October 11, 2010

North Carolina Muslim Admits Working with al Qaeda: "Proud to be an American Traitor" [Full text] [UPDATED 10/12/2010]

****Jawa Report Exclusive****

I think we can quit with the speculation about where he went and why

Update by Rusty: The full text of Khan's story can be found at the end of this post.

I'm reading the magazine now and will continue to update.

it didn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that I was al Qaeda to the core.

UPDATE: I see the MSM is picking up the story now. We had it first. I just had to change the timestamp in order to sticky this post.

Reading Khan's story I picked out the quote above. Since it was obvious to all parties that Khan -- also known as inshallahshaheed and Abu Risaas online -- was sympathetic to al Qaeda, we've been asking for months who let him out of the country? And not just out of the country, but someone somewhere made the decision to let him go to Yemen, which is al Qaead central!

And in an odd coincidence, just this morning we asked why Khan hadn't released the second edition to his magazine. Was that fate or is Sammy still reading the Jawa Report? I also put up this image that Samir had made for me some years back.

UPDATE: Samir Khan first started out on a blog he called "The Ignored Puzzles Pieces of Knowledge." That must have been, what? Five years ago. We were some of the first to see what he was up to.

He tried to blog anonymously as "inshallahshaheed" (God willing, a martyr). It took us all of fifteen minutes to connect "inshallahshaheed" with Samir Khan. As smart as he is -- and he is, by far, the most articulate of the English language online jihadis -- he obviously wasn't that bright.

Pretty soon thereafter we became involved in an online feud with Samir. Through our combined efforts we were able to get his blog suspended from a number of platforms. At other times Samir would illegally steal our images by hotlinking them. We responded by switching out the images for ones that were less to his liking.

This eventually led to death threats by Samir against me and my family.

Eventually The New York Times got wind of "inshallahshaheed" and publicly outed him. Samir didn't stop. Instead, he was emboldened by the notoriety.

His blog eventually landed on the backpages of an Islamist forum which was hosted in Belgium. The forum had Arabic, English, and German sections. The Arabic and German moderators of that forum are now in jail for connections to terrorism.

See how this works? Online jihadis often are either connected to or become real world terrorists. They are dangerous. It's about time we began taking them seriously.

UPDATE: This makes two Americans who are in charge of al Qaeda media -- Adam Gadahn in Pakistan/Afghanistan for their as Sahab label and Samir Khan in Yemen for the English side of their al Malahein label.

This should drive home the point that the global jihad is not an Arab or a Pakistani problem. Violent jihad is not only being imported from these countries, but we are now exporting the future leaders of the jihad.

Think about that for awhile.

For those who have serious reservations about targeting American citizens using drones, I wonder if this changes anything for you? Does that fact that Khan openly and gleefully admits that he is a traitor change your mind? Or do you still think that people like Khan, Adam Gadahn, and Anwar al-Awlaki can't be targeted due to some overriding principle of "justice" only happening within the confines of US courts?

UPDATE: There is some scary stuff in this issue. I was going to put up a link to it, but after reading most of it I've decided not to. Why? Because, like I said, there is some scary stuff in there.

In the last issue they had that "make a bomb in your mom's kitchen" thing. I was happy to link that. Yes, go ahead, try to make a bomb. Hillarity, inevitably, will ensue.

But in this issue? Um, let's just say they offer up some much more practical advice on how to kill infidels.

And they are very up front that Muslims should remain in the US (note to Sammy: didn't take your own advice, eh?), try not to hook up with other jihadis, and just go out and kill as many civilians as possible. And they offer up some advice on how this can be done feasibly.

So, no, I'm not going to link it. Our enemies just don't need us to make it that easy for them.

UPDATE 10/12/2010 noonish: I have lots of updates about this. The MSM is now all over the story this morning. Some of them even going into the details of the magazines advice on how to kill people. Hint: if you work on Capital Hill, you might want to think about avoiding crowded restaurants in the area.

Interestingly enough, NPR's second piece in a long planned series of articles on US leaders within al Qaeda profiles Samir Khan. It's completely bogus and doesn't ask any of the hard questions.

Like: if everyone at Khan's Charlotte mosque was so worried about him being sympathetic to al Qaeda, then why did no one call the FBI and warn them Khan was about to head to Yemen? Further, if his parents were so worried why did they not stop him? Zach Chesser's in-laws hid their daughters passport so that she couldn't go to Somalia.

