Anwar al-Awlaki, an episodically cartoonish arch-enemy of the West, remains a visible, if not so popular "sheikh" on the world Islamic scene. Many myths have been played up, not so much because there is a big secret, but moreso because his life is confusing. That confusion diminishes with a simple explanation of self-radicalism, but looking closer, the radicalism morphs, into something possibly more sinister. As the author of the Islamic curriculum for ISIS, his radical nature is embraced by the worst of the global salafi-jihadis. As "unknown entities" constantly upload his lectures for click bait his ability to attract criminal radical Islamists is well known, but how did he evolve and is it as simple as saying he was a bin Laden disciple from the beginning? I think that has been disproven thus far. But the truth may be more fascinating than any fiction being peddled today. Anwar al-Awlaki could have been bigger than Ahmed Deedat or even Yusuf al-Qaradawi. He would have overshadowed all of the London based fundamentalists and the Middle East Gulf state puppet Muftis. And for that reason alone, he was noticed. In a Muslim world that exalts the likes of Yusuf Estes, Musa Cerantonio, Ibrahim Siddiq Conlon, Feiz Muhammad, Abdur Raheem Green, Hamza Tzortzis, Suhaib Webb, and Pierre Vogel, one can easily surmise that benefactors in the Middle East, actively headhunt pale-faced orators in order to proselytize to the West at large. And while Awlaki may be Yemeni by ethnicity, he truly emanates most of what it is to be American, having been born in New Mexico and living with a clear-eyed understanding of what it is to be American and Muslim, at the same time. More than likely he was noticed by London and Gulf States long before the US was keeping tabs on him. Unlike Musa Cerantonio, he may not have been offered his own television show, but reason would dictate that his offers must have been both numerous and attractive, given his oratorical skills. The world is in a state of affect, from well funded sources that desire control over the Muslim Ummah, and control is the correct word. After all, sharia itself, is, in contrast to the freedom of constitutional republics and monarchies, a "control" over the people, that must be actively enforced by men. Yet this control, is not the same as radicalization and before control can be exercised, the radicals must be eliminated. Two points of view, exist on radicalization where the West intersects with the East. One point of view is the RAND/SAUDI/USA point of view that Muslims exist in 4 categories of which one, the moderates, is acceptable. At the beginning, Awlaki appears to be a strong moderate. The other point of view is the Brookings/London/Qatar point of view, that Muslim activism has similarities to Christian and other activism, and simply needs to be moderated via political participation, even if this means giving radical extremists an activist voice. The two points of view are at odds with each other, all over the world. In short the former believes in killing off the violent radicals and the latter believes in holding their hands until they self moderate, even if collateral damage occurs. At the present time, you could say that the world is mired in a messy mix of both philosophies.Read more *****
1971-78 Born and lives in New Mexico, USA, where pinto beans are as common as weeds. In fact, pinto beans are a staple only to the Southwest USA and Mexico and there presence elsewhere in the world would only be as an expensive and luxurious delicacy.Read more 1971
In 1979 Abdullah Azzam wrote "The Defense of Muslims Lands" calling for liberating Muslim lands from foreign occupiers. Unfortunately, this work and the beliefs espoused would eventually be turned onto the West, not just the Soviet Union, for whom this was originally written. Azzam's travels brought him into the USA where he or his associates raised funds for jihad in Afghanistan across 26 states. All in all, Azzam recruited 16,000 to 20,000 fighters from over 20 countries, to join in his jihad. And at this time, the West was all for it and all in.Read more 1979
In November 1979, Juhayman al-Utaybi and his fellow rebels took over the Grand Mosque in Mecca, the holiest sanctuary in Islam, beginning what would become one of the most spectacular events in the modern history of Saudi Arabia. By the end of the siege, the Grand Mosque was drenched in blood and its rebel leader and his co-conspirators were shortly beheaded for their crime.
The hajj had just finished when Oteibi and his band smuggled hundreds of assault weapons into the mosque at the centre of Mecca. Angered at what they saw was Saudi societys plunge into immorality, with Muslims embracing 'Western' entertainment like cinema, television and sports, and Muslim women taking jobs, Oteibis act was to herald a new age of purism. 'We can now see that Juhaymans revolt helped shift Saudi society in the conservative and reactionary direction that has only been seriously contested in the last few years.'
Two things caused a massive proliferation of wahhabism in the world after the Juhayman attack on the Grand Mosque. One was the boost in oil revenue in Saudi Arabia, and the second was a deal made with the Wahhabists by the Saudi regime, after recluctant cover was provided by the Ulema to the Royal Family for the attack and its aftermath. The Ulema, like Juhayman, were suspicious of their Royal benefactors. The solution was proving support by propagation throughout the world. In a very real way, this spread the pain everywhere, preventing its metastasis, solely in Saudi Arabia. Some opinions are that by exporting jihad to the West it was prevented in the kingdom, but more likely, the reigning Royal Family, was just looking to survive, a possible revolution, in their own country.
In any case, the madness of Awlaki, truly begins here, since so much of the future motivation of Radical Islamic Jihad, starts with the consequences of the Juhayman Grand Mosque seizure.
Anwar al-Awlaki attended Colorado State University and worked as an Imam in the Denver Islamic SocietyRead more 1990-1996
Awlaki allegedly dabbles in Tablighi Jamaat, in an Islamic piety binge. This is understandable since Tablighi Jamaat are the proselytizing equivalent of the Christian Jehovah's Witnesses, but within the Islamic religion.Read more 1990
In 1991, Anwar al-Awlaki took a few weeks to travel to Afghanistan, hoping to get a taste of what is known by Gulf Muslims, as "vacation jihad". Apparently and as investigated by author Scott Shane, Awlaki was disappointed to find nothing but cold and inaction. By this time the battles between mujahideen and national forces were few and far between, and the Soviet Army had long retreated. Awlaki returned home disappointed. Interestingly, during the Awlaki project and publishing of Inspire Magazine, Awlaki lied about his experience in Afghanistan and fabricated greater meaning when publishing his inciting propaganda.Read more 1991
On 6 December 1992, a large crowd of Hindu Kar Sevaks (activists) demolished the 16th-century Babri Mosque in the city of Ayodhya, in Uttar Pradesh. The demolition occurred after a political rally at the site turned violent. In Hindu mythology, the city of Ayodhya is the birthplace of the Rama.Read more December 6, 1992
According to Anwar al-Awlaki, a nearby mosque was not conservative enough, so donors were found to establish a new mosque nearby, that could house 200 to 300 ultra conservative Muslims, in a smaller setting. This mosque would eventually give safe haven to a few radicals of notable repute. What is missing from this trivia however, is that when Saudi funders put forth money, for a satellite mosque due to conservative unrest, they know they are both solving and creating a problem. Therefore, this mosque, by definition, was under watch. And Awlaki himself alluded to the notion, in an interview, that Saudi had indeed infiltrated the mosque, long before America attempted to.Read more 1993
Masood Azhar laments the loss of the Babri Masjid, saying “I remember the day I was standing there. In front of me lay the Babri Masjid in ruins. Angrily, I was stamping the ground, squashing the Indian soil with my shoes and saying, ‘O Babri Masjid, we are ashamed, O Babri Masjid, we are sorry…you were a sign of our glorious past and we will not rest till we restore you to your former glory.’” Azhar would go on to author the book "The Virtues of Jihad" and anger inspired diatribe with intricately researched Islamic Hadith, that espouses violent jihad. Due to the similarity to Awlaki's doctrines, certainly Awlaki came upon this book, perhaps at some setting of meeting other professionals in radical Islamic history and geopolitics, at some future time and adapted its teachings into his own. http://www.hindustantimes.com/india/making-of-a-terrorist-babri-masjid-demolition-triggered-azhar-s-jihad/story-zg6YSKXSjxRk5xo3AlvdfM.html https://islamfuture.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/the-virtues-of-jihad.pdfRead more 1994
On September 26, 1994, the emir of the unified GIA, Cherif Gousmi, was killed by police forces during a clash, together with another GIA leader. Djamel Zitouni, who was with him, miraculously escapes. Rumored history has it, that Djamel Zitouni and Antar Zouabri, are agents of the Algerian government. Once they take control of the GIA the violence goes off the scale with deaths of foreign diplomats and Algerian citizens. Eventually the violence is too much for a Muslim population to tolerate and the Algerian citizens begin to break out of the non-judgemental shell of Islamism and begin to publicly refute their fellow Muslims in the GIA. But it took a great deal of violence to get to this point. What the Algerian Experience teaches, is that Muslims will stand by as radical Islamists destroy civility in a country because they believe these mujahideen, might be righteous under the religion of Islam. It is only after extremely unjust violence, that some fighters leave and public opinion turns against the GIA, against the violent Islamists.
https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Djamel_Zitouni https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antar_Zouabri http://www.lesoir.be/archive/recup%3A%252Fle-groupe-accuse-d-autres-islamistes-d-avoir-assassine-_t-19960729-Z0CEJ1.html http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/mystery-over-death-of-algerian-terror-chief-1331053.html
This 62 page document written in Arabic is referred to as "The Origins of the Salafists and Duties of the Mujahideen" or "Guidelines of the Lord of the Two Worlds in Clarifying the Origins of the Salafi and the Obligations of the Mujahidin to Enroll. Basically, this book vilifys government, bureaucracy, Muslim authority working with government, and all people who embrace a form of Islam too contemporized and secular for the taste of the GIA. Literally, the GIA Islam is so extreme, it seeks to kill and purge many Muslims and assaults brutally, the civil life of Algeria, so much so, that eventually Algerians reject the GIA. The prevailing wisdom has it, that the Algerian government infiltrated the GIA and turned it so violent that the people rejected violent and radical Islam. Unfortunately, as a model, it is too heinous and too much a violation of human rights to simply duplicate although it offers the revelation that once you get radical Islamists going they will do just about anything that is said to be, of Islam. Therefore future infiltrations would likely take a different approach to neutralizing the violence in radical Islam. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armed_Islamic_Group_of_Algeria https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Djamel_Zitouni http://www.gauchemip.org/spip.php?article3322 http://www.historycommons.org/entity.jsp?entity=djamel_zitouni_1Read more August 1995
From 1996–2000, al-Awlaki was imam of the Masjid Ar-Ribat al-Islami mosque in San Diego, California, where he had a following of 200–300 people. In Inspire Magazine #9 Awlaki stated in an article, that "It would have been easier for the Saudi's or some other Arab states to gain access to the private running of the mosque than it would have been for the US government." Awlaki says this in remembering that he suspected Americans were in fact trying to infiltrate the mosque. But another possibility is that he is basically revealing that the Saudi government, or another Arab state, had in fact, not only setup the mosque but infiltrated it as well.Read more 1996
Ceremoniously ending his piety binge, Anwar al-Awlaki is busted for soliciting a prostitute in 1996 and again in 1997. Why he needs to pay for sex at 25 and 26 years old remains a mystery to this day. And btw, the Quran 24/33 appears to support, the 21st century version of "what the right hand possesses", which would be quite simply, "a prostitute". So don't let any under-read authors convince you that Awlaki ever had any shame about purchasing the time of prostitutes. In fact, the best way to ensure the reader that Awlaki is sharia compliant, would be to mention a "madame" within the propagandistic narrative, so as to create a perceived third party whose existence proves, that the relationship is not adultery, but instead, "what the right hand possesses". In all fairness however, years later, Awlaki claimed it was a setup, but apparently he paid fines rather promptly instead of putting up a legal fight. Additionally, Awlaki's characterization of recruitment techniques by the FBI in concert with local police was so unbelievable, it is likely Awlaki fabricated the story to gloss over his actual violation of the law.Read more 1996
The Khobar Towers bombing was a terrorist attack on part of a housing complex in the city of Khobar, Saudi Arabia, located near the national oil company (Saudi Aramco) headquarters of Dhahran and nearby King Abdulaziz Air Base on June 25, 1996. At that time, Khobar Towers was being used as quarters for Coalition forces who were assigned to Operation Southern Watch, a no-fly zone operation in southern Iraq, as part of the Iraqi no-fly zones. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khobar_Towers_bombing While historically the Khobar Towers has the intrigue of Saudi Al Qaeda operatives and Hezbollah funded by Iran, one of the suspects arrested, after the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia, was a man named Yusuf al-Ayeri. He was arrested by Saudi authorities and tortured. After 2 years he was released and was tasked by Bin Laden with organizing Al Qaeda’s branch within Saudi ArabiaRead more June 25, 1996
Morten Storm meets Sheikh Abdul Majid al-Zindani and finds he is not as radical as he had previously thought, yet Zindani welcomes Storm's youthful bias into future debates. It is around this time that Storm also meets a 17 year old, "Abdul" who will grow into an AQAP infiltrator and eventually be involved with Storm's self-neutralization of his own infiltration.Read more 1998
In 1998 and 1999, Awlaki was vice president of the Charitable Society for Social Welfare Inc.,
the U.S. branch of a Yemeni charity headed by Abdul Majeed al-Zindani.
He had been visited by Ziyad Khaleel, an Al Qaeda operative who purchased a battery for Osama bin Laden’s satellite phone.
And once again, instead of notating the board staff, directors, or others who may have directed Awlaki's actions from within
this organization, as a means of insulating themselves from contact with the Al Qaeda facilitator, the focus was erroneously
placed on Awlaki, and of course went down in history as a big "nothing to do with anything."
Dhiren Barot publishes "The Army of Madinah in Kashmir" This book explains and dramatizes the experience of the mujahideen in Kashmir, who believe they are fighting the military of India in a jihad to protect Muslims. The publication is both a technical manual and motivational treatise on jihad.Read more 1999
Lasting 4 days, an Al Qaeda meeting is called to discuss the October 2000 bombing of the USS Cole and the September 11, 2001 WTC Attack. Malaysian authorities take pictures of the suspects and both Nawaf al-Hamzi and Khalid al-Midhar are observed. Both men later travel to the United States, eventually to be accommodated and assisted by Anwar al-Awlaki. The CIA fails to report the entry of these known Al Qaeda operatives to other agencies, hence they are not put on a watch list. Both men entered the USA, proceeded to the Masjid Ar-Ribat al-Islami Mosque in San Diego, where Anwar al-Awlaki had been designated to assist them. Given Awlaki's later iteration in Inspire Magazine, that "it would have been easier for the Saudi Authorities to infiltrate this mosque" matched with the refusal of the CIA to report entry of these men to the USA from the prior known Al Qaeda Kuala Lumpur meeting, leaves one to wonder, what was going on that was known, if in fact the upcoming 9/11 attack was not known ? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzP9YJpBubkRead more January 5, 2000
In early 2000, two men arrived at Awlaki’s San Diego mosque — Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar, two of the 9/11 hijackers. Newspaper and Book writers make a lot of fuss about this claim, but standard tradecraft would hold that Awlaki would not know the true nature of the guests he accommodated. Instead, those who benefited Awlaki would have used Awlaki as an insulator of their own complicity in the matter. No public record appears to hold information on an indepth investigation of those who financially or in any other way, provided resources, directed, or controlled, Awlaki. * HOWEVER, years later Osama bin Laden will claim to have never known Awlaki when he refuses to make Awlaki the head of AQAPRead more 2000
Yemeni man insists he did not know of 9/11 plot. "Abdullah was arrested as a material witness in late September 2001. He spent 32 months in U.S. jails and prisons as the FBI and the Justice Department investigated his ties to Almihdhar, Alhazmi and a network of immigrant friends, all of whom congregated around the Rabat mosque in a suburb of San Diego. Commission investigators complained that they were never able to interview Abdullah before he was deported. Abdullah refused to cooperate, and the Justice Department declined to grant him immunity from prosecution to compel his cooperation. The panel also is critical of the government’s decision to allow Abdullah’s deportation, arguing that unanswered questions about his case require further examination. Abdullah’s first alleged contact with Alhazmi and Almihdhar came in February 2000. According to the commission, he may have driven them from Los Angeles to San Diego. Abdullah denies it. The two would-be hijackers sought out another person they had met recently in Los Angeles, Omar Bayoumi, at the Islamic Center of San Diego. The hijackers later found their way to the Rabat mosque, a humble building nestled amid palm trees and ranch homes in La Mesa, 10 miles from the well-established and, by reputation, more moderate Islamic Center of San Diego. On a recent Friday, as families crowded the Islamic Center, the Rabat mosque appeared almost abandoned, its gates locked and mailbox overflowing. (A radical Yemeni imam at the Rabat mosque in 2000, Anwar Aulaqi, would later lead the Dar al Hijra mosque in Falls Church, which Alhazmi attended.)" http://aldeilis.net/english/the-bizarre-story-of-mohdar-abdullah/Read more 2000
The Al Qaeda Handbook is a computer file found by Manchester (England) Metropolitan Police during a search of the Manchester home of Anas al-Liby in 2000. It has information and guidelines regarding military training, secrecy, and religion for Al Qaeda fightersRead more 2000
London based, Sheikh Faisal took offense to a lecture by Awlaki that was given at the San Diego Mosque where Awlaki worked. It is odd that Sheikh Faisal would attack Awlaki, but it does show that London was aware of Awlaki's powerful moderate voice, and that Faisal accuses Awlaki of preaching CIA Islam, means that he sees Awlaki as a "RAND" oriented threat to the more radical (London) project of rousing up Islamists so they will become politically active in London and then self-moderate via confrontation within democratic activity (similar to the Brookings outlook of Islamic matters). The recording, aside from revealing Faisal's targeted approach to Awlaki reveals that London is watching Imams in America. One might even surmise that this is where Faisal's benefactors began to recruit Awlaki into the same shadowy organization, because eventually, in 2008, both Awlaki and Faisal would offer speeches in the same conference in South Africa. This conference was put on by an organization, that by all records, existed, only for the purpose of that one conference, meant to incite radical Islam.Read more Circa 2000
The USS Cole bombing was a terrorist attack against the United States Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG-67) on 12 October 2000, while it was being refueled in Yemen's Aden harbor. Seventeen American sailors were killed and 39 injured in the deadliest attack against a United States naval vessel since 1987. An investigation would eventually lead to the conclusion that Abdul Majid al-Zindani was involved in setting the plot to bomb the Naval Vessel. https://wikivisually.com/wiki/USS_Cole_bombingRead more October 12, 2000
"Taliban militia supreme leader Mulla Mohammad Omar on Monday issued a decree ordering the destruction of all statues in Afghanistan including ancient pre-Islamic figures. Based on the verdict of the clergymen and the decision of the supreme court of the Islamic Emirate (Taliban) all the statues around Afghanistan must be destroyed," said the decree. The decree was issued as a team of western diplomats is visiting the Afghan capital to check reports that senior Taliban officials destroyed over a dozen pre-Islamic artefacts in the national museum." This globally unpopular move triggers desperate attempts to prevent the loss of historically priceless artifacts but to no avail. It is clear to the world that Afghanistan is establishing an Islamic State in 7th Century style, reminiscent of Muhammad's destruction of the idols around the Kaaba. http://www.rawa.org/statues.htmRead more October 12, 2000
In and around 2001, after September 11th, numerous investigations targeted suspicious Muslims, including Awlaki, who in fact had prior contact with 911 hijackers. Anwar al-Awlaki reportedly met with 9/11 hijackers Khalid al-Mihdhar, Nawaf al-Hazmi and Hani Hanjour in San Diego. However, it would suffice to say that, those who DID NOT have contact with the 911 hijackers, probably thought themselves insulated from prosecution. Eventually an investigator would discover a seemingly cryptic conversation with neighbor Higgie who recounted that Awlaki said he was going to Virginia, then soon to Yemen, and likely would not return, and Higgie would likely know why. Understandably many reporters want to make hay of a coy Awlaki not being 100% clear about his actual plans. Awlaki allegedly says words to the effect of "you will know soon". Of course the spectre is of predicting 9/11. The problem with this, is that a true salafi would not brag, boast, or show off in this manner. It is both unislamic and unstrategic behavior. And since his application successfully went through, the likely explanation is that Awlaki, who at times, surprised his neighbor with free food prepared by his wife, was likely going to be revealed, as being part of something big, in Yemen. Of course the 9/11 attacks changed everyones plans and perhaps Awlaki forgot to reach out to his old neighbor. So... could those close to Awlaki have had connections to the 9/11 hijackers ? It's possible! And could those individual have manipulated Awlaki without informing him, as a means of insulating themselves? Absolutely! But until proof is provided, this is only conjecture. The right place to look however, would be those who Awlaki associated with at the time, had influence and control over him at the time, and provided him resources, at that time. So whoever those people were, that used Awlaki as an unknowing but useful insulator, they probably feel pretty safe if no one was smart enough to see that the lack of probable cause on them was due to their ingenuity in delegating hands on responsiblity to the unknowing, Awlaki. Awlaki, who the FBI cleared of a connection to the 9/11 hijackers.
But if a reason is really necessary to prove that Awlaki had a mission to execute in Yemen, as Mr Higgie apparently stated to news organizations, then one must look to the real world through a pre-9/11 lens. What happened ? ... The Cole Bombing, that is what happened. When sifting through much of the theory and fact prior to 9/11, one plausible reason that so many people ignored indicators of a potential airplane based attack, could be, that everyone was still reeling from the successful attack on the naval ship, The USS Cole. Awlaki may very well have been planning to engage in a deployment to Yemen to reckon with Al Qaeda either for the government of Yemen or for others. Certainly, a successful hit on Al Qaeda, in retribution for the Cole Attack could propel Awlaki into a Ministry or Parliamentary job, in Yemen. And who knows after that... the Presidency ? So if Awlaki was going to Yemen via a short stay at GWU and felt it was necessary to tell his trusted neighbor Mr Higgie, clearly 9/11 changed these plans, because post 9/11 Awlaki told his brother he was staying put in the USA. And in fact, when a new threat became the reality of Al Qaeda, a reason was created to deploy Awlaki out of the United States, whether he liked it or not. And London was the city most intelligence officials feared, was up on the list, after 9/11.
Graduate School of Education and Human Development, pursing a Ph.D in human resource development.Read more Circa 2001
Showed up in numerous interviews as well as conducting lectures at which large numbers of government personnel attended. Awareness of Awlaki's personable and Islamic scholarly nature was spreading. Keep in mind that international mosque funders are well aware of his rising popularity too.Read more Circa 2001
Awlaki discusses a historical precedence for tolerance then comments on the current state of Muslims today. He emphasizes that Muslims don't have their priorities straight. Lamenting the lack of Islamic education he provides examples of ignorance, and mentions Christian missionary work taking Muslims away from the religion as well as calling for recognition of the needs of Muslims elsewhere in the world. Mentioning Iraq, he says they are starving to death. The Palestinian issue is important to Awlaki and he believes Americans should show support. Also Jamil Amin is a matter Awlaki believes should have support by Muslims.
But what is interesting is that prior to this point, Amin was documented calling for revolution in America. Amin's fanatical opposition to established politics likely have made the government fearful of Amin's motivations, yet here, Awlaki is promoting the inclusion of Amin, in the activist work of his fellow Muslims.
Awlaki says do not deal with hypothetical issues, instead only deal with reality. Awlaki considers discussions on hypothetical and useless matters to be a weakness of the Ummah. Awlaki says the Muslim Ummah's real problems are lack of knowledge and zealousy and he says the key is a story... the story of Sa’d bin Abi Waqqas. This is a man, the prophet says is in Jannah. https://storiesoftherighteous.wordpress.com/tag/abdullah-ibn-amr/ After three days of staying with this man, Abd Allah ibn 'Amr ibn al-'As remains puzzled and asks why the prophet says he is in paradise. So the man replies, "When I go to bed I do not have any hatred or jealousy toward any Muslim." Awlaki also mentions Al-Hatiyah, a poet who condemned himself when there were no others to condemn, continuing, "These are troublemakers and you can't do anything about them. There are some people who are keys to good and locks for evil, and there are some people who are locks for good and keys for evil." Clearly, in this speech to ISNA, Awlaki reveals his true self, the core of who he really is. Anwar al-Awlaki is a man who believes in the reality of good and evil. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlccSAAszJo
19 Saudi Arabian Terrorist run planes into the WTC and Pentagon and crash United 93Read more September 11, 2001
Among the many things President Bush stated in this speech were a few hints on how the United States would fight this new war. President Bush stated: " Our response involves far more than instant retaliation and isolated strikes. Americans should not expect one battle, but a lengthy campaign unlike any other we have ever seen. It may include dramatic strikes visible on TV and covert operations secret even in success. We will starve terrorists of funding, turn them one against another, drive them from place to place until there is no refuge or no rest." No doubt each statement came from thoughtful strategy making sessions by a variety of leaders. But take note... "turn them one against another" This happened, but it would take years. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/nation/specials/attacked/transcripts/bushaddress_092001.htmlRead more September 20, 2001
About ten days after 9/11, I went through the Pentagon and I saw Secretary Rumsfeld and Deputy Secretary Wolfowitz. I went downstairs just to say hello to some of the people on the Joint Staff who used to work for me, and one of the generals called me in. He said, “Sir, you’ve got to come in and talk to me a second.” I said, “Well, you’re too busy.” He said, “No, no.” He says, “We’ve made the decision we’re going to war with Iraq.” This was on or about the 20th of September. I said, “We’re going to war with Iraq? Why?” He said, “I don’t know.” He said, “I guess they don’t know what else to do.” So I said, “Well, did they find some information connecting Saddam to al-Qaeda?” He said, “No, no.” He says, “There’s nothing new that way. They just made the decision to go to war with Iraq.” He said, “I guess it’s like we don’t know what to do about terrorists, but we’ve got a good military and we can take down governments.” And he said, “I guess if the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem has to look like a nail.” So I came back to see him a few weeks later, and by that time we were bombing in Afghanistan. I said, “Are we still going to war with Iraq?” And he said, “Oh, it’s worse than that.” He reached over on his desk. He picked up a piece of paper. And he said, “I just got this down from upstairs” -- meaning the Secretary of Defense’s office -- “today.” And he said, “This is a memo that describes how we’re going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran.” https://genius.com/General-wesley-clark-seven-countries-in-five-years-annotatedRead more September 20, 2001
The President's words were blunt. He said America is a country awakened to danger and called to defend freedom. "Our grief has turned to anger, and anger to resolution. Whether we bring our enemies to justice, or bring justice to our enemies, justice will be done," he said. Mr. Bush was really speaking to two audiences: one domestic, and the other foreign. In a firm voice, he spoke to the Taleban rulers of Afghanistan. They have refused to turn over Saudi militant Osama bin Laden, the man the Bush administration says is the prime suspect in the case. The President called for the Taleban to deliver the leaders of the bin Laden organization to the United States and end all support for terrorism. "The Taleban must act and act immediately. They will hand over the terrorists, or they will share in their fate," he said. https://www.voanews.com/a/a-13-a-2001-09-21-14-bush-66411197/549664.htmlRead more September 21, 2001
"The Lives of the Prophets" is a series of lectures delivered by Anwar Al-Awlaki. It is the first such series produced in the English language. The author has done extensive research in the original Arabic resources. The series is based primarily on Ibn Kathir’s " Al-Bidayah wa-nihayah (The Beginning and the End)". Br. Al-Awlaki has done an excellent job of relying almost completely on the Quran, Hadith and statements of the Noble Companions. https://web.archive.org/web/20010927055722/http://www.al-basheer.com:80/Read more September 27, 2001
In an interview with National Geographic, Imam Anwar Al-Awlaki shares his perspective on the tragic events of September 11..." "My worry is that because of this conflict, the views of Osama bin Laden will become appealing to some of the population of the Muslim world. Never in the past were there any demonstrations raising the picture of Osama Bin Laden—it has just happened now. So Osama bin Laden, who was considered to be an extremist, radical in his views, could end up becoming mainstream. That's a very frightening thing, so the U.S. needs to be very careful and not have itself perceived as an enemy of Islam." "I'm sure that what I'm going to say next is going to be difficult for people who have lost loved ones, but I say that [military] force [as a response to the attack] would only suppress terrorism, but justice could eradicate it." https://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2001/09/0927_imampart1.html https://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2001/09/0927_imampart2.htmlRead more September 28, 2001
Military and support personnel gather at Centcom. In three months, the number of personnel working at CentCom increased threefold, to about 3,000, Dawson says. Initially, most were military personnel, though later, contractors would play a greater role. http://www.tampabay.com/news/military/macdill/centcoms-role-has-evolved-since-911/2293090Read more October 2001
From the book: War and Decision: Inside the Pentagon at the Dawn of the War on Terrorism by Douglas J. Feith..... Sultan Qaboos of Oman, speaking in October 2001 to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld: "He spoke of a great contest within the Muslim world – between fanatical Islamists, who inspired the terrorists with visions of a restored caliphate, and their opponents. ... Qaboos warned us against focusing our attention too narrowly on military objectives, for he thought that the outcome of the war might ultimately be decided in the world of ideas."Read more October 2001
On a radio show, Awlaki talked about Islam, the state of Islam post 911, and said that he believed more Muslims would be come politically active. Awlaki stated, "..as a community, we have been a little bit slow in going to that direction (political participation) but I think that's natural, its a new community... I think that these recent events are going to push the Muslims to the direction of more involvement, and more integration into this society." The show ended with Awlaki stating 3 frustrations the Muslim world has with America as being, US is unfair in Israeli-Palestine relations, Iraq Embargo, and USA support for dictators. Awlakis views are a good reflection of a thinking and educated Muslim in the USA.Read more October 23, 2001
By this very day, a great deal of surveillance has been completed on Anwar al-Awlaki, much of it revealing a mundane life of travel to and from home to mosque. Before closing the domestic file on Awlaki, the FBI made this interesting discovery, that must have left an impression on anyone reading Awlaki's file. While sitting in an Olive Garden restaurant, Anwar al-Awlaki was observed reading Samuel Huntington's book, titled Clash of Civilizations. According to the official record, Awlaki had recently been in Florida. One thing happening in Florida was intense preparation for the upcoming deployments to Afghanistan. If Awlaki had secretly been a contracted trainer for military deployments, he may very well have come into contact with an academic who explained that a lot of the philosophy behind Osama bin Laden and his Al Qaeda crew, could be explained by Samuel Huntington's book. Hence Awlaki's sudden interest. This book proposes that future conflict will be over people's cultural and religious identities. Huntington explains that non-Western countries are becoming modern while not becoming Western, and because of this, the West will need to maintain its military might in order to protect its interests in emerging nations. Also, it will require the West to develop a more profound understanding of the basic religious and philosophical assumptions underlying other civilizations and the ways in which people in those civilizations see their interests. If it is true that Anwar al-Awlaki believed in this book, then someone may very well have recruited Awlaki to produce propaganda that strengthens and not only educates on core Islamic values, but that also exploits and attempts to implode jihadists values. By doing so, Muslim civilization could prepare itself to become a constructive member of the global economy, but only if both the global jihadists and the global terrorist hunters can come to a truce and respect both geographic and cultural borders. Since the West always drags human rights and constitutionally based individual rights along with its economic ventures, the needle dips slightly toward a "Muslim" benefactor, as Awlaki's possible source of protection and operational funding. Awlaki's lectures while exploitive of other radical teachings, are at their core, Islamic and purist, though it is debatable as to whether any society in Islams history was truly Islamic in a balanced political and religious sense. In any case, these lectures would eventually be spliced and remixed into the most powerful jihadist recruiting propaganda blitz, the English speaking world ever experienced. And yet their greatest effect, would be on a minute but noticeable group of mentally weak, unstable, and hateful individuals, whose broken psychological states would find comfort in the highly engineered Awlaki propaganda, that taps on cognitive dissonance to create violent jihad. These lectures would in effect, find and purge evil, from within Islam, and expose these individuals for who they really are, concurrently giving cues to good Muslims, that the message is not for them. The timing of Awlaki indugling in this book is interesting, given that the 911 attacks were recent and many social experts on Islam were being tapped for assistance to the military effort in Afghanistan.Read more October 27, 2001
The first of several prostitutes was interviewed by "the writer" and an FBI Special Agent. Each subsequent encounter with a prostitute would be followed up within 1 or 2 days with an interview. This pattern of observation and interaction is unusual for a counterterrorism investigation, but it is documented as such. Interestingly, one of the prostitutes recounts that Awlaki says he often travels to Florida, and on those visits also purchases time with "escorts". The public record does not appear to have a "mosque" interest for Awlaki at this time in Florida, leaving one to wonder, if his Florida interest also rekindled his prostitute interest. Certainly at this time a massive number of linguists, specialists, and trainers are being assembled in Florida for the upcoming deployments to Afghanistan from Centcom, but no author has written about a connection between Awlaki and Centcom at this time. One possibile theory is that Awlaki was pocketing extra money for consultation work in Florida, possibly related to a Centcom contractor, and working around individuals who also indulge in prostitutes, that may have been called in due to the massive influx of personnel with high salaries. http://nsarchive.gwu.edu/NSAEBB/NSAEBB529-Anwar-al-Awlaki-File/Read more November 5, 2001
Awlaki appeared on an internet talk show, and one of the questioners asked about burqas, education, and killing in Islam. Awlaki's answer was as follows: "The imposing of the Burqa on women by a government never happened in the 1400 year history of the Muslim world. the Taliban have no precedence in this. The Prophet along with his companions who ruled over the Muslims after him never did that. According to Prophet Muhammad: Education is mandatory on every Muslim male and female" That is the teaching of Islam and if anyone does otherwise they have disobeyed the Prophet of Islam himself. About killing, the greatest sin in Islam after associating other gods besides Allah is killing an innocent soul. Thanks a lot. "Read more November 19, 2001
On this day, FBI surveillance observed Anwar al-Awlaki, at an Episcopal Church in Alexandria, Virginia. Shortly after, Awlaki visibly picked up a local newspaper called "The City Paper" at a Border's Book Store. This paper, notably had a call-girl section. What is interesting about this meeting is that Awlaki's very visible public display, of taking that "City Paper" and discarding it for all agents to see, suspiciously and very uncovertly happened after his church visit. The Episcopal Church in America is part of the Anglican Communion which is allied with the Church of England, which historically has always been an extension of the British government. http://www.thesmokinggun.com/file/awlaki-fbi-file?page=11Read more February 3, 2002
According to FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) ( http://nsarchive.gwu.edu/NSAEBB/NSAEBB529-Anwar-al-Awlaki-File/ ) requested documents, it is revealed that Awlaki was indulging in prostitutes while Agents were conducting surveillance, and an Executive Memo was the container for agent notification of FBI counsel, of this endeavor. While this seems a bit odd, the absence of actual format reporting appears to be an indication of a lack of desire to prosecute Awlaki, parallel to a strong desire to document. This theory is further reinforced by the refusal of the so called "writer" or Agent authoring the report, to (as reported) contact the "madame" who upon notification by said prostitute, offered assistance in the investigation.
