Skip to comments.Senate probes Ft. Hood-linked imam's escape
Posted on 05/20/2010 11:22:02 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
Lieberman panel seeks info on Awlaki's '02 catch-n-release
Stonewalled by the Justice Department in its efforts to get to the bottom of intelligence lapses that led to the Fort Hood massacre, the Senate Homeland Security Committee has broadened its probe to look into why Justice a year after 9/11 withdrew an arrest warrant for the radical American-born imam who corresponded with the Fort Hood terrorist.
WND has learned that the chief counsel for the Senate panel, led by Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., has requested an interview with a federal agent who shortly after 9/11 attacks worked with the Joint Terrorism Task Force in San Diego investigating Anwar al-Awlaki's ties there to two of the 9/11 hijackers.
The agent says prosecutors got cold feet and withdrew a felony arrest warrant for Awlaki even after a federal magistrate judge signed it. He and other investigators say his arrest and interrogation at the time may have stopped him from recruiting and radicalizing dozens of other terrorists, including the Fort Hood shooter.
The al-Qaida hijackers, both Saudi nationals, followed the radical cleric from his San Diego mosque, where he met with them in long, private sessions, to his mosque in the Washington suburbs, located not far from the Pentagon building they attacked.
At that Falls Church, Va., mosque Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center Awlaki also ministered to Nidal Malik Hasan, the jailed Army officer accused of murdering 13 and wounding 30 others in a jihad-inspired shooting spree at Fort Hood, Texas.
His Falls Church mosque handled the funeral services of Hasan's mother when she passed away in 2001. It was then that Hasan first fell under the spell of prayer leader Awlaki, correspond with Hasan in some 20 e-mails in the months leading up to the Fort Hood massacre. Awlaki praised Hasan as
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More recently, Awlaki allegedly directed the Christmas crotch-bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, and helped radicalize confessed Times Square car-bomber Faisal Shahzad.
With the Times Square plot, the New Mexico-born Muslim cleric is now linked to the last three terrorist plots designed to kill Americans at home. Awlaki, now hiding in Yemen, recently boasted to the Arab press that U.S.-based jihad is “becoming as American as apple pie.”
It's good to be da King
The list, ping
I swear they’re deciding how many
white flags to order. Lord, save us.
accused of murdering
13 14 and wounding 30 others in a jihad-inspired shooting spree at Fort Hood, Texas.
Fixed it in honor of the pregnant lady.
Absolutely ! And I always say it like it is, too.
Tuesday, 1 December 2009
Why Was Al Awlaki Released?
Bill Gertz cites Muslim Mafia and interviews author Paul Sperry on the Ft. Hood shooter, Nidal Hasan’s mentor, Anwar al-Awlaki, in the Washington Times:
Click on the links below to view documents on radical Islamist cleric Anwar al-Awlaki cited in “Muslim Mafia”:
U.S. immigration records show Aulaqi, the 9/11 imam, was detained about a year after the attacks — on October 10, 2002 — upon reentering the U.S. from Riyadh.
A restricted federal database reveals that the subject of a federal investigation by a Houston-based terrorism task force “sent money to Aulaqi.” The imam, who listed Dar al-Hijrah mosque in Falls Church, Va., as his address, is a “silent hit” in connection with the case, records show.
The same database reveals Aulaqi also has been the target of a terrorism-financing investigation led by a Customs special agent.
The restricted database log shows that Aulaqi was released from custody at JFK International Airport after agents there got word from D.C. that an arrest warrant for him “had been pulled back” the day before he arrived.
Page two of the database log that shows Aulaqi was “escorted to Saudi rep... to continue with flight to Wash. D.C.”
Mr. Sperry told Inside the Ring that Mr. Awlaki’s release in 2002 was “absolutely outrageous and scandalous.”
“Had he been arrested at JFK based on the fraud warrant, the FBI would have had a crack at him while in custody,” Mr. Sperry said. “And their terrorism case against him would have developed. Instead, he was allowed to leave the country and is now safely and freely radicalizing and recruiting terrorists to attack the U.S. — his own country. Awlaki was born here. He’s not just soliciting violent jihad, he’s soliciting treason.”
A second document cited in the book — a printout from a restricted database known as the Treasury Enforcement Communications System, or TECS, from July 12, 2002 — shows that a target of an FBI task force in Houston had sent money to Mr. Awlaki, who at the time listed his address as the Dar al-Hijrah mosque in Falls Church. According to the book, the case against Mr. Awlaki is still active.
