10 March 2011

Striking Image At House Homeland Security Hearing

The House Homeland Security Committee held a hearing on the radicalization of Islam in America.  House Homeland Committee Chairman Rep. Peter King (R-NY 3rd) has come under considerable scrutiny for holding these hearings which explore the linkage between the long war on terror and radicalized jihadist Muslims.

In the back of the Homeland Security Committee room now hangs a photograph of the Twin Towers on fire.  While the Democrats were in charge of the House, there were pictures of debris from the Twin Towers and the firefighters at the Pentagon.  Consistent with Bush Derangement Syndrome, then Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS 2nd) also displayed pictures from Hurricane Katrina. The change of power in the lower chamber sparked a change in artwork.

The framed burning Twin Towers image was clearly visible as many of the witnesses spoke.

Elected Democrats like Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX 18th) dismissed the hearings by Chairman King as being a waste of time, of which Rep. Jackson Lee would would be an expert. Code Pink activist Medea Benjamin mouthed the même that the hearings were racist, which seemed somewhat confused since Islam is a religion not a race and focused on real world behavior not metaphysical beliefs.  But Homeland Security Member Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI 7th) thanked Chairman King for bringing the Committee back to its original purposes.  Regarding the burning Twin Towers photo, Walberg said “I thank you as well for hanging the pictures in the back of the room again, to remind us of the purpose of this committee, that we would understand that liberty and its price is eternal vigilance”

The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 were very personal to Rep. King, as scores of his constituents were amongst the 2,752 innocent office workers, fireman and policeman who were savagely killed at the World Trade Center. By conveniently forgetting the past for the sake of political correctness or using stilted labels like “man caused disasters”, we  put ourselves in peril as well as minimize the magnitude of their deaths.  The burning Twin Tower photo puts the Homeland Security Committee’s mission in proper perspective and honors those who gave their lives in an egregious asymetrical terroristic attack by radicalized jihadists.

H/T: Roll Call

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