Jul 22 2009
Arif Alikhan, an Arab politician recently appointed to a key position by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano helped raise funds for an Islamic group that has labeled a deadly anti-U.S. terrorist attack a legitimate operation and referred to terrorists as “freedom fighters.”
Napolitano praised Alikhan and another appointee, David Heyman, for their “broad and impressive array of experience in national security, emergency preparedness and counter-terrorism.”The Greater Los Angeles Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, likewise praised the appointment of Alikhan. (Surprise, surprise)
Just 13 days prior to his appointment by Napolitano, Alikhan joined the Muslim Public Affairs Council, or MPAC, for a special fundraiser called “Be the Change” to support what the group calls its innovative leadership development programs. According to Discover the Networks, MPAC asserts the Hezbollah terrorist organization “could be called a liberation movement” and likens Hezbollah members to American “freedom fighters hundreds of years ago whom the British regarded as terrorists.”
Hezbollah distinguishes itself as second only to al-Qaida among terror groups responsible for killing the most Americans. It’s responsible for such deadly attacks as the 1983 Beirut barracks bombing, which killed 299 servicemen, including 220 U.S. Marines.
This is not Napolitano’s first appointment with ties to terrorism supporters. WND first reported Napolitano swore in to her official advisory council the head of an Arab American organization whose officials have labeled deadly anti-U.S. jihadists as “heroes” and opposed referring to Hamas as a terrorist organization. WND
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