BY CNN WIRE, UPDATED AT 12:21PM, SEPTEMBER 20, 2016
NEW YORK – Bomb suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami’s dad contacted the FBI in 2014 to say his son was a terrorist, but he later retracted it.
And Rahami’s wife left the US a few days before the NY, NJ bombings, an official said.
A notebook found on Rahami contained ramblings about terrorists and also mentioned Anwar al-Awlaki, the Yemeni-American imam who was a spokesman for al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, according to a law enforcement official.
The notebook, which also referred to the Boston Marathon bombers, had a bullet hole; it’s not clear whether that occurred during Monday’s shootout between police and Rahami.
The reference to Awlaki, who was killed in 2011 and has been a source of inspiration for many terrorist attacks, appears to help bolster an emerging view among investigators that the weekend attacks weren’t ISIS-inspired.
Meanwhile, a law enforcement source who previously said the notes were found with an unexploded pressure cooker bomb now said the notes weren’t found with the bomb.
What was Rahami’s motive? Was he working alone? Why did he make lengthy trips to Afghanistan and Pakistan?
These are some of the questions that have emerged in the wake of the capture of the man suspected of planting bombs in New York and New Jersey over the weekend.
Move along. All is transparent. Nothing more to see here.
This is not the first time the FBI has been contacted with a terrorist tips and released the one in question as a suspect. Each time they have released a possible terrorist suspect, people have died or been seriously injured. How many more are out there thanks to Obama’s directives to suppress, eliminate, or redirect complaints about terrorists?
Of course ISIS would take responsibility. Their leadership is in tatters at the moment and they are needing to still be seen as a relevant terrorist group. But realistically, groups like al Qaeda, ISIS, Muslim Brotherhood, Boko Haram, Al-Nusra Front, Ansar al-Sharia, Hamas are only a few who should be or are termed terrorist organizations. If the imams and cells practice a strict interpretation of Islam (which most do in some capacity), then they should be termed radical Islamists. The groups spring up, decline, merge and change like viruses. Like Hydra, remove one head of the snake and more simply move up or groups merge. Like any dread disease, measures have to be found to eradicate or restrain the root cause. We already know how unsuccessful ignoring or attempting to reason with these spawns of evil has been.
In my other post I did state we need to inform someone but make no mistake I absolutely believe we as citizens have been given the right by our constitution to protect ourselves and our families. Being prepared and alert has become a reality not an imaginary crisis. Obviously, this administration has made it very difficult for us with confidence to expect governmental national security agencies to follow through even if the agents tried to do their jobs.