Thursday, December 31, 2009

Smash racist science labs to free resources for struggling students: Berkeley HS, where else?

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Notable IB Alumnus - Al Quida Christm...

                       Notable IB Alumnus - Al Quida Christmas

You won't read about this in the main stream media. Few
will ever connect the dots. IB supporters will rail at TAIB for even making this
public. But, facts are facts and you can make of this what you will:

As a teen,
Abdulmutallab attended the British International School in Lome, Togo, a
Nigerian paper reported.
There, he
quickly acquired a reputation as a devoted Muslim. "At the secondary school, he
was known for preaching about Islam to his schoolmates and he was popularly
called 'Alfa,' a local coinage for Islamic scholar," according to The

Monday, December 21, 2009

King of the Blacks vs Queen of the Asians

Black conservative wonders why Asian girl says the smartest one is the Queen of the Asians, but the one the black kids say is the "king" is the one that gets into trouble. Fits into my opinion that the key to doing well in school is to concentrate on doing well in school, not wallowing in ethnic pride / victimhood. Asians also lag on many fronts such as management and popular music, but if you want it, you have put out to get it.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Another "diversity first" fire department in Austin, Texas

Texas Legal Foundation / Emergency Responders for Equality (ERFE),
Press Release
Contact: David Rogers
Phone: (512) 923-6188
High ranking Austin Fire officials file discrimination lawsuit, charge racial politics have been elevated over public safety.
Emergency Responders for Equality (ERFE), Austin Fire Marshall Don Smith, and Battalion Chief Greg Nye have filed a formal complaint with the EEOC regarding illegal racial considerations in promotions in the Austin Fire Department, according to their lawyer, David Rogers of the Texas Legal Foundation.
The Austin Fire Department is one of the finest fire organizations in the nation. This did not occur by happenstance. Approximately one-hundred highly qualified officers ranked Captain or above, who have spent their careers building this organization, are the very officers who were not afforded an equal opportunity to compete for top-level management positions. They were subsequently passed over in order to accommodate a race-based political agenda. It is both an ethical concern and a safety issue for a majority of the city’s firefighters.
This case is similar to the New Haven firefighter case correctly decided by the Supreme Court this summer – this case is a matter of what is right under the law.  Race cannot be used as a basis for making employment decisions and as Justice Kennedy said in the New Haven case “No individual should face workplace discrimination based on race”.
Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act was enacted to ensure that individuals are not discriminated against because of their race, color, sex, religion, or national origin.
At the same time Battalion Chief Smith was advised that he was being named Fire Marshal, he was told that the Fire Marshal position and responsibilities of that title were being demoted from Assistant Chief in order to accommodate raced-based promotions.  Chief Nye was also passed aside for these race-based promotions, as were more than 150 more senior and more qualified individuals. There is very strong evidence indicating a pattern of behavior from the Austin Fire Department of promoting based on race at the highest levels of the organization.  Promotions based on race instead of qualifications are hurtful to any profession.  Appointing junior, under-qualified Lieutenants, who are by the Fire Chief’s own admission “green”, to top level management positions in a public safety organization, is hurtful to the firefighters and dangerous to the citizens.  Additionally, promoting a city employee based on race to a position (Assistant Chief of Professional Services), newly created specifically in order to accommodate this promotion, places a irresponsible financial burden on the citizens of Austin.  These questionable actions have created a severe morale problem among firefighters which is destroying the very environment which made this Fire Department exemplary. When citizens receive inferior service in the emergency management business – lives are at risk. The safety of the citizens of Austin should not be at the mercy of divisive racial politics.
"Promotions based on race instead of personal qualification are hurtful to any profession.  Under qualified leaders are especially dangerous to a public safety organization.  If citizens receive inferior service in the emergency management business – lives are at risk," said Smith’s attorney, David Rogers of the Texas Legal Foundation.
Emergency Responders for Equality is an organization of firefighters, police officers, and EMS personnel along with concerned citizens committed to fighting discrimination, bias, undue political influence and race-based employment decisions in our critical emergency service agencies. Emergency Responders for Equality seeks to ensure fairness in initial hiring, promotions and appointments in our fire, police and EMS departments by elevating qualifications and merit above divisive racial politics.
Fire Marshal and Battalion Chief Don Smith has over a quarter-century of experience keeping Austinites safe from fire and other emergencies.  For more than a decade, he has served at the highest levels of the Austin Fire Department Fire Marshal’s office.  Twice now he has been passed over for less-experienced minority candidates with little or no prior experience in the Fire Marshal’s office for the position of Assistant Chief in charge of the Fire Marshal’s office.  Battalion Chief Nye joined the Austin Fire Department in 1980, and has been a Battalion Chief or acting Division Chief for fifteen years.  Nye most recently served as Chief Arson Investigator, and has been passed over in favor of less qualified minorities on at least three separate occasions.  
Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr and City Councilman Martinez have made it clear—racial diversity at the top ranks of the Austin Fire Department is the most important thing—and qualification and public safety are second-rate concerns for the Austin City Government.
For more information about this lawsuit, visit Emergency Responders for Equality’s website,

