Sunday, March 08, 2015
WASHINGTON — A North Carolina blogger who became a major propagandist for al Qaida before he was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen was the subject of close FBI surveillance for years and a much bigger concern for U.S. authorities than previously known, according to records obtained by McClatchy. Samir Khan, 25, was a big enough worry while he lived in Charlotte, N.C., that before he disappeared in 2009, federal agents asked the FBI’s special forces unit, Hostage Rescue Team, to help with a likely arrest, the files show. “They only call HRT in if they’re going to extract a body,” said Jack Cloonan, a veteran FBI special agent who served in the bureau’s Osama Bin Laden unit. “Someone must have pushed forward the idea ‘let’s indict him and maybe we’ll get him.’ But somebody overruled it.”
On Jan. 9, 2009 Charlotte agents contacted the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team, a Quantico, Va.,-based special forces unit created to respond to terrorist incidents and hostage situations such as aircraft hijackings. A meeting was scheduled in Charlotte for “finalizing operational plans” five days later. What happened to those plans is not publicly known. Subsequent entries in the heavily redacted documents make no mention of them. The last dated entry, on Feb. 17, 2009, said “an anonymous individual” had notified the National Counter-Terrorism Center that Khan had threatened a Sarasota, Fla., private investigator (Bill Warner) who’d played a role in shutting down a “jihadi website . . . owned by Samir Khan.”
Jan. 8, 2009 – The FBI elevates the Khan investigation to a higher priority after learning he’s been in contact with radical cleric Anwar al Awlaki, who was one of the FBI’s top terrorism targets. Awlaki was the first American to be placed on the CIA’s “kill or capture” list by the Obama administration.
Jan. 9, 2009 – A day later, Charlotte agents contact the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team, a special forces unit created to respond to terrorist incidents and hostage situations such as aircraft hijackings, to assist in the Khan case. The so-called HRT team, based at Quantico, Va., is made up largely of former special operations personnel from the Army Delta Force and the Navy SEALs. Khan is not arrested.
Let’s get real here, you do not call in the FBI HRT, which is made up of former special operations personnel from the Army Delta Force and the Navy SEALs, to arrest some goof like Samir Khan unless the underlying plan was to kill him. The FBI HRT goes into “situations” with their fingers on the trigger, shoot first ask questions later, just like the SEALs who got Osama Bin-Laden. The HRT was originally conceived to provide a tactical response to terrorism the team possesses capabilities that do not exist anywhere else in civilian law enforcement. Operators are able to fast-rope out of helicopters. They are trained to be superior marksmen, proficient in a variety of breaching techniques—including explosives—and experts in close-quarter tactics. Each operator’s skill and training ensures that the HRT can launch assaults with speed, precision, and, if necessary, deadly force.
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