January 05, 2010
Hey NCTC! I'm on the terror watch list! Can I speak at your deradicalization conference?
So much for the National Counterterrorism Center connecting the dots. That's the assessment of an article in Pajamas Media yesterday, "Shock: Government 'de-radicalization' expert was on terror watch list", which follows up on our own reporting last week about Yasir Qadhi of the Al Maghrib Institute.
A CNN report last week revealed that Flight 253 bomber Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab had attended a 16-day conference sponsored by Al Maghrib in Houston and two other Al Maghrib events in the UK. Qadhi claimed he was shocked, SHOCKED! to see a would-be terrorist attracted to their events.
But we observed that Yasir Qadhi's media company, Ilmquest, had been selling more than a dozen CD sets by Al-Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki even after the Ft Hood shootings inspired by Awlaki. We also noted that Qadhi had been recorded making virulently anti-Jewish statements.
Now the plot thickens. The CNN report also noted that Qadhi had spoke at the 2008 de-radicalization conference put on by the National Counterterrorism Center. I'll let the PJM article pick it up from there:
To say that Yasir Qadhi has been involved in de-radicalization efforts in the U.S. is a sick joke. That he was a leading participant in the NCTC’s conference on counter-radicalization is a step into the surreal. Was al-Qaeda cleric Anwar Al-Aulaqi not available to attend? When it comes to Islamic radicalization, Yasir Qadhi is the problem, not the solution. And the NCTC only had to consult its own records to know exactly who they were dealing with.
An August 8, 2006, article in the Houston Chronicle reported on a meeting in Houston with Department of Homeland Security officials where Yasir Qadhi complained openly that he was on the terror watch list.
Yes, the NCTC's de-radicalization expert admitted in 2006 that he was on the terror watch list. Through a little digging on the Houston Chronicle website, I was able to find the 2006 article cited in the PJM report where Qadhi tells a bunch of Homeland Security bigwigs that he was on the terror watch list. Then there's this:
Qadhi has been one of the most outspoken advocates for convicted “Virginia jihad network leader” Abu Al-Tamimi, and his MuslimMatters website openly champions the cause of captured al-Qaeda operative Aafia Siddiqui.
In this case, Qadhi had already connected the dots for the NCTC -- AND THEY STILL MISSED IT!!! It's hard to improve on the closing of the PJM article:
By representing that Yasir Qadhi is a partner in de-radicalization efforts, the NCTC has been outwitted by a two-faced, low-level ideological Islamic thug — proving that it is no match for the likes of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab and al-Qaeda.
Where in the hell are the Congressional hearings on the utter incompetence of the NCTC, the very agency charged with connecting the dots??