The U.S. killed an alleged Muslim terrorist with a drone attack in September 2011: Anwar al-Awlaki.
What the media did not mention was this: he was educated at U.S. government expense as a college student. Then, after he became listed by the government as a terrorist, he returned to the USA. The FBI arrested him. Then they let him loose.
Your tax dollars at work!
Al-Awlaki became the first American citizen targeted would become the official first American who was targeted for death by the CIA.
All this came out as a result of an inquiry into the Fort Hood, Texas, massacres by one of Al-Awliki’s email correspondents. He exchanged 19 emails with Maj. Nidal Hasan, who is accused of murdering 13 in the shooting.
Mark Giuliano, the FBI’s assistant director for national security, testified Wednesday that the FBI knew in advance that he was making his way back to the United States, though he didn’t explain how.
Al-Awlaki was detained at New York City’s JFK airport because a customs database flagged him based on an outstanding arrest warrant. Giuliano, under intense questioning by [Congressman] Wolf, also admitted Wednesday there were discussions between an FBI agent and the U.S. attorney in Colorado about the U.S.-born cleric’s re-entry and the warrant.
Jesus spoke of the blind leading the blind into a ditch. That was before the Department of Homeland Security multiplied the number of blind people.
Former FBI agents say there are only likely two explanations: The bureau let the cleric into the country to track him for intelligence, or the bureau wanted to work with him as a friendly contact.
If either is true, then the FBI ought to get out of the anti-terrorism business. It does not know what it is doing.
It gets worse.
During Wednesday’s hearing, Giuliano could not explain a significant time discrepancy. Al-Awlaki was being held in the early-morning hours of Oct. 10, 2002, when FBI agent Wade Ammerman told customs agents that “the warrant … had been pulled back.” But that couldn’t have happened while al-Awlaki was in custody, since it was only 5:40 a.m. in Colorado where the arrest warrant originated and where the courts had yet to open for the day.
In fact, documents show the warrant was still active at that time and was only vacated later that day.
Then there is this explanation: “It’s Larry, Moe, and Curly!”
Al-Awlaki knew how to game the system.
The documents show that al-Awlaki lied on his Social Security application in 1990, stating his place of birth was Yemen, to obtain $20,000 in taxpayer-funded scholarship money. Five years later, when his studies were done, the documents show he applied for a replacement card using his true place of birth, Las Cruces, N.M.
The best thing we can say of all this is that Larry, Moe, and Curly are still in charge.
America is not becoming a tyranny. It is becoming a long-running comedy sketch for Jon Stewart.