Homegrown Danger

Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 4:47pm

Congress opens hearings on radicalized American Muslims.

Emotions were high at the controversial House Homeland Security Committee hearing on radicalization in the American Muslim community Thursday.

Congressman Peter King called the controversial hearing a "logical response" to the Obama administration's urgent warnings of terrorist threats in the United States.

However, Muslim-American Representative Keith Ellison cautioned that the muslim american community should not be blamed for the actions of certain individuals.

Ellison became emotional when he talked about Mohammed Salman Hamdani, a 23-year old first responder who died at the World Trade Center on 9/11 and was later mis-characterized.

"Mr. Hamdani bravely sacrificed his life to try and help others on 9/11. After the tragedy some people tried to smear his character solely because of his Islamic faith. Some people spread false rumors and speculated that he was in league with the attackers only because he was Muslim. It was only when his remains were identified that these lies were fully exposed," Ellison said.

Some Democrats were so upset they said this hearing would be used by Al Qaeda as a recruiting tool.

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