“I am well aware that the announcement of these hearing has generated considerable controversy and opposition”
“Let me make it clear today that I remain convinced that these hearings must go forward. And they will. TO back down would be a craven surrender to political correctness and an abdication of what I believe to be the main responsibility of the [Homeland Security] Committee—to protect America from a terrorist attack”
"This threat is real and it is serious"
King also hit the Council on American Islamic Relations or CAIR hard in his opening remarks. CAIR has ties to Hamas and other terrorist organizations.
"Responsible Muslim-American leaders must reject discredited groups such as CAIR which was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the terrorist financing case involving the Holyland Foundation. In the lead-up to this hearing I found it shocking and sad that the mainstream media accepted CAIR's accusations as if it were a legitimate organization. Thankfully, FBI Director Mueller has ordered the FBI to cease all dealings and contact with CAIR. I would hope that all law enforecement officials would follow the lead of the FBI Director.