Asians in American and elsewhere who have often found themselves at the angry end of US security and military forces throughout history should be concerned about the persecution of ethnic and religious groups, but it really needs to be about protecting the good guys and punishing the bad guys regardless of what somebody is. The US government announced they finally got their man Anwar al-Awlaki, born as an All-American-Boy, became the nation’s leading voice of Muslim moderation, and worked his way onto the list of citizens on the president’s approved kill list.
I had never heard of this guy from Yemen until it took a few days to follow the trail of Fort Hood terrorist shooting which led straight to him, and his New American Jihad since long before his role in 9/11. Some say he was radicalized only after he was persecuted for being a Muslim, but I don’t buy it.
As a boy, his father was granted high degrees in the USA and became a government minister when he returned to Yemen. To this day, he brags of the size of his son’s wikipedia page although he insists he is a good boy. The teen Awlaki learned Islam on the streets of Sanaa Yemen where the only Islam is the radical kind, and the the best Islamic schools were the same ones that radicalized American Taliban John Walker, and the leading Islamic figure was Abdul Majeed al-Zindani who heads the Muslim Brotherhood in Yemen.
To get into college, he applied for another social security student as a foreign-born citizen even though he was an American citizen by birth. For his vacation he went to post-Soviet Afghanistan which was a haven for mujahideen clamoring for a new fight. He returning quoting from Chairman Abdullah Azzam who taught Osama bin Laden how to use Islam to justify the jihad to liberate Muslim lands from infidels. He eventually was shown the door from the Denver Islamic Society for encouraging students to join the Global Jihad. In 1998-89 he was Vice President for an Islamic charity (that’s Jihad for Al Queda fundraiser) founded by the same Shiek Zindani of Yemen, now “Specially Designated Global Terrorist” who also buddies with Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan.
Awlaki was investigated by the FBI from 1999-200 for other terrorist fundraising, links to “the Blind Sheik” Omar Abdel Rahman who help organize the 1993 World Trade Center and attack plans, and a visit by the al-Qaeda operative who bought communications gear for bin Laden, but it never led to criminal prosecution.
In San Diego, he was put in charge of a tiny rag-tag mosque where he was spiritual coach for 9/11 pentagon hijackers Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar who were also working with with pilot Hani Hanjour. Mysteriously, he resigned and traveled overseas to “various countries” which I would guess might have included Yemen or Afghanistan, but the press, state department and FBI has never revealed where he went or came from.
He returned to the US in 2001, as somebody high up in Al Queda probably assigned him to be stationed as the new imam at the Falls Church mosque in Virginia. Not likely a coincidence, it was almost certainly part of the same plan that took the hijacker Khalid al-Mihdhar from planning the 9/11 and USS Cole attacks in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia to San Diego, Virginia, Yemen and everyplace else that led to 9/11. From his new base, Awlaki would met up again with his very same San Diego A-Team who suddenly packed up in a red Toyota for a cross-country road trip as well as receive the new muscle hijackers arrived later. The FBI even records that they notified that utility deposits should be forwarded to the same mosque, indicating they were expecting to host the new visitors. The good imam was such a helpful resource that some faithful muslims such as Ramzi bin al-Shibh (the “20th hijacker”) had his number as far away as in Germany.
The FBI believes it was Awlaki who appointed a helpful mosque member Eyad Alrababah (his name is blocked out of hijacker timelines) to assist them in finding a new apartments and fake IDs. It appears Eyad moved from New Jersey to help the new visitors as he moved again to Connecticut after they were settled. Eyad was arrested by the FBI and pled guilty for document and deported.
Even today, some members of the Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center such as Hassan Mohamed refuse to believe that any allegations against al-Awlaki have been proven, and condem “going around the world to kill innocent people”. The mosque’s official statment remembers his stay for his “interfaith outreach, civic engagement, and tolerance” and believe that Awlaki did not “encourage impressionable American-Muslims to attack their own country” until after his arrest and torture in Yemen. Still they’ve never explained, and evidently the government has never investigated why it looks an awful lot like Awlaki set up their Virgnia mosque as well as his old mosque in San Diego as local Al Queda offices.
