Hmmmm. An indirect connection to Nidal Hasan and the Fort Hood shootings? Via Mediate and Politico:
This sounds purely speculative at the moment, unless Hoekstra reveals more in an interview on Fox News Sunday tomorrow. But if it’s true, it sounds as though Anwar al-Awlaki may have been trying to take command of a more active wing of the al-Qaeda network all by himself. Too bad Awlaki may have survived that attack in Yemen after all.
There was a suggestion of links between Abdulmutallab and radical US-born Yemeni cleric Anwar al-Aulaqi, who had contacts with the US army psychiatrist accused of gunning down 13 people at a Texas military base last month.
“He may have been in contact with the American imam al-Aulaqi,” Peter Hoekstra, the most senior Republican on the House Intelligence Committee and a member of Congress for Michigan, told AFP.
“There are reports that he had contact and that he was recently in Yemen. The question we’ll have to raise is was this imam in Yemen influential enough to get some people to attack the US again."