Sunday, March 13, 2011

At King Hearings, Rep. Keith Ellison Recalls Muslim 9/11 First Responder

In a Times account of the Muslim-American radicalization hearings led by Rep. Peter King (R-NY), one sentence stood out:

"But at Thursday's hearing, there was no single institution summoned to the hot seat." 

If that is the case, what was the point of this hearing, beyond ethnically based charges and counter-charges? After all, if there is an institution, Islamic or not, that either supports or plots domestic terrorism, that institution should indeed be investigated. Such an investigation, however, should be conducted by the FBI, not by a grandstanding, politically motivated commission like the one we saw this past week.

In objecting to the depiction of Muslim Americans, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-NY), one of two Muslims in Congress, powerfully spoke about Mohammed Salman Hamdani, a volunteer paramedic who died at ground zero during rescue operations. Hamdani was subject to ugly rumors of participating in the terrorist plot until his body was discovered. Ellison himself was later mocked by conservatives; watch his powerful testimony for yourself:


Mohammad Shihabi said...

85% of Al Qaeda's victims are muslims.

Jeff Tone said...

I'm sure that many Muslim Americans realize that Al Qaeda is a threat to them too, which is why Sheriff Leroy Baca of Los Angeles said that many have aided investigations. What King doesn't realize is that hearings like his will alienate Muslim Americans, not motivate them to cooperate further.