One awful truth behind the headlines about the Islamic terrorist attack on the offices of the Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris, France: the United States government could have stopped it. How? By taking off the streets, rather than using as an asset, Anwar al-Aulaqi, the Al Qaeda leader that is the seeming godfather of the Islamic terrorist movement. As the Daily Beast reported yesterday:
…there is now little question that New Mexico-born Anwar al-Awlaki, who was drone-whacked by the Central Intelligence Agency in September 2011, inspired, directed, and probably provided the initial funding for the murderous Jan. 7 attack on the satirical tabloid weekly Charlie Hebdo.
Fox News’ Catherine Herridge, the media leader on the al-Aulaqi scandal reported exclusively:
Said Kouachi, one of the two brothers who massacred the staff at Charlie Hebdo, met with the American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in 2011 in Yemen at an Al Qaeda camp east of the capital Sana’a, a Yemeni government official briefed on the terrorist investigation told Fox News.
President Obama assassinated al-Awlaki through a drone strike in Yemen on September 30, 2011, the first American ever acknowledged to have been subject to a targeted killing. Problem is the FBI probably had been using this terrorist for years as a source, asset, or confidential informant. Take a quick look at the search results on his name over on JW’s website. The links that pop up ought to horrify and outrage you:
Judicial Watch has forced the release of more information about this al-Aulaqi, it is fair to say, than anyone in the world. Reporting on documents Judicial Watch obtained showing that this terrorist was close enough to the FBI to have called an agent to complain about his press coverage(!), Fox News outlined the scandal thusly:
The documents further support claims that Awlaki, who eventually went overseas and linked up with an Al Qaeda affiliate, worked with the FBI and was likely a U.S. government asset.
“I have little doubt that President Obama assassinated a terrorist that was an asset of the U.S. government,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said.
He added: “There have been so many missed opportunities in getting the bad guys, but it’s one thing to have a bad guy working with you and for you and actually in your custody and then letting them go.”
Fitton questioned whether Obama was even aware of al-Awlaki’s connections to federal law enforcement. “These unanswered questions cast President Obama’s decision to assassinate [al-Awlaki] in a disturbingly different light,” he said.
Fitton claims federal law enforcement had al-Awlaki in their custody, until the FBI let him walk — and in the years before he was killed by a CIA drone in 2011, al-Awlaki pioneered the digital jihad, now being capitalized upon by the Islamic State, or ISIS.
“ISIS took that and ran with it –who knows, maybe if we had gotten al-Awlaki and kept him off the streets and in jail or in prison where he belonged that there would have been a much more slower development of the Internet jihad that we’re all facing worldwide.”
You can look it all up on our site, but as I detailed in one of the links above, your Judicial Watch has provided an ugly roadmap of FBI and other government reckless endangerment that has had deadly consequences:
FBI documents show that al-Aulaqi was tied to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The FBI listed him as a member of a terrorist organization. The FBI had al-Aulaqi “dead to rights” on federal sex trafficking charges. The FBI refused to enforce an arrest warrant against him for passport fraud. Despite all of this, al-Aulaqi was never detained or prosecuted. And he went on to a leadership role in al Qaeda and other terrorist activities that lead to the deaths of Americans.
This is a scandal that spans both the Bush and Obama administrations. Unfortunately, the president we now have is ignoring the lessons of al-Alwaki. His frenzied efforts to release, in contravention of law, as many terrorists as possible are bound to set up more situations similar to al-Alwaki. Senator Lindsey Graham (S-SC) suggests that Obama is “delusional” in releasing these terrorists.
This Islamist terrorist threat is being exacerbated by a national security establishment that tries to hide the truth about terrorists working for it, by a White House that can’t manage to utter the phrase “radical Islam,” and by a corrupted Washington that can’t bother to rein in a president who releases terrorists who are almost certain to kill more innocents.
Please educate yourself and then your elected representatives about the results of Judicial Watch’s historic investigation and litigation that have uncovered our government’s reckless mishandling of the al-Alwaki terrorist threat. Let’s work to make sure there are no more al-Alwaki’s being protected by the FBI.