ says:

      so you went to the site. now all you have to do is prove him wrong. if not who is the fool?

    2. Niyaz says:

      so you visited the site. why don’t you prove him wrong.

  15. John Fiorella says:

    Keep our Nation free from terrorism and Islamic Fascism …

  16. Wally says:

    Support for Peter King is support for the UNITED STATES, get real and be a true American questioning what is really going on, “BO” is the hiding. Wake-UP.

    1. Jim says:

      Amen Wally! There’s a majority of us that are behind Mr King.

  17. Obamateur says:

    The fact that King needs additional security, just proves that he’s justified with his Islam investigation. Keep up the great work, Congressman!

  18. Gary C says:

    Guess it’s an “explosive” issue. Ooh, that hurt.

  19. Bruce G says:

    What worried me is that Congressman King is getting only lukewarm support for his efforts and that even includes from Boehner and the Republicans. It is amazing.

  20. jason says:

    Kill them all and let our god sort them out.. I did not serve our country for all of these gimagrints to overrun it

  21. The atom bonb says:

    It’s time to put Political Correctness into cremation and recover our America. That means no muslem laws enforced or tolerated here. Unfortunately, our Obama is a muslem too, but is afraid to admit it.

  22. David Caskey says:

    America had better wake up or their grandchildren will be directed under dictatorship. PC is killing this country. What we probably need right now is a good dose of Almighty God..

  23. Jason Bourne says:

    Excellent question, couldn’t have said it better myself.

  24. jackobite says:

    Muslim Bigots.
    Stop the rot kick out the PC Gov 2012 is coming make a stand, take your country back.
    If these people want to be American let them apply for citizenship and take the oath of aleigence.

  25. Anton the Hammer says:

    Islam is evil and this man is a HERO for revealing it.

  26. dagobaz says:

    first they came for the communists ….

  27. InfidelHere says:

    Not surprised…Islam is after all, a self proclaimed “religion of peace”…but Muslims forget to tell you that there is ONLY their version of “peace” when you, a muslim, “submits and surrenders” to their allah and sharia way of life.

    If you don’t…all bets are off. There is NO peace…never has, is, nor will be with this cult idealogy called Islam

  28. al says:

    if it looks like a muslim and acts like a mulim it is a islamic muslim radical there are no others , it is or it isnt no in between…

  29. Richard Zoppo says:

    Islam is NOT a religion, it is a plan for world domination through deciet,intimidation and murder.

  30. Pete says:

    ‘Have you no sense of decency sir ?
    At long last, have you left no sense of decency?” Joseph Welch

    1. Rich says:

      You are a fool to make such a ridiculous comparison. King is a true patriot in every sense of the word. . May god bless him for standing up to evil.

      1. Pete says:

        “We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven into an age of unreason, if we dig deep into our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not desended from fearful men” Edward R, Murrow

    2. Jason Bourne says:

      Pete’s lost touch with reality. Radical Muslims are a fact of life. If you deny it you support them.

  31. Paul B. says:

    If Muslims would clean up their own community, these hearings would not be necessary. But instead they specialize in playing the victim. It’s always the other guys’ fault. Try getting a responsible Muslim voice concerning terrorism. Most of them have been killed off.

  32. Tulay Azize Tuncay says:

    ”This land is your land, this land is my land ….”, not, ”This land is mine, God gave this land to me …”

    1. djdrock1969 says:

      Islam doesn’t support a democracy in philosophy which is why the Mideast is having all these problems and why Islam is being combated in the USA. USA is founded on democracy which is contrary to the Islamic faith. Islam rules with an iron fist of social/religious doctrine.

    2. RightUnite says:

      Amen Allah!

    3. mongo says:

      so hippy song lyrics are the law of the land now?

  33. Lee says:

    So, the Muslims are threatening King’s for daring to call them violent?

  34. Carlos The Gringo says:

    Islam is like the Borg from Star Trek – You will be assimilated –

    You muslims are not welcome

    1. trucker b says:

      when did you last hear about a christian suicide vest? come on. wake up.

    2. Gary S says:

      This is silly..women wear veils, are required to walk behind their Men. And you have business’s in Muslim country’s that only allow men to enter…and Americans are Bigots? Hahahahha..you silly person, thtas you..you see in the mirror!

  35. richardsh says:

    We could use a man like Peter King as president. I know very little about him, but the concept of actually having a president that seems to want to PROTECT US is would be a nice start.

    1. Lynne says:

      Facing facts about violence is not racist.

    2. Be real says:

      We have a racist president now!

    3. RightUnite says:

      Jeez, too late on that one aren’t you Deez??

    4. Deezisanidiot says:

      Neither would most of th epoepl ehere – which is why the current one is being so hardily rejected. You NASA reject – Islam is not a “race”

    5. andrew says:

      his name was John McCain. He knew what “service to one’s country” meant.

  36. Niyaz says:

    want to know more about Islam? then log on to : faithfreedom.org and be your own judge.

  37. mcw1142 says:

    Why does he need security ? Haven’t we been told that Islam is the religion of peace ? Yeah right.

    1. jeffintheOC says:

      No, it’s the religion of “Pieces”. Kaboom

  38. Jackie says:

    Bravo, King………..don’t back down.

  39. Ellen says:

    Whether you agree with Peter king or not if anything happens to him it won’t be good news for the Muslim population.

    1. Greg Adams says:


    2. Charles Martel Fan says:

      Hey Achmed, KMBFAA and don’t let the door hit you on your way back to koranusland.

    3. DeadGuy says:

      Ahmed, are you a follower of the pedophile prophet?? Come on, you can tell us. You’re among friends here.


  40. KPMc says:

    Umm.. are comments turned off?

    1. KPMc says:

      Apparently not if you don’t talk about the topic. Mention the article topic and good luck getting comment through.

      1. UBETITIS says:

        Twice deniied.

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