Can you imagine a major city police department working with an anti-American terrorist group. It could never happen, right? Wrong. This past week, Representative Peter King held a hearing on “The Threat of Muslim-American Radicalization in U.S. Prisons."
One of those testifying is LAPD Deputy Chief Michael Downing, the commander of the LAPD’s Counterterrorism and Special Operations Bureau.
This is an odd choice for the committee in light of a video of Chief Downing speaking at a town hall event co-sponsored by his department at the Islamic Center of Southern California on May 15th. Here’s the video of Chief Downing’s comments:
Downing’s claims that “we should not demonize the Muslim Brotherhood” are particularly curious since the leader of the international Muslim Brotherhood declared war on the United States during a press conference last October (a transcript of his comments is available at MEMRI). It seems the Muslim Brotherhood does a good job of demonizing itself.
It is another case entirely when a government official such as Chief Downing attempts to deflect criticism of the Brotherhood and openly endorses MB front organizations in the U.S. as partners with law enforcement. From his remarks at the event it seems that Chief Downing can’t decide whether the Muslim Brotherhood are extremists on the fringe, or if they have “changed” over time and should be engaged. He can’t have it both ways.
As the late Billy Mays would say, “But wait, there’s more!”
This event was held at the Islamic Center of Southern California, which was founded by Hassan and Maher Hathout (according to the New York Times), longtime Muslim Brotherhood operatives from Egypt. In an interview he gave to the Voice of Islam before his death, Hassan Hathout spoke of “The Man Who Changed My Life,” the man being Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan Al-Banna. In the interview, Hathout lauds Al-Banna as his teacher:
My teacher was a student at the time. His name was Hassan al Banna….I believe he is a unique type of person. Centuries might roll over before a similar personality is produced. I think that the person who most influenced my life was that teacher.
But he goes one step further than that. Hathout expresses his hopes that Al-Banna’s vision for a revived Islamic state and the reimposition of shariah law will take place in the West, whereas it hadn’t done so in the Middle East (at the time):
Long after Hassan al Banna, when Egypt had been through the Revolution and the new Regime, but Islam was always considered an enemy. We were persecuted, we were in jail, including my brother and myself. We had to flee home, at last coming to the United States of America. Who knows, maybe the infertile soil that would not accept the seed of Islam in the East, might be replaced by a more fertile soil that would accept Islam in the West…This is the beginning of the Islamic Movement in the United States and in the West, and you are a part of this.
Many of the organizations that Chief Downing work with openly promote the very violent and supremacist ideology that Downing says the Brotherhood in America has transcended. For instance, the Muslim American Society (MAS) incorporates the works of Hassan Al-Banna and Sayyid Qutb (the godfather of contemporary jihadist ideology) in its standard membership training. The Chicago Tribune noted in a 2004 expose the Muslim Brotherhood roots of MAS, and federal prosecutors have stated in court documents that “MAS was founded as the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in America.”
This is absolutely outrageous. The Muslim Brotherhood is one of the greatest terrorist organizations in the world. Their motto is:
- Allah is our objective.
- The Prophet is our leader.
- Qur'an is our law.
- Jihad is our way.
- Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.
This is a radical Islamist group and the City of Los Angeles is promoting them. What is wrong with this picture?
Take my pick ? OK - DEAD . But you can bet your ass I'll take a bunch of the enemy with me .
I totally agree with you! Time will tell, if it arrives soon enough I will take a share with me, I'm old now, but not to old, yet! If the fight comes to my neighborhood, I will stand up and be counted.
Knowing that "Socialism and Communism", are "Blood Brothers", promoting "Radical Islamic", doesn't supprize me at all.
Supporting the "muslim brotherhood", is just one more way of controling and erroding the American belief structure and
eventually destroying our "Constitution", and the God given rights that are established within this "Beautiful Document"."November
2012". "VOTE THIS DISEASE OUT"!!!!!!
Prisons are a fertile ground for training Islamic Terrorists.
Who fits the best into the Radical Islamisist picture as a worker for Jihad? A "victim", of course.
And who makes the best "victim"? A prisoner, of course.
The Brotherhood knows where to recruit with the best results -- prisons.
Does anyone on this site have any idea how to check out what organizations/groups are prohibited in the United States? Surely there is somekind of U.S. Security code that forbids any group/org that's affiliated with our enemies/terrorists who plan to destroy America. Example: the case in Texas few years back re: indictment of 198 co-conspirators affiliated with CAIR.
That information/list would be critical information for us to pressure congress, letting them know that we know what's going on with the muslim brotherhood....and for weiner's wife to be chief of staff to Clinton could be infiltration.