Republicans Flirt With Stepped Up Monitoring of Muslim Mosques After Terror Incidents

House Republican lawmakers are beginning to talk about whether and how to increase surveillance of mosques, in order to more quickly spot radicalized Muslims who might conduct terrorist acts against Americans on U.S. soil.

Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) started the discussion last week, in an interview with NewsMax TV in which he said the country needs to go “all out” to monitor mosques. His comments came just days after Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, an Islamic convert, shot and killed a guard at a Canadian war memorial and stormed the Canadian Parliament before he was shot and killed.

“We have to find out what people are thinking and what’s going on in the mosques, which often are incubators of this type of terrorism,” King said last week. “We have to go all out with surveillance and be quick to call it terrorism.”

King also criticized “those morons at the New York Times Editorial Board and the American Civil Liberties Union” for criticizing the New York Police Department for trying to keep closer tabs on mosque activities…