I don't buy it. He went to a mosque already affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood. It was not "moderate" by any stretch. Further, I have concrete evidence that Khan continued to associate with mosque members up until the time he left. I see no indication that any of them thought of Khan as anything other than one of them. No indication whatsoever that Samir was an outsider with dangerous views.

Perhaps my favorite reports on the new issue of Inspire is this one from AOL which suggests that Khan and al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula might get sued for copyright violation since there are several other trademarked magazines already on news stands titled "Inspire". So, maybe he'll be sued. Or maybe he'll sue me (LOL).

As far as analysis of the new magazine's contents go, Internet Haganah has several posts devoted to it. Click on over there or see the links at the bottom of this post to find them.

And if you ever wanted to email al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula but didn't have the proper contact info, here you go.

As a last piece of this update you might be wondering how the online jihadi community here in the US is reacting to al Qaeda's advice on how to kill more civilians without getting caught then you might not want to read this post. Yes, it's kinda scary.

10/12 UPDATE II: I see Brachman has this about the magazine:

This magazine is focused on giving average guys who generally support al-Qaeda but feel like one man can’t make a difference the kick in the butt that they need to move from thought to action. It is an effort to provide as many role-models to emulate and potential paths for action to adopt as possible.

2. Inspire is the magazine equivalent of Anwar al-Awlaki: it is a populist publication, it’s for the jihadi everyman. Whereas previous publications used to focus on making complex arguments and exploring sophisticated issues in-depth, this series is focused on mobilizing: on actualizing potential. They believe that there are a lot of loaded guns out there in the form of angry kids in the West. They just need someone to pull the trigger: Al-Qaeda believes they can be this trigger.

Scary stuff.

Heggehammer makes some observations too

Khan’s strategy presupposes that individuals can aquire the motivation to die for the cause almost in a vacuum. However, in most historical cases, individuals only acquired this motivation after interacting with other radicals, going abroad for jihad, or accessing jihadi propaganda - all of which are activities discouraged by Samir Khan.
This builds on something Aaron noted yesterday:
it is a poor substitute for the things that are required in order to make terrorism happen: hands-on, shoulder-to-shoulder training; genuine leadership, including being in the presence of the leader; and a real, not virtual, group of comrades who are capable of developing and executing a plan, who can transition from a Bunch of Guys™ to an operational unit.
If becoming a lone jihadi is the ideal and this sort of propaganda is enough to inspire an individual to pick up a gun, go down to Wal Mart, and start killing people, then how come Samir Khan found it necessary to go to Yemen and join up with al Qaeda?

For the most part we need a social circle to encourage us to kill. The Nidal Hasans of the world are rare.


Here's the text of the story written by Khan. Thanks to Hetz Shahor for cleaning up the text from the original PDF:

This is the story of the Muslim American jihadi, Samir Khan. After working a few years in the jihad media sector in America, he packed his bags and left for Yemen to help the mujahidin. This is an account of how he happily became a traitor to America and why he chose to make such a decision.

After my faith took a 180-degree turn, I knew I could no longer reside in America as a compliant citizen. My beliefs had turned me into a rebel of Washington’s imperialism. My faith and convictions gave me strength to lambast the greatest tyrant of our time. It angered and frustrated them, while it left me in a state of peace and joy. What they were doing and continue to do in the Muslim lands is what I felt, totally unacceptable to my religion. They installed and supported pawn regimes, sweet-talked them into deals, beefed up their military, all so that they could further their political goals of establishing a modern day ubiquitous policing government that would include in its policy the containment of all Islamic resistances that work for a just Islamic order. Throughout this process to this day, they have freely raped the Islamic nation at will, robbed what they pleased, and murdered for their ‘democracy’ while their donkey puppets went around capturing, killing and torturing those who have an ounce of willpower to defend their Islamic nation.

I decided to take up the pen and write out my thoughts and feelings regarding America’s cowboy behavior in the Islamic lands. I knew that I had to stay under the guidelines of the laws regarding freedom of speech, but at the same time, I knew the real truth wouldn’t be able to reach the masses unless and until I was above the law.

