Report Details Long-Time U.S. Government Outreach to Known Terrorists Before and After 9/11

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht
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A new report details the disastrous outreach of the U.S. government to known terrorist funders and leaders before and after the attacks of September 11.

As noted by, the Israel-based Global Research in International Affairs Center has released a report by counterterrorism consultant and investigative reporter, Patrick Poole, on the government’s “long-standing policy of engaging extremists.”

Poole found a number of cases during the administrations of President Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama where terrorist leaders were meeting with senior U.S. leaders at the White House and Capitol to aid in the development of U.S. policy, while at the same time they were under active investigation related to Islamic terrorism.

Poole’s report, titled “Blind to Terror: The U.S. Government’s Disastrous Muslim Outreach Efforts and the Impact on U.S. Middle East Policy,” asks this question: “Why has the U.S. government called certain Islamic groups supporters of terror in federal court, and then turned around and called these same organizations ‘moderates’ and embraced them as outreach partners?”

Poole said these Islamic leaders “blinded” homeland security, intelligence agencies and law enforcement to active terror threats, as evidenced by the “failure of the Federal Bureau of Investigations to carry out an adequate investigation of the suspected bombers despite warnings from Russian authorities.”

The report smolders over the government’s long history of embracing terrorists ever since the 1993 World Trade Center bombings, calling it a “campaign of political correctness.”

“In many cases federal prosecutors have gone into federal court and identified American Islamic organizations and leaders as supporters of terrorism, and no sooner have left court before government officials openly embrace these same organizations and leaders as moderates and outreach partners,” Poole wrote. “In several notable cases, the FBI’s outreach partners have been under active FBI criminal investigation and were later convicted on terrorism-related charges at the time the outreach occurred.”

Poole revealed the government worked with Abdul Rahman al-Amoudi, who at the time was a major fundraiser for al-Qaeda.

He claimed radical, American-born Imama, Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed by a drone strike in 2011, was also a community partner for the U.S. government.

“One of the first Muslim leaders that the government turned to was Anwar al-Awlaki, the al-Qa’ida cleric who was in direct contact with at least three of the September 11 hijackers,” Poole wrote.

He said Shaykh Kifah Mustapha, a long-time supporter of Hamas was given a guided tour of top-secret FBI facilities in 2010.

“As these examples demonstrate the U.S. government’s ignoring the terrorist support of its Muslim outreach partners has had a slippery-slope effect in its foreign policy by inviting members of terrorist groups and war criminals to Washington, D.C. for ‘dialogue’,” Poole wrote. “It is clearly past time for Congress to ask whether this long since failed experiment should come to an immediate end.”