Hat tip Squid and Creeping Sharia
What a small world. This week, the government finally released those mysterious 28 pages from the Congressional Report on 9-11, pages that dealt with possible associations between the 9-11 hijackers and Saudi officials. Mentioned in the report was the radical background of the Culver City King Fahad mosque.
Well, it turns out that this mosque just received some interesting VIPs from the LAPD to their Iftar dinner. That would be Michael Downing, head of the counter terror unit and three of his underlings. Creeping Sharia has the report.
Downing strenuously defends the local mosques in Southern California and their leaders to the point of ignoring troubling information. Want an example? I met Downing in 2012 at the Islamic Center of Orange County when its head imam, Muzammil Siddiqi, hosted a public town hall on sharia, in which the theme (echoed by Downing) was that sharia is perfectly compatible with US law, the Constitution and Bill of Rights (It isn't.) The panel consisted of a who's who of VIP useful idiots including the then-US Attorney for the Central District of California, Andre Birotte Jr, Democratic Congresswomen Maxine Waters, Judy Chu, and Loretta Sanchez, then LA Sheriff Lee Baca (who is on his way to jail for a few months), and the Consul General of Pakistan.
After the meeting, I met Downing and informed him (and his officers) that in 1992, Siddique had hosted the so-called Blind Sheikh, Omar Abdel Rahman, at his Garden Grove mosque. Rahman is now in federal prison for plotting to blow up New York City. Downing's response was, "Well, Gary, some people change over time."
It appears that Michael Downing certainly hasn't changed over the years.