House Homeland Security Committee chair Rep. Peter King (R-NY) is opening hearings this week on homegrown Muslim terrorism. To even the casual observer this curious demagogic move smacks of McCarthyism.
“We proclaim ourselves, as indeed we are, the defenders of freedom, wherever it continues to exist in the world, but we cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home. The actions of the junior Senator from Wisconsin have caused alarm and dismay amongst our allies abroad, and given considerable comfort to our enemies. And whose fault is that? Not really his. He didn’t create this situation of fear; he merely exploited it—and rather successfully.”
— Edward R. Murrow, March 9th 1954