So lets break that down... there is an investigation of a potential terrorist who gets a prostitute, and when the freaked out call girl tells her boss, the boss promptly calls the FBI offering more help, and the FBI says, "thanks but no thanks... no facts today, ma'am!"
This assistance may have been offered if the escort company employing the "madame" knew they had an "out". Additionally, the assistance may have been rejected, if the investigators, knew they were sticking their noses where the sun don't shine... namely, someone elses operation.
If some madames, had arrangements with contractors who were employing massive numbers of linguists temporarily stationed in the Virginia area for upcoming deployments to Afghanistan, the absense of "format-reporting" and the presence of "memos which can be kept in safes", is completely understandable.
Nevertheless, a true investigator would have accepted the information from an additional witness, to strengthen the case. Unless of course, the investigator knew, that speaking to the madame would bring rise to interference from higher government sources. The rejection as documented, highlights the investigator's lurid "desire to know" being more important than a desire to prosecute..
Confounding to any theory of what this memo really means, is the usage of the word "reprimanded" as a reference to how the "writer" or agent, communicated with the prostitute after the phone call from the madame. That's right, the actual report states that the assumed "investigating officer" REPRIMANDED the call-girl to not tell her boss what was going on!
One does not "reprimand" a witness, one "admonishes" a witness or requests them to not share information about an ongoing investigation. It is in fact "managers" not "investigators" who reprimand, thereby leading one to ponder on the thought, that a "manager" may have authored their own memo, without any true to life accounts of investigators or prostitutes! But that would mean the document was illegally represented as something it is not, so that likely is not the case, yet it leaves the mystery of the use of the word "reprimanded" instead of "admonished". This does not appear to be a mistake one investigator, who has no actual power to reprimand, could make on a true report. Of course another possibility is that the federal agent had visions of himself actually being a manager, by virtue of writing the reports, that he projected himself into this position mentally, thereby imagining himself to be a reprimander instead of an admonisher... perhaps.
The pattern of observation and interview of prostitutes, by the FBI appears to end with this encounter.
According to Judicial Watch, one day prior to this event, someone ran Awlaki's name yielding a request for a confidential contact with the FBI. https://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/07/anwar-al-awlaki-document/313696/ While it is easy to assume that the security guards at the Pentagon might do such a thing as standard fare, it is not as convincing that they would subordinate themselves to the FBI by following the posted guidance and allowing Mr Awlaki to speak to highly ranked officers in the Pentagon, just to keep FBI's secret. And yet, therein, he did go. The strange revelations from FOIA requests yielding surveillance reports placed on executive memos and not standard reports, coinciding with a lecture at the Pentagon, reveal a layer of intrigue that frames a curious character with an unconventional, multi-agency following. Nevertheless, soon after this event, locations that Awlaki frequented would be hit by search warrants and Mr Awlaki himself would slyly depart for England, where a future replay of just such a sequence would play itself out, with Al-Muhajiroun as the target.Read more February 5, 2002
MI5 recruited worshippers at Finsbury Park who opposed the hardline stance taken by controversial Muslim cleric Abu Hamza, who often leads prayers there, and asked them to help monitor the activities of extremists. Early last year the agents told their handlers that several groups had been taught to strip and reassemble Kalashnikovs in the mosque's basement. It was not clear if the guns were live or deactivated weapons, which can legally be owned in the UK. ...MI5 has been told by their agents that scores of young men were being sent from the mosque for training at camps in Afghanistan. They reported that consignments of supplies including radio and telecommunications equipment were dispatched to Pakistan for eventual distribution in the Afghan training camps allied to or run by al-Qaeda. They also revealed a complex operation run by some men attending the mosque to provide volunteers with false documents. Although the men recruited by MI5 were not directly involved in the logistics of supplying overseas Mujahideen, the operation was openly talked about at the mosque. The British sources said they had told MI5 that volunteers who had fought in Afghanistan for the Taliban or for Islamic militants in Chechnya and Algeria boasted at the mosque of battles they had taken part in. Many younger worshippers were deeply impressed by the 'war stories', the men said. https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2002/feb/17/terrorism.religionRead more February 17, 2002
Moinul Abedin was sentenced to 20 years for his role in a bomb plot. Co-conspirator Faisal Mostafa was released, despite being in possession of 4 computer disks containing, among other jihadists documents, the mujahideen's explosives hand book. Abedin's house contained HMTD, an explosive that years later would be sought after by Anwar al-Awlaki. Interestingly, Faisal Mostafa was arrested 3 times for terrorism suspicion and in a fourth incident, in later years, was caught staying up all night on the internet with an American 19 year old girl, as the over 50 year old man attempted to recruit her as a wife for a 45 year old ISIS member. Faisal was also known to be the boss of one Hamza Tzortzis whose role in an organization called IERA sought to propagate Dawah and Islamic instruction online, in a strange pursuit of "mosqueless dawah". Dissuading the 19 year old girl away from the local mosque was also the goal of Faisal Mostafa. As for Abedin's arrest, it raised new suspicions, about how deeply extremists, either acting on orders or independently, have penetrated Britain. https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2002/feb/28/stevenmorrisRead more February 28, 2002
Reportedly, Awlaki was upset at warrants served two days earlier on Wednesday at Islamic offices in a post 911 raid and expressed his anger in a Friday lecture at the Dar al Hijrah mosque. The strange thing is that Awlaki should have been unaware of the reasons for the warrants yet he did have a detailed list of the locations. He called the warrant serving, a "war against Muslims". At one point in the lecture, Awlaki begins to read a document written by someone else. This is clear, because he begins with "Dear Muslims..." and this immediately is suspect, since Awlaki is not an outsider to Islam. More revealing is when Awlaki mispronounces the word "faults" and says "folies" apparently trying to articulate "faults" typographically written as "faulis". The hadith informs that if a Muslim hides the faults of a Muslim in Dunya, then Allah will hide the Muslim's faults on the day of judgement. Its odd to use this for protection of criminal activity and is more of a relic than normal Islamic discourse and this is made obvious from Awlaki's fumbling of the script. Its an important moment because it demonstrates that early in Awlaki's career, he was utilizing strategic communication scripts from someone else. As well, the hadith he was unfamiliar with is common among radical salafists, but Awlaki was likely unaware of it, since a normal Imam would not offer such instigating propaganda in a typical mosque. Awlaki was encouraging active political support of Islamic leaders in their reaction to the warrants. Awlaki compared Muslims to the struggle by African American minorities and was encouraging Muslims to become more politically active as African Americans have done in the past, in the USA. This lecture shows that Awlaki wanted to use legal means to protest and to assist Muslims to gain political support and assertion of rights in America. Awlaki even called for a settling of differences among Muslim groups to form a political base to have a voice in America. But he was using ground breaking strategic communication research, clearly injected by someone else into his speech. One of the more powerful suspicions he brought up was the possibility that Congress could one day pass a bill to make Islam against the law. This is not the ramblings of a madman, instead this is a Muslim who is concerned that the Muslims he is speaking to are not preventing the human mistakes that the subjects of the search warrants evidently made. The effect of his "instigating speech" would be increased empowerment of Muslims and perhaps increased participation and accountability within Islamic organizations. These organizations would have provided both an outlet for the voice of Muslims as well as an assertion of how Muslims should exercise the role of responsible American citizen. But Awlaki would not remain to nurture his proposal, as his mastery of this small task, must have promoted him to a more important role abroad. http://ia600500.us.archive.org/34/items/Against/War.Against.mp3Read more March 22, 2002
In a light hearted conversation, Anwar tells his brother Ammar, that he plans to stay in America forever. Note that his radical speech was only one day before, yet he still loved America. Such a statement comes from feelings of success and empowerment leading one to believe that recent events must have made Awlaki feel particularly empowered and confident.Read more March 23, 2002
According to Jeremy Scahill, in his book Dirty Wars, a conversation between the Dar al Hijrah mosque Imam, Johari Abdul Malik and Anwar al-Awlaki involved Awlaki's desire not to have to talk about 911 all the time. Johari also mentioned that Awlaki was concerned about his prostitution case. But Awlaki adds into this conversation, that he would like to teach, preach, and have a Gulf television show and perhaps even run for Parliament in Yemen. Such a goal, of a Gulf TV show could not happen without a benefactor. Of course his father could get him into Parliament, but only a wealthy Gulf millionaire or power broker could produce the TV show. Which begs the question, when Malik informed Awlaki that the FBI wanted to talk to him (indicating they had not yet) and Awlaki's response was "That's not what I signed up for", well then, precisely what did Awlaki sign up for, being that his next stop, was London? And additionally, had Awlaki signed up for something else, perhaps in Florida, (*remember Awlaki indulged in escorts during his visits to Florida, with mysterious extra money) and was the FBI now simply bringing interference to an agenda that was already at work ?Read more March 2002
Awlaki now feels differently about remaining in America. Here is what happened according to reports, "I was told that the F.B.I. has a file on me, and this file could destroy my life. I’m now rethinking my options, and one of them might be as drastic as leaving the States." - note that he was told, he did not say that the FBI told him. And while it is true that the service he got his prostitutes from informed him of interest from the FBI, this is not the same as "having a file". While it may be true that Awlaki feared revelation of his extra-marital activities, it wasn't as if this activity in San Diego, was not already part of the public record. It was, and given his knowledge of the American legal system and his acute awareness of the FBI's desire to target radicals, the fact is that Awlaki was in the best of bargaining positions. After all, who better to find out more information about the recently targeted agencies, than him. So the matter of Awlaki leaving the country because of prostitutes is silly on its face. The supposition by author, Scott Shane that paying for prostitutes is un-Islamic, is a personal projection by Shane, that is out of place as an impartial author. The mention of an FBI file, to his brother is what is most intriguing. If a D.C. Madame had informed Awlaki that the FBI was asking questions, then this is what they were doing. Claiming that someone "has a file" is a statement only few people could assert. Also, this is not something that an FBI agent would say to a witness being asked questions. So, Awlaki's explanation to his brother, must mean that someone knew about his FBI file. This person would have to be high up in government to know this. Keep in mind that the Dar al-Hijrah group was full of government and other individuals who work in Virginia, and it was an internationally diverse crowd - a perfect place for a foreign recruiter or recruiter from a different agency. Most notably, being at Dar al-hijrah, one should recognize that as a Saudi supported mosque, it would have been unthinkable, for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to be unaware of such an exceptional English lecturer of Islamic doctrine. They always were aware and supported and promoted such individuals, wanting to have more English articulators of Islam, well funded and promoted throughout the world.Read more March 25, 2002 or thereabout
Mysteriously, Awlaki decides to leave the USA and his George Washington University PhD program. Years later author Scott Shane would theorize that shame over an "alleged" revelation to Awlaki over his prostitution activities would worry him, but for a purist Islamist like Awlaki this would have no effect, as evidenced by the Quran (http://islamawakened.com/quran/24/33/ , https://www.thereligionofpeace.com/pages/quran/temporary-marriage.aspx ) as well as by his future multiple marriages. Awlaki was running on the old Islamic beliefs in regard to marriage and "what the right hand possesses" aka prostitution. Awlaki was not adhering to a Western narrative in regard to his libido. But for author Scott Shane, the western projection of shame, appears to suffice. ref: Prostitution legal under Islam by Al Azhar scholar: https://sites.google.com/site/islamicscripturesunveiled/Home/slavery Another possibility left uninvestigated by Shane, is the great regret Awlaki felt for not being able to visit his "escorts" in Florida. With no known mosque relationship in Florida, Awlaki's travels to Florida and indulgences in Florida have been completely ignored and glossed over by other writers, as well as Scott Shane, even though those visits appear to have afforded him a little extra money and time to indulge in "escorts". Quite likely, the Florida visits, are no small matter.Read more March 2002
It is not until this date, that the FBI even thinks about prosecuting Awlaki for hiring prostitutes. If an opinion were handed down soon after, the right conditions would be laid for developing a cooperating defendant.Read more June, 2002
Many aren't aware that George Bush and Bandar bin Sultan are great friends. Both want the best for the Middle East. But one can not ignore the events surrounding John Negroponte and Anwar al-Awlaki, under the Bush administration, that allegedly also involved Bandar bin Sultan, according to author Jeremy Scahill. What process began under Bush, that developed into the spectre of droning Awlaki under Obama ? And was it the result of agreement or disagreement? ... continuity or disruption ? Prior to and after the publicized death of Awlaki, some Muslims complained that Awlaki should have been left alive for Muslim engagement with his violent rhetoric. Those voices were ignored.Read more August 27, 2002
A U.S. citizen was among those killed in the pilotless missile strike on suspected al-Qaida terrorists in Yemen Sunday, administration officials confirmed Thursday, adding a new element to an attack that reflects the evolving nature of the U.S. war on terrorism around the world. Ahmed Hijazi aka Kamal Derwish, and five other suspected al-Qaida operatives were killed by a five-foot long Hellfire missile shot from a remote controlled CIA Predator aircraft as they rode in a vehicle 100 miles east of the Yemeni capital, Sanaa. http://tech.mit.edu/V122/N54/long4-54.54w.htmlRead more October 7, 2002
The post 911 fervor of investigating Arabs misusing student Visa status had formerly resulted in an arrest warrant on Awlaki, originally issued via a diligent look into simple passport fraud, but it is suddenly rescinded, allowing Awlaki to re-enter the USA, apparently for one singular purpose.Read more October 9, 2002
Awlaki sits with Imam Ali Al Timimi, a man he never met before, and who will later be sentenced to life in prison for encouraging jihad.
Interestingly, at this time Timimi has numerous lectures that are radical in nature and an indication of what Awlaki will one day publish,
though Awlaki's presence seems odd to Timimi, who neither views Awlaki as a cohort, nor does he decide to confide in Awlaki, any information
about jihadists. "On the morning of October 10, 2002, FBI agent Ammerman told customs agents at JFK to let al-Awlaki go and within days,
Awlaki showed up at Timimi's Virginia home, reportedly asking him to help recruit young Muslim men for jihad. Timimi's defense attorneys say
their client turned him down, and during the trial, sought recordings of the conversation between al-Awlaki and Timimi, as the defense
attorneys alleged al-Awlaki was wearing a wire."
The sheer idiocy of an Awlaki who neither knew nor cared about Ali al-Timimi approaching Timimi for recruitment can not be underestimated, nor can the extreme banality of the possible scenario of a law enforcement agent, tasking Awlaki to infiltrate a terrorist, simply because they are both Muslims. It is a "wow" moment beyond belief that frames the 2002 pedestrian nature of radical Islamist targeting. -- http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/09/25/circuit-court-remands-terrorism-case-on-grounds-fbi-withheld-info-on-al-awlaki.html
Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri is apprehended in Dubai and held for four years in secret prisons. His capture, though a watershed achievement would result in an elongated military tribunal trial, still festering in conflict in 2017.
Awlaki departs for London.Read more 2002
Based on the concept of predictive policing, TIA aimed to gather detailed information about individuals in order to anticipate and prevent crimes before they are committedRead more February 2003
A Muslim cleric, Sheikh Abdullah el-Faisal, was today convicted of soliciting murder and inciting racial hatred, in the first prosecution of its kind in Britain. The Old Bailey jury found El-Faisal guilty of three charges relating to inciting racial hatred as well as three charges of soliciting murder. He was remanded in custody for sentencing on March 7. It was also the first time in more than 100 years that anyone had been charged under the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act of soliciting murder without a specific victim. https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2003/feb/24/race.worldRead more February 24, 2003
Ater years of lobbying and pressure from Ahmed Chalabi and Neoconservatives, the American President and Congress is ready to invade Iraq in order to topple the dictator Saddam Hussein. While Saddam has been a bit cagey on the world scene, manipulative under former sanctions, and compelled his own defense-military complex to create weapons of mass destruction, the success of such endeavors is still only suspected. While indeed Saddam is evil and has killed over one million of his own countrymen, his Baathist regime is evil, and his people suffer, it is also true that Saddam stands as a block against the spread of Iranian power, and toppling him is a sure fire way to unleash an imbalance in the Middle East that could marginalize Sunnis in their current location of Western Iraq, creating a Pan-shiite influence from Iran to Syria. Of course the Neo-Conservatives think Iraq, with all its oil wealth could become the next UAE. Arabs knew that was never going to happen.Read more March 2003
"The easy-to-make device, called "the mubtakkar", meaning "invention" or "initiative", represented a breakthrough in weapons technology that "was the equivalent of splitting the atom", Suskind writes. All previous efforts to use the deadly gas, similar to that used in Holocaust-era gas chambers, in mass attacks had failed. FBI spokesman Bill Carter said the bureau would have no comment on the excerpted material, and on today's CBS' Face the Nation, White House press secretary spokesman Tony Snow said: "I don't want to confirm or deny this particular story". A New York Police Department spokesman said authorities had known of the planned attack. "We were aware of the plot and took appropriate precaution," Paul Browne said yesterday. According to the Time report, President George W Bush was shown a model of the weapon in March 2003 and ordered alerts sent through the US government."
** While this intel that led to a book, can not really be proven to be true due to its origins from a shadowy source, it does show that real counter-terror intelligence professionals are now grinding an axe, for the ideas of Yusuf al-Ayeri, and indeed in mere months, Ayeri is killed. https://www.revolvy.com/main/index.php?s=Yusef%20al-Ayeri
Due to constitutional and privacy concerns, TIA is reworked as scrutiny continues... Eventually the project would be fully pushed into the NSA, instead of being an active component in crime prevention in the style of the movie, Minority Report.Read more May 2003
In this letter Ayeri recounts the fear of the crusaders against the Afghan Mujahideen, and informs Muslims that the crusaders are worried about the same thing in Iraq. A self created ideologue, Ayeri is becoming more prominent and getting himself noticed by intelligence analysts. Ayeri's death is reported in various sources as June 2003 and May 2004.Read more May 25, 2003
This document was published by The Centre for Islamic Research and Studies, an Al Qaeda publishing company, and it is written about in Townhall.com and mentioned here... http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/976932/posts
Yusuf al-Ayeri reflects on the Afghan conflict and offers the danger of the American presence in Iraq. While he hopes that the Americans will leave in defeat as the Russians left Afghanistan, he does note the importance of protecting Muslims from Democracy, even referencing the work of Samuel Zwemer as proof that the West seeks to convert Muslims into Christians. Ayeri is very concerned, that given the opportunity, Muslims would choose Democracy over sharia law and believes that if Iraq embraces Democracy, the entire Middle East might do the same too. Ayeri labels the threat to Muslims as "secularist democracy". The goal of democracy, according to Al Ayyeri, is to “make Muslims love this world, forget the next world, and abandon Jihad.” If established in any Muslim country for a reasonably long time, democracy could lead to economic prosperity which, in turn, would make Muslims “reluctant to die in martyrdom” in defence of their faith.
Anti-terrorism officers yesterday raided the British offices of the radical Islamic group Al-Muhajiroun, seizing documents and computers. Police also raided the homes of two of its leaders, Omar Bakri Muhammad, and Anjem Choudary.....After the raid the group said: "Al-Muhajiroun ... are known not to involve themselves in military activities or recruiting people for operations." https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2003/jul/31/terrorism.worldRead more July 31, 2003
Awlaki's lecture series, at a glance, seems innocuous enough, but listening closely, one discovers it includes dangerous interpretations of Islam. Within this lengthy lecture series is the following: "Rasool Allah saw went thru stages; he went through steps started by a secret dawah. And then it became public. And then later on Jihad." another clip is this: "There is a global culture that is being forced down the throats of everyone on the face of the earth. This global culture is protected and promoted. " * And these are not the only concerning excerpts. In essence, Awlaki appears to have been one-upping the radicalism of Al-Muhajiroun. And given the recency of 9/11, no doubt it was for the purpose of finding Muslims who want to join a "secret dawah" and who believe themselves to be offended by the onset of Western Culture, albeit in England! In contrast to the past FBI surveillance, that discovered Awlaki reading Samuel Huntington's "Clash of Civilizations" in an Olive Garden restaurant in Virginia, now in England, Awlaki was purposely bringing Huntington's theories to life.
The most significant point to make however, about a divisive Awlaki lecture, which was repeated numerous times in various settings, is that 2003 is still too recent after the 9/11 attack for any Imam to be saying such caustic remarks and stating that the caliphate should be re-established. For the time, this was "terrorist talk" that no Imam would engage in. Yet here was Awlaki doing just that in London, 2003. A practical thinking person might have to conclude, that someone hired Awlaki to hunt for terrorists. After all, halfway around the world, one Sheikh Feiz was doing the exact same thing as Anwar al-Awlaki and both, seemingly had the protection of the authorities.
