Congressional Hearing Shows Partisan Split On Terror Probes


A congressional hearing yesterday on homegrown Islamic terrorism featured divergent portraits of Muslims in America: law-abiding people who are unfairly made targets, and people ignoring radicalization among their own and failing to confront what one witness called “this cancer that's within,” the New York Times reports. Four hours of sometimes emotional testimony showed a deep partisan split in lawmakers' approach to terror investigations and their views on the role of mosques in America.

Democrats cited the lone law enforcement witness, Sheriff Lee Baca of Los Angeles, who testified that Muslims do cooperate, and they cited a Duke University study that found that 40 percent of foiled domestic terror plots had been thwarted with the help of Muslims. Other witnesses — Melvin Bledsoe, a Memphis businessman, and Abdirizak Bihi of the Somali Education and Social Advocacy Center in Minneapolis — offered compelling narratives of how their relatives embraced Islamic extremism.

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