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Anwar al-Awlaki

Anwar al-Awlaki


Anwar Al Aulaqi.

Who is Anwar al-Awlaki?

Controversial radical Yeman-born American citizen Islamist author and cleric who advocates violence towards US military forces. He is probably the most responsible for inspiring if not ordering as spiritual guidance to Nidal Malik Hasan, the Fort Hood shootings suspect, to follow true Islam, and that that Muslims should kill US soldiers. He has condoned, but not yet been determined to have ordered the shooting (in his words, he did not order or pressure Hasan into shootings).


He is effectively the main authorized english language clearing house for al-Queda documents and radical Islamist theology, and has been linked to 9/11 and al Qeada by US intelligence. He has worked under Abdul Majeed al-Zindani, who was one of the original recruiters for US backed Mujahadeen fighting the Soviets in Afghanistan, one of Bin Laden's personal spiritual advisors, runs the Iman University (an advanced military academy for al-Qeada terrorists) where Awlawki says he lectures, and is on US Treasury, UN and UK al-Queda / terrorist lists.


Also See:

Web Links:

Interesting facts/timeline:


Article links:



Cleric says he was confidant to Hasan In Yemen, al-Aulaqi tells of e-mail exchanges, says he did not instigate rampage By Sudarsan Raghavan

Washington Post Foreign Service
Monday, November 16, 2009

SANAA, YEMEN -- In his first interview with a journalist since the Fort Hood rampage, Yemeni American cleric Anwar al-Aulaqi said that he neither ordered nor pressured Maj. Nidal M. Hasan to harm Americans, but that he considered himself a confidant of the Army psychiatrist who was given a glimpse via e-mail into Hasan's growing discomfort with the U.S. military.




Radicalization, links to extremists are themes in Hasan case



Fort Hood suspect's contact with cleric spelled trouble, experts say
Yemeni American Anwar al Awlaki's radical take on Islam has been connected to homegrown terrorist plots. Experts say their e-mails should have prompted a full investigation.


Fort Hood shooting: Was Nidal Malik Hasan inspired by militant cleric?
Alleged Fort Hood shooter Major Nidal Malik Hasan had ties to US-born militant Moslem cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, a leading figure seeking to recruit English speakers to violent jihad.
By Dan Murphy | Staff writer 11.10.09

  • evidence of a man deeply interested in the minority branch of Islam that views non-Muslims as dangerous infidels and endorses the use of violence to deter America from its wars in Afghanistan and Iraq


  • He’s at the forefront of the effort to create more “homegrown” jihadis, whose language skills and passports help them operate in the US and Europe.


