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Terror cleric al-Awlaki trained Muslim chaplains at DoD

Posted on December 3, 2010 by creeping

From Patrick Poole at Big Peace, Al-Qaeda cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki trained Pentagon’s Muslim chaplains:

Anwar Al-Awlaki, who is currently subject to a kill-or-capture order signed by President Obama, was involved in the training of the Defense Department’s Muslim chaplains and lay leaders as an instructor at the Institute for Islamic and Arabic Sciences in America (IIASA) in the Washington D.C. area.

Controlled by the Saudi Embassy and operating under the kingdom’s Ministry of Higher Education, IIASA served as the branch campus of the al-Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University in Riyadh. The institute was certified to train the Pentagon’s Muslim chaplains until 2003. Many IIASA faculty members, who held diplomatic passports, had their visas revoked in January 2004 and the institute itself was raided by the FBI, customs and the IRS the following July. It closed shortly thereafter.

Awlaki’s role in the program was reported by Glenn Simpson at the Wall Street Journal back in December 2003 but hasn’t been mentioned since. Writing about the IIASA’s controversial role in the military chaplain program, Simpson noted:

Anwar al-Aulaqi, the former imam at a mosque in San Diego, also has lectured at the institute. A congressional report on Sept. 11 released this July said Mr. Aulaqi counseled two of the hijackers while they stayed in San Diego and then transferred to a mosque that both hijackers attended in northern Virginia shortly before the attacks. Mr. Aulaqi, who is now believed to be in Yemen, has denied knowing of the hijackers’ plans.

According to Simpson, at least 75 military Muslim chaplains and lay personnel were trained by IIASA.

An Al-Qaeda cleric’s participation in training military chaplains is less surprising since the program itself was established by Abdurahman Alamoudi, who was tapped by the Defense Department to create the program and who hand-picked the first 16 Muslim chaplains for the military, was himself an Al-Qaeda operative. Alamoudi is currently serving a 23-year federal prison sentence.

But what exactly happened to the Pentagon’s Muslim chaplains and lay staff that Anwar Al-Awlaki helped train and Abdurahman Alamoudi helped select is still unknown

Anwar Awlaki “Most Dangerous Man in World”

Posted By Rick Leventhal On November 10, 2010 @ 3:13 PM In Border Security, Crime, Foreign Policy, Middle East, Politics, Terror Attack, Terrorism, U.S., World | No Comments

During a lengthy presentation about Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula for members of the security industry in NYC, an Intelligence Research Specialist with the NYPD’s Counterterrorism Division today called Anwar Al Awlaki “the most dangerous man in the world.”

This assessment is based on Awlaki’s longstanding links to terrorism, his “proven track record of radicalizing Muslims”, his suspected involvement in planning & encouraging attacks (links with 9/11 terrorists, the 7/7 and 7/21 transatlantic plots, the Fort Hood shooter, the Times Square attempted bomber, the underwear bomber and more) and his ongoing propaganda campaign thru DVD’s (which he sells), web postings and the online magazine “Inspire”.

Officials say they’re paying close attention to the magazine which is written in English (with the involvement of two other Americans including former Queens, New York resident Samir Khan), promotes Al Qaeda ideology, publishes lists of potential terror targets (including cartoonists) and promotes tactics and strategies for attacks, including articles on how to build explosive devices (“Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom”) and why Muslims in the U.S. should wage individual violent jihad against Americans.  Fortunately, the NYPD says there have not yet been attacks like the ones recommended in the magazine.

During the presentation regarding the recent attempts to detonate explosives in printer cartridges, the NYPD confirmed investigators believed the bombs were designed to explode IN FLIGHT and also that the target might have been passenger planes since cargo is often shipped on commercial flights.

The NYPD’s presentation was one of many regular briefs with private security officials who are members of the “SHIELD” program, considered a “force multiplier” by NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly who says the 7000 SHIELD participants act as extra eyes and ears for police, an important part of the “protection protocol” involving large offices and corporations across the city where the department can quickly spread the word about watches, alerts and potential threats including mail bombs and suspicious packages.

As for the naming of Awlaki as “Most Dangerous”, Commissioner Kelly said after the conference, “I don’t know that there’s a strict ranking protocol here but we know obviously that he has inspired acts in this country. Abdulmuttalab has spoken about Anwar Alawki’s counseling, you might say. We also know that Major Hassan who murdered 12 people at Fort Hood and wounded several others – he had contact with Anwar Alawki. We know that Faisal Shahzad, the Times Square bomber, claims to be inspired by Anwar Alawki, so I think it’s a practical sense, what Lieutenant (Kevin) Yorke was saying (the intel specialist), he has consequences here, in the United States. That’s what he was trying to bring out.”

