American teen turned bin Laden mouthpiece
Flashback: 'War Stories' on the life of Adam Gadahn
- Duration 7:15
- Date Mar 16, 2012
Flashback: 'War Stories' on the life of Adam Gadahn
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Psychedelic jam bands the speed of the -- the -- leader -- -- growth was the son of a prominent Jewish doctor.
In Southern California.
In the seventies -- changed his name deceptive done -- Catholic girl and moved to this goat -- in Winchester California.
Here without running water -- electricity they home schooled their four children.
I've always referred to -- -- my gold the gold burned extort not face to face obviously Michael -- is live next to the -- die in 1989.
I saw the kids out -- were you know growing up getting outside and I was under the impression that there -- four girls because they at a distance they all look to say and they all had long hair reality -- -- They're the ones who started this dirty war.
And they are the -- -- and it.
One of those boys is this man now 28 and -- -- Adam or desire on the American.
He's the latest homegrown face al-Qaeda and a long way from his youthful dreams of helping the environment.
I mean -- this is just hard job.
We have been traveling around the United States.
His younger brother Omar -- talked about him on the web site YouTube.
My brother do.
-- -- -- And of course.
If the -- -- that -- in my family.
What is the status -- get done today.
Is heavily pursued he knows that everything the United States government to Levy against them.
That's the FBI the CIA.
All of our colleagues in the intelligence community.
When Adam was seventeen he was in the heavy metal music and live here with his grandmother in Santa Ana California he -- of that time of -- Internet.
My grandmother a computer wiz is hooked up to America Online.
I Begin to visit the religion folders on AOL and the usenet newsgroups.
Where -- found discussions on Islam should be the most intriguing.
Adam attended this marks and fully converted to Islam in 1990s side.
Adam that Don was radicalized young age in almost every case we can -- charismatic leadership.
It comes in and basically influences individuals and talk to them and really -- Islam.
It was here that -- punched out and he -- and met this man Khalil geek an American citizen shadowy links to Pakistan Palestine and Jordan.
-- -- allegedly introduced -- to bin Laden and Al zawahiri.
Shortly after the death of his grandfather 1998.
Adam disappeared in Pakistan.
A year later to -- it was arrested in Pakistan and imprisoned in Jordan suspected of terror activities.
Back in California -- Dick's brother tells -- defended him calling it a family man.
Tell feet declined more stories request for an interview but said his -- -- quote dead and any questions won't help anything now.
-- -- -- -- -- After being mysteriously released in May 2001.
Some reports -- -- was killed but al-Qaeda for collaborating.
Others claim he was killed by Pakistani soldiers during a raid in 2005.
No one knows for sure.
Don't think is president of West Coast Islamic center and works for the state of California and the department of toxic substances control.
He says his brother's troubles still -- his family.
Four days ago the Department of Justice charge Adam today and -- -- treason is not a crime.
Only gets the American people against America itself.
The case of I don't have done is very important he is now the spokesperson all caught up North America on what he has what happened.
After conversion so that he after the conversion.
Feels that he has to cool things.
-- -- -- -- That is the big question.
Who is doing those conversions.
But we don't know really who is bringing them and who next to the mosque is meeting them these other jihadist.
And enlighten Russian leader puts himself an enormous personal jeopardy.
If indeed ends up being so have you ever been threatened them all I have been threatened many times I'm very a -- they might be able it can be.
That it actually older than it looked -- him.
Interviewing -- moderate voices of Islam can be a challenge.
First me confirmed an interview with the mullah Mohammed but -- In time magazine he said that terrorists -- the murderers and god will deal with them on judgment day.
He canceled less than 24 hours -- Then imam Faisal Khan agreed to sit down he's been a guest at the White House twice.
It's an Allen Nicholas -- -- -- he's the best of them gone be the when each and every one of you here tonight.
Imam -- has publicly supported this July 2005.
Plot was signed by American and Canadian Muslim scholars.
That declares among other things.
All acts of terrorism targeting civilians are forbidden in Islam.
But when we arrived at his last -- -- -- kind told us he could no longer do the interview.
He directed as to his deputy 35 year old -- Karine a was I need as an expert on the -- There are those who profess in the name of Islam.
To justify flying planes into the World Trade Center to blow themselves up but -- in Jordan.
And they professed to do that.
Christians and Jews but that's not -- -- you described.
The guidance -- fight goes -- fight through and do not transcripts.
The people boarding the airplane or not.
Those who are fighting because those.
-- -- plot by a lot.
Egyptian born I was -- moved here in 1993 and became an American citizen the military operation in Afghanistan now Iraq.
Has been much criticized.
By Islamic leaders.
All over the world do Islamic leaders present -- I would defer -- your judgment that.
-- -- You know commend.
You for young person came to you.
The new world.
Who wish to become work which -- to help the Americans.
The piece that slam cash into Hamas and.
This is -- Finally -- car and decided he would answer some of those same questions.
-- -- young person in this congregation.
Came to see you.
And me mom I want to become suicide bomber -- wanna get on a bus in downtown Washington.
And blow myself up.
What would you tell I would tell him and this is not present the most ridiculous opinions purple heart and they should be no reason why anyone should want to commit some site.
I'm not bombs and kill innocent given numerous times this was told to get -- seasons.