Clerics Call to Kill Americans May Inspire Attacks

Fox News reports two new intelligence memos point to increasing alarm over radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki’s recent call to kill American civilians. Awlaki is the American-born cleric residing in Yemen who has been tied to the Fort Hood shooting last fall, the Christmas Day jet bombing attempt and the attempted Times Square car bombing in May.

The two intelligence documents, which are for official use only, describe how the cleric’s escalating rhetoric could attract dangerous followers inside the United States. The first memo, which refers to the cleric as Aulaqi, was written by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis and dated May 26. It warned that the cleric could “inspire” groups to launch terror attacks.

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