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Hasan’s Pen-Pal Is Wanted In Yemen

From those defenders of the faith at the Associated Press:

US imam wanted in Yemen over al-Qaida suspicions

By AHMED AL-HAJ and DONNA ABU-NASR (AP)

SAN’A, Yemen — A radical American imam who communicated with the Fort Hood shooting suspect and called him a hero was once arrested in Yemen on suspicion of giving religious approval to militants to conduct kidnappings. Yemeni authorities are now hunting for Anwar al-Awlaki to determine whether he has al-Qaida ties.

Al-Awlaki, who has used his personal Web site to encourage Muslims around the world to kill U.S. troops in Iraq, disappeared in Yemen eight months ago, according to his father. Yemeni security officials say they believe he is hiding in a region of the mountainous nation that has become a refuge for Islamic militants.

After his arrest in 2006, investigators were unable to prove any links to al-Qaida, and he was released in late 2007, according to two Yemeni counterterrorism officials and an Interior Ministry official. They spoke Tuesday on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the press.

Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan is accused of killing 13 people in a rampage at the Fort Hood Army post in Texas. He communicated with al-Awlaki in e-mail exchanges 10 to 20 times over several months last year, according to a U.S investigative official in Washington and Rep. Pete Hoekstra of Michigan, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee.

The communications, which were intercepted by the FBI, consisted primarily of Hasan posing questions to the imam as a spiritual leader or adviser, and their content was "consistent with the subject matter of (Hasan’s) research," a law enforcement official said…

The FBI investigated at the time and concluded that Hasan was not a threat. And investigators say now that there is no evidence Hasan received help or orders to carry out the Fort Hood attack…

The FBI investigated al-Awlaki in 1999 and 2000 after learning he may have been contacted by a possible "procurement agent" for Osama bin Laden. His telephone number was also found when police raided the Hamburg, Germany, apartment of Ramzi Binalshibh, a Yemeni al-Qaida figure believed to have been a key facilitator of the 9/11 attacks, according to the commission report.

After he returned to Yemen in 2002, al-Awlaki taught at San’a’s Iman University, the same university that John Walker Lindh, the American caught with the Taliban in Afghanistan, used to visit while living in Yemen. The university is headed by Abdulmajid al-Zindani, a prominent Yemeni cleric often described as a religious mentor to bin Laden.

Al-Awlaki was arrested in 2006 with a group of five Yemenis accused of kidnapping a Shiite teenager for ransom, according to the Yemeni counterterrorism and Interior Ministry officials. Al-Awlaki was the group’s spiritual leader and had issued a fatwa, or religious decree, permitting them to kidnap foreigners and rich Yemenis, the officials said.

The group also plotted to kidnap the U.S. military attache in Yemen and rented a villa near the attache’s house using a fake ID, the officials said. There was no immediate confirmation of the plot from American officials.

But investigators could not find any evidence for al-Qaida ties. Tribal leaders — who hold enormous influence in Yemen, where the central government is weak — intervened and pushed for the group’s release, the Interior Ministry official said. The group was freed in December 2007 after they signed documents promising to remain in Yemen and to avoid any contacts with militants.

But authorities’ suspicions over al-Awlaki were raised again several months after his release because he stopped checking in regularly with security officials as required under his release agreement, the officials said. Also, months later, another member of the group arrested with al-Awlaki left Yemen and was arrested in Syria on terrorism charges.

In response, al-Awlaki was put on a wanted list on suspicion of possible al-Qaida links, the Interior Ministry official said…

So Mr. Hasan was in contact with a man who had been arrested by Yemeni authorities on suspicion of having ties to Al Qaeda – and who is still wanted by them — and the FBI didn’t think it significant?

Even after Al-Awlaki was thought to have been plotting to kidnap foreigners, rich Yemenis – and even the US military attaché in Yemen?

Are CAIR and the ACLU running the FBI?

(Thanks to Canary for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, November 11th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

12 Responses to “Hasan’s Pen-Pal Is Wanted In Yemen”

  1. canary says:

    [From the Associated Press:]

    US imam wanted in Yemen over al-Qaida suspicions

    2009-11-10

    Yemeni authorities are now hunting for Anwar al-Awlaki to determine whether he has al-Qaida ties…

    In January, al-Awlaki posted an article called “44 ways to support jihad,” saying that joining or helping “holy warriors” fight the U.S. and its allies is “obligatory for every Muslim.” The article encouraged Muslims to donate and raise money for mujahedeen and to encourage people to join…

    http://dailynews.muzi.com/news/ll/english/10095354.shtml

    I would call that Hasan having ties with al-Qaida terrorists, and still question a well paid military member living so meagerly.

  2. retire05 says:

    We could put a man on the moon 40 years ago, but we cannot tract this piece of human waste through his computer? What the hell is wrong with that picture?

    My guess is that Yemen, a hot bed for terrorists, are really little interested in locating al-Awlaki. As long as he is not blowing them up, and limits his terrorism to the Americans, the Yemens are not going to cry foul.

  3. proreason says:

    “….a Defense Department terrorism investigator looked into Hasan’s contacts months ago with Anwar al-Awlaki.….Two government officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case on the record, said the Washington-based joint terrorism task force overseen by the FBI was notified of communications between Hasan and the imam overseas, and the information was turned over to a Defense Criminal Investigative Service employee assigned to the task force. The communications were gathered by investigators beginning in December 2008 and continuing into early this year.…”

    http://apnews.myway.com/article/20091111/D9BTACM80.html

    So now we begin to learn what “late last year” means. It means December, when Bush had effectively transitioned power to the Moron, in everything but the formal oath.

