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American Charged with Treason

Posted by thebosun on October 13, 2006

Image of Adam Gadahn from Most Wanted Terrorists poster

The FBI added Adam Gadahn to the Most Wanted Terrorist list and the U.S. State Department is offering a reward up to $1 million for his arrest.

MOST WANTED TERRORIST American Charged With Treason

10/11/06: FBI Most Wanted Website

A 28-year-old California man has been indicted on federal charges of treason and providing material support to a terrorist group for making a series of propaganda videotapes for al Qaeda, including one in which he praised the hijackers involved in the 9/11 attacks and referred to the U.S. as “enemy soil.”

The charges filed in the Central District of California say Adam Gadahn, also known as Azzam the American, “gave al Qaeda aid and comfort … with intent to betray the United States.” Gadahn is the first person to be charged with treason against the U.S. since the World War II era.

The FBI added Gadahn to the Most Wanted Terrorists list and the U.S. Department of State is offering a reward of up to $1 million for information leading to Gadahn’s arrest.

“Adam Gadahn represents a new breed of home-grown extremist, who has chosen to betray the country of his birth,” FBI Executive Assistant Director Willie Hulon said during a press conference Wednesday in Washington, D.C.

Adam Gadahn appears on a 2004 videotape as Azzam the American

Gadahn appears in a videotape broadcast in 2004 in which he identifies himself as Azzam the American. Read more about it and watch the video clip.

Gadahn, a former resident of Orange County, appeared in a series of videotaped segments that were broadcast between October 2004 and September 11, 2006. In the first tape, Gadahn is wearing black sunglasses and a headdress wrapped around his face. He identified himself as Azzam the American and announced his relationship with al Qaeda. “The streets of America shall run red with blood,” Gadahn said on the 2004 broadcast.

In a broadcast in 2005, around the fourth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Gadahn called the attacks “blessed raids” and discussed the “jihad against America.” Earlier this summer, Gadahn appeared in a videotape that also contained statements from al Qaeda leaders Usama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri. More recent propaganda broadcasts aired Sept. 2 and on the fifth anniversary of 9/11.

Gadahn was among seven individuals singled out in 2004 by Director Robert Mueller and the Attorney General as posing a danger to U.S. interests around the world. As a result, Gadahn was added to the FBI’s Seeking Information list “in connection with possible terrorist threats against the United States.”

Executive Assistant Director Hulon said Gadahn’s indictment for treason and material support for terrorism prompted his elevation to the Most Wanted Terrorists list. “Gadahn is considered a high value target, which puts him high on the FBI’s radar screen,” Hulon said. “This intense exposure limits Gadahn’s operational ability, but he still poses a different kind of threat as a communicator for al-Qaeda.”

Gadahn, who is believed to be overseas, is 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs about 210 pounds. He has brown hair, hazel eyes, and scars on his chest and right forearm. He should be considered armed and dangerous.

If you have any information concerning Adam Gadahn, please contact your local FBI office or the nearest American embassy or consulate. To submit a tip, visit our anonymous tip line.

Related Links:
Press Release
Gadahn ‘Most Wanted’ Poster
Most Wanted Terrorists
– Interview With ‘Azzam The American’ (2004) Video Clip | Text Transcript
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