By Jim Kouri
Spc. Abdo (U.S. Army) is a perfect example of a radicalized American Muslim.
The Obama national security team has indicated yesterday that it will participate in a congressional probe into alleged threats posed by “homegrown” Islamic terrorists against military installations at home and abroad.
At first it wasn’t known if President Barack Obama would try to appease critics such as CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) and other groups that are against such investigations. However, with incidents occurring throughout the U.S. involving homegrown radical Islamists, Obama’s re-election campaign staff believe it’s best to cooperate with such probes.
The House Committee on Homeland Security web page states that the White House will supply official witnesses for a December 7 hearing on “The threat to military communities inside the United States.”
The committee chairman, Rep. Peter King (R-NY), had led hearings earlier this year on domestic Islamic radicalization, but at first King and others came underfire by Muslim groups, the radical left and some Democrat lawmakers.
However, since the first session of the House investigation, there have been several incidents involving American citizens who’ve become radicalized and plotted terror attacks with members of al-Qaeda, Al Shabaab and other groups.
The administration’s apparent decision to take part in the hearings might cause some criticism from American Muslims and civil liberties groups, but polls have shown widespread support by the American people.
The December 7 hearing, which will be held jointly with the Senate’s Homeland Security Committee, chaired by Independent Joseph Lieberman, is the latest in a series hearings launched by King into alleged efforts by Islamic militants to recruit and radicalize American citizens within the United States including members of the U.S. Armed Forces.
But on Friday the web site of King’s committee published a witness list for the December 7 hearing that included the names of Paul Stockton, an Assistant Secretary Defense for Homeland Security, and Jim Stuteville, a senior U.S. Army Advisor for counter-intelligence and liaison to the FBI.
Also listed as a witness is Lt. Col. Reid Sawyer, director of a counter-terrorism research center the U.S. military academy at West Point.
This time around, the lawmakers will address cases such as Ft. Hood, Texas, attack in which an Army Psychiatrist Major Nidal Hasan, a Muslim, shot dead 13 people, and the recent arrest of Naser Jason Abdo, a Muslim U.S. Army specialist who allegedly plotted another attack against Ft. Hood.
King’s previous hearings had sought to highlight alleged Islamic radicalization efforts in U.S. prisons and activities inside the United States of al-Shabaab, an al Qaeda affiliate based in Somalia.