Expanded role for American mouthpiece of al Qaeda
Screen shot of al Qaeda video released this month featuring American Adam Gadahn (source: SITE)
September 25th, 2012
12:01 AM ET

Expanded role for American mouthpiece of al Qaeda

By Wes Bruer

American born al Qaeda spokesman Adam Gadahn has released a new propaganda video in support of rebel uprisings throughout the Middle East and North Africa.

The nearly 84-minute video, "Advice and Support to Our Rebel Brothers Against Injustice," was released on extremist websites and forums on September 20, and was reported to have been produced on April 30 by al Qaeda's As-Sahab media wing.

The address to rebels is the second appearance this month Gadahn has made in al Qaeda videos released on jihadist forums.  The two videos are the first Gadahn videos since before Osama bin Laden was killed.

Remarks by the California-born jihadist were included in Ayman Al-Zawahiri's 9/11 anniversary message last Tuesday. In that video, "Truth has Come and Falsehood has Perished," Gadahn condemned statements by President Barack Obama that the United States was not at war with Islam.
"America is crystal clear about its opposition to Islam as a political system, Islam as a ruling system ... and the essence of Islam. So, how can America say that it is not at war with Islam?" Gadahn said.

Gadahn's focus on the Arab world in the video mirrors recent statements by Zawahiri, who as the group's new leader has made building up al Qaeda's influence and operations in the region its top priority in the wake of the Arab Spring.

Since first appearing in an al Qaeda propaganda video under the name Azzam al-Amriki (Azzam the American) in 2004, Gadahn has continued to appear in numerous videos denouncing the West due to his ability to appeal to western Muslims and knowledge of western culture.

But the release of this lengthy video, in which the typically English-speaking Gadahn addresses his audience in Arabic, illustrates that the American's role has expanded beyond a propagandist catering to westerners.

But communications from Gadahn seem to have sharply decreased since his last video in June 2010, which was released following rumors of his death and capture, where he referred to Obama as "snakelike."  In his absence, questions began to rise about the effectiveness of Gadahn's messages and the role he played within the organization he has belonged to for nearly a decade.

Following the 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden's Pakistan compound, internal al Qaeda correspondence published by the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point show Gadahn had begun to play a key role in al Qaeda strategy.  Gadahn shared his displeasure with bid Laden about certain behaviors exhibited by al Qaeda allies around the world.

"Gadahn appears to have carefully crafted a role for himself in the organization and through competent performance, has presumably garnered the respect necessary to expand that role," according to CTC analysis. "The documents confirm an understanding of Gadahn as media adviser to al-Qa`ida's senior leadership, with Bin Ladin requesting his services by name twice, first to request that he translate a book by British journalist Robert Fisk, and then to provide input about which U.S. television channels to engage with for the 10th anniversary of 9/11."

It appears al Qaeda has tasked Gadahn with focusing on communications.  Unlike fellow American Anwar al Awlaki, who played a significant operational role for al Qaeda's affiliate in Yemen before his death in a drone strike last September, little evidence has emerged that Gadahn has been involved in operational matters or attack planning for al Qaeda.

In letters, believed to be addressed to bin Laden and other "shaykhs," Gadahn complained of jihadist forums, saying they are "repulsive to most Muslims" and a liability to the group's legitimacy.  The American also aired grievances over al Qaeda central's ability to control affiliate groups, namely al Qaeda in Iraq and the terror group's latest merger with Somali based al Shabaab.  Among his complaints regarding affiliates was their inability to minimize Muslim civilian casualties and operating without the consent of al Qaeda central leaders.

Although the recent appearances from Gadahn do not represent a heightened threat to America or its interests, they indicate that, after the setback of bin Laden's death, an effort is under way to bolster the group's influence over extremist elements who have taken part in rebellions in the Arab world.

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  2. dockywocky

    A pox on this traitor – or a Hellfire missile up his wazoo.

    September 26, 2012 at 9:35 am | Reply
  3. joeymom

    And that, folks, is the face of a traitor- to country, religion, and fellow humanity.

    September 25, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Reply
  4. DickPerry

    Another american wanting blood to be spilled. Nothing new..

