Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Shaffer: Anwar al-Awlaki Was A FBI Asset, Triple Agent Before 9/11


Here is an edited clip of the interview which gets to the point.



From The Next Wave: On the Hunt for Al Qaeda’s American Recruits by Catherine Herridge

When Al-Awlaki was detained at JFK International Airport on October 10,2002, (FBI agent) Ammerman told customs to let him go even though the warrant for al-Awlaki’s arrest was still active.

Neither the FBI nor my law enforcement contacts ever challenged our conclusion that the Bureau was trying to cultivate al-Awlaki as a human intelligence asset. Or at the very least, the Bureau wanted to track the cleric after he entered the country.

I understood that Ammerman was not senior enough to call the shots on al-Awlaki, given the cleric’s strong connections to the hijackers. The Bureau doesn’t work that way. The clearance had to come from higher up.

Ammerman made only one comment to me. You can decide what it means. My notes were sketchy, but it went something like this: “I don’t think anyone wants me talking ’bout what I was involved in.”

pg. 216-217

From Coleen Rowley’s memo to FBI Director Mueller:

During the early aftermath of September 11th, when I happened to be recounting the pre-September 11th events concerning the Moussaoui investigation to other FBI personnel in other divisions or in FBIHQ, almost everyone’s first question was “Why?–Why would an FBI agent(s) deliberately sabotage a case? (I know I shouldn’t be flippant about this, but jokes were actually made that the key FBIHQ personnel had to be spies or moles, like Robert Hansen, who were actually working for Osama Bin Laden to have so undercut Minneapolis’ effort.)

We can either believe that the FBI got suckered by some triple agents and that explains all the secrecy and cover up or the more plausible explanation that some people at FBI headquarters were facilitating the 9/11 plot. One argument against this is that they had no idea the end result of the obstructed investigations would be 9/11. Did these officials not have any awareness of the ’98 embassy bombings or the Cole attack? Were they completely unaware of the Millennium plots or WTC ’93?

Will the media interview Tom Pickard and ask him to explain all of this?


Here is an edited clip of the interview which gets to the point.

“Even before the 2001 terrorist attacks, American-born imam Anwar al-Aulaqi drew the attention of federal authorities because of his possible connections to al-Qaeda.”
“Aulaqi said that while in prison in Yemen, he had undergone multiple interrogations by the FBI that included questions about his dealings with the Sept. 11 hijackers.”

“I don’t know if I was held because of that, or because of the other issues they presented,” Aulaqi said without elaborating. He said he would like to travel outside Yemen but would not do so “until the U.S. drops whatever unknown charges it has against me.” Aulaqi did not respond to requests for an interview.”

“State Department officials said they are barred by privacy law from discussing Aulaqi’s detention because he is a U.S. citizen.”…

“The FBI told the 9/11 Commission and Congress that it did not have reason to detain Aulaqi.”…

Amazing. The state Department didn’t want to invade his privacy, and the FBI didn’t want to detain him, but President Obama wanted to kill him. And did. And then said it was justified because he said so. I had mixed feelings about Obama killing bin laden. Where do you draw the line? For me it was the “American citizen” line. Because the U.S. Government kills other people during wars. That line has been crossed. Thanks to a “Constitutional Scholar” and “Bush protector” named Obama. Thanks for the hope and the change.

When A Shaffer says Aulaqi had a documented relationship with the Government and the FBI as far as I know this is true in that it is documented that the FBI conducted an Investigation on him in 1999 and 2000 as a suspected Al Qaeda operative, which ended in March of 2000 which coincidentally is shortly after he befriended the first two hijackers to come to America. The informant housing those hijackers also knew Aulaqi, It is also amazing that he was invited to the Pentagon after 9-11. The FBI also interviewed him several times after 9-11. As for Aulaqi being an “asset” or triple agent, this could well be the real reason for his killing. If Ali Mohammed is still alive (he seems to have disappeared) he should consider himself very lucky.