Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Lawmaker: Blogger Samir Khan should have been flagged as potential extremist, Bill Warner a private detective in Sarasota Fla says "They had more than one opportunity to shut him down now it's going to be a bigger problem".
By JIM MORRILL - McClatchy Newspapers CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick, R-N.C., on Tuesday faulted the U.S. intelligence community for failing to see a connection between a terrorist group and a radical Charlotte blogger now believed to edit an al-Qaida magazine in Yemen.
Meanwhile, a spokesman for Charlotte-area Muslims said he and others met with Samir Khan at least twice in 2007 in an unsuccessful effort to steer him away from supporting terrorism. Intelligence sources disclosed Monday that they believe Khan is the top editor of "Inspire," an online magazine designed as a recruiting tool for al-Qaida.
Myrick, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said she's frustrated. "It becomes clear to me that he had contacts with al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula while he was in the U.S.," she said. "And if that's the case, the intelligence community should have been able to discover that. And if they knew it and didn't do something, that raises more red flags."
Samir Khan is a former Central Piedmont Community College student who in 2005 started a blog called "Inshallahshaheed," or "a martyr soon if God wills." It was the first of a succession of blogs he edited from the suburban home in northeast Charlotte that he shared with his parents.
Bill Warner is a private detective in Sarasota, Fla., who tracks jihadist web sites. He followed Khan's closely. He said he tried unsuccessfully to get authorities to shut them.
"It's unbelievable," said Bill Warner, who was featured in a 2008 TV report on Khan see video at this link click here. "Now it's going to be a bigger problem. He's going to have a worldwide audience now. ... They had more than one opportunity to shut him down."
FBI spokeswoman Amy Thoreson said that although she can't comment on specific cases, blogs are protected by the First Amendment. "If someone is not acting on something, they're allowed to say it," she said. "The moment people act on something is when it crosses the line."
Oh yeah what about this; Private Investigator Bill Warner files complaint with the IC3 Cyber Crimes Unit of the FBI on Feb 17th, 2009 over the death threats posted by Samir Khan on his website in Charlotte NC, no action was taken by the FBI, see complaint below;
Bill Warner Private Investigator, SEX, CRIME, CHEATERS & TERRORISM