By AATTP contributing author, the Progressive Populist
New York TEApublican Rep. Peter King was asked by Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday whether we needed to do “more effective surveillance inside the Muslim community”.
King’s response, especially given how the question was framed, was that the threat is coming from the Muslim community and agreed that more surveillance of Muslims is needed.
Feinstein responded that we do not know yet if the two bombing suspects had any connections to any Muslim extremist groups, and cautioned against jumping to any conclusions.
Here is the whole exchange:
KING: Listen, the threat is coming from within the Muslim community in these cases. In New York. that’s why Commissioner Kelly has 1,000 police officers out in the community. Unfortunately, he gets smeared by the New York Times and the Associated Press, but the fact is we’ve stopped 16 plots in New York because we know that al-Qaeda is shifting its tactics…If you know a certain threat is coming from a certain community, that’s where you have to look.
WALLACE: Senator Feinstein, your reaction to this?
FEINSTEIN: That’s exactly where they will look. I don’t think all of this is very helpful. I think the important thing is to get the facts. Let the investigation proceed. The FBI has very good interrogators. They know what they are doing. I believe that they will put a case together that will be very strong. With respect to whether we are doing enough in the Muslim community, I think we should take a look at that, but I don’t think we need to go and develop some real disdain and hatred on television about it.
King and Feinstein also disagreed about whether the still-living suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, should be treated as a criminal or as an enemy combatant. Feinstein argued that Tsarnaev should be read his Miranda rights, while King asserted that the suspect should be treated as an enemy combatant “for the purpose of interrogation.”
Watch the video below, courtesy of ThinkProgress
For more stories like this, visit the Progressive Populist blog