This eRumor is an unproven
The first member on the list is Arif Alikhan, who has been serving in
the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) since 2006. His first
appointment was Deputy Mayor for Homeland Security and Public Safety for
the city of Los Angeles. Alikhan is a first generation American and his
parents immigrated from Pakistan. One of his primary tasks over the
years has been to educate our government and military on the culture and
mindset of the terrorists that that the U.S. has been fighting since it
began the War on Terror. In 2009, DHS
head Janet Napolitano appointed Alikhan Assistant Secretary for
Imam Mohamed Magid naturalized citizen who immigrated to the United
States from the Sudan in 1987. In 2011 President Barack Obama
appointed Magid to serve in a Countering Violent Extremism Working Group
with the DHS. On January 22, 2013 Magid took part in the inaugural
ceremonies of President Obama but the White House has no Sharia Czar, a
title given to Iman Magid by critics of the Obama Administration.
Mohamed Elibiary is an advisor to the Department of Homeland Security.
Out of this list he probably is the most controversial.
According to a November 9, 2011 CBN News article, Elibiary spoke at a
Texas conference in 2004 and honored Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini as a
"great Islamic visionary." Elibiary is a member of the
Department of Homeland Security's Advisory Council. He was granted
access to a nationwide database that contained terror watch lists and
sensitive FBI reports, which he was accused of leaking portions of the
documents to the media in order to spread charges of "Islamophobia"
within Governor Rick Perry's Texas government.
Eboo Patel came to the United States as a child when his parents
immigrated from Mumbai, India. Patel serves on President
Barack Obama's inaugural Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood
Partnerships. As a child Patel lived in Glen Ellyn, Illinois where
he attended Glenbard South High School and went on to University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and earned a degree in Sociology. He
is a Rhodes Scholar and earned his doctorate in Sociology at Oxford.
While attending Oxford Patel oversaw a number of interfaith youth
projects in India, Sri Lanka, and South Africa.
Rashad Hussain is a first generation American of parents who immigrated
to the U.S. from India. He was born in Wyoming, raised in Plano,
Texas and is a graduate of the Greenhill School in Dallas. Hussain
later attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
where he earned his bachelor’s degrees in both philosophy and political
science. In 2009 he was a trial attorney for the U.S. Department
of Justice and served as an Associate Counsel to the Obama Presidential
Transition Team. On February 13, 2010 President Obama appointed Hussain as the United States Special Envoy to the Organization of
Islamic Cooperation. He was awarded In January 2013 the
Distinguished Honor Award for "exceptionally outstanding service to the
agencies of the U.S. Government resulting in achievements of marked
national or international significance." Hussain is an
advocate for the protection of religious minorities in
Salam al-Marayati was born in Bagdad, Iraq and at the age of 4 his
family immigrated to the U.S. He became a naturalized citizen and
earned a bachelors of science degree in Bio-Chemistry from the
University of California Los Angeles. According to his
bio Al-Marayati is one of the founders of the Muslim Public Affairs
Council and is currently the director of the organization. Al-Marayati
has been a member of the Executive Committee of the California
Democratic Party. His political experience stems back to 1992 where he
was a delegate at the 1992 and 1996 Democratic National Convention.
He is a writer for the Islamic magazine, The Minaret, and has covered
Republican conventions as a reporter. In 2012 al-Marayati was
appointed by the President to the
delegation to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
forum in Poland. This raised many concerns from critics of the
Obama administration because al-Marayati is an "outspoken critic of Israel
who once said the Jewish state should be added to the list of 9/11
terror suspects." This according to an
October 17, 2012 article by Fox News.