Republican Rep. Peter King says the United States should respond to the shootings Wednesday morning in and around the Canadian Parliament, which left a soldier dead, by increasing surveillance on Muslims.
The New York Republican, speaking with NewsMaxTV's America's Forum also placed blame on "morons" on the New York Times editorial board, Associated Press, and American Civil Liberties Union for limiting the New York Police Department's ability to surveil Muslim communities.
"We can have all the technology in the world, the fact is we have to find out what's happening on the ground in these Muslim communities and we can only do that through increased surveillance," King said.
"What the NYPD used to until those moron at the New York Times editorial board, and Associated Press, and 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," King said. "We have to find out what's going on in the mosques which are often incubators of this type of terrorism."
King was citing the system put in place by the NYPD following 9/11, in which undercover police officers and paid informants they called "rakers" and "mosques crawlers" would compile data and trawl through Muslim neighborhoods.
Rakers would hang out in local businesses and write reports on goings-on.
"With ISIS making a concerted effort to bring about these domestic attacks we have to go all out with surveillance," said King. "We have to monitor what's happening in those communities and we have to be quick to call it terrorism."
"We have to realize that this is a real real issue and not something that we can hide behind under this cover of political correctness."
Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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