Rather than arrest American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki and/or revoke his citizenship, we let him flee to Yemen under the G. W. Bush administration, then killed him with an American drone under the Obama administration. We can only guess how many American lives were taken due to Awlaki’s jihadi influence during the time he left and eventually died. Robert Mueller was the FBI director under Bush at the time and remains in that position today. Donald Rumsfeld was G. W.’s Secretary of Defense at the time Awlaki was invited to the Pentagon. Condoleeza Rice was G. W.’s National Security adviser. If Mueller did not want to take action while the information about Awlaki’s ties to terrorism were freshly culled, what prompted him to work with Obama to drone Awalaki? See more on that question a few paragraphs down. I don’t think it’s a stretch to believe the current administration took Awlaki out because he had information about the FBI and U.S. Intelligence that would not have been reassuring to We the People, among those facts, Awlaki’s 2002 arrest in the U.S. was NOT disclosed to the 9/11 Commission or to Congress.
The article linked below says that Awlaki “may” have purchased airline tickets for three of the 9/11/01 hijackers, but Judicial Watch’s earlier report left no doubt. Awlaki was also the imam to at least two of the 9/11 hijackers in Virginia. At some point, he met Ft. Hood jihadi Nidal Hassan and the two corresponded between then and the day Hassan murdered 14 of our finest.
Newly released documents show the FBI identified U.S.-born al Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki as a terrorist the day before he spoke at a Pentagon luncheon in 2002, if not sooner…
The documents also show that the FBI was preparing to prosecute al-Awlaki on charges of soliciting prostitutes in Washington, D.C. He spent $2,320 for least seven encounters between Nov. 5, 2001, and Feb. 4, 2002, the day before his speech.
The documents also reveal that al-Awlaki’s doctoral education was paid for by the World Bank and supported by the government of Yemen. A July 12, 2000, letter from the Center for International Programs at New Mexico State University, where al-Aulaqi received his master’s degree, said he was “sponsored for a Ph.D. degree under the auspices of a World Bank Community College Project in Yemen. This project will pay for Mr. al-Aulaqi’s tuition and fees, books, health insurance, and living costs while he is pursuing a Ph.D. degree program.”
The FBI became interested in al-Awlaki as a terrorist as early as 1999. A memo between the special agent in charge of the FBI’s San Diego office and the national FBI director requested a counterterrorism investigation of al-Awlaki. He was then followed closely between November 2001 and January 2002, the documents show. Source: Washington Examiner
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.
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.
Several congressional committees want the FBI director to explain why one of his agents ordered the release of Anwar al-Awlaki from federal custody on Oct. 10, 2002, when there was an outstanding warrant for the American Muslim cleric’s arrest…
Now that the cleric is dead, Wolf urged Mueller to be more transparent about the bureau’s interactions with al-Awlaki.
“I believe the bureau could, hopefully, be more forthcoming with regard to the 2002 incident. It is important that we look at how past incidents were handled so we’re better prepared for the future,” Wolf said. “And I can’t help but think how history could’ve been different, especially at Fort Hood, if al-Awlaki had been arrested and prosecuted back in October 2002.”
Fox News’ Specials Unit reported that the cleric was held by customs agents at JFK International Airport in New York City in early morning of Oct. 10, 2002, until FBI Agent Wade Ammerman ordered his release – even though a warrant for the cleric’s arrest on passport fraud was still active.
The warrant was generated by the Joint Terrorism Task Force in San Diego, which considered the cleric a “tier one” target because of his connections to at least three of the 9/11 hijackers.
The warrant was pulled by a judge in Colorado, after the cleric entered the U.S. A U.S. attorney in Colorado who oversaw the warrant and the Justice Department claimed the cleric’s earlier lies to the Social Security Administration, the basis of the charge, had been corrected. But new documents obtained by Fox News through the Freedom of Information Act show otherwise.
After al-Awlaki re-entered the U.S. in the fall of 2002 with the FBI’s help, the cleric then appeared in a high-profile investigation, in which Agent Ammerman was a lead investigator. The FBI has not made the agent available to Fox News to interview, nor has the Department of Justice made the U.S. attorney on the case available. Former FBI agents say Ammerman would have needed permission from higher up in the bureau to let al-Awlaki go…
Fox News confirmed that the October 2002 incident and the arrest warrant for al-Awlaki was never disclosed to the 9/11 Commission or to Congress.
Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA) tried to get answers. He was stonewalled. Mueller should be forced to step down.