Taking from a hadith, reported by Yusuf bin Mahk, regarding a witness to Aisha (https://sunnah.com/bukhari/66/15), Awlaki lectures on the Paradise and Fire. A lecture of this type, historically is given as a means of exerting control on Muslims. But in addition to wanting to control the Muslims he is lecturing to, Awlaki also wants to create envy and disdain. Awlaki does this by committing "takfir" when he proclaims that those Muslims not present and out enjoying Halloween are "in the hellfire". This is an important public moment for Awlaki because he basically uses his Islam, in an "us-them" context, to control the Muslims before him. The history of Islam offers the hadith of Aisha, to control Muslims by mentioning the afterlife, but the context of this is for a ruler or Mufti. Awlaki, by preaching in this manner, leans toward becoming a Khawarij and this manipulation of a minute number of Muslims, could artificially lead to an outcome of violent jihad. Awlaki is well aware that invoking the "Paradise and the Fire", creating an"us-them" outlook, then advancing to a self-aggrandizement of "Taifa al-Mansoura" is basically a step by step cult indoctrination technique. But since most people adapt peacefully to their environments, this process works only on those individuals who are emotionally detached from their surroundings, and those who are vigorously indoctrinated. Given his honorable and straightforward past, it is most certain that Awlaki's venture into perverting Islam, is an agenda coming from someone else. And it seems to begin, about right here...on Friday night, Halloween, 2003.Read more October 31, 2003
As early as 2003, for example, at the same time he was comparing the West to a stinking toilet, Feiz was regularly updating ASIO on his own congregation. Of course, normal Muslims protested and complained to the police department, reporting Feiz as an instigator. But ASIO would return the favour of Feiz's informing on others, by protecting him from what the sheikh alleged was police harassment. "I called ASIO and they stopped it," he said at the time. "I haven't had one problem since." The unfortunate scenario is that as Feiz creates dangers to the homeland, ASIO is protecting Feiz, apparently as a source of the very radicals he is creating! And strangely enough, this same process is occuring in London, between one Anwar al-Awlaki and the Home Office. http://www.smh.com.au/national/the-many-faces-of-sheikh-feiz-20130707-2pky1.htmlRead more Circa 2003
Aimen Dean, an infiltrator for the Home Office, reports that in 2003 he attended a lecture being given by Anwar al-Awlaki in a house, in Dudley. Before, during, and after the lecture, MI-5 was taking pictures of men coming and going from the house. Three of the eventual 7/7 bombers were in that lecture, according to Aimen Dean...Mr Dean told reporters that he had reported to his MI5 handler that all of those in the room could potentially become suicide bombers. Little other information is provided by Dean, in this news article, however, noting Awlaki's highly engineered propaganda, Constants on the Path of Jihad, a likely take on this lecture, was that Awlaki was promoting jihad abroad in other countries, like Afghanistan and Iraq, and the men attending were in agreement. The lecture could not have been about domestic attacks, otherwise Awlaki and the whole lot could have been arrested. The fact that Aimen Dean carefully parsed his words to not attribute to Awlaki at all, leaves one wondering if he is bound to some secrecy as to the true nature of Awlaki, at the precise time of 2003 in London. http://www.expressandstar.com/news/local-news/2015/04/04/77-bombers-attended-lecture-in-dudley/Read more Winter 2003
Awlaki participates in an East London Mosque lecture series. Awlaki is allegedly supporting a new activist UK non-profit group called Stop Police Terror. The intent is to create a Rapid Reaction Force and to "raise, lobby, inform, and create. It is a mix of military jargon and lobbying strategy that would support citizen activism to observe and document abuse giving legal credence to Muslim accusations of mistreatment by police. The group eventually becomes CAGE UK. The most interesting thing about Awlaki initiating an organized group in the UK, is that doing so abides by England's policy of wanting to engage radicals within the framework of the English government. In this case, if Stop Police Terror becomes an approved charity group, then all members are known and none are secret. This is in violation of strategies as previously layed out by Usama bin Laden. Despite these characteristics that almost paint him to be an infiltration of the London Islamist right wing, his time in London is used in popular news to paint a radical face on Awlaki as he continues to grow into a role of "arch-enemy" of the United States. During one speech at the East London Mosque, said to have been titled "Stop Police Terror" Awlaki advised Muslims to not turn fellow Muslims in, to the police if they are suspected of being terrorists. Recounting the story of 1 white and 3 black cows and the wolf, Awlaki used the story to encourage Muslim enmity with the police. Awlaki also used the same hadith he had used in the Dar al-hijrah mosque, but worded it differently this time. Awlaki stressed that parents should take proper care of their children so they will not leave Islam. Awlaki mentioned the large scale arrests of Muslims without charges, who need help from Muslims. More notably, he mentions Palestine, saying Muslims did nothing, and then also adds that other nations are entering into problems, including Kashmir, Chechnya, Philippines, and Iraq, while the Ummah does nothing. Awlaki warns that it will not end there, saying it will spread to other countries, naming only, "Syria". (at this point Iraq has been invaded and two weeks earlier, Saddam Hussein was captured) Morten Storm in his book, Agent Storm, notes that during Awlaki's stay in London, an East London Imam stated in reference to Awlaki, "he left the congregation all revved up with nowhere to go". This was a reference to Awlaki's activism against "the establishment". Yet, it was also known at this time that Awlaki's more private, invitation-only house lectures, were much more radical in nature. Morten Storm could not pin down the source of Awlaki's radicalism, but assumed it to be a mix of vendetta and Islamic zeal. In reality, Awlaki may have been engaging in a peculiar kind of "Agitprop" specifically guided by corrupting doctrines within Islam. A keen listener to Awlaki's lecture would notice a superficial radical edge, that hides his real intent. By creating a cognitive dissonance, Awlaki is actually dividing his listeners into a large group of critical thinkers who shun violent jihad and a tiny group of would be radicals who embrace it. Perhaps he invited the smaller group to his night time "house lectures". This "forced cognitive dissonance" is apparent in both his departing Dar al-Hijrah lecture and the East London Mosque lecture. It is a technique that Awlaki will continue to improve, though his motivations will continue to be suspect. http://archive.eastlondonmosque.org.uk/news/286Read more December 26, 2003
Norwegian researchers are studying a document found on the internet that analyzes Spanish politics and proscribes terrorist attacks against Spanish troops in Iraq, as a catalyst for Spain as well as other countries, such as England, to remove troops from Iraq. The document author gives praise to Yusuf al-Ayeri, reinforcing Ayeri's intent to attack Westerners in Saudi Arabia and Iraq, rather than the USA. But most importantly this document stresses attacks on Spanish troops in Iraq as a way to influence Spanish politics, but it does not specifically recommend attacks on people in Spain. http://www.historycommons.org/context.jsp?item=a031404elections http://www.globaljihad.net/?p=3986Read more December, 2003
The Treasury Department today announced that Shaykh Abd-al-Majid AL-ZINDANI, a loyalist to Usama bin Laden and supporter of al-Qaeda, has been designated by the United States as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under the authority of Executive Order 13224 and the International Emergency Economic Powers Act. His name will be submitted to the UN Security Council’s 1267 Committee’s consolidated list because of his support to bin Laden and al-Qaeda. https://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/js1190.aspx
The interesting thing about this announcement, is that it makes Anwar al-Awlaki, who allegedly used to sit on the board of a non-profit for Zindani, the perfect infiltrator of Zindani's students. Given open source information, it appears Awlaki does just that, setting himself up in Yemen, harvesting all the Western students at al-Iman University, and bringing them into his personal lectures, much like he did to indoctrinated youth, in London, in 2003.
The Al Qaeda inspired terrorist attack in Madrid kills 192 people and injured around 2,000. Pundits proclaim this is the advent of violent leaderless jihad, though others would later write that it is likely that Al Qaeda directed and commanded the attack.Read more March 11, 2004
"From available polls and anecdotal evidence, many Muslims are unhappy and angry about aspects of British and foreign policy, because they perceive it as biased against or unfair towards Muslims in the world. Palestine, the conflict in Iraq and Chechnya are just some of the issues. " http://www.globalsecurity.org/security/library/report/2004/muslimext-uk.htmRead more April 2004
http://image.guardian.co.uk/sys-files/Observer/documents/2005/09/04/Confidential.pdf This memo (published in 2005 by Martin Bright, in the guardian) discusses the possibility of importing Islamic infiltration methods from the Middle East to England. The confidential letter from the Foreign Office's top intelligence official, William Ehrman, to the government's security and intelligence co-ordinator, Sir David Omand, dated 23 April 2004, proposed that spies should infiltrate extremist websites posing as radicals and dissuade extremists from taking up arms. A few notable lines are as follows: " Dealing with Islamist extremism, the messages are more complex, the constituencies we would aim at are more difficult to identify, and greater damage could be done to the overall effort if links back to UK or US sources were revealed. The only sources that will be listened to are those with impeccable Muslims credentials. .......I believe SIS are already talking to their liaisons in the Arab world who are engaged in "hearts and minds" activity, to see what we can learn, and if we can help export models used by eg Egyptians or Saudis. We should recognise understanding of the ideological issues, and more potential conduits for the message, than we do-but there may be scope for channelling these efforts more productively. The McColl paper also mentions Cyberspace. I presume there are opportunities for engaging in the debates on Islamist websites, unattributably. But whoever was doing this would need a carefully worked out script. There may also be ways to disrupt or impede extremist websites. I hope some proposals on all this will emerge from the ongoing cross-government work on setting up better systems for monitoring websites. " William Ehrman ends the letter, requesting Sir David Omand to chair a meeting, to discuss with relevant agencies, a Hearts and Minds campaign on Muslims worldwide. ** Basically, what is emergent, is the need and a desire for a program like "The Awlaki Project".Read more April 23, 2004
Yusuf al-Ayeri is killed by Saudi Arabia Police. Yusuf al-Ayeri was one of two lieutenants of Osama bin Laden, in charge of domestic terror attacks in Saudi Arabia. He is allegedly the founder of AQAP, and represented a great threat to the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in that he desired to attack American interests in the kingdom. However, he did not directly threaten the people or government of Saudi Arabia. Al-Ayeri, represents that post-Afghan conflict thinking that is still confused over the necessity of the Saudi-American alliance, but seeks to right the wrongs of the rulers, by attacking the occupying infidel. https://www.clingendael.nl/sites/default/files/20070000_cdsp_article_meijer_salafi.pdf
* Beyond the short list of reporters/analysts selectively discovering Yusuf al-Ayeri, is the full breadth of his writings, which cover a lot of ground. Ayeri by recognizing the culture war that is being imposed upon Islam and noting the role of the British in completely upending Islam in favor of Democracy, could have become a threat to modernization in the Middle East. He had no illusions about how this will change Islam, yet Ayeri does not appear to begin advocating for bombings in the West. In actuality he merely seeks to push the West out of the Middle East and change the behavior of the rulers. But within his justifications is a condescention and vilification of moderates, or those individuals who fall under the umbrella of "Wasatiyya". Ayeri hates those who contemporize Islam, like encouraging voting, petitions, and political action in opposition to fundamentalist Islam. For some reason, Ayeri seems to be the turning point for Anwar al-Awlaki, who up to about 2004 could quite accurately be described as one of the "Wasatiyya". Yet Awlaki would go on to peculiarly adopt and selectively alter some of Ayeris writings.
"....Either we, as a state and as a people, are believers, and we are right — and therefore fighting and killing the [terrorists] is a commandment aimed at defending our monotheistic religion and our dear people — or they, Heaven forfend, are the believers, and we, as a state and as a people, are the mistaken ones, and they have the right to kill us — women, children, elderly, and our guests. If we [decide upon one] of the options, the picture will become clearer, and we will be divided into two parts: The first [includes those] who are with us, as a Muslim state ruling according to the law of Allah, and as a people believing in the law of Allah and in the way [Sunnah] of His Prophet. The second [includes] those who deviate from the religion. We, as a state and as a people, must insist that all choose between the truth, in which we believe, and the lie, which we think that those who deviate [from the religion] are advocating. In my opinion, with all due modesty and respect, our honorable clerics must call for the ruler to declare Jihad against these deviants, and give him [i.e., the ruler] complete support in this matter, and be determined about it, since whoever keeps silent [and refrains from speaking about] the truth is a mute Satan....." - an excerpt from the full article. Bandar bin Sultan was proposing that the kingdom of Saudi Arabia declare jihad on the jihadists. While this might run afoul of international relations regarding human rights, it was nevertheless, an excellent expression of the frustration that the Saudi Kingdom felt in its continuing struggle to prevent revolution in their own country as well as prevent jihad, in others.Read more June 6, 2004
Awlaki begins lecturing at Imam University in Sanaa, Yemen, a school led by Abdul Majeed al-Zindani. Zindani is a known supporter to Al Qaeda at this time. It is important to remember that Awlaki could have done anything. His father was a tribal leader and close to the government. A future job in a ministry or as a head of some department could well have been in the works for Anwar, but instead he chose to lecture on Islam, where one of the worlds most important supporters of Al Qaeda was located, and who had just been designated a global terrorist.
"Sheik Abdul al-Zindani of Yemen who founded and runs the al-Man University has been designated as a sponsor of Al-Qaeda by UN 1267 Sanctions Committee, yet President Saleh has not frozen his assets, and or barred him from traveling. Whats worse is that some of his students were implicated in the attack on the Cole, and one of his most infamous graduates was the American traitor John Walker Lindh. He is still spewing out his hate filled sermons about Jews and American. He has recently been behind efforts to build Jihad Camps for wanted be terrorists to go and fight against Israel. "
Anwar al-Awlaki says repeatedly to family members, "Thank God I am an American Citizen and I have a second home to go back to if things go wrong in Yemen." This statement, recounted by a New York Times article (https://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/30/magazine/the-lessons-of-anwar-al-awlaki.html) points out that whatever Awlaki's true nature is in Yemen, his explanation to his family, is likely not the entire truth of the matter. Nevertheless, whatever the true nature of his mission in Yemen, Awlaki, at this point knows he is a patriot, and can return to his home country, the USA.Read more 2004
Management of Savagery discusses the need to create and manage nationalist and religious resentment and violence in order to create long-term propaganda opportunities for jihadist groups. Notably, Naji discusses the value of provoking military responses from superpowers in order to recruit and train guerilla fighters and to create martyrs. Naji suggests that a long-lasting strategy of attrition will reveal fundamental weaknesses in the ability of superpowers to defeat committed jihadists. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Management_of_SavageryRead more 2004
American intelligence and law enforcement agencies are investigating the possibility that Ahmad Chalabi, the former Iraqi exile leader, was used by Iranian intelligence to feed Washington false information on Iraq, with the goal of tricking America into deposing Saddam Hussein, Iran’s archenemy, several intelligence sources have confirmed. Chalabi, once the darling of the Bush administration’s hawkish wing, has been under a cloud of suspicion for the past two weeks, since the Pentagon cut off its funding to his organization, and Iraqi security forces raided his Baghdad home and offices May 20. The New York Times reported Wednesday that American intelligence officials believe Chalabi informed an Iranian official that the United States had broken the secret communications code of Tehran’s intelligence service. Read more: http://forward.com/culture/5758/intel-agencies-fear-iran-used-chalabi-to-lure-us-i/#ixzz492Q8dIyg Read more: http://forward.com/culture/5758/intel-agencies-fear-iran-used-chalabi-to-lure-us-i/#ixzz492OFML3qRead more June 2004
A new Australian Law, prosecutes a subject if, "the person intentionally associates with another person who is a member of, or a person who promotes or directs the activities of, a terrorist organization." https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/ng-interactive/2015/oct/19/all-of-australias-national-security-changes-since-911-in-a-timelineRead more June 2004
Samir Khan begins his blogger blog and here is his bio: "Humanity is in need of a Just Social Order; a way of life that protects men and women from the deceptions that this world can trap one into. In order to truly bring about this 'Renaissance' within the fixed area of man's existance, we must turn to the root of the different philosophies that man offered to the world; from there do we then choose the revolution which will bring about this great change. For this reason, I am in complete agreement with the Islamic Revolution brought about by Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). With his revolution, was the human changed not only externally, but also internally; it was the absolute greatest internal revolution which led to the spreading of Islam, not by the sword, but by the hearts! Conquering a land is easy, but conquering a heart... well, you will need one heck of a philosophy! I humbly welcome you to my blog."Read more November 2004
A scholarly paper written by James A. Russell and William D. Casebeer explains....
"Myth creation usually involves the effective use of narrative. As we formulate an “affective
strategy,” we should keep the elements of a narrative in mind, for it is only by disrupting the story
that you can interfere with myth creation. Good stories need protagonists, antagonists, tests for
the protagonist, a promise of redemption, and a supporting cast of characters (at the very least).
Disrupting al Qaeda’s foundational myth may involve undermining the belief that we are the
antagonists in the narrative bin Laden is constructing."
-- The unfortunate reality, of the quote from this scholarly article - http://www.au.af.mil/au/awc/awcgate/nps/casebeer_mar05.pdf is that redefining heroism in Islam with less violence, is propaganda and simply not permissible under the American Constitution. An additional conundrum is that "undermining the belief that we are the antagonists" means "proving the belief that we are the victims" and this concept as a central theme to any operation would be by definition, heinous and a gross violation of human rights. And yet, a knowledgeable Muslim like Awlaki, playing his role as an Arab in Yemen, independently and not a part of anyone's military project and not hired by Ali Saleh to undermine AQAP, is better situated to become the VNSA (Violent Non State Actor) that just like in the Algerian experience with GIA, becomes so violent, that, not just MOST of Muslims reject him, but eventually ALL OF MUSLIMS, reject him. If Awlaki by himself, used this document to build his persona, or worse, involved a team to assist him with "making Islam the villain and the West, its victims", then all are possibly guilty of crimes against humanity.
Because this paper is so unique in its declared solution to Islamic radicalism, and because Awlaki is so unique in his license to create new narratives as a pretend "Islamic Scholar", it stands to reason that Awlaki was directed by someone who read this research article, or Awlaki directly read it and acted upon it himself. No Muslim would do what Awlaki did and no Muslim in the history of Islam did what Awlaki did. By the time 2008 came about, Awlaki's Hearts and Minds speech was an assertive admission that having read RAND's "Civil Democratic Islam" as well as the Pentagon's Quadrennial Defense Review, Awlaki was a voracious reader and consumer of American Military Strategy against the Islamic threat. His resulting apostatic Islamic persona, then becomes proof, that his true doctrine was not "real Islam" but instead, the use of American military strategy, against America itself, even if doing so violated the historical and established tenets of Islam, and even if it caused irreparable damage to geopolitical relations between the Middle East and the West.
The vast majority of suicide attackers in Iraq are thought to be foreigners — mostly Saudis and other Gulf Arabs — and the trend has become more pronounced this year with North Africans also streaming in to carry out deadly missions, U.S. and Iraqi officials say. Authorities have found little evidence that Iraqis have been behind the near-daily stream of suicide attacks over the past six months, U.S. and Iraqi intelligence officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the subject's sensitivity. http://www.nbcnews.com/id/8420885/ns/world_news-mideast_n_africa/t/most-suicide-bombers-iraq-are-foreigners/#.WaR2rfkrI-U ** One of the most important reasons for this is tribal sensibilities regarding revenge. If suicide bombers were domestic than blood money would be demanded locally, and that could complicate things politically for Al Qaeda members. As a trivial point of intelligence, knowledge of this fact makes any imported jihadist more than welcome to join Al Qaeda. This motivation would not go unnoticed by Awlaki.Read more July 1, 2005
In an article published September 5, 2011, Singapore Minister Mentor Lee Juan Yew refuted Wikileaks assertion from alleged release of a US cable, that he had called Islam a Venemous religion. He stated at that time-July 2005, "“I did talk about extremist terrorists like the Jemaah Islamiyah group and the jihadist preachers who brainwashed them,” said Lee. “They are implacable in wanting to put down all who do not agree with them. So their Islam is a perverted version, which the overwhelming majority of Muslims in Singapore do not subscribe to.” https://sg.news.yahoo.com/lee-kuan-yew-refutes-wikileaks-claim.html What is really fascinating however, is that the information released by Wikileaks reveals the advice Mr Yew provided to then Senator Clinton and Rep. Rangel in July 2005. This advice held that Egypt should not be pushed too vigorously toward Democracy otherwise the radicals would take charge. He adviced very much against a "one man - one vote" model and suggested that many Middle Eastern countries prefer the Singapore model of Muslim Democracy. Surprisingly, when Senator Clinton became Secretary of State Clinton, this advice was pushed aside. Obama vigorously demanded that the Muslim Brotherhood be allowed Democratic participation in Egypt, and as Mr Yew predicted, the radicals became in charge of Egypt, violence escalated dramatically, sharia law ensued. The people then, had to throw the Muslim Brotherhood out of office. So the question remains, why did Secretary Clinton allow President Obama to ignore the wise advice of Mr Yew, and proceed to throw Egypt into revolutionary chaos? https://asiancorrespondent.com/2011/09/wikileaks-cable-lee-kuan-yew-calls-islam-a-venomous-religion/#k7L4UctP2liAug35.97Read more July 6, 2005
2005 7 July: 7/7 central London bombings conducted by four separate Islamist extremist suicide bombers, which targeted civilians using the public transport system during the morning rush hour. Three bombs were detonated on three separate trains on the London Underground and one on a double-decker bus. 56 people were killed and 700 were injured. It was the UK's worst terrorist incident since the 1988 Lockerbie bombing and the first Islamist suicide attack in the country, resulting in massive death and injury. It would also be the last, for several years. Given the atrocity of the attack, now a means must be developed to rid Britain of its jihadists.Read more July 7, 2005
Al-Muhajiroun (Arabic: المهاجرون, The Emigrants) is a banned terrorist Salafi jihadist organisation that is based in the United Kingdom and which has been linked to international terrorism, homophobia, and antisemitism. The group operated in the United Kingdom from 14 January 1986 until the British Government announced an intended ban in August 2005. The group became notorious for its September 2002 conference, "The Magnificent 19", praising the September 11, 2001 attacks. The group mutates periodically so as to evade the law; it then operates under different aliases. It was proscribed under the UK Terrorism Act 2000 on 14 January 2010 together with four other organisations including Islam4UK, and again in 2014 as "Need4Khilafah". Al-Muhajiroun has also run a Lahore safe house for visiting British Muslims https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-MuhajirounRead more August, 2005
The author of “Constants,” Yusuf al-Ayeri, died in 2004, but Awlaki presents the work of Ayeri the first Al-Qaeda leader in Saudi Arabia, who constantly used the internet to recruit youth for Al Qaeda. Awlaki used this work as an ideological weapon, pointed squarely at the West. Awlaki fostered a cognitive dissonance that shuns the average sane Muslim who will readily be repulsed by the perversions of Islamic sensibilities, but correspondingly seek out heinous individuals who will find themselves drawn to violence against the West in the name of Islam. One clue as to his intent is at 2:30 in the first recording, that declares that Ayeri, was killed by the "security forces of the Arabian peninsula." The truth is, he was killed by Saudi Arabian Police and the avoidance of saying so, literally underscores, at least in this moment, the strong desire of Awlaki, not to offend the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Awlaki declared that Ayeri studied in the "university of prison", which is a strange foreboding of his Yemeni jail stay during which he would study radical Islamic books. Awlaki also declares that one of the "variables" in Islam is the way a Khalifah is chosen and again this foretells the role of Awlaki doctrine for the future evolution of ISIS. Most damning, Awlaki declares that all "terrorism" is actually "jihad", a declaration that would surely make any Islamic scholar cringe. Another mistake is in the first recording during which he confuses "fighting" for "jihad" in reference to Quran 2/216. Perhaps Awlaki was intentionally changing the doctrine of Islam and misleading his audience from Ayeri's actual document, for a specific purpose. It truly is impossible for an Imam to make this mistake. Without a doubt it was intentional. Perhaps the answer to this mystery is vested with two issues: First, the addition of a story titled "People of the Ditch" or "The King and the Boy" was NOT used in quite the same manner as Yusuf Al Ayeri did, but using this story to promote jihad is odd since the true to history event, was about a Jewish King who killed Christians in Yemen and the ensuing takeover of Yemen by Christians. It was Christians who were steadfast in their belief, not Muslims and this event was in the early 6th century, late enough for witnesses to recount the story to Muhammad. So its use to promote Jihad for Islam is a bit condescending. Second, the English speaking 3rd party, who wrote the document about Awlaki's lecture and called himself "Mujahid Fe Sabeelillah" is an unknown entity. Possibly this person coached Awlaki on the cognitive effect called CONTEXTUAL IMPLICATION, since Awlaki would go on to perfect this technique, as he crafted his doctrine from all four schools of Islamic Sunni thought, collating these ideas into a narrative that armed Awlaki to indoctrinate future radicals, many of whom would, die, kill, engage in warfare, or be put into prison, in the coming years. So the sum of these two things is that a Christian influence, possibly one quite knowledgable of one Samuel Zwemer and his effect on Yusuf al-Ayeri, has hijacked Ayeri in order to mute the revolutionary overtones of his propaganda. Taken in this light, the weird alteration of Ayeri begins to make sense, as more of an "infiltration" agenda rather than a true to life "jihadist" agenda.
One notable trait of the uploaded lecture series, is that the visual cover attributes the lecture to "Ibn Nasser". Recognizing Anwar al-Awlaki, by his father's name, is a bit unusual, but if the technician preparing the excerpt, were a government employee, say, in the Yemen Intelligence Bureau, recognizing Awlaki by his father, who was a Yemen Government Minister, would be appropriate, under that circumstance. http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/ quran_2216_commentary
"The Foreign Office's top official warned Downing Street that the Iraq war was contributing to Muslim extremism in Britain a year before the 7 July bombings". A leak of a May 2004 letter shows that the British Government's policy in Iraq, was fueling recruitment for Hizbut Tahrir and Al-Muhajiroon, and proposes that young Muslims have more input on foreign policy issues, through active participation in a democratic process. 11 possible "work streams" were recommended to discourage extremism, but this letter does highlight the possibility, that the upcoming lecture, released by Anwar al-Awlaki, persuading young Muslims to leave Europe and travel to Afghanistan and Iraq, may have been one contribution, in the fight against domestic terrorism in England. Unfortunately, by possibly teaming up with Yemen, England may have pushed jihadists out of their own country into Iraq, only to send killer suicide bombers into militias who are loathe to use locals as suicide bombers because of tribal sensibilities. As the USA discovers this connection, plans are made to mute Awlaki, a US citizen who has transformed into a traitorous agent of a foreign power, causing the deaths of US soldiers. The ensuing narrative simply exacerbates the problem of Islamist propagandizing, whether executed as an infiltration plan or genuine madness... it is lethal to civilized people in either situation! https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2005/aug/28/uk.iraqRead more August 2005
British soldiers have been caught posing as Arabs and shooting Iraqis in the occupied city of Basra in southern Iraq. A group of them was caught yesterday by Iraqi police. They were driving an Iraqi car, wearing Arab clothing, and carrying weapons and explosives. ** If nothing else, this little incident blatantly exposes "incitement to violence" as a critical resource in England's agenda against Islamism, that so threatens to destabilize, not just Iraq, but their homeland. http://www.theinsider.org/news/article.asp?id=1556Read more September 2005
According to leaked correspondence by Derek Pasquill (https://www.theguardian.com/media/2008/jan/09/pressandpublishing.freedomofinformation) and an article by Guardian reporter Martin Bright, British intelligence officers planned a 'black propaganda' campaign against Islamic extremists, infiltrating their groups through the internet, documents leaked to The Observer reveal. Details of the proposals, contained in a letter from the head of the intelligence arm of the Foreign Office, will cause widespread alarm within government. The letter reveals that the FCO planned to spread anti-Western propaganda as a way of gaining the trust of Islamic extremists and then arguing that violence was not the way forward. ** The funny thing about such a naive agenda, is that history, by way of the assassination of Farag Foda years ago, has demonstrated that a Muslim voice taking leadership and challenging Islamism in favor of secularism and human rights, will soon be assassinated. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2005/sep/04/uk.Whitehall
* A learned psychologist quite likely would have suggested a different agenda than one that would have an ideologue that changes opinion swinging from a lamp post. A better bet, would be a purist Islamist who pushes so much violence that Muslims themselves begin to reject actual verses in the Quran that are used by radical Islamic jihadists. But such a program would surely have to cause actual deaths in order to be convincing and to give rise to an organic movement among Muslims, to reject violent jihad. After all, this was the basic process of the infiltration of the GIA in 1994 and 1995. And many people died.
At this point, it is useful to glance backwards and see what has become of Anwar al-Awlaki in the past 3 years. Cases involving an Agent Provocateur, are affected by the British Case Law "Regina v Shannon, which asserted that the UK has no defence for entrapment. Also asserted, was "if a police informant acting on his own initiative incited or entrapped someone into committing an offence, that would not provide the basis of the exclusion of evidence of the offence. He would not be acting for the police and would be in the same position as anyone unconnected with the police. " What is interesting here, is that Awlaki could well have been an "informant" for the UK, though not in a specific sense. Therefore if he acted "on his own" to incite Muslims toward obvious acts leading to terrorism, all the courts needed to do was provide a fair trial. So while Awlaki's actions seem to be an alchemical culmination of knowledge and experience from various sources including the government, terrorism research, radical doctrine and historical Islam itself, the obstacle of statutory law is easily remedied, if Anwar al-Awlaki simply emerges as a self motivated actor. By creatively triggering jihadists in Europe (that assumably you are already watching!), Police agencies can find visible acts of probable cause to lead to detention and/or arrest. In fact, in the UK hundreds of persons have been arrested in suspicion of terrorism with very few actually charged (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/3290383.stm) and this is a tribute to the use of Agents like Anwar al-Awlaki who freely create probable cause but leave in their wake, unprosecutable cases. In the United States however, something different happens.
