This is no witch hunt

What do a military recruitment center in Baltimore, a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, and a smoking SUV in … Continued

What do a military recruitment center in Baltimore, a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, and a smoking SUV in Times Square have in common? They were each locations targeted by American Muslims determined to inflict fear and kill fellow Americans. Homegrown Islamic terrorism poses a tremendous threat to the United States.

Anwar al-Awlaki, born in New Mexico, was the Muslim Chaplain at George Washington University and an Imam at a mosque in northern Virginia, before leaving the United States to coordinate al-Qaeda’s outreach to U.S. Muslims. Awlaki was in direct communication with the men arrested for the Ft. Hood shootings and Times Square Bombings. Remember the Underwear Bomber? Awlaki trained him. The parcel bombs were Awlaki’s work too.

In a November article in Foreign Policy, author and research fellow Thomas Hegghammer described the U.S. born terror leader as “arguably the single most important individual behind the group’s [al Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula] efforts to carry out operations in the West.” Awlaki is more than an ideologue. As Hegghammer points out, he is an organizer and a recruiter.

So when Rep. Peter King (R-NY) announced that as chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security, he will hold hearings on “radicalization of the American Muslim community and homegrown terrorism,” how did the Council on American-Islamic Relations respond? CAIR calls the coming hearings a “witch hunt” that “is just going to further marginalize American Muslims and demonize Islam.”

Instead of attempting to “demonize” Americans concerned with homegrown radical Islam, Muslims should actively participate in these hearings to discuss how their faith is combating terror. The defensive, shift the discussion, allege “Islamophobia” tactics by CAIR are damaging to American Muslims and fuel distrust in non-Muslims.

The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee also opposes the hearings, calling King’s intentions “bigoted.” The group’s legal director said, “We are disturbed that this representative who is in a leadership position does not have the understanding and knowledge of what the realities are on the ground.” If they believe this to be is true, why not agree to participate and educate Congress?

These hearings are an opportunity for American Muslims to demonstrate their commitment to the United States and fighting terrorism. Missing this chance to impact the discussion would be a gross miscalculation.

More On Faith:
Another view on the proposed hearings from Eboo Patel.

  • areyousaying

    Right. Like Catholics should participate in ferreting out their pervert priests. For someone who pretends to be a “Human Rights Attorney” your article seems to me to call for a witch hunt. Who’s next? Gays? Non-Believers? Liberals?

  • Bethesdan

    Sure. While we’re at it, let’s haul in all of the law-abiding African Americans and have them testify about the crime rate in the black community. Because, really, no one gets to the bottom of an issue like a grandstanding congressional committee.

  • yasseryousufi

    This is no witch hunt! But we’re only going to target Muslims in these hearings! The winds of fascism are once again blowing over Europe and America. Radical Christian wingnuts and White Nationalists have declared open season for muslim hunting. The kind of hysterical, hateful rhetoric that is being used against Muslims everyday, anyone would shudder to think before saying it against Jews, blacks, Hispanic etc. Muslims are being called Nazi’s by mainstream Politicians in US for attempting to build a mosque on a land purchase by them with their own money in NYC. In France they are being called Nazi’s for as much as praying outside mosques. Of course once you label someone with such hatefilled tags it becomes really easy and OK to conduct witch hunts in the garb of congressional hearings. Americans and Europeans should fear rising homophobia and fascism spurred on by demagogues like this Sekulow guy more than Islamic Terrorism. They constitute a long term danger to the very foundations of the society. Islamic terrorism is just a passing shower. No one talked about it 20 years ago, no one will be mentioning it in 20 years after US is out Iraq and Afghanistan and Palestinians hopefully have their own country.

  • WmarkW

    IAMAMERICAN,Your posts on Jacoby’s board are a carnival of incomprehension. She dislikes a lot of things I say there, even to the point of using them as the subject of future columns, but she never deletes them because I write clear, topical prose.Your posts look like a lesson in tag-writing.

  • twinkletoes329

    What about the hysterical, hateful killings of Christians, Americans and Jews by the hands of Muslim terrorists? Should we just shrug them off and let them keep killing thousands all over the world until they accomplish their ultimate goal of eliminating everyone non-muslim? No! We need to fight back against the radicals. Peaceful, loving, American Muslims should cooperate with the government and prove their devotion to America like Jordan said. They should help and communicate with us instead refusing to cooperate and calling it a witch hunt and saying we’re all Islamaphobic. We are not. We are terroristaphobic and we have to do everything we can to stop terrorism and prevent another 9-11. There are attempted terrorist attacks every day in America yet we still let the terrorists get away with it and stay here. That’s why they keep attacking us. They think we are weak because we don’t do much about it. I think it’s about time we put our foot down. Thank you Jordan for fighting for our freedom and safety. It’s because of people like you that we have justice.

