Obama Appoints 2 Devout Muslims to Homeland Security Posts
Obama and Janet Nappy Appoint Devout Muslim to Homeland Security Post
Arif Alikhan as Assistant Secretary for Policy Development
Source for announcement:
Homeland Security Press Room
"Today, I am proud to make two key personnel announcements for the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)—President Obama’s intent to nominate
David Heyman as Assistant Secretary for Policy and my appointment of Arif
Alikhan as Assistant Secretary for Policy Development. Arif comes from Los
Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa’s office, where he served as Deputy
Mayor for Homeland Security and Public Safety. As a key adviser to the Mayor,
he has led the City’s efforts to develop homeland security, emergency
management and law enforcement initiatives, including operational oversight
of Los Angeles Police, Fire and Emergency Management departments." said
Secretary Janet Napolitano
The Islamic loving Obama has appointed Arif Alikhan a devout Sunni Muslim to
assistant secretary for the Office of Policy Department of Homeland Security.
Mr. Alikhan was instrumental in taking down the LA Police Department's plan
to monitor it's Muslim community.
Alikhan is affiliated with MPAC, the "Muslim Public Affairs Council".
"Founded in 1988, the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) describes itself as
"a public service agency working for the civil rights of American Muslims,
for the integration of Islam into American pluralism, and for a positive,
constructive relationship between American Muslims and their
representatives." The organization consists of eight chapters in California ,
and one each in Texas , Kansas , Nevada , and Iowa ."
From its inception, MPAC presented itself as more inclusive, and more open to
peaceful coexistence with Jews and Chris tians, than other Arab and Muslim
groups, and sought to make Americans comfortable with Islam by showing how
much the religion embraced core American values.
However, looking deeper into this group:
MPAC's Senior Advisor, Maher Hathout, who has close ties to the Muslim
Brotherhood and espouses the radical brand of Islam known as Wahhabism, was
invited to address the Democratic Convention in Los Angeles in 2000.
MPAC's centrist public image unraveled after the September 2000 launching of
the Second Palestinian Intifada, when the Council severed its ties to the
Jewish community and issued one-sided condemnations of Israel's response to
the Arab violence.
This group actively opposed Bush's military incursions into Afghanistan and
Iraq, as well as his "excesses" in the war on terror. In February 2003, MPAC
joined the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the American Muslim
Council, and the American Muslim Alliance in forming a coalition to repeal
and amend the Patriot Act, which these organizations depicted as an assault
on the civil liberties of Americans, particularly Muslims.
MPAC claims that Islam is a religion of peace and moderation, and contends
that Muslim extremists are no more numerous or dangerous than fundamentalists
in any other faith.
Holding Israel entirely responsible for the "pattern of violence" in the
Middle East, MPAC asserts that Hezbollah "could be called a liberation
movement." The Council likens Hezbollah members to American "freedom fighters
hundreds of years ago whom the British regarded as terrorists."
In a 1999 position paper, MPAC justified Hezbollah's deadly 1983 bombing of
the American Marine barracks in Lebanon as a "military operation" rather than
a terrorist attack. 1983 Beirut barracks bombing, which killed 299
servicemen, including 220 U.S. Marines. As Maher Hathout puts it: "Hezbollah
is fighting for freedom, an organized army, limiting its operations against
military people, this is a legitimate target against occupation. … this is
legitimate, this is an American value -- freedom and liberty."