Rep. Peter King: There Should Be Much More Surveillance in the Muslim Community in United States’

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peter kingRep. Peter King (R.-N.Y.), who is chairman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, told reporters today that he believes “there should be much more surveillance in the Muslim community in the United States.

King was responding to a reporter who asked him what Congress could do to prevent something like the San Bernardino terrorist attack from happening again.

“The only way you are going to find out this in advance is to do the same type of 24/7 surveillance that was done in the Italian-American communities when they were going after the mob, mafia, and the Irish communities when they were going after the Westies,” said King.

“You look where the terror threat is going to come from and right now it is going to come from the Muslim community, and it is a small percentage but to me the only way you find out about it in advance is to have sources and informers on the ground with constant surveillance,” he said.

Here is a transcript of part of King’s exchange with reporters:

Question: “What can you do on Capitol Hill to prevent something like this from happening again?”

King: “Well, that is part of the process now. I have my own view. But that’s a different–I believe there should be much more surveillance in the Muslim community here in the United States. The only way you are going to find out this in advance is to do the same type of 24/7 surveillance that was done in the Italian-American communities when they were going after the mob, mafia, and the Irish communities when they were going after the Westies. You look where the terror threat is going to come from and right now it is going to come from the Muslim community, and it is a small percentage but to me the only way you find out about it in advance is to have sources and informers on the ground with constant surveillance. It was done–“

Question: “Should they have known sooner? Should authorities have been alerted sooner to the fact that those two people were there and were a potential threat?”

King: “Well, again, we’ll to have to find out. I think the only way you are going to find that out in the future is if you have constant surveillance on the ground. Unfortunately, police departments have been pushed away from that. I think if every department followed the model of what the NYPD was doing you would have much less chance of a plot like this succeeding.”

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  1. He is speaking basic common sense. When it comes to safety you have no choice but to profile. You have to go where the danger is. Its the same thing with inner city crime. Its not personal or “racist”. You have to fight crime where the crime is.

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