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May 26, 2010

Al Qaeda Cleric: 'Wash Post saved me from U.S. airstrike'

Topics: Follies of the Mainstream Media, Political News and commentaries, War on Terror

In yet another example of our mainstream media's continued divergence of intelligence information to our enemies, Anwar al-Awlaki, the U.S.-born imam linked to the Fort Hood shooting spree in Texas in November, the botched Christmas Day airliner bombing, and the failed Times Square bombing early this month, credited the Washington Post with tipping him off and allowing him to elude a U.S. airstrike in Yemen in December.

Via Fox News:

[...] Most of the attention given to al-Awlaki's lengthy interview in an al-Qaida video released Sunday has focused on his call to kill civilian Americans. But far more provocative is his revelation of how the U.S. media can inadvertently assist and protect al-Qaida terrorists.

"I had posted an article of mine in support of what Nidal Hasan did," al-Awlaki said in Arabic, referring to the Army major now charged with 13 murder counts in the Fort Hood massacre. "And so, they shut down my website."

Al-Awlaki added, "Then I read in the Washington Post that they were monitoring my communications. So I was forced to stop these communications. I left that region, and then the American air strikes took place."

A Nov. 16, 2009 Washington Post article on al-Awlaki written by Sudarsan Raghavan of the Post's Foreign Service -- with a dateline of Sanaa, Yemen and featuring contributions from Post staff writer Spencer S. Hsu in Washington -- included the revelation from anonymous federal law enforcement officials that the terrorist cleric was under surveillance.
Headlines, circulation, and profits clearly have a much higher priority with our media than does our country defeating radical Islam and winning the war on terror.

Related: Hey, Liberals: It's the Jihad, Stupid - What'll It Take to Convince You?

Posted by Abdul at May 26, 2010 8:36 AM



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