On Sunday (Dec. 27), Rep. Peter King (R-NY) told "Fox News Sunday" that he feels Muslim houses of worship require round-the-clock surveillance because, in his words, "that's where the threat is coming from."
Fox News' Doug McKelway noted that King, who is a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, has "somewhat controversially" brought this up in the past. McKelway said he could "hear the cries of civil libertarians and constitutionalists," to which King responded:
They can cry all they want. The fact is that’s where the threat is coming from. And we can say that 98, 99% of Muslims in this country are good people -- I’m actually swearing in the first elected Muslim on Long Island to office, she’s a good friend of mine -- so this is nothing against Muslims. But the fact is that where the threat is coming from and we’re kidding ourselves we have this blind political correctness, it makes no sense.
In 2014, King called for "all out" surveillance on Muslim Americans in order to gather intelligence about ISIS. "We can have all the technology in the world, the fact is we have to find out what’s happening on the ground in these Muslim communities and we can only do that through increased surveillance," he told NewsMaxTV.
According to NBC News, "Hate crimes targeting Muslims, their mosques and businesses, have tripled this year and the bulk of the attacks have occurred in recent weeks." Since the terror attacks in Paris, several mosques across the country have been vandalized.