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LAPD Dep. Chief Downing: 'We should not demonize the Muslim Brotherhood'

Tomorrow the House Homeland Security Committee will be holding a hearing on "The Threat of Muslim-American Radicalization in U.S. Prisons," chaired by Rep. Peter King. 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 we are making exclusive here at the PJ Tatler 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 ways.

As the late Billy Mays would say, "But wait, there's more!"