And, Gadahn will be tried for treason, when returned to the United States.
The American-born spokesman for al-Qaida has been arrested by Pakistani intelligence officers in the southern city of Karachi, two officers and a government official said Sunday, the same day Adam Gadahn appeared in a video urging U.S. Muslims to attack their own country.
The arrest of Gadahn is a major victory in the U.S.-led battle against al-Qaida and will be taken as a sign that Pakistan, criticized in the past for being an untrustworthy ally, is cooperating more fully with Washington. It follows the recent detentions of several Afghan Taliban commanders in Karachi, including the movement’s No. 2 commander.
Gadahn has appeared in more than half a dozen al-Qaida videos, taunting and threatening the West and calling for its destruction. A U.S. court charged Gadahn with treason in 2006, making him the first American to face such a charge in more than 50 years.
He was arrested in the sprawling southern metropolis of Karachi in recent days, two officers who took part in the operation said. A senior government official also confirmed the arrest, but said it happened Sunday. The discrepancy could not immediately be resolved.
They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information.
The intelligence officials said Gadahn was being interrogated by Pakistani officials. Pakistani agents and those from the CIA work closely on some operations in Pakistan, but it was not clear if any Americans were involved in the operation or questioning.
In the past, Pakistan has handed over some al-Qaida suspects arrested on its soil to the United States.
President Obama should immediately press Pakistan to release Gadahn to American authorities and transport his sorry ass to Super Max prison in Colorado until he is tried for treason.
Congrats to Pakistani and American intelligence officers.
++++++Update+++++More on last night’s attack on Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard:
Danish police intelligence said they believed the “attempted assassination … is terror related” and accused the man, who was not named, of having links with Somalia’s al-Shabaab militant group as well as al Qaeda militants.
The cartoonist, 74, pushed a panic button, fled to a safe room and was unhurt when police arrived. His grand-daughter was in the house during the attack. Police could not confirm reports he had tried to break down the safe room door with the axe.
Westergaard, who in 2005 depicted Prophet Mohammad with a bomb in his turban, has been under police protection since his caricatures of the Prophet led to death threats.
The Somali man appeared in court on a stretcher with a hand and leg in plaster casts due to gunshot wounds from a police officer who had narrowly dodged the axe thrown at him by the intruder who was trying to evade arrest, police said.
The accused did not speak in court, but denied the charges through his lawyer.
The Security and Intelligence Service PET, a department of the national police, said in a statement: “It is PET’s impression that the attempted assassination of the cartoonist Kurt Westergaard is terror related.”
The man, the PET said, “has close relations to the Somali terror organization al-Shabaab and al Qaeda leaders in East Africa, and he is also suspected of having been involved in terror-related activities during his stay in East Africa.”
It also accused him of involvement in a terror-related network with links to Denmark, where he has a residence permit.
Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokkee Rasmussen siad that the attack was “an attack on our open society and democracy.” The Danish court remanded the man in custody for four weeks (two weeks or which are to be spent in isolation) to allow further investigation before a trial. He is charged with two counts of attempted murder and his next court hearing is January 27th.
At the hearing the police can request to hold him longer or proceed to a trial.
Here is the BBC account of today’s court hearing.
Note that Al-Shabab spokesman Sheikh Ali Muhamud Rage told the AFP New Agency: “We appreciate the incident in which a Muslim Somali boy attacked the devil who abused our prophet Mohammed and we call upon all Muslims around the world to target the people like” him.”
Danish Cartoonist Kurt WestergaardWell, the radical Islamists tried to get him after all.
Danish police have shot and wounded a man at the home of Kurt Westergaard, whose cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad sparked an international row.
Mr Westergaard was at home in Aarhus when a man broke in and threatened him. He pressed a panic button and police entered the house and shot the man.
Danish officials said the intruder was a 28-year-old Somali linked to the radical Islamist al-Shabab militia.
The cartoon, printed in 2005, prompted violent protests the following year.
One of 12 cartoons published in the Danish newspaper Jyllands Posten, it depicted the Prophet Muhammad with a bomb in his turban.
In 2006 the paper apologised for the cartoons, but other European media reprinted them.
Danish embassies were then attacked by Muslims around the world and dozens killed in riots.
Mr Westergaard went into hiding amid threats to his life, but emerged last year saying he wanted to live as normal a life as possible.
