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The Next Wave: On the Hunt for Al Qaeda's American Recruits
TERROR WALKS AMONG US. Born here, raised here, plotting here, the terrorists of al Qaeda 2.0 aim to kill Americans. And our government helps.
Who are the recruits for the next wave? They live next door.
A radicalized army major guns down forty-five, killing twelve soldiers and one civilian; an airport shuttle-bus driver plots a subway slaughter; a legal immigrant tries to blow up Times Square while another fanatic hopes to kill hundreds at a Christmas tree–lighting ceremony . . . and a radical Muslim born in New Mexico has a legion of fanatics in his web. The Next Wave reveals the shocking story of how that blood-crazed American, Anwar al-Awlaki—now hiding in Yemen—was treated to Pentagon pomp as a “moderate Muslim,” and how our Justice Department hid his movements from the 9/11 Commission . . . even though al-Awlaki aided the 9/11 hijackers.
The terrorists next door turn our tech against us, exploiting Facebook, Skype, and our outdated laws. Online terror recruiters are one of the Web’s greatest success stories—yet our government refuses to stop them. Activists howl about “inhuman” conditions at Guantánamo—while pampered inmates laugh at our weaknesses. The next wave of deadly terror is here and now. Washington shuts its eyes. And the next massacre in the name of Islam will be “Made in the U.S.read more
In this scattershot expose, Fox News reporter Herridge surveys a grab bag of terrorist incidents involving American citizens, including accused Fort Hood mass murderer Nidal Hasan, Times Square attempted bomber Faisal Shahzad, "Jihad Janes" Colleen LaRose and Jamie Paulin-Ramirez. Connecting these individuals is now-exiled Yemeni-American imam Anwar al-Awlaki, who allegedly led an al-Qaeda "support cell" for the September 11 attackers, coached the "Underwear Bomber," made lecture tapes that inspired other jihadists, and consorted with prostitutes. Though disorganized and repetitive, Herridge's investigation raises serious questions about the failure of the FBI and others to capture al-Awlaki and his associates. Unfortunately, she frequently veers off to mount inconsistent attacks on Obama's policies, insinuating that the president is both coddling terrorism detainees and persecuting them like a "communist" tyrant. Herridge's findings are fascinating and important, but she loses the thread in moments of melodrama or irrelevance-including seven breathless pages on her struggle to download an al-Awlaki tape from the Web. Photos. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.