[Al-Awlaki] has emerged as a prominent al-Qaida recruiter and has been tied by U.S. intelligence to the 9/11 hijackers, the suspects in the November shooting at an Army base in Fort Hood, Texas, and the December attempt to blow up a U.S. jetliner bound for Detroit.
For U.S. officials, al-Awlaki is of particular concern because he is one of the few English-speaking radical clerics able to explain to young Muslims in America and other Western countries the philosophy of violent jihad. Al-Awlaki's direct role in al-Qaida — if any — remains unclear. The U.S. says he is an active participant in the group, though members of his tribe have denied that. However, Sunday's video provides the clearest link yet between the cleric and the terror group.
Also, it appears that Awlaki is linked informally to "the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan – a group" White House counterterrorism czar John Brennan said is "closely allied with al-Qaeda; they train together, they plan together, they plot together" – maintains a YouTube channel for posting news and violence-inciting rants. And it was the Taliban from Pakistan that helped Shahzad plan his Times Square fireworks display as the Broadway plays let out around 1100PM and TS filled with the usual drifters and grifters in NYC, all of them godless and worthy of spectacular public incineration for not having listened to the subtle nuanced 911 type "Dawa" invitation to join the "religion of peace" or burn in hell tortured by demons forever!?!
Shahzad's IQ barely reached three digits, we are now finding, and Eric Holder, the Atty. General responsible for the day-to-day management of USG programs designed to keep our nation sad, we are now finding, is a leaf off the old ganja plant that courses its opiates into the brains of the zombie-fanatic schizos who populate AQ and other Muslim religious.
BAck to Awlaki who the earnest room-temp IQ ARmy "doctor" Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan consulted over his dating problems and religious hang-ups. Turns out they weren't that far apart and Nidal Hasan was recruited simply because he was too dumb to figure out that nobody except a moon-pie duplicate of his beaming piehole-dominated [metaphorical] pinhead would tie the knot with an M.D. so retarded that he was sent back more than once for retooling. Plus his bedside manner might have reflected his earnest inability to pursue relationships with women more than thirteen years old. Those arranged marriages back home in the Fertile Crescent are there to keep the earnest dunce crowd from organizing politically.
Ditto for Abdulmutallab, who had agreed in Yemen to wear a suicide crotchwear contraption which would firebomb his own genitals. He also was sincere, according to Awlaki in a long diatribe from Yemen.
Yemen's government says al-Awlaki is also suspected of contacts with Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who traveled to Yemen late last year, and U.S. investigators say Abdulmutallab told them he received training and his bomb from Yemen's al-Qaida offshoot.
In Sunday's video, al-Awlaki praised both men and referred to them as his "students."
Speaking of Hasan, the cleric said, "What he did was heroic and great. ... I ask every Muslim serving in the U.S. Army to follow suit."
Because of what U.S. officials view as al-Awlaki's growing role with al-Qaida and the Pakistani Taliban, the Obama administration placed him on the CIA's list of targets for assassination — despite his American citizenship.
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Sunday that the U.S. is "actively trying to find" al-Awlaki.
Oh, wait, Mr. Brennan and Baghdad Bob Gibbs. Didn't all the state-controlled media outlets after lil Shahzad was caught constantly state that Shahzad was run by the Taliban, not by Al Qaeda? And this would be the Pakistani Taliban, which Brennan avers is "closely allied with al-Qaeda; they train together, they plan together, they plot together"? And in most cases, the teacher is more gifted or intelligent than the students. However, here it appears we have a perfect trifecta of nutty thinking, a trinity of terror. Unless of course, the mentor Awlaki has some arrows in his quiver that nobody is aware of.
From our side of the Pond, I'd guess the guttersnipe groveling state-controlled networks and cable news shows---the ones who were so disappointed that a "white male" of tea party proclivities wasn't apprehended while the Times Square manhunt went on---owe the American people an apology for misleading them.
On second thought,however, the MSM are elitists, they never apologize, only make "corrective movements" to cover their tracks so their next lies are more acceptable.