"Let me make it clear today that I remain convinced that these hearings must go forward and they will. To back down would be a craven surrender of political correctness, would be an abdication of what I believe to be the main responsibility of this committee to protect America from a terrorist attack," King said. "Despite what passes for conventional wisdom in certain circles, there is nothing radical or un-American in holding these hearings."
King also touched on calls for the hearings to be expanded to examine the threat of neo-Nazis or lone mad men.
"There is no equivalency of threat between al Qaeda and Neo-Nazis, environmental extremists, or other isolated mad men," King said. "Only al-Qaeda and Islamist affiliates in this country are a part of an international threat to our nation."