November 09, 2009

Updated: Anwar Awlaqi in Contact with Hasan Prior to Attack, Today Calls Hassan "a Hero"

Yemeni-American jihad propagandist Anwar has been off line for a bit but manages to surface long enough to lavish praise on murderer Nidal Hasan. NEFA had the statement:

“Nidal opened fire on soldiers who were on their way to be deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. How can there be any dispute about the virtue of what he has done? In fact the only way a Muslim could Islamically justify serving as a soldier in the US army is if his intention is to follow the footsteps of men like Nidal.”

“The heroic act of brother Nidal also shows the dilemma of the Muslim American
community. Increasingly they are being cornered into taking stances that would either make them betray Islam or betray their nation. Many amongst them are choosing the former. The Muslim organizations in America came out in a pitiful chorus condemning Nidal’s operation.”

It was learned earlier today that Hassan communicated with Awlaki, according to US CT officials, who determined the messages didn't constitute a threat.

Nov. 9 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. counterterrorism officials detected communications between a radical Muslim religious leader and Major Nidal Malik Hasan, the suspect in the Nov. 5 shootings at a Texas Army base that left 13 dead, a U.S. official said.

The official said Hasan’s communications were with Anwar al Awlaki, who news reports said was the imam at a Falls Church, Virginia, mosque when Hasan and his relatives worshipped there. U.S. authorities, who intercepted the communications before the attack at Fort Hood, determined the messages didn’t pose a threat, said the official, who requested anonymity.

In October, al Qaeda in Yemen issued an odd statement referencing Texas: “Many university teachers in western countries started contacting us and providing us with important information,” said the unidentified militant, adding “the families of killed American nationals also began contacting us,” and “if the entire population of Texas were to perish, we would not have done our duty to the Muslims. We will continue to fight the Americans and will never let them go,”

The Washington Post gave Awlaki an open forum in November 2001 to discuss the true meaning of Ramadan.

In August 2006, Awlaki was arrested in Yemen, leading to the arrests in October of eight Europeans on charges of smuggling weapons to al Qaeda in Somalia. All were later released.

Update by Barbarossa: Sorry to butt in here, Jane, but I think it is worth repeating what I noted just the other day that this is the same Anwar al-Awlaki praised by the New York Times just weeks after the 9/11 attacks as an American imam representing "a new generation of Muslim leader capable of merging East and West":

Imam Anwar Al-Awlaki, spiritual leader at the Dar al-Hijra mosque in Virginia, one of the nation's largest, which draws about 3,000 worshipers for communal prayers each Friday, said: ''In the past we were oblivious. We didn't really care much because we never expected things to happen. Now I think things are different. What we might have tolerated in the past, we won't tolerate any more.''

''There were some statements that were inflammatory, and were considered just talk, but now we realize that talk can be taken seriously and acted upon in a violent radical way,'' said Mr. Al-Awlaki, who at 30 is held up as a new generation of Muslim leader capable of merging East and West: born in New Mexico to parents from Yemen, who studied Islam in Yemen and civil engineering at Colorado State University.

As this quote from a former top homeland security official taken from this Telegraph article, shows, the Times crapped out on their bridge between East and West:

Charles Allen, a former under-secretary for intelligence at the Department of Homeland Security, has described al-Awlaki, who now lives in Yemen, as an "al-Qaeda supporter, and former spiritual leader to three of the September 11 hijackers... who targets US Muslims with radical online lectures encouraging terrorist attacks from his new home in Yemen".

Awlaki's name has come up recently in connection with the Toronto 18 terror case.

The obvious warning signs were not only ignored in Hasan's case, but Awlaki's also. The media was wrong then; why should we believe them now?

By Jane at 09:40 AM | Comments |