New documents shed light on Anwar al-Awlaki's role in 9/11
Catherine Herridge reports
- Duration 4:17
- Date Jan 3, 2013
Catherine Herridge reports
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This is Fox News alert newly released documents show the radical cleric Anwar Al -- was a bigger player in the 9/11 attacks.
Than previously thought.
Chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge is standing -- I was breaking details looking to -- and.
Well thank you pretty good evening within weeks of the 9/11 terrorist attack in 2001.
They killed nearly 3000 Americans the FBI suspected the American cleric Anwar -- -- purchase tickets for the hijackers in the months leading up to the attack.
According to newly released FBI records exclusively review by Fox News obtained by judicial watch.
The bureau's investigation -- unlock his visa transactions.
Should purchases for Mohamed on -- on August 13 2001.
For an American west airlines flight from Washington DC to Las Vegas, Nevada to Miami Florida.
According to the joint congressional inquiry into 9/11 this was one of onto his final crucial surveillance flights quote.
And August 13 2001 on a -- a second time across country from Washington to Las Vegas.
And a Boeing 757 seat in first class returning on August 14 to Fort Lauderdale.
The records also show purchases for muscle hijackers to Tom also Connie in July -- 2001 for flight from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Orlando.
And a purchase an August 2001.
For a W Al -- which appears to be another muscle hijacker.
Well just a few months later.
I'll -- pieces that brought into the Pentagon.
For a meeting as part of a Muslim outreach program.
You know not only -- that documents show that he was buying tickets for the hijackers they show he was a central focus of the FBI's investigation of 9/11.
Consistent -- handling of all Lockheed spans both the bush and Obama administration's.
A lucky was the first American citizen targeted for death by the CIA.
And he was killed in September of twenty American -- As you mentioned have now -- he was taken up by a drone strike.
In September report -- in Yemen America's use of drones in Pakistan.
Has obviously increased substantially under President Obama in fact.
We're getting word a senior -- -- commander was killed in a strike.
Just Tuesday in Pakistan's northwest territory.
You have the drone strikes Guantanamo Bay detention facility obviously that remains open.
And the presence resigning just recently of -- of the warrantless wiretaps all bush era.
Error war on terror programs that have continued or really expanded under President Obama and now possibly rendition what can you tell us don't -- That's right -- there's a new case that's raising hard questions.
About the Obama administration's detention policy -- Three alleged members of the Somali terrorist group also -- were resting on the -- overseas in the African country of Djibouti.
An attorney for one of the suspects alleges the men were held in secret.
Interrogated by local authorities in US agents and the detention only became public when these documents were unsealed in December and the men briefly appeared in a Brooklyn court.
Be appropriate venue is not to take somebody involved in the civil war in East Africa and bring them to the eastern district of New York.
To be prosecuted under criminal court.
Seventh says there is no evidence his client who admits he is a member of Al -- committed crimes against the US -- -- the -- indictment which includes the blanket charge of quote.
Conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.
Under that definition we can probably round up.
Tens of thousands of fighters and clog our court system before the next couple of decades.
The Justice Department strongly disputes allegations of rendition telling fox quote these suspects were apprehended in Africa by African authorities.
Months later they were indicted in federal court in New York.
Ultimately they were transferred lawfully and pursuant to request through formal channels from the custody of authorities in Africa to the FBI.
-- critics say the recent case raises questions about detention practices and they -- -- candidate Obama's statement seeming to shun the use of renditions altogether.
We're not a country that runs prisons which -- people away without ever telling them why they're there.
What they're charged -- Military -- -- the men are of interest to the US because they may have -- able intelligence.
About the al-Qaeda networks in East Africa which explains in part -- detention prosecution.
In the US for okay Catherine thank you --