Obama Appoints a DHS Official with Ties to Islamic Extremists
- In April 2009, President Obama appointed Los Angeles deputy mayor Arif Alikhan as assistant secretary for policy development at the Department of Homeland Security. Two weeks before he received this appointment, Alikhan—who once called the jihadist terror group Hezbollah a “liberation movement”—had participated in a fundraiser for the Muslim Public Affairs Council, which is linked to the Muslim Brotherhood.
- Alikhan had previously served as deputy mayor of homeland security and public safety for the City of Los Angeles. There, he was responsible for derailing the LAPD's efforts to monitor activities within the city’s Muslim community, where numerous radical mosques and madrassas (Islamic schools) were known to exist, and where some of the 9/11 hijackers had received support from local residents.