Detectives later told the 9/11 Commission that they thought al-Awlaki was not only involved but a key player. He was likely to have not only known about the plot but may have been sent there to “keep the hijackers spiritually focused” and help set up the support network for the hijackers in both San Diego and Virginia.
After the 9/11 attacks, Awlaki was still in Virginia when he reached out to media such as the New York Times and National Geographic who he told “There is no way that the people who did this could be Muslim, and if they claim to be Muslim, then they have perverted their religion.” He pointed to US foreign policy which have have made the attackers “say that Muslim land is now invaded by the U.S., there are U.S. soldiers stationed in Saudi Arabia and in the Gulf. And then, the state of Israel is an occupying force which is supported by the U.S.” But he also suggested Israeli intelligence agents might have carried out attacks and blamed on passengers with Muslim names.
Awlaki slipped away to Yemen just as the FBI was looking into using a law “prohibiting interstate transport of women” to arrest him. Then they found that he had lied on his passport application and got a warrant for his arrest, but it was withdrawn on the same day Awlaki flew back to the US to evidently act as an informant against Islamic radical Ali al-Timimi.. He left for the UK where he became famous for his “translation the Jihad into english” and soon wore out his welcome as he caught the attention of anti-terrorist authorities there as well.
He moved on to Yemen where he became an instructor at Zindani’s Islamic Terrorist Academy in Sanaa. But he got arrested AND interrogated by the FBI about 9/11 after he got mixed up in a kidnapping and another Al Queda plot. When released, he vanished into the hills where nobody could find him, but shifted his preaching to the internet where he would meet Major Nidal Hasan again and tell him by e-mail that he had full permission to kill US soldiers being sent to Muslim nations, though Awlaki insists he never actually ordered the major to hurt anybody.
Incredibly, although Awlaki was one of the few people notorious enough to even have his e-mail bugged by the NSA, the people at FBI and CIA who reviewed the bugged conversations didn’t seem to think there was any security threat either at the time. Officially, the FBI is sticking with its quick conclusion that it could find no obvious motive or connections with Al Queda. Yet Awlaki within a month quickly became identified as the most dangerous guy in Al Queda with 2 successful US attacks (Fort Hood and Little Rock Recruiting Center) and at least 3 duds (copier cartridge, underbomber, Times Square), not counting other nations like in the UK, Canada or Australia.
Something very wierd must be going if despite the fact that the government approved his killing, Awlaki was never actually charged or convicted of any crime, let off the hook every time he has been investigated, and his name was even removed from the Senate report on the Fort Hood Shooting as if the government was still protecting him as some sort of intelligence “asset”.
The rest of the dozens of plots and attacks inspired by Awlaki that hit the headlines is pretty much common knowledge now.
Al Jazeera’s Viewers Speak out
Al Jazeera has a comments section in their Arabic but not their english section. We are told that the number of dangerously radicalized people among Muslims is vanishingly small, but the opposite seems to be the case among Al Jazeera visitors, thanks to Google translate, here are some gems Try to find a Christian website with responses like this.
Egypt: God accept the martyrs, O Most Merciful
Spain: It is not the joy of martyrdom of the hero, but proves that the Arab nation will not die. Allah’s mercy
Said Sheikh Khalid Rashid: Long live the heroes. The death of the nation will not sleep in the eyes of cowards
Yemen: Honor the late martyr
Bin Laden: The God who is no God but He, when I tried to imagine bin Laden’s image in my mind, there was this strange thing and a crown on his head?
Saudi Arabia: God accepted a martyr in the high courts that testify congratulations
Jeddah: God bless the Mujahid from the skies above the nation
Other on the path of Jihad The caravan moves on ..
