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L.A. sheriff invites Muslim 'radicals' to cop workshop
Counterterror experts warn of guests at 'radicalization' confab
Posted: November 18, 2010
12:30 am Eastern
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The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, in coordination with the FBI and LAPD, will host the two-day event next week at a resort in Pismo Beach, Calif. It's slated as the "Radicalization Conference 2010: Radicalization and Homegrown Violent Extremism."
The controversial guest Muslim speakers, who were invited to lecture law-enforcement officials about countering homegrown terrorism, are leaders of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. Los Angeles-based MPAC says it is a "moderate" group, but critics charge it is a "propaganda arm" for the radical Muslim Brotherhood in America.
According to the conference agenda, the MPAC officials are scheduled to head a police workshop entitled, "Muslim American Perspective on Radicalization." One of them – MPAC programming director Edina Lekovic – in 1999 published a pro-jihad organ praising Osama bin Laden as a "freedom fighter" and urging Muslims to "defend our brother," while the other – MPAC president Salam al-Marayati – was kicked off a 1999 terrorism commission for espousing radical views.
Al-Marayati was denied a leadership post on the National Commission on Terrorism by then-House Democratic Leader Richard Gephardt when it came to light that al-Marayati claimed that Hezbollah was a legitimate organization and had the right to attack Israel.
On 9/11, he blamed Jews for the attacks, telling a Los Angeles radio station, "I think we should put the state of Israel on the suspect list."
Al-Marayati has defended several terrorist suspects, even after their convictions, and has been an outspoken critic of FBI investigations in the Muslim community, claiming agents use "McCarthy-era tactics."
He has advised Muslims against informing on their brothers.
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