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How Did This Guy Become a Homeland Security Overlord? The Curious Career of Peter King…

January 7, 2011 Leave a comment

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How Did This Guy Become a Homeland Security Overlord? The Curious Career of Peter King

by William Norman Grigg

Recently by William Norman Grigg: The Conscience of a Killer

In the person of Congressman Peter King (R-New York), the incoming chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, the abstraction called “hypocrisy” has acquired tangible human form. After spending decades canvassing his fellow Irish-American Catholics to raise money for terrorists in Northern Ireland, King has promised to conduct a wide-ranging investigation of American Muslim congregations and cultural organizations in search of people providing “material support” for Islamic terrorism.

“We have to break through this politically correct nonsense which keeps us from debating and discussing what I think is one of the most vitally important issues in this country,” King insists. “We are under siege by Muslim terrorists and yet there are Muslim leaders in this country who do not cooperate with law enforcement.”

King has also demanded that the WikiLeaks whistleblower organization be designated a terrorist organization. He insists that the group provided “material support” to terrorism by publishing hundreds of thousands of pages’ worth of previously classified documents, many of them describing criminal acts and institutionalized corruption on the part of policy-makers in the U.S. government.  It’s reasonable to suspect that King’s antipathy toward WikiLeaks is inspired, at least in part, by personal concerns.

Among the documents made public by WikiLeaks is one that could be of particular interest to King – a February 2010 CIA “Red Cell Special Memorandum” – an “out-of-the-box” analysis examining “what it would mean for the US to be seen … as an incubator and ‘exporter of terrorism.'” For example: “Some Irish-Americans have long provided financial aid and material support for violent efforts to compel the United Kingdom to relinquish control of Northern Ireland…. The US-based Irish Northern Aid Committee (NORAID), founded in the late 1960s, provided the Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA) with money that was frequently used for arms purchases.”

NORAID was designated by the Justice Department as an arm of the IRA more than thirty years ago. King, whose Long Island district has a large and well-organized Irish-American constituency, was one of the group’s most effective fundraisers and one of the IRA’s staunchest supporters.

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