Anwar al-Awlaqi and his son, both of whom were American citizens, were allegedly killed in separate drone strikes ordered by President Obama and a secret committee operating within the National Security Council that conducts extra-judicial assassinations. Although this is just speculation, Al-Awlaqi's history of 'catch and release' raises the intriguing possibility that he and his son might not have actually died and are instead living in a witness protection program somewhere. Al-Awlaki was the Imam for the San Diego and Falls Church mosques that several of the 9/11 hijackers and the Fort Hood shooter attended. ~ B.B.
New Documents: Al Qaeda's Pentagon Dinner Guest Was Part of 'Catch And Release' Program
Judicial Watch lawsuit reveals evidence Bush, Obama operated shady deals with terrorists
Nov 29, 2012
Documents obtained by accountability group Judicial Watch have confirmed that US-born Islamic cleric Anwar al-Awlaqi, said to be the former leader of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), was arrested and held in Yemen at the behest of the U.S. Embassy before being released again.
The documents also reveal that the terrorist chief, who previously dined with top brass at the Pentagon, was officially invited to the US embassy in Yemen on March 24, 2011, just six months before his supposed assassination by US drone strike.
Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the U.S. State Department for materials pertaining to al-Awlaqi's activities and his death in Yemen last year.
On its website, the watchdog group notes that the heavily redacted documents it obtained include two "Privacy Act Release Forms" issued by the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa, Yemen. Both documents were signed by al-Awlaqi. One was dated November 14, 2006, and the other July 2, 2007. Judicial watch notes that this confirms the al qaeda terrorist was under official detention for a period of at least eight months.
The documents corroborate reports that suggested al-Awlaqi had indeed been arrested around that time in connection with an al-Qaeda plot to kidnap a U.S. government official. However, press at the time indicated he had been arrested in August 2006 and released in December 2007, without facing trial following lobbying by senior members of his tribe.
The newly uncovered documents do not indicate how long al-Awlaqi was detained or why he was released. According to previous reports, he was interviewed around September 2007 by two FBI agents with regard to the 9/11 attacks and other subjects.