The Times Square bomb jihadi shared the same imam as Major Hasan, Fort Hood jihadi.
Anwar al-Awlaki was the preacher at the Dar al-Hijrah mosque, in Falls Church, Virginia.
The Fort Hood jihadi Major Hasan, the jihadi slaughterer of 13 fellow US soldiers in Texas, worshiped at the controversial Dar al-Hijrah mosque in Falls Church, Virginia. That mosque was led by the devout Muslim imam, Anwar al-Awlaki, who is said to have been a "spiritual adviser" to three of the hijackers who attacked America on Sept 11, 2001.
The preacher at the Dar al-Hirah mosque was also in regular contact with the Christmas balls bomber, who tried to blow up a passenger jet on Christmas day. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab sat on top of the fuel tank (seat 19A) and tried to detonate a bomb hooked up to his tiny genitalia. (more here)
Previous Atlas coverage on Awlaki here.
This just in -- thanks to Van
Sources: Shahzad Had Contact With Awlaki, Taliban Chief, and Mumbai Massacre Mastermind Faisal Shahzad Said To Have Linked Up With Taliban Through Internet, But Already High-Placed Contacts
Accused Times Square Bomber Faisal Shahzad linked up with the Pakistani Taliban through the internet, ABC News has been told by law enforcement and intelligence sources close to the investigation. Once the Taliban identified him as more valuable in the U.S. than in Pakistan, they trained him to return to execute his bomb attack.
But according to these sources, Shahzad also had a web of jihadist contacts that included big names tied to terror attacks in the U.S. and abroad, including the figure who has emerged as a central figure in many recent domestic terror attempts - radical American-born Muslim cleric Anwar Awlaki.
Besides Awlaki, sources say Shahzad was also linked to a key figure in the Pakistani Taliban, its Emir Beitullah Mehsud, who was killed in a drone missile strike in 2009. The Mehsuds had been family friends of Shahzad, who is the son of a former high-ranking Pakistani military officer.
Also, VERY interesting transcript of radio conversation here as the tower orders the Emirates plane with Shahzad aboard back to the terminal...............
Lastly, a video crew sent to Shahzad's house AFTER the FBI left found his passport, college papers and tax records in the trash. They called the FBI and they rushed back to the house and cordoned it off! Is this Obama's America or what?