"American-born Islamic cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and his group, al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, now pose a more serious terrorist threat inside the U.S. than the original al-Qaida group led by Osama bin Laden, a top U.S. counterterrorism official said Wednesday.
National Counterterrorism Center Director Michael Leiter described the group as "probably the most significant risk to the U.S. homeland" in testimony before the House Homeland Security Committee..."
Read more: U.S. official: Bin Laden no longer greatest threat - TwinCities.com
And: Feds: Al-Awlaki now biggest terror threat to U.S. homeland - Josh Gerstein - POLITICO.com
Anwar al Awlaki was born and raised in New Mexico. He's as American as apple pie. Al Awlaki was in repeated contact with US Army Major Nidal Hasan who killed 12 US soldiers and one civilian, and wounded over 30 others, on a US military base in Texas.
Al Awlaki was also the mentor of Farouk Abdulmuttalab the would be Christmas bomber who blew up his own underwear over Detroit. Al Awlaki was also in contact with a guy named Shazad the would be Times Square bomber. Shazad said his attempted bombing was in retribution for Obama's drone war over Pakistan.
Anwar al Awlaki lives in Yemen now. While he was still on US territory the US Govt. unwittingly invited him to a conference in Washington, DC after the 9/11 attacks.
So an American citizen has now displaced Osama bin Laden as Public Enemy No. One. I wonder why an American is trying to kill other Americans? The whole world wonders.