Bob Beauprez

On September 11, 2001, he labeled Israel as a suspect in the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C. He hedges on efforts to deny Iran a nuclear weapon. The organization he leads criticizes the war against radical Islamic terror, defends Hizballah and Hamas, and challenges U.S. prosecution of captured terrorists. 

You might think such a man would be on some kind of watch list, or at least on the outside-looking-in. But, the Obama Administration regularly opens the doors of the White House to him and named him an American emissary to an international human rights forum just completed in Poland. 

Salaam al-Marayati is the founder and president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, MPAC, which characterized the 1983 bombing of the military barracks in Beirut that killed 299 U.S. and French servicemen as "exactly the kind of attack that Americans might have lauded had it been directed against Washington's enemies." 

On the day of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, al-Marayati said on a Los Angeles radio show: “If we’re going to look at suspects, we should look to the groups that benefit the most from these kinds of incidents, and I think we should put the state of Israel on the suspect list because I think this diverts attention from what’s happening in the Palestinian territories so that they can go on with their aggression and occupation and apartheid policies.”

Al-Marayati has been an outspoken critic of U.S. foreign policy, particularly post-9/11, and a defender of some of the most radical Islamic regimes. “The United States has done a lot of dirty work that has served the interests of Israel," al-Marayati said in January. "It destroyed Iraq. It supported the destruction and crippling of Egypt. It has crippled the Gulf. And now, it is looking to Iran as the next target for crippling and destroying. Who is driving our foreign policy -- President Obama or Prime Minister Netanyahu?" he said.

Two years earlier, after authorities disrupted a plot to bomb synagogues and fire missiles at U.S. military aircraft, al-Marayati told Fox News the four defendants were either “petty criminals or gullible people who were guilty of stupidity. They were not imminent threats.”


Bob Beauprez

Bob Beauprez is a former Member of Congress and is currently the editor-in-chief of A Line of Sight, an online policy resource. Prior to serving in Congress, Mr. Beauprez was a dairy farmer and community banker. He and his wife Claudia reside in Lafayette, Colorado. You may contact him at: http://bobbeauprez.com/contact/