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Detroit civil rights group responds to anti-terror hearings

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The Council on American-Islamic Relations in Southfield says Muslims are unfairly targeted in hearings by the U.S. Homeland Security Committee.

The head of a Detroit-area civil rights organization says hearings by the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee unfairly target Muslims.

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., is investigating what he calls the radicalization of the U.S. Muslim community.

Dawud Walid is director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Southfield.

He says the scope of the hearings is too narrow, and ignores what he considers the biggest threats to national security.

"The vast majority of terrorism threats that face our country these days are actually coming from right-wing, white supremacist organizations," Walid says.

Walid suspects the hearings have more to do political grandstanding as the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks approaches and with the 2012 presidential election.

He also criticizes Rep. King for saying there are too many mosques in this country.

King says his statement was taken out of context.