Five New Revelations About Anwar al-Awlaki: Prostitutes, Pizza and More

New details have emerged about cleric Anwar al-Awlaki's life in America.

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Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born cleric linked to al Qaeda's Yemen-based wing, gives a religious lecture in an unknown location on September 30, 2011.

Before his 2011 assassination by a U.S. drone strike in Yemen, the U.S. born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki lived in Falls Church, Va., under close surveillance by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. A recent Freedom of Information Act request by Judicial Watch revealed new details about the extent of this monitoring and his life in America.

As background, the writings of al-Awlaki have been linked to two of the most damaging recent domestic terrorist attacks by suspected Islamic radicals in the United States, the Fort Hood shooting in 2009 and the Boston Marathon bombing this year. He has also been linked by the FBI to two of the hijackers in the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Here are some highlights of the new Judicial Watch revelations.

  1. Between 2001 and 2002, Anwar al-Awlaki regularly visited high-end prostitutes in the Washington D.C. area. The FBI later interviewed the women about the encounters. He paid between $200 and $400 for a variety of sexual acts, including intercourse and watching the prostitutes “perform erotic behavior.” In one exchange, just months after the September 11, 2001 attacks, he told the prostitute that he was from India. Another prostitute the following year described al-Awlaki of looking like Osama bin Laden.
  2. A “reliable FBI human asset” said shortly after the September 11 attacks that al-Awlaki was the spiritual leader for Nawaf M. Alhazmi and Khalid Almidhdir, two hijackers that were on American Airlines flight 77 that crashed into the Pentagon. But he had been under occasional surveillance by the FBI as far back as 1999.
  3. During 2001 and 2002, the FBI followed al-Awlaki closely. They tracked him as he attended classes at George Washington University. To gain entry at GWU, he received a letter of recommendation from a Yemeni official in the Ministry of Education. “To the question ‘What are the applicant’s chief liabilities or weaknesses?’ the official wrote, “Not known.”
  4. In November of 2001, al-Awlaki was followed by FBI agents to a National Public Radio station, where he recorded an interview for Talk of the Nation. Asked about the impact of the War on Terror on American Muslims, al-Awlaki said the Islamic community needed to a better job of educating the country about itself. “There have been 1,100 Muslims detained in the US. There’s a bombing going on over a Muslim country, Afghanistan. So there are some reasons that make the Muslims feel that, well, it is true that the statement was made that this is not a war against Islam, but for all practical reasons, it is the Muslims who are being hurt,” al-Awlaki said, according to a transcript of the show.
  5. The tracking of al-Awlaki was often uneventful. “Into Safeway Food and Drug,” an agent wrote in November of 2001. At another point, the agent followed him to a Bertucci’s restaurant. “407 Bertucci’s eating solo,” read the agent’s notes from the same month, with time stamps indicating an afternoon meal. “436 eating pizza 2 slices.” On November 10, 2001, he visited Toys “R” Us.

With reporting by Miles Graham and Nicole Greenstein

16 comments
oumaroum
oumaroum

May Allah SWT destroy whoever lies against our ummah, and Anwar Al Alwaki. whatever is said is complete lies.

RifkiKurniawan
RifkiKurniawan

And you believe all this....? Hha...c'mon....don't be a sheeps...

Muhammadanwar
Muhammadanwar

May Allah destroy all those that lied against Imam Anwar Al - Awlaki. Alhamdulillah you killed him for his preaching and nothing else. I want to assure you slander can never tarnish his image in these eyes of millions of muslims.

eatbothsquaresplease
eatbothsquaresplease

From Scahill's work "Dirty Wars," two thing should be clear:

1) The US is greatly bothered by this man despite a lack of any credible proof of terrorist activity, and desperate to discredit him, manufactured the so-called history of him visiting hookers.

2) The US Government cannot be trusted because it is criminal and often lies.

AlexVallas
AlexVallas

Just goes to show you -- going to expensive prostitutes is not restricted to politicians and professional athletes.  Though not familiar with the price for services - I have read where some wealthy patrons have paid into the thousands for a one night stands.  Was the cleric Anwar al-Awlaki able to find prostitutes in Yemen?   

cmichaelkeys
cmichaelkeys

Just saw Dirty Wars -- Scahill argues that Awlaki was moderate in 2001. There's video of Awlaki saying his first response to 9/11 was sympathy and prayer for the victims and their families. Scahill argues that Awlaki was turned increasingly radical as time passed, especially after Awlaki was placed in solitary confinement for 17 months in Yemen without any charges. just sayin -- this FBI evidence is consistent with Scahill's version of events.

yogi
yogi

Only the FBI would call it by its full name, "Safeway Food and Drug", once again showing they only hire people not of this world.

yogi
yogi

407? 435? What is this guy 65 and getting the early bird special?

yogi
yogi

Having never been to one, does the $200 to 400 count as high end? Seems like of low if for 25 bucks you can find a meth head on the street.

yogi
yogi

He got prostitutes in DC? He's just like our erected officials!

notsacredh
notsacredh

Prostitutes, pizza and more....Oh My!

cjh2nd
cjh2nd

@AlexVallas  

i wasn't aware that high end prostitutes being restricted to politicians and athletes was a common misconception. i always just assumed that they were for anyone with the money and a desire to pay for sex

notsacredh
notsacredh

yogi, true story. She moved out after a month because she said I was immoral.

notsacredh
notsacredh

You get what you pay for. I used to live with a hooker but that was back in the 70's. It was $50 and $25 then.

yogi
yogi

@sacredh Well, it happened again, got strange looks from laughing too loudly at work, thanks sacredh. :)

notsacredh
notsacredh

I apologize yogi. Can you imagine? She tells ME, "I can't live like this" and splits.