Supporting RRA's post below, and to her theory that Revolution Muslim clearly tipped that they knew of the Times Square Attack in advance, there comes this.
From Jawa via NPR's series about Americans involved in terrorism, this one an interview with Revolution Muslim founder Yousef al Khattab:
TEMPLE-RASTON: It sounds innocent enough, but a list of Revolution Muslim's members reads like a who's who of American homegrown terrorism suspects. One has been arrested for wanting to launch an attack on the Long Island Railroad for al-Qaida; others were intercepted getting on flights to join a terrorist group in Somalia. The editor of an online magazine for al-Qaida's arm in Yemen was a regular in the Revolution Muslim chat rooms. And Jihad Jane, the Philadelphia woman arrested last year, was a Revolution Muslim devotee too.
Of the two dozen homegrown plots in this country in the past year, Revolution Muslim was linked to a third of them.
Khattab says the group isn't to blame.
Mr. KHATTAB: Certainly I never told anybody to go overseas, never told anybody to break any laws.As IBA has reported (the only blog to do so), it is very likely Revolution Muslim knew Faisal Shahzad would be attempting to blow up Times Square that evening.
Back on May 3rd, we noted that a video of Revolution Muslim preaching at Times Square THE DAY OF THE BOMBING included an ominous note at the end of the video:
Here's the portentious note:
"Stay tuned - entire video of this event coming soon, Insh'Allah."
Yes, it looks as if RevolutionMuslim was in on this.They knew what was coming, and they wanted to release an "entire video of this event", but of course the event did not come off as planned.
Quote: "The first cleric Shahzad cited is a familiar name: Anwar al-Awlaki. "
Connecting more dots:
Anwar al-Awlaki was the featured imam at a major mosque in Northern Virginia . . .of Dar al-Hijrah.
*The phone number of the mosque was found in Hamburg, Germany within the apartment of Ramzi Bin ql-Shibh, a key planner of the 9/11 attacks and the roommate of Mohammad Atta.
*served as the spiritual home of Major Nidal Malik Hasan, the Army psychiatrist, who murdered 13 soldiers and wounded 30 more on the military base at Fort Hood, Texas.
* al-Awlaki was involved in recruiting Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian national who is charged in the Christmas Day attempt to detonate a bomb aboard a Northwest Airline flight & personally “blessed” the operation.
*A 2002 government report from U.S. Customs and Border Protection states that Dar al-Hijrah is “associated with Islamic extremists” and serves “as a front for Hamas activities in the U.S.”
*2007 government report states that the mosque has been under federal investigation for providing “aid and comfort” to so-called “bad organizations and members.”
* The U. S. Census Bureau leases 6,654 square feet of space from the Saudi-financed Dar al-Hijrah, which has been labeled “America’s most radical mosque.” The cost of the space to taxpayers is $23,000 a month.
And then, later it was reported thusly:
Times Square Bomber Cites Revolution Muslim-Touted Preacher As InspirationInfidel Bloggers Alliance seems to have been out ahead of everyone on the connection between the Times Square Bomber and Revolution Muslim. If you want to know how, skip past the initial part of this post (from Jawa, and see our May 3rd post.
The man accused in the failed Times Square bombing attempt has been talking to authorities for more than two weeks. And one of the things he told them, according to people close to the case, is that he was inspired to act by two Internet clerics — one in Yemen and another in Jamaica. The first cleric Shahzad cited is a familiar name: Anwar al-Awlaki. He's the American-born imam who has been linked to an al-Qaida group in Yemen — the same imam who allegedly blessed the Fort Hood shootings and the botched Christmas Day bombing attempt of a U.S. airliner by a young man carrying explosives in his underpants.Well Abdullah Faisal might be a less familiar figure. Unless you've been following the New York based terror supporters over at Revolution MuslimYounis Abdullah Muhammad and his boys have been supporting, promoting and raising funds for the convicted felon for years.
The other cleric is a less familiar figure.
His name is Abdullah Faisal, a 46-year-old convert to Islam who is from Jamaica. He spoke with NPR on Tuesday. We had initially set up an interview with him to be recorded for broadcast on the radio. But when he arrived, he demanded that we pay him for the interview. When I refused, he declined to go on tape.
In fact Revolution Muslim is the #1 outlet for Faisal's sermons and talks. So was Faisal Shahzad a big fan of Revolution Muslim? I can't say for sure but here is a very suspicious coincidence. Younis and his gang of terror supporters were in Times Square just before the car bomb was found.
Its all a little too coincidental for me. I've said that eventually the group over at Revolution Muslim will inspire someone to kill. I've lamented that people are going to have to die before the danger of this group is taken seriously.