Eric Cantor Defends Anti-Muslim, McCarthyism-Style “Hearings”


    According to Eric Cantor, “Pete King has been a tremendously effective Congressman…well versed on the issues of radical extremism and its impact on terrorists here in this country as well as abroad.” Well, yes, given that King was an “‘avowed’ supporter of a terrorist organization, the Irish Republican Army,” who “described the IRA, which mastered the car bomb as an instrument of urban terror, as a ‘legitimate force,'” and who “compared Gerry Adams, the leader of Sinn Fein, the IRA’s political wing, to George Washington,” he sure should know. (snark)

    Cantor adds that King’s hearings (which King says are about “the extent of the radicalization” of American Muslims), are taking place because “the spread of radical Islam is something that threatens the security of the United States and our people.” In reality, of course, “leaders and members of the Muslim community in the United States ‘have contributed significantly’ to resolving cases” and provided “information that…has been critical to our efforts to disrupting plots that otherwise might have occurred.”  

    In addition, it is worth noting that “terrorism by Muslim Americans has only accounted for a minority [45 out of 125 domestic terror plots] of terror plots since 9/11.” So where are the majority of U.S. domestic terrorist threats coming from? According to this data, “right-wing extremist and white supremacist attacks plots alone outnumber plots by Muslims, with both groups being involved in 63 terror plots, 18 more plots than Muslim Americans have been involved in.”

    So, I presume that Pete King will investigate all terrorist threats to the United States, not just single out one particular religious group? And I presume that Eric Cantor will strongly push for such an evenhanded approach? Finally, I presume that I will win the lottery tomorrow and that the lions will lie down with lambs and that hell will freeze over and that Republicans will stop their war on working people and that…anyway, you get the point.

    • pontoon

      option which leaves Eric Cantor without a district.  I know it won’t happen, but it sure is nice to dream.


    • Cool_Arrow

      King makes me embarrassed to be an alum of the same school! It is clearly a diversion by the GOP. I mean why not have hearings like this 10 years ago right after 9/11? So you wait 9 years to have these types of hearings and of course they won’t solve a thing. This is just like the fake outrage that they experienced at the “Ground Zero Mosque”. It was a community center in a Burlington Coat factory where you couldn’t even see Ground Zero.

      Where is the laser like focus on jobs?  

    • Bumble Bee

      Just what you would expect from a congressman who represents the capital of the confederacy

    • NotJohnSMosby

      to discuss American jewish support for Israeli invasions of Lebanon or to examine American christian support for domestic bombings of women’s clinics or something, I doubt Lil’ Eric would be so chipper.

      Oh, support for the IRA by American micks is ok since the Irish are white.  I think it’s a rule somewhere in RepublicanLand that if they’re white, they’re not terrorists but freedom fighters.  If they’re not white, it could go either way.  If they’re helping out whites, then they’re freedom fighters too.  If not, they’re definitely terrorists.

    • VADEM

      was absolutely giddy with excitement.

      What an ass.