Father of Al Qaeda Leader Wants to Know Why His Grandson Who was Hanging Out With an Al Qaeda Leader was Killed


It’s a mystery that absolutely no one can solve. The New York Times, which is wiling to offer its editorial page to any terrorist with a Jihad and a dream, offers it to Nasser Al-Awlaki, the father of Al Qaeda leader Anwar Al-Awlaki, who just wants to know why his grandson, Abdulrahman Al-Awlaki, who was hanging out with an Al Qaeda leader was killed.

I visited the site later, once I was able to bear the pain of seeing where he sat in his final moments. Local residents told me his body was blown to pieces. They showed me the grave where they buried his remains. I stood over it, asking why my grandchild was dead.

Nearly two years later, I still have no answers. The United States government has refused to explain why Abdulrahman was killed.

Here’s a short answer. Your son, who was an Al Qaeda leader, took him along on a magical adventure to Al Qaedaville. The end result could have been predicted by anyone. Boom.

The United States did not target Abdulrahman Al-Awlaki. And the faux conservatives who jumped on this story to accuse America of killing a 16-year-old, who happened to be a US citizen, really need to stop getting their Michael Moore on.

The United States did target Ibrahim Muhammad Salih al-Banna, an Al Qaeda leader. Despite efforts by liberal blogs and newspapers, including the Times, to claim that this is some recent revelation, this was how it was all along.

We didn’t target Anwar Al-Awlaki’s son. Anwar Al-Awlaki decided to drag his son into a war zone. The United States did not have an obligation to then put a radio collar around his neck to make sure that it didn’t kill him while it was killing Al Qaeda leaders.

Nasser Al-Awlaki knows all this. The New York Times knows all this.

The “Why did America kill a 16-year-old boy who liked watching the Simpsons” campaign they’re waging is the same old pro-terrorist campaign meant to subvert America’s ability to take out terrorists.

It’s wholly cynical and anyone who falls for it ought to think twice.

In 2010, the Obama administration put Abdulrahman’s father, my son Anwar, on C.I.A. and Pentagon “kill lists” of suspected terrorists targeted for death. A drone took his life on Sept. 30, 2011.

The government repeatedly made accusations of terrorism against Anwar — who was also an American citizen — but never charged him with a crime. No court ever reviewed the government’s claims nor was any evidence of criminal wrongdoing ever presented to a court. He did not deserve to be deprived of his constitutional rights as an American citizen and killed.

Evidence? Sure, let’s review the evidence.

Anwar Al-Awlaki made numerous videos declaring himself an enemy of America and calling for the murder of Americans. Either it was him in those videos or someone wearing an Al-Awlaki mask. Numerous terrorists including the Boston Bombers were inspired by him to carry out acts of terror.

Sure we could have sent some SEALS over to grab him, risking their lives, and then put him on trial. Or we could send a drone. We sent a drone.

The drone is what Al-Awlaki deserved. He did not consider himself an American. He was a Yemeni Al Qaeda terrorist who happened to hold US citizenship and was fighting on the side of the enemy.

A country that believes it does not even need to answer for killing its own is not the America I once knew. From 1966 to 1977, I fulfilled a childhood dream and studied in the United States as a Fulbright scholar, earning my doctorate and then working as a researcher and assistant professor at universities in New Mexico, Nebraska and Minnesota.

I have fond memories of those years. When I first came to the United States as a student, my host family took me camping by the ocean and on road trips to places like Yosemite, Disneyland and New York — and it was wonderful.

After returning to Yemen, I used my American education and skills to help my country, serving as Yemen’s minister of agriculture and fisheries and establishing one of the country’s leading institutions of higher learning, Ibb University

Spare us. Please.

Yemen is in a state of permanent civil war and the Al-Awlaki clan is closely tied to Al Qaeda. The drone that killed Abdulrahman Al-Awlaki also killed a number of other Al-Awlaki family members.

Nasser Al-Awlaki’s own sob story tells us this…

Early one morning in September 2011, Abdulrahman set out from our home in Sana by himself… A couple of days after Abdulrahman left, we were relieved to receive word that he was safe and with cousins in southern Yemen, where our family is from.

Southern Yemen is also Al Qaedaville. Anwar Al-Awlaki was being protected by his clan. The Al-Awlaki family was in on this together.

  • tagalog

    He has fond memories of his days in the States. That’s why his kid turned out to be a jihadist, hanging around people who wanted Americans dead and their society subverted.

    Right. Got it.

  • Gee

    I hope that the drones target the rest of the Al-Awlaki clan as well

  • Jsjk

    There’s an article on the Internet which details the ties between Fulbright scholarship recipients who later become terrorists or involved with terrorist activities. It’s how they demonstrate their “gratitude” to America.

  • Ulrick

    Despite Obama’s wishes free speech is not a crime (yet). Everything Anwar al-Awlaki did was perfectly legal. Obama should be thrown in jail for his illegal assassination scheme.

    • D_boy

      inciting violence is not legal. Giving aid and comfort and support to a terrorist group is not legal. Being as stupid as some people are should not be legal too. (PS yeah I meant you and I knew you would have missed it )

      • Ulrick

        “Being as stupid as some people are should not be legal too. ”
        Nice, incitement of genocide towards the mentally disabled. Guess you won’t mind having Obama sign away to have you on his kill list for this thought crime, I mean “civil rights violation?” We already have Texan teenagers thrown into jail with unreasonable bails for making obvious jokes on the Internet, so who says it can’t happen. As for aid, Anwar al-Awlaki’s only aid given to al-Qaeda was speech “crimes,” and vague calls for “jihad” are no different from Teabaggers and Occutards calling for a revolution.

        • Drakken

          Ah yes liberal/regressive thinking at its finest.

