Back in January I wrote a post entitled Islam: the blurry line between respected authority and inciter of violence. The line itself is not blurry, it's very clear -- right and wrong, good and evil. It is the media elites, the chattering class, the political elites that blur the lines.
Case in point: Imam Anwar Awlaki, the go-to imam that the media went to (the "moderate" imam) for all things Islam right after 911. Apparently so did the 911 hijackers for spiritual guidance.
Now we hear, so did the Pentagon. Devout Muslim Awlaki also provided succor and Islamic spiritual guidance to the Fort Hood jihadi, the Christmas balls bomber, and the Times Square deadly car bomber -- and that's what we know of.
Jihadist cleric Al-Awlaki lunched at Pentagon after 9/11 hat tip Robert Spencer
I've often pointed out that the U.S. Government behaves as if any Muslim who is not actively engaged in lighting a fuse is ipso facto a "moderate." This demonstrates the disastrous short-sightedness of their analysis. "EXCLUSIVE: Al Qaeda Leader Dined at the Pentagon Just Months After 9/11," by Catherine Herridge for FoxNews.com,Anwar Al-Awlaki may be the first American on the CIA's kill or capture list, but he was also a lunch guest of military brass at the Pentagon within months of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, Fox News has learned.
Documents exclusively obtained by Fox News, including an FBI interview conducted after the Fort Hood shooting in November 2009, state that Awlaki was taken to the Pentagon as part of the military's outreach to the Muslim community in the immediate aftermath of the attacks.
The incident was flagged by a current Defense Department employee who came forward and told investigators she helped arrange the meeting after she saw Awlaki speak in Alexandria, Va.
The employee "attended this talk and while she arrived late she recalls being impressed by this imam. He condemned Al Qaeda and the terrorist attacks. During his talk he was 'harassed' by members of the audience and suffered it well," reads one document.
According to the documents, obtained as part of an ongoing investigation by the specials unit "Fox News Reporting," there was a push within the Defense Department to reach out to the Muslim community.
"At that period in time, the secretary of the Army (redacted) was eager to have a presentation from a moderate Muslim."
In addition, Awlaki "was considered to be an 'up and coming' member of the Islamic community. After her vetting, Aulaqi (Awlaki) was invited to and attended a luncheon at the Pentagon in the secretary of the Army's Office of Government Counsel."
Awlaki, a Yemeni-American who was born in Las Cruces, N.M., was interviewed at least four times by the FBI in the first week after the attacks because of his ties to the three hijackers Nawaf al-Hazmi, Khalid al-Mihdhar and Hani Hanjour. The three hijackers were all onboard Flight 77 that slammed into the Pentagon.
Awlaki is now believed to be hiding in Yemen after he was linked to the alleged Ft. Hood shooter Major Nidal Malik Hasan, who e-mailed Awlaki prior to the attack.
Sources told Fox News that Awlaki, who is a former Muslim chaplain at George Washington University, 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.
Apparently, none of the FBI's information about Awlaki was shared with the Pentagon. ...
The lines blurs yet again for those who refuse the reality of the threat doctrine of jihad. Back in May, I wrote:
“Jihad is becoming as American as apple pie and as British as afternoon tea” al-Alwaki, Imam
The New York Times has a piece on Anwar al-Awlaki entitled -- Imam’s Path From Condemning Terror to Preaching Jihad. The title sums up the Times' dhimmitude and cluelessness on the subject.
Many .......Muslim listeners, accustomed to preachers with heavy accents and an otherworldly focus, were entranced by his mix of the ancient and the contemporary, his seamless transition from the 29 battles of the Prophet Muhammad to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. “He was the main man who translated the jihad into English,” said Abu Yahiya, 27, a Bangladeshi-British student of Mr. Awlaki’s lectures in 2003.
What the NY Times does not understand is that there is no change, no "path" from "condemning terror to preaching jihad." It is Islam. Al-Alwlaki always preached jihad and violence; it was the media that was gullible and ignorant. We are witnessing the same treatment of the imam behind the grotesque mega mosque at Ground Zero: 911 Mosque Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf Blames Christians: "The US and the West must acknowledge the harm they have done to Muslims before terrorism can end."
Imam Awlaki was the go-to Muslim cleric for reporters scrambling to explain Islam after 911; he was the same imam who guided the 911 Muslim attackers to commit jihad. Got that? Al-Awaki was the "spiritual adviser" to three of the hijackers who attacked America on Sept. 11, 2001. He guided the 911 jihadis, the Fort Hood Major Muslim, the Christmas ball bomber. He was imam at the respected Dar al Hijreh mosque while being the go-to Muslim for big media for information on Islam. Exactly like un-indicted co-conspirator, Hamas-linked CAIR being the go-to guys for media now.
In fact, the F.B.I. had first taken an interest in Mr. Awlaki in 1999, concerned about brushes with militants that to this day remain difficult to interpret. In 1998 and 1999, he was a vice president of a small Islamic charity that an F.B.I. agent later testified was “a front organization to funnel money to terrorists.” He had been visited by Ziyad Khaleel, a Qaeda operative who purchased a battery for Osama bin Laden’s satellite phone, as well as by an associate of Omar Abdel Rahman, the so-called Blind Sheik, who was serving a life sentence for plotting to blow up New York landmarks.
Still more disturbing was Mr. Awlaki’s links to two future Sept. 11 hijackers, Khalid al-Midhar and Nawaq Alhazmi. They prayed at his San Diego mosque and were seen in long conferences with the cleric. Mr. Alhazmi would follow the imam to his new mosque in Virginia, and 9/11 investigators would call Mr. Awlaki Mr. Alhazmi’s “spiritual adviser.”
That al-Awlaki was go-to guy for the media right after 911 best exhibits the practice of taqiyya, and taqiyya should have been the focus of the Times piece. According to one FBI agent, al-Awlaki “was at the center of the 9/11 story.”
Taqiyya, or not showing their faith openly by means of pretense, dissimulation, or concealment, is a special type of LYING that is taught and used by Shi'a Muslims, cf. Sunni Muslims and Taqiyya. "Taqiyya" (or taqiyyah) is related to the terms "taqwa'" and "taqi'" -- all have the root meaning of "guarding" something, in this case, the Islamic faith.
Taqiya is required [in Islam].
The Times does not mention or explore taqiyya. Instead it lies for the liar. It advances the false narrative, painting al-Awlaki as a man of peace who became .......radical, aka devout. The Times paints al-Awlaki's fundamentalism as some sort of new hat ............. while, of course, blaming America (as a subtext) for his "radicalism," ie: "Finally, after the Yemeni authorities, under American pressure, imprisoned him in 2006 and 2007, Mr. Awlaki seems to have hardened into a fully committed ideologist of jihad, condemning non-Muslims and cheerleading for slaughter."