Martyrdom of al-Awlaki is not the end nor the end of al-Qaeda of Jihad, but is the beginning .. With every drop of blood of the martyr of renewed faith and increased determination in the hearts of the faithful. I lived a dear generous battle, not slept in the eyes of cowards.
Nansabh martyr of God has illuminated the hearts of his
Praise be to God .. The true story is not to say however, congratulations to our brother and our Shaykh Anwar Awlaki’s award. The provisions of the martyr are you in this world who are buried on the soil of Yemen faith and will send, God willing, and wound blood color, the color of blood Wind, the wind caught .. Congratulations to you and also wished for from the dead is the best of me and you peace be upon him Allah protect us in our loss and compensate us with something better.
Palestine: corruption falls to the Jihad banner fluttering in the wind. And defeat the Zionist entity and restore the glories of our nation .. Congratulations on your award
You and people like you taught us the Messenger of Allah, Mohammad is God’s prayers and peace be upon him. Approval as to respect everyone, even your enemies, unlike the hypocrites and the corrupt
We are ahead to succeed him. America will not calm down the Mujahideen decided to finishing it and dismantled and all of us, God willing, the award of great humiliation
Libya This is the America that you want the best for the Arabs and support the freedoms they kill our Muslim brothers everywhere
(Reuters) – Islamist forum members expressed disbelief that a CIA drone killed the U.S.-born preacher Anwar al-Awlaki on Friday, but said if al Qaeda confirmed the death he would be remembered as a “great martyr.”
The bespectacled Awlaki, who spoke fluent idiomatic English and Arabic, was identified by U.S. intelligence as “chief of external operations” for al Qaeda’s Yemen branch and a Web-savvy propagandist for the Islamist cause.
May ALLAH accept him as a Shaheed and all those, who were with him
May Allah curse those who rejoice at the death of a Muslim.
Ameen ya Rabb
As other’s sold out he was firm on his principles
“A great martyr has entered the fold of great martyrs inshallah (God willing),” said Nadeemio, another member of Islamic Awakening. “A great way to die for the sake of Allah – by the arrow of the worst of kuffar (apostates).”
May Allah destroy the kuffar.
If it is true that he was martyred…May Paradise await him.
Let remember Sheik Anwar and brother Samir the way i believe Allah swt wants us to….
But they never lost heart if they met with disaster in Allah’s way, nor did they weaken (in will) nor give in
May Allah accept him among the best of martyrs….his legacy will never die inshaAllah
May Allah swt take the sheikh as a shaheed, if the news is true..
An interesting quote by Libertarian-for-Jihad Ron Paul:
No I don’t think that’s a good way to deal with our problems. He was born here, al-Awlaki was born here, he is an American citizen. He was never tried or charged for any crimes. No one knows if he killed anybody. We know he might have been associated with the underwear bomber. But if the American people accept this blindly and casually that we now have an accepted practice of the president assassinating people who he thinks are bad guys, I think it’s sad.
I think what would people … have said about Timothy McVeigh? We didn’t assassinate him, who certainly he had done it. Went and put through the courts, then executed him. To start assassinating American citizens without charges, we should think very seriously about this.
This is how life is given to words, by the blood of their authors or those who carry these words on their shoulders. Had the companions not been killed, tortured, and abused – Islam would have remained in Quraysh, part of historical scribes. Instead, they shaped and made history. As did al ‘Awlaaki.
Some organize conferences promoting passivity, and that’s the best they will be able to do. Men like Imaam Anwar al ‘Awlaaki revive Tawhid, and give life to a global awakening with their limbs and blood, while the backboneless house Muslims in the West, at best give legitimacy to the hegemonic, imperial Jahili empire which channel all its energy towards fighting this blessed awakening.
YQ and his crew should speak about issues like the fiqh of Istinjaa, menstrual blood, etc. LeaveTawhid to our men and martyrs like al ‘Awlaaki.