Rep. Peter King Doubles Down On Failed Muslim Radicalization Hearings

July 29, 2011 3:13 pm ET — Brian Powell

Rep. Peter King

The media appears to have stopped paying attention to the series of investigations into Muslim radicalization held by Rep. Peter King's (R-NY) Homeland Security Committee. King's latest hearing this week accomplished little and received almost no coverage, but rather than admit his hearings have been a dismal failure, King has concocted a new scheme to put his issue of choice back into the spotlight: He's calling for the long-gone 9/11 Commission to be revived in order to continue his committee's work investigating the Muslim-American community.

King has introduced the 9/11 Commission Review Act, which would resurrect a panel that has been defunct since 2004 to evaluate the nation's progress on meeting the panel's recommendations, as well as to examine "emerging national security threats, including domestic radicalization." From King's statement announcing his plan:

In March, I convened a series of hearings to examine domestic radicalization by al-Qaeda and affiliated terrorist organizations.  This is the issue that Attorney General Eric Holder has said keeps him awake at night.  A comprehensive and fresh analysis from a 9/11 Review Commission of our progress and remaining challenges will be an invaluable tool for the Homeland Security Committee and the entire Congress as we continue our critical work of securing our homeland from the ever-evolving al-Qaeda and its affiliates.

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA), who is co-sponsoring the act, added that the commission is needed to "take an in-depth look at the growing threat of domestic radicalization."

There's no question that "domestic radicalization" and "affiliates" of al-Qaeda refer to Muslim groups and members of the Muslim community. King has strongly rejected the idea of broadening his hearings into radicalization to include groups other than ones he feels are affiliated with radical Islam, even in the wake of attacks in Norway allegedly perpetrated by a Christian extremist.

Calling for the return of a Washington commission that completed its work the better part of a decade ago reeks of desperation. Rather than attempting this continued quest for attention and easy votes by playing the 9/11 card, King should end his obsessive series of discriminatory hearings.