Friday, May 24

There's No Turning Back': My Interview With a Hunted American Jihadist


What happens when people go loopy over religion. I was talking with somebody about the situation in Bangladesh. Where the secular govt is battling Islamists and genocidal bastards. And then INDIAN Muslim organisations decided to join in with their Bangladeshi morons. And somebody said, good Muslims don't do this. I replied, I'm sorry but do you think that when the razakars and Pakistani troops were killing Bangladeshis, they thought that they were bad Muslims? No. They thought they were good Muslims. Their priests told them that they were doing good with Allah. Look at the jihadi videos. When they are killing and slitting throats, they shout Allah u Akhbar. God is great. Good Muslims?  The road to hell is paved with good intentions. Like this fellow. 

You don't need religion to tell you not to kill. Still an interesting read son. 



'There's No Turning Back': My Interview With a Hunted American Jihadist | Danger Room |

Omar Hammami at a press conference in Mogadishu. Photo: Farah Abdi Warsameh / AP

‘There’s No Turning Back’: My Interview With a Hunted American Jihadist

Omar Hammami, the most prominent American jihadi left alive, probably should be running. When Hammami came to Somalia for jihad in 2006, he never anticipated that al-Qaida’s local affiliate would pledge to kill its former propaganda asset. And last month, the U.S. government put a $5 million bounty on the head of the 28-year-old Alabama native. These could be the last moments of Hammami’s life.

But Hammami tells Danger Room in an extremely rare and exclusive interview that he’s staying put. From an undisclosed location in Somalia, he grows vegetables, helps his wives around the house, and trolls his one-time colleagues in al-Shebab on Twitter, his newfound passion. As @abumamerican, he’s tweeting his ongoing jihad in 140-character installments, and is happy to debate it with U.S. national security professionals. Uniquely among jihadis, Hammami shoots the breeze with the people whose job it is to study and even hunt people like him.

That’s caused a cognitive and emotional dissonance within U.S. counterterrorism circles. Several openly say they like the charismatic Hammami, who’s quick with a joke and a touch of irony. Their Twitter interactions with him have led to a worry about his well-being, and a dim hope that maybe, just maybe, they can convince Hammami to give up a path that seems to promise a violent and imminent end. “It’s just a process of talking about what it is he believes and trying to understand it,” says J.M. Berger, Hammami’s main interlocutor, “and seeing if there’s an escape hatch for him from this life.

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