Cleric on US kill list attended Pentagon lunch after 9/11: reports

By Daniel Tencer
Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

A US citizen linked to Al Qaeda who is being targeted for extra-judicial killing by the CIA lunched at the Pentagon several months after the 9/11 attacks, news sources confirmed Wednesday.

Anwar al-Awlaki, a Muslim cleric born in New Mexico who is now believed to be in Yemen, was invited to have lunch at the Pentagon shortly after 9/11 as part of the military's outreach effort to Muslims, officials confirmed to NBC News.

NBC reports:

According to the officials, al-Awlaki was invited as part of a Pentagon outreach program to convince influential Muslims that the war in Afghanistan was aimed at al-Qaida, not Muslims.

The FBI obtained the information during its investigation into the Fort Hood shooting rampage last November and alleged gunman Nidal Hasan's contact with Awlaki.

According to officials, the information came during an FBI interview with a female lawyer who worked in the Defense Department's general counsel's office.

"It's clear at the time (when the Pentagon was reaching out to Muslims) that no one here knew of any terrorist ties Awlaki may have had," an unnamed "senior Pentagon official" told NBC.

But the FBI evidently did know. NBC News reports that al-Awlaki was actually interviewed three times by the FBI shortly after the 9/11 attacks, as he had been in contact with three of the alleged hijackers. Fox News reports that three were Nawaf al-Hazmi, Khalid al-Mihdhar and Hani Hanjour, all of whom were aboard Flight 77.

But at the time the Pentagon saw al-Awlaki as "an 'up and coming' member of the [moderate] Islamic community. After ... vetting, [Awlaki] was invited to and attended a luncheon at the Pentagon in the secretary of the Army's Office of [General] Counsel," according to documents obtained by Fox.

Al-Awlaki has been linked to no less than three recent terrorist plots or attacks on US soil. His name first rose to prominence in the US last year, when it was alleged that accused Fort Hood shooter Nidal Malik Hasan emailed the cleric.

According to Fox News, which first reported on al-Awlaki's Pentagon lunch, al-Awlaki "met with the Christmas Day bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab in Yemen and was the middle-man between the young Nigerian and the bombmaker. Awlaki was also said to inspire would-be Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad."

"The Pentagon has offered no explanation of how a man, now on the CIA kills or capture list, ended up at a special lunch for Muslim outreach," Fox News noted.

Awlaki is at the center of a lawsuit challenging the US's "targeted assassinations" program. Groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights have said the program is blatantly unconstitutional, particularly when it is applied to a US citizen as is the case with al-Awlaki.

"A program that authorizes killing U.S. citizens, without judicial oversight, due process or disclosed standards is unconstitutional, unlawful and un-American," ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero said in a statement.

In defending against that lawsuit, the Obama administration argued last month that revealing any information about the targeted killings program would reveal "state secrets" -- an argument that many critics took to mean that the Obama administration is asserting the right to kill US citizens without any sort of court oversight.

The administration's argument means that "not only does the President have the right to sentence Americans to death with no due process or charges of any kind, but his decisions as to who will be killed and why he wants them dead are 'state secrets,' and thus no court may adjudicate their legality," Salon writer Glenn Greenwald wrote.

It is bad enough an American citizen is targeted for to be

murdered in cold blood with no due process, no habeas corpus, no trial, no jury, no judge...not even as much as a FISA warrant.

But, they could have had him so illegaly targeted in total secrecy. The drone with his name on it could have carried out its evil perversion without us ever hearing a peep about it.

No, they proudly proclaim their sick twisted intentions for all the world to hear. Daring us to do anything. We must end the CIA and cut the DoD down at least by three quarters. The gauntlet has been proferred. We must accept the challenge with as much public bravado.

All you CIA pussies, know this. We are on to you. We will end you.

What do the underwear joker, Times square patsy and Fort Hood fall guy all have in common besides being tied to a guest of the Pentagon? They are all clearly fake.

Remember, before Hasan was fingered to take the rap the cable news were all talking about 2 or 3 shooters. One guy could never have, surrounded by the most elite killers ever trained on this planet, killed 13 and wounded 30. Impossible.

Why was the soldier who captured some video ordered to erase it? Why have we never seen any pictures or video?

The real story is out there, floating around the ether. Four soldiers who thought they were going home were told they were being sent back to hell for yet another tour of duty.

They decided, oh no they weren't, and went postal. Imagine if that true story got out. Can you say copy cat. At least terrible for morale, recruiting.

Underwear zombie and TSquared dufus are equally ridiculous.

This shit is pathetic. The truth is a comin' folks. It CANNOT be stopped. And the glorious day of its arrival will be the beginning of the end of the CI-Assholes.

Who is this guy?

The FBI investigated al-Awlaki in 1999 and 2000 after learning he may have been contacted by a possible "procurement agent" for Osama bin Laden.

So before 9-11 the FBI "learned he was contacted by a possible "procurement agent" for Osama bin laden."

I wonder if the FBI had any informant types knowing anything about him? Like the informant who was housing some hijackers in San Diego that President Bush wouldn't allow the Senate and congress investigators to talk to and who refused to talk unless subpoenaed and only then he would not talk unless given full imunity....

