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Muslims to Be Congressional Hearings' Main Focus
by Laurie Goodstein
The new chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee said Monday that he planned to call mostly Muslim and Arab witnesses to testify in hearings next month on the threat of homegrown Islamic terrorism.
Representative Peter T. King, Republican of New York, said he would rely on Muslims to make his case that American Muslim leaders have failed to cooperate with law enforcement officials in the effort to disrupt terrorist plots — a claim that was rebutted in recent reports by counterterrorism experts and in a forum on Capitol Hill on Monday.
"I believe it will have more of an impact on the American people if they see people who are of the Muslim faith and Arab descent testifying," Mr. King said.
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