    September 25, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Reply
  5. kamanakapu

    Religion is mankind's oldest organized criminal activity first begun in india millions of years ago when india was still a part of south africa.

    September 25, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Reply
  6. Martha Raymond Clarke Thompson Adidas the III Esq.

    Hey Adam, keep an eye to the sky, a drone has a missile with your pathetic name on it.

    September 25, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Reply
  7. Charlie

    Now's post, Wanted Dead or Alive.

    September 25, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Reply
  8. June Jackson

    There are millions and millions of peace loving Muslims that are just part of mankind..they carry on their lives every day just like the rest of us. The wingnuts of the religion have found an outlet for their anger and hatred, jealousy of the western white world are such a minority. I can't believe they have gained so much strength. Every country has their nut cases..but they don't shelter themselves under a Islamic umbrella.. They are nothing but sadists and murders and Islam is probably deeply ashamed of them.

    September 25, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Reply
    • yayayaya123

      religions has killed more people than cigarrettes

      September 25, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Reply
    • RM13

      Islam also follows the teachings and life of a man who started wars, ordered the killing of people who were "opposed" to his rule, owned slaves, took slaves and wives from among the women and children of the men that were killed in battles he started. Had multiple wives including a 6 year old girl he took from his "friends" home because God told him too.

      you don't have to be a christian to be fearful of people who follow the life of a man like muhammad

      September 25, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Reply
      • Josh

        Let's not forget all the wars started in the name of Christianity.

        September 25, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
      • RM13

        Josh... you miss the point entirely.... religion is a tool used by people to gain power yes... but my point was more to the character of an individual who follows the example of a supposed prophet/savior/God/whatever... from the perspective of a non-religious person, the life lead by the historical man Mohammad was one most objective people would find as evil. Now consider that half the world has been brainwashed to follow his life/teachings. Too me that is a buch of people who would inherently scare the crap out of me and yes I would trust a Christian far far more than a Muslim. A person who follows the life of a man who preached non-violence is much less scary to me than a person who follows the teaching of a man who stared wars, owned slaves and stole children to add to his harem... call me crazy

        September 25, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
      • ozonator

        I was not there nor did I live in that culture to pretend that is a filter for his true religion message. However, today's GOP provide current examples of worse behavior while running as far and fast away from the battles they start in addition to paying for them – like 9/11, Afghanistan, and Iraq. However, Romulan and Ruin appear to want to start another with Russia if Iran comes through with a surprise like they did for Reagan.

        September 26, 2012 at 5:26 am |
    • Charlie

      I only see them now suicide bombers ever since 9/11. Their religion is also the cause of bombing their own sons.

      September 25, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Reply
  9. Meh

    Religion of peace.

    September 25, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Reply
    • Josh

      do you judge Christianity by the actions of the KKK or the words of preachers who blame hurricanes on gays? All religions have idiots and nut jobs doing horrible things in the name of the religion.

      September 25, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Reply
      • ha

        when was the last time the KKK did something horrible? and words by a preacher are just that, words.. we are evolving quicker than they are... but i believe they will catch up soon..

        September 25, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
    • DickPerry

      People of peace... Just another american wanting some blood.. Guess killing people is the american way...

      September 25, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Reply
      • RdWtNBlu

        The only truth to your post is the first four letters of your screen name. They describe you well, apparently.

        September 25, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
      • DickPerry

        Truth hurts...

        September 25, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
  10. the_dude

    I'll bet ofailure congratulated this guy and sent him a kind note.

    September 25, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Reply
    • jqent

      Pfffft. I'll bet you parroted another canned bit by the RNC Noise Machine.

      September 25, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Reply
    • Roger in Florida

      You are an Un-American hack that plays into the hands of the enemy.

      September 25, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Reply
  11. DickPerry

    At least he didn't let the chair do the talking...

    September 25, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Reply
  12. ru serious

    There's a drone with his name on it. Ha ha good riddance, what a POS.

    September 25, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Reply
  13. kevin

    He must not have been able to get a girlfriend in The States.

    September 25, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Reply
    • John

      Well look at him.

      September 25, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Reply
  14. DickPerry

    What kind of reporting is this? Why don't they show the video so we all can listen to the message.

