…and invites bin Laden and Hizbollah supporters to speak to the FBI and LAPD about countering homegrown jihadis.
“Sheer madness” via Islam’s PC Pal In L.A. – Investors.com.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca seems more interested in currying favor with radical Muslim groups than fighting terror. He’s even invited one to lecture police about “radicalization.”
Next week, Baca’s department will host a conference for the L.A. Police Department and the FBI on “radicalization and homegrown violent extremism.” Among featured speakers are two suspect figures with the Muslim Public Affairs Council.
L.A.-based MPAC claims to be “moderate.” But according to a new report put out by a coalition of U.S. security officials, it’s “an aggressive propaganda arm” of the radical Muslim Brotherhood, parent of Hamas and al-Qaida. MPAC’s own publication, the Minaret, has proudly called its founder “a close disciple of” Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna.
While that’s bad enough, one of the MPAC officials slated to speak, Edina Lekovic, edited the magazine Al-Talib when it editorialized that “our brother” Osama bin Laden was a “freedom fighter” who should be defended by Muslims. This was in 1999 — a year after bin Laden bombed our embassies and declared war on us.
The other official is MPAC President Salam al-Marayati, who the same year was booted from the National Commission on Terrorism by then-House Democratic Leader Dick Gephardt for praising Hezbollah. He wasn’t fit to serve on an anti-terror panel in 1999. What makes Baca think he’s fit now?
“The segment in question is a learning module for first responders to ask intelligent questions and hopefully get intelligent answers,” Sheriff’s Department Chief Mike Grossman explained in a statement to us. “Understanding the deeper roots of the problem requires dialogue.”
Intelligent answers? Count on more disinformation. MPAC has fought every counterterror program the LAPD and FBI have tried to get going in the Muslim community since interrogations of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed revealed L.A. as a prime al-Qaida target.
The group has advised Muslims not to cooperate with investigators, not to inform on each other, not to self-police. It has defended terrorist suspects even after their convictions.
So it’s sheer madness that its leaders would be invited to headline a cop workshop on combating terror. But then, Baca is mad with PC. In 2006, he started the Muslim Community Affairs Unit to do more outreach with Muslim groups.
The unit is staffed with at least seven Muslims, including two deputies who invited the MPAC leaders to lecture officers. Baca’s even been taking young Muslim men up in department helicopters and giving them tours of patrol stations as part of “outreach.” He’s also got MPAC and the Council on American-Islamic Relations giving mandatory two-hour Islamic “sensitivity training” to new cadets.
Much more via the Investigative Project on Terrorism’s Executive Summary: LA Law Enforcement Conference on “Radicalization” Features Islamist Radicals who have Impeded U.S. Counterterrorism Efforts and the full report:
Federal, state and local law enforcement officials are organizing a two-day conference starting Sunday in central California entitled, “Radicalization Conference 2010: Radicalization and Homegrown Violent Extremism.”
The official program makes it immediately clear that the word “Islamic” is missing before the word “Radicalization” or before the words “Homegrown Violent Extremism.” This politically correct self-censorship in avoiding the use of the word “Islamic” before “Radicalization” or “Extremism” follows the growing censorship adopted by the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security, and even the White House.
Yet, sources knowledgeable about the conference say its aim is to focus on how to counter radicalization in the Islamic community. It is being organized by the LA Prison and Radicalization unit of the LA Joint Regional Terrorist Threat Assessment Center (LA-JRTTAC), which itself is part of the DHS-funded LA “Fusion Center.” The Fusion Center is underwriting the conference. The Fusion Center includes representatives from LA FBI, LA Sheriff, and LA Police Department.
High-ranking officials from all of LA law enforcement agencies are scheduled to speak including Chief Michael Grossman of the LA Sheriff’s office, LAPD Chief Michael Downing, a senior LA FBI official, several detectives of the LA Sheriff’s office and investigators from the district attorney’s office.
Most surprisingly, also appearing at this federally funded conference are two officials from an Islamist organization which has served at the forefront of impeding U.S. counterterrorism efforts, has issued statements in support of terrorist groups like Hizballah and, perhaps most significantly, has issued incendiary statements that actually cause Muslims to be radicalized.