Apr 4 2011
A Capitol Hill source reports the Washington D.C. office of Rep. Peter King (R-NY) was sent a bloody pig’s foot with a note attached that contained anti-Semitic ramblings. The note referenced King’s controversial hearing last month about the growing radicalization of Muslim men within the United States.
CBS NEWS –Authorities intercepted a parcel this morning addressed to Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) containing a bloody pig’s foot and a derogatory message, a source has confirmed to CBS News.
The U.S. Capitol Police and U.S. Postal Service confirmed that there is an open investigation, though would not confirm the details of what was contained in the parcel because the investigation is ongoing. King’s office, which did not see the parcel, referred all questions to the Capitol Police.
According to the Postal Service, a hazardous materials response team tested the parcel and found it to be non-hazardous.
Last month, King held hearings on radicalization in the Muslim-American community that critics suggested unfairly targeted Muslims, though it’s not known whether this incident is related to those hearings. Muslims are forbidden from eating pork products.
Ibrahim Hooper, National Communications Director for the Terrorist Front Group (CAIR) Council on American-Islamic Relations – a target of King’s hearings – said he found the situation confusing. He said his organization regularly receives pig-themed hate messages, including letters smeared with bacon. “My guess is it was an anti-Muslim bigot, and bigots not being brain surgeons they probably got their signals crossed,” he said.
(Muslim bigots certainly are not brain surgeons and assumed King was a Jew when in fact he is a Catholic)