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Pete King calls for FBI surveillance of American Muslims

Representative Peter King thinks the FBI should take a page out of the NYPD's Muslim surveillance book.

Representative Peter King, R-NY. Credit: Metro File Photo. Representative Peter King, R-NY. Credit: Metro File Photo.

Long Island Representative Peter King believes the FBI should be doing more to keep an eye on Muslims in America, the Washington Times reports.

King, a Republican, reportedly made these statements in an interview on Fox News Sunday.

"Ninety-nine percent of Muslims are outstanding Americans, but the fact is, that's where the threat is coming from," King said.

In another Fox News interview, King noted that he did not think probable cause was needed "just to follow someone."

King is the chairman of the House Homeland Security subcommittee on counterintelligence and terrorism.

King said that the FBI "overall does such a great job" but asked if they're "not flagging these people clearly enough to local law enforcement."

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the two brothers who are suspected of planting the bombs that exploded at the Boston Marathon last week, are ethnically Chechen Muslims.

The elder brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was questioned by the FBI a year and a half ago because of his increasingly fundamentalist religious views, but was apparently not monitored further.

King advised that the FBI take a cue from the NYPD in their approach to surveilling Muslim communities.

"[They should be] going into the communities, monitoring, following if you will, and not being afraid of political correctness," King asserted.

King, for his part, made clear that he is not afraid of political correctness.

Ater a clip of Tom Brokaw was played in which Brokaw stated, "The fact is that Islamic rage is still out there," King was asked his thoughts on the comment.

He responded positively then scoffed, "If I had said it that strongly two years ago, the New York Times would've called for me to be impeached."

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