Following the arrest of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Rep. Peter King is urging authorities to beef up their surveillance of Muslims in the U.S.
The New York Republican, who chairs the House subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, told National Review police must "realize that the threat is coming from the Muslim community and increase surveillance there."
King - who spearheaded controversial hearings on the radicalization of Muslim-Americans in 2011 - also told CNN that "we can't be politically correct. I think we have to see, has radicalization extended into the Chechen community?"
The attacks show that "the war from terrorism is far from over," King said, pointing out that many had feared "the nightmare" that someone without a criminal record would be successful in attacking a city. "The new normal," King says, could be terrorists attacking from within, without any increase in chatter monitored by intelligence prior to the attacks. "The new threat is definitely from within, and we can't let our guard down."
King says he'd like to see local businesses alert police when anyone makes a suspicious purchase, such as buying significant quantities of items that could be used to make explosives. In New York City, if "anything unusual, any potential component part of an explosive device is purchased under any suspicious circumstances," the businesses alert the police.
Via National Review.