  • Awlaki maintained a website presented in impeccable English until Tuesday(Nov 10), when its contents were deleted.


  • The site had a an “Ask the Sheikh” button in which users could email him with questions.


  • It devoted much of its contents to the glories of jihad. Awlaki even authored a treatise urging Muslims to violence called the “44 Ways to Support Jihad”


  • “The Messenger of Allah says: ‘Whoever dies and has not fought or intended to fight has died on a branch of hypocrisy.’ ”


  •  Awlaki’s writings have been found on the computers of British, US, and Canadian terror suspects in recent years, among them the New Jersey men accused of plotting an attack against Fort Dix in 2007.


  •  US court documents have alleged that he used a US-based Islamic charity to send money to Al Qaeda.


  •  They also allege that he once asked American-born militant cleric Ali al-Timimi – who is now serving a life sentence for urging followers to fight the US in Afghanistan – to help him recruit fighters here.


Tim Furnish: Occidental Jihadist Going Rogue, or Going Down Allah’s Path? Ottomans, Ayatollahs and Nidal Malik Hasan

The ranks of those who still argue that Islam had nothing to do with Nidal Malik Hasan’s personal jihad at Ft. Hood are growing increasingly thin (at least among the intellectually honest), especially after news outlets carried the story yesterday about the interview by a Yemeni journalist of Hasan’s overseas clerical mentor, Anwar al-Awlaki. Al-Awlaki said that "fighting against the US army is an Islamic duty today," and that “the only way a Muslim could Islamically justify serving as a soldier in the US army is if his intention is to follow the footsteps of men like Nidal;” he also added “"I blessed the act because it was against a military target




Short Open Letter to Anwar al-Awlaki by Omar Muzaffar

Courtesy of my man’s blog here.


In response to his blog posting “Nidal Hassan Did the Right Thing.”  I would post this letter as a “comment” on that blog entry, but I do not trust that that blog is legitimately his.  Some of the blog postings are so shortsighted and simplistic that I do not expect that they are from Anwar al-Awlaki or any scholar in his/her right mind.  Compare the loose accusations in the Nidal Hassan entry with the careful comments in this National Geographic interview.


I am posting this note with the respectful hopes that you will reconsider or clarify some of your recent comments.  Shaykh, I disagree with you that Nidal Hassan is a hero.  He is not anything close to being a hero.




November 10, 2009 at 8:49 am | Permalink

Unfortunately, seems my previous comment is stuck in spam somewhere (due to having links). So I’ll post the comments that I left on Omar Mozafar’s blog:

  • Q. You believe that blog is Anwar Awlaki’s?

  • Yes, I absolutely do. On Fri, Nov 7, 2008, al-Awlaki emailed me via MM contact, to reconcile some of what he perceived as anger on his voting post (related to my comments on it on another blog). Since this was not a public letter, I will not disclose the contents except to see that it was a polite, humble reconciliation type email (I have since forwarded the email to Imam Suhaib as well). However, he clearly acknowledged his own blog and his posts on it.



JIMAS is a UK registered charity that supports educational and charitable activities for both Muslims and non-Muslims.

Anwar Al-Awlaki used to be rather a popular speaker in the UK and he has been hosted by a whole host of organisations and groups in the UK..

It has become gradually clear that he supports and encourages what he would call 'martyrdom operations', or in other words suicide bombing, which we categorically reject as completely against Islam on the two issues of suicide and murder. These problems and unbalanced stances outweigh the good from him far more than can be tolerated. In view of this, JIMAS has decided to completely remove any and all promotion of Anwar Al-Awlaki through his talks and CDs that were available through us.




Attack on America: An Islamic Scholar's Perspective—Part 1

Brian Handwerk and Zain Habboo
for National Geographic News


September 28, 2001


In an interview with National Geographic, Imam Anwar Al-Awlaki shares his perspective on the tragic events of September 11 and the impact they have had on the United States and the world. He was born in New Mexico and received his early Islamic education in Yemen, his parents' native country. He is now the imam of Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Virginia, and the Muslim chaplain at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.


