Congressional Hearings on Muslims in the U.S.

Congressional Hearings on Muslims in the U.S.

"The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and that Community's Response." That’s the title of a hearing by the House Committee on Homeland Security which opened today. The committee chair says the hearing is...

"The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and that Community's Response." That’s the title of a hearing by the House Committee on Homeland Security which opened today. The committee chair says the hearing is "absolutely necessary” but critics say it puts Islam on trial. This isn’t the first time Congress has tackled the subject of homegrown terrorism, but the tone is different this time. Yesterday, Attorney General Eric Holder weighed in disputing the accusation that the Muslim community hasn’t helped law enforcement in terrorism investigations. Diane and her guests discuss reaction to the hearings on Muslims in America.

Guests

Akbar Ahmed

chair of Islamic studies at American University, former Pakistani high commissioner to the U.K. His latest book is "Journey into America."

Juan Zarate

a senior adviser with the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a senior national security analyst at CBS News; former Deputy National Security Adviser for Combating Terrorism under the G.W. Bush Administration.

Marshall Breger

professor of law, Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America

Charles Kurzman

professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Author of "The Missing Martyrs: Why There Are So Few Muslim Terrorists."

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