Skip to comments.Poor Decisions Haunting In Al-Awlaki Case
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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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.
Another gwot; another nowot.
Thanks for the ping Dinah.
That sums it all up, Cindy. Disgusting, isn't it? And you're very welcome. Thanks for all your hard work. :^D
You’re welcome Dinah.