  • jeffkrotts

    Greetings all,The question is not truly about Islam but as with most things it is about those who pervert and subvert any group or organization. It has taken these radical brain-washers time to find the correct line of reasoning (wrap). That is to say, finding just the right combination of lies with just enough truth for most of there audience to grab hold of and to well-up the anger necessary to drive individuals to extreme actions. In the case of Anwar al-Awlaki it didn’t take quite as long because of his history in the US, but the wrap is still the same. These criminals are hiding behind the robes of honest clerics and have taken the anger, mistrust & resentment felt by most young people and turned them into there own army of destruction. The best example of the anti-social behavior these perverts seek would be the individuals who perpetrated the Columbine or Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City attack. These are the type of individuals that Anwar al-Awlaki and his cowardly ilk seek to do there dirty work. If “We the People” don’t find a way to identify and redirect those individuals we will have a problem unlike anything we have ever experienced before. In our country we have allowed political correctness and front groups like CAIR & ACLU to attack and subjugate the very systems which can identify and restrain the misguided of whom I speak. Groups like CAIR shouldn’t and can’t be allowed to use our own legal system, circa the ACLU, in a distracting & disrupting manner so as to allow those groups like al-Qaeda’s and individuals like al-Awlaki time needed to perpetrate and execute the selfsame radicalization of disenfranchised individuals of which I am speaking. It’s not a witch hunt when you’re Dorothy in OZ and the way things are going around here I’ve been looking for flying monkeys and the Wizard things are curiouser and curiouser.Have a Glorious Christmas and a Joyous New Year.

  • onefineseamstres

    Maybe someone will “take this radical hater” OUT, thus decreasing the “hate population”.

  • Bill1776

    PIG GREASE WILL WORK I read an article a few days ago about a tactic used in Israel to stop the suicide bombers on the buses. They put a bucket of hog lard right up front by the driver. Muslims believe that if they touch pork or get pig grease on them they will not go to paradise but be condemned for eternity. So a smart leader in Israel had the pig grease installed and signs put up letting everyone know about it. So if an islamic terrorist straps on a bomb and blows himself up on a bus the pig grease will fly everywhere get on him and …whoops – no paradise, no virgins, nada, nothing but misery forever! Guess what, it worked. Suicide bombers on buses stopped cold.

  • TD40

    Witch hunt is supposed to mean what? … that innocents are being persecuted? is that the meaning of this name calling? Awlaki and those who are trained by him intend to cause death and destruction to innocent Americans and if they happen to be in the way, even innocent American Muslims. What do you not care about these innocents? Your name calling means nothing, it is an effort to change the subject. Muslims are not being persecuted. They are being kindly allowed to share in the benefits and protections provided by a still free country. Let it stay free seeing we are letting our republic down by not following the precepts laid out in our wonderful and incomparable constitution where equity and justice can be earned and enjoyed.

  • AKafir

    I hope the meeting will explore and publicise the systematic hate and desire to the Kafirs that is expressed by the largest main line Islamic organization ICNA (Islamic Circle of North America):”Islamophobia” an intentionally coined word by Islamists to play on the guilt of the American Kafirs, and it succeeds in turning the conversation of how the “Muslims” are the victims instead of the institutionalized hate and oppression of the non-Muslims in all Muslim countries around the word because it is built into the canonical texts of Islam, and implemented in the laws of every Muslim country in the world. It is legitimate to ask ICNA, CAIR, ISNA and other Muslim organizations what do they mean when they want “the Establishment of Islam” as the sole basis of global society and governance.” or “the united Muslim Ummah [community] in a united Islamic state, governed by an elected khalifah in accordance with the laws of shari’ah.”This is the published goal of the largest organisation of Muslim in North America and their Handbook states that they are working to establish the global supremacy of Islam under a Khalifah. And you are worried about a “witch hunt”?

  • MrCool1

    Anwar Al Awlaki, and those like him, are nothing more then pond scum. They are weak, sorry excuses for men, nothing more then cowards.