    September 25, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Reply
    • Roger in Florida

      Why? To spread the hate messaage even further? Besides it is in Arabic and you don't speak that

      September 25, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Reply
  15. mark

    It doesn't look like he's missing any meals.

    September 25, 2012 at 11:53 am | Reply
  16. mark

    What a do uchebag! Why's he got a tablecloth on his head? Jihadis are so proud of the 1 moron they turned. Look around, we turned hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of their own against them. I like those odds.

    September 25, 2012 at 11:52 am | Reply
  17. junior

    can we send him over there?

    September 25, 2012 at 11:49 am | Reply
    • JD

      He is over there...What? do you think he currently resides in the United States?...He's a appointed spokesman for our enemy...

      September 25, 2012 at 11:54 am | Reply
  18. RNC PR BS

    Adam, it was nice knowing you. You could have stayed in America and lived past 35, but instead you are very likely to die for a failing ideology in a pan-arab suicide cult.

    September 25, 2012 at 11:46 am | Reply
    • Rudolf Rocker


      September 25, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Reply
      • Beverly

        Posted on 9 Million reasons why we didnt sign Bryant! Just anhoetr player who thinks he is a superstar, but the facts dont back it up. You dont pay a WR who has only posted more than 4 TDs twice in his 7 year career. Only twice did he break the 1000 yard mark! IN 7 YEARS? So at his very best he averaged about 63 yards per game and about a touchdown every 3 games. Not what Id call someone to build your team around.

        October 13, 2012 at 12:01 am |
  19. Emigdio Alvarez

    presenting America's Next Top Drone Target.

    September 25, 2012 at 11:45 am | Reply
    • El Puko

      Can you dig it?

      September 25, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Reply
  20. El Puko

    I hope Mr. Obama has a special drone picked out for him.

    September 25, 2012 at 11:42 am | Reply
  21. Bobandy

    i hope the feds have picked this d-bag up already. he's a suicide bomb waiting to happen. i mean just look at him.

    September 25, 2012 at 11:29 am | Reply
    • Shak

      No, sadly these types never have any courage and won't be a suicide bomber. They send other people to do their dirty work.

      September 25, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Reply
  22. Charlie

    I believe this is actually profit mohammad that asian nations drool of. Nah, just another bloke from Europe because he doesn't look American.

    September 25, 2012 at 11:12 am | Reply
    • James PDX

      No doubt his new Muslim comrades will reward his betrayal of the US with a new 6 year old bride.

      September 25, 2012 at 11:16 am | Reply
    • JonathanL

      if that is muhammid i can see why they don't want people to see pictures of him! they would all become apostates and have to kill themselves.

      September 25, 2012 at 11:20 am | Reply
  23. James PDX

    It's disgusting the things he says with the same mouth he uses to kiss his sister.

    September 25, 2012 at 11:09 am | Reply
    • christophermcne


      September 25, 2012 at 11:46 am | Reply
  24. James PDX

    Religion is a night light for those afraid of the dark. With as much darkness as resides in the middle-east, it's no wonder religious zealotry there is so prevalent.

    September 25, 2012 at 11:05 am | Reply
    • DJones

      Your opinion is typical, ignorant, but typical. It would be difficult to figure out which is the greater opiate, religion or lack there of. Some of the most narrow minded and fearful people I have ever met are atheist. They betray their fears by always feeling the necessity to attack religion. I don't believe in the Easter Bunny or Santa Clause, and as such I feel no need to attack them or belittle anyone who tells their children stories about them. Atheist's anger and militant response are indications that they don't believe their own words and that down inside they are afraid they will answer for their actions, and this fear makes them lash out irrationally at anything and anyone who reminds them of the possibility of eternity.

      September 25, 2012 at 11:19 am | Reply
      • dan strayer

        WHO is guilty of angry and militant response? Where the hell have you been, under a rock? Read the original article, this guy equates opposition with war, just like the rest of Islam. There simply is no middle ground, is there? Their only answer to everything they disagree with is violence. I suppose it was atheists who put out death contracts on Salman Rushdie, the Danish paper who published cartoons, and the maker of this ridiculous film allegedly from "America". You see jews or Christians doing any of this? No, you don't.

