Rep. Honda: Muslim hearings recall my life in internment camp

Max6/16/2011 3:05:36 pm PDT

Personally, I think these hearings are self-defeating. Yes, homegrown terrorism and radicalism are serious issues, but they are not confined to the Muslim community. Congress should investigate the influence of radical Islam in our nation’s prisons, but they should also be investigating the Soverign Citizens Movement, anti-abortion extremists, left-wing eco-terrorist groups, etc.

Extremist violence should be a serious concern for law enforcement, it should be studied, investigated, and appropriate action should be taken.

All that being said, I think Rep. Honda’s comparison is ludicrous. No elected official, to my knowledge, has called for the indiscriminate detention of Muslims. I think most victims of internment would consider themselves lucky if they had the same rights and protections as Muslim-Americans do today.