Rep. Peter King Announces Second Round Of Muslim Radicalization Hearings (VIDEO)

06/10/2011 11:55 am ET | Updated Aug 10, 2011

Representative Peter King (R-NY) has announced that the House Committee on Homeland Security will hold a second hearing on the "radicalization of the Muslim-American community" June 15.

"This radicalization hearing, like the one in March, will be a deliberate and thoughtful examination of an issue that is too important for our security to ignore," King said in a statement released on his official House website.

Titled “The Threat of Muslim-American Radicalization in U.S. Prisons”, this second hearing will focus on the relationship between current and former members of the American prison population and extremist groups.

According to King, "We have seen cases in which inmates have been radicalized at the hands of already locked-up terrorists or by extremist imam chaplains. We will focus on a number of the serious cases in which radicalized current and former inmates have planned and launched attacks or attempted to join overseas Islamic terrorist organizations."

The first round of hearings held in March sparked major protest from many Muslim-Americans and their allies who accused the Congressman of conducting a politically motivated witch-hunt intended to demonize the Muslim faith.

King did not release a list of witnesses who will testify at the hearing, although his statement said that both U.S. and international experts would be included.

UPDATE: Remembered for giving emotional testimony during the first round of hearings in March, Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota appeared on MSNBC Friday afternoon to give his brief reaction to the announcement.

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