InfoGraphic: Rep. Peter King's Controversial Hearings

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Republican Representative Peter King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, plans to call mostly American Muslim and Arab witnesses to testify on Thursday in hearings to discuss the threat of homegrown Islamic terrorism. Many in Washington are calling the hearings "a witch hunt" and "modern-day McCarthyism", however, this isn't the first time Rep. King has held controversial hearings.

2010   Rep. King urges Boston fans to answer before a House panel accusing them of not cooperating enough with law enforcement to counter the Red Sox radical stockpiling of offensive talent in the AL East.

2008   Invites Tina Fey to testify before a House subcommittee panel on Alaskan politics, teenage pregnancy, and what it was like to be a vice presidential nominee.

2002   Rep. King conducts a hearing with Ku Klux Klan, Neo-Nazis, and Christian militia groups to make sure that in no way are Muslims interfering with those groups and their rights to peaceable assembly and free speech.

1999   Melissa Joan Hart's testimony is the highlight of a hearing called by Rep. King to discuss the growing trend of black magic among the nation's young girls, which was followed by a three-hour marathon of the television series Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

1997   After eating what he believed to be a delivered pizza, but was in fact a store-bought DiGornio frozen pizza, Rep. King calls America's largest pizza delivery chains to Washington in an attempt to impose new regulations requiring the proper identification and tracking of all pizzas consumed in the United States.

1992   After the Rodney King riots subside in Los Angeles, Rep. King holds a hearing with many prominent African-American leaders in Washington to ask "What's wrong with all you guys?"