        September 25, 2012 at 11:28 am |
      • Yakobi

        You don't believe in "Santa Clause"? I bet Tim Allen would like to pretend that movie didn't exist, too!

        September 25, 2012 at 11:41 am |
      • Juan Enguidanos

        Your comments are a joke! Organized religions, (cults) have been the ruin of many cultures whether they be of Christian or Muslim beliefs or any of the other 22 organized religions, (cults) that poison the minds of the weak. Ignorance breeds stupidity, stupidity breeds intolerance and hate. Theism and Atheism are the only two evils that continue to pit mankind against each other. Wake up fool mankind does not have the capacity to comprehend or understand how and why we even exist. Reading the Koran or the Bible are not worth the paper they are written on. Mankind does not have the capacity to understand how our universe has been created. How many people must die for the sake of not understanding that ! Fools breed fools!

        September 25, 2012 at 11:50 am |
      • Bob Balderston

        in quoting juan'"Theism and Atheism are the only two evils that continue to pit mankind against each other"...i have never know a war started by atheism; technology is what the muslims fear most, as a intelligent mind findsx no reason to accept faith based political regimes. oh i know you'll tout how millions of people worship a god(s) out there that are pretty smart, but when you free your mind of invisible friends and created monsters, you'll better understand the reality of life and be better off for it. get your nose out of a religious book, become enlightened and maybe peace and understanding can be had

        September 25, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
    • Dubhly

      djones, the bigger opiate is religion. Lack thereof is not an opiate as you have nothing but yourself to fall back upon. It also get REALLY old having religion shoved down your throat. It gets old hearing lies ( at least what you perceive of as lies, myths) constantly being thrown at you. When you try to complain your told just deal with it, ok well people deal with things differantly and many get hostile towards religions. They consider it false, misleading, cultish, brainwashing, bs. You expect them to react nicely to something they feel is wrong? I wonder how many christians would feel the same way if you critisized them for prostylatizing? which many feel they need to do. How about "GOD" all over american money and in pledges, etc... would you like that to read "ALLAH" ( which is the same god anyway) instead. There are very good reasons why some atheist are hostile to religion.
      I could go one, for instance how about the fact that christianity and islam ( both branches of the same tree) are about control and nothing more. anyway I will desist, since you will probably think this was hostile,but its not. I could care less about what you think, but i did wish to explain some of what you asked for.

      September 25, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Reply
  25. DickPerry

    So... Where did all the defenders of free speech go? Guess i'm in the islamic part of the forum..

    September 25, 2012 at 11:01 am | Reply
    • James PDX

      I think bubba there has gone a bit beyond speech, free or otherwise.

      September 25, 2012 at 11:06 am | Reply
      • DickPerry

        Really? Can you redirect me to where i can see that limit in free speech?

        September 25, 2012 at 11:08 am |
      • JonathanL

        the speech might be free -but you'd have to pay me to listen

        September 25, 2012 at 11:22 am |
      • christophermcne

        Dick, there are and always have been limits to free speech, especially in the USA. Libel, slander, speech that promotes a clear and present danger, and even obsenity in certain cases are regulated here.

        September 25, 2012 at 11:50 am |
    • James PDX

      I didn't say he went beyond the limits of free speech, I said he went beyond speech, which seems to be something you have difficulty comprehending. However, do a search on "limits of freedom of speech" and you'll see that such a thing does exist in the US.

      September 25, 2012 at 11:12 am | Reply
      • DickPerry

        Oh, I comprehend i was just curious if you could show me such a limitation. Guess you incapable of that. And where did he go beyond it? According to the article above there seems to be no indication of him going beyond speech.

        September 25, 2012 at 11:20 am |
    • Harin

      Free speech does not have many limits, but they do exist. No one is allowed to cause harm to others with their speech, like yelling "Fire" in a crowded room just for the fun of it. A person is not allowed to intimidate another through threats or pressure. A Congressman is not allowed to yell, "You Lie!" while the President is giving his State of the Union address. Also, contacting and working with enemies of the country is still considered treason. There is no doubt many other limitations the courts have set precedent on.

