Peter King, again, touts Kelly and calls for a focus on Muslims in America

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Rep. Peter King wants the F.B.I.'s investigation into the Boston bombings to produce a more systematic focus on the Muslim community. 

"This is at least the fifth case I'm aware of where the F.B.I. has failed to stop someone," said King, in an appearance on Fox News Sunday this weekend.

It follows a similar theme for the Long Island congressman who, as chairman of the Homeland Security subcommittee, held hearings on the "radicalization" of some Muslims in America.

He dismissed criticism of that approach as "political correctness," and he held up Ray Kelly as an example of proper monitoring of Muslim communities for potential terrorist activity.

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"Listen, the threat is coming from within the Muslim community in these cases," King said on Sunday. "In New York, that's why Commissioner Kelly has 1,000 police officers out in the community. Unfortunately, he gets smeared by The New York Times and the Associated Press. But the fact is we've stopped 16 plots in New York because we know that Al Qaeda is shifting its tactics."

King has perviously called for Kelly to be appointed director of the F.B.I., in large part on his record fighting terrorism in New York.

As the AP reported, the NYPD created a surveillance program targeting Muslim houses of worship, businesses and groups of Muslim college students.

The New York State attorney general has declined requests by Muslim organizations to investigate the NYPD activities, which were detailed in that Pulitizer Prize-winning series by the AP.

Last June, King praised the NYPD's surveillance efforts and said the Muslim community shouldn't be unduly influenced by "radical groups" like the Council on American-Islamic Relations or "influenced by the New York Times."

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