Japanese Americans: King's Muslim Hearings 'Sinister'
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 8, 2011 6:22 PM CST
House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y. testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, in this Feb. 16, 2011 file photo.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

(Newser) – Congressman Peter King begins his controversial hearings Thursday into radical Islam, and one group in particular is taking exception, reports the Washington Post: Japanese Americans. They see a parallel between the way they were demonized during World War II and how American Muslims are being treated today. "I'll be damned if I'm going to stay quiet and not say something," said Democratic Rep. Michael Honda, who spent years as a child in an internment camp in Colorado.

What King is doing is "similarly sinister," he says, and "we have to show people that as Americans, we're not going to put up with this kind of nonsense." In King's defense, Majority Leader Eric Cantor today cited the Fort Hood shooting in declaring the hearings a "relevant topic," notes Politico. But Speaker John Boehner remained perfectly neutral: “Chairman King is chairman of the Homeland Security Committee” is all a spokesman would say.

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galut1
Mar 14, 2011 12:17 AM CDT
radical muslims intimidating moderates http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110314/ap_on_re_af/af_nigeria_violence
beckjr2000
Mar 9, 2011 10:00 AM CST
The investigation should be brought forward! There is no parallel to the Internment Of Japanese Americans during WWII and this proposed investigation. Does anyone remember that Germans and Italians were also interned during this War? Radical Islam is a REAL problem not an imaginary one. The Radicalization of American Muslims is of great concern and needs to be investigated.
Dave99
Mar 9, 2011 6:56 AM CST
Just stand back and let the conservatives unleash their inner right wing scumbag. Thats all thats needed. They make themselves look like crap. WHERE ARE THE JOBS YOU RIGHT WING CLOWNS ? Knock off the worthless diversions and get to work.