  • abrahamhab1

    Muslims living in the West do anything but convincingly demonstrate their loyalty to their land of residence. Why can’t they join in those hearings? This is because their primary allegiance is to the Ummah, the Muslim Nation, in accordance with their creed and culture. They justify their terror acts against the West by citing the present situation in Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine. These are mere excuses. They are good at making excuses because they have plenty of practice. What have the original peoples of Iraq, Egypt and Palestine done to them when the Muslim hordes swept in from the Arabian Desert to pillage, loot, enslave and kill the people of these places, subjugating and humiliating those who somehow survived? They could not defeat the West by force so they are simply changing the tactic; using terror to destabilize those societies and employ the West’s laws to push through their agenda of subjugating it through what is known as “stealth Jihad”.

  • yasseryousufi

    Actually the Al-Qaida and its affiliated terrorists kill 10 muslims for every non-muslim they kill. We muslims do have more interest in getting rid of these morons who also besmirch the name of Islam in guise of their twisted ideology. Pakistan, Saudi Arab, Egypt, Yemen, Indonesia and many other Islamic countries are fighting these terrorists everyday and killing hundreds of them. However it would help if the western powers stopped providing cannon fodder to Osama and this new kid on the block aulaki (its funny how all these terrorist have a connection to the US) by occupying and destroying muslim countries and causing the death of more than a million muslims. Peter King has a history of making anti-islamic bigoted statements against not just terrorists but Islamic religion and muslim people. He is a typical Racist Right Wing Christian nut who has found new found power as a head of a congressional committee and is exploiting it to further his anti islamic agenda. We know the usual suspects who will appear before this committee like Robert Spencer, Pam Geller, Wafa Sultan, Ayyan Hirsi Ali to spew their venom and target legitimate, mainstream and moderate muslim organizations like CAIR, ISNA for defending muslims who are victims of this current wave of hatred all over America. If there has to be a committee of this kind, it should atleast be headed by someone who is neutral and doesn’t have an obvious agenda against a muslim people.

  • christianhe

    What it all comes down to is this: If Muslim extremists are successful in killing a number of Westerners, there will be a tipping point where us Westerners will demand that our government send the missiles- The strategic ones, not just the tactical ones. The good will be burned with the bad so the good had better stand up if they don’t want this simple inevitability to occur. Make no mistake, the fly will be swatted if it starts to bite.

  • yasseryousufi

    Christianhe,One would assume you would be enlisting for that war along with your family or do you just talk of these apocalyptic wars that are bound to kill millions more hiding behind your pc?

  • AKafir

    Jihadist writes: ” “Have you no decency sir?” “I have been asking Jihadist for the longest time, whether she has any decency? She claims to be a Muslim from Malaysia. I have shown her that her Malaya are deeply racist and bigoted against others. Malaysia systematically discriminates and spreads hate against the non-Muslims. Does she as a Mayalya have any decency? Has she ever said a word against the hatred that her Islam institutionalises against non-Muslims? Has she ever lifted a single finger to change the systematic oppression of the Kafirs in any Muslim country? But she feels entitled to comment on the attempts by the American Kafirs to investigate and determine the sources and causes of this hatred. Most Kafirs refuse to believe that this systematic hatred really and truly originates from the canonical books of Islam, the Koran, the hadeeth and the Sunnah of Muhammad.

  • fordmaniac

    As the old but correct statement goes … are these Muslims living in the United States part of the solution? OR, are they part of the problem??? Friends, believe it, if you or I were suspected of treason we’d be hauled in in short order! If you live in the boundries of the United States on a perminent basis, your loyalities must be here. No middle ground (no “gray” area),YOU ARE EITHER WITH US … OR AGAINST US. In this land founded on Christian principles of caring and compassion for all human beings there can be no “tolarating” of anyone known to be associated with inhuman behaviour or terrorist activities.As we pause to celebrate the birth of the historical and ever living Jesus Christ, may each of us determine in his or her heart just exactly where our loyalities lie. As for me, it will ALWAYS be “ONE NATION, UNDER GOD”! Merry Christmas to all, may our Lord guide each of you in thought, word, and deed.

