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Why did Peter King take on CAIR at radicalization hearings?

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But the organization submitted written testimony, and it was active throughout the day on Facebook and Twitter.

In its written testimony, CAIR emphasized its cooperation in rooting out terrorist threats, citing FBI Director Robert Mueller’s 2008 testimony before the House Judiciary Committee: “I reaffirm the fact that 99.9 percent of Muslim-Americans … are every bit as patriotic as anybody else in this room, and that many of our cases are a result of the cooperation from the Muslim community in the United States.”

“It’s not surprising to me that the list of witnesses is not representative of the [Muslim] community,” CAIR spokesman Ahmed Rohab told the Monitor. “We’ve seen a cottage industry emerge that is ripe with Islamophobic rhetoric and demonizes the Islamic community, rather than the individuals who commit the acts of terror or extremist rhetoric.”

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Representative King takes a decidedly different view, describing CAIR as “discredited.”

Quoting a Senate Homeland Security Committee report on "Violent Islamist Extremism and the Homegrown Terrorist Threat,” King said in his opening statement Thursday that “Muslim community leaders and religious leaders must play a more visible role in discrediting and providing alternatives to violent Islamist ideology.”

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