I proceeded to travel to Yemen, the land of faith and wisdom. After spending some time in Sana'a as an English teacher, I made my move quietly. I praise Allah and laugh at the intelligence agencies that were watching me for all those years. Back in North Carolina, the FBI dispatched a spy on me who pretended to convert to Islam; I took this man’s shahāda and kept him under my wing. At one point, he broke his cover, revealing his true identity. There were quite a few other incidents of regular surveillance and even one where they set me up to rain blows on an agent who pretended to be a jerk that hated me for my onlinework. I knew I had to rush out ofAmerica before the FBI got me in for a flimsy excuse as they have done to individuals like Tariq Mehanna. Even when in Sana'a, I caught one of their agents spying on me near my hotel. As I left Sana'a, I was surprised that they all easily fell for my cover. Throughout my experience of traveling from America to Yemen, I was expecting to be stopped and detained. But the most trouble I went through – if it’s even considered trouble – was that it took thirty minutes extra to get my boarding pass in North Carolina since, as the receptionist told me, I was being watched. It still surprises me when I reflect on it; I mean, I was quiet open about my beliefs online and it didn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that I was al Qaeda to the core. That proved to my soul that if Allah wants to protect you, no one has the power on earth to harm you. I was to learn that lesson continually in close encounters with death later on.

I remember when I traveled from Sana'a, for what seemed like years, in a car to one of the bases of the mujahidin, the driver played this one nashīd repeatedly. It was ‘Sir ya bin Ladin’. I already knew of this nashīd from before, but something had struck me at that moment. The nashīd repeated lines pertaining to fighting the tyrants of the world for the purpose of giving victory to the Islamic nation. But it also reminded the listener that Shaykh Usama bin Ladin is the leader of this global fight. I looked out the window at the tall mud houses below the beautiful sky and closed my eyes as the wind blew through my hair. I took a deep breath to let it all out. At that moment, I realized that my entire life would be changed by this one decision of mines. I was about to officially become a traitor of the country I grew up in for most of my life. I thought about many of the possible effects it could have on my life; but whatever they were, I was ready for it. That’s because I am an individual convinced that Islam’s claim to power in the modern world is not going to be as easy as walking down a red carpet or driving through a green light. I am cutely aware that body parts have to be torn apart, skulls have to be crushed and blood has to be spilled in order for this to be a reality. Anyone who says otherwise is an individual who is not prepared to make sacrifices that heroes and champions make.

As my eyes passed over the mysterious twirls of the sand dunes, I was reminded of the enigma of jihad in the contemporary world. It's just absolutely enthralling to know that guerrilla’s can fight off global superpowers with the bare minimum resulting in great enemy losses, drainage of the enemy's economy and a rising popular support for the mujahidin.

After some time passed in the company of the mujahidin, I quickly acknowledged that success does not rely upon the job you undertake from nine to five, nor does it rely upon the wealth that you have accumulated, nor does it rely upon how far you have taken your studies in college. All of these things are respectable, but by being with the mujahidin, it helped open my eyes that our reason in life has nothing to do with any of these things. The only thing in the entire world that matters to me, more than ever before, is the condition of my heart when I die. From our Islamic traditions, if the heart is tainted with greed, arrogance, haughtiness, niggardliness, and such, then entering Paradise will be a difficult task. So being in jihad makes me focus on my soul’s wellbeing for the purpose of being accepted by the Lord of the Worlds since death surrounds jihad although the guarantee of death is not there. Straying from the focus only brings me destruction, even if I were to own half the world. That is my message to those who rule the Muslim lands.

How could I become a traitor to myself by throwing away this holy odyssey? Living with myself would then be like a fish taken out of water. Thus, it only brought me gleeful tears and great joy to hear that America labels me a terrorist due to my love for correcting and straightening my soul out for the better. I have become a traitor for chasing after my love. What more evidence does one need that America and her allies hate Muslims who want to practice their religion to the very core?

