Is Al Queda Leader CIA Asset?

Anwar Al-Awlaki from October 2008

Newly-released documents about Anwar Al-Awlaki, a Muslim-American tied to many terrorist attacks and currently on the CIA’s capture or kill list, are leading some to believe he may in fact be working for the CIA or another government intelligence agency.

A new FOX News report citing government documents (which can be downloaded here) show Al-Awlaki was recruited by a Defense Department employee to speak at the Pentagon on Muslim issues after seeing him speak in Alexandria, Virginia.

The employee “recalls being impressed” with Al-Awlaki when he spoke. Not only did he condemn Al Queda and terrorism, he was also “‘harassed’ by members of the audience and suffered it well,” one document reads.

The Fox News report says Yemen-American Al-Awlaki was a former Muslim chaplain at George Washington University. He was also persuing a Doctorate in Education there.

George Washington University is well-known for having close ties to the intelligence community, including recruitment and training. GWU also has CIA agents teaching on campus as part of the “Officers in Residence” program, reports the Washington Post, and maintains the National Security Archive.

A June 03 article from Salem-News.com quotes an article from “mainstream” British Muslim group SalafiMahaj titled, Anwar al-Awlaki and His Errors in the Issue of Jihad,that in part questions who Al-Awlaki is really working for:

Anwar Al Awlaki

When one listens to the earlier lectures and khutab of ‘Awlaki it is immediate noticeable that he was … appealing to Middle-Class Muslim professional in the US.”

“Awlaki can be seen in … the PBS documentary Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet (2003) giving a khutbah [religious speech] in an American Congress building at Capitol Hill (!!!?) [there emphasis]”

“Hence there has been a clear transition and methodological shift in the procedure of ‘Awlaki”

“It is possible at this point [moving to Yemen] ‘Awlaki reviewed his methodology to regain credibility after the likes of ‘Abdullah Faisal al-Jamayki [Real name Trevor William Forest] in the late 1990s had actually condemned him for spreading ‘CIA Islam’ and being a ‘Murji’, ‘spy’, ‘a plant of the government’, ‘an enemy of Islam’ etc. See Faisal’s lecture wherein he … condemns ‘Awlaki for being a CIA agent.”

“Al-Awlaki is not known for having participated in any ‘jihad’ whatsoever and this is what has to be highlighted. For he calls to it and hypes up his audiences with it, yet the question has to be asked: upon which battlefield has he fought?”

The article also comments on the link between intelligence agencies and jihadis:

“The likes of Omar Bakri, Abu Qatadah al-Filistini, Abu Hamza and a whole host of other takfiri-jihadis [takfiris are muslims who accuse other muslims of being apostates or non-believers, in this context to justify killing them] are well-known for their meetings with not even the police, but with Intelligence Services! Some of them have even been protected and sheltered by them! As in the case of Abu Qatadah al-Filistini after 9/11 which is perhaps the most well-known example in the UK of being sheltered by intelligence services!”

Al-Awlaki has many ties with Muslim terrorists who have waged jihad against America. He was interviewed at least four times by the FBI because of his association with three of the terrorists onboard Flight 77, the plane that slammed into the Pentagon on 9/11/2001.

The FOX News report also quotes sources that 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.

He is now believed to be hiding in Yemen for his association with alleged Ft. Hood shooter Major Nidal Malik Hasan, who e-mailed Awlaki prior to the attack.

Speculation suggests the timing of the article, and its questioning of government failure to properly vet Al-Awlaki, may be a preventive measure being made in light of new documents set to be released by whistleblower website Wikileaks.

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