Saturday, September 25, 2010

FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force in San Diego Has Been Building A Case Against Anwar al-Awlaki For Years, While US Government Has Shoot to Kill Orders for Him.

White House Defends Targeted Killing Program for Anwar Al-Awlaki. U.S. officials say national security is threatened by Yemeni-American Islamist cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, whose fiery sermons are a major draw for anti-American jihadists on the Internet. Mr. Awlaki, a U.S. citizen, is believed to be targeted for extrajudicial killing for his alleged involvement in terror plots against the U.S.

A terrorism task force led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in San Diego for years has been building a case against Mr. Awlaki, according to people familiar with the matter. Obama administration officials have recently weighed whether to bring an indictment against him, these people say.

Last month, Mr. Awlaki's father, with the aid of U.S. civil-liberties groups, filed suit in District of Columbia federal court seeking an order to stop the government from killing Mr. Awlaki unless he posed an immediate threat. The suit also asked the court to force the government to disclose the process it used to determine that a U.S. citizen can be executed without trial.

"Anwar Al-Aulaqi, whose name has also been spelled "al-Awlaki," left the United States in early 2002, as law enforcement attention focused on him, but before the San Diego Joint Terrorism Task Force could build a solid terrorism case against him".

Anwar Awlaki, 38, was born in New Mexico and raised as a teen in Yemen. FBI agent Ray Fournier, then a Diplomatic Security Service agent, discovered that he lied about his place of birth on an application for a US 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 Osama bin Laden (Ziyad Khaleel aka Ziyad Sadaqa purchased the phone for bin-Laden, in 1999 his roommate was Muneer Arafat who became the Imam at the Sarasota Fl Mosque in March 2000 just prior to Mohamed Atta ands all showing up in nearby Venice Fl) . But the investigation was closed the next year because of lack of evidence.

Agents from San Diego's Joint Terrorism Task Force "pestered" counterparts in Washington, D.C., to investigate the Army psychiatrist, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, who would later become the alleged Fort Hood shooter because of his communication with a former San Diego imam,  Anwar al-Aulaqi, who counseled Sept. 11 hijackers, federal law enforcement sources said.
To the consternation of the San Diego agents, who had intercepted about 18 to 20 e-mails between Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan and radical Yemeni-American cleric Anwar al-Aulaqi, the Washington Joint Terrorism Task Force determined the communications did not pose a threat and failed to act or pass information along to the military, said two sources familiar with the situation.

They spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is secret and the e-mails are classified. The sources are not part of either task force.  What has unfolded is a blame game within the FBI pitting the San Diego office against Washington.

In the months leading up to the Fort Hood massacre on Nov. 5, Hasan and al-Aulaqi exchanged e-mails in which they discussed religious and financial matters, including transferring money overseas surreptitiously, according to the Washington Post.

One federal source described the probe this way: "Webster is going to investigate the Fort Hood guy and al-Aulaqi and whether the FBI screwed up. They're saying San Diego failed to communicate the e-mails -- but San Diego pestered the shit out of them, sending e-mails multiple times. The Washington field office didn't do anything on it."

The San Diego agents were concerned enough to pass along the information because they were all too familiar with al-Aulaqi, former leader of the Masjid Ar-Ribat al-Islami mosque on Saranac Street on the border of San Diego and La Mesa, where Sept. 11 hijackers Nawaf Alhazmi and Khalid al-Midhar attended in 2000.

The agents have been monitoring al-Aulaqi since he came to their attention after the terrorist attacks. In the Fort Hood matter, the agents had tracked the communication between Hasan and al-Aulaqi from December 2008 to the middle of this year, federal sources said.

San Diego counterterrorism agents believe al-Aulaqi, who has since returned to Yemen and is believed to be an al-Qaeda recruiter, had advanced knowledge of the Sept. 11 attacks and has since inspired others to commit terrorist attacks around the world.

Bill Warner Private Investigator, SEX, CRIME, CHEATERS & TERRORISM