MASSAPEQUA PARK - Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) sat down for an interview with News 12 Long Island just days before regaining the chairmanship of the House Homeland Security Committee.
Four years ago, King chaired the committee before a political shift in Washington, D.C. gave the seat to a Democrat. Now, the Seaford Republican says he is going to concentrate on all terrorist threats against the U.S., starting with threats from within.
King says one of his first acts as chairman will be holding hearings on the alleged radicalization of American Muslims by al-Qaeda. According to King, the terror group is now recruiting Americans instead of using foreign operatives.
While some consider the planned hearings controversial, King says he shouldn't be mistaken for someone who hates Muslims.
"I was one of the only members in Congress who went to Bosnia, went to Kosovo to stand up for the Muslims against Christian aggression," King says.
The congressman says it's important to have the Muslim community in the U.S. participate in future security discussions to help identify and prevent future attacks.
"All of us lost too many friends and neighbors on 9/11, and I don't want that to happen again," King says.
For an interview with Rep. Peter King, go to your digital cable box and select iO Extra on Ch. 612.