Monday, August 02, 2010
Private Detective Bill Warner Quoted in Charlotte Observer on Terrorist Samir Khan's Inspire Magazine, "Now it's going to be a bigger problem Khan's going to have a worldwide audience".
US Rep Myrick: U.S. failed to halt area jihadist, Sources say Charlotte man is editing an online magazine in Yemen that recruits for al-Qaida. U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick 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.
Intelligence sources told national news organizations Monday that they believe Khan is the top editor of "Inspire," an online magazine designed as a recruiting tool for the group al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.
Myrick, a Republican member of the House Intelligence Committee, told the Observer 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."
Khan, about 24, is a Saudi-born U.S. citizen whose family moved to New York City when he was 7 and to North Carolina in 2004. He's 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.
Jibril Hough, spokesman for the Islamic Center of Charlotte, said local Muslims grew alarmed at Khan's increasing radicalization. A group of men influential in the Muslim community - including Khan's father - twice met with him at Hough's southwest Charlotte home. "We were trying to give him good advice, tell him he was going down the wrong road," said Hough. "He didn't listen." Hough said even an Imam from Raleigh tried to intervene with Khan. "Our counseling didn't look like it made that great of an impact," Hough said.
WBTV Video Charlotte NC exposes Samir Khan, see above, or click here for YoutubeBill Warner is a private detective in Sarasota, Fla., who tracks jihadist web sites. He followed Khan's postings closely. He said he tried unsuccessfully to get authorities to shut them.
"It's unbelievable," said Warner, who was featured in a 2008 WBTV report on Khan (see video above). "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."
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