FBI refusing to release Report on Awlaki emails with Fort Hood shooter

After the Fort Hood shooting, an investigation was done into the emails between Anwar al-Awlaki and Fort Hood Jihadist Nidal Malik Hasan. Though the report has been completed for some time, the FBI is not releasing it.

Via Catherine Herridge at Fox News:

In a letter to FBI Director Robert Mueller, Republican Rep. Frank Wolf has demanded a copy of the still-classified report about the alleged Fort Hood shooter’s email exchanges with Al Qaeda operative Anwar al-Awlaki.

That report was compiled after former FBI and CIA director William Webster was asked in December 2009, following the Fort Hood massacre, to review the bureau’s handling of the emails between Maj. Nidal Hasan and the radical cleric al-Awlaki.

The Webster report is complete, but the FBI has so far refused to put a timeframe on the release of a declassified version.

In the letter, Wolf, R-Va., also pushed Mueller to explain the cleric’s mysterious return to the U.S. in fall 2002, as first reported by Fox News.

Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, who claims the Able Danger program he was a part of identified Mohammed Atta one year before 9/11, also made the bold claim that Awlaki was an FBI informant before 9/11.

Here is another excerpt from Herridge’s May 16th report:

The FBI has never publicly disputed Fox News’ reporting that the bureau was trying to work with the cleric as a “friendly contact” after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, or at the very least track the cleric for intelligence purposes.

That reference was likely to this March 8th report filed by Herridge.

Ben Barrack is a talk show host and author of the upcoming book, Unsung Davids


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