"Hijackers Lived With FBI Informant"

"Several questions remain, however, with regard to the informant’s credibility.
First, while there are several indications suggesting that future hijacker Hani Hanjour had contact with the informant in December 2000, the informant has repeatedly advised the FBI that the informant does not recognize photos of Hanjour. Second, the informant told the FBI that the hijackers did nothing to arouse the informant’s suspicion, but the informant also acknowledged that al-Hazmi had contacts with at least four individuals the informant knew were of interest to the FBI and about whom the informant had previously reported to the FBI. Third, the informant has made numerous inconsistent statements to the FBI during the course of interviews after September 11, 2001. Fourth, the informant’s responses during an FBI polygraph examination to very specific questions about the informant’s advance knowledge of the September 11 plot were judged by the FBI to be “inconclusive.”

"In its written response, the FBI acknowledges “unexplained inconsistencies” in the informant’s reporting which continue to warrant ongoing FBI investigation."

"The Administration has to date objected to the Inquiry’s efforts to interview the informant in order to attempt to resolve those inconsistencies. The Administration also would not agree to allow the FBI to serve a Committee subpoena and deposition notice on the informant. Instead, written interrogatories from the Joint Inquiry were, at the suggestion of the FBI, provided to the informant. Through an attorney, the informant has declined to respond to those interrogatories and has indicated that, if subpoenaed, the informant would request a grant of immunity prior to testifying.

Nope...the FBI Informant was not allowed to talk to Senate or congressional Investigators, because The Bush Administration was not controlling this investigation, and he didn't want to talk either.

But the 9-11 commission is different. First ...the Bush Administration was controlling this investigation (to a certain degree with their mole Zelikow), second throw $100,000 at this informant, and let him talk to Dietrich Snell, and have the interview done at the informants lawyers office......

"In July 2003, the asset was given a $100,000 payment and closed as an asset." {footnote number 197}

What Peter Lance says about Snell...

"Zelikow wrote via email in January that I would be contacted by Dietrich “Dieter” Snell, one of the Team Leaders and a senior counsel to the Commission."

"As soon as I heard Snell’s name I suspected that what my source had been telling me was true: that the Commission staff was limiting the scope of the investigation and cherry picking evidence."

"Snell had been the Assistant U.S. attorney who co-prosecuted Ramzi Yousef for the “Bojinka” case in 1996."

"In my first book 1000 Years For Revenge I recounted how the Justice Department, during Snell’s tenure, had limited the scope of the Bojinka case."

In other words it was Snell who kept the second part of the Bojinka operation secret. The part of flying planes into buildings.

Anwar al-Awlaki (also spelled Aulaqi;

So Snell got to talk with this informant after he was given his $100,000 reward. Who knows what went down but here is what was released from the 9-11 commission notes....

"Dr Xxxxxx was also very familiar with the Imam of the Saranac Mosque, Anwar Aulaqi.....Dr. XXXXXX said that al-Hazmi respected Aulaqi, and told Dr. xxxxxxx that he (al-hazmi) spoke with Aulaqi on a regular basis. Dr xxxxx knew that Aulaqi's parents were from Yemen, but that Aulaqi was an American citizen. Aulaqi's father was a major government official, the Minister of Agriculture, and the father encouraged Aulaqi to remain in the United States. Dr xxxxx stated that Aulaqi eventually left the el Rabat Mosque and took a new assignment at a mosque in Virginia."

Which BTW these hijackers met up with him again in Virginia.

BTW, we are told that he never really reported on these 9-11 hijackers because they were not "suspicious". No nothing suspicious about them meeting with someone suspected of ties to Osama Bin Laden and.........

"Dr. Xxxxxx allowed them to use his computer to access the internet. Al-Hazmi was a frequent user of the computer and the internet. Dr. Xxxxxx did notice that neither al-Hazmi nor al-Mihdhar ever made telephone calls from his (Xxxxxx's) telephone. When he asked both of them if they ever called home, they said that they did but that they used pay telephones. Al-Hazmi stated, "We go outside to use the telephone." Dr. Xxxxxx noted that they would have to drive from the neighborhood to use a pay telephone."

Nope, nothing suspicious about that....or this....

"The FBI investigated al-Awlaki in 1999 and 2000 after learning he may have been contacted by a possible "procurement agent" for Osama bin Laden."

And that's also when the 9/11 hijackers were meeting with al-Awlaki, so while they were investigating him the informant they were using during this investigation was housing the hijackers who were meeting with the person under investigation.........

"On Anwar Aulaqi, see Wade A. interview (Oct. 16, 2003). The FBI investigated Aulaqi in 1999 and 2000 after learning that he may have been contacted by a possible procurement agent for Bin Ladin. during this investigation, the FBI learned that Aulaqi knew individuals from the Holy Land Foundation and others involved in raising money for the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas. Sources alleged that Aulaqi had other extremist connections. FBI electronic communication, background searches, Feb. 3, 2000; FBI report of investigation, interview, Sept. 24, 2001; FBI electronic communication, interview, Oct. 8, 2002. None of this information was considered strong enough to support a criminal prosecution. For evidence of possible early contacts between Hazmi/Mihdhar and Aulaqi, see Steve O. interview (Nov. 17, 2003), noting that four calls took place between Aulaqi's phone and Bayoumi's phone on February 4, 2000, the day Bayoumi helped Hazmi and Mihdhar find an apartment and perhaps lent them his phone."

I find this particularly interesting......

"The radical Muslim imam who ministered to at least three Sept. 11 hijackers, the Fort Hood shooter and the Nigerian accused of trying to blow up a U.S. jet on Christmas Day, was taken into custody at New York's JFK Airport on a felony arrest warrant in 2002."

"Even though Anwar al-Awlaki had been on the FBI's radar for years, he was let go, most likely because of intervention by Saudi Arabia, classified documents and interviews reveal. Now he continues to train new "martyrs" in Yemen."