          • Ulrick

            You’re the one defending Obama, bucko.

          • Drakken

            Wrong! I don’t, and I haven’t defended Obummers policies period.

        • Drakken

          This is war, not a civil process as if he robbed a 7/11 and the raghead was killed as a valid military target in a overseas country, not on US soil.

          • Ulrick

            Way to refute none of my points. Speech is not an act of war, he was not a valid target especially considering he was not charged with any crime, and the constitutional rights Americans are guaranteed don’t disappear once you visit the middle-east (as confirmed in Reid v. Covert) even if they’re “ragheads.”

          • Drakken

            He was an enemy propagandist and active jihadist, so spare me the semantics, every jihadist doesn’t have free speech rights to overthrow our western govts. Our Constitution is not a suicide pact with the islamaniacs to use against us. The jihadist wasn’t on American soil, he was actively participating in war against the US, therefore a legitimate target. This is not a law enforcement problem, it is a military problem dealt with military solutions.

  • Veracious_one

    He should ask Why was His Grandson Hanging Out With an Al Qaeda Leader..

    • OfficialPro

      no kidding. But then again, the whole fam damily was al-quaida.

  • onecornpone

    Well geeze… Tell grandpapa to take up his case with the future presidential candidate, Rand Paul. Perhaps they can campaign together.

  • Taimoor Khan

    Is hanging out with Al Qaida leader means you can be killed without any trial?? If so, apply the same logic to war criminals like Obama, Netanyahu, and their respective military generals and officiers. By international courts and norms, Obama and Netanyahu are war criminals and committers of international terrorism. Does this mean any person hanging out with Obama or any part of American military (ditto for Israel) can be killed without trial? What about voters?

    Heck, I believe even Al Qaida and Obama and Natenyahu etc, should be given a hearing before been put to gallows, let alone those who “hang out” with them, but this website is pathetic.

    Neo Cons have no shame, no integrity, no humanity, and no sense of justice!

    • iluvisrael

      islam is for violent pigs

    • Drakken

      Eff you raghead! I hope there is hellfire misse with your name on it, and good bloody riddance.

      • Drakkenisanidiot

        Fuck you

        • Drakken

          Awwww, did I hurt your poor feelings??? I am sure you can go to the nearest Islamic cesspool to get a little jihad worked out of your system.

  • Drakken

    This is prime example of why it is important to keep these 3rd world savages out of the west, effem! Do you know what was the last thing through your son and grand sons minds before they got what they so richly deserved? A hellfire missle, good riddance to bad rubbish! More to follow.

  • gyrwan

    “Evidence? Sure, let’s review the evidence.”
    No, schmuck, let’s have a COURT OF LAW review the evidence. Why is it so hard for you to understand that when you decide to skip due process for the unpopular, the result is to set precedent for denying due process to all. What you or I, or Awlaki Sr., think Anwar Awlaki “deserved” has got nothing to do with it. What matters is that due process of law be followed, rather than allowing one man (the President) to decide which Americans gets due process and which get drone strikes.
    It’s o.k., though, you’ll be lamenting the consequences of your own stupidity soon enough if things continue on as they have been. Unfortunately, so will all of us.

    • BradenLynch

      @grywan, While this guy richly deserved to die, I agree that it can happen ONLY AFTER the legal process is completed. He was still a U.S. citizen. A horrible one, but we have a Constitution. It limits the power of our own government to take actions like this.

      If he was posing an immediate threat or doing an attack, then yes, we send a Hellfire missile up his rear end. The drone strike that got him was done more at our leisure and for our convenience. I love our SEALs, but going into harms way to grab douche-bags like this is among their tasks.

      A nation based on the rule of law is supposed to follow the law. I see this was more of a test drive or dress rehearsal for the POTUS to just whack anyone that irks him. Then they will just fabricate evidence later.

      Don’t think I am some sort of dove. I am a hawk. We should threaten the muslim world that if there is another large-scale terrorist attack that they should expect Mecca and Medina to be vaporized. They need to control their religion and their psychos or risk losing it all.

      • Fred Mussler

        Al-Awlaki was killed in
        Yemen by a U.S. missile strike in September 2011. By that time, U.S.
        officials said, he had become a key member of the terror group al Qaeda
        in the Arabian Peninsula and was involved in two failed terror plots
        against the United States. One was the 2009 scheme to explode a bomb
        hidden in an operative’s underwear on a U.S.-bound airliner and the
        other was a 2010 plot involving bombs hidden in printers on cargo

        Al-Awlaki: al Qaeda’s rock star no more

        There have been
        questions for years about when al-Awlaki became radicalized. One largely
        redacted document from February 4, 2002, contained abbreviated language
        indicating that al-Awlaki was a member of a terrorist organization and
        should be approached with caution. The rest of the document’s message
        was not provided, but that item and other documents make it clear he was
        under investigation. Judicial Watch noted that al-Awlaki spoke at a
        Pentagon luncheon the next day.

        The 9/11 Commission
        report said al-Awlaki had contact with two of the hijackers — Nawaf
        al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar — the year before the attacks when he
        served as an imam at a San Diego mosque. He also may have had contact with one of those men and a third hijacker, Hani Hanjour, when he servedat a mosque in Falls Church, Virginia, in 2001.

        A December 2006 FBI memo
        that was part of the FOIA release said the cleric was interviewed in September 2001 after the terror attacks and recognized a picture of one of the hijackers. But the memo said al-Awlaki was never thoroughly questioned about his relationship with any of the hijackers, and “their exact relationship remains unclear.”

        mb this is why- and its a war- not a civil process

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Evidence is for criminal trials. Not for someone who declares war on you and tries to kill you.

      That’s a battlefield kill.