State Sen. Ball holds homeland security hearing in NYC
State Sen. Greg Ball (R-Carmel) held a hearing in Manhattan this morning to address public protection and preparedness nearly a decade after the Sept. 11 attacks.
Ball's hearing, which included experts in law enforcement and representatives from the Indian Point nuclear power plant, got heated when the discussion turned to Islam. Many have criticized Ball for stacking his panel with who they claim were anti-Muslim speakers.
Muslim activists held a protest yesterday on the steps of City Hall, where they urged Ball to reconsider the testimony of known anti-Muslim speaker Nonnie Darwish. Protesters also argue that religion has nothing to do with national security.
Another hearing is slated for May 17 in Albany.
Muslim activists protest state Sen. Ball's planned 9/11 hearing