Slog tipper Vlad sent me a link to this Mother Jones story about Republican New York Representative Peter King. Put simply, King is a piece of work:
Rep. Peter King (R-NY), last seen calling WikiLeaks a terrorist organization, is back in the news after annnouncing plans to hold hearings next year on the radicalization of America's Muslim communities. King believes Muslim leaders have been less than helpful in combatting extremists in their ranks, and he'd like to find out why.
King estimates that "80-85 percent of mosques in this country are controlled by Islamic fundamentalists," which is even higher than Glenn Beck's estimates. Dan alerted us to King's hearings last Friday. But Mother Jones recalls that King has a bit of a terrorist-sympathizing past himself:
[King] once called the IRA "the legitimate voice of occupied Ireland," he was banned from the BBC by British censors for his pro-IRA views, and he refused to denounce the IRA when one of its mortar bombs killed nine Northern Irish police officers...
The GOP in Nassau tried, unsuccessfully, to muzzle him, and he complained that the FBI was opening mail sent from Ireland, including letters from Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams. In 1984, the Secret Service listed him as a threat when President Reagan made a trip to Nassau County to watch a Special Olympics event.