  • Baruwk8

    The only people in this world who believe that Obama is not a muslim are Americans. Everyone else around the world KNOWS he is. He plans to have America as a muslim nation by the end of his eight years in office. If not through peace then by any means posssible. This guy is under his protection and the protection of the the two devout Muslins that Obama has appointed to Homeland security Posts. Doesn’t this make you feel safer already? Obama and Janet Napolitano appoint Arif Alikhan, a devout Muslim, as Assistant Secretary for Policy Development. DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano swore in Kareem Shora, a devout Muslim who was born in Damascus, Syria, as ADC National Executive Director as a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC). NOTE: Has anyone ever heard a new government official being identified as a devout Catholic, a devout Jew or a devout Protestant…? Just wondering. Devout Muslims being appointed to critical Homeland Security positions? Doesn’t this make you feel safer already?? That should make the US’ homeland much safer, huh!! Was it not “Devout Muslim men” that flew planes into U.S. buildings 9 years ago? Was it not a Devout Muslim who killed 13 at Fort Hood? Also: This is very interesting and we all need to read it from start to finish. Maybe this is why our American Muslims are so quiet and not speaking out about any atrocities. Can a good Muslim be a good American? This question was forwarded to a friend who worked in Saudi Arabia for 20 years. The following is his reply: Theologically – no . . . Because his allegiance is to Allah, The moon God of Arabia. Religiously – no… Because no other religion is accepted by His Allah except Islam (Quran, 2:256)(Koran) Scripturally – no… Because his allegiance is to the five Pillars of Islam and the Quran. Geographically – NO… Because his allegiance is to Mecca, to which he turns in prayer five times a day. Socially – NO… Because his allegiance to Islam forbids him to make friends with Christians or Jews.. Politically – NO…Because he must submit to the mullahs (spiritual leaders), who teach annihilation of Israel and destruction of America, the great Satan. Domestically – NO… Because he is instructed to marry four Women and beat and scourge his wife when she disobeys him (Quran 4:34) Intellectually – NO… Because he cannot accept the American Constitution since it is based on Biblical principles and he believes the Bible to be corrupt. Philosophically – NO… Because Islam, Muhammad, and the Quran do not allow freedom of religion and expression… Democracy and Islam cannot co-exist. Every Muslim government is either dictatorial or autocratic. Spiritually – NO… Because when we declare ‘one nation under God,’ the Christian’s God is loving and kind, while Allah is NEVER referred to as Heavenly father, nor is he ever called love in The Quran’s 99 excellent names. Therefore, after much study and deliberation…. Perh

  • yasseryousufi

    Anyone doubting my earlier premise that winds of fascism are blowing once again over Europe and America should re-read the couple of posts below. These nuts have been fed by their radio talk shows, Fox News, Radical Priests and what not the kind of garbage no serious educated person would ever believe. However, by some accounts the number of these nuts is around 20% in America (Who also form the base of racist tea party movement). But as America goes deeper into depression and a never ending war that will keep draining its resources further, the need for a helpless scapegoat will grow (30’s……Depression….War……Jews!). Just wait till the tea partiers get the government in 2 years and people like Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin etc get the throne. Nazi Germany will be re-lived as Nazi America!

  • AKafir

    YasserYousufi writes: “Just wait till the tea partiers get the government in 2 years and people like Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin etc get the throne. Nazi Germany will be re-lived as Nazi America! “Then you better start telling your ISI masters that they should get ready for the consequences of all the double dealing and lying and cheating and making the fool of the American Kafirs that your countrymen have been doing for the last 50 or so odd years. It is so easy to call those that you disagree with as nuts. I suggest you take care of your nuts in Pakistan as soon and rapidly as you can, before you actually have to deal with “Nazi America”. I assure you, it will not be fun, and Pakistan will be the first one who will have to deal with our “nuts”.

  • TonysTake

    I agree with those here that denounce the hearings. What a classic waste of time. Simply declare open season with no bag limit on radical Islamic animals. Inform the good old boys that they are responsible for the death of Dale Sr. and that they killed Elvis. Offer a prize of a keg of Bud to the one with the highest count for the day. In one month, there would be no more radical Islamic problem.There are two kinds of people in this world and Muslims ain’t one of them.

  • luvUSA2

    Those of us in America who see the truth, do fear Islamic takeover. That is an ever pressing goal for them. To say that Islamic terrorism is a passing shower is to bury our head in the sand. To say we are declaring open season on Muslims, well if you are trying to take down my homeland, I call a spade a spade. Sekulow says it like it is. If you are offended, it’s a free country and you’re free to leave! My comment.

  • yasseryousufi

    lUVUSA2 what makes you think its just your country?

  • piniella

    OK, let’s also ask Dennis Prager to demonstrate his commitment to the United States. (Prager wants traitor Jonathan Pollard released from prison)