His house has been heavily fortified and is under close police protection.
Mr Westergaard told Jyllands-Posten that the man had entered his house by smashing a window with a hammer and had shouted in broken English that he wanted to kill him.
And, all of this for what?
Cartoons of Mohammed.
Thank God he is OK.
Now, let’s see if there is any outrage from the world community.
I bet not……
Here is his cartoon for which there is a $1 million bounty:
The world awaits President Obama’s decision on troop deployments in Afghanistan tomorrow. There have been more leaks and trial baloons floated over the Thanksgivng weekend.
Now, there is discussion of an EXIT STRATEGY.
President Obama plans to lay out a time frame for winding down the American involvement in the war in Afghanistan when he announces his decision this week to send more forces, senior administration officials said Sunday.
Although the speech was still in draft form, the officials said the president wanted to use the address at the United States Military Academy at West Point on Tuesday night not only to announce the immediate order to deploy roughly 30,000 more troops, but also to convey how he intends to turn the fight over to the Kabul government.
â€œItâ€™s accurate to say that he will be more explicit about both goals and time frame than has been the case before and than has been part of the public discussion,â€ said a senior official, who requested anonymity to discuss the speech before it is delivered. â€œHe wants to give a clear sense of both the time frame for action and how the war will eventually wind down.â€
The officials would not disclose the time frame. But they said it would not be tied to particular conditions on the ground nor would it be as firm as the current schedule for withdrawing troops in Iraq, where Mr. Obama has committed to withdrawing most combat units by August and all forces by the end of 2011.
Officials of one allied nation who have been extensively briefed on the presidentâ€™s plan said, however, that Mr. Obama would describe how the American presence would be ratcheted back after the buildup, while making clear that a significant American presence in Afghanistan would remain for a long while. That is designed in part to signal to Pakistan that the United States will not abandon the region and to allay Pakistani fears that India will fill the vacuum created as America pulls back.
Well, it appears that the President is giving lip service to our troops, the Afghans and the Pakistanis. In order to appease, the far left of the Democrat Party he might as well announce a retreat and/or a withdrawal. The Obama Administratrion is no longer committed to the Global War on Terror – let the fireworks begin.
The terrorists have won and MORE innocent people will die.
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The idea of a capital trial for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed of Al Qaeda and 9/11 infamy is pure folly. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said it best about the flap:
Returning some of the Guantanamo detainees to New York City for trial, specifically Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, has now brought us full circle â€” we have regressed to a pre-9/11 mentality with respect to Islamic extremist terrorism. Khalid Shaikh Mohammed should be treated like the war criminal he is and tried in a military court. He is not just another murderer, or even a mass murderer. He murdered as part of a declared war against us â€” America.
This is the same mistake we made with the 1993 terrorists who attacked the World Trade Center. We treated them like domestic criminals, when in fact they were terrorists. In the dangerous world we live in today, a nation unable to identify and properly define its enemies is a nation in danger.
Chris, I don’t think that even Chicago would want the trial or subsequent incarceration of these war criminals. But, a jury of Al Qaeda’s peers is a little harsh – unless you mean President Obama’s former pastor Jeremiah Wright and domestic terrorists William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn.
Maybe you have a point…….
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Al Qaeda leader in Afghanistan Mustafa abu al-Yazid making statements from an unknown locationWell, Duh…..
If it were in a position to do so, Al Qaeda would use Pakistan’s nuclear weapons in its fight against the United States, a top leader of the group said in remarks aired on Sunday.
Pakistan has been battling al Qaeda’s Taliban allies in the Swat Valley since April after their thrust into a district 100 km (60 miles) northwest of the capital raised fears the nuclear-armed country could slowly slip into militant hands.
“God willing, the nuclear weapons will not fall into the hands of the Americans and the mujahideen would take them and use them against the Americans,” Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, the leader of al Qaeda’s in Afghanistan, said in an interview with Al Jazeera television.
Abu al-Yazid was responding to a question about U.S. safeguards to seize control over Pakistan’s nuclear weapons in case Islamist fighters came close to doing so.
“We expect that the Pakistani army would be defeated (in Swat) … and that would be its end everywhere, God willing.”
Asked about the group’s plans, the Egyptian militant leader said: “The strategy of the (al Qaeda) organisation in the coming period is the same as in the previous period: to hit the head of the snake, the head of tyranny — the United States.
