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Dirty rat behind dirty bomb scare (Gadahn, lived on goat farm then converted to islam)
NY Daily News ^ | August 12 2007 | CELESTE KATZ

Posted on 08/13/2007 2:10:44 PM PDT by knighthawk

Raised by hippie parents, then turned to hate & radical Islam

The homegrown terrorist at the center of an Al Qaeda dirty bomb threat against the city is the first American charged with treason in more than 50 years and lives with a $1 million bounty on his head.

Adam Yahiye Gadahn grew up the son of California hippies. He lived on a sprawling goat farm at the foot of the San Jacinto mountains. He is the grandson of a Jewish doctor.

He dabbled in death metal music as a teen, but by all accounts had a peaceful childhood until he embraced a virulent strain of Islam to fill a void in his life.

Gadahn was 17 when he announced his conversion and began frequenting an Islamic center where authorities say he came under the influence of foreign-born Islamic radicals.

As a U.S. citizen, he represents a growing breed of homegrown extremists who have turned against their country.

Gadahn, 29, is known as Azzam the American and serves as a key Al Qaeda mouthpiece, appearing frequently in the terror group's propaganda videos.

On the fourth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Gadahn declared in a tape that Osama Bin Laden's followers "love nothing better than the heat of battle, the echo of explosions and slitting the throats of the infidels."

An Israeli Web site triggered a dirty-bomb scare Friday in New York City when it reported that a rush of Al Qaeda chatter was accusing Americans of the "grave error" of failing to take seriously a new videotape by Gadahn.

The tape released last Sunday warned that U.S. embassies would be targeted.

One of the Internet communications that followed said U.S. officials would "soon realize their mistake when American cities are hit by quality operations." Another said the attack would be carried out "by means of trucks loaded with radioactive material."

The NYPD responded to the threat by sending out hundreds of cops with radioactivity detectors, but declared yesterday that the threat was not substantiated.

"Gadahn is a fairly important player, and he's certainly an avid spokesman for the group, but the idea that one can divine hints about Al Qaeda's upcoming military operations from his lurid threats is wishful thinking," said terror expert Evan Kohlmann.

Most of Gadahn's childhood was spent in a cabin on a 40-acre farm in Orange County, Calif. His family lived an isolated life without running water or a phone.

Gadahn's father, born Phil Pearlman, was a psychedelic rocker and farmer. In a 1975 album titled "Relatively Clean Rivers," he dreamed that Arabs and Jews would "get together" and melt their weapons into sprinklers, tractors and hoes.

He and his wife, Jennifer, changed their last name to Gadahn in a reference to Gideon, the Biblical warrior who crushed the enemies of Israel.

Young Adam was home-schooled. He also played Little League baseball but he didn't seem to enjoy it. His parents would bring goat cheese to share with others in the stands, according to a profile in The New Yorker.

Rejecting his isolated lifestyle, Gadahn delved into the world of death metal and moved in with his grandparents, Carl and Agnes Pearlman, after finishing his home schooling.

Carl Pearlman was a urologist and board member of the Anti-Defamation League, and his hope for peace between Jews and Arabs was a central tenet of his life, although the family was largely secular.

Yearning for a spiritual home, Gadahn explored Christianity - the faith of his mom and grandmother. But he found it lacking. He fired up his grandma's computer and he found Islam.

Angered by a wave of antiMuslim sentiment in America in the wake of the 1993 World Trade Center attack, Gadahn delved deeper into extremism, hooking up with hard-liners and traveling to Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Today, he is "used by Al Qaeda for propaganda purposes intended for Western audiences," said Homeland Security spokesman Russ Knocke.

An FBI counterterrorism analyst said Gadahn is important to Al Qaeda because he is an American delivering their terror messages in his native English.

"Al Qaeda does not get a lot of American recruits. Whoever they get, they will use," the analyst said. "They just want the shock value of one American telling other Americans they are going to die."

ckatz@nydailynews.com


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 199302; 1993wtcbombing; adamgadahn; alqaeda; antiamericanism; counterterrorism; fbi; gadahn; hippies; islam; islamicimperialism; islamicsupremacists; radicalislam; traitor

1 posted on 08/13/2007 2:10:47 PM PDT by knighthawk
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To: MizSterious; Nix 2; green lantern; BeOSUser; Brad's Gramma; dreadme; Turk2; keri; ...