I would always laugh whenever the start of Ramadan would occur in America and the President would take a few minutes to articulate on how marvelous Islam is; almost as if he himself was to become Muslim. I would laugh because they would show this face in their country, and a different face in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantanamo Bay. After knowing what America has accomplished in the Islamic world, what Muslim wouldn’t want to be a traitor? I seriously question the veracity of one’s faith when they have to think twice on taking a stand against America whether it is directly or indirectly. The list is endless when it comes to the crimes they have perpetrated upon the Islamic world. The recent leak of a 92,000-page document on the American crimes and realities of the war in Afghanistan is really only a scratch upon the surface. America has a long history of massacring and subjugating Muslims and yet the American regime is still scratching its head on the question: why did Usama bin Ladin attack us? America, take a hint for once: maybe you did something. It should then come as no surprise that the Muslims in your midst – like Nidal Hassan, Faisal Shahzad, and others – became traitors of your state due to your conduct. If you don’t want to spend the rest of your life worrying about preventing another attack, then take the advice of Wikileaks editor, Julian Assange: “If U.S. forces are demoralized because they have been assassinating people without going through the judicial process or because they have been engaged in civilian casualties; if they are demoralized by that, they should change their behavior.”[1]

With that said, my status as a traitor is not entirely a reaction to America’s criminality. The core of my being is really based on religious convictions in the absence of politics. I began on this path as an Islamic activist who didn’t believe in fighting any government since, as I had believed, taking on a standing army was impossible for Muslims today. I was already aware that the government’s of the modern world a shari'ah-based state that would have jihad as a part of its foreign policy. However, that didn’t stop me from believing in my general Islamic obligation of working for the establishment of an Islamic State. The ninth verse of Şūrah as-Şaff was my inspiration: {It is He who sent His Messenger with guidance and the religion of truth to manifest it over all religion, although those who associate others with Allah may hate it}. The way I understood this verse was that Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم was sent with the mission of bringing Islam to the world; not for it to only remain in the homes and mosques, but to have it as a working system of government that would shape entire societies based on the guidelines of Qur’an and Sunnah.

When my views changed regarding the obligation of jihad in this age – that it will remain individually obligatory (fard `ayn) upon all the Muslims of the world until all of our lands are recaptured from the occupiers – through a purely intellectual conviction from the religious texts (as opposed to pure hatred of American foreign policy), I knew at that point that my religion required me to fight America and her allies as Islam doesn’t shy from stating who is the occupier. I didn’t require sitting with any esteemed scholar to confirm this as the Islamic evidences supporting this position have remained irrefutable ever since the fatawa of Shaykh Abdullah Azzam became widespread; and as for many of those whom I tested, I saw fear and denial in their faces because, quite simply, the truth hurts as it requires our sacrifice to make it manifest.

I am a traitor to America because my religion requires me to be one, {although those who associate others with Allah may hate it}. I am terrifically proud to be a part of such a religion and what Muslim wouldn’t? Islam has the answer to life’s problems and it is what bonds humanity together for the good. The annual hajj is just one example of that. Islam requires its domination and after eighty plus years of living in a post-Caliphate world, I would think that it's about time Muslims came together to tear down the obstacles. The most important of these obstacles today is obviously America. It is America who has her military and intelligence bases spread throughout our lands in order to help protect their client governments from Muslims who work for Islam’s establishment. It is America who has killed millions of Muslims around the world and is able to get away with it wearing a tuxedo. In the case of the oppressive state of Israel, it wouldn’t be what it is today without heavy U.S. military and financial backing.

A traitor can either be praiseworthy or despicable. The good and bad are defined by a certain political agenda in the eyes of someone. A traitor of Islam however only gains a loss of both worlds; the type of traitor that America prefers working with. The beauty of Islam has taught me that nobility is in the perpetuation of victorious principles and humiliation is in the inability to hold on to righteousness. Righteousness is not that you turn your face to the East or West, but that your belief in Allah remains unwavering no matter the consequences.

Therefore, I am proud to be a traitor in America’s eyes just as much as I am proud to be a Muslim; and I take this opportunity to accentuate my oath of allegiance (bai`yah) and the mujahidin of the Arabian Peninsula’s bai`yah to the ferocious lion, the champion of jihad, the humble servant of God, my beloved Shaykh, Usama bin Ladin, may Allah protect him. Verily, he is the man that has shook the thrones of the tyrants of the world. We pledge to wage jihad for the rest of our lives until either we implant Islam all over the world or meet our Lord as bearers of Islam. And how reputable, adventurous and pleasurable is such a life compared to those who remain sitting, working from nine to five?

1 Assange, J. (2010, August). Wikileaks. BBC World News.

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