    This tragedy is 100% because the radicals who have siezed our government could not care f*ng less about terrorism. They had all of the information about the shooter and 11 months to take action.

    They did not take action of any sort. And why should they? After all, Hasan is just another victim of angry white men. He was just airing his grievances.

    To Obama, what he did is the equivalent of a protest song.

    Casey should resign in disgrace. Instead he will be treated as a “hero of diversity” for sticking his head in the sand and enabling these murders.

  4. Liberals Demise says:

    Anyone see a familiar pattern with the Clinton Cabal and the Obama Thugs?

    Bubba didn’t want Osama when asked and Barry isn’t quite up to task of doing anything but stay in the campaign mode.

    Couldn’t be that dingle”Barry” has the Clinton staff in the WH …… nah!!

  5. beautyofreason says:

    It is utterly insane that the government did nothing.

    What, is it really considered a non-threat when a Muslim in the U.S. military supports Shariah law over the Constitution and contacts a member of Al Qaeda?

    Hasan is a soft ball in a world of curves. We should have seen it from a mile away. If the government is that stupid and inefficient then it is amazing we weren’t hit sooner. We’re in for a ride. And I fear that it will be a very deadly one.

    In moments like these, I am thankful for the second amendment. At least we can defend ourselves if the government refuses to do anything! Guns may not help in a suicide bombing but they at least they can take down lunatics like Hasan.

    Ridiculous that Yemen (Islamic cesspool of child brides) is apparently doing more to find their radical cleric than our government is doing to stop another terrorist attack on our shores.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Not one time did our illustrious leader mention that Major Hasan was a terrorist or what he did was an act of terrorism.

      I wonder what he does consider an act of terrorism or if it is in his Koran?

    • proreason says:

      “If the government is that stupid and inefficient then it is amazing we weren’t hit sooner. ”

      You have to have your eyes open to hit a softball or a slider.

      And it also helps if you have a bat in your hands.

      These criminals did neither.

      It didn’t happen under Bush, even though the nutter was attending the lunatic mosques as early as 2001.

      When we had a commander in chief who wanted to protect the country, the military’s and agencies’ eyes were open and they had bats in their hands.

      If people weren’t afraid of being called racists now, you would hear that all over the place.

      Even Fox is intimidated.

    • Right of the People says:

      Don’t forget that the Federal Bureau of Incontinence was warned about a more than one of the September 11th highjackers but did nothing. They didn’t feel it warranted looking into that people want to learn how to fly jetliners but not how to take-off and land them.

      What’s even worse, six months later the INS reissued the student visas for three of them, AFTER THEY WERE DEAD!

    • proreason says:

      “Don’t forget that the Federal Bureau of Incontinence was warned about a more than one of the September 11th highjacker”

      Yes, because Clinton had implemented the policies that Obama has re-implemented.

      The policies that swing at sliders without a bat and with your eyes closed.

      Bush got serious about it and the crap stopped.

      Now we are back to square one.

      And it’s not the FBI’s fault. They do what they are told to do.

      The FBI and the Joint Chiefs shouldn’t be totally absolved, but the administration is obviously going to try to pin it all on them, like the scumbags they are.

      It starts at the top.

      The Moron is responsible.

      He should be impeached for it.

  6. Reality Bytes says:

    He’s not a terrorist – just all his friends are. Kinda like a guy in denial about his sexuality. “Hey, I’m not Gay! Just all my friends are!”

  7. canary says:

    AP:Fort Hood suspect’s superiors questioned behavior
    By Brett J. Blackledge & Richard Lardner Nov 11 2009 WASHINGTON –

    viewed him…belligerent, defensive and argumentative in his frequent discussions of his Muslim faith, …mediocre student and lazy worker…

    …Fort Hood was considered the best assignment for Hasan because other doctors could handle the workload if he continued to perform poorly and his superiors could document any continued behavior problems, …

    perceived as intense and combative,…some doctors and staff were concerned that their unfamiliarity with the Muslim faith would lead them to unfairly single out Hasan’s behavior

    the Pentagon has found no evidence that Hasan formally sought release from the Army as a conscientious objector or for any other reason,…

    no record of Hasan filing a complaint with his chain of command regarding any harassment he may have suffered for being Muslim or any record of him formally seeking release from the military,

    … that Hasan likely would have had to commit to another year in the military when he was transferred to Fort Hood earlier this summer.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091112/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/us_fort_hood_shooting

  8. proreason says:

    S&L’ers – Question of the Day.

    Why have liberals rushed to find any explanation for Hasan other than Terrorism?

    And it’s not just that….it’s 100% consistent with their views about crime (defending the most heinous criminals), their defense of Islam, and their refusal to recognize evil (i.e., appeasing Hitler, loving dictators of all stripes).

    We know liberals aren’t non-violent. Indeed, they commit most of the crimes in the world. The vast majority of deaths are a result of liberalism. We know they aren’t moral. Clinton, Dodds, Kennedy’s…need I go on? We know they aren’t actually anti-war. After all, Afghanistan is Obamy’s war, but think about it…..Vietnam was a liberal war, FDR had his war. MOST wars are wars of liberalism. They aren’t anti-war, they are just anti-YOUR-war. And on top of that, they purport to despise everything Islamic Terrorism espouse. After all, Islam is effectively the ultimate anti-liberal agenda, anti-gay, anti-feminism, anti-loose living, anti-atheism. It’s hard to find anything about Islam that agrees with liberal thought.

    What could possibly inspire liberals to always ALWAYS defend the Terrorists, the criminals, the dictators, the murderers.

    I’ve been thinking about this because of the Fort Hood massacre.

    Later today I’ll tell you what I’ve concluded. It explains a lot about liberalism that I didn’t understand before.


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