March 11, 2011
CIRCLING THE FIRING SQUAD:
Terror Hearing Puts Lawmakers in Harsh Light (ALESSANDRA STANLEY, 3/11/11, NY Times)
One member of Congress broke down and cried. Another was so incensed that she waved a pocket-size copy of the Constitution and declared, “This breathing document is in pain.” And there were so many angry charges of McCarthyism and countercharges of “political correctness” that it sometimes seemed that the topic at hand on Thursday in Washington was the radicalization of the House Homeland Security Committee, not American Muslims. [...]
[A]t Thursday’s hearing, there was no single institution summoned to the hot seat. The few outside witnesses who appeared were eager to combat radical extremism, not defend it. Mostly, it was the committee itself that seemed to be on trial.
Maybe Mr. King was secretly trying to undermine Islamophobia. Posted by Orrin Judd at March 11, 2011 7:08 AM