Former Imam of the Dar al-Hijrah mosque Calls for US Muslims to Revolt

Anwar al-Awlaki was the preacher of the Dar al-Hijrah mosque, in Falls Church, Virginia.

The Fort Hood jihadi Major Hasan, the sole suspect in the jihad massacre of 13 fellow US soldiers in Texas, worshiped at the controversial Dar al-Hijrah mosque in Falls Church, Virginia. That mosque was led by the devout Muslim imam, Anwar al-Awlaki, who is said to have been a “spiritual adviser” to three of the hijackers who attacked America on Sept 11, 2001.

The preacher at the Dar al-Hirah mosque was also in regular contact with the Christmas balls bomber, who tried to blow up a passenger jet on Christmas day. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab sat on top of the fuel tank (seat 19A) and tried to detonate a bomb hooked up to his tiny genitalia.

And just last week, the Virginia legislature had the latest inciter from the Dar-al-Hirah mosque open the legislative session with a devout Islamic prayer. Got that?

Yemen-American imam calls for US Muslim revolt
A Yemeni-American Muslim preacher known for his ties to extremists [devout Muslims – Atlas] operating in the U.S. called on American Muslims in a new audio message to turn against their government because of its actions against Muslims around the world.

Anwar al-Awlaki’s latest message, excerpts of which were aired on CNN Wednesday, described his own radicalization after U.S. operations against Muslims and called on those in the U.S. to follow his path, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors extremist Web Sites.

“To the Muslims in America I have this to say, how can your conscience allow you to live in peaceful coexistence with a nation responsible for terrible crimes against your own brothers and sisters?” he asked. “How can you have loyalty to a government leading the war against Muslims?”

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

He was in regular contact with Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, who is accused of killing 13 people in a rampage at the Fort Hood Army post in Texas. He communicated with al-Awlaki in e-mail exchanges 10 to 20 times over several months last year.

Al-Awlaki also is believed to have been in contact with Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian who attempted to blow up a passenger airliner in Detroit on Christmas day with explosives concealed in his underwear.

“Our brother, Umar Farouk, has succeeded in breaking through the security systems that have cost the U.S. government alone over $40 billion since 9/11,” he said in an excerpt of the tape provided by SITE.

U.S. authorities have been increasingly worried about the presence of Americans supporting jihad inside the country. Over the past week, a Pennsylvania woman, who went by the name “Jihad Jane,” was accused in a plot to kill a Swedish cartoonist; a New Jersey man was held by authorities in Yemen; and five young Pakistani-American men from Northern Virginia were charged by Pakistani officials with planning terrorist attacks in the South Asian country.


Report: Radical Imam Detained at JFK Airport in 2002

Sunday , January 10, 2010


The radical Muslim imam who ministered to at least three Sept. 11 hijackers, the Fort Hood shooter and the Nigerian accused of trying to blow up a U.S. jet on Christmas Day, was taken into custody at New York’s JFK Airport on a felony arrest warrant in 2002.

Even though Anwar al-Awlaki had been on the FBI’s radar for years, he was let go, most likely because of intervention by Saudi Arabia, classified documents and interviews reveal. Now he continues to train new “martyrs” in Yemen.

“We were stunned” that he was let go, said Ray Fournier, a federal agent who has been tracking Awlaki as part of a joint terrorism task force. “He was a high-value target. Everybody was excited about the prospect of hooking this guy up under a [criminal] charge to motivate a conversation with him regarding his relationship with the [Sept. 11] hijackers.”

Awlaki, 38, was born in New Mexico and raised as a teen in Yemen. Fournier, then a Diplomatic Security Service agent, discovered that he lied about his place of birth on an application for a U.S. Agency for International Development grant, receiving $20,000 a year to attend engineering classes at Colorado State University in the early 1990s. Awlaki turned to radical Islam instead, preaching at mosques in Fort Collins, Colo., and San Diego.

He attracted the FBI’s attention in 1999, because of alleged contact with an Al Qaeda agent who bought a satellite phone for Usama bin Laden. But the investigation was closed the next year because of lack of evidence.

While in San Diego, Fournier said, Awlaki met at his mosque with Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar, who would go on to hijack the plane that was crashed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11.

“They weren’t discussing tabouli recipes,” said Fournier, who believes Awlaki knew of the 9/11 plot in advance.

Click here to read the full report from the New York Post.