Samir Khan: American al Qaeda

If you don't know the full story of how Samir Khan fled Charlotte and eventually wound up becoming al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's very own Adam Gadahn, go read read this article at Front Page mag. There's even a blurb about Khan's death threat against me and my family.

What I'm still scratching my head about is this: Khan was a well known jihad and al Qaeda supporter for years. Yet, someone somewhere made the choice not to put him on the no fly list.

Zachary Chesser was a much less well known jihad supporter, who only became radical in the last couple of years. In fact, he played second fiddle to people like Khan and Yousef al-Khattab. He was little fish, Khan was clearly big fish.

But Chesser was on the no fly list, and Khan wasn't.

Had Chesser's plans worked out, he would have landed himself in Somalia where he would have joined the al Shabaab and helped fight African Union troops. Maybe he would have plotted in the long term to help bring down the Great Satan, but that would have been well down the road.

But Khan has now joined al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. The same group that just tried to blow up an airliner over Detroit.

Both groups are dangerous, but al Qaeda clearly is the greater threat.

When I first heard some months ago that Khan had fled the country, I was livid. But now learning that Zachary Chesser wasn't allowed to leave, I'm just left scratching my head and wondering WTF?

Posted by: Rusty at 02:40 PM

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