Top Democrat Calls for Wider Hearings on Homegrown Terror – HSToday

The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee plans to hold hearings on homegrown terrorism with a focus on Islamic radicalization as early as next month, but the top Democrat on the committee says the focus of those hearings is too narrow.

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) has long argued that US authorities must concentrate on Islamic radicals, noting that Muslim extremists carried out the terrorist attacks on 9/11. He further has expressed concern over the growing number of Muslims with American citizenship who have perpetuated attacks such as the attempted Times Square bombing last May.

But Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), the committee’s top Democrat, warned Friday that King should expand the scope of the hearings to address various manifestations of homegrown terror.