KING PIN

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics - / Bruce Tins­ley

Lib­eral crit­ics who dither over Rep. Peter T. King’s vig­or­ous nonon­sense stand against Is­lamic rad­i­cal­iza­tion take note: The New York Repub­li­can and chair­man of the Com­mit­tee on Home­land Se­cu­rity tes­ti­fied in Lon­don on Sept. 13 be­fore the Bri­tish House of Com­mons Se­lect Com­mit­tee on Home Af­fairs. Mr. King — who treats national se­cu­rity with a strong and prac­ti­cal hand — is the first mem­ber of Congress to tes­tify be­fore a par­lia­men­tary hear­ing in Bri­tain.

“While I have con­sis­tently stated the over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity of Mus­lim-Amer­i­cans are out­stand­ing peo­ple, the re­al­ity is that rad­i­cal­iza­tion within the Mus­lim-Amer­i­can com­mu­nity by al Qaeda and its af­fil­i­ates is a real threat to the se­cu­rity of our home­land. For­tu­nately, the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion rec­og­nizes this,” Mr. King says, adding that he’s hon­ored to share his knowl­edge with the Brits, who have their own chal­lenges.

“This is a unique op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate an un­break­able bond be­tween West­min­ster and Washington and more specif­i­cally be­tween the Home­land Se­cu­rity Com­mit­tee and the Home Af­fairs Se­lect Com­mit­tee,” ob­serves Keith Vaz, mem­ber of Par­lia­ment and chair­man of the com­mit­tee. “I hope his visit will be the start of a close re­la­tion­ship be­tween our two com­mit­tees.” Way to go, gen­tle­men.

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