Ping


2 posted on 08/13/2007 2:11:45 PM PDT by knighthawk (We will always remember We will always be proud We will always be prepared so we may always be free)
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To: knighthawk

“Angered by a wave of antiMuslim sentiment in America in the wake of the 1993 World Trade Center attack, Gadahn delved deeper into extremism...”

BS. That’s just an excuse. How many muslims were beheaded by Americans after the 1993 attack?


3 posted on 08/13/2007 2:12:25 PM PDT by Levante
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To: knighthawk

Once you go nanny you never go back?


4 posted on 08/13/2007 2:12:37 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Greed is NOT a conservative ideal.)
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To: knighthawk

“Raised by hippie parents, then turned to hate & radical Islam “

Hippies aren’t “turned to hate”, they are already full of it. He just found a better vehicle for that hate.


5 posted on 08/13/2007 2:13:53 PM PDT by Dreagon
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To: knighthawk

“An Israeli Web site triggered a dirty-bomb scare Friday in New York City when it reported that a rush of Al Qaeda chatter was accusing Americans of the “grave error” of failing to take seriously a new videotape by Gadahn.”

Amazing. Now something at Debka.com provides sufficient excuse to turn up the overtime and burn up taxpayer money.


6 posted on 08/13/2007 2:19:03 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: cripplecreek
Adam Gadahn is a fat faced little wussy. Osama and company must be pretty desperate if they’re letting sissies like Adam join their group.
7 posted on 08/13/2007 2:24:43 PM PDT by peeps36 (OUTLAWED WORDS--INSURGENT,GLOBAL WARMING,UNDOCUMENTED WORKER,PALESTINIAN,TERMINATED PREGNANCY)
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To: knighthawk

Must have been the goats


8 posted on 08/13/2007 2:25:32 PM PDT by Pajama Blogger (Pajama Power)
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To: peeps36

I’m just hoping they don’t figure out that he’s actually on our side.

Wink wink nudge nudge


9 posted on 08/13/2007 2:29:05 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Greed is NOT a conservative ideal.)
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To: knighthawk

“Young Adam was home-schooled.”

uh-oh...must be another ‘reason’ to home school...


10 posted on 08/13/2007 2:30:17 PM PDT by dakine
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To: peeps36

Bin Laden and his followers love people like Adam Gadahn.

People like Adam Gadahn are the ones who strap on the bomb vests or fly planes into buildings while the “leaders” like Bin Laden sit back and hide out in caves.


11 posted on 08/13/2007 2:36:50 PM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: knighthawk

Those goats have alot of pull over weak minds.


12 posted on 08/13/2007 2:37:31 PM PDT by rbosque ("To educate a person in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society." - Teddy Roosevelt)
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To: MplsSteve
Yep, Bin Laden is just laying back in his cave taking it easy.


13 posted on 08/13/2007 2:45:25 PM PDT by MuttTheHoople
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To: knighthawk
Angered by a wave of antiMuslim sentiment in America in the wake of the 1993 World Trade Center attack
I think I missed that. Where was that?
14 posted on 08/13/2007 2:50:44 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: knighthawk

“They just want the shock value of one American telling other Americans they are going to die.”

Shock value?

Try this, Hey Adam, you’re going to die, we are coming to kill you and all your fellow terrorists. We are going to
hunt you down and exterminate you like the vermin you are.
There is nothing shocking in this, it’s not personal, it’s just like taking out the trash, it has to be done.


15 posted on 08/13/2007 2:50:49 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: MuttTheHoople

Geez, I hope you’re right.

I’ll also be saddened if there was actually that much left of him after he died. I’d prefer that his body be blown into thousands of small small pieces.


16 posted on 08/13/2007 2:51:35 PM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: knighthawk

“California hippies” this to me says it all,liberal progressive idiology! Is this what we have to look forward to?


17 posted on 08/13/2007 2:54:01 PM PDT by ronnie raygun (I'd rather be hunting with dick than driving with ted)
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To: knighthawk

I wonder if the FBI has ever questioned those goats - I’m sure they have quite a story to tell.