  •  I say that [military] force [as a response to the attack] would only suppress terrorism, but justice could eradicate it. The reason why this happened is that there are some people who went through a miserable life



Codename Zabadi: Zawahiri's Infiltration of US Biodefence Ross E. Getman. Esq DC and NYS Bars

In early April 2001, Nawaf Alhazmi and Hani Hanjour rented an apartment in Falls Church, Virginia, for about a month, with the assistance of a man they met at the mosque. Nawaf Al-Hazmi had been at the January 2000 meeting at Yazid Sufaat’s Malaysian condominium in January 2000. Hijackers Nawaf and Hani Hanjour, a fellow pilot who was his friend from Saudi Arabia, attended sermons at the Dar al Hijrah mosque in Falls Church, where Al-Timimi was located until he established the nearby center. The FBI reports that at an imam named Awlawki who had recently also moved from San Diego had closed door meetings with hijackers Nawaf Alhazmi and Khalid Almihdhar in 2000 while all three of them were living in San Diego. Police later found the phone number of the Falls Church mosque when they searched the apartment of 9/11 planner Ramzi bin al-Shibh in Germany. In his 2007 book, Center of the Storm, George Tenet noted that Ramzi bin al-Shibh had a CBRN role.





10th November 2009

Al-Awlaki is wrong says Islamic Society of Britain (links the action to terrorist positions of Awlaki and rejects them)

The Islamic Society of Britain is appalled by the tragic shootings at Fort Hood and the statements of Anwar al Awlaki, which appeared on his blogsite yesterday, praising the actions of Nidal Hassan in America . In our view this is completely misguided. Nidal Hassan committed murder and treachery and we unconditionally and unequivocally condemn these abhorrent actions The ISB would like to make it clear that it completely rejects the views expounded by Anwar al Awlaki, and that these views are contrary to the opinions of virtually all Muslim scholars across the world. The ISB distances itself from these ideas, and any ideas that advocate terrorism,




14>> history commons profile



Connecting the Dots
The shooting at Fort Hood was no 'mystery.' It was an act of terrorism waiting to happen.

by Stephen F. Hayes and Thomas Joscelyn

11/23/2009, Volume 015, Issue 10 



The Federal Bureau of Non-Investigation

On Monday, ABC News first reported that Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan had reached out to al Qaeda associates prior to his attack. There were good reasons to speculate that one of these al Qaeda figures is Anwar al Awlaki -- an al Qaeda recruiter who acted as a “spiritual advisor” to two of the 9/11 hijackers. Awlaki preached at a mosque Hasan attended in 2001 and praised Hasan’s attack on his web site Monday morning.

It turns out that informed speculation was correct, according to the Associated Press and the New York Times. Beginning in December of last year, authorities found that Hasan communicated with Awlaki “10 to 20 times.” But no formal investigation was ever launched. Why?

The FBI has offered this muddled response: At this point, there is no information to indicate Major Malik Nidal Hasan had any co-conspirators or was part of a broader terrorist plot. The investigation to date has not identified a motive, and a number of possibilities remain under consideration.


>> Huffington Post Awlawki


10>> Wikipedia - washington post interview with Awlawki



Former Iman who Praised 9/11 Hijackers Labels Hasan as a ‘Hero’

Written by: Staff


  • Nidal Hasan did the right thing” and it was first reported by terror expert Evan Kohlmann of the NEFA Foundation.


8>> Nidal Hassan Did the Right Thing

November 9, 2009 - الاثنين 22 ذو القعدة 1430 by Anwar alAwlaki  

Filed under

Imam Anwar's Blog “Mr. Hasan attended the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Va., when Anwar Al-Awlaki was the imam there, but it is not clear what influence Mr. Awlaki’s rhetoric may have had on Mr. Hasan.

