Thursday, August 28, 2014

MPAC and LAPD Statements on Preventing Violent Extremism

This promises to be a dandy. The Muslim Public Affairs Council is teaming up with LAPD and others to announce something called the Safe Spaces Initiative. Featured speakers will be MPAC's Salam Al Marayati, LAPD's Michael Downing, and Imam Muzammil Siddiqi.

First of all, MPAC is nothing more than an arm of the Muslim Brotherhood. They have attacked most every terror-related enforcement action as being discriminatory against Muslims.

LAPD's Michael Downing appeared at Muzammil Siddiqi's sharia town hall held at his Garden Grove mosque in 2012. During that event, Downing told the audience that sharia law was no threat to the US or our own Constritution. After the event, I informed him that in 1992, Siddiqi had hosted the Blind Sheikh, Omar Abdel Rahman at his mosque and had acted as interpreter for Abdel Rahman's sermon about (violent) jihad. Downing's response?

"Well, Gary, some people change over time."

When I met Marayati at the MPAC 2012 conference held in Pasadena at the All Saints Episcopal Church, no less, I asked him why he has refused to sign the Freedom Letter from Former Muslims United asking for a simple statement that American apostates from Islam should not be harmed. In explaining his reasons, he told me that Islam has no death penalty for apostates-a complete lie.

As for Siddiqi, he will undoubtedly tell the audience as he always does that Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance  even though his own mosque has spawned two terrorists, one convicted and the other a fugitive (Adam Gadahn).

If you are attending, enjoy the BS.

Subject: MPAC to Hold Press Conference on Preventing Violent Extremism

MPAC to Hold Press Conference on Preventing Violent Extremism

(Los Angeles – 8/28/2014) – Today, the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) will hold a press conference at 10 a.m. PT with law enforcement officials and national community leaders at the InterContinental Hotel Century City at Beverly Hills to address the escalation of violent extremism and MPAC’s response to the potential for threats against the U.S. homeland.

The horrific murder of American journalist James Foley is a reminder of the need for Americans to remain vigilant in communities across the country. In confronting violent extremism in the United States, MPAC's groundbreaking campaign called “Safe Spaces Initiative: Tools for Developing Healthy Communities" is serving as a critical component, in partnership with law enforcement to prevent, intervene or eject individuals who may be susceptible to violent extremism.

MPAC President Salam Al-Marayati will speak at the press conference about ISIS and MPAC’s Safe Spaces Initiative. “We must take proactive steps to address the threat of ISIS and the impact their extreme and repugnant crimes against humanity may have on our community, said Al-Marayati. “Through MPAC’s Safe Spaces Initiative, we can make sure that the voice of moderation will prevail.”

Michael P. Downing, Los Angeles Police Department Counter-Terrorism Division Commanding Officer, will also speak at the conference on the partnership between law enforcement and the American Muslim community. "Emerging threats against our country are becoming more complex and dangerous, said Downing. “In order to protect our families, our neighborhoods, and our cities, it is even more essential that the law enforcement community work in partnership with organizations like MPAC and support the Safe Spaces Initiative, helping to identify those who may be prone to engage in violent extremist behavior.  Local communities are the first and most important ‘preventer’ in keeping our homeland safe and resilient.”

Roberta Abner, Los Angeles County Sheriff Counter-Terrorism Chief, will also issue a statement at the press conference. “Our success in keeping our communities safe is dependent on both remaining steadfast in our counter-terrorism efforts, while working in concert with our many community partners and law enforcement agencies in order to interrupt and prevent acts of terrorism,” said Abner.

Also joining the press conference will be Steve Bing, CEO of Shangri-La Entertainment and Dr. Muzammil H. Siddiqi, Director of the Islamic Society of Orange County and member of the Supreme Council of Mosques in Mecca.

Finally, in response to the escalation of violent extremism in the Middle East, boxing legend Muhammad Ali will issue a statement through his oldest daughter Maryum Ali. She has spent the past 15 years working in social services with a concentration in gang and violence prevention.

MPAC will provide a live stream of the press conference along with a global interactive discussion and social media campaign on Twitter using the hashtag "#UnitedAgainstExtremism." Duke University Muslim Chaplain Abdullah Antepli, counterterrorism analyst Mubin Shaikh, New American Foundation Fellow Rabia Chaudry, and Ph.D. student at the University of California, Irvine Garrison Doreck will answer questions online following the conclusion of the press conference.

Founded in 1988, the Muslim Public Affairs Council is an American institution which informs and shapes public opinion and policy by serving as a trusted resource to decision makers in government, media and policy institutions. MPAC is also committed to developing leaders with the purpose of enhancing the political and civic participation of Muslim Americans.

[CONTACT: Riham Osman, Communications Coordinator, 202-547-7701,]


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