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Anwar Al-Awlaki, born in Las Cruces, N.M., also a Yemeni national, was killed by a CIA drone strike in late September 2011. He was said to be such a danger and rose so high in Al-Qaeda because of his American background and knowledge of the culture. He was actually dubbed “Awlaki the CIA Lackey” by many who thought it cleverly rhymed.
Most people would never believe it, but yes, Anwar Al-Awlaki, the number 3 man in Al Qaeda actually dined at a special Pentagon luncheon on Feb. 5 2002, just 5 months after the 9/11 attacks. Documents obtained exclusively by Fox News, state that Awlaki was a featured guest at the Pentagon supposedly as part of an American “outreach to the moderate Muslim community”.
So in the aftermath of 9/11, when we were supposed to be fixing our security and intelligence flaws, the Pentagon didn’t know his full alleged involvement with what is supposed to be the most dangerous shadowy network of terrorists in history? Do you believe that?
What were all the enhanced security measures for that President Bush continuously touted?
So how could Awlaki even be allowed into the building? Sen. Joe Lieberman even wants to know. There’s only a few possibilities:
1. The intelligence community knew his “background” and instructed the Pentagon to let him in as part of deeper intelligence tactics.
2. Part of the intelligence community knew (one or more agencies, or parts of an agency) and hid that from the Pentagon and Defense Department.
3. No one in intelligence knew.
No matter which one, if there was not enough information out there about Awlaki to know about the danger he posed, how was enough information available to figure out that he would be an influential cleric that this “outreach” program should contact?
When you dig deep enough, you will find that possibilities 1 and 2 both fit, Awlaki was in the grey area of the intelligence community. The fact of the matter is that he was at a minimum, a CIA informant, as well as an FBI “asset”. He was possibly even a double or even triple agent, as in other agencies or countries. One hard rule is that an informant (or asset, agent, etc.) for one agency, say the CIA, must be protected by that agency lest an unsuspecting local FBI agent stumbles onto the operation and begins investigating him. This is the problem that the intelligence unit Able Danger had, you begin investigating and your work is sabotaged by others in another agency or even the same agency you work for. Informants are an established part of law enforcement but the problem here is the nature of secret informant’s assignment and controlling program. For those of you that are new to these topics, sometimes a spy is the only way to get information and occasionally that spy may be a spy for the other country or some 3rd party paying him for info.
That’s enough theoretical discussion, let’s get back to the guest of honor.

Awlaki’s appearance at the meeting was purposely engineered despite Awlaki’s known alleged ties to three of the alleged 9/11 hijackers, Nawaf al-Hazmi, Khalid al-Mihdhar and Hani Hanjour, who were identified as the suicide pilots that slammed Flight 77 into the Pentagon. After 9/11, Awlaki was put to work on more advanced projects as he became one of the CIA’s chief handlers of terrorist patsies (low level actual terrorists who could do very little harm without agency help). This is evidenced by Awlaki’s connection to virtually every Al Qaeda US-targeted plot that made mainstream media headlines.
In the years since the dinner meeting, official US statements admit he was part of the senior leadership of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), one of the “franchises” designated by region. Anwar al-Awlaki was actually detained by the FBI in October 2002 at New York’s JFK airport, but the agency let him go, FBI assistant director Mark Giuliano told the House Appropriations Committee. At the time, he was reported to be a top CIA target and named a serious threat by the head of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service.

Now, Fox’s Catherine Herridge breaks the news that the government’s story is untrue. In House testimony this week, a top FBI official admitted that the Bureau and federal prosecutors knew Awlaki was about to return to the United States before he arrived at JFK. Furthermore, it emerged at the House hearing that the passport fraud warrant had not been vacated when Awlaki was briefly detained. The warrant remained valid and pending; it could have been used to arrest him. Instead, the Justice Department intervened to “un-arrest” him. With apologies extended by federal agents to both Awlaki and the Saudi government representative conveniently on hand to assist him, the terrorist was sprung.