      September 25, 2012 at 11:17 am | Reply
  26. Mr. and Mrs. Gadahn

    Adam, stop playing games and come home. And bring back our table cloth. You're in big trouble mister!

    September 25, 2012 at 10:59 am | Reply
    • Emma

      Posted on An extension of Herb's cemomnt is something many who analyse gambling have realized as well. Over SHORT periods, such as a weekend at the casino (or one season), the probabilities are not going to come into play. As a result you have some famous mathematicians arguing you might as well take the long odds if you just go for the weekend or a few hours of play, since then if you get lucky at least you'll win big.

      October 13, 2012 at 12:36 am | Reply
  27. Hot Carl

    When they need an American's head to chop off and there's none around, this guy will be their first choice.

    September 25, 2012 at 10:56 am | Reply
  28. bhanson

    nuke em all and let allah sort them out.

    September 25, 2012 at 10:55 am | Reply
    • want2believe

      and how would that make us any different from the extremists over there killing innocent people?

      September 25, 2012 at 11:15 am | Reply
    • christophermcne

      ...cuz we have nukes...

      September 25, 2012 at 11:51 am | Reply
      • Dubhly

        they do too bonehead India, Pakistan(real threat there), and possibly Iran all have nuke capability. Two of those countries have a small stockpile even.

        September 25, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
  29. James Hook

    ....the poor injustice done on those chickens at KFC....the muslim people just attacking fried and grilled chicken...what about the chickens

    September 25, 2012 at 10:52 am | Reply
  30. Oscar Pitchfork


    September 25, 2012 at 10:46 am | Reply
  31. nolongerarepublican

    He should have been taken out long ago.
    He is in Pakistan.

    September 25, 2012 at 10:46 am | Reply
  32. James PDX

    Islam as a political system? Who wouldn't be opposed to that, other than those in power and those afraid of being put to death by those in power. Even Islamists have sects which cannot agree on their own religion, so how can they possibly govern using a system they kill each other over? And what kind of system of governance kills people who choose to leave or change their religion? A terrible one. Every single person of at least average intelligence and common sense should be opposed to Islam as a system of government. Adam clearly lacks at least one of those two qualities.

    September 25, 2012 at 10:40 am | Reply
    • christophermcne

      Well spoken.

      September 25, 2012 at 11:51 am | Reply
  33. Jason Robertson III

    Is making an Al Quada video a crime?

    September 25, 2012 at 10:40 am | Reply
    • James PDX

      That depends on what he says in the video.

      September 25, 2012 at 10:50 am | Reply
    • RNC PR BS

      You could make the case that it's treason, sure.

      September 25, 2012 at 11:48 am | Reply
  34. oldbikerbeatch

    Geeze, I was surprised when the photo WASN'T one of "our dear and glorious leader" Barry-freakin-Soetero...

    September 25, 2012 at 10:36 am | Reply
    • Michael Johnson

      Nothice the problem this conservative has with English literacy? He can't read well enough to read "Obama is an enemy of Islam?"

      September 25, 2012 at 10:42 am | Reply
      • tjp44

        also the enemy of America as long as he is in the White House.....

        September 25, 2012 at 11:13 am |
      • Dubhly

        gotta love people that think diplomacy is threatening to kill someone. tjp44 you should learn what diplomacy is before you make comments you do not really understand.

        September 25, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
  35. Icurheinie

    Sure! Let's give them more free publicity! Dolts. Don't think I'll be watching that murderer's rhetoric anytime soon.

    September 25, 2012 at 10:34 am | Reply
  36. lindaluttrell

    Truly America's Biggest Loser! Hey, TRAITOR...come out, come out wherever you are...

    September 25, 2012 at 10:31 am | Reply
  37. PeteH

    America is like any other mechanism; too many loose nuts and the whole d@mn thing flies apart. Wake up folks, before it's too late!

    September 25, 2012 at 10:30 am | Reply
  38. Kurt

    Maybe we could hire Samuel Mullet and his band of Amish beard cutters to give this dude a trim

    September 25, 2012 at 10:28 am | Reply
    • James PDX

      Sadly, bullies like him lack the cajones to take on anyone who might fight back.

      September 25, 2012 at 10:52 am | Reply
  39. jonvi

    What a great photo to upload into the Drone network.

