FBI Counter-Terrorism Agent Reports Al-Qaeda Propagandist and Inspire Magazine Editor Samir Khan plotted to kill Sarasota Private Eye Bill Warner but the CIA got Samir Khan first with a hell fire missile fired from a drone in Yemen. North Carolina-based blogger, Samir Khan, was a founding editor of the online magazine Inspire produced by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula of Yemen. He was killed with the radical preacher Anwar al-Awlaki — who was also a US citizen — in a CIA drone strike in Yemen September 30th 2011. The Obama administration sought approval from the Justice Department to assassinate al-Awlaki and his constant companion Samir Khan.
SPRING 2016..Samir Khan's Al-Qaeda based Inspire Magazine continues to this day to provide would be terrorists with detailed information on how to make a bomb in your mothers kitchen sink, the best place to sit on an airplane when your carrying explosives and how to carry out PROFESSIONAL ASSASSINATIONS.
May 16th, 2016 Al Qaeda’s Inspire online magazine is calling on jihadis to damage the American economy by killing business leaders and entrepreneurs in their homes. Articles in the May 14 2016 edition, its 15th, also urge radical Islamic terrorists to emulate the Palestinian street-killings of Jews by walking up to Americans and stabbing them to death. Inspire’s cover carries the headline “Professional Assassinations” and the subhead “Home Assassinations.” It depicts the dark profile of a hooded killer stalking a victim who lives in an upscale American home. A photo montage shows Microsoft founder Bill Gates, a pistol and spattered blood.
North Carolina blogger Samir khan became a major propagandist for Al Qaeda before he was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen was the subject of close FBI surveillance for years and a much bigger concern for U.S. authorities than previously known, according to records obtained by McClatchy News. Samir Khan, 25, was a big enough worry while he lived in Charlotte, N.C., that before he disappeared in 2009, federal agents asked the FBI’s special forces unit, Hostage Rescue Team, to help with a likely arrest, the files show. But no arrest was made, and Khan disappeared, reemerging months later in Yemen where he launched an English-language Al Qaeda magazine, Inspire, that has been influential in radicalizing and recruiting extremists worldwide. He was killed Sept. 30, 2011. Khan’s case, along with those of the perpetrators of attacks that include the Boston Marathon bombings and the Charlie Hebdo murders in Paris, reflects a new reality for those seeking to thwart terrorism: Many of the lone wolf-style attacks authorities fear most are the work of people already known to U.S. and international intelligence agencies.
On Jan. 8, 2009, the FBI raised Khan’s investigation priority from “IT” to “core,” an indication that FBI agents believed that he was not just an Al Qaeda supporter but someone in close contact with Al Qaeda’s core leadership. The next day, on Jan. 9, Charlotte agents contacted the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team, a Quantico, Va.,-based special forces unit created to respond to terrorist incidents and hostage situations such as aircraft hijackings. A meeting was scheduled in Charlotte for “finalizing operational plans” five days later. What happened to those plans is not publicly known. Subsequent entries in the heavily redacted documents make no mention of them. The last dated entry, on Feb. 17, 2009, said “an anonymous individual” had notified the National Counter-Terrorism Center that Khan had threatened a Sarasota, Fla., private investigator (Bill Warner) who’d played a role in shutting down a “jihadi website . . . owned by Samir Khan.”
WASHINGTON — One morning in late September 2011, a group of American drones took off from an airstrip the C.I.A. had built in the remote southern expanse of Saudi Arabia. The drones crossed the border into Yemen, and were soon hovering over a group of trucks clustered in a desert patch of Jawf Province, a region of the impoverished country once renowned for breeding Arabian horses.
A group of men who had just finished breakfast scrambled to get to their trucks. One was Anwar al-Awlaki, the firebrand preacher, born in New Mexico, who had evolved from a peddler of Internet hatred to a senior operative in Al Qaeda’s branch in Yemen. Another was Samir Khan, another American citizen who had moved to Yemen from North Carolina and was the creative force behind Inspire, the militant group’s English-language Internet magazine. Two of the Predator drones pointed lasers on the trucks to pinpoint the targets, while the larger Reapers took aim.
The Reaper pilots, operating their planes from thousands of miles away at USCENTCOM in Tampa Fl, readied for the missile shots, and fired. By the time the missile found him, Mr. Awlaki, 40, had been under the scrutiny of American officials for more than a decade. He first came under F.B.I. investigation in 1999 because of associations with militants and was questioned after the 2001 terrorist attacks about his contacts with three of the 9/11 hijackers at his mosques in San Diego and Virginia.
A new batch of documents contains what appears to be the government's first official documentation of when it learned that Khan had connected with al-Awlaki: November 2008. The file says, "Khan has been in contact with Anwar Awlaki, an FBI San Diego subject who was acquainted with two of the 9/11 hijackers [of American Airlines Flight 77] while serving as the Imam at a mosque in San Diego, California." The rest of the file is redacted. There are numerous files dated February 2009 about Khan's contacts, the details of which were redacted, but notations that included Somali individuals. However, one file from February 2009 shows that an FBI counter-terrorism agent sent a report to the Charlotte field office to report that the bureau's Public Access Center Unit received an anonymous tip on its "Internet Crime Complaint Center" website claiming that Khan made a death threat against a Sarasota, Florida private investigator, whose name was redacted from the FBI files. A news report about the incident, however, revealed that the private investigator is Bill Warner, who allegedly was responsible for shutting down Khan's blog. "May Allah send a hurricane over his house so that he can be wiped out, humiliated," Khan wrote in a blog post, which the FBI underlined for emphasis in its February 17, 2009 report about the death threat. Thanks CIA.
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