Nidal Hassan is a hero. He is a man of conscience who could not bear living the contradiction of being a Muslim and serving in an army that is fighting



The Washington Post reports that US intelligence has finally determined that Anwar Al Aulaqi is linked to al-Qaeda. Al Aulaqi was an imam at two different mosques attended by hijackers Nawaf Alhazmi, Khalid Almihdhar, and Hani Hanjour, and he has been suspected of assisting the 9/11 plot. An anonymous US counterterrorism official tells the Post, “There is good reason to believe Anwar Al Aulaqi has been involved in very serious terrorist activities since leaving the United States [after 9/11], including plotting attacks against America and our allies.” However, the US apparently did not ask Yemen to extradite him when he was arrested there in 2006, because there was no pending legal case against him. He continues to reside in Yemen and apparently still has not been charged with any crime. [Washington Post, 2/27/2008] He also does not appear to be on any public wanted list.


6>> Youtube channel with lectures 






4>> NEFA Backgrounder


November 9, 2009 Imam: Mosque not linked to hijackersMonday, November 9, 2009



Anwar al-Awlaki

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Anwar al-Awlaki


New Mexico, U.S. or Aden, Yemen[3][4][2]


unknown location in Yemen




Iman University

Religious beliefs


Anwar al-Awlaki (also spelled Aulaqi; in Arabic: أنور العولقي; born in 1971 either in New Mexico or in Aden, Yemen)[4][5] is a Muslim imam and author who has been accused of links with individuals who later committed terrorist acts.[6] Originally trained as a civil engineer, he became an imam and theologian. He is currently associated with Iman University in Yemen. The university's students have allegedly been linked to assassinations, and it is headed by Abdul Majeed al-Zindani, who appears on US and UN lists as being associated with terrorism and Al-Qaeda.

Al-Awlaki's sermons were attended by three of the 9/11 hijackers, as well as accused Fort Hood shooter Nidal Malik Hasan. In addition, US intelligence intercepted emails from Hasan to al-Awlaki between December 2008 and early 2009. Directly after the Fort Hood shooting Al-Awlaki praised Hasan's actions as consistent with attacking US soldiers "deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan in order to kill Muslims" on his web site, and then again a few days later in an interview in Yemen.[7][8]

Al-Awlaki is currently being sought by authorities in Yemen with regard to a new investigation into his possible Al-Qaeda ties. The authorities have not been able to locate him since approximately March 2009.

[edit] Early life

His parents are from Yemen. Al-Awlaki's father earned his master's degree in agricultural economics at New Mexico State University, received a doctorate at the University of Nebraska, and worked at the University of Minnesota from 1975 to 1977. The family went back to Yemen in 1978,[2] where al-Awlaki lived for 11 years. His father was also an Agriculture Minister and university president.[1]

Al-Awlaki holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University and an M.A. in Education Leadership from San Diego State University, and in January 2001 began working on a Doctorate degree in Human Resource Development at George Washington University.[2]

[edit] Positions

Al-Awlaki served as an Imam in Fort Collins, Colorado, in San Diego, California (where witnesses told the FBI he had a close relationship with two of the 9/11 hijackers),[3] and in his last positions in the US, in the metropolitan Washington, DC area where he headed the Dar al-Hijrah mosque and was also the Muslim Chaplain at George Washington University.[9][4] Al-Awlaki began serving as the Imam of the Dar al-Hijrah mosque in January 2001; it was shortly after this that his sermons were attended by three of the 9/11 hijackers and Fort Hood shooter Nidal Malik Hasan.[10]

Writing on the website six days after the 9/11 attacks, he suggested that Israeli intelligence agents might have been responsible for the attacks, and that the FBI "went into the roster of the airplanes and whoever has a Muslim or Arab name became the hijacker by default."[5][6] He left the US in the spring of 2002.[7] Weeks later he posted an essay in Arabic titled "Why Muslims Love Death" on the Islam Today website, praising the Palestinian suicide bombers' fervor, and months later at a lecture in a London mosque that was recorded on videotape he lauded them in English.[8]

