FBI Knew Al-Awlaki Bought 9/11 Hijacker’s Airline Tickets by 9/27/01 Yet Dined At Pentagon, Prayed at Capitol

American-born Anwar al-Awlaki (aka al-Aulaqi) was killed in Yemen on September 20, 2011 by an American drone. It took 10 years to get him, but sometime shortly after 9/11/01 (no one is revealing exactly when) he was invited to the Pentagon as part of a Muslim outreach program. Judicial Watch obtained documents showing that the FBI knew by September 27, 2001, that al-Awaki purchased airline tickets for three of the 9/11 hijackers. Surely we didn’t begin a “Muslim outreach” program within 16 days of the September 11th attacks. No, most reports I’ve seen says al-Awlaki was invited to the Pentagon “just months after 9/11/01″ (or similar wording). See details of the invitation about half way down.

Anwar al-Awlaki (al-Aulaqi)

Anwar al-Awlaki (al-Aulaqi)

According to a September 27, 2001, FBI transcription, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State and Federal Bureau of Investigations (No. 1:12-cv-00893)), al-Aulaqi purchased airline tickets for the following 9/11 hijackers:

  • Mohammed Atta, America West Airlines, 08/13/2001, for a flight from Washington, DC, to Las Vegas, Nevada, to Miami, Florida.
  • S. Suqami, Southwest Airlines, 07/10/2001, for a flight from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, to Orlando, Florida.
  • Al-Sheri, National Airlines, 08/01/2001, for a flight from San Francisco, California, to Las Vegas, Nevada, to Miami, Florida.

The documents also include material showing that al-Aulaqi was uncooperative with FBI agents investigating the 9/11 attacks and was seemingly a central focus of the FBI investigation and monitoring related to 9/11.

Please note that al-Awlaki did not purchase the tickets for the flight involved in the 9/11/01 attacks.

Here’s how the FBI rolls:

In addition to the arrests noted by the documents in 2006 and 2007, al-Aulaqi was detained and questioned at New York’s JFK airport on October 10, 2002, under a warrant for passport fraud, a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. However, the FBI ordered al-Aulaqi’s release, even though the arrest warrant was still active at the time of his detention as reported by Fox News Channel’s Catherine Herridge. Once released al-Aulaqi then took a flight to Washington, DC, and eventually returned to Yemen.

Visit Judicial Watch for the information quoted above.

Al-Awlaki’s invitation to dine at the Pentagon (Fox News through FOIA request):

The documents show that more than 70 people were copied on the invitation, which originated in the Defense Department’s Office of the General Counsel. It is home to the Pentagon’s top lawyer.

“I have reserved one of the executive dining rooms for February 5th, which is the date he (Awlaki) preferred,” a defense department lawyer wrote in the e-mail announcing the event.

“He (Awlaki) will be leaving for an extensive period of time on February 11th.”

The e-mail states that New Mexico born al-Awlaki was the featured guest speaker on “Islam and Middle Eastern Politics and Culture.”

The Defense Department lawyer who vetted the imam wrote that she “had the privilege of hearing one of Mr. Awlaki’s presentations in November and was impressed by both the extent of his knowledge and by how he communicated that information and handled a hostile element in the audience.”

But…he purchased airline tickets for three of the 9/11 hijackers, and the FBI knew it within 16 days of the attacks.

In 2002, al-Awlaki was the first “imam” to conduct a prayer service for the Congressional Muslim Staffer Association INSIDE THE U.S. CAPITOL and for the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR).

But…he purchased airline tickets for three of the 9/11 hijackers, and the FBI knew it within 16 days of the attacks.

Note that we have so many Muslim staffers inside the offices of our Congressmen and Senators that they have their own “association,” and when they gather, CAIR, an unindicted co-conspirator in the War on Terror, is invited.

Back then, at the time he was dining at the Pentagon, and praying in the Nation’s capitol, al-Alwaki was considered a “moderate.”

But…he purchased airline tickets for three of the 9/11 hijackers, and the FBI knew it within 16 days of the attacks.

In 2002, Ft. Hood jihadist, Nidal Hasan arranged for al-Awlaki to preside over funeral services for his mother. Hasan killed 14 on an American military base, shouting Allahu Akhbar, but it wasn’t terrorism, it was “workplace violence.”

Anwar al-Awlaki left the U.S. before the end of 2002, and we let him leave, but…he purchased airline tickets for three of the 9/11 hijackers, and we knew it within 16 days of the attacks.

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  • http://www.stevengivler.blogspot.com Steven

    The list of people to whom we’ve directed these Muslim outreach efforts is a regular rogue’s gallery, and we confer upon all of them the enabling title of “moderate” in the hopes that, if we just treat them nicely enough, they won’t persist in trying to kill us.

    That same title has been bestowed upon Moaz al Khatib, the head of the now-western-approved Syrian National Coalition. Despite rapturous press reports to the contrary, he is no moderate, but we are squeezing our eyes shut as tightly as we can, insisting that he’s just another in a long line of smart investments in money and weaponry.

    It doesn’t work.

  • http://cryandhowl.com Steve

    And those dastardly “conspiracy theorists” just won’t let go of it! I mean …

    G.W. Bush: “Nobody in our government, at least, and I don’t think the prior government, could envision flying airplanes into buildings on such a massive scale.” and

    Condoleezza Rice: “I don’t think anyone could have predicted that these people would take an airplane and slam it into the World Trade Center” and

    Ari Fleischer: “Never did we imagine what would take place on September 11 where people use those airplanes as missiles and weapons”

    No problem, nothing to see, move along

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