    September 25, 2012 at 10:26 am | Reply
  40. mike

    His next high school class reunion should be interesting.

    September 25, 2012 at 10:23 am | Reply
  41. Andrew


    September 25, 2012 at 10:22 am | Reply
  42. Ingrate

    Thanks, Adam. You reminded me that although no country is perfect, I'm grateful for history of the USA.
    The hospital you were born in on US soil was paid for by taxpayers in a system that stemmed from generations
    of hard working, tax paying Americans , as with the roads you drove on, the schools that educated you, etc.
    If by chance you would have been born in a small village in a small, poor country, you may not even have been
    alive today- too bad.

    September 25, 2012 at 10:19 am | Reply
    • James PDX

      Adam traded in his ability to reason for his religion, so you're wasting your time. Some people cannot cope with a life where they have to make their own decisions.

      September 25, 2012 at 10:53 am | Reply
  43. Jaimie

    Another american looser with a beard again trying to show his daddy that he finally is somebody..... What a laughable joke!

    September 25, 2012 at 10:18 am | Reply
    • Marcus

      I don't know...I think he might be an American tighter.

      September 25, 2012 at 10:29 am | Reply
  44. yolanda

    Cute little fella. His parents must be proud. Maybe he can bunk w/ John Lindh once we catch him. 2 fine California products.

    September 25, 2012 at 10:18 am | Reply
  45. Texan

    This guy's fake, he just wants to be famous. Only way for a fat white guy to be famous in the middle east is to put on that tablecloth scarf and say death to America. Hopefully he's either an agent getting intel, or has a new iPhone 5 that a missle can be aimed at when he turns it on to call his friends back home at UC Berkley or sends in his absentee voter card to vote for Ron Paul.

    September 25, 2012 at 10:17 am | Reply
    • thoughtso

      I was thinking the same thing Texan. Ever wonder how we have been able to find out about the past few terrorist attacks that we were able to stop. In NYC alone there have been 14 as of recent. I can't think of any other reason this guy is still walking around. Hopefully Ayman Al-Zawahiri will get wise and take him out first and save us the cost of a bullet.

      September 25, 2012 at 11:58 am | Reply
    • Inciteful

      You should be ashamed for outing Adam as a CIA operative. You just put a target on his back! Now, he and others like him will lose their ability to gather and provide intelligence. Good luck, Adam!

      September 25, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Reply
  46. Luke

    It is time to nuke an Islamic countryWe need remind these countries that we are superior and always will be.

    September 25, 2012 at 10:15 am | Reply
    • 4evrlonghorn

      you proof the point , there are stupid, ignorant ppl on both sides.

      September 25, 2012 at 10:25 am | Reply
      • ding dong

        prove not proof
        [Rather you should have gone with a beard. It sounds like you are from India]

        September 25, 2012 at 11:30 am |
  47. TruthTeller

    looks like he's ready to guzzle some booze and grab some little boys off the street and party all night long with mohommed.

    September 25, 2012 at 10:07 am | Reply
  48. Anti_Jihad

    What a loser!

    September 25, 2012 at 10:04 am | Reply
  49. tl93333rr012

    This guy is a nerd.

    September 25, 2012 at 10:00 am | Reply
  50. johm

    Is this another one of those youtube parodies?

    September 25, 2012 at 10:00 am | Reply
  51. SeesTheTruth

    The video was probably shot at the Pentagon. After all, that is where Al-Qaeda was created.

    September 25, 2012 at 9:48 am | Reply
    • Bob

      I think I hear the nurse calling you for your medication.

      September 25, 2012 at 9:55 am | Reply
  52. a slozomby

    im still curious how they can claim we're at war with islam. ask the residents of tokyo or dresden in the 40's what we do when we're at war.

