Sorry, Congressman, pretending it doesn’t exist isn’t going to solve the problem.
(The Hill) — The ranking Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee is seriously questioning the worth of Wednesday’s hearing to address the radicalization of American Muslims in prisons.
Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) told The Hill it would be good for the committee, which he presided over for the last two Congresses, to get a briefing on the matter from experts and government officials, but that it doesn’t warrant a hearing.
“A briefing maybe; but I’m not certain about having a hearing,” said Thompson. “A briefing would be good for background purposes, but I’m not chair.”
“I’m not certain if the testimony will reflect any nexus to terrorism in prisons. I’m convinced that there are very bad people in prisons, but in terms of an organized effort, with either domestic or international affiliations, beyond the Aryan Brotherhood and a few more . . . I don’t see a Muslim or an Islamic conflict in the prison system,” Thompson said.
Committee Chairman Pete King (R-N.Y.) said he called Wednesday’s hearing “The Threat of Muslim-American Radicalization in U.S. Prisons” to try and home in on the risks of radicalization facing the American Muslim population incarcerated in prisons throughout the country.