Just 5 short months after 9/11, he was given the diplomatic respect in the midst of our fierce terror hunt? No CIA rendition or “enhanced interrogation” that we’ve heard so much about?
After some years of obscurity in which the Bush Administration manipulated the color coded terror threat levels with “contrived terror plots”, Awlaki started appearing in the headlines. Below is an excerpt from an Infowars article quoting Webster Tarpley on Awlaki’s links to the 2007 Fort Dix plot and the Toronto 18.

As Webster Tarpley has documented, Awlaki is “an intelligence agency operative and patsy-minder” and “one of the premier terror impresarios of the age operating under Islamic fundamentalist cover” whose job it is to “motivate and encourage groups of mentally impaired and suggestible young dupes who were entrapped into “terrorist plots” by busy FBI and Canadian RCMP agents during recent years.”

Tarpley points to Awlaki’s role in the Toronto and Fort Dix, New Jersey, terror plots, which were both contrived by the feds, as proof of Awlaki’s usefulness to the authorities in radicalizing terrorist patsies.

Lawyers in a case relating to the much vaunted 2007 terror plot to attack Fort Dix and kill “as many soldiers as possible” concluded that FBI informants were the key figures behind the operation and that the accused, six foreign-born Muslims, were merely bungling patsies.

Similarly, the “Toronto 18″ terrorists turned out to be “a bunch of incompetent guys who were primarily misled by a delusional megalomaniac”. The explosive fertilizer material the terrorist cell apparently planned to use was in fact purchased by an informant working for the RCMP who had radicalized the group.

The government also linked Awlaki to the November 2009 Fort Hood shooter, Major Nidal Malik Hasan, who allegedly shot 13 people at the military base. Hasan attended the Dar al-Hijrah mosque in Falls Church, Virginia, in 2001 at the same time as two of the September 11 hijackers, as reported by London’s Telegraph and others. If this link seems thin, it should show you the depth of the coverup by stating this was Hasan’s inspiration. Since then, authorities have engaged in a cover-up of what happened at Fort Hood after they ordered Private Lance Aviles to delete cell phone footage of the attack.
Among other admitted connections in the sanitized intel reports is Awlaki’s direct operational role in the failed 2009 Christmas Day attack on Northwest Airlines flight 253. That plot carried out by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, better known as the Underwear Bomber, has been shown to be a government controlled operation from many angles. In the official narrative, Awlaki is front and center. Awlaki acted as the middle-man between him and the bomb maker.
Just months later, ABC News, among others, reported Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad was also directed by Awlaki before his failed attack on May 1st 2010.

Later that year, the October 2010 “printer ink” bomb plot, which was “successfully stopped”, was also attributed to Awlaki. The Yemeni government spoke up and showed this plot to be a contrived operation as well after a young female student was blamed for the plot.
Then as happens with most patsies, Awlaki was cashed out during a blank raid. Or was he?
Awlaki has been said to be killed by the US government, at least twice that we know of.

On December 24, 2009 several news outlets reported that Awlaki was believed to have been killed in a joint U.S-Yemeni pre-dawn air strike by Yemeni Air Force fighter jets on a meeting of 30 or so senior al-Qaeda leaders at a hideout in Rafd, a remote mountain valley in eastern Shabwa.

The Reuters news agency spoke to an unnamed Yemeni official at the time who said: “Anwar al Awlaki is suspected to be dead (in the air raid).”

Awlaki’s death was also reported by Fox News and Al Jazeera.

On December 28 The Washington Post reported that U.S. and Yemeni officials had confirmed that al-Awlaki was at the al-Qaeda meeting.

Then on December 29 it was reported by Newsweek that a Yemeni journalist called Abdul Elah Hider al-Shaya had been in contact with Awlaki after the air raid, and was claiming that he was still alive.

And from Infowars again:

Between then and now, the so called “key leader” of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, has popped up in several slick videos and was said to have produced al Qaeda’s signature English-language internet magazine.

The second official time came in September 2011 when he was killed in Obama rock-star fashion by another drone strike.

This confusion, some say, is attributable to the “fog of war”, but the way the government continually spins stories in the media, only to change the narrative unbelievably later on, is quite disingenuous. But then again, this is the “fog of war”, the question remains, who is that war on though?
For some more clarity, hear the take of Able Danger’s Lt. Col Anthony Shaffer.


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