The long standing use of "undercover operations" comparable to the shunned European "Agent Provocateur" techniques, eventually leads to a watershed of robust terrorism cases rather than flimsy terrorism arrests, because Awlaki is such an unusually effective Agent of Instigation providing a torrent of material that incriminates ignorant Muslims and especially "new Muslims". Additionally, the October 2011 Letter to John Brennan, eventually results in a blindfold being placed on FBI agents that prevents them from discerning any difference between real islam and Awlaki's invented "radical doctrine." Awlaki's lectures bear little similarity to past Islamic preachers but since most indoctrinees have no Islamic role models his similarity to 1970's style Cult Recruiters becomes a pseudo-Islam for his targeted audience. Most Muslims ignore Awlaki because his teachings run contrary to their life experiences, but ignorant Muslims and non-Muslims are hard pressed to tell the differences. Confounding the matter was a vast infusion of Islamic Fundamentalist internet propaganda, that SELECTIVELY bridged the gap between moderate ignorance of Islam and Awlaki's Radical Islamic ideas. The proof this concept would work was warned against years before when RAND strongly warned that US funding should not support the categorized FUNDAMENTALIST due to its leanings toward historical violence. In fact, the MERCIFUL SERVANT project emerged directly from London, possibly with funding from Qatar. For some Muslims, the step up to youtube-infused Fundamentalism (like Merciful Servant) was no more a step to rise, than the following step, into Awlaki's mutated interpretations of Islam, especially if one was acutely attracted to violence. And the absence of Mosque-socialization for the "internet created Awlaki Muslim", resulted in an almost perfect bastardization of misfits, for the purpose of the so called "Lone-Wolf Jihad" https://www.criminallawandjustice.co.uk/features/Approaching-Allegations-Entrapment-Part-I http://swarb.co.uk/regina-v-shannon-also-known-as-alford-cacd-11-oct-2000/
It was established in 2005 by King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. The first secretary general of the SNSC was Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the former Saudi Ambassador to the United States. The assistant secretary general of the SNSC was Prince Salman bin Sultan until 6 August 2013. The council was abolished by King Salman on 29 January 2015. The original members included: Chairman : King Abdullah, Deputy Chairman : Crown Prince Salman, Secretary General : Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Minister of Foreign Affairs : Prince Saud bin Faisal, General Intelligence President : Prince Khalid bin Bandar, National Guard Minister : Prince Mutaib bin Abdullah, Minister of Interior : Prince Mohammed bin NayefRead more October 16, 2005
The Haditha killings (also called the Haditha massacre or the Haditha incident) refers to the November 19, 2005, incident in which a group of United States Marines killed 24 unarmed Iraqi civilians. The killings occurred in Haditha, a city in Iraq's western province of Al Anbar. Among the dead were men, women, children and elderly people, who were shot multiple times at close range while unarmed. It was alleged that the killings were a retribution for the attack on a convoy of Marines with an improvised explosive device that killed Lance Corporal Miguel Terrazas. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haditha_massacre
This attack would later be utilized as a reason for derailing a new SOF (status of forces) agreement to keep large numbers of American troops in Iraq. The ease with which forces were reduced literally opened the floodgates to the eventual growth of ISIS.
Osama bin Laden states in no uncertain terms, that the fight between America and the mujahideen is to the death. And because bin Laden says that he will financially exhaust the United States the way he did Russia, it is clear that bin Laden will sacrifice all of his men for this fight. This creates the need for a new approach toward finding and eliminating the threat of Usama bin Laden.Read more January 2006
It follows that a comprehensive U.S. strategy needs to move beyond the boundaries of conventional counter- terrorism theory and practice to address the ideological and political factors that motivate much of the threat. Such a strategy would have three main elements: 1)Attack the ideological underpinnings of global jihadism. 2) Seek to sever the links — ideological and otherwise — between terrorist clusters and the global jihad. 3) Strengthen the capabilities of frontline states and moderate civil society groups to counter local jihadist threats. The war on terror at its most fundamental level goes to the war of ideas. The goal is to deny extremists the high ground of Islamic politicoreligious discourse, which has been adroitly exploited by al-Qaeda to further the appeal of its own radical and absolutist rhetoric.-- Since the terrorists justify their operations by branding the governments under attack as “apostate” governments aligned with the United States, the United States has a political need to reduce its footprint in counterterrorism as much as possible. --Because many terrorist groups operate in ungoverned areas, the capabilities of governments with imperfect control over their territories should be strengthened to enable them to assert authority over those areas. Terrorists also take advantage of porous and poorly monitored borders to move personnel, equipment, and funds, so governments’ ability to monitor and control their borders should be strengthened. -- [A hodgepodge of good ideas, that seemingly don't fit together all that well, unless... you look at Yemen!] http://www.rand.org/pubs/monographs/MG429.htmlRead more 2006
Perhaps it was the efficiency with which, his speeches, recruited suicide bombers into Iraq, or the radical lectures Awlaki presented in London, to Islamic youth. Or perhaps Anwar al-Awlaki is the manifestation of William Ehrman's request for Sir David Omand to chair a meeting, to discuss with relevant agencies, a Hearts and Minds campaign on Muslims worldwide. But whatever it was, the Washington office of FBI conducts this investigation per: William Webster commission report on events at Ft. Hood.Read more January 2006
According to VICE.com an FBI investigation was opened on Samir Khan in January 2006Read more January 2006
A powerful bomb shattered the golden dome at one of Iraq's most revered Shiite shrines on Wednesday morning, setting off a day of sectarian fury in which mobs formed across Iraq to chant for revenge and attacked dozens of Sunni mosques. The bombing, at the Askariya Shrine in Samarra, 60 miles north of Baghdad, wounded no one but left the famous golden dome at the site in ruins. The shrine is central to one of the most dearly held beliefs of Shiite Islam, and the bombing, coming after two days of bloody attacks that have left dozens of Shiite civilians dead, ignited a nationwide outpouring of rage and panic that seemed to bring Iraq closer than ever to outright civil war. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/23/world/23iraq.htmlRead more February 2006
Awlaki had an Australian-Polish friend named Abdul Malik who purposely sought out foreign Muslims living in Sanaa and attending Al-Iman University. Malik's real name was Marek Samulski. It was Samulski who introduced Storm to Awlaki. Eventually Awlaki and the recruited "Westerners in Sanaa" would meet regularly with Awlaki, as Awlaki's harvested crew of would be Western radicals.Read more Early 2006
On 02/03/2006 USA filed an official request to Yemen to extradite Abdul Majeed al-Zindani but the Yemeni authorities refused unless USA provided clear substantial evidence for al-Zindani involvement in financing terror. While Zindani's role in the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole is a priority for US involvement in Yemen, perhaps President Saleh is not keen on the idea of the United States believing their Yemen mission to be accomplished. http://www.globaljihad.net/?p=3992Read more February 3, 2006
The international crime-fighting organization (Interpol) said Sunday at least 13 of the 23 who escaped Friday were "convicted al Qaeda terrorists, some of whom were involved in attacks on U.S. and French ships in 2000 and 2002." "Al Qaeda terrorists have been deemed a serious threat to the entire world community by the U.N. Security Council, by Interpol and by a wide range of countries," Interpol Secretary General Ronald K. Noble said in the statement. They escaped via a 140-meter (150-yard) -long tunnel "dug by the prisoners and co-conspirators outside," Interpol said. http://edition.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/meast/02/05/cole.escape/index.html?iref=newssearchRead more February 5, 2006
In a fundraising speech at a pro-Hamas conference in Yemen, Yemenite cleric Abd Al-Majid Al-Zindani, who heads the Al-Iman Islamic University, praised Palestinian suicide bombers and exhorted the crowd to donate to Hamas, collecting millions of riyals. https://www.memri.org/reports/bin-laden-loyalist-wanted-us-yemenite-sheikh-abd-al-majid-al-zindani-support-palestinianRead more March, 2006
"US national security strategy calls for the use of military force to shape cultures beyond US borders. However, the relationship between the use of force and changes in cultural processes is poorly understood. Operationalizing culture as socially transmitted behavior, and treating culture systematically using open systems theory, best allows us to understand the perils and prospects of acting upon culture with force." It is likely, that Anwar al-Awlaki's voracious appetite for American Defense Research, led him to this article, assisting him in guiding the development of his special brand of Islamic propaganda.Read more March, 2006
Exerpts from bin Laden's April 2006 speech: "What does the destruction of the infrastructure in Iraq mean and the tragedy that befell them mean? And the use of depleted uranium, besieging Iraq for years, causing the death of more than one million children which amazed all who had visited Iraq, including the Westerners themselves? It is a malicious crusade against Muslims. What does the reoccupation of Iraq mean by using lies and deception along with murder, destruction, detention, torture and creation of huge military bases to dominate the whole region? It is a Zionist crusade against Muslims. What about the continuous cultural domination through the setting up of radio stations and TV channels along with the Voice of America, London and others to continue the cultural domination of Muslims, combat our beliefs, change our values, encourage vice and even interfere with school curricula? How can we explain France's stance on the headscarf and the banning on wearing it at schools, its relentless dealing with the Muslim community and its plan to establish a TV channel in Morocco to combat Islamic awareness there? This is a Zionist-Crusader war. In conclusion, a war is under way to offend the messenger of Allah, his religion and his Umma (nation). The Muslim preparedness and their jihad should be on a par with these events. The duty of our Muslim nation over this Crusaders' campaign with its different aspects is to focus on supporting the prophet, his religion and the Umma to the best of our ability in all fields. Despite the numerous Crusader attacks against our Muslim nation in military, economic, cultural and moral aspects, but the gravest of them all is the attack against our religion, our prophet and the our Sharia tenets. The epicentre of these wars is Baghdad, the seat of the khalifate rule. They keep reiterating that success in Baghdad will be success for the US, failure in Iraq the failure of the US. Their defeat in Iraq will mean defeat in all their wars and a beginning to the receding of their Zionist-Crusader tide against us. Your mujahidin sons and brothers in Iraq have taught the US a hard lesson while in the fourth year of the Crusaders' invasion, they are steadfast and patient and keep killing and wounding enemy soldiers every day. It is a duty for the Umma with all its categories, men, women and youths, to give away themselves, their money, experiences and all types of material support, enough to establish jihad in the fields of jihad particularly in Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan, Sudan, Kashmir and Chechnya. Jihad today is an imperative for every Muslim. The Umma will commit sin if it did not provide adequate material support for jihad." http://www.satp.org/satporgtp/countries/pakistan/document/papers/Transcript_osama.htmRead more April 2006
On 7 April 2006, the Westminster University Islamic Society held their annual dinner entitled ‘Clash of Civilisations: Myth or Reality?’ The event schedule included a video link up with Awlaki. source: https://www.hsdl.org/c/anwar-al-awlaki-exporting-jihad/Read more April 7, 2006
The San Diego office of FBI conducts this investigation per: William Webster commission report on events at Ft. Hood. Whisperingly echoing the declaration of John Negroponte, the US government renews its suspicion, that Awlaki could have a negative effect on young people, the FBI continues an investigation that will onde day, fail to investigate Major Nidalhasan, a man who would yet become radicalized by Awlaki and commit fratricide upon his peers, in a jihadist fit of rage. While it is theoretically plausible that Negroponte's request to imprison Awlaki and this FBI investigation, are products of the numerous European suicide bombers that were instigated to attack Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan, because of the Awlaki lecture, "Constants on the Path of Jihad" and other propaganda, it remains enormously baffling, how the FBI never got the memo of these known dangers at this point in time, from John Negroponte. The unfortunate disconnect would eventually result in the FBI Washington Field Office refusing to investigate communications between Nidalhasan and Awlaki because the communication was deemed to be a "religious question". Of course everyone knows that all jihadist plots to attack America, are in fact, religious conversations, questions, and answers, because that is how they are framed, by all Islamic jihadists that commit violence. The only real question is, why didn't the WFO know this at the time the San Diego office asked for assistance?Read more April 2006
The beginning of Minh Quang Pham's descent into Islamic radicalism begins by ceremoniously going cold turkey on his drugs and alcohol habits, and agreeing to travel on a dawah trip with Tableeghi Jamaat to Bangladesh. Some experts would come to believe in future years that members of Tableeghi Jamaat are vulnerable to terrorist recruitment. Awlaki's first notoriously public lecture was to a South African Tableeghi Jamaat audience in South Africa in December 2007 and later, Pham would be one of the five radicals residing in Awlaki's house as an alleged member of Awlaki's global jihadist conspiracy. https://www.counterextremism.com/extremists/minh-quang-phamRead more April 2006
Morten Storm, who had previously hosted many Awlaki study sessions, is surprised to learn of Awlaki arrest in Yemen. By now, Storm had married his Yemeni wife and planned to go to Somalia for jihad.Read more August 2006
This explanation is from CAGEUK: "In August 2006 Al-Awlaki was grabbed by Yemeni security. He was held and tortured for more than a year as part of a ‘secret investigation.’ Yemeni officials said they arrested Al-Awlaki with a group of five Yemenis suspected of kidnapping a Shi'ite teenager for money. Al-Awlaki was accused of being the group’s spiritual leader and putting out a religious ruling that said it was okay to kidnap foreigners and rich Yemenis. He was released without trial after a year in prison." But this explanation makes no sense. Yemen is a tribal population. Anwar al-Awlaki is a son to a tribal leader and any affront to a shiite tribe by a sunni tribal member of prominence would immediately elicit a response involving many people. Also, the wealth and privilege that Awlaki has access to, because of his family ties, make kidnapping a wholly unnecessary activity. Further yet, if Awlaki wanted to kidnap a shiite, given his childhood friendship to Ahmed Ali Saleh, the son of President Ali Abdullah Saleh (ref: page 156 https://books.google.ca/books?id=MdbVDAAAQBAJ), such a matter would likely fall into Awlaki's favor.Read more August 2006
According to Jeremy Scahill, in his book, "Dirty Wars", a conversation is revealed from a source, in which John Negroponte, the DNI at the time, informed the Yemen ambassador that Awlaki should be locked up, because America does not want him to influence young people. What is so odd about this request, is that DNI's do not normally ask for the constitutional rights of American citizens to be violated. But also, at that particular time, most of Awlaki's activity appears to have supported the creation of visible political activity in London, and in Yemen, Awlaki simply was gathering Westerners studying Islam at al-Iman University to meet, segregated from the rest of the al-Iman students. One possibile explanation of this encounter, is that in the Middle East the "Intelligence Agencies" do have power over people and sometimes quite draconian and unaccounted power, so in terms of "equals" speaking to each other, this conversation may have been for the explicit benefit of selling a policy position, to Yemen Intelligence at the behest of another agency, possibly Saudi Intelligence, who also had a representative at the meeting. Quite clearly, the most damning indictment on Negroponte, is that if it is true that AMERICA FEELS AWLAKI IS A RADICAL THREAT, why is it, so many years later that, THE FBI REFUSED TO INVESTIGATE MAJOR NIDALHASAN WHO WAS TRIGGERED BY AWLAKIS DOCTRINAL TEACHINGS ? In the future, Awlaki's lectures are in fact deemed damaging and inflammatory but this would not be publicly revealed until after his incarceration and his resulting internet activities. One lecture, titled Constants on the Path to Jihad seems to be a purposeful contortion of Islamic doctrine and rationalization of a book by a Saudi Arabian radical, who was a grave threat to the Saudi Kingdom. But Yusuf al-Ayeri became a threat outside of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, only after Anwar al-Awlaki re-interpreted al-Ayeri's writings, using them to compel British Muslims into the war arenas of Iraq and Afghanistan, where some became suicide bombers.Read more August 2006
The Interior Ministry said four bombers were killed when security forces blew up four rigged cars at dawn before they reached their targets. A guard was also killed. There was no damage to the state-owned facilities, the ministry added. Yemen, a minor oil producer, is the ancestral home of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and has been battling militants for years. "The Interior Ministry foiled early this morning two terrorist attacks involving four cars that targeted an oil exporting terminal in Hadramout and an oil refinery and gas production unit in Marib," said an official statement. The attempted attacks occurred east of the capital Sanaa.Read more September 2006
Posted on the propaganda site pureislam.co.za, an account of Awlaki's alleged arrest reads as follows: In the early hours of 17 October 2006, a Yemeni secret police raid swept up eight foreigners living in Sana'a, under surveillance by the CIA and British intelligence, and at least 12 other men across Yemen. Yemeni authorities say they “dismantled an al-Qa'ida cell and disrupted a gun-running ring to neighbouring Somalia”. It was later reported that the key to the raids was Shaikh Anwar Al Awlaki - identified in the media as 'Abu Atiq' - who was arrested six weeks before the October 17 raid. Media reports allege of his role in a foiled plot to bomb oil and gas facilities in Yemen. Further media allegations assert that Shaikh Anwar is a protege of Shaikh Abdul al-Majid al-Zindani of the Al Eman University in San’a. Shaikh Zindani is listed as a “terrorist” by the US. Shaikh Anwar is believed to be held in Central Security Prison in San'a. Locals in Sanaa say that two stories of the complex above ground sit above eight stories underground, where torture rooms and darkened cells are often used. Western officials and aid groups are adamant that torture is regularly used in Yemen on alleged terror suspects, or political prisoners. https://web.archive.org/web/20080423002358/ http://www.pureislam.co.za:80/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=54&Itemid=1 ** Note the difference between the two stories provided by CageUK and PureIslam website. This highlights the propagandistic nature of Awlaki's online persona and possibly disproves both stories as nothing but fabrications, yet this remains evidence of two independent organizations with a communications failure, appearing to facilitate Awlaki.Read more October 17, 2006
Nawaf Obaid writes, in the Washington Post, on November 29, 2006,............ "February 2003, a month before the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, the Saudi foreign minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal, warned President Bush that he would be "solving one problem and creating five more" if he removed Saddam Hussein by force. Had Bush heeded his advice, Iraq would not now be on the brink of full-blown civil war and disintegration. One hopes he won't make the same mistake again by ignoring the counsel of Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States, Prince Turki al-Faisal, who said in a speech last month that "since America came into Iraq uninvited, it should not leave Iraq uninvited." If it does, one of the first consequences will be massive Saudi intervention to stop Iranian-backed Shiite militias from butchering Iraqi Sunnis........ There is reason to believe that the Bush administration, despite domestic pressure, will heed Saudi Arabia's advice. Vice President Cheney's visit to Riyadh last week to discuss the situation (there were no other stops on his marathon journey) underlines the preeminence of Saudi Arabia in the region and its importance to U.S. strategy in Iraq. But if a phased troop withdrawal does begin, the violence will escalate dramatically. In this case, remaining on the sidelines would be unacceptable to Saudi Arabia. To turn a blind eye to the massacre of Iraqi Sunnis would be to abandon the principles upon which the kingdom was founded. It would undermine Saudi Arabia's credibility in the Sunni world and would be a capitulation to Iran's militarist actions in the region. To be sure, Saudi engagement in Iraq carries great risks -- it could spark a regional war. So be it: The consequences of inaction are far worse." http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/11/28/AR2006112801277.htmlRead more November 2006
Marek Samulski, Awlaki's Australian co-recruiter of Westerners, AKA Abdul Malik, along with Mohammed and Abdullah Ayub are arrested in Yemen, for suspicion of running guns to Al Qaeda. Eventually all will be released. http://www.news.com.au/national/brothers-cleared-on-terrorism-charges/story-e6frfkwi-1111112627004Read more November 4, 2006
"Imam Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen has been arrested and detained in Yemen since August 31, 2006......In the early hours of October 17, a Yemeni secret police raid swept up eight foreigners living in Sana’a, under surveillance by the CIA and British intelligence, and at least 12 other men across Yemen. Yemeni authorities insist they dismantled an al-Qa’ida cell and disrupted a gun-running ring to neighbouring Somalia." https://ifyokoye.com/2006/11/08/anwar-al-awlaki-jailed/Read more November 8, 2006
On a Yemen forum, an individual states on November 14, 2006, that Anwar al-Awlaki was arrested yesterday. It may be nothing however, as culturally, sometimes "yesterday" could mean a longer period, ago. http://www.ye1.org/forum/threads/161708/Read more November 14, 2006
According to openly released documents, "It is unknown at this time whether the interview will take one or two days or if a polygraph will be conducted. Specific requests from San Diego will be made after approval for access to AULAQI is obtained from Yemen officials" http://nsarchive.gwu.edu/NSAEBB/NSAEBB529-Anwar-al-Awlaki-File/Read more December, 2006
Awlaki is imprisoned with one of AQAP's top Shariah officials, Harith bin Ghazi al-Nadhari, who later brags in an article, that Awlaki was in control of an interrogation done up on him by Americans. In fact, al-Nadhari is so impressed with Anwar al-Awlaki that AQAP rolls out the red carpet for Awlaki, and the rest is history. The funny thing about this infiltration of al-Nadhari, is that in order to believe it, as al-Nadhari did, one would have to actually believe that 5 years after 9/11 the FBI actually had questions to ask Awlaki, that they needed to fly to Yemen to have answered, even though Awlaki was free and accessible for years after the event, in both America and England. The fact of the matter is, while maybe he was just a "bad guy" the sum of things is that, in 2003 Awlaki appeared to be serving the interests of England by harvesting radicals during daytime lectures and collecting them in one place for night time lectures the home office could monitor. In 2004 Awlaki served the interests of Australia by providing a focal point in Yemen, for Aussie imports who traveled to study under Zindani. In 2005 Awlaki served the interests of England by creating a lecture series entitled Constants on the Path of Jihad that convinced radical Islamists to travel to Iraq and Afghanistan, where they unfortunately-blew up a lot of Americans and Muslims too. Then in 2006 Awlaki had an opportunity to serve the interests of Yemen by infiltrating Al Qaeda after a nasty jail break, while Ali Saleh pretended to assist the United States. Spending 2007 in "prison", in 2008 Awlaki's blog is attracting attention and his instigation of suicide bombers is gaining increasing clarity among US analysts. In 2009 he assists England with the rescinding of section 44 of the UK Terrorism law of 2000 by creating a small pamphlet of 44 ways to do jihad which is in reality, 44 ways to get noticed, discovered, and reported to the authorities. In 2010 Awlaki verified the United State's worst fears by publishing a pdf magazine (with the help of a patsy who mysteriously evaded certain arrest by traveling to Yemen via Qatar) that would go on to instigate numerous killings and death, all of which attacks, could have been predicted, had law enforcement taken the propaganda more seriously. Unfortunately, numerous innocent people were killed as a result of Awlaki propaganda and most regrettably, no discernible thought reformation occured among English speaking Muslims, as a result of Awlaki's violent propaganda. Quite justifiably, in 2011 Awlaki is said to have been droned and killed. Strangely his son and daughter would disappear as well, allegedly into drone strikes as well.Read more 2006
Allah is Preparing Us for Victory
In this 2006 sermon entitled, “Allah is Preparing us for Victory,” al-Awlaki said that robbery and extortion of non-Muslims was the strategy the Islamic Prophet Mohammed prescribed for conducting Jihad, the central mission of Islam. Al-Awlaki said: “Leave the farming to the people of the book [Jews and Christians], you go and spread the religion of Allah [through jihad]; they will farm and they will feed you; they will pay Jizya [extra tax], they will pay Kharaaj [tribute], if the sustenance of the Prophet Mohammed was through Ghaneema [plunder] it must be the best and better than farming, business, shepherding and better than anything else because Mohammed said: ‘My sustenance comes beneath the shadow of my spear.’” Awlaki also discusses how war in Iraq and Afghanistan will bankrupt the United States and confirms this strategy. Mysteriously, reports are that Anwar al-Awlaki was imprisoned for 18 months. Awlaki was released in December 2007. This speech appears to have been released in December 2006, yet an 18 month imprisonment means that Awlaki made this speech and released the speech, from prison. Equally as puzzling, is that now open source records reveal the possibility that FBI agents visiting Yemen, may have been planning to bring a polygrapher. So while there is ample evidence to suggest that Awlaki was on a path of radicalism inciting violence and perhaps deserved prison, why would a polygraph be needed for a simple interview which if genuine, would be adversarial at the very least ?
Aside from the great polygraph mystery is yet another one involving the following excerpt from the lecture:
"Abu Sufyan sent a letter to Abu Jahl - who was now the head of the army - telling him to go back to Makkah as the caravan is safe and that he was able to evade the Muslims. But Abu Jahl said, "No, we are going to go and fight them! We are going to go to Badr and we are going to (6:59)party there for three days and we are going to drink wine and women are going to sing for us and we want all the 'Arabs to hear about our expedition and to know that Quraysh cannot be humiliated." We want people to know about our maseer (meaning:fate) So we're gonna party there for three days so that the news will spread all over Arabia FOR PEOPLE TO KNOW, NOT TO PLAY WITH QURAYSH AGAIN."
Now, the funny thing is, that this last statement is not a normal enunciation of Islamic history. To say, "not to play with Quraysh again" is to emulate rap singers with their fanciful rhetoric that mixes the word "play" with forms of conflict. For example, in the rap song called "Don't Play with Me" by Big Ed https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcUfI_LWLEA , one can hear the type of rhetoric that Awlaki is presently engaged in. This 2000 Album, SPECIAL FORCES, remained popular for years, inevitably among American soldiers, priming their minds for battle. So it adds even more to the mystery! Since none of Awlaki's lectures before this point indicated any type of street rhetoric as this. In addition, the use of irony and injecting into the historical story, that "we want people to know about our fate" is an ironic setup, more akin to a novel writer than to an Islamic scholar.
Awlaki would not have picked up these rhetorical tools, in a Yemen prison.
So...... where is this mysterious new style coming from and why is Awlaki using verbage that will subtly be recognized by young people, especially in the West, yet shunned by normal Muslims who know a few things about Islam and have access to scholarly sources like an Imam in a mosque ?
