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Religious Extremism in America
Congressional Action
112th Congress (2011-2012)


The terrorist attacks of 9/11 awakened Americans to the danger of al-Qaeda and the extremist interpretation of Islam propagated by Osama bin Laden.  Over the following years, a number of terrorist plots (and a handful of successful attacks) planned or conducted by radicalized American Muslims raised concern about the reach of such ideologies into America’s Muslim communities. 

During the 112th Congress, several Congressional committees have investigated different aspects of radicalization among American Muslims.  A series of hearings convened by the House Homeland Security Committee, under the leadership of Representative Peter King, has generating the most controversy.  A parallel hearing, held by the Senate Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on civil rights, investigated potential persecution and discrimination against American Muslims.


Hearings on Religious Extremism in America

Hearing on the Rights of Religious Minorities

Hearings on the Threat of Religious Extremist Abroad