Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Cyber samurai needed

Anwar al-Awlaki is till plaguing this country, even though he was killed by a drone Sept. 30, 2011.

For those only vaguely familiar with this name, let us recap some pertinent facts of his life. He was born in New Mexico of Yemini parents. His father received his master’s degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of New Mexico, which is why Anwar al-Awlaki is an American citizen. His father then got his doctorate from the University of Nebraska and taught at the University of Minnesota. He then moved back to Yemen, where he served as agricultural minister.

Al-Awlaki was 7 when he moved back to Yemen, living there 11 years. Though he was an American citizen, he came back to the U.S. claiming to have been born in Yemen. He received a degree in Civil Engineering in 1994 from Colorado State University. He spent his summers training with the Afghan mujahideen.

Though he did further studies at San Diego State University and George Washington University, his real interest came to be Islamic radicalism. He became an imam, preaching in San Diego and later Falls Church, Va. In both those places he was closely associated with three of the 9-11 hijackers. It has always been suspected he arranged quarters for them. A fourth person involved in the 9-11 conspiracy was found to have al-Alwaki’s phone number when German police raided his home.

He left the U.S. for London in 2002 and returned to Yemen in 2004. Yemen imprisoned him in 2006-07 for kidnapping a Shiite teenager for ransom and participating in an al-Qaeda plot to kidnap a U.S. military attaché.

Fluent and at ease in English, his jihad Website inspired Fort Hood shooter Nidal Malik Hassan. He is also associated with the Christmas 2009 underwear bomber.

Though al-Alwaki is dead, his Website and the magazine he helped start, Inspire, still inspired and helped radicalize the Boston Marathon bombers, though they likely downloaded his lectures before al-Alwaki was droned out of existence.

His English language lectures still live on in cyberspace. What’s needed is the U.S. military to put its best cyber warfare specialists to work destroying al-Awlaki’s cyber presence. Cut off the multi-headed monster with a samurai sword of cyber slicing and dicing. Put a destructive cyber bug in Inspire. Don’t let this dead man keep inspiring more self-radicalizing killers in this country.

Mountain Democrat


Discussion | 3 comments

  • Ernie LouisMay 24, 2013 - 11:56 am

    Looks like we are educating alien's to kill us. HELLO !!! Ernie Louis

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  • William HeymanMay 27, 2013 - 12:44 pm

    Read "The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order," by Samuel P Huntington. Although written in 1996 it tells what has happened, is happening, and what will happen, especially in the upcoming conflict of the western civilized world versus the Islamic challenge. "Sam Huntington, one of the West's most eminent political scientists, presents a challenging framework for understanding the realities of global politics in the next century. "The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order" is one of the most important books to have emerged since the end of the cold war." - Henry A. Kissinger "An intellectual tour de force: bold, imaginative, and provocative. A seminal work that will revolutionize our understanding of international affairs." - Zbigniew Brzezinski Samuel P Huntington was the Albert J. Weatherhead III University Professor at Harvard University, where he was also the director of the John M. Olin Institute for Stategic Studies and the Chairman of the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. He was the director of security planning for the National Security Council in the Carter administration, the founder and coeditor of "Foreign Policy" and the president of the American Political Science Association. page 209 - "Some Westerners, including President Bill Clinton, have argued that the West does not have problems with Islam but only with violent Islamist extremists. Fourteen hundred years of history demonstrate otherwise." page 257 - " Three different compilations of data thus yield the same conclusion: In the early 1900s Muslims were engaged in more intergroup violence than were non-muslims, and two-thirds to three-quarters of intercivilizational wars were between Muslims and non-Muslims. Islam's borders are bloody and so are its innards."

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  • Phil VeerkampMay 27, 2013 - 1:19 pm

    William, I have not read "The Clash of Civilizations", but I am familiar with many of the reviews an projections offered by many who are better scholars than I. It has motivated my own research into the emergence of Wahabism, Zionism and the interfaces with Messianism. I have concluded that the answer, to the extent that there is one, will be "discovered" through a multi-faith examination of Blasphemy.

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