    September 25, 2012 at 9:48 am | Reply
  53. lance corporal

    this guy looks like your classic southern bubba, maybe it's just the pubic looking beard but he looks like a good ole boy with a towel over his head

    I've got an idea: lets tell ALL the religious zealots around the world (ALL of them) that we're gonna have a big fight in africa to decide what the true religion is, then we get ALL the zealots of the world to go there and fight it out to the last standing, then we bomb the them........ problem solved......... the world would be a lovely place without religious zealots... they ruin every thing
    (and no I don't really want to kill people, just real tired of the violence and trouble the zealots cause)

    September 25, 2012 at 9:47 am | Reply
  54. m123

    Here's another American citizen going to get blown up without any due process
    Thank you Mr. Pulitzer Prize winner pres
    What a maroon

    September 25, 2012 at 9:45 am | Reply
    • Bob

      Due process? He would have to be caught first. There is also the issue of whether he has renounced his citizenship. He is certainly a traitor if still a citizen.

      September 25, 2012 at 9:54 am | Reply
    • lance corporal

      our pres may be half black but he is NOT maroon

      it is tooooooo funny that while calling someone ELSE a moron you misspell it!!!!!!

      (to save you from needing to google it maroon is a color......)

      September 25, 2012 at 9:54 am | Reply
      • Bob

        Google Bugs Bunny". It was his standard epithet, and is a euphemism for "moron."

        September 25, 2012 at 9:57 am |
    • slupdawg

      Pulitzer prize winning? Did Obama get a journalistic award and I missed it? You are knot head, that much is clear. Just...stop talking.

      September 25, 2012 at 10:05 am | Reply
    • James PDX

      m123, what would you consider due process for a guy who has fled to another country and enlisted with an enemy army who has attacked and killed UD citizens on US soil?

      September 25, 2012 at 10:58 am | Reply
      • James PDX

        Oops, I meant US citizens. Stupid, tiny smartphone keys. There goes my Pulitzer prize. Or was it a Nobel prize? Since I don't know, I must be a real sapphire.

        September 25, 2012 at 11:00 am |
    • Heywood

      Great point!!! So why dont you go into Yemen or whatever cess pool this guy is in, capture him and bring him back to America for trial? I nominate you for the job. You would be dealing with moral, 21st century thinkers who would absolutly agree that due process of American Law is needed.

      Or, you can let the people that actually have spines and testicles deal with it while you cower in a corner.

      September 25, 2012 at 11:33 am | Reply
  55. TheTraveler

    They call this guy the "mouthpiece"? They've got the wrong end ....

    September 25, 2012 at 9:43 am | Reply
  56. souredgrapes

    this SOBS UGLY head should be cut off, doused with gasoline and burned to ashes!

    September 25, 2012 at 9:38 am | Reply
  57. John Attallah

    What about groups like Al Qaida and the Taliban that wire children with explosives and send them on suicide missions into civilian markets and claim they are practicing Islam as the Prophet Mohammed teaches it? Is this not blasphemy? Where are the protests in the Muslim world?

    September 25, 2012 at 9:30 am | Reply
  58. chris

    Yet another nail in the coffin of organized religion. Of course, the lid of the coffin is social media. Now that millions of people can anonymously expose their bull crap without fear of being labeled "godless" or "blasphemer", organized religion has lost its main pillar: FEAR.

    September 25, 2012 at 9:20 am | Reply
    • JimS

      Ah, yet another fight picking troll.

      September 25, 2012 at 9:33 am | Reply
    • TheTraveler

      "Now that millions of people can anonymously expose their bull crap ..."

      Nothing like practicing what you preach, eh Chris ...

      September 25, 2012 at 9:44 am | Reply
    • m123

      Too bad you are afraid
      Get over it

      September 25, 2012 at 9:46 am | Reply
  59. Mary

    Born in California?
    Why doesn't that surprise me?

    September 25, 2012 at 9:20 am | Reply
    • Sybaris

      Regional xenophobia in the U.S.

      Why doesn't that surprise me?

      September 25, 2012 at 9:29 am | Reply
    • lance corporal

      because texas KEEPS it's crazies??????

      BTW we live in the UNITED states of america

      republicans seem to forget that sooooooooooooo easily

      September 25, 2012 at 9:51 am | Reply
    • John B

      Born in a liberal state and gone completely conservative? There is no correlation here.

      September 25, 2012 at 10:40 am | Reply
    • tjp44

      maybe because your an ignorant, ugly tramp who wouldn't get noticed in California.....stay at the farm locked to your post mary

      September 25, 2012 at 11:17 am | Reply
  60. Looks

    Looks like a republican voter.

