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"A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures."
  -- Daniel Webster

Friday, March 11, 2011 :::

The House Homeland Security hearings on the radicalization of domestic Muslims is being covered at National Review. To reiterate my comments about distinguishing between radicalized Muslims and patriotic Muslims, I would hope they will look into this sort of thing - i.e., whether the government is listening enough to patriotic Muslims.

I have seen objections that they should be looking into other sources of domestic terrorism as well. They should, but doing so in the same hearing would not make a lot of sense. If the point is to understand why terrorists become terrorists and how it can be prevented, grouping terrorists and potential terrorists who are likely to have similar reasons makes more sense than just talking about "terrorists" in general. And, of course, there's no reason Muslims can't be ecoterrorists, but that's not the main thrust of this set of hearings.

I've seen an objection that Chairman Peter King has no standing here because he helped fund the IRA. That's a reasonable argument against letting King chair a committee tasked with fighting terrorism, but not a good argument against such a committee holding this set of hearings.

A comment at that NR blog entry suggests that the government should try to understand the radicalization of American Muslims, but that it should not be done publicly. That's a better line of argument, I think.

::: posted by Steven at 12:06 AM

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