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FBI Records: Radical American-Born Muslim Spent Thousands on Prostitutes

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A radical American-born Muslim who trained to fight the “evil” ways of western civilization spent thousands of dollars on prostitutes in the U.S., the Daily Mail reports, citing leaked FBI records. 

Anwar al-Awlaki, a married father of five who the Daily Mail says inspired the terrorists behind the Charlie Hebdo attacks at a training session in Yemen, hired prostitutes at least seven times in Washington D.C. area between 2001 and 2002, according to the documents.

He also was arrested twice in San Diego for soliciting.

The Daily Mail pointed out that reports placed some of the 9-11 hijackers at strip clubs for lap dances before the attacks.

Column: FBI Deserves Praise in Boston Marathon Probe

Allan Lengel

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

When all is said and done, the FBI deserves praise for its swift resolution in the Boston Marathon bombing.

As one agent told me, the FBI showed what it’s made of by kicking some butt. 

Critics say the agency dropped the ball. They say the FBI had reason to suspect that Tamerlan Tsarnaev had been radicalized, and it should have been more aggressive about tracking his activities. Easy to say in retrospect.

One federal official, who is not with the FBI, put it best when he said to me:  The FBI can’t surveil every nut just because they have radical thoughts. He said the brothers hadn’t done anything illegal or suspicious to justify surveilling them around the clock for months, if not years. 

“This was the FBI’s finest hour,” he insisted.

President Obama seems to agree.

“There are going to be times where individuals decide they want to cause harm to people for crazy reasons, for no good reason, for ideological reasons,” he said, according to an Associated Press report.

He pointed out that it’s harder to track self-radicalized people who are not part of a broad network of terrorists. In law enforcement circles they’re known as “lone wolves.”

It’s not to say that we shouldn’t review the case and examine how information was shared, or not shared.

Regardless,  the FBI does deserve credit for solving a case so quickly, a case that brought so much anxiety and fear to this country.

FBI Teaches Agents: Mainstream Muslims Are “Violent, Radical”

By Spencer Ackerman
WIRED (Danger Room)

The FBI is teaching its counterterrorism agents that “main stream” [sic] American Muslims are likely to be terrorist sympathizers; that the Prophet Mohammed was a “cult leader”; and that the Islamic practice of giving charity is no more than a “funding mechanism for combat.”

At the Bureau’s training ground in Quantico, Virginia, agents are shown a chart contending that the more “devout” a Muslim, the more likely he is to be “violent.” Those destructive tendencies cannot be reversed, an FBI instructional presentation adds: “Any war against non-believers is justified” under Muslim law; a “moderating process cannot happen if the Koran continues to be regarded as the unalterable word of Allah.”

These are excerpts from dozens of pages of recent FBI training material on Islam that Danger Room has acquired. In them, the Constitutionally protected religious faith of millions of Americans is portrayed as an indicator of terrorist activity.

“There may not be a ‘radical’ threat as much as it is simply a normal assertion of the orthodox ideology,” one FBI presentation notes. “The strategic themes animating these Islamic values are not fringe; they are main stream.”

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