A year after 9/11 he returned briefly to Northern Virginia, where he is charged with having visited radical Islamic cleric Ali al-Timimi, who is now serving a life sentence for inciting followers to fight with the Taliban against the US, and asked him about recruiting young Muslims for "violent jihad."[9][10]

[edit] Activities

Al-Awlaki returned to Yemen in 2004.[11] He is associated with Iman University headed by Zindani (who was designated a terrorist in 2004 by both the US and the UN).[12] While Zindani promotes the science department, it is believed by some that its curriculum deals mostly if not exclusively with radical Islamic studies.[11] Students are suspected of having assassinated three American missionaries, and "the number two leader for the Yemeni Socialist Party, Jarallah Omar".[12] John Walker Lindh, now serving a 20-year prison sentence in connection with his participation in Afghanistan's Taliban army, is a former student of Iman University.[13]

Zindani founded the Charitable Society for Social Welfare (CSSW), for which al-Awlaki served as Vice President in 1998 and 1999 while he was in San Diego.[14] During a 2004 terrorism trial in New York, FBI agent Brian Murphy testified that CSSW was a “front organization to funnel money to terrorists.”[13]

On February 24, 2004, the US Treasury Department identified Zindani as a "Specially Designated Global Terrorist". The Department said it had credible evidence Zindani had a "long history of working with bin Laden, notably serving as one of his spiritual leaders", and that he "served as a contact for Ansar al-Islam, a Kurdish-based terrorist organization linked to al-Qaeda". His name has also been added to the UN 1267 Committee's list of individuals associated with the Taliban or al-Qaeda.[14]

Al-Awlaki spent 18 months in prison in Yemen, finally released in December 2007. He blames the US for pressuring the Yemeni authorities to arrest him.[15]

The East London Mosque provoked the outrage of The Daily Telegraph by hosting a video-teleconference by al-Awlaki in 2008, and former Shadow Home Secretary Dominic Grieve expressed concern over al-Awlaki's involvement.[15] August 23, 2009, al-Awlaki was banned by local authorities in Kensington and Chelsea, London, from speaking via videolink to a fundraiser for Guantanamo detainees.[16]

A former FBI agent identifies al-Awlaki as a known "senior recruiter for al Qaeda", and a spiritual motivator.[17]

[edit] Targeting US Muslims, and connection to Nidal Malik Hasan

Al-Awlaki's name came up in nearly a dozen terrorism cases recently in the US, England, and Canada; in each cased suspects were devoted to al-Awlaki's message, listened to on laptops, audio clips, and CDs.[16]

In October 2008, Charles Allen, U.S. Undersecretary of Homeland Security for Intelligence and Analysis, said al-Awlaki "targets US Muslims with radical online lectures encouraging terrorist attacks from his new home in Yemen."[18][19] The NEFA Foundation noted Awlaki's website stated: "The bullets of the fighters of Afghanistan and Iraq are a reflection of the feelings of the Muslims towards America," appeared on the website on December 23, 2008, days after he said accused Fort Hood shootings suspect Nidal Malik Hasan first e-mailed him.[20]

Author Jarret Brachman said that Nidal Malik Hasan's contacts with al-Awlaki should have raised "huge red flags". According to Brachman, al-Awlaki is a major influence on radical English-speaking jihadis internationally.[21]

Hasan was investigated by the FBI after intelligence agencies intercepted emails from him to al-Awlaki starting in December 2008 until early 2009. Army employees were informed of the contacts, but didn't perceive any terrorist threat in Hasan's general questions about spiritual guidance with regard to conflicts between Islam and military service. This was judged to be consistent with legitimate mental health research about Muslims in the armed services.[22] A DC-based joint terrorism task force that operates under the FBI was notified, and the information was reviewed by one of its Defense Criminal Investigative Service personnel. The assessment was that there was not sufficient information for a larger investigation.[23] Despite two Defense Department investigators on two joint task forces looking into Hasan's communications, Defense Department higher-ups said they were not notified of such investigations before the shootings. ABC News has reported that another government stated that Hasan also had contact with other people being tracked by the FBI, who have not been identified.

