Islamic leader says Peter King’s hearings threaten Americans overseas

Dr. Faroque Khan, a member of the board of trustees of the Islamic Center of Long Island, says Rep. Peter King’s inquiry into homegrown terror plots could have serious consequences for Americans overseas.

CBS — “This will be another kind of incident which will be read as an attack on the Muslims,” said Dr. Faroque Khan. “That can have repercussions for our troops who are stationed overseas, for our American citizens who are going overseas, and I hope the Congressman keeps that in mind.”

Khan says the Islamic Center, located in Rep. King’s district, says there is resentment about U.S. forces in Afghanistan, especially when civilians are killed. “There’s a fair amount of anger within the community based upon our foreign policy,” said Khan. “What we try to teach our youngsters is to channel that in a constructive manner, not a destructive manner.”

King said, “Homegrown radicalization is part of al Qaeda’s strategy to keep attacking the United States,” he said at the opening of the hearings. “This committee cannot live in denial.”

Khan sees it differently. “Congressman King has been a Muslim basher,” he says, which he finds particularly troubling since King had been a friend to the Islamic Center before 9/11, and was even a guest at Khan’s son’s wedding.

“I don’t see any rationale in what he’s doing, branding a whole community for the acts of a few. This is against the Constitution, this is not justice,” Khan says. “These hearings will be watched very carefully throughout the global Muslim community and if not done fairly, and not done justly, they could be counter-productive.”