Not the King: Democrats Expose King’s Hearing

This week Peter King had his radicalization hearing despite the warnings from other House members. During the 4 1/2 hour hearing King tried again to spread falsehoods, smear Muslim Americans and stir up more fear and hate in the ranks of the right.

From Think Progress:

King’s own words at the hearing were full of misstatements and outright lies. In his opening statement to the committee, King claimed that the reason he decided to single out Muslim Americans is because the threat from them was particularly unique. He explained, “Indeed, by the Justice Department’s own record, not one terror-related case in the last two years involved neo-Nazis, environmental extremists, or anti-war groups.” King’s statement would be surprising to residents of Fall River, MA. This past December, white racist and neo-Nazi sympathizer Justin Vieira “broke a natural gas line and threatened to blow up a three-decker” house and was arrested shortly after by police. Additionally, there have been at least four other neo-Nazi or neo-Nazi sympathizer terror plots since September 2009. Throughout the hearing, King’s Democratic colleagues — including Reps. Bennie Thompson (MS), Sheila Jackson Lee (TX), and Laura Richardson (CA) — brought up the fact that the congressman said in 2007 that there are “too many mosques in this country,” prompting him to say that he “never said” such a thing, a clear lie as ThinkProgress documents in a video fact check.

Thankfully this doesn’t seem that it will be going too much further. King failed to drum up support for his cause and the left in combination with some of his witnesses exposed it as a witch hunt before it progressed further. At least someone was thinking.

Peter King’s action was base purely on xenophobia and racism; his goal was to create a climate that he could label any one he chose a threat and get away with it. If he were successful we would be seeing a new era of people being arrested for speaking out against the right-wing hate machine.

Lastly, there are always going to be threats to the United States. Focusing on one group based on bias is not only foolish; it is dangerous as well as it will lead to individuals and potentially state departments ignoring larger threats from other groups.

Peter King and Joseph McCarthy: More than Just Wishful Thinking.

Joseph Raymond McCarthy.

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The connection between McCarthy and Peter King (R-NY) goes further than just the idea of this hearing. As a lawyer in his younger days, Peter King worked with Roy Cohen,  the counsel that helped Joseph McCarthy prepare for his infamous trails.

So is King channeling McCarthy?

That depends entirely what side of the fence you sit on.

Fox News and other right-wing propaganda spewers are feverishly trying to promote the hearings as just “part of Kings job”, which also denies the existence of right-wing extremism and responds to reports of their rising in anger, ridicule, or downplays the situation.

Other outlets on the other hand aren’t exactly quick to point out the similarities and connections of King and McCarthy, but they at least attempt to recognize that there is probable cause for concern.

And lastly there are bloggers who are quick to tie King to McCarty to sink him, which is precisely what congress and the media should be doing.

Peter King is trying to sell the existence of a new brand of Red Scare, a sale that’s gone over pretty easily in the realm of the right, especially with the help of Fox, Glenn Beck and the rest of the bigot crew and it is something that is easily noticeable upon visiting the comment sections of any right-wing catering sites and the many bigoted fear mongering post on the Blaze and Fox Nation.

Kings actions are also something to be concerned with. If this trial really is about the threat of terrorism then why is he refusing to investigate other groups such as the “Sovereign Citizen” movement, which has recent violent activities which have been tied not only to this movement, but to Beck’s 9/12 movement as well.

Moreover, King’s plan for this hearing is to use only Muslim’s at witnesses so the media “cannot attack the Muslim messenger“, but I think it is far more likely it’s being done to railroad these witnesses as McCarthy railroaded his witnesses. This is a calculated attempt to demonize people and create a false cause for oppression.

Lastly, King’s own words speak louder than anything. He is fear mongering and pushing the myth’s of radical Islam in the same way that McCarthy did during the Big Red Scare, the only difference here is that it is a religion and color of skin instead of a political ideology. It is intentional dehumanization and fear mongering to create a sense of fear and urgency of the invisible boogie man who is always probing for ways to end your way of life.

And this is precisely what McCarthyism was all about.