Stand by Your Man…
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The State Department is vociferously defending its decision to send Muslim Public Affairs Council boss Salam al-Marayati (IPT bio) to represent the United States at a recent 10-day human rights conference in Poland. He “has been involved in U.S. government initiatives for almost 10 years and has been a valued and highly credible interlocutor on issues affecting Muslim communities,” a State Department spokesman told the Washington Free Beacon, adding that al-Marayati was invited to participate in the meeting “as a reflection of the wide diversity of backgrounds of the American people.”
If the al-Marayati choice is any indication, that “diversity” apparently extends to anti-Israel ideologues who attack U.S. terrorism prosecutions, whitewash Hamas war crimes, and portray Iran as a victim of U.S. perfidy. And he runs an organization which opposes key elements of American counter-terror policies, including the drone strike which killed American-born al-Qaida cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, the closing of terror-supporting charities and sting operations against would-be homegrown terrorists.
A year ago, al-Marayati even threatened to sever ties with the U.S. government in a strongly-worded Los Angeles Times op-ed column. Expressing anger over the use of “anti-Muslim” training materials by the FBI and a U.S. Attorney’s office, al-Marayati wrote: “If this matter is not immediately addressed, it will undermine the relationship between law enforcement and the Muslim American community—another example of the ineptitude and/or apathy undermining bridges built with care over decades.”
* In 2010, the State Department sent al-Marayati to Paris and Geneva to speak to United Nations groups about religious freedom and free speech.
Don’t take our word for it when it comes to al-Marayati’s extreme views toward Israel, U.S. policy and law enforcement.
Watch and listen to the following examples from al-Marayati’s mouth:
In a January 2012 appearance on Russia TV’s “Cross Talk,” al-Marayati depicted Iran as the victim in the diplomatic crisis over its illicit nuclear program.
CrossTalking with Mark Fitzpatrick, Salam Al-Marayati and Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich
* Audio: In July 2006 during the Israel-Hizballah war, al-Marayati declared that the Holocaust was no excuse for Israeli “dehumanization” of Arab peoples:
NOTE: Listen to all audio at link at bottom of post
* AUDIO: Al-Marayati has harshly criticized U.S. terrorism prosecutions.
At a March 12, 2006 fundraising dinner for Sami Al-Arian, he likened the prosecution to the detention of innocent Japanese civilians in the U.S. during World War II. Al-Marayati suggested that “we are being dictated upon, not only on terminology, but dictated upon on who speaks for us, and our organizations, our charities, are shut down one by one. Therefore, brothers and sisters, there is a storm that it is coming. That storm is going to be worse than Japanese internment.”
* Audio: “You laughed when you heard about the bombings” carried out by the PIJ, U.S. District Judge James Moody told Al-Arian in pronouncing sentence, calling him a “master manipulator.”
Speaking to a Dallas audience in 2005, al-Marayati attacked law enforcement’s use of informants in terrorism investigations. He blasted the government for using informants in the case against Umer and Hamid Hayat, a father and son living in Lodi, Calif. “The disaster of Lodi is that Muslims were reporting each other to the authorities, saying: ‘Oh, this person is an extremist.’ … This is the model not to follow.”
* After federal authorities in May 2009 disrupted a plot to bomb synagogues and fire missiles at U.S. military aircraft, al-Marayati criticized the prosecution. “These were individuals who were either petty criminals or gullible people who were guilty of stupidity. They were not imminent threats to our country, as the FBI has stated,” al-Marayati told Fox News.
At a minimum, Marayati’s long record of whitewashing terrorism, trivializing the Holocaust, and denigrating law enforcement’s work in protecting Americans from jihadist terror raises serious questions about the State Department’s judgment in deciding who should represent the United States abroad. Making taxpayers foot the bill to send the likes of Marayati overseas is the height of folly and legitimizes an official and his organization that often works against the same government that legitimizes it with such significant access.
Full article & all audio HERE