Republican Representative Calls For Surveillance Of Muslim Communities

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
Republican Rep. Peter King of New YorkRepublican Rep. Peter King of New York

Republican Rep. Peter King of New York has repeatedly called for surveillance of Muslim communities in the U.S., but following the Paris attacks, he insisted more could be done domestically. 

“We have to have more surveillance in the Muslim community,” King told John Catsimatidis on AM 970 New York on Nov. 15, according to The Hill.

“The reality is that’s where the terrorism is coming from,” he added. "Doesn’t mean that all Muslims are evil; doesn’t mean all Muslims support terrorism; the overwhelming majority do not. But the reality is that’s where the threat is coming from."

King believes concerns over racial profiling are unfounded and will “cost human lives.”  

“And right now in France, I don’t think the French intelligence forces are spending their time in the Catholic community or the Jewish community,” he said.  "Right now, they’re looking for terrorists in the Muslim community, and that is what we have to do."

On Oct. 23, 2014, almost exactly a year before the attack on Paris, King appeared on Newsmax’s “America’s Forum” and called for the same thing. 

Addressing two attacks on Canadian soldiers that week by homegrown terrorists flouting extremist ideology, Kind said: "When you see a person who is a Muslim convert carrying out an attack two or three days after another similar type of attack, after ISIS has called upon individual Muslims to carry out these attacks, then we have to realize that this is a real issue and not something we can hide under this cover of political correctness.”

In his latest interview, King noted that it wouldn’t be the first time the U.S. increased domestic surveillance on a specific community, The Hill reported.

“And going back into the '60s and '70s, when the FBI knew threats from organized crime were coming from the Italian communities, they went to the Italian areas,” he said.  “When they were going after the Westies, which are all Irish-American, they went to the Irish bars and the Irish neighborhoods.”  

Despite his repeated calls for monitoring Muslims, King acknowledged that the U.S. “went too far” in the past by interring Japanese-Americans during WWII whom, not unlike Muslim communities today, came under suspicion during violent conflicts with America. 

“I’m talking about abiding by the Constitution, not violating anyone’s rights, but using good, ordinary police sense, and that’s let cops do their job on the ground, let them build up their sources, let them go to these areas where these terrorist possibilities are, and take whatever action has to be done,” he said.  

Sources: AM 970 New York, Newsmax, The Hill / Photo credit: LBJ Foundation/Flickr