Feinstein vs. Peter King: You Have "Real Disdain & Hatred" For Muslims


CHRIS WALLACE, "FOX NEWS SUNDAY": Congressman King, you said after the bombings -- and this is your quote -- we are letting our guard down. Do you believe that this attack should have been prevented?

And you have also said, I gather, that political correctness be damned. We have to do more effective surveillance inside the Muslim community.

REP. PETER KING (R-NY): Well, actually, as far as letting our guard down, I was being critical of those in Congress. Some of my own party want to start cutting funding for homeland security because they think this war is over. It's not.

As far as the other question, Chris?

WALLACE: The surveillance inside the Muslim community.

KING: Oh, yes. Listen, the threat is coming from within the Muslim community in these cases, in New York. That's why Commissioner Kelly has 1,000 police officers out in the community. Unfortunately, he gets smeared by The New York Times and The Associated Press.

But the fact is we've stopped 16 plots in New York because we know that Al Qaeda is shifting its tactics. It's not going to be attackers from overseas. We've been able to prevent that.

They are getting people in our country who are under the radar screen, who have clean records. We saw it with the Times Square bomber, the subway bomber in New York, and now we've seen it, it appears, in Massachusetts.

And 99 percent of the Muslims are outstanding Americans. The fact is that's where the threat is coming from. When the FBI was after the Westies, they went to the Irish community. When they were after the mafia, they went to the Italian community.

If you know a certain threat is coming from a certain community, that's where you have to look --

WALLACE: Let me bring in Senator Feinstein. Your reaction to that?

SEN. DIANNE FEINSTEIN (D-CA): Well, that's exactly where they will look. I mean, I -- I don't think all of this is very helpful. I think the important thing is to get the facts. Let the investigation proceed.

The FBI has very good interrogators. They know what they are doing. I believe that they will put a case together that will be very strong.

With respect to whether we are doing enough in the Muslim community, I think we should take a look at that. But I don't think we need to go and develop some real disdain and hatred on television about it.

WALLACE: I must say, I don't think that's what Congressman King was saying. He was saying, that's where the threat was coming from. We have to address that threat.

FEINSTEIN: Well, this came at this point from two individuals. That's what we really do know. We do not know what their connections are.

So I think we ought to find out before we begin to charge them with all kinds of associations.

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