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has persuaded John D. Negroponte to leave his post as director of national intelligence and come to the State Department as her deputy, government officials said last night. Negroponte's move would fill a crucial hole on Rice's team. She has been without a deputy since Robert B. Zoellick left in July for a Wall Street firm. It also comes as President Bush plans to announce a new Iraq strategy; as former Iraq envoy, Negroponte would be expected to play a major role in implementing that plan in his new role. Negroponte's decision to step down as the nation's top spy for a sub-Cabinet position marks a sudden reversal. Rice had earlier sought to recruit Negroponte -- as well as other high-profile figures -- for the job, but last month he insisted he was staying at his post. "In my own mind at least, I visualize staying . . . through the end of this administration, and then I think probably that'll be about the right time to pack it in," he told C-SPAN in an interview broadcast Dec. 3. "I've pulled together a very good team, and they've stayed with me for the past 18 months," he said, "and I hope they'll stay with me as long as I'm in the job." http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/03/AR2007010301527.htmlRead more January 2007
"Good evening. Tonight in Iraq, the armed forces of the United States are engaged in a struggle that will determine the direction of the global war on terror - and our safety here at home. The new strategy I outline tonight will change America's course in Iraq, and help us succeed in the fight against terror. When I addressed you just over a year ago, nearly 12 million Iraqis had cast their ballots for a unified and democratic nation. The elections of 2005 were a stunning achievement. We thought that these elections would bring the Iraqis together - and that as we trained Iraqi security forces, we could accomplish our mission with fewer American troops. But in 2006, the opposite happened. The violence in Iraq - particularly in Baghdad - overwhelmed the political gains the Iraqis had made. Al Qaeda terrorists and Sunni insurgents recognized the mortal danger that Iraq's elections posed for their cause. And they responded with outrageous acts of murder aimed at innocent Iraqis. ....Failure in Iraq would be a disaster for the United States. The consequences of failure are clear: Radical Islamic extremists would grow — would — would grow in strength and gain new recruits. They would be in a better position to topple moderate governments, create chaos in the region and use oil revenues to fund their ambitions. Iran would be emboldened in its pursuit of nuclear weapons. Our enemies would have a safe haven from which to plan and launch attacks on the American people. On Sept. 11, 2001, we saw what a refuge for extremists on the other side of the world could bring to the streets of our own cities. For the safety of our people, America must succeed in Iraq." ** The interesting thing about this speech is that it literally predicted ISIS and the events of the Obama administration. Not only did the predictions of Mr Bush come true, but once again the Islamists, as with Afghanistan and 9/11, did in fact use Syria, to bring violence back to the streets of Western Europe and the United States. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/11/us/11ptext.htmlRead more January 11, 2007
In January 2007, an encryption program called Mujahideen Secrets 1 was released on the Web site of Al-Ekhlaas, a purported terrorist websiteRead more January 2007
In 2007, a box set of 16 DVDs of Mohammed's sermons, called the Death Series, became a focus of attention of the Attorney-General of Australia. The DVDs urge young Muslims to kill infidel non-believers and sacrifice their lives for Allah. It says the children should be taught that there is "nothing more beloved to me than wanting to die as a Muhajid [holy warrior]," and that the parents should "put in their soft, tender heart the zeal of jihad and the love of martyrdom", preach jihad.Read more January 2007
Barack Obama, a senator from Illinois, announces his candidacy for President of the United States. His long standing opposition and scrutiny of the Iraq war, helps him to coalesce an anti-war political support, along with the celebratory fervor of possibly electing America's first African American president. Additionally this combines with an economic malaise and unregulated fiasco from wall street in regard to the housing market. All things considered, he will be hard to beat.Read more February 2007
Peter Bergen and Paul Cruickshank authored an article citing the increase of worldwide terrorism... excerpt: "Our study shows that the Iraq War has generated a stunning sevenfold increase in the yearly rate of fatal jihadist attacks, amounting to literally hundreds of additional terrorist attacks and thousands of civilian lives lost; even when terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan is excluded, fatal attacks in the rest of the world have increased by more than one-third." ... http://truth-out.org/archive/component/k2/item/68973:the-iraq-effect-war-has-increased-terrorism-sevenfold-worldwideRead more February 21, 2007
In a binge of bacon and beer, Morton Storm discards Islam, and begins his career as a spy into the radical movement he obsessively and formerly, had embraced.Read more Spring 2007
Washington D.C. Real estate records show that in 2007 a man named Ahmed Ali Saleh bought four condominiums in a luxury building in Friendship Heights, right near one of the capital’s swankiest shopping areas. He paid $5.5 million — in cash — for the condos. He also owns a property assessed at about $220,000 in Fairfax, Virginia, bought in the 1990s. http://foreignpolicy.com/2011/10/18/luxury-condo-for-saleh-or-rent/Read more Mid 2007
John Negroponte steps down as DNI and takes the position of Deputy Secretary of State. As recounted in an article by Seymour Hersh, titled "The Redirection", "The former senior intelligence official also told me that Negroponte did not want a repeat of his experience in the Reagan Administration, when he served as Ambassador to Honduras. “Negroponte said, ‘No way. I’m not going down that road again, with the N.S.C. running operations off the books, with no finding.’ “ (In the case of covert C.I.A. operations, the President must issue a written finding and inform Congress.) Negroponte stayed on as Deputy Secretary of State, he added, because “he believes he can influence the government in a positive way.” The government consultant said that Negroponte shared the White House’s policy goals but “wanted to do it by the book.” The Pentagon consultant also told me that “there was a sense at the senior-ranks level that he wasn’t fully on board with the more adventurous clandestine initiatives.” It was also true, he said, that Negroponte “had problems with this Rube Goldberg policy contraption for fixing the Middle East.”Read more February 2007
In an audio recording posted on a “jihadi” website, Yusuf al-Ayiri the al-Qaeda ideologist and media coordinator who was killed in a security manhunt in Hayil (northern Saudi Arabia) in 2003, gives “new recruits” a lecture on tactics of structuring terror groups in the form of cells or “clusters”. Al-Ayiri explained that both subtypes share the quality of being able to multiply and split into more than one group and cluster, all with separate leadership and unknown to the other cells. Each is headed by an “Amir” who is nominated to lead a limited number of individuals in his cell. This was the organizational pattern adopted by groups hunted down by Saudi authorities, according to the statement of the Interior Ministry which announced on 27April the uncovering of the largest terrorist plot in the Kingdom. The statement said seven separate cells were busted with a total of 172 members from Saudi Arabia and elsewhere. They were united ideologically but split organizationally. In the recording–its exact date is not known– al-Ayiri explains that the key point is to protect the secrecy of the cells in case some are exposed and their members arrested. Each cell has no knowledge about the other dispersed cells that can then begin to change their movements and their locations as soon as an announcement is made about the exposure of one of those groups. Al-Ayiri exhorted the youth listening to his lessons to preserve the secrecy of the personal data of the Amir who makes the recruitments and limit themselves to questions about details of the plan and assignments, without enquiring about family, children or private contact numbers. http://english.aawsat.com/2007/04/article55262869/yusuf-al-ayiri-al-qaedas-voice-from-the-graveRead more June 2007
Major Nidal Hasan presented a power point presentation to colleagues at Walter Reed Hospital, titled, "The Koranic World View As It Relates to Muslims in the U.S. Military." His beliefs culminate with the proposal to allow Muslim soldiers to abstain from battle by receiving the label of conscientious objector. While his doctrine-based presentation should have set off alarm bells, not wanting to criticize, his colleagues apparently did little to alert superiors to the mental conflict that appeared to be brewing in Major Hasan's mind. Although it is said they did speak with each other, reflecting on the possibility that Hasan was mentally unfit to be a psychiatrist and whether he might commit fratricide....which he later did. http://www.nbcnews.com/id/33753461/ns/us_news-tragedy_at_fort_hood/t/clear-warning-signs-hasans-colleagues-say/#.VztHheSKZYA http://video.foxnews.com/v/2663135028001/nidal-hasans-june-2007-grand-rounds-presentation-part-1/?#sp=show-clipsRead more June 2007
Morten Storm, working as a spy into Al Shabaab, infiltrates Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame, and attempts to raise funds for Warsame in mosques.Read more Summer 2007
About 45% of all foreign militants targeting U.S. troops and Iraqi civilians and security forces are from Saudi Arabia; 15% are from Syria and Lebanon; and 10% are from North Africa, according to official U.S. military figures made available to The Times by the senior officer. Nearly half of the 135 foreigners in U.S. detention facilities in Iraq are Saudis, he said. http://articles.latimes.com/2007/jul/15/world/fg-saudi15Read more July 15, 2007
Possibly in recognition of recent reports informing that almost half of suicide bombers in Iraq are from Saudi Arabia..... Saudi Mufti Sheikh Abd Al-'Aziz bin Abdallah Aal Al-Sheikh issued a fatwa prohibiting Saudi youth from engaging in jihad abroad. In his fatwa, he stated that setting forth to wage jihad without authorization by the ruler is a serious transgression, and that young Saudis who do so are being misled by suspicious elements from both the East and the West who are exploiting them in order to accomplish their own aims, and who are actually causing serious damage to Saudi Arabia, Islam, and the Muslims. Its an important moment because now, Saudi Arabia in its virtual role as the Islamic "ruler" has now pulled itself out of the business of sanctioning "vacation jihad" as had been done in previous conflicts, like the Afghan war. Therefore, anyone lecturing to Muslims, issuing an Islamic Call to War, would certainly be, by Islamic Standards, an apostate or Khawarij, and absolutely a criminal. Islamically speaking, this is a very important point, because in the history of Islam, declaring war without the sanction of a ruler would have resulted in an almost certain, death sentence.Read more October 5, 2007
Anwar al-Awlaki is allegedly released from a Yemeni Prison on December 12, 2007Read more December 12, 2007
Awlaki tells Storm that he was in solitary confinement for nine months. Awlaki soon starts expounding on the merits of Syed Qutb, to Storm. Storm notes that Awlaki seemed paranoid. Awlaki mentioned to Storm that he pushed a "CIA" officer into a chair as a protest. Interestingly, the accounts others have published, which were drawn from INSPIRE magazine, said this incident involved an FBI agent, not a CIA agent. In any case, Awlaki explained to Storm that jihad was necessary to overthrow President Saleh. Awlaki also talked of the army of 12,000 from Abyan.Read more December, 2007
Al-Ekhlas Announces New Version of "Mujahideen Secrets" Software http://www.memrijttm.org/al-ekhlas-announces-new-version-of-mujahideen-secrets-software.htmlRead more January 14, 2008
In January 2008, Storm decided to introduce Awlaki to Warsame. This is the Awlaki link between Al-Shabaab and AQAP. Awlaki and Warsame exchanged emails so they could communicate later. As for Storm, he and Awlaki agreed to communicate by using a draft folder on one email account, a clever mechanism meant to avoid detection by the intelligence agencies. Interestingly, this is the same mechanism David Petraeus used to communicate with Paula Broadwell on a gmail account.Read more January, 2008
Washington Post article by Susan Schmidt is published on February 27, 2008 Included in the text is the following, "In several terrorism cases in Britain and Canada over the past 18 months, investigators found in the private computer files of some suspects transcripts and audio files of lectures by Aulaqi promoting the strategies of a key al-Qaeda military commander, the late Yusef al-Ayeri, a Saudi known as "Swift Sword.....There is good reason to believe Anwar Aulaqi has been involved in very serious terrorist activities since leaving the United States, including plotting attacks against America and our allies," said a U.S. counterterrorism official who spoke on the condition of anonymity." -But was this really true and if not, what might the real nature have been of that leak, to a news reporter ? The fact that Awlaki's lectures vacated numerous jihadists from Europe into Iraq, transforming them into murderous jihadists and suicide bombers, surely was the motivation for asking Yemen to imprison Awlaki,(per author Jeremy Scahill) but now, this leak to the Washington Post appears to be opening up old information on Awlaki, to a new audience, that formerly was very unaware of his radicalizing activities from 2003 to the present. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/02/26/AR2008022603267_pf.htmlRead more February 2008
On February 18, 2008 (https://web.archive.org/web/20080218163656/http://www.pureislam.co.za:80/) archive.org catches a snapshot of the Awlaki propaganda website based on a South African URL, pureislam.co.za. The website has not yet been created but by April 2008 (https://web.archive.org/web/20080420062026/http://pureislam.co.za:80/) content, including pdf's called "As Sahwah" and a brief allegation of how Awlaki was arrested, are posted online.Read more February 18, 2008
On February 14, 2008 an interview of Anwar al-Awlaki was released to youtube and in May 2008 Anwar al-Awlaki placed a link to the interview on his blog. While highly suspicious, because Awlaki's family is one of the Yemen elite, on its face, the interview evokes the mystique that Awlaki was locked up at the behest of America due to "unknown charges", unjustly, and is articulated in a way that brings doubt on both America as a possible catalyst for Awlaki's imprisonment as well as Awlaki's honesty in telling his story. Nevertheless, it would be used now and in the future to create a story of persecution of a Muslim, that was unjustified, thereby giving rise to jihadist intentions by those who do not need more evidence or a more clear explanation of Awlaki's "alleged" imprisonment. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROhTRg1I1c4 http://cryptome.org/anwar-alawlaki/08-0505.htm https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtu0IwS0hh0Read more February 2008
Anwar al-Awlaki met with Morten Storm, and Storm's wife, in a new Toyota Land Cruiser. Awlaki also sported a new Jambiya dagger. This indicated Awlaki had come into money, somehow. Awlaki studied greatly over Islamic texts but was hypocritical at home, allowing his new young wife to watch soap operas on TV. Anwar also showed off his Western acclimation by letting his wife continue watching TV as he would prepare meals for his guests, himself.Read more February 2008
"According to the current National Security Strategy, the global war on terror is a specific focus for national security. While billions have been spent prosecuting some aspects of this war (for example, by attacking state sponsors of terrorism), other aspects have been neglected. Here, I argue that grand counter-terrorism strategy would benefit from a comprehensive consideration of the stories terrorists tell." By this time, Awlaki was well on his way, implementing Casebeer's prior research. It is quite likely that Awlaki read this research report, and acted accordingly, not only increasing the effectiveness of his propaganda, but also laying a foundation, for the future literary writing technique of ISIS, and its future propaganda.Read more February 2008
The Battle of Hearts and Minds
Reflective of the "Hearts and Minds and Muslims Memo from William Ehrman to David Omand" from September 2004 (https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2005/sep/04/uk.Whitehall), This story is an odd reflection on Pentagon strategy and Awlaki proposes to counter American efforts to battle radicalism in Islam. It was a lecture originally broadcast to South America where the population of Tablighi Jamaat is very high, via phone. Interestingly, the entire event featured Awlaki, Moulana Farhad Dockrat, Abu Yusuf Bilal Ismail, and Abdullah Faysal who years before had insulted Awlaki, accusing Awlaki of preaching CIA Islam. Here now in this lecture, Awlaki was finally preaching "Faysal" Islam, in that it instigated hatred and distrust of the West, just like Faysal has made a career of doing (for some unknown funder). After the lectures, internet analysis revealed a heightened internet interest in Anwar al-Awlaki for months. At 49:08 Awlaki alludes to the Syrian Project which later would be known as the Gulf State desired "Salafist Principality". At 50:57 Awlaki refers to the George Bush description of the future Islamic State, a revelation that would actually come into fruition with the advent of the Islamic State under Abu Bakr al Baghadi! The speech referenced by Awlaki, of George W. Bush is contained here: https://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/news/releases/2005/10/print/20051006-3.html and http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/09/05/AR2006090500656_pf.html ** An important observation on this lecture, is that that both Awlaki and Faysal appear to have "ascended" into a special club of Imams whose primary purpose is to rile up hatred of the West among Muslims. Awlaki showed signs of drifting into this club, back in 2003, even though incorrect analysts attempt to peg it to his fabled Yemeni jail stay. The organization that set up the skype conference called "Holding onto Hot Coals" was PureIslam Da'wah and Publications. According to internet searches, it appears this so called "company" existed only for this one event, which brings suspicion as to whether the entire setup was a project in incitement to violence or simply to psychologically study the effects of radical lectures on a group of Muslims.
Awlaki begins a blog and proceeds to elicit numerous comments from followers. His website would continue up until the Nidalhasan shooting incident.Read more May 2008
The Dust Will Never Settle Down
This story is a masterful, immersion into a suspension of disbelief, that instructs a Muslim on strategy, anger, hatred, enmity, and encourages Muslims to commit violence.
Morten Storm meets with Awlaki and reports that in Aden, a wealthy businessman is protecting Awlaki. Who is this wealthy businessman and why is he supporting Awlaki, whose publishings clearly intend to incite Westerners to jihad ?Read more May 2008
In this lecture, pt1 and pt2, Awlaki discusses Muslim behavior as a minority. In discussing interfaith, he points out that the only reason for interfaith dialogue is to convert non-Muslims to Islam. This hints at his radical agenda. Awlaki propagandizes to the youth, stating that they have an opportunity to be like the Sahaba. Clearly he is implying establishment of an Islamic State. Also Awlaki mentions that Iraq and South Yemen were furthest from Islam. This makes his former criticism of the American Iraq invasion all the more puzzling, since he clearly believed that America provided the best opportunity for Muslims to practice their religion, yet American liberation of Iraq was not acceptable, even though he greatly criticized the Baathist control in Iraq, in this very lecture! He can't have it both ways, yet this is where his propaganda took him. And this provides a window into the manipulations that Awlaki injected into his Islamic teachings.Read more September 2008
Awlaki asserts that while he was in a Yemen prison, he was served "pinto beans". Note the following excerpt from http://cryptome.org/anwar-alawlaki/08-0915.htm "I arrived at the Political Security Prison late at night so my first meal was breakfast. Before my imprisonment, I had discussions with former prisoners about how it was in jail, so there was some mental preparation for what was to come. I remember the words of one of the shuyukh who had been to this same prison. He said the food was so horrible, so I was expecting the worst. Early in the morning, while all the prisoners where asleep, I began hearing the opening of the doors and soldiers screaming at prisoners to pick up their meals. It was my turn and I was already awake. They opened my door and there were two soldiers, one holding a bucket and the other dragging a sack full of kudam. The one with the bucket took my plate and poured in it a cupful of steaming pinto beans while the other handed me six kudam. Before my imprisonment, former prisoners had specifically told me how horrible the beans were, so that was what I was expecting. But, to my surprise, the beans just tasted wonderful!" ** THE BIG PROBLEM WITH THIS, IS THAT PINTO BEANS ARE NOWHERE TO BE FOUND IN YEMEN. HOWEVER THEY ARE OFTEN FEATURED IN COWBOY WESTERN MOVIES IN THE UNITED STATES, THAT WERE STILL POPULAR IN AMERICA DURING THE TIME OF AWLAKI'S YOUNG CHILDHOOD. THEY ARE AS COMMON AS WEEDS, IN NEW MEXICO. BUT THE DESERTS OF THE MIDDLE EAST SIMPLY DO NOT HAVE THEM. IN THE MIDDLE EAST, PINTO BEANS WOULD BE A LUXURY AND PERHAPS A DELICACY, NOT TO BE FOUND IN A PRISON!Read more September 15, 2008
A double car bomb attack on the US embassy in Yemen has killed at least 16 people, Yemeni officials say. Washington said bombers targeted the main security gate as staff were arriving for work, but they failed to breach the compound's walls. The militants, who were reportedly dressed as policemen, also exchanged gunfire with guards during the assault. The US blamed al-Qaeda for the attack, and President George Bush said it was a reminder that the US is at war. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/7620362.stmRead more September 17, 2008
Awlaki asks Morten Storm to raise money in mosques for solar panels, night vision goggles, water purification tablets and other items of a "dual-use" nature, for AQAP. Awlaki specifically says that 20,000 dollars would be helpfulRead more Autumn 2008
Al-Qaida’s once-robust online propaganda network has taken a hit. The release of a 9/11 anniversary video was delayed by nearly a week. And one of the most popular video-distribution sites is offline. For years, the al-Ekhlaas network of sites has been a primary distributor of videos from al-Sahab, Qaida’s propaganda arm. Then, on September 11, al-Ekhlaas.net was suddenly re-registered. Its domain name now belongs to the joker.com hosting service. All of its content vanished. Related and mirrored pages also went down. Even al-Ekhlaas’ YouTube account was suspended. https://www.wired.com/2008/09/al-qaedas-once/ http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2009/10/02/is-this-al-qaedas-website.html http://www.cbsnews.com/news/more-jihadi-forums-going-down/ http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/18/AR2010031805464_pf.htmlRead more September 2008
In October 2008, Allen warned that Anwar al-Awlaki "targets US Muslims with radical online lectures encouraging terrorist attacks from his new home in Yemen." Quoting Allen, Al-Awlaki responded in December 2008: "I would challenge him to come up with just one such lecture where I encourage 'terrorist attacks'". The FBI later investigated (but dismissed) al-Awlaki's connections to both the November 5, 2009 Fort Hood shooting sole suspect, Nidal Malik Hasan, as well as to the Northwest Flight 253 bombing attempt in which he is believed to have played a part in the al-Qaeda operation, and trained and blessed the suspect. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_E._Allen What is notable at this time, is that Awlaki felt it necessary to claim he did not encourage terrorist attacks. Awlaki had clearly lectured in Constants on the Path of Jihad for Muslims to go to war against America, and his prior lectures were very "inciting" in nature for Islamic youth, and yet he wanted to publicly assert his "one-up" in a play on words. Interestingly, Awlaki was playing a vain psychological game, in which he truly thought he was outsmarting others. In reality, one could interpret that his lectures predominantly encouraged fighting on the "front lines" rather than terrorist attacks in civilian places, but even this could be debated.Read more October 2008
Morten Storm, along with his wife, traveled to Yemen, to bring the requested items to Awlaki. Solar Panels and other items were included but most notably, Storm gave Awlaki 5000 dollars. Strangely, though Storm and Awlaki had known each other since 2006, Awlaki took the money, kept it in his shirt pocket for a short while, and then strategically asked if he could buy weapons with the money. The delay which could have been about 15 minutes, indicates that Awlaki was instructed to ask the question or was apprehensive for some other reason. Morten replied that he could buy anything. Now, the interesting thing about this exchange, is that Awlaki's question appears to be born from a "handler". This question could be a test, of whether a Western government is targeting Awlaki or not, but this would only be known as a test, if Awlaki had been coached by his own handler that had experience in intelligence, military, or law enforcement services. The reply by Storm was equally troubling because he should have deferred to the Sheikh's Islamic sensibilities or the Ansar's, which feasibly could have caveats. But the more likely conclusion is that Awlaki and others were suspicious, that Storm might not be a real recruit, and perhaps they simply were not certain. Could Storm have been targeting Awlaki for the West, and Awlaki targeting Storm, for an unknown Gulf Security Service ? That is a question that needs to be asked.Read more October 2008
Maj. Nidal Hasan contacts Awlaki via e-mail. San Diego JTTF opens investigation into intercepted e-mails between Awlaki and Maj. Nidal Hasan. (FBI statement)Read more December 17, 2008
In a blog post preserved on cryptome, Awlaki attempts to incite to murder by writing the following, "Today the world turns upside down when one Muslim performs a martyrdom operation. Can you imagine what would happen if that is done by seven hundred Muslims on the same day?! Brothers and sisters whether you agree or not with martyrdom operations let’s leave our differences behind us, and let us support our Muslim brothers who are in the frontlines. Just like we disagree on many other issues, we should not let our disagreements stand in the way of our solidarity in the face of our adversaries." https://cryptome.wikileaks.org/anwar-alawlaki/09-0122.htmRead more January 22, 2009
In the same blog post preserved on cryptome noted above, Awlaki recounts a story with wild literary creativity. The story as told by al-Athir, tells of a ship with 700 soldiers and vast equipment and supplies, departing from Beirut. Muslims on the ships were besieged, killed, and some jumped off the sides of the ships, swimming to shore, and some drowned in their effort to swim ashore. Al-Athir says NOTHING about dismantling ships, sinking ships, or dying in the cause of Allah. But he does say that Yaqub al-Halabi went to the bottom of the ship to create a hole and sink it, so the Crusaders would not seize the equipment and food contained within the ship. There is another story on the internet about the history of Beirut that tells of dismantling a ship, reasonable in its strategic description but again there is no suicide and the sailors tried to get ashore after rendering the ship unusable. And yet another story on the internet by Ibn Kathir tells of 600 dying, because of siege by the King of England. However it does not reveal who lived to tell the story, which makes it a little bit suspicious. None of the stories mention martyrdom or the nobility of martyrdom in any way, shape, or form. Essentially, Awlaki has created a fictional account in his blog post, with the obvious intent, of motivating Muslims to die for useless jihad. The fact that this fictional storytelling occurs after Awlaki did the same thing with the so called "scholarly writings of one "Yusuf al-Ayeri, in his previous lecture "Constants on the Path of Jihad", clearly shows that Awlaki has a pattern of purposely inventing new narratives for ignorant Muslims who are willing to listen. Unfortunately, these new narratives are now exposed as as suicidal paths to self-elimination from the face of the Earth and have no hope of being anything but a small cultlike following with no real support from within the historical doctrine of Islam. This means that the vast majority of Awlaki's future followers will only be those who are not smart enough to check his sources and who are mentally broken enough, to believe that the religion of Islam could espouse nothing but simple violence as a means of showing allegiance. Awlaki's program could more aptly be named at this point "Islam for Idiots." https://cryptome.wikileaks.org/anwar-alawlaki/09-0122.htmRead more January 22, 2009
During his confirmation, Director Blair indicated he did not support a domestic intelligence agency separate from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He has also promised to end special interrogation regimes and believes the Intelligence Community must conduct analysis on opportunities as well as threatsRead more January 27, 2009
Awlaki reports in his blog, about the CIA person in Algeria that allegedly raped two women. However, at the very end, he laments that while the USA mentions the news in the media, the Algerian Embassy in Washington DC had no immediate response. In his anger, he ends the post with "May Allah destroy you all!"
So, the problem with this, is that the proper Muslim ethic to project, when it comes to the honor of women, is to not mention the event publicly. Though abused, these women willingly went into the apartment of the American, however, as a Muslim, it is the community that is protected by keeping retribution for these events, in private. Therefore, the anger that Awlaki is professing at the lack of public announcement and display is purely Western, and highlights the "infiltrating" nature of Awlaki the Western, rather than the "purist" nature of Awlaki the true Jihadist.
In contrast to the older Al Qaeda Manual, Anwar al-Awlaki has written a document that sheds all tradecraft and covert behavior, and brazenly lists activist ways to support jihad. The interesting thing is that none are stealthy as the original Al Qaeda manual had advised, and all of the ideas are most likely to expose the jihadist to discovery by others and especially authorities. Curiously, the list of 44 topics in this document theoretically, could serve as an excellent guide for a UK policeman to establish "reasonable suspicion" that would soon be required for stops and searches, after the European Human Rights Court rescinded section 44 of the UK Terrorism law of 2000.Read more January 2009
Throughout 2009 The Islam Channel promotes Awlaki speeches and sells Awlaki CD's under the company Al Qadimoon. Qadimoon Limited was a UK registered business from 2007 to 2014 with Director Muhammad Farzoq Awais and officers: Abdul Tahid, Iman Hussain, and Mohammad Miah. Muhammad Farzoq Awais also registered another UK company, 1Malaysia International Business Foundation with officers: Lesley Janet Batchelor-Collins, Mohd Radzi Bin Abd Latif, Mohamed Dan Bin Abdul Latiff, and Lee Chong Seong. Lesley Janet Batchelor-Collins was the director of Takeware Technologies, a company that developed a process of tracking pen drive insertion and pen drive file directories on networked computers and limiting access. This technology, called Takeware Gatekeeper, would have allowed instant notification to network admins of the presence of particular files on pen drives over large networks, a key technology that could have made Awlaki propaganda into a pointer mechanism, and effective in tracking terrorists. It is unknown if Takeware's software was actually utilized for this purpose. The year is 2009, 3 years after John Negroponte asked Ali Saleh to lock up Awlaki according to author Jeremy Scahill. Even if the Negroponte meeting is false, the analyst knowledge of Awlaki's instigating nature, especially from the rabid content in Awlaki's lecture "Constants on the Path of Jihad" proves, that Awlaki is dangerous and will alter anything in Islam to promote violence. Therefore, one is left to ask, what the hell is happening here... as England allows mass production of audio and video files from a legitimately registered company, that will be constantly uploaded and downloaded all over the internet in England, and in the world, that promote an Islamic cleric who has openly and brazenly called for violence against non-Muslims by Muslims ?Read more January 2009
In a February 12, 2009 blog post on his own website, Awlaki attacks Sheikh Tawfique Chowdhury of allying with Western leaders. Apparently Chowdhury came up with the idea of Western Scholars being allies to Western generals in the fight against terrorism. Awlaki's point is that Terrorism is Islam and Chowdhury has no right to change Islam. It is ridiculous on its face, and highlights Awlaki's desire to appeal to the ignorant and heinous, in his bid to recruit a tiny but noticeable group from within Muslim groups, to conduct warfare against the West.
Notably, Awlaki states, "What Shaykh Tawfique has done is protect dawa in exchange of tawhid. The institute and its instructors, and the spread of dawah have become more important than walaa’ and baraa’. This has become a serious and widespread problem."
In blogging with this criticism, Awlaki is searching for those who reject Shaykh Tawfique. Quite simply, Awlaki is surfing off the popularity of someone else and looking for the rejectionists. In essence Awlaki is on a hunt, for anti-social losers whose confidence is drawn from hate of the kuffar.
Now, the most honest statement Awlaki makes in this post is, "If one is bent on selling his religion, then he should charge as much as he can for it." Odd in its placement, this may be the most honest thing Awlaki has ever said, about himself! https://archive.org/download/Anwar.Awlaki.Audio.Archive https://www.kalamullah.com/innovations07.html https://muslimmatters.org/2009/02/09/muslim-scholars%E2%80%94west%E2%80%99s-natural-allies-in-fighting-scourge-of-terrorism/
In a February 26, 2009 blog post on his own website, Awlaki allegedly displays a comment posted to his website. The story recounts abuse of a Muslims' mother and sister, at the hands of Hindu police after the Gujarat Attacks. While this was a suspicious and horrible incident that involves the abuse of Muslims by Hindus with apparent sanction by local government, the story Awlaki publishes is not believable. On Awlaki's blog, this story is allegedly told by a 21 year old, recounting events from 7 years prior, when he was 14. The 21 year old refers to 5 years of rape and abuse of his mother and sister (by police) as "sexual perversion and orgies". The eventual end of the ordeal comes when the writer is 19 years old and tells his father to move to a "hindu majority area". The story is clearly fabricated and the use of impersonal descriptors gives it away.
So the big question is, why is Awlaki attempting to bait Muslims by creating a narrative based on an old violent act of discrimination, in India ?
The State of the Ummah
Among other issues, Awlaki calls for a khilafah or governance for the Muslims, which strangely foretells the rise of the Islamic State. Awlaki also commented on the Islamic state project in his Hearts and Minds speech in December 2007. One of the funnier moments in the Awlaki project occurs at 44:26, when the "planted" question by the Pakistani female, asks Awlaki for an opinion regarding the proper Islamic "Call to War" and to elaborate on the constant bombings of schools in Swat, PK. Awlaki's prepared answer requires him to read a word which inadvertently combined "which" and "is" into "whichis". Accordingly Awlaki answers the question, attempting to pronounce a typographical error, calling the Western media as "witches" from the written "whichis". This isn't the only time that Awlaki is caught by speechwriter error. He covers for it by crashing his own computer, then coming back online so he can effectively restart his response. His response, while ludicrous on its face, suggesting that almost 200 childrens schools were "bunkers for the government", is a bit predictive of where the Awlaki project would go after the mishap of Nidalhasan and the use of Abdulmutalab. Eventually with INSPIRE magazine, Awlaki himself would incorrectly initiate the "ISLAMIC CALL TO WAR" without the sanction of a ruler, as the female questioner correctly pointed out, is required by Islam. But in this moment, Awlaki simply screwed up his response, and even the prepared answer was quite weak as a way to justify almost 200 bombings of schools by terrorists in Pakistan. Lastly, this group Awlaki is speaking to, the shifastudentsociety, is a peculiar Islamic group at a MEDICAL SCHOOL UNIVERSITY that appears to blend Western thought with Islamic originalism, an almost square-peg, round-hole endeavor. Yet here is Awlaki jumping in and gleefully expounding on the righteousness of maiming and bloodifying young girls going to school in Pakistan, to a group of medical students, yielding an uncertain conclusion once again, on whether Awlaki is trying to reform islam, or destroy it. The setting in which this lecture takes place does suggest that the lecture and targeted audience are in essence, a radicalization psychology experiment, but this is not how this lecture was publicly propagated, on the internet. The lecture itself appears very artificial and surreal, as a room full of people sit obediently, listening to a deranged Awlaki calmly support the terrorizing and killing of young girls.
