Anwar Awlaki “Most Dangerous Man in World”November 10, 2010 - 3:13 PM | by: Rick Leventhal
During a lengthy presentation about Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula for members of the security industry in NYC, an Intelligence Research Specialist with the NYPD’s Counterterrorism Division today called Anwar Al Awlaki "the most dangerous man in the world."
This assessment is based on Awlaki’s longstanding links to terrorism, his "proven track record of radicalizing Muslims", his suspected involvement in planning & encouraging attacks (links with 9/11 terrorists, the 7/7 and 7/21 transatlantic plots, the Fort Hood shooter, the Times Square attempted bomber, the underwear bomber and more) and his ongoing propaganda campaign thru DVD’s (which he sells), web postings and the online magazine "Inspire".
Officials say they’re paying close attention to the magazine which is written in English (with the involvement of two other Americans including former Queens, New York resident Samir Khan), promotes Al Qaeda ideology, publishes lists of potential terror targets (including cartoonists) and promotes tactics and strategies for attacks, including articles on how to build explosive devices ("Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom") and why Muslims in the U.S. should wage individual violent jihad against Americans. Fortunately, the NYPD says there have not yet been attacks like the ones recommended in the magazine.
During the presentation regarding the recent attempts to detonate explosives in printer cartridges, the NYPD confirmed investigators believed the bombs were designed to explode IN FLIGHT and also that the target might have been passenger planes since cargo is often shipped on commercial flights.
The NYPD's presentation was one of many regular briefs with private security officials who are members of the "SHIELD" program, considered a "force multiplier" by NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly who says the 7000 SHIELD participants act as extra eyes and ears for police, an important part of the "protection protocol" involving large offices and corporations across the city where the department can quickly spread the word about watches, alerts and potential threats including mail bombs and suspicious packages.
As for the naming of Awlaki as "Most Dangerous", Commissioner Kelly said after the conference, "I don’t know that there’s a strict ranking protocol here but we know obviously that he has inspired acts in this country. Abdulmuttalab has spoken about Anwar Alawki’s counseling, you might say. We also know that Major Hassan who murdered 12 people at Fort Hood and wounded several others – he had contact with Anwar Alawki. We know that Faisal Shahzad, the Times Square bomber, claims to be inspired by Anwar Alawki, so I think it’s a practical sense, what Lieutenant (Kevin) Yorke was saying (the intel specialist), he has consequences here, in the United States. That’s what he was trying to bring out."