After the Fort Hood shooting, al-Awlaki's now temporarily inoperable (apparently because some Web hosting companies took it down)[17] website reflected the following praise for Nidal Malik Hasan's actions:[7]

Nidal Hassan is a hero. He is a man of conscience who could not bear living the contradiction of being a Muslim and serving in an army that is fighting against his own people. This is a contradiction that many Muslims brush aside and just pretend that it doesn’t exist. Any decent Muslim cannot live, understanding properly his duties towards his Creator and his fellow Muslims, and yet serve as a US soldier. The US is leading the war against terrorism which in reality is a war against Islam. Its army is directly invading two Muslim countries and indirectly occupying the rest through its stooges. Nidal opened fire on soldiers who were on their way to be deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. How can there be any dispute about the virtue of what he has done? In fact the only way a Muslim could Islamically justify serving as a soldier in the US army is if his intention is to follow the footsteps of men like Nidal. The heroic act of brother Nidal also shows the dilemma of the Muslim American community. Increasingly they are being cornered into taking stances that would either make them betray Islam or betray their nation. Many amongst them are choosing the former. The Muslim organizations in America came out in a pitiful chorus condemning Nidal’s operation. The fact that fighting against the US army is an Islamic duty today cannot be disputed. No scholar with a grain of Islamic knowledge can defy the clear cut proofs that Muslims today have the right -rather the duty- to fight against American tyranny. Nidal has killed soldiers who were about to be deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan in order to kill Muslims. The American Muslims who condemned his actions have committed treason against the Muslim Ummah and have fallen into hypocrisy.[24][25]

Yemeni journalist Abdulelah Hider Shaea interviewed al-Awlaki in November 2009.[26] Al-Awlaki acknowledged his correspondence with Hasan, and said he "neither ordered nor pressured Maj. Nidal M. Hasan to harm Americans". Al-Awlaki said Hasan first e-mailed him in December 2008, writing "Aulaqi told Shaea that Hasan first reached out to him in an e-mail dated Dec. 17, 2008. He described Hasan introducing himself and writing: "Do you remember me? I used to pray with you at the Virginia mosque." According to Al-Awlaki, Hasan said he had become a devout Muslim around the time Al-Awlaki was preaching at Dar al-Hijrah, in 2001 and 2002, and he said 'Maybe Nidal was affected by one of my lectures.'" Al-Awlaki said Hasan developed a trust for him, saying, "It was clear from his e-mails that Nidal trusted me. Nidal told me: 'I speak with you about issues that I never speak with anyone else.'" Al-Awlaki said Hasan arrived at his own conclusions regarding the acceptability of violence in Islam, and said he was not the one to initiate this. Shaea summarized their relationship by stating, "Nidal was providing evidence to Anwar, not vice versa." Asked whether Hasan mentioned Fort Hood as a target in his e-mails, Shaea declined to comment. However, al-Awlaki said the shooting was acceptable in Islam because it was a form of jihad, as the West began the hostilities with the Muslims. The cleric also denounced what he described as contradictory behavior by Muslims who condemned Hasan's actions and "let him down."[27] Referring to a post on his blog praising the shootings after they occured, al-Alwaki said he "blessed the act because it was against a military target. And the soldiers who were killed were not normal soldiers, but those who were trained and prepared to go to Iraq and Afghanistan".[26]

