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New York Lawmaker Calls for Mosque Surveillance

A New York congressman agrees with Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump that authorities should monitor Muslim-American citizens’ activities at mosques.

ThinkProgress reported that GOP Rep. Peter King called for “24/7 surveillance” of the houses of worship during an interview on “Fox News Sunday.” He pointed out that such spying took place in his state following the 9/11 attacks.

King dismissed host Chris Wallace’s argument that “civil libertarians and constitutionalists” would strongly object to renewing the surveillance policy. “They can cry all they want,” the congressman declared. However, he acknowledged: “We can say that 98, 99 percent of Muslims in this country are good people.”

The lawmaker continued: “I’m actually swearing in the first elected Muslim on Long Island to office. She’s a good friend of mine, so this is nothing against Muslims. But the fact is (the mosques are) where the threat is coming from and we’re kidding ourselves we have this blind political correctness. It makes no sense.”

ThinkProgress noted that the Fox News interview was not the first time King, a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, has advocated the surveillance. “The only way you’re going to find out (about terrorist plots) in advance is to do the same 24/7 surveillance that was done in the Italian-American communities when they were going after the mob (and the) mafia, and the Irish communities when they were going after the Westies,” he told Wallace.

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