Samir Khan begins publishing his jihadist training magazine, turning himself from a happy go lucky admirer of Muhammad and mujahideen, into the most eligible patsy for international global terrorist recruiting, that the world of intelligence agencies has ever seen. http://mypetjawa.mu.nu/archives/197125.phpRead more April 2009
Boasting the worst freedom index behind Cuba, the Tunisian government actively hacks dissident web sites and actively attempts to shape public thought on the internet. https://nawaat.org/portail/2009/04/02/freedom-on-the-net-index-tunisia-ranked-worst-behind-cuba/
Given the history of such activity, observers understand that revolution is very close, and the threat of Islamists hijacking this religion is high. The confusing question of whether to provide allegiance to Islam or to a duly elected government is the question that Al Qaeda has answered for young and ignorant Muslims, and the spectre of revolution makes this question particularly daunting for the masses who may soon take to the streets.
Irena Horak aka Aminah converts to Islam, with the help of Bosniac women she met, and begins attending the Zagreb mosque. Zagreb has 1.5 % of the population, as Muslims.Read more April 2009
In May 2009, DNI Blair attempted to assert the DNI's role as the head of the intelligence community with a memo claiming authority to appoint CIA chiefs of station abroad. This was vehemently opposed by CIA Director Leon Panetta, who issued a memo of his own. Former DNI Mike McConnell and the first DNI, John Negroponte, were both unable to bring this role under the auspices of the DNI, it having been the province of the CIA since 1947. According to news reports, President Bush had to issue an executive order to give the DNI his congressionally-mandated powers to force the CIA and other intelligence agencies to cooperate with the ODNI. A number of government executives agree that the DNI should not have to go to the President each time the DNI wants to implement guidance. Late July 2009, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence backed the DNI, asking the CIA to give "prompt adherence" to the DNI's decision. However, on November 10, 2009, the White House decided in the CIA's favor, agreeing that the authority to appoint station chiefs overseas should remain with the CIA. Some intelligence experts believe this significantly weakens the DNI's authority, comparing the DNI to a DCI without an agency. Senator Susan Collins of Maine expressed concerns during hearings over the botched 2009 Christmas terrorist attack that the White House had undermined the power of ODNI by siding with the CIA in turf disputes, specifically citing this disagreement over intelligence community appointees. In a January 2010 statement to lawmakers by Thomas Kean and Lee H. Hamilton who led the 9-11 Commission Report, Kean and Hamilton urged Obama to be clear who was in charge and urged a strong DNI. According to the Washington Post, a former Clinton administration official suggested scrapping the DNI position if Blair were removed.Read more May, 2009
In a historic setting, in Cairo, Egypt, President Obama gives his speech, titled, "A New Beginning". Members of the audience include President Mubarak, liberal activists, the military, as well as the Muslim Brotherhood. Excerpt: "I know there are many – Muslim and non-Muslim – who question whether we can forge this new beginning. Some are eager to stoke the flames of division, and to stand in the way of progress. Some suggest that it isn't worth the effort – that we are fated to disagree, and civilizations are doomed to clash. Many more are simply skeptical that real change can occur. There is so much fear, so much mistrust. But if we choose to be bound by the past, we will never move forward. And I want to particularly say this to young people of every faith, in every country – you, more than anyone, have the ability to remake this world.......The Holy Koran teaches that whoever kills an innocent, it is as if he has killed all mankind; and whoever saves a person, it is as if he has saved all mankind. " http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/04/us/politics/04obama.text.html
Obama makes clear, in this speech, that he does not accept the "clash of civilizations" theory that strikes divisions between Muslims and non-Muslims, and calls for critical thinking to bridge the gap between both. Regrettably, a speechwriter misquotes the Quran, setting up the President to incorrectly state "The Holy Koran teaches that whoever kills an innocent, it is as if he has killed all mankind; and whoever saves a person, it is as if he has saved all mankind." - in fact, this quote from the Quran references the Jewish Talmud and clearly enunciates this as a rule for Jews, not for Muslims. Unfortunately, these ideas blind Mr. Obama to the possibility, that a critical thinking project is at work, manifest within the instigating words of Anwar al-Awlaki, possibly put forth by some of the deepest thinking minds within Islamic culture and governance, and very soon, the world will perceive this project being droned into oblivion. But it would not be without purpose, after all, droning Awlaki, aside from retribution for the upcoming Nidalhasan attack, would also diminish suspicions on empowering the Muslim Brotherhood, whose ideas for governance, harken from the same book quoted by one Anwar al-Awlaki, whose exposition of Islamic justifications should be raising concerns among Muslims, over the practicality of adhering to Islamic doctrine, in regard to matters of civil society and governance.
Despite the request of San Diego FBI, Washington does not investigate contacts between Anwar al-Awlaki, the (at this time) suspected planner of terrorist attacks and Major Nidal Hasan, a psychiatrist at Walter Reed Medical Center. The reasons given are that the agents do not investigate religious questions. What is so odd about this response is that originally a case was opened by the refusing office, WFO, and passed to San Diego, while Awlaki was allegedly in prison. So there must have been a reason, at least remotely related to John Negroponte's original alleged concern that Awlaki might incite toward violence. Despite the origin of Awlaki as a threat being loosely tied to Negroponte, FBI agents do not have the benefit of an in-depth understanding of what Anwar al-Awlaki is actually doing. Those who do, appear not to be saying either, because, while the free-speech fanatic has now for years, been instigating violence by altering Islam, in this moment, the American FBI is failing to recognize what has been documented for years, by other investigators. One possibility is that the President's opinion of Islam, is that it promotes peace and not violence, therefore a religious question is not to be investigated simply because it is a religious question with violent overtones. The deaths of the Ft Hood soldiers begins with this incompetent refusal to investigate. https://archive.org/details/final-report-of-the-william-h.-webster-commissionRead more June 2009
Al Qaeda-connected militant named Abdullah Assiri offered to turn himself into Saudi authorities and enlist in a state-run terrorist rehabilitation program. Exhibiting a healthy skepticism, the Saudis reportedly subjected Assiri to two airport-style X-ray scans and other security checks. Finding no weapons or explosives on his body, security agents ushered Assiri into the palace of the counterterrorism chief, Prince Muhammad Bin Nayef, who is also the son of a likely heir to the Saudi throne. Instead of surrendering, however, Assiri exploded. Nayef survived the blast, but the Saudis were bewildered by this incredible breach of their security. At first, they were convinced the explosive had been hidden in Assiri’s anal cavity—a scenario that other security experts didn’t discount. After further investigation, the Saudis concluded that Assiri didn’t have a butt bomb after all, but rather that he stashed the explosive in his underwear much like Abdulmutallab....Prince Nayaf himself flew to Washington to warn Obama administration officials about this new underwear bomb threat, according to Newsweek https://newrepublic.com/article/72310/the-butt-bombRead more August 2009
According to Morten Storm, as published in the NY Post (http://nypost.com/2014/08/17/how-cia-used-a-groupie-to-set-up-terrorist-for-marriage-and-death/) In September 2009, Morten Storm, a young Danish national-turned-Islamic jihadist, flew to Yemen to visit an old friend — Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born terrorist leading al Qaeda in Yemen....Storm found one stressed-out terrorist. “The Americans want me dead,” Awlaki said. “They are putting pressure on the [Yemeni] government all the time.”.....Awlaki wanted to overthrow Saleh, whom he saw as an Islamic apostate and American lapdog, and establish a caliphate. He asked Storm to recruit young Western Muslims and send them to Yemen for training so they could launch attacks in their own homelands." * Note the conflict between wanting to overthrow Saleh and recruiting young Western Muslims for domestic attacks. In the end it would be discovered that Awlaki was little more than a visitor to AQAP and one of five guys in a house. The average Yemeni never knew who he was, and absent a social movement, no one would be able to take over a country. So that goal, was ludicrous on its face. It was also at this time, that Awlaki showed Morten Storm, the Mujahideen Secrets program that encrypted communications.Read more September 2009
Samir Khan travels to Yemen, taking an unconventional route through Doha, Qatar. Incredibly, Khan stays overnight with an undercover officer (https://ctc.usma.edu/nypd-vs-revolution-muslim-inside-story-defeat-local-radicalization-hub/) the night before departing the USA. Khan then travels and remains two days in Qatar before proceeding to Yemen where he joins Anwar al-Awlaki. Once in Yemen, with Awlaki, Khan's pdf typsetting skills would mysteriously improve to a "beyond-commercial" level of quality, as if a professional team was ghost designing his INSPIRE magazine. On a completely unrelated note, Samir's online friend, MujahideenRyder, ended his blog in December 2009. According to this VICE article https://news.vice.com/article/khan-is-gone-new-details-emerge-about-the-us-blogger-killed-in-a-cia-drone-strike a major new source would be tapped that required substantial funding (such as foreign source). Seemingly Khan is allowed to leave the USA after engaging in activity that seems on its reported face, arrestable. But perhaps greater plans were intended for Khan. No less interesting is that one month prior to Samir Khan leaving America, Anwar al-Awlaki is telling Morten Storm who is working as an intelligence operative, that he believes the Americans want him (Awlaki) dead. Yet despite this threat, Awlaki informs that he can build a caliphate, overthrow Saleh, take over Yemen, and stage bombings in the West, while his army numbers about 5 guys in a house, and he is a casual visitor to AQAP meetings, regarded as a contributing outsider. So far.. .none of this makes much sense!Read more October 2009
In the Awlaki blog post titled, "Could Yemen be the Next Surprise of the Season, Awlaki comments on jihad and reviews other jihad arenas around the world. More than implying, he simply declares that the new front for jihad is Yemen. But, by citing examples of Afghanistan, Bosnia, Chechnya, and Iraq, it becomes clear that what Awlaki really wants, is a massive infusion of money that will first destroy then rebuild his home country of Yemen. After all, that is what America did in Afghanistan and Iraq, Russia did in Chechnya, and NATO did in Bosnia.
There’s actually what I think is a big scoop in this weird David Ignatius column(http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/25/AR2010032503634.html) on debates over whether we can target Anwar al-Awlaki. The scoop? The Yemeni government approached the US in October asking for help targeting al-Awlaki. 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-Qaeda recruiter named Anwar al-Aulaqi? Now, one aspect of the weirdness of this article is that Ignatius doesn’t state clearly what the Yemeni government wanted. He later suggests the request was not to “collect intelligence” but rather to capture al-Awlaki. But even in the same breath, he admits that that presumed “capture” might also mean “kill.” The CIA concluded that it could not assist the Yemenis in locating Aulaqi 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 on the ground in pursuing Aulaqi; that, too, was refused. https://shadowproof.com/2010/03/31/targeting-al-awlaki/
One theory on the above publishings, is that Ali Abdullah Saleh suspected that secret activity was afoot involving America and Anwar al-Awlaki, and Ali Abdullah Saleh was testing the waters, and possibly wanted a piece ($$) of the action, and to see if Awlaki was friend or foe to the Americans.
Nidal Hasan, possibly following a blog post by Anwar al-Awlaki in January 2009 that said, "Today the world turns upside down when one Muslim performs a martyrdom operation. Can you imagine what would happen if that is done by seven hundred Muslims on the same day?!” decides to shoot his fellow soldiers in an act of jihad. In Nidal Hasan's mind he is protecting Muslims from impending death at the hands of American soldiers, even though he himself is also an American soldier.
On November 5, 2009, a mass shooting took place at Fort Hood, near Killeen, Texas. Nidal Hasan, a U.S. Army major and psychiatrist, fatally shot 13 people and injured more than 30 others. The shooting was the worst mass shooting on an American military base. Hasan was shot and as a result paralyzed from the waist down. Hasan was arraigned by a military court on July 20, 2011 and was charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted murder under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. His court-martial began on August 7, 2013. Due to the nature of the charges (more than one premeditated, or first-degree, murder case, in a single crime), Hasan faced either the death penalty or life in prison without parole upon conviction. Hasan was found guilty on all 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder on August 23, 2013, and was sentenced to death on August 28, 2013. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009_Fort_Hood_shooting
An interesting aspect of this case was the Presidential refusal to call the Nidal Hasan attack, a "terrorist" attack. This had the adverse affect of denying certain benefits to the service personnel killed. It also theoretically could have had a legal affect, if ushering Omar Farouk Abdulmutallab onto US soil in a few months, was happening with assistance rather than by happenstance.
In any case, after Omar Farouk Abdulmutallab lost his final appel of his lengthy life sentence (http://www.opn.ca6.uscourts.gov/opinions.pdf/14a0010p-06.pdf) in 2014, Congress forced a restoration of some Army Benefits including Purple Hearts in 2015 (http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/the-administration/239431-army-finally-gives-ft-hood-victims-their-full) and later that same year President Obama relented and called the Major Nidalhasan shooting, a genuine terrorist attack (https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/patrick-goodenough/obama-six-years-later-calls-fort-hood-terrorist-attack)
Website ceases operation, perhaps in response to the Nidalhasan terrorist attack.Read more November 2009
In nearly a dozen recent terrorism cases in the United States, Britain and Canada, investigators discovered the suspects had something in common: a devotion to the message of Anwar al-Awlaki, an eloquent Muslim cleric who has turned the Web into a tool for extremist indoctrination. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/19/us/19awlaki.htmlRead more November 18 2009
Tasked with locating Anwar al-Awlaki and after placing a Facebook post for support for Awlaki, Aminah aka Irena Horak emailed Storm and asked if Awlaki, by any chance, was in need of a second wife. Storm informed her that she would be Awlaki's third wife, and she accepted this. The chances of Storm being tasked by Awlaki to get him a new wife, and Aminah answering to an ad for support funding resulting in a proposition for marriage, have got to be somewhere north of a zillion, but Storm simply accepted his good fortune to complete his task, though he would be disappointed later, at learning of an unknown party who received the reward for Awlaki's demise. :|Read more November 28 2009
This is where the Ba Kazim family were killed, the villagers said. According to the Yemeni parliamentary commission, in total 41 civilians were killed in the two strikes, and 14 al-Qaida fighters. Scattered between the debris of shattered lives are colourful yellow objects whose sharply engineered forms contrast with more rag-tag shapes of the Bedouin objects. They carry the bald stencilled words "BOMB FRAG", "US NAVY" and a serial number. These were cluster bombs, scattered like candy. I asked one of the men who was showing me the site, Muqbel al-Kazimi, about the reports that al-Qaida had been in the camp. Muhamad al-Kazimi, who is wanted by the government for his al-Qaida connections, was here with a few men, he said. He is believed to have been killed. "There were fewer than 10 men, and they lived in a couple of tents on the edge of Ba Kazim camp." Why would the Bedouin have shared their camp with al-Qaida, I asked? "The fighters told the Bedouin they would dig a well for them to get water," he said. In this poor, arid region, that must have seemed like a good price. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/aug/23/shabwa-al-qaida-yemenRead more December 17, 2009
According to a New York Post article, "How the CIA set up a terrorist up with groupie for marriage and death (August 17, 2014)." Morten Storm recounts his part in a plot to both kill Awlaki but get Awlaki a wife, first: "....Meanwhile, Awlaki was plotting to bomb another American passenger jet. His operative would smuggle a bomb on board in his underwear. (The attack failed.) Irena, a Croatian Muslim, adopted the name Aminah after her conversion to Islam. That Awlaki was still online was mind-boggling. “Lust had gotten the better of him,” Storm writes. On Christmas Eve 2009, Yemeni forces, with US help, launched an airstrike against al Qaeda leaders in Shabwa province. Awlaki survived, and Aminah was now in a panic to marry immediately. The Brits backed out and tried to get Storm to keep working for them. The CIA launched a muscular counteroffensive, flying Storm to a five-star resort in Iceland and upping his pay to $4,000 a month, with a $250,000 bonus for making this marriage happen. Storm went with the CIA. Two weeks later, the mission was on. “President Obama himself has been briefed on this,” one handler told Storm. Among themselves, they called it “the mother of all honeytraps.” MI5 disowned Storm. “It’s really sad to see this happening,” said his British handler....." ** According to Storm, in his book,"Agent Storm", the first official strike targeting Awlaki was on December 24, 2009.Read more December 24, 2009
In an article in 2012, the December 2009 bombing is referenced by Nasser Awlaki, as the reason that US funding to Yemen jumped from 12 million dollars to 150 million dollars. http://yemen-press.com/news13132.htmlRead more December 24, 2009
Four months prior, Prince Nayaf flew to Washington DC to warn about an underwear bomb, as a new weapon of Al Qaeda terrorists, yet this information which could have changed pat down policies in airports worldwide, somehow never managed to push aside future aspirations of millimeter wave scanners. Evidently assigned to this task by Anwar al-Awlaki, Omar Farouk Abdulmutallab sits on a flight bound for Michigan and waits patiently until the plane is over the United States, just as Awlaki had instructed him, before activating what he believed to be an explosive attached to his underwear. Though later interviews would reveal Omar's belief that Awlaki did not want to kill innocents, crashing this plane would have killed innocent people, and while American law allows prosecution of an aircraft bomber in America, as long as the flight is destined for America, Awlaki makes sure that Omar only activates the "bomb" when the aircraft is over the United States. And its a good thing really, because on this inbound flight, aimed on approach for predominantly shiite, Dearborn Heights, Omar Farouk Abdulmutallab, an Awlaki disciple, is about to ignite his crotch via a liquid mixing bomb, that was always destined to do nothing more than combust quickly and create an immediate need to transport Omar, to the nearest hospital. This painful fact was explained by an expert chemist in an online post years before, nevertheless, this flawed bomb design was now sewn into the underwear of Omar. Much investigation has gone into this event, but if one focuses on all the internet record has to reveal from Patrick Kennedy and Kurt Haskell, it is easier to see that this righteous prosecution with the assistance of a shadowy and protected foreign source, has layers of secrecy yet unknown. While Omar Farouks guilty plea hid from the public, any information of a foreign network or source, this foreign source as speculated by one internet blogger, might continue to be protected with the future extradition of one Minh Quang Pham in 2016. For information on why two liquids mixed flames instead of explodes, see here: excerpt-"We asked University of Rhode Island Chemistry Professor Jimmie C. Oxley, who has actual, practical experience with TATP, if this is a reasonable assumption, and she told us that merely dumping the precursors together would create "a violent reaction," but not a detonation." http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/08/17/flying_toilet_terror_labs/ The arrest of Abdulmutallab on American soil, was a virtual gift from Awlaki (and whoever facilitated Awlaki) to the new president of the United States. After all, President Obama stated very clearly, that he wanted terrorists to be prosecuted in a court of law, and not in military tribunals. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/05/21/obama-national-archives-s_n_206189.htmlRead more December 25, 2009
Jump to 1:00 in the video and you can listen to Attorney Kurt Haskell, a passenger on the underwear bomber flight, explains his account of how Omar Farouk Abdulmutallab was ushered onto the plane, seemingly without the proper documents.Read more re: December 25, 2009
The foiled terrorist attempt to blow up a Northwest Airlines Detroit-bound jet on Christmas Day quickly led to new travel restrictions and heightened security measures. While airline stock prices immediately dropped on the news, shares of companies that make airport security devices such as OSI Systems (OSIS) and ICx Technologies (ICXT) enjoyed a rally on Monday and Tuesday. Indeed, calls from security experts for full-body scans were soon heard, stirring the old debate about the proper balance between security measures and privacy concerns. Right now, these scans are voluntary, but some analysts are betting on the stricter measures. That's not such a risky wager, considering that the Federal Aviation Administration notes that while metal detectors wouldn't have found the explosive, more sophisticated devices such as low-level X-rays and so-called millimeter-wave technology would have, affirming the companies' own claims. Bloomberg reports that the Transportation Security Administration, which runs airport security checkpoints, intends to buy 300 advanced imagers, such as OSI's Rapiscan machines, next year. Already, OSI has 150 Rapiscan orders. An analyst at Stifel Nicolaus estimates the U.S. market for these devices could be over $200 million and the global market more than $400 million, according to Dow Jones Newswires. http://www.aol.com/article/2009/12/29/hightened-airport-security-is-lifting-many-companies/19297051/Read more December 29, 2009
Britain has dispatched a special counter-terrorist unit to Yemen as the mountainous Arab state emerges as the new frontline in the war against al-Qaeda, The Sunday Telegraph has learnt. The force is training Yemeni military and will assist in planning operations against al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the group which claimed responsibility for the Christmas Day attack on a US airliner. * Apparently, Britain has taken great offence to the mission of Omar Farouk Abdulmutallab, leaving one to wonder why like American forces are not dispatched simultaneously.
According to an article published on September 1, 2011, the ASIO and Australian government were upset that a wikileaks release had included a list of individuals that were placed on the No-Fly List shortly after the Omar Faruk Abdulmutallab incident in Detroit, Michigan. The interesting thing about the list however, was that many names were well known as terror threats prior to December 2009, yet their inclusion on the list was awaited until now, until an actual terrorist attack attempt, by an Anwar al-Awlaki associate. This can only mean that Australia did not detect the threat of an attack upon airlines by Mr Awlaki, until the United States detected it, for them.:
"The Government condemns the publication of any document that could seriously impact Australia's national security." McClelland said Yemen was becoming an increasingly important hub for terrorism associated with al-Qaeda and that a number of Australians had been drawn to extremist figures there, including al-Awlaki. "Australian authorities are working together with international partners to identify and mitigate threats, including by preventing Australians to travel overseas to undertake terrorism-related activity." https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10748644
NEW YORK (AP) | The State Department has cleared the way for the return to the United States of two prominent Muslim scholars once accused of having ties to terrorism, a spokesman said Wednesday. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has signed orders enabling the re-entry of professors Tariq Ramadan of Oxford University in England and Adam Habib of the University of Johannesburg in South Africa when they obtain required admittance documents, department spokesman Darby Holladay said. Mrs. Clinton “has chosen to exercise her exemption authority for the benefit of Tariq Ramadan and Adam Habib,” Mr. Holladay said. “We’ll let that action speak for itself.” http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/jan/21/clinton-clears-2-muslims-for-entry/Read more January 21, 2010
QUESTION: Imam Mohamed Magid from ADAMS Center in Virginia. My question for you, Madame Secretary: When you talk about social networking, we’re trying to address the issue of youth in the West, Muslim youth. Would you be open to the youth forum to speak about foreign policy? Because one of the reason that youth be radicalized, they don’t have a way to express themselves when they disagree with the United States Government or their own government overseas. Would you be open to those ideas? SECRETARY CLINTON: Yes, we would. In fact, we – in the wake of the President’s speech in Cairo, we have been expanding dramatically our outreach, particularly to Muslim youth. I agree with you completely, sir, that not only young people in the Muslim world, but young people across the world are increasingly disconnected from authority, from government, from all kinds of institutions that have been historically the foundations of society, because they are so interconnected through the internet, something that my generation can’t really understand. In America, the average young person spends eight hours a day with media. The internet, cell phones, television – I mean, you think about that. Eight hours a day. That’s more time than they spend in school, that’s more time than they spend with their families. It’s often more time than they spend asleep. So when you think about the power of this information connection to young people, I don’t think it should cause panic in people my age. I don’t think we should begin trying to stop it and prevent it. We ought to figure out how better to utilize it. You go back to the millennia; how were values passed around? Sitting around a fire, how were values communicated? In the homes by parents and grandparents. Now, values are being communicated by the internet, and we cannot stop it. So let’s figure out how better to use it, participate in it, and particularly to focus on the needs of young people. They’re often looking for information. They’re looking for answers. At least until now, in most cultures that I’m aware of, despite all of the time that young people spend with technology, when they’re asked who do they look to for guidance about values, they still say their families. But if families increasingly feel disconnected from their highly connected young people and don’t know what their young people are doing online, then we see the problems that can result. AND THERE ARE SO MANY MANIPULATORS online right now, not just stoking the anxieties and the fears of Muslim youth, but youth everywhere, defined by all kinds of characteristics. So we have our own work to do, not just through our government but through our families, through our education systems, and every other institution to make sure we understand the power of this technology and to engage with young people through it and about it. https://2009-2017.state.gov/secretary/20092013clinton/rm/2010/01/135519.htmRead more January 21, 2010
While matters are much less complicated than they seem to be, Patrick Kennedy, dancing around what he is allowed to say and not allowed to say, tries to communicate with ever increasing complexity, that Omar Farouk Abdulmutallab had a visa in 2008. Patrick Kennedy also states that the state department checks with law enforcement before revoking a visa, in case special investigations want a person under watch to proceed so they can roll up a larger terror cell rather than arrest only one person. And yet, no one questions whether this is also done merely to sell tons of millimeter wave scanners, or to target and publicly arrest and prosecute a terrorist on domestic soil while denying the existence of his previous terrorist attack at Ft. Hood only two months prior.Read more February, 2010
Angered perhaps at something much larger than simple Miranda rights being given to a defendant who is pleading guilty anyway..... In an interview with National Review Online, Senator Kit Bond called for John Brennan, President Obama's top counterterrorism adviser, to be fired, saying he is no longer "credible" and that a "drastic change in policy" is needed.Read more February, 2010
An article in the Australian mentions Anwar al-Awlaki and Polish National, Australian Marek Samulski as being radical threats to Australia and the USA. The article mentions that US authorities are monitoring the communications of Anwar al-Awlaki, so the links Awlaki has with Major Nidalhasan and Omar Farouk Abdulmutallab are clearly known to authorities by this time, as well as being publicly released in the news. https://www.pressreader.com/australia/the-australian/20100301/282845072176299Read more March 1, 2010
Awlaki's Message to America, reminiscent of his final Dar al-Hijrah mosque speech, was a customized script written for Awlaki but not by Awlaki.(perhaps the elusive "Mujahid Fi Sabeelillah is at work again ?) The use of memory bias, attempts to convince the listener that the messsage is legitimate but Awlaki's awkward delivery reveals the words not to be his, and as a result, far less convincing than the author likely hoped for. More notably, at 4:33 Awlaki mysteriously complains, in an almost subordinate manner, that Obama has not released the emails between Anwar and Omar Farouk. If that is so important, Anwar al-Awlaki could release those emails himself, but he does not. Clearly he does not feel empowered to do so. And the implications of that, are not insignificant. A few months later, in May 2010, the first issue of INSPIRE magazine is released, including a transcript of this engineered speech. Consider for a moment, that Awlaki did not release his emails. One question that comes to mind, is what if he thought he was working for the USA, but in reality he was working for a foreign government, or worse... a non-state entity, such as a contractor misrepresenting himself ? Given his isolation, the implications are enormous. The danger of Awlaki as a rogue element with a handler who is an imposter, is huge.Read more Originally published March 2010
The Islamic proselytizing youtube channel, Merciful Servant, begins uploading visually stimulating videos featuring fundamentalist Islamic propaganda, designed to lean adherents toward a more strict version of Islam, and at times create sympathy for fighting in Syria. After the pursuit of the Boston Bombers, it would become known that at least one of the bombers was a fan of the Merciful Servant propaganda channel. In regard to this new stream of fundamentalist propaganda, that would be imitated, copied, and cloned for years to come.... note an excerpt from the RAND publication, Civil Democratic Islam by Cheryl Benard, "Fundamentalists reject democratic values and contemporary Western culture. They want an authoritarian, puritanical state that will implement their extreme view of Islamic law and morality. They are willing to use innovation and modern technology to achieve that goal. The fundamentalists are hostile to the West and to the United States in particular and are intent, to varying degrees, on damaging and destroying democratic modernity. Supporting them is not an option, except for transitory tactical considerations. " *** NOTE what is stated here, "supporting them is not an option" and yet, that is precisely what shadowy sources seemingly from Qatar and London have precisely done. They have supported the "FUNDAMENTALISTS" in an electronic revival that has contributed toward a very solid foundation of moral support for the emerging young jihadist. This is also, what THE AWLAKI PROJECT, sought to achieve, by publishing visually attractive pdf magazines. It would be so successful that the ISIS group would use both over engineered graphically designed videos and pdf magazines expertly designed and written, to reach an audience of young recruits to fight in their regional war and contribute to their harassing global conflict.Read more March 29, 2010
On April 18, Chesser posted a comment to Revolutionmuslim's Web site, calling on supporters to help in the "defense of the Prophet campaign." The post included a purported lecture of Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S. born Muslim cleric living in Yemen who distributes radical sermons online, retelling a story about a Jewish leader who was assassinated for defaming the Prophet during the 7th century. The post ends with the message by Revolution Muslim: "Join us in this campaign to let Matt Stone & Trey Parker know that…the dust will never settle down." the increasing radicalization of the revolutionmuslim crazy boys, was due in some small part, to the Anwar al-Awlaki propaganda video, entitled "The Dust Will Never Settle Down".Read more April 2010
In April 2010, US President Barack Obama placed al-Awlaki on a list of people whom the US Central Intelligence Agency were authorized to kill because of terrorist activitiesRead more April 2010
"Al-Awlaki is a one trick pony whose messaging capability was beginning to be cornered by various American and Western Muslim community efforts until this administration overreacted after the Christmas Day bomber tried to blow up a plane over Detroit and inflamed Anwar’s stature many fold. Alawaki’s message is largely one of righteous self-sacrifice to defend one’s religion, so the proper way of countering it is not to assassinate the messenger so that he achieves “martyr” status. That would only turn him into a ghost who is much more difficult to counter. Instead the more effective method would have been to have mainstream clerics from Anwar’s same Salafi version of Islam expose his disingenuousness and unsound Islamic logic to the youth in the population currently sitting on the sidelines watching geo-political struggles unfold around the globe and wondering what their role in it ought to be. In field experience where research meets reality, I’ve witnessed first-hand what happens when a Western Muslim youth is properly engaged to separate Islamic jurisprudence from geo-politics; the youth picks Islam over the political activism Al-Awlaki pitches every time. Today Al-Awlaki is not celebrated by the core of Al Qaeda members, nor even trusted to be in direct communications with them. Second, due to his ambitious usurping of jihadi credentials he has earned disdain in numerous jihad-oriented Islamist circles including from Yemen’s top Islamist figure, Sheikh Abdul-Majeed Al-Zaindani, himself counter-productively placed on the Designated Terror List. Al-Zaindani ironically found it easier to condemn Al-Awlaki on Al Jazeera a couple of months ago than to condemn Usama Bin Laden." Two things stand out in this excerpt from an op-ed written by Mohamed Elibiary... First, how does Elibiary know about Awlaki's inability to contact AQAP? and second, does Elibiary's desire for mainstream Muslim clerics to debunk Awlaki help to define the real motivation for Awlaki's aberrant behavior ? http://muslimmatters.org/2010/04/21/its-a-mistake-to-assassinate-anwar-al-awlaki/Read more April 21, 2010
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is announced as the leader of the Islamic State in Iraq.Read more May 16, 2010
Roshanara Choudary, an otherwise normal though introverted and internet obsessed Muslim young woman, decides to stab a member of Parliament, in an attempt to kill him, over support of the Iraq war. Choudary does this after having watched numerous Anwar al-Awlaki videos over and over again. While this process seems not to be well understood, the affliction that infected Roshanara Choudary may well be the fruits of a continuation of research on INFORMATION DISEASE, originally pioneered by Flo Conway and Jim Siegelman, but now transformed into STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION. By combining an in depth knowledge of psychology, with Islam, RELEVANCE THEORY is utilized to empower CONTEXTUAL IMPLICATION to yield POSITIVE COGNITIVE EFFECTS. In essence it is a manchurian theory of human control, that apparently works in a minute number of Muslims.Read more May 2010
On May 25, 2010, Harold Koh declared, "US targeting practices, including lethal operations conducted with the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, comply with all applicable law, including the laws of war." Prior to this public speech, according to Jeremy Scahill, in his book Dirty Wars, Koh had been given access to intelligence on Awlaki that revealed multiple plots to kill Americans and Europeans" Undoubtedly it was this access that convinced Koh to conceive the legal rationale for the Awlaki drone strike. However, the manner in which Awlaki almost pleaded with Obama to have his emails with Nidalhasan released, does bring up a worrisome theory... What if Awlaki communicated plots, via means that he knew, to be intercepted, because a handler told him to do so? Under this scenario, the plots would have been for the dual purpose of instigating terrorists and having those terrorists arrested. But, if the handler in fact was not a representative of the USA, in that case, Awlaki would simply be, a dead man walking.Read more May 25, 2010
