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
As the late Billy Mays would say, “But wait,
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.
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.
This is absolutely outrageous. The Muslim
Brotherhood is one of the greatest terrorist organizations in the world. Their
– Allah is our objective.
– The Prophet is our leader.
– Qur’an is our law.
is our way.
– Dying in the way of Allah is our
This is a radical Islamist group and the City of Los
Angeles is promoting them. What is wrong with this picture?
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”!!!!!!