18 posted on 08/13/2007 2:55:58 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Ron Paul put the cuckoo in my Cocoa Puffs)
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To: knighthawk
Gadahn can hide behind that beard and dishtowel he wears on his head but deep inside he’s a treasonous little girlyman.

Hopefully he won’t be residing on this earth much longer.

19 posted on 08/13/2007 3:04:27 PM PDT by puppypusher (The world is going to the dogs.)
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To: knighthawk

Gone from sodomizing goats in Californian to sodomizing goats in Afghanistan. His parents must be proud.


20 posted on 08/13/2007 3:08:52 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: knighthawk

Gadahn’s Islam is a violent reaction to the self-hating Judiasm of his father and grandparents.


21 posted on 08/13/2007 3:15:04 PM PDT by montag813
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To: reagan_fanatic

FBI...Alright, now mr. Goat..What type of person was this Adam Yahiye Gadahn on the farm?

Goat...Ba-a-a-d. Baa-a-ad.


22 posted on 08/13/2007 3:16:03 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Ever see WILLIS SHAW backwards in your rear view mirror? I have!)
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To: knighthawk
As a U.S. citizen, he represents a growing breed of homegrown extremists who have turned against their country.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

I am shocked, simply shocked at the treatment by the press of this dedicated "freedom fighter!"( SARC.)

23 posted on 08/13/2007 3:28:53 PM PDT by Candor7 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Baghdad_(1258))
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To: peeps36
"Adam Gadahn is a fat faced little wussy. Osama and company must be pretty desperate if they’re letting sissies like Adam join their group."

Good reading on this little limp wristed wimp.

24 posted on 08/13/2007 3:31:03 PM PDT by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: knighthawk

Ain’t he really JOOOOOOISH?


25 posted on 08/13/2007 3:33:24 PM PDT by ArtyFO (I love to smoke cigars when I adjust artillery fire at the moonbat loonery.)
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To: knighthawk
Carl Pearlman was a urologist and board member of the Anti-Defamation League, and his hope for peace between Jews and Arabs was a central tenet of his life

Unintended consequences of do-goodism, doctor, sir.

26 posted on 08/13/2007 3:34:19 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (We all need someone we can bleed on...)
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To: blam
Ya know, he looks like a lefty who posted here 4 or 5 years ago and his picture was somehow posted here. I remember because he took exception to me calling him a wannabe bomb-thrower.

Not saying it was him, but my recollection is he looked like him.

27 posted on 08/13/2007 3:45:44 PM PDT by CaptRon (Pedicaris alive or Raisuli dead)
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To: Revolting cat!

I think Adam was a sociopath looking for a cause. He didn’t find it it Judaism with its emphasis on peace (i.e. his grandfather, father), nor in the Christianity of his mother/grandmother, with its emphasis on peace.

What was left - the genocide of Communism which was on the decline in the world, or the superman superiority of Islam which hides its genocide behind dreams of the caliphate, sharia law, and beheadings?

If he was raised on a sheep farm, it gave him a new perspective on humanity - we are the sheep and he (Islam) is the shepard. It is the shepard who eats the sheep, not vice versa, and “some sheep are moral equal than other sheep” (George Orwell if he were alive today).

Beware of Islamofascist psychoes in sheeps clothing.


28 posted on 08/13/2007 4:28:19 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper (Madmax, the Grinning Reaper)
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To: knighthawk

Gadahn is a plant. We are just hoping they’ll keep buying it long enough that he’ll start meeting some big players. He’s providing good intel now. He has the potential to provide great intel or maybe take an important shot.


29 posted on 08/13/2007 4:30:30 PM PDT by Fornax
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To: knighthawk

It must be those @$%%! goats! To TROP they are irresistable!


30 posted on 08/13/2007 7:49:36 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: rbosque

I rather strongly suspect it wasn’t the goat’s minds that swayed Lil’ Adam.


31 posted on 08/13/2007 8:22:13 PM PDT by PAPilot
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To: PAPilot

Yeah, poor goat.


32 posted on 08/13/2007 10:03:29 PM PDT by rbosque ("To educate a person in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society." - Teddy Roosevelt)
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To: knighthawk
Adam Gadahn: Al Qaeda's Weakest Link
33 posted on 09/12/2007 2:50:40 PM PDT by expatguy (Support Conservative Blogging - "An American Expat in Southeast Asia")
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