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

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    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.