Rep. Pete King (R-NY) has once again called for widespread surveillance on Muslim communities in the United States and in France after the Charlie Hebdo shootings last week in Paris.
While discussing the attacks with host Steve Malzberg on Newsmax TV, Rep. King argued, as he has before, for more spying on Muslims at home and abroad.
“The only way, the only chance you have, where the odds are with you to stop a terrorist attack, is private intelligence. And that requires going into those comm having informers, having undercover people. It means going into mosques, it means going into coffee houses, or whatever, any gathering place they have to find out what is being spoken about us.”
When asked by Malzberg if such measures were required in both France and the U.S., King responded, “Absolutely, absolutely. Yeah, especially. It has to be done in France, it has to be done here. Otherwise the same type of thing is going to happen. And yet we keep weakening the police. We keep weakening law enforcement.”
On another program, King blamed the media and civil rights activists for limiting surveillance capabilities in the United States:
“What the NYPD used to until those moron at the New York Times editorial board, and Associated Press, the American Civil Liberties Union went after them, the fact is we have to find what people are thinking. We have to find out who the radicals are, we have to find out what’s going on in the mosques which are often incubators of this type of terrorism.”
Watch the Newsmax segment wtih Malzberg here.