[edit] Ideology

Al-Awlaki is an adherent of the Wahhabi fundamentalist sect of Islam, and his sermons were extremely anti-Israel and pro-jihad.[28] The FBI investigated him in 1999 and 2000 for possible fundraising for Hamas and links to al-Qaeda, but was unable to unearth sufficient evidence for a criminal prosecution.[28] The FBI learned he may have been contacted by a possible "procurement agent" for Osama bin Laden. When police raided the Hamburg, Germany, apartment of Ramzi Binalshibh while investigating the 9/11 attacks, his telephone number was found there.[29]

Al-Awlaki has been accused by numerous official and unofficial sources of Islamic fundamentalism and support for terrorism. He is often noted for targeting young US-based Muslims with his lectures. Terrorism consultant Evan Kohlmann calls al-Awlaki "one of the principal jihadi luminaries for would-be homegrown terrorists. His fluency with English, his unabashed advocacy of jihad and mujahideen organizations, and his Web-savvy approach are a powerful combination." He calls al-Awlaki's lecture "Constants on the Path of Jihad", which was based on a similar document written by the founder of Al Qaeda, the "virtual bible for lone-wolf Muslim extremists."[30] Awlaki's "44 Ways to Support Jihad"[31] is described by the NEFA Foundation as a pro-Al-Qaeda document that incites English-speaking Muslims.[32]

[edit] Current location

Al-Awlaki moved to Yemen following extensive FBI investigations in the US. On August 31, 2006, Al-Awlaki was detained for questioning by Yemeni authorities with regard to what he claimed was a "secret police investigation" over "tribal issues." Al-Awlaki claimed that his arrest in Yemen was directed by America, and that he was interviewed by FBI agents on subjects including the 9/11 attacks. On December 12, 2007, al-Awlaki was released by the Yemeni authorities, and reunited with his family.

Yemen authorities are now trying to locate al-Awlaki, who according to his father disappeared approximately March 2009. He is believed to be hiding in Yemen's Shabwa or Mareb regions, which are part of the so-called "triangle of evil" (known as such because it attracts al-Qaeda militants seeking refuge among local tribes that are unhappy with Yemen's central government).[29]

[edit] Works

  • The Battle of Hearts and Minds

  • The Dust Will Never Settle Down

  • Dreams & Interpretations

  • The Hereafter—16 CDs—Al Basheer Productions

  • Life of Muhammad:Makkan Period—16 CDs—Al Basheer Productions

  • Life of Muhammad:Medinan Period—Lecture in 2 Parts—18 CDs—Al Basheer Productions

  • Lives of the Prophets (AS)—16 CDs—Al Basheer Productions

  • Abu Bakr as-Siddiq (RA): His Life & Times—15 CDs—Al Basheer Productions

  • Umar ibn al-Khattāb (RA):His Life & Times—18 CDs—Al Basheer Productions

  • 25 Promises from Allah to the Believer—2 CDs—Noor Productions

  • Companions of the Ditch & Lessons from the Life of Musa (AS)—2 CDs—Noor Productions

  • Remembrance of Allah & the Greatest Ayah—2 CDs—Noor Productions

  • Stories from Hadith—4 CDs—Center for Islamic Information and Education ("CIIE")

  • Hellfire & The Day of Judgment—CD—CIIE

  • Quest for Truth: The Story of Salman Al-Farsi (RA)—CD—CIIE

  • Trials & Lessons for Muslim Minorities—CD—CIIE

  • Young Ayesha (RA) & Mothers of the Believers (RA)—CD—CIIE

  • Understanding the Quran—CD—CIIE

  • Lessons from the Companions (RA) Living as a Minority'—CD—CIIE

  • Virtues of the Sahabah—video lecture series promoted by the al-Wasatiyyah Foundation

[edit] References

  1. ^ Murphy, Dan (November 10, 2009). "Fort Hood shooting: Was Nidal Malik Hasan inspired by militant cleric?". Christian Science Monitor (Boston). Retrieved November 13, 2009. 

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