Reuters: House panel delves into Muslims radicalization

March 10, 2011- Muslim Americans must do more to combat Islamic radicalization as al Qaeda targets them to help carry out terrorism plots, a lawmaker said on Thursday as he convened hearings critics said unfairly singled out Muslims.

Peter King, the chairman of the House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee who convened hearings to examine Islamic radicalization, has accused the Muslim community of refusing to cooperate with law enforcement and charged that preaching in some U.S. mosques was leading to radicalization.

"To combat this threat, moderate leadership must emerge from the Muslim community," King said. "Today, we must be fully aware that home-grown radicalization is part of al Qaeda's strategy to continue attacking the United States."

Talking Points Memo: King, Wolf Go After CAIR At Muslim Radicalization Hearings

March 10, 2011- Rep. Peter King (R-NY) and Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) went after the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) at the Homeland Security Committee's hearing on Muslim radicalization on Thursday.

"Let me be clear, CAIR is counterproductive and it is hurting the American Muslim community," Wolf said. "I raise the concerns because if we are to successfully counter radical terrorism, law enforcement will need the active engagement of the Muslim communities."

"Last week during a hearing before my subcommittee, Attorney General Eric Holder recognized CAIR's troubled history, he said, and the FBI director has suspended all noninvestigative cooperation with CAIR," Wolf said.

LA Times: 'Jihad Jane' codefendant pleads guilty to terrorism charge

Jamie Paulin-Ramirez of Colorado admits she conspired with Colleen LaRose to support terrorists.

March 10, 2011- Reporting from Philadelphia

A Colorado woman who traveled to Ireland and married a suspected terrorist after conspiring with the Pennsylvania woman who called herself "Jihad Jane" pleaded guilty to a terrorism charge in federal court.

Jamie Paulin-Ramirez, 32, of Leadville, Colo., was indicted in April with Colleen LaRose of Pennsburg, Pa., on a single count of conspiring to provide material support to terrorists planning to "knock down" individuals who were harming Islam.

Among the people LaRose and others targeted was a Swedish cartoonist, Lars Vilks, who offended Muslims by depicting the prophet Muhammad as a dog.

Miami Herald: Rep. Peter King: Terrorism hawk or witch hunter?

March 9, 2011- Extraordinary public scrutiny will focus Thursday not only on the topic of a widely publicized House of Representatives committee hearing — the radicalization of American Muslims — but also on the man who'll wield the gavel.

Some elected officials, civil liberties groups and American Muslim organizations fear that Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., the chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, will preside over an inflammatory inquiry akin to former Sen. Joseph McCarthy's infamous 1950s "witch hunt" investigations into communist anti-American activities.

Others, however, including top officials of the Obama administration, say there's a real threat to U.S. security from domestic terrorists, in particular from Muslims attracted to jihad, and that investigating that threat is a legitimate task for Congress.

Mother Jones: Meet the White Supremacist Leading the GOP's Anti-Sharia Crusade

March 1, 2011- Last week, legislators in Tennessee introduced a radical bill that would make "material support" for Islamic law punishable by 15 years in prison. The proposal marks a dramatic new step in the conservative campaign against Muslim-Americans. If passed, critics say even seemingly benign activities like re-painting the exterior of a mosque or bringing food to a potluck could be classified as a felony.

The Tennessee bill, SB 1028, didn't come out of nowhere. Though it's the first of its kind, the bill is part of a wave of related measures that would ban state courts from enforcing Sharia law. (A court might refer to Sharia law in child custody or prisoner rights cases.) Since early 2010, such legislation has been considered in at least 15 states. And while fears of an impending caliphate are myriad on the far-right, the surge of legislation across the country is largely due to the work of one man: David Yerushalmi, an Arizona-based white supremacist who has previously called for a "war against Islam" and tried to criminalize adherence to the Muslim faith.

MSNBC: Arrest made in MLK parade bomb plot

Backpack with explosive was found in Spokane, Wash., along route

March 9, 2011- A suspect was arrested and charged Wednesday in the foiled bombing of a Martin Luther King Day parade in this city last January.

A magistrate clerk at the U.S. District Court in Spokane identified the suspect as Kevin William Harpham. He was scheduled to make an initial appearance later Wednesday.

Harpham, 36, has been a member of the National Alliance, a white supremacist group, the Spokane Spokesman-Review reported, citing the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The group was founded by the late William Pierce, author of a race novel that is believed to have influenced Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.


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