Reps. Peter King (R-N.Y.) and Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) clashed on Sunday over the idea of using surveillance in America's Muslim communities.
One week after stressing the need to go after known threats from "a certain community," King reinforced that notion, specifically questioning the FBI's decision to not speak to Boston police about now deceased bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
Ellison recognized the need for public safety. But he sees it as "ineffective law enforcement to go after a particular community."
“Once you start saying we’re going to dragnet or surveil a community, what you do is you ignore dangerous threats that are not in that community and you go after people who don’t have anything to do with it," Ellison said.
Ellison pointed to events in the past and present, notably the recent string of ricin letters in Washington and historic example of Japanese Americans in World War II. King scoffed at that latter comparison, saying that "no one is talking about internment."
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