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Poor Decisions Haunting In Al-Awlaki Case ^ | March 26, 2010 | DAVID IGNATIUS

Posted on 03/26/2010 5:48:33 PM PDT by Kaslin

Last October, the Yemeni government came to the CIA with a request: Could the agency collect intelligence that might help target the network of a U.S.-born al-Qaida recruiter named Anwar al-Awlaki? What happened next is haunting, in light of subsequent events.

The CIA concluded that it could not assist the Yemenis in locating al-Awlaki for a possible capture operation. The primary reason was that the agency lacked specific evidence that he threatened the lives of Americans — which is the threshold for any capture-or-kill operation against a U.S. citizen. The Yemenis also wanted U.S. Special Forces' help in pursuing al-Awlaki; that, too, was refused.

Even if the CIA had obtained hard evidence in October that al-Awlaki was a threat, and Special Forces had been authorized for a capture operation, permission from the National Security Council would have been needed.

That's because any use of lethal force against a "U.S. person," such as al-Awlaki, requires White House review.

The subsequent chain of events was a chilling demonstration of al-Awlaki's power as an al-Qaida facilitator: On Nov. 5, U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Hasan killed 13 of his fellow soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas; Hasan had exchanged 18 or more e-mails with al-Awlaki in the months before the shootings, according to the Associated Press.

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1 posted on 03/26/2010 5:48:33 PM PDT by Kaslin
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What's surprising about the al-Awlaki case is just how much information the FBI and CIA already had on him. At least two of the 9/11 hijackers had attended a mosque where he preached in San Diego. His phone number was found in the Hamburg apartment of Ramzi Binalshibh, often described as "the 20th hijacker."

The FBI was interested in al-Awlaki even before 9/11, because of his alleged fundraising for Hamas. So there was U.S. intelligence concern about him as a possible al-Qaida operative dating back nearly a decade.

And they still gave it a pass - unbelievable.

2 posted on 03/26/2010 5:55:11 PM PDT by Dinah Lord
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To: Cindy


3 posted on 03/26/2010 5:59:33 PM PDT by Dinah Lord
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To: Dinah Lord

Another gwot; another nowot.

Thanks for the ping Dinah.

4 posted on 03/26/2010 6:26:56 PM PDT by Cindy
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Another gwot; another nowot.

That sums it all up, Cindy. Disgusting, isn't it? And you're very welcome. Thanks for all your hard work. :^D

5 posted on 03/26/2010 7:18:57 PM PDT by Dinah Lord
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You’re welcome Dinah.

6 posted on 03/26/2010 10:31:01 PM PDT by Cindy
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