Jihad Message Man: al-Awlaki

The FBI keeps turning up terror plots in the USA. And the threats keep going back to one American in Yemen—Anwar al-Awlaki.

In this image released Monday, Nov. 8, 2010, Anwar al-Awlaki speaks in a video message posted on radical websites. (AP Photo/SITE Intelligence Group)

It can seem almost a drumbeat lately. A young American – at a military recruiting station in Baltimore last week, at a Christmas tree-lighting in Portland, Oregon, on a subway bomb plot in Washington, D.C. – arrested and charged by the FBI with having been ready to blow up everybody in sight. 

And again and again, we’re told the inspiration goes back to one American Muslim in Yemen – Anwar al Awlaki.  It makes you wonder how many undercover agents the FBI has out there.  And what that one American in Yemen is saying.  

We look at the arrests, and al-Awlaki.

-Tom Ashbrook


Scott Shane, national security reporter for The New York Times.

Chris Heffelfinger, researcher and analyst of militant Islam for the Combating Terrorism Center at the US Military Academy, West Point. From 2006 to 2008 he instructed the FBI on radical Islam and terrorism. His forthcoming book is, “Radical Islam in America: Salafism’s journey from Arabia to the Midwest.”

Nihad Awad, executive director and co-founder of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim advocacy group.

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