“That can be achieved through continued work on the open fronts and also by opening new fronts in a manner that achieves the interests of Islam and Muslims and by increasing military operations that drain the enemy financially.”
The United States damn well better have sufficient assets in the area to prevent the loss of those nukes in Palistan. Or pre-emptively, America should go ito Pakistan and take them. Or, at the very least render them inactive.
Al Qaeda’s Adam Gadahn is featured on the FBIâ€™s Most Wanted ListWasn’t this Al Qaeda traiter scum killed in Pakistan by the United States Predator strikes?
Funny part of the Al Qaeda video: Sarah Palin is TOO HOT for Al Qaeda and is blurred out when showing her debate against Joe Biden.
So, Gadahn lives to take the needle another day or more likely an American bullet.
The LEFT and Obama may not think we are engaged in a War on Terror but a WAR it is.
My Pet Jawa’s Dr. Rusty ShacklefordThe Hindustan Times says that bloggers including Dr. Rusty Shackleford thwarted Al Qaeda on 9/11.
Hackers prevented Al Qaeda from releasing a videotape to mark the seventh anniversary of 9/11. Al Qaeda has traditionally issued a video or audiotape by either Osama bin Laden or Ayman al Zawahiri, the terror networkâ€™s two leaders, to mark their massive terrorist attack on the US.
As-Sahab, Al Qaedaâ€™s media unit, had indicated earlier this week that it would post such a videotape on September 11. As-Sahab had banner images on the internet showing a silhouetted head with a question mark and the words, â€œWait 11 Septemberâ€.
The US-based intelligence group IntelCenter had speculated the video would be a message from Osama or Zawahiri with a recording of the last will and testament of Mohammed Atta, one of the leaders of the 9/11 attackers.
Sources close to US intelligence said, â€œHackers knocked out Al Qaedaâ€™s online means of communication, thus preventing them from posting anything to commemorate the anniversary.â€
Western intelligence suspects two hackers who have targeted Islamicist sites before were responsible: Aaron Weisburd from Internet Haganah and Rusty Shackleford from the web group My Pet Jawa.
But, Rusty denies it and rightly so. I mean those guys at Al Qaeda do mean business if they ever get out of their holes in Waziristan.
And, even though Flap snapped the photo above of the REAL Rusty Shackleford and photoshopped it, he forgets where the original is – seriously.
Flap would like to see a cage match between Rusty and Adam Gadahn though. But, there are laws, Rusty, in mutilating a corpse.
Adam Gadahn as featured on the FBIâ€™s Most Wanted ListAs 9/11 approaches this Thursday, again rumors are surfacing that the America’s most visible member of Al Qaeda has been killed.
Months of attacks by unmanned US predator aircraft have caused carnage among the middle ranks of terrorist leaders in the lawless lands along the border with Afghanistan, where al-Qa’eda remains dangerous despite suffering a serious defeat in Iraq.
Their victims have included experienced Arab leaders and, it is now thought, Adam Gadahn, a former heavy-metal fan and so-called “killer computer nerd” originally from California. Nothing has been heard from him for months, leading intelligence experts to conclude that he may be dead.
Mr Gadahn has been credited with helping transform al-Qa’eda’s al-Sahab propaganda wing into a slick operation which communicates in fluent English and produces professional quality DVDs, including one for Osama bin Laden last year.
But he may have fallen victim to an expanded programme of predator assassinations which in the last year has targeted and killed many of al-Qa’eda’s military commanders, terrorist trainers and facilitators.
So, who knows?
Perhaps Gadahn will surface like he did in January this year in the video depicted below:Al Qaeda’s Adam Gadahn Threatens President Bush as Bush visits the Middle East and rips up his American passport, January 6, 2008
Perhaps, Adam Gadahn has QUIT Al Qaeda or been demoted to front line suicide bomber. In any event, Americans will remember his support of Al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden and should he resurface pursue him like the treasonous criminal he is.
The Barack Obama quotes:
Obama told reporters that the Republicans have no “standing to suggest that they’ve learned a lot of lessons from 9-11.”
He said they “helped to engineer the distraction of the war in Iraq at a time when we could have pinned down the people who actually committed 9-11.” He said Osama bin Laden is still at large in part because of their failed strategies.
Obama’s view of 9/11, terrorism is RADICAL LEFT, out of the mainstream of opinion and WRONG.