Additionally, another TECS document from Nov. 24, 2002 identified Mr. Awlaki as being the target of a terrorism financing investigation. This document states that he is “former Imam of Dar al-Hijrah mosque in Falls Church, Virginia.”
According to one TECS incident log, Mr. Awlaki was released from custody at JFK International Airport in New York after agents consulted with officials in Washington and were told that an arrest warrant for the imam “had been pulled back” or rescinded, on October 9, 2002, the day before he arrived.
As a result, Mr. Awlaki and his family were ordered released and he later left the United States on a Saudi jet.
“Both Congress and the 9/11 Commission have criticized law enforcement for not thoroughly investigating Awlaki’s ties to the 9/11 hijackers and other terrorists,” Mr. Sperry said. “The FBI is now trying to locate Awlaki overseas. The independent 9/11 panel and joint congressional inquiry apparently were not aware of the sensitive incident at JFK.”
Mr. Sperry wrote that Mr. Awlaki, who was born in New Mexico, is “al-Qaida’s go-to imam for preparing suicide cells in the West, including the 9/11 hijackers, for ‘martyrdom operations.’”
Mr. Awlaki is believed to be a key facilitator and adviser, and possibly a field commander, for the 9/11 cell that hit the Pentagon, Mr. Sperry wrote. “In short, he’s an unindicted 9/11 co-conspirator, and he remains at large.”
“The 9/11 Commission concluded Awlaki, who aided and privately counseled the hijackers, was ‘suspicious’ and should be brought in for questioning. The commission was not told, however, that he was taken into custody a year after 9/11 on a warrant but then released after the warrant was mysteriously rescinded. Awlaki was allowed to turn around and leave the country on a Saudi Arabian airline without any further investigation, even though he remained on the terrorist lookout as the subject of multiple investigations involving al Qaida financing,” the book says.
Mr. Sperry wrote that law enforcement officials involved with the warrant against Mr. Awlaki are still upset about the missed opportunity to capture the imam and try to obtain information regarding the 9/11 operations, and possible future plots and sleeper cells still secreted inside America.
He also wrote that for some reason, federal prosecutors got cold feet: “It was odd.”
Janet Levy writes:.
Mysteriously, recent Obama appointee for U.S. Attorney for Colorado, David Gaouette, rescinded the 2002 felony arrest warrant for Awlaki signed by a federal judge in Denver. According to investigators, Gaouette had been fully briefed on Awlaki’s alleged terrorist ties.
This past August, Gaouette was appointed to his present post by Attorney General Eric Holder. Presently, he claims unfamiliarity with the Awlaki case. The clerk’s office for the District Court in Colorado has been unable to provide a copy of the Awlaki arrest warrant.
WTH? Not only do we let them go, we thank THEM for waiting patiently while we find a way to do so? We're doomed!
Next thing you know Major Hasan will be released with apologies for a hero making him a cripple.
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What is wrong with people.
“Hasan has the walk, he has the posture of Barry,” said Slamet Djanuadi, a consultant on the film and a childhood friend of President Barack Obama when he lived in Indonesia from 1967 to 1971.
“But Barry was a better pingpong player,” he laughed, watching Hasan hit the ball off the table.
The movie, produced by Multivision Plus, Indonesia’s largest production company, will premiere in Indonesia on June 17, the week of Obama’s anticipated visit to the country. The president postponed a planned visit in March to push through health care legislation.
The film tells the story of Obama’s childhood in Jakarta, where he lived with his mother and Indonesian stepfather from age 6 to 10.
“It’s about his friendships, his hobbies, just a childhood story,” said screenwriter and co-director Damien Dematra. “It’s not about politics, it’s just the story of a boy.”
Hasan, who was born in America in Questa, New Mexico, but has lived in Indonesia since he was about 2 years old, was an obvious casting choice to play the young Obama. Fluent in English and the Indonesian language, and the son of a white mother and African American father, Hasan fit the bill.
Wonder what his citizenship status is.
For as much as GW appeared to be fighting the good fight, he protected ALL things saudi from DAY ONE.
If he had said “our Dear Friends, the Saudis” one more time I would have puked.
Wonder what his citizenship status is.
I mean to properly say: what THEY say his
citizenship status is.
Someday a real history is going to come out and it will not look upon the last several administrations kindly. We have been betrayed in the worst possible way and they did not care as long as their own butts and wealth were protected. Add to that they have stolen, literally stolen us blind while they live in the lap of luxury at our expense.
Had I ever said what I knew about Laura Bush on this forum, my head would have been handed to me and I would have gotten a one way ticket to ban city.
Just because I don’t SAY stuff doesn’t mean I don’t KNOW stuff.