Two leader of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) are scheduled to speak at a November 1 Southern California counterterrorism conference to be attended by many individuals from local and federal law enforcement. According to the conference program, MPAC President Salam Al-Marayati and MPAC Policy Director Edina Lekovic are scheduled to give a presentation on ” Muslim American Perspective on Radicalization” to the conference.
MPAC is a member of the Muslim American Homeland Security Congress (MAHSC) described by MPAC as follows:
…founded in 2006 by Los Angeles Area Muslim leaders to build an effective partnership between the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and American Muslims and to help strengthen our country’s security. … MAHSC board members are: Bilal Islamic Center, CAIR, COPAA, IMAN Center, Islamic Center of Hawthorne, Islamic Center of Reseda, Islamic Center of San Gabriel Valley, Islamic Center of South Bay, Islamic Center of Southern California, Islamic Shura Council, MAS, MPAC, and Omar Ibn Al Khattab Foundation.
CAIR, the Islamic Center of Southern California, and Islamic Shura Council, and the MAS are all known to be ties to the US Muslim Brotherhood.
MPAC, headquartered in Southern California, was established initially in 1986 as the Political Action Committee of the Islamic Center of Southern California whose key leaders likely had their origins in the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. Since that time, MPAC has functioned as the political lobbying arm of the U.S. Brotherhood. MPAC has opposed virtually every count-terror initiative undertaken or proposed by the U.S. government. At times this opposition was said to be on civil-rights grounds but, just as often, MPAC claimed that U.S. counter-terror efforts were aimed at the U.S. Muslim community itself. MPAC has consistently supported and facilitated terrorism by supporting terrorist organizations and, more broadly, constructing an elaborate ideology defending the use of violence by Islamists and Islamist organizations. More than any other U.S. Muslim Brotherhood organization, MPAC has developed extensive relationships with the U.S. government which have included numerous meetings with the Department of Justice and the FBI. A previous post reported that MPAC recently participated in a White House meeting with President Obama and cabinet officials to announce the President’s nomination to the Supreme Court.