Under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000, any police officer could stop and search anyone or any vehicle within a specific area. The search could be for any item on the person, carried by the person or in the vehicle, and there was no need for the police officer to suspect that person of anything. In early 2010 Liberty won a landmark legal case before the European Court of Human Rights, which ruled that section 44 was unlawful. In Gillan and Quinton v UK, the Court ruled that section 44 violates the right to respect for private life because the power is so broad it fails to provide safeguards against abuse. https://www.liberty-human-rights.org.uk/human-rights/justice-and-fair-trials/stop-and-search/section-44-terrorism-actRead more July 2010
Despite the success at inciting jihadists to violence with youtube videos, the Awlaki Project decides to now publish a magazine. Jihadist magazines are nothing new on the warfront, but usually they have been in Arabic. Now in all its splendor, this English language propaganda magazine, that strangely will almost always be published first in English, then as an afterthought in Arabic, and other languages, is released for distribution. The first edition is corrupted by a cupcake recipe, seemingly from the desktop of a female who publishes pdf documents for USAID. Despite the obvious intelligence agency insider joke, numerous reporters simply make fun of the cupcake recipe and later the Brits take blame for the corruption claiming expertise in hacking. This pronouncement asserts their firsthand knowledge of the release of this propaganda series. Yet, later issues would be released unabated. The link between England and Inspire is further reinforced by pictures that will frequent editions in which the creation of destructive devices are instructed on, always by the same portly, effeminate, male subject, utilizing tools exclusively available for purchase at British hardware stores. Interestingly, an encryption key is provided for use on the Mujahideen Secrets program, indicating that Awlaki trusted the use of this program, and quite likely had used it many times before. The most important self-defining statement in INSPIRE magazine, is the opening alteration of Islamic Doctrine, specifically the Quran Chapter 8, verse 65. This historical "CALL TO WAR" which utilizes the word "Harid" which means "Instigate", is redefined by Awlaki as the English word "Inspire". Unbelievably, American institutions, subtly propagandized by a complicit media, redefine the religious "call to jihad" which is by definition, a historical civil mandate within Islamic societies, into the word Inspire. This hijacking of American rhetoric, now proceeds to setup ignorant investigative agencies to ignore the step by step, mechanics of incitement to violence, with a prejudged notion that terrorist have been "inspired" so there is little else to know, in regard to how terrorists receive their instructions. This small bit of propaganda so profoundly stupifies analysts and law enforcement personnel, that for years on end, experts will constantly claim that the rise of violent jihadists has no pattern of predictability, despite the fact, that the entire basis for Awlaki's instigation of jihad violence, is simply based on the ISLAMIC CALL TO WAR, being implemented without the consent of a ruler, which was absolutely and traditionally required, in Islamic history. One of the articles, "The Fight Over the Mountains" chronicles the destruction of the statues under the Fatwa of Mullah Omar in 2000, lionizing a textbook example of an "establishment of an Islamic State". In another article Awlaki thanks the publishers of Inspire, for allowing him to write. The fact that Awlaki was directly controlling the 5 recruits in his house, indicates that Awlaki's tone, was directed at a separate entity, not his hosted youth. So the mystery of who the Inspire Magazine crew really was, only deepened as the magazine continued well after Awlaki's death and the disappearance or arrest of his hosted youth, that served as patsy's for the origins of the Inspire Magazine.Read more July 1, 2010
AL-AULAQI, Anwar (a.k.a. AL-AWLAKI, Anwar; a.k.a. AL-AWLAQI, Anwar; a.k.a. AULAQI, Anwar Nasser; a.k.a. AULAQI, Anwar Nasser Abdulla; a.k.a. AULAQI, Anwar Nasswer); DOB 21 Apr 1971; alt. DOB 22 Apr 1971; POB Las Cruces, New Mexico; citizen United States; alt. citizen Yemen (individual) [SDGT] https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/OFAC-Enforcement/Pages/20100716.aspx https://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/tg779.aspxRead more July 16, 2010
Based on seized documents from the capture of Usama bin Laden. Usama bin Laden requests more information in regard to Anwar al-Awlaki, who he does not know. Therefore a recommendation to make Anwar al-Awlaki the head of AQAP is effectively denied. It is important to note that at this moment, both Awlaki's intentions are revealed and former accusations against Awlaki for connections to 911 hijackers are also debunked.Read more August 2010
What al-Qaida gave him, he said, was organisation. "Before Wahaishy [the head of AQAP] and Rimi [the commander of its military wing] arrived here we were chaotic, we would fight the government whenever we wanted. Now we only move when we are given orders." As we walked back through empty dark streets I asked the teenage boy leading me how the young looked at people like Jamal. "He is like a hero for us all, we want to be like him." Why? "Because he stands for his people. He won't let the government do whatever they like." When I met the deputy governor again, I asked him about the meetings the jihadis had with the president and the promised money. He said: "The authority wants to contain those men. They block roads and attack military checkpoints and collect fees from shop owners. Because this is not a state of law, this a state of buying people, they treated the jihadis and al-Qaida in the same way they treated the tribes, they paid them money to lie low." "You have to understand that the military campaign will cost money, money for soldiers, for vehicles, then money in prison, money for a court case, so the state says why should we pay three million to fight them when we can pay them one million for things to calm down and avoid their evil. But the jihadis take the money, buy weapons and become stronger, and now the state regrets that policy and it is changing." To an extent, he said, they had been trying to buy a truce. But it had been mismanaged. At Faisal's house, I asked him what he thought of the government's attempt to crack down on al-Qaida. "Don't believe the government when they say we are fighting the jihadis," he said. "The government gives them money, the government negotiates with them, the government uses them to fight its enemies, and then they tell the Americans give us money so we can fight al-Qaida." He closed his eyes and sighed. "It's a comedy," he said. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/aug/22/al-qaida-yemen-ghaith-abdul-ahadRead more August 2010
Pictured: possibly-Khan, Warsame, Pham, and Yahya (kneeling-Yahya disappeared prior to Pham's departure) All were droned or arrested except for Yahya-status unknown. Journalist Ghaith Abdul-Ahad spoke to Sultan Fareed, who after expanding for almost an hour on the history of southern Yemen, told him that Awlaki lived in the village and that he knew of his movements.... "Anwar, and with him four or five people (possibly including Warsame, but NOT including Pham and Sami), spend the night in their homes [in the village] and in the morning they do their morning prayers somewhere not far away," said Fareed. "We know about it." Why, I asked, was such a wanted man allowed to live in the village. He replied that he had committed no crimes in the tribal community, nor had the government asked him to hand Awlaki over. "Al-Qaida haven't killed anyone here, so we [don't have to] accept or refuse to hand them to the authorities," he said. "The government haven't asked us to hand him in; if they do then we will think about it. But no one has asked us." https://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/aug/23/shabwa-al-qaida-yemenRead more August 2010
UPS Flight 6 crashes in Dubai, apparently from ignited lithium batteries. While this cause of plane fires erupted in various instances around the world, Awlaki used this event to claim expertise in targeting airplanes. What is much more likely, is that the event spawned an idea to create bombs, and was used for propaganda, then the subsequent plot to target closed Jewish centers, a month later, in America was poorly planned and ineptly executed.Read more September 3, 2010
The overt use of violent imagery in INSPIRE 2 and the graphic description of welding blades to the front of a truck to mow down people, along with other ideas published in this edition, is a clear indication that the authors are intent on recruiting sick and demented people, for whom this imagery is attractive. Even a 1st year psychology student could note, that the purpose of this magazine is not to recruit adherents to an ideology, but instead to filter out humane ideologues in favor of heinous individuals lacking empathy. Further, by informing of the Mardin Conference, Al-Suri's basic teachings, Gadahns "demands" speech, and a bin Laden speech, this edition stands as a basic primer on Al Qaeda jihad, for the ignorant. As the instigator for vehicle ramming. It also will provide justification for eventual products such as RF Safe Stop, which can disable vehicles at a distance. https://www.theengineer.co.uk/issues/october-digital-edition-2/radio-beam-device-can-disable-car-and-boat-engines-from-50m/Read more October 2010
A strange sequence of events led to the discovery of two TATP bombs en route to former Jewish synagogues in Chicago, and addressed to two historical figures from the Crusades and Inquisition. At least one, if not both facilities were closed and empty. On October 28, Saudi Arabia's Deputy Interior Minister in charge of Counter-terrorism, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, called John Brennan, the U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism and former Central Intelligence Agency station chief in Riyadh to warn him of the plot. The Saudis provided the U.S. and Germany with the tracking numbers and destinations of the packages, and told them to look for toner cartridges.The packages had been dropped off by a woman at FedEx and UPS offices in Sana'a, Yemen, on October 27, and were scheduled to arrive in Chicago on November 1. Saudi Arabia had reportedly learned of the plot through Jabir Jubran Al Fayfi, a former Guantánamo Bay detention camp inmate who had been handed over to Saudi Arabia for rehabilitation in 2006. Al-Faifi had escaped in 2008 and re-joined AQAP, but turned himself in to Saudi authorities on October 16, 2010, and provided them with information about the plot. Yemen officials suspected al-Faifi had not actually rejoined al-Qaeda, but had become a double agent. They said his tip appeared to be based on more recent information than al-Faifi could access, and that the information must have come from a Saudi double agent in AQAP. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cargo_planes_bomb_plotRead more October 29, 2010
Inspire 3 is most interesting due to its specificity on a printer bomb. A wall street promoter could not have done a better job, outlining the need for new analysis scanners for the long ignored investment avenue of cargo screening, whose patient developers waiting in the wings, gleefully took notice of INSPIRE 3. By falsely claiming responsibility for a UPS plane that crashed from a lithium battery mishap, the INSPIRE authors prove that propaganda, is really all they are about. Normally a jihadist would not discuss minute details about professing the need for molecular compound analysis, but all in all this edition literally emerges as a commercial for cargo screening devices as well as puffer machines, a very expensive screening device, that now looks like a must-have for every airport.Read more November 2010
Awlaqi and his relative, Othman al-Awlaqi, have been charged in absentia with “incitement to kill foreigners and members of security services” - charges that arose during the trial of Hisham Assem, who allegedly gunned down Jacques Spagnolo, an employee of energy firm OMV, in October. https://www.dawn.com/news/579557
The Obama administration has rewritten the nation's counterterrorism strategy so that it is also a legal matter to be settled in court. Charging al-Awlaki in the U.S. would also make it easier for the U.S. to demand he be turned over. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/yemen-tries-radical-us-born-cleric-in-absentia/
A Yemeni judge ordered police on Saturday to capture "dead or alive" a radical Muslim cleric who has been linked to several terror plots in the U.S. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/anwar-al-awlaki-radical-muslim-cleric-wanted-dead-alive-yemen-judge-order-article-1.450991
According to a report from a UK blogger, the DOJ timeline states that Pham traveled to Yemen in December 2010, transiting through Istanbul, Turkey and then met Anwar al-Awlaki in April 2011 https://www.emptywheel.net/2012/07/02/some-data-points-on-minh-qhang-pham-aqaps-graphic-artist-of-mass-destruction/Read more December, 2010
Mr. Babafemi’s first trip to Yemen was cut short when he was deported to Nigeria. He returned to Yemen in January 2011. On that trip, Ms. Ahmad said in her sentencing memorandum, he went to a safe house and pledged loyalty to Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. He met other foreign fighters, including Minh Quang Pham, a former British citizen who is being prosecuted in Federal District Court in Manhattan on charges that he supported terrorism, and Samir Khan, an American who headed the group’s English-language media arm. Mr. Babafemi wrote and edited for Inspire magazine, an English-language propaganda publication, and “wrote English rap lyrics about jihad” as part of an effort to spread the Qaeda branch’s views through songs, prosecutors said. He also received weapons training.Read more January, 2011
While INSPIRE clearly is on its way to becoming Wahhabism-in-a-box, this edition blatantly goes over the top and insanely attempts to criminalize Muslims by encouraging them to simply steal, destroy, and kill wherever they are. The article titled, "The Ruling on Dispossessing the Disbelievers Wealth in Dar al-Harb" could literally be a comedy routine if it was not so sad in its attempt to draw from Islamic doctrine in order to encourage death, chaos, and mayhem. Most certainly this work product was the result of a tasking on a pseudo-Islamic scholar, to rouse psychologically broken Muslims (those emotionally detached from their environments) to commit crimes as a campaign of mayhem.Read more January 2011
Weeks of violent protests fueled by corruption, widespread unemployment and a lack of liberty toppled one of the Arab world's most entrenched leaders, who fled this North African country Friday after 23 years of rule. http://articles.latimes.com/2011/jan/15/world/la-fg-0115-tunisia-protests-20110115Read more January 2011
Ongoing civil strife in Egypt results in a drop of support for Egyptian President Mubarak and a goal of free elections that will satisfy the desire for increased democracy and change of leadership in Egypt. http://edition.cnn.com/2011/POLITICS/02/01/us.egypt.obama/Read more February 2011
A CNN affiliate in France, BMFTV, interviewed Cherif Kouachi, one of two brothers responsible for the attack on Charlie Hebdo‘s offices, before he was killed earlier today (January 7, 2015). A BMFTV journalist reportedly talked to Cherif via phone while he and his brother were holed up at a printing factory. “We are just telling you that we are the defenders of Prophet Mohammed,” Cherif Kouachi told the journalist, according to CNN. “I was sent, me, Cherif Kouachi, by al Qaeda in Yemen. I went there and Sheikh Anwar al-Awlaki financed my trip.” Asked to explain when he met with Awlaki, Cherif said “a while ago.” Awlaki was killed in a US drone strike in late September 2011. https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2015/01/paris_terrorists_rep.phpRead more 2011
Yusuf al-Qaradawi announces on Al Jazeera TV that any Libyan soldier should kill Ghaddafi, the ruler in Libya. Interestingly, when the Osama bin Laden Journal was eventually seized upon bin Laden's death, we learn that Osama bin Laden was applauding this announcement by Yusuf al-Qaradawi, because bin Laden believed that the Islamists could take over Libya, and that the people would follow. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkWY0_yT0BwRead more February 2011
From the very preface of INSPIRE 5, the assertion that this jihadist movement is a "violent" one, running parallel to the peaceful "Arab Spring" clearly showcases an attempt to derail the move of Muslim masses toward secular government. Now gloating in narcissism, the writers showcase comments playing up the importance of their magazine, from news media. The inclusion of Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi's article is simply a rip-off from Maqdisi's website of an old question that someone from Yemen asked Maqdisi. Clearly, Awlaki is attempting to recruit jihadists into Yemen, many of whom are being picked off by drone strikes. The inclusion of the Zawahiri articles is a clear attempt to subvert the Arab Spring in the direction of the Muslim Brotherhood. * This edition of INSPIRE included the work of Pham, Sami, and Samir Khan. According to Pham, these three were the English designers of INSPIRE, however, this does not account for the first four editions. That Pham had nothing to say about the previous editions of INSPIRE other than to believe that Samir Khan designed them is odd, since Ghaith Abdul-Ahad was informed of 4 or 5 guests of Awlaki. Who were these guests and did Warsame offer any information about these possible original authors of INSPIRE ? Al-Awlaki reinforces that Al Qaeda desires murderous deviants, who see themselves as such, and rationalize their own peculiarity with a belief in "The Strangers" (Ghurabaa).Read more March 2011
Qatar apparently has already tasked Yusuf Qaradawi with saying this, and now the USA joins in and clearly, deposing Ghaddafi is full of intrigue, but in hindsight, despite all intervention many lives have been lost in the MENA region. There is no doubt that Western nations wanted to depose Ghaddafi, but humanity lies somewhere between intent and outcome and one must read many sources to learn anything of substance, so here are several for review....http://themillenniumreport.com/2015/06/the-truth-about-gaddafis-libya-natos-bombing-and-the-benghazi-consulate-attack/ http://www.un.org/press/en/2011/sc10200.doc.htm#Resolution http://www.counterpunch.org/2011/08/31/the-top-ten-myths-in-the-war-against-libya/ http://www.libyanwarthetruth.com/who-are-james-and-joanne-moriarty-our-story-intro http://www.politico.com/story/2011/03/gates-clinton-tout-success-in-libya-052005 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/30/hillary-clinton-nato-airstrikes-libya-rebels_n_1066467.html https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/hillarys-war-how-conviction-replaced-skepticism-in-libya-intervention/2011/10/28/gIQAhGS7WM_story.html Read more March 2011
Perhaps it was the payments to Al Qaeda, the two-facedness, or the spending of gross amounts of money on an elaborate mosque instead of helping his own people, but for whatever reason, Saleh is told to step down. Eventually, his enemies reminded Saleh to hurry on, by sending a missile through the wall of his mosque, and this finally seemed to convince him. http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2011/06/20/154120.htmlRead more March 2011
According to Warsame, he met Pham in March 2011 at a Shabwah safe house. Yahya (Sami) was not present, but an unnamed male and a male named abubakr were present.Read more March 2011
Soon after the capture of documents at this location, the USA would realize that Anwar al-Awlaki's intention was to lead AQAP, though any desire to meet bin Laden, would no longer be fruitful.
The Bin Laden Journal, not released at this time, but well, into the next administration, would reveal that Osama bin Laden's aspirations for Islamism were nothing like Anwar al-Awlaki's. In fact, bin Laden felt that the Muslim Brotherhood path, of infiltrating Democracy as a means to re-establish Caliphate, was the best path. The problem was, the first part of that agenda, was actual US Foreign policy at the time....attempting to establish Muslim Brotherhood influence, from Libya to Syria, with Turkey as overseer. Luckily, that misled political agenda, ultimately failed.
As the drone strike misses Awlaki, in no uncertain terms the USA makes it clear that Awlaki is an enemy of the USA, elevating his status among his peers in AQAP. Interestingly, while this is the first officially known attack on Awlaki, Morten Storm, claimed that a drone strike in 2009 was the actual first attempt to kill Anwar al-Awlaki.Read more May 5, 2011
Ali Saleh was targeted by some type of Missile aimed at his mosque, in which he was praying at the time. This created the necessity to get Saleh out of the country for medical treatment.Read more June 3, 2011
Awlaki and Aminah requested some items for Storm to purchase. Among these are a denim miniskirt for Aminah, but Awlaki wanted Hexamine and a refrigerator, apparently to make HMTD.Read more June, 2011
INSPIRE 6 features bin Laden, of course, since he was just killed. Also articles on martyrdom are published. Nonsensically the magazine opens with the preface that everything is going well for the mujahidin and they are preparing for shariah. Yemen is indeed falling apart but the publishers of INSPIRE are still cooped up in a house, unable to really do much because of the drones. So as usual, fabricated propaganda rules the day. The assertion that "Shaykh Ayman" Zawahiri is the new leader of Al Qaeda prefaces the later accusation that President Morsi of Egypt was contacted by Zawahiri, and that Zawahiri gave him orders which he accepted. While a recipe for TATP exists in this edition, an experienced chemist would note that this particular process, increases the odds of the chemical reaction, literally blowing up in one's face. This is due to the omission of two steps, each of which would have improved safety during the bomb making process. But those steps were omitted.Read more July 2011
Pham was arrested at London's Heathrow Airport upon his return to Britain from Yemen in July 2011. Prior to landing in Britain, Pham was searched and interrogated in Bahrain for 6 hours. A search of his belongings in Britain discovered electronic files setting out his links to AQAP as well as a live round of armor-piercing ammunition, (both items apparently being of non-interest or were missed by the Bahraini airport authorities) capable of being used in a Kalashnikov assault rifle. He would eventually inform FBI agents, in 2015, that Samir Khan provided him with tutorials to learn graphic design, he designed three backgrounds for INSPIRE magazine, and that Awlaki taught him to construct a bomb. Pham stated that Samir Khan had the templates for Inspire on his laptop. Specifically it is reported that Awlaki made a "powder" explosive, allegedly TATP, in one day. Yet numerous internet recipes show the complete process to powder taking 2 or 3 days. Pham's quick apprehension showed that Awlaki did not teach Pham stealth, when traveling through an airport.Read more July 2011
Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame was captured by the U.S. Navy while in transit back to Somalia from one of his visits to Yemen.Read more July 2011
The Obama administration is open to dialogue with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday about the Islamist group. "We believe, given the changing political landscape in Egypt, that it is in the interests of the United States to engage with all parties that are peaceful and committed to nonviolence, that intend to compete for the parliament and the presidency," she told reporters in Budapest, Hungary. "And we welcome, therefore, dialogue with those Muslim Brotherhood members who wish to talk with us." http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/meast/06/30/egypt.muslim.brotherhood.us/ Incredibly, this course of action completely ignored "the advice that Singapore Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew provided to then Senator Clinton and Rep. Rangel in July 2005. This advice held that Egypt should not be pushed too vigorously toward Democracy otherwise the radicals would take charge. He adviced very much against a "one man - one vote" model and suggested that many Middle Eastern countries prefer the Singapore model of Muslim Democracy." As it turned out, Egypt was taken by the radicals, and the people had to push them out.Read more July 2011
While 2011 is the year of the deposed MENA leaders, for some reason, Bashar Assad proves trickier to depose than all of the other Middle East leaders who have been deposed in this year of 2011. Eventually Assad would be successful at both killing and displacing hundreds of thousands more than any other MENA leader and would remain in power.Read more August 2011
In response to complaints over a WIRED.com (https://www.wired.com/2011/09/fbi-islam-qaida-irrelevant/) article in September 2011, the FBI is currently conducting a comprehensive review of all training and reference materials that relate in any way to religion or culture. https://archives.fbi.gov/archives/news/pressrel/press-releases/fbi-launches-comprehensive-review-of-training-program Eventually, a great deal of training and educational materials are removed from regular access, by FBI agents, creating an institutionalized ignorance of motivating factors of jihadists that execute domestic attacks. http://www.investigativeproject.org/documents/misc/868.pdfRead more September 2011
The United States reserves the right to pursue terrorists unilaterally in other countries, White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan said Friday night in a speech at Harvard Law School. "The United States does not view our authority to use military force against al Qaeda as being restricted solely to 'hot' battlefields like Afghanistan. We reserve the right to take unilateral action if or when other governments are unwilling or unable to take the necessary actions themselves," Brennan told a conference on "Law, Security & Liberty After 9/11: Looking to the Future." "That does not mean we can use military force whenever we want, wherever we want. International legal principles, including respect for a state's sovereignty and the laws of war, impose important constraints on our ability to act unilaterally - and on the way in which we can use force - in foreign territories." http://security.blogs.cnn.com/2011/09/16/us-defends-right-to-pursue-threats-no-matter-the-country/Read more September 16, 2011
Alleged promises made to mujahideen
In this video, if you click to time marker 37:29 you can hear the promise of "INTERCESSION". Jihadists who go to Syria think they can kill themselves in a suicide bombing and then intercede, or allow 70 family members into paradise, as a result of their bombing. This video is where indoctrinees get that idea. While there is a reference to this in authentic Islam, you would be hard pressed to find anyone actually saying it out loud, other than Anwar al-Awlaki.Read more September 17, 2011
As a final straw, Awlaki publishes a celebration of the 911 attacks. Clearly this edition memorializes why the Awlaki Project was created in the first place. After this edition is released, Awlaki is said to have been killed by drone strike. The legacy of Awlaki will come to be, that reforming Islam does not require one to leave the religion and be a secular lecturer. Instead, all one must do is amplify certain parts of the religion, and let the rest of the world eliminate you and your group. Now that Awlaki has proven the theory, others will put a much greater number of Muslims into the final consequence, that other Muslims have determined for them, namely that they must be eliminated from this Earth. That project is known as ISIS.Read more September 2011
Though it mysteriously took repeated attempts, Anwar al-Awlaki is said to have been killed by drone strike on September 30, 2011. Even more mysteriously, Awlaki's son was killed by drone on October 14, 2011. If Anwar al-Awlaki, was the face of the secret British programme to infiltrate jihadists and change their Hearts and Minds toward non-violence, then this program has failed, due to the disconnect between London and Washington D.C.Read more September 30, 2011
According to Xinhua news, on September 30, 2011, Ahmed al-Awlaki, one of Anwar al-Awlaki`s brothers who was wanted by the Yemeni authorities for hiding Anwar, told Xinhua by phone that “Anwar is alive and was not in the targeted convoy hit by the U.S. unmanned warplane early Friday.” No officials at the Yemeni Defense Ministry were available for comments on Ahmed al-Awlaki`s denial. An official of the Interior Ministry confirmed to Xinhua that a Yemeni-U.S. joint investigation team was dispatched to the air raid scene to examine DNA.Read more September 30, 2011
The irrelevance of al-Awlaki to Yemenis is one of the few things that unites pro and anti-Saleh people. Al-Awlaki was primarily known in the English speaking world because that was his thing, he spoke in English and gave al-Qaeda a weapon to use in their attempts to gain the support of Western Muslims. In Yemen itself, however, many Yemenis see AQAP as a smokescreen created, or at least aided, by Saleh’s regime to garner support from the West. Fingers are already being pointed to the suspicious coincidence of al-Awlaki’s death occurring a matter of days after Saleh’s return to Yemen. A sign for the Americans that they have to deal with Saleh? Or an indication that the regime knew where al-Awlaki was all along? Suspicions grow when it becomes clear that the battalion fighting AQAP militants in Abyan are affiliated to defected General Ali Muhsen, and they were only relieved, after three months, by forces that were again mostly affiliated to Ali Muhsen. Yemenis have more important things to worry about than Anwar al-Awlaki. Those who have spent months on the streets protesting against President Saleh are happy that Obama has recognised them, but they want to see real action come as a result. Their daily chats do not concern Inspire Magazine’s latest issue, but how they are going to continue living in a place where power cuts have now become endemic, fuel is either non-existent or prohibitively expensive, protesters are getting shot on the streets, and civil war seems around the corner. http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2011/10/201110494715744723.htmlRead more October 4, 2011
Several groups attempt to change the nature of FBI prosecution of Muslims by advocating against what they call.... " federal government’s use of biased, false and highly offensive training materials about Muslims and Islam". https://www.muslimadvocates.org/letter-to-dhs-john-brennan-on-fbis-use-of-biased-experts-and-training-materials/Read more October 19, 2011
Muammar Ghaddafi, the dictator of Libya is killed after his country is thrown into chaos by emerging militias after the vacuum of power left by the disintegration of the Libyan government. NATO would play a key role in villifying Ghaddafi and justifying Western attacks on the long standing regime by pointing to a violent repulsion of protesters who attacked a military base in the violent and unstable area of Eastern Libya. What followed was the decimation of long standing social welfare and employment programs, the literal eradication of the Libya's GDP, civility broken up into several factional warlords, and civil society dissolving into local militia disputes and an ongoing proxy war.Read more October 20, 2011
John Brennan responds to Farhana Khera, basically informing that numerous educational materials alleged to be maligning Islam, have been removed from usage by federal agents, and rather than evaluating Islam as espoused by Jihadists themselves, an American doctrine of Countering Violent Extremism will be in use. http://www.investigativeproject.org/documents/misc/742.pdfRead more November 3, 2011
Dr Awlaki, who was well aware of his son's inciting behavior, makes a most unusual speech in alliance with "United Ummah", yet another rendition of the Agent Provacateur - Al Muhajiroun in London. Dr Awlaki says, "They knew that Imam Anwar al-Awlaki carried an effective message, a message that was simple and straightforward. Its target was Muslims in the West. They considered a fluent, convincing Muslim preacher as a threat so they tried everything to silence him.....My son Anwar was intelligent, sharp, eloquent, educated, charismatic, and brave. He had qualities and traits that could have taken him places in this world but he chose this path and gave it his best – the path of Allah. It is the job of all of us to spread his knowledge and keep it alive. " http://icsr.info/2011/12/icsr-insight-anwar-al-awlakis-father-releases-audio-statement/
While sadness over the recent absence of his son could explain his behavior, the lack of rational thinking is not explained. After all, the public reactions of parents of serial killers, rapists, and murderers of any type are well known to be that of humility, subdued respect for the victims, and apology. Not so in this case. That appears to make Dr Awlaki a participant in the charade, that was Anwar al-Awlaki's life. http://icsr.info/2011/12/icsr-insight-anwar-al-awlakis-father-releases-audio-statement/
President Barack Obama paid tribute to the troops who served in Iraq on 14 December 2011, at the Fort Bragg military base in North Carolina. As the last of the American troops prepared to exit Iraq, he said the United States was leaving behind a "sovereign, stable and self-reliant" IraqRead more December 14, 2011
Morten Storm travels to Yemen to visit Nasir Wuhayshi aka Abu Basir. Abu Basir informed Storm that Aminah was doing well. Storm mentioned a Swedish militant group and Abu Basir was interested in an IT student that could work on Inspire. Abu Basir still wanted the hexamine that Awlaki had previously requested, and he wanted Storm to meet Ibrahim Al-Asiri, the chief bombmaker of AQAP.Read more January, 2012
The publishing of Inspire 9 with commentary on the death of Awlaki proves that INSPIRE magazine is a team project that is still in operation. Bizarrely INSPIRE 8 has an article written by a high-academic, quoting Machiavelli and citing Pakistan-British history. Puzzling in its placement, it gives the appearance that a University crew may have captured the INSPIRE project and has now commandeered it for their own purposes. The INSPIRE 9 issue contained a preface with the following statement in regard to sharia and the Arab Spring:"They came out not only to demand their basic freedoms and rights, but to establish the Sharia that will give them their rights in this world and more in the hereafter. Have not the West seen that clearly in Libya, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia and lately in Syria?!" However, what is odd about this, is that in each of these countries, it was well known that the complaints of the people were secular and economic in nature, and not religious. Therefore, once again, the propaganda nature of INSPIRE is highlighted. So what does this mean?..It means INSPIRE was not meant to affect the Arab Spring as such, but instead, to use deception to trick the reader, into believing things that are untrue." Another confusing statement, allegedly by Awlaki, is in the following excerpt, "Anyways, the plans to have me as one of the many thousand men and women around the world who have their loyalty to the US did not go through. I wasn’t suitable for that role anymore. I was a fundamentalist now!" The problem with this statement, is that it is an "outsiders" point of view on Islam. By using the RAND created label of "fundamentalist" the writer feigning to be Awlaki is self describing Awlaki with a condescending description that describes a narrow thinking Muslim seeking violent means to Global Islamic Domination. Even more over the top however, is INSPIRE 9's mandate that individual attackers send an email with all of their personal information, locale, passports, and targets and other pertinent information, via mujahideen secrets. In essence, this mechanism pinpoints the location and intention of the jihadist to the email recipient. So you can assess that for whatever its worth.Read more May 2012
Circumstances beyond Storm's control allow him to make the wise choice of leaving infiltration of AQAP behind.Read more May 2012
For unknown reasons, the Awlaki propaganda website based on a South African URL is down.Read more May 10, 2012
The Muslim Brotherhood has placed one of their own into the presidency of Egypt, Muhammad Morsi, paving the way for a pan-Arab Muslim Brotherhood rule, backed by the United States. The removal of Ghaddafi and Bin Laden were key to this matter, yet the people of Egypt are not completely cohesive. Instead a simple majority has won the day for the Muslim Brotherhood.Read more June 2012
Chris Stevens was attacked, trapped in a safe room, and the room was deliberately covered in diesel fuel and ignited in an obvious attempt to smoke him out. But Stevens remained behind a locked door too long and then staggered to another location and passed out from the smoke. The Ansar al-Sharia militants chasing him failed to apprehend him by the time locals came upon the scene and discovered his unconscious body. After being taken to an Ansar al-Sharia controlled hospital, attempts were made to recover him, but he died. As a result, the Ansar al-Sharia militants were no longer interested in taking him. The obvious kidnap attempt remains a mystery, as to motive, to this day. Strangely, this event was shrouded in a myth of a protest due to an internet video. Ansar al-Sharia was instructed to give not just one, but two, press conferences, so that the correctly constructed explanation could be provided to the International Press. This event stands as the only time in history that a terrorist group executed an attack and held two back to back press conferences to explain the event in detail.Read more September 2012
In a strange response as to why the USA droned Abdulrahmen Awlaki, Charles Gibbs simply detracts to the elder Awlaki and state that the father should have been more responsible, even though both drone killings were two weeks apart, and the official story on Abdulrahmen was that another terrorist was actually the target. Gibbs did not answer the question regarding Abdulrahmen directly and neither confirmed nor denied the death of Abdulrahmen.Read more October 2012
This former Awlaki website, showcasing Anwar al-Awlaki propaganda reappears with a more amateurish format, and at first glance, similar downloads from before. https://web.archive.org/web/20121020034602/http://www.pureislam.co.za/Read more October 20, 2012
By this time numerous individuals are splicing and uploading segments of Awlaki's lectures in order to incite violence and it continues unabated into thousands of uploads that flood youtube.Read more Ongoing....
