Monday, February, 07, 2011

“Muslims, Law Enforcement and National Security” Forum


The Muslim Public Affairs Council announced it will be hosting a forum, “Muslims, Law Enforcement and National Security,” on Capitol Hill on Monday, Feb. 7, 2011, to discuss the Muslim American community’s partnership with law enforcement.
“The Muslim American community has strong partnership with law enforcement throughout the country, and our community serves as a key national security ally, ” said Haris Tarin, MPAC’s DC Office Director. “This forum brings an important focus on what this partnership has produced and the vital role both parties play in helping one another keep our communities safe.”
A distinguished panel of experts will present various perspectives on the importance of engagement with Muslim communities. Confirmed speakers include:
  • Peter Bergen, CNN National Security Analyst and current Director of the National Security Studies Program at the New America Foundation.
  • Roger Cressey, Former Director for Transnational Threats at the National Security Council (NSC), Professor Georgetown University
  • Sheriff Lee Baca, Los Angeles County Sheriff, Founder Muslim American Homeland Security Congress (MAHSC)
  • Michael Downing, Deputy Chief of the Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau of Los Angeles Police Department
  • Alejandro J. Beutel, MPAC Government and Policy Analyst, author of MPAC’s countering violent extremism policy paper, Building Bridges to Strengthen America
  • Suhail Khan (Moderator), Senior Fellow at the Institute for Global Engagement and Board Member of the American Conservative Union

“Muslims, Law Enforcement and National Security” Forum

Where:Room B-354, Rayburn House Office Building
When:Monday, Feb. 7, 201112:30 – 2 p.m.

MPAC organized the forum in an effort to address recent interest on Capitol Hill about the extent of the partnership between Muslim American communities and law enforcement, as well as the important contributions Muslim Americans make to national security. The forum also aims to highlight the challenges these partnerships face, and what can be done by policymakers and legislators to overcome these hurdles.