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Bennie Thompson: Muslim Hearings May Inspire Terror

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BENNIE THOMPSON MUSLIM HEARINGS

WASHINGTON — The top Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee says Thursday's hearing on Islamic radicalism could be used by terrorists to inspire a new generation of suicide bombers.

Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi says in prepared remarks that Congress has a responsibility to make sure its words do not make problems worse.

Spectators packed the Capitol Hill hearing room and organizers were planning an overflow room to accommodate people clamoring to witness a hearing that inspired days of protests. New York Republican Rep. Peter King says the focus on the Islamic community is appropriate because Islamic terrorism is the primary threat facing the U.S.