INSPIRE 10 features, among other topics, a testimonial by the Blind Sheikh, currently housed in the supermax in Colorado, USA.Read more March 2013
Originally, right after 9/11 Anwar al-Awlaki began his own campaign to encourage Muslims to become politically active in America. He did so, touting not only the opportunities within American activism, he layered them into Islam, calling them a form of "Ibadah". Yet this drive into activism, transformed into a call for radicalism in as early as 2003, if not earlier, for Awlaki. Eerily, in a most similar fashion, Sunni leaders in Iraq had been motivated by American consultants and funded by Saudi Arabia, rallying persecuted Muslims against the predominantly Shiite government. And predictably, this bid for civil activism, became radicalism. For Iraq, the desire to right the wrongs of society, defaulted to the 7th century belief, that Allah acts through the hands of man, and teaches the ruler a lesson, 7th century style. Sunni protests, sit-ins, and demands for more rights have continued for about 2 years, supported by the US, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. However, the inability of Sunni-Shia relations to settle, combined with Gulf State desire for a Syrian revolution make peace in Iraq unlikely. While a revolution could have proceeded in Syria without Iraq involvement, too many US troops have been removed from Iraq to keep a civil peace, something the Maliki government has no interest in establishing. As a result, the Sunni Instigation toward Syrian war becomes an Iraq/Syria project for the Islamic State in Iraq, with many Sunnis from within and outside of Iraq willing to join. And eventually, much of the Awlaki doctrine, would become not only the motivation to travel to Syria, but the religious educational foundation for the fighters. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013_Hawija_clashesRead more April 2013
"While Adebolajo went on to follow even more extreme preachers, and idolised the Yemeni-American extremist Anwar al-Awlaki and al-Qaida, it was with al-Muhajiroun that Adebolajo first became involved in Islamist extremism." https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/dec/19/woolwich-trial-murder-lee-rigby-hate-crime https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/dec/19/lee-rigby-murder-michael-adebolajo-adebowale-guilty From the UK "The Sun"- "THE murder of Lee Rigby was a major turning point culturally in our country. It was the first tangible and palpable point where the brutal impacts of terrorism could be seen so openly and where the backlash against ordinary Muslims could be measured. It is also a major turning point when an extremist starts to reflect and feel an ounce of compassion for the family of their victim." https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/6437775/michael-adebolajo-lee-rigby-murder-sorry-wrong-confession/ Unfortunately for Casebeer's theory, the tide would not turn toward peace, as stabbings would escalate into 2017 and 2018, disproving the theory that victimizing the perceived antagonist, would reduce violent jihad.Read more May 2013
The removal of President Morsi in Egypt, quashes the dreams of the Muslim Brotherhood to prove their ability to rule a government in the Middle East. Perhaps an allegation of collusion with Al Qaeda did not help assert the constitutionality of Morsi's presidency. This failure destroys hope for a government that could have bound North Africa to Turkey in a political alliance that might have had substantial moral authority to effectuate change in the Middle East. The biggest problem, of course, was the injection of religion into the political process, and the disenfranchisement of political opposition. Among the accusations on Morsi, is that he colluded with and took orders from, none other than Ayman al-Zawahiri, himself, including in one conversation an order by Zawahiri, to do everything he can to return the blind sheikh, Omar Abdul Rahman, to Egypt.Read more July 2013
A Nigerian terror suspect accused of trying to help al-Qaida in Yemen was flown to New York to appear Friday in a federal courtroom. Lawal Babafemi is accused of training with members of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula and using his English skills to help publish the terrorist magazine "Inspire." Hunter's stepson said they last heard from him a few days ago. "Whenever he contacts us, he's in Thailand or the Philippines," he told NBC News. "We don't know what he does. He never tells us anything." http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Terror-al-Qaida-Court-Lawal-Babafemi-Recruit-English-Speak-Federal-Trial-New-York-Arrest-Terrorism-225522852.html https://abujade.wordpress.com/category/news/page/8/Read more July 2013
Strangely, Awalaki propaganda uploads are typically spliced, layered with heavy graphic design, and almost never supported by interactive commenters. The subsequent twitter jihadist revolution and its traits of open communication on twitter and facebook, essentially "out" the Awlaki uploads as intelligence propaganda, by individuals who are not allowed to support their work with opinion. The absolute proof of this is in the twitter jihad which much more authentically provided a platform for widespread open communication and debate, revealing no restraint at all, on the part of recruiters to jihad. After THE AWLAKI PROJECT established itself as a seamless lesson in the history of Islam leading directly to a mandate to jihad, countless online propagandists uploaded their doctored and edited creations as a means to entice and trick young people into the slippery slope of AWLAKI-ism, worldwide. Yet, comments were now limited to token requests for the names of Nasheeds and the overuse of the word "akhi" as a casual reference to other minimal likings of the posted video. Awlaki's original call in his Hearts and Minds speech had been for an Iraq based caliphate though many people perceived his work as having something to do with AQAP and Yemen. It is true that the USA almost put massive troops into Yemen, but then decided not to, and perhaps Awlaki thought his project scared that idea away. Of course in reality, no one wanted to make a worthless investment. In the end, the Awlaki propaganda would go on to cause mentally defective people all over the West, to donate their lives in a vain attempt to balance power between Sunnis and Shiites in Western Iraq.ongoing
Aside from bloviating over the Boston Bombers, this edition stands out for its signed message inciting American Muslims to violence. The signator is "Jonas the Rebel" an obvious throwback to Angolan rebel Jonas Savimbi, whom Reagan provided a secret weapon, stinger missiles. Prior to obtaining these missiles the South Africans goaded Jonas to travel the USA and enlist the support of constituencies, that would cast his anti Angolan-Cuban government hence "communist" enemy as the evil, in a good versus evil battle. That wasn't too hard and indeed Jonas the Rebel got his stingers. Quite similarly the Awlaki Project also has enticed a constituency into action, and much like the Angolan War, the contribution of willing souls after strategic propaganda, is an intended stalemate. The Awlaki project clearly is being run by people who see their work product from the outside in, and resultingly, they unavoidably condescend upon it. Additionally, the original backing of Jonas Savimbi was by transnational law firm, experienced in these kind of political manipulations wherein one country benefits another through proxy means of furthering their foreign policy. That is precisely the lens to view INSPIRE MAGAZINE from. No doubt this magazine is being promoted in similar fashion to the mechanism that supported Jonas Savimibi.Read more January 2014
January 14, 2014: ISIL conquers the city of Raqaa in northern Syria, after fierce fighting with rival rebels. Raqaa, the first provincial capital lost completely by the regime, becomes its stronghold. https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-02-19/timeline-islamic-states-gains-and-losses-iraq-and-syria Despite the lax language Obama will use in a future interview, ISIS will rise to become the most vicious embodiment of abused Islamic doctrine for mayhem, the world has ever see, short of Timur Tamerlane.Read more January 2014
In this interview, President Obama famously refers to the rise of ISIS, with the categorization of them, as a "JV" team to varsity team, "Al Qaeda". Unfortunately, the dismissive statements on the sunni-shiite divide, allude, either to a sudden dementia among intelligence analysts who dutifully should have known better, or a predetermined policy position that basically says, "The USA is sitting this one out." ISIS would then rise to become the most murderous social experiment, creating its own version of an Islamic State, based, not truly on history, but instead on fanciful yet Islamically justified salafi writings, by the inciting authors of "Management of Savagery" and "Fiqh of Blood". The ensuing bloodbath, that will eventually be called the "Rise of ISIS" may well be the culmination of an Arab State response to the WTC attacks of 9/11. Not only is all Islamic battle history discarded, but all that truly is dysfunctional, in the fabled Islamic pursuit of Khilafah, is presented, amplified, and shoved down the throats of strategically recruited idiots, most of whom, would die, in the ensuing war by Islamic State Muslims, against the rest of the world. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/01/27/going-the-distance-david-remnick https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/04/the-mind-of-islamic-state-more-coherent-and-consistent-than-nazism https://www.newstatesman.com/culture/2016/07/shiraz-maher-isis-management-savagery https://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com/2016/03/18/the-world-according-to-isis/Read more January 27, 2014
A few things stand out in this issue: For instance this paragraph:
"Speak up to the people around you who talk badly about Jihād. Advise them to be fair and wise and not to listen to one side and give a deaf ear to the counterpart. Let them realize that it is important, upon hearing news from the mainstream media, to confirm it from Mujahideen's media."
Which clearly instructs an indoctrinated idiot how to be discovered by the intelligence services.
The Titled post based on "The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly" an American Western, but the published piece in INSPIRE 12 is called "The Good, the Lamb, and the Ugly" is a short story about a Wolf and two lambs, attempting to depict the Lambs as Muslims at war, and the United States as the Wolf. The problem is that the Lambs are not murderous bloodletters, yet the mujahidin are.
And then the propagandized self titlement of calling themselves "a people who terrorize the enemies of Allah" highlights the notion that the INSPIRE mag crew are demented misfits who can not interpret the Quran correctly.
Largely in protest over Washington's reluctance to get involved militarily in Syria, he reportedly told European diplomats in October that Saudi Arabia would be scaling back its co-operation with the CIA over arming and training rebel groups seeking to topple President Bashar al-Assad. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-27047856Read more March 2014
yet another Middle East president falls...Read more June 2014
It has been a long time since Wesley Clark was told of the US plan to topple 7 Islamic Countries in 5 years, shortly after the 9/11 attack. And while the Bush presidency angered Muslim sensibilities, fueling recruitment into Al Qaeda in Iraq, furthering radical Islamism, the Obama administration equally incensed Muslims as numerous Islamic country leaders were deposed fulfilling somewhat, Bushes original intent, and now Syria was next on the list. In addition, radical leaders were droned, and rule by the Muslim Brotherhood was teased then taken away. Now to make matters worse, a revolution in Syria has been smashed down upon by Bashar Assad, creating a jihadist-based clarion call to the world for mujahideen to come and protect the Muslims. The Islamic world was now in an instigated frenzy and tens of thousands of youth were recruited and facilitated to the Islamic State.Read more June 29, 2014
"The Khorasan Group - a name apparently coined by the US - is believed to be made up of about 50 veteran militants from Afghanistan and Pakistan, which jihadists refer to as Khorasan, as well as North Africa and Chechnya." In an odd announcement, the USA calls a military strike on Al Qaeda, an attack on "The Khorasan Group". Though somewhat ridiculed it does highlight the desperation to further the myth that Al Qaeda has somehow been destroyed and a small rag tag affiliate is now destroyed too, or does it ? Another interpretation, is that the use of the word "Khorasan" is a formal announcement, and virtual "sounding of a horn" to global jihadists everywhere... that the black flags of khorasan are marching to Syria and all mujahideen must follow as specified in Islamic prophecy. Reinforcing an Islamic hadith that states, "the black banners will rise from Khorasan and nothing shall turn them back until they are planted in Jerusalem." Regardless of the word game, or strange cheerleading of Islamist aspirations by the USA -- Al Qaeda and their Islamic brethren, ISIS, continue to be an ongoing source of mayhem for Iraq, Syria, and Libya. Eventually militants in Syria would deny the "Khorasan" label, leaving the "Khorasan Group" announcement as purely a propagandistic choice by someone in the United States. Pundits would claim it was to feign the absence of Al Qaeda, but all Islamic historians know, this is a call to war for the Islamic youth. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-29350271 http://time.com/3430960/obama-isis-khorasan-terrorism/Read more September 2014
Within this magazine, the article titled "The Battle of Marathon" showcases the author's inability to avoid condescending upon Islam and Islam's culture. While on the face of things, the magazine appears to promote Islamic Jihad, this article, playing up the Boston Bombing includes citation of the Battle of Marathon, a defeat for Persians yet victory for Greeks, the society whose ideals founded Western Democracy. Stating that Wall Street is not to blame for oppression upon Muslims, runs contrary to the very foundation of the 9/11 attack. And while one could interpret the March 11 date of the Madrid Train Bombings as being close to the "Ides of March", its inaccurate application highlights the author's enthtrallment with history, as opposed to a mindset of Islamic superiority. Clearly this article is written by a Western author who is literally unable to hide his disdain for Islamism and his love for Western civilization. To top it off, use of the name "Abu Abdillah Almoravid" is a throwback to the Almoravid Dynasty, that was mocked by its conquerer for decadence and effeminacy.Read more December 2014
Just two days after President Obama's visit to Riyadh, King Salman has sacked several of the princes who met with the U.S. delegation. According to U.S. and Saudi reporting of the January 27 summit, talks between the two leaders were dominated by national security topics, including Iran, the "Islamic State"/ISIS, and Yemen. It is therefore surprising that the most senior departure is Prince Khaled bin Bandar, the head of Saudi intelligence, who sat near the king during the discussion. Although Khaled has been retained as an "advisor" to the king, this is usually thought of as an irrelevant position. He has been replaced by Khaled bin Ali bin Abdullah al-Humaidan, a nonroyal former general who was already a senior intelligence official. Also out is Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the secretary-general of the Saudi National Security Council, former ambassador to Washington, and former intelligence chief who was viewed as one of the late King Abdullah's closest confidants. The NSC has now been abolished, along with the Supreme Petroleum Council and other top advisory bodies. Another casualty is King Abdullah's son Prince Turki, the sacked governor of Riyadh province who had greeted President Obama at the airport and bid him farewell upon his departure. Prince Mansour bin Mitab bin Abdulaziz -- the minister of municipalities and rural affairs who was in the welcoming line for the president -- was also demoted to "advisor," even though Salman had confirmed all current cabinet members only a week before. Mansour and his father before him had run the ministry for thirty-five years. http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/princely-personalities-sidelined-in-saudi-arabiaRead more January 2015
A lethal al Qaeda affiliate gave one of the Charlie Hebdo shooters $20,000 for terrorist operations three years ago, but the U.S. has not found evidence the group directed last week’s massacre in Paris, two counter-terrorism officials told ABC News today. https://abcnews.go.com/International/al-qaeda-laid-plan-charlie-hebdo-massacre-video/story?id=28213640
One witness reported hearing the gunmen mention al-Qaida. Another said one had told him to “inform the media we are from al-Qaida in Yemen”. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/09/charlie-hebdo-suspects-us-terrorist-watchlist-cherif-said-kouachi
“We are just telling you that we are the defenders of Prophet Mohammed,” Cherif Kouachi told the journalist, according to CNN. “I was sent, me, Cherif Kouachi, by al Qaeda in Yemen. I went there and Sheikh Anwar al-Awlaki financed my trip.” https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2015/01/paris_terrorists_rep.php
After years in litigation and the revocation of British citizenship, England avoids a show trial and extradites Minh Quang Pham to the USA (Pham will eventually be sentenced to 40 years in prison, on May 27, 2016.Read more March 2015
While secret agents are not typically revealed in the papers, in an interesting clarification of history in this late year of 2015, double agent, Aimen Dean, recounts in an ExpressandStar article, entitled, "7/7 bombers attended lecture in Dudley" that 3 of the 4 7/7 bombers attended an Anwar al-Awlaki lecture in 2003. Apparently the home office had a camera across the street and took pictures of everyone entering the house, though the 3 bombers somehow were not identified. The name of the lecture or topic discussed was not provided but the association helps to frame that England was monitoring such lectures, and despite this, failed to prevent the 7/7 attack. Similar to the array of America based search warrants from which Awlaki was exempted, now, despite clearly having Awlaki under their watch, Awlaki would once again, not be subject to search warrants as Omar Bakri and Anjem Choudary had in that same year, and his future activities resulting in massive death worldwide, would proceed unabated until his killing by American drone. http://www.expressandstar.com/news/local-news/2015/04/04/77-bombers-attended-lecture-in-dudley/Read more April 2015
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Returned ISIS fighters reveal that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, is using Anwar al-Awlaki lectures in order to teach Islam to its new recruits, most of whom are very ignorant of Islam, but were attracted by the anticipation of fighting. Interestingly, the ISIS attempt to establish a Caliphate in Syria, is confirmation of Awlaki's prediction in his December 26, 2003 speech at the East London Mosque, that jihad in Iraq, would spread to Syria. .... how did he know ?Read more Ongoing...
At this point, the Jihadist life after Osama bin Laden, has killed hundreds of thousands of people and resulted in social upheaval in Iraq, Syria, and Libya. In 2000, a mythical "Al Qaeda Manual" was discovered in England. Stealthy and lethal in nature it was replaced with Anwar al-Awlaki's 44 Ways to Support Jihad. Those 44 ways were truly all ways to get noticed and reported. But if such fancy was not clear enough, the shadowy thinkers that bridge the Nexus between Islamic political chaos and order (perhaps in an effort to finally join the international community) apparently place everything they would like to expel from Islam, into the easily accessible Anwar al-Awlaki audio lectures, and magazines called INSPIRE, DABIQ, and RUMIYAH - the compiled and published works of the Radical Islamic Terrorists, with a facilitated 21st century, graphically designed flair. With so many Quran verses in isolation yet linked to everyday events the blasphemy nature of these publications can not be understated. And maybe, just a little TMI on American culture has been contributed to the psy-ops operation, perhaps added by a criminal contracting organization, offering think-tank level knowledge to a terrorist propaganda magazine. Given all that is known it is genuinely impossible for a true Extreme Islamic organization to contort Islamic doctrine in this manner, yet its process might be an over zealous attempt to infiltrate real terrorist organizations. The proof of this accusation is in the real life experience of the Algerian GIA and its demise, yet few know about this in depth. Unfortunately, the actual end products also work against the safety and security of Americans, and in fact cause harm to many innocent citizens through instigated attacks that slip through the fingers of investigators-and yet, the 44 ways were so explicitly explained and designed for visibility!Read more Ongoing...
Aside from an errant article allegedly published by Shaykh Hammed al-Tameemi, the article allegedly authored by Ibrahim bin Hassan Al-Asiri, states "According to the American vision, wars will continue in the Middle East until the break-up of the regimes that do not call for American values, an example is Saudi regime – although this might be gradually." This shows the authors affection for Saudi Arabia and reinforces the notion that the actual authors of INSPIRE are a psychological operations crew based in Saudi Arabia and quite possibly are in fact, the "Arab Crew" as witnessed by one Minh Quang Pham during his time in Yemen. Most notably is that this Inspire Magazine propaganda is allegedly from the Yemen civil war participants, yet it attempts to rouse up emotions based on domestic USA issues. Only an idiot could not understand that the publishers of Inspire Magzine have too much knowledge of American culture and appear to be recruting angry and ignorant Americans in order to be "faux jihadists" for geopolitical purposes.Read more November 2016
After the revelation that ISIS was spawned by a merger between Baathists and old AQI, while residing in Camp Bucca, despite a limited campaign and a trickling of weapons support to Kurds, ISIS rages on, virtually convinced of their invulnerability as a reluctant USA piddles and the Iraq Shiite army stumbles, in its efforts to fight against the radical Islamic fighting force. And despite the bold assertion by Nawaf Obaid, that a USA pullout of troops would result in massive Saudi intervention, no sign of that intervention can be seen, beyond casual pricey weapons and a US TOW missile here, and there. And yet perhaps these weapons were stolen from the innefectual and mythical Syrian Free Army.
If you are not well versed in how Saudi Arabia sees the manipulation of their (exported) Wahhabist Islamic doctrine, by other intelligence agencies who create "media agencies" and "jihadist platforms" from their own point of view, watch the following lecture...
Purely coincidentally, as Awlaki's 8 year old daughter, suddenly becomes vulnerable to the oft common child marriage age in Yemen, not only is she mysteriously caught up at the Dahab family camp, home of serious Al Qaeda members, but she also is killed in an American Special Forces attack. Original reporting to Al Jazeera Egypt stated that two individuals were taken in an American helicopter but this was later reported as not being the case. Nevertheless, the reported death of Awlaki's daughter upon marriage age in Yemen while hanging out in an Al Qaeda camp, was unfortunate. Even more mysterious, is that after this event, slowly but surely, over the following year, Awlaki internet uploads would virtually cease, as the geographically scattered uploaders of Awlaki material, vanished, one by one. Seemingly the mere presence of a new American President, resulted in the disappearance of a trans-national, long standing propaganda project, meant to incite dumb Muslims, into senseless violence.Read more Janury 29, 2017
Interestingly enough, this apparently FINAL edition of Awlaki-related propaganda, instigates train derailment, and could very well block passage of a Congressional bill that seeks to weaken current train regulations requiring effective safety measures, called the "Rails Act" . It is strange that AQAP would politically hijack a bill currently in Congress, to the benefit of Americans, yet, The allusion that the Awlaki Project is undeniably a product of an international Lobbying Firm, seemed apparent with INSPIRE 3 and its highly technical sales pitch for millimeter wave scanners, but now, this notion glows brightest with INSPIRE 17. The Rails Act would seek to remove the requirement for ECP braking that could help prevent train derailments by using computers and physics to steady, train motion in the case of instability due to likely derailment. The same familiar, effeminate, anglo, short, and portly individual from other INSPIRE editions, is present in photographs using a hacksaw commonly sold in Great Britain, once again reinforcing the external nature of Inspires's origins, to Yemen. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/railroads-regulators-clash-over-braking-system-for-trains-carrying-flammable-liquids/2016/12/19/68071650-9ad4-11e6-b3c9-f662adaa0048_story.html?utm_term=.a4aa2c21c97f http://www.businessinsider.com/al-qaeda-published-18-page-guide-on-how-to-derail-trains-in-europe-and-america-2017-8?r=US&IR=T&IR=TRead more August 13, 2017
Despite jurisprudence which is virtually identical, The Islamic State, punishes with literal and historical hudud (punishments) and Saudi Arabia, aside from beheadings, tends to suspend the hudud in favor of prison terms. Also Saudi Arabia does not televise its punishments for Homosexuality, Adultery, and Stealing. But one of the interesting things about the Islamic State and their vast media campaign, is how the world villifies the Islamic State but NOT Saudi Arabia, even though many similarities exist in how they administrate justice.Read more Ongoing...