    September 25, 2012 at 9:14 am | Reply
    • tjp44

      but smells like a Obamaloser

      September 25, 2012 at 11:19 am | Reply
  61. maxmaxwell

    If anyone knows the address for this gentlemen would you please froward it to:

    USAF "the cave" attn: drone dept.
    Bolder Colo.

    September 25, 2012 at 8:52 am | Reply
    • Jim

      This guy does not look like a caveman. Seems to be well fed on Bigmacs and fries.

      September 25, 2012 at 9:18 am | Reply
    • DickPerry

      Don't you like freedom of speech?

      September 25, 2012 at 9:30 am | Reply
    • souredgrapes

      spell it correctly, ya dungroller, if u r going to write messages here...it's Boulder, Colo...not Bolder!

      September 25, 2012 at 9:42 am | Reply
      • dirge13

        psssst...."u" and "r" are mispellings of "you" and "are" by the way.

        September 25, 2012 at 10:22 am |
      • Dubhly

        take a lesson from yourself, its your not u r and you not ya. You dungroller 😉

        September 25, 2012 at 10:24 am |
      • PB

        It's "you're", not u r or your.

        September 25, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
  62. Slim Whitman

    "Dude – Halloween's not until next month !" oops.

    September 25, 2012 at 8:52 am | Reply
  63. Dick Cheney

    Give me back my picnic tablecloth!!!!

    September 25, 2012 at 8:49 am | Reply
  64. tv22

    Oh my God, we have to riot in the streets and kill people because he said bad things about us!

    September 25, 2012 at 8:36 am | Reply
    • Matt

      He should really go back to making duck calls

      September 25, 2012 at 8:45 am | Reply
      • maxmaxwell

        hey I watch that show, he's no duck hunter!! ok maybe a farting duck.

        September 25, 2012 at 8:53 am |
    • Charlie

      yes, they start riots just so to kill the rioters, arghhh!

      September 25, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Reply
  65. buzzlightyear

    To me, its so funny to listen an unintelligent person attempting to appear intelligent while speaking about kindergarten level ideas.

    September 25, 2012 at 8:27 am | Reply
    • john

      ...kindergarden ideas about kindergarden books.

      September 25, 2012 at 8:30 am | Reply
  66. joe turner

    Why dont we arrest and execute AL-shibby Shabba.... that would take care of it. What a fool worshiping a Drunken cow named Moo-Hammered!

    September 25, 2012 at 8:25 am | Reply
    • Mike

      You are ust an idiot ass and mother f**

      September 25, 2012 at 8:36 am | Reply
      • doug

        he looks like he's wearing an overgrown pube patch on his chin

        September 25, 2012 at 8:54 am |
      • joe turner

        "You are ust"? Learn to type, only then can you have an opinion that anyone will even look at.

        Until then: Moooooo-Hammered ...the drunken cow....puts a bomb in the turbin and waits for Ka-pow....lol I can see it now a whole cartoon about there misled foolishess!

        September 25, 2012 at 9:38 am |
    • joe turner

      I know what you mean doug! descusting!!!!

      Table cloths are for tables not your head u moron...lol

      September 25, 2012 at 9:34 am | Reply
    • 1gadawg

      @joe turner – before you complain about someone's typing or grammar, maybe you should learn the difference between there, their and they're! (but the comments intent was funny)

      September 25, 2012 at 10:04 am | Reply
  67. Richard

    "America is crystal clear about its opposition to Islam as a political system, Islam as a ruling system ... and the essence of Islam. So, how can America say that it is not at war with Islam?"

    In this statement, he is absoluitely correct. You see, religions like Islam are a primitive form of government. They represent government of the living over the dead, rather than the much more ethical idea of government of the people, for the people, and by the people. So, yes, everywhere these religions are found, there is bound to be conflict between them and any secular government that might be in place.

    In that context, we are at war with Islam – and, Christianity, and Judaism, and any other primitive religion whose dead founders would govern us without regard to the wishes of the governed.

    September 25, 2012 at 8:19 am | Reply
    • weezer

      Richard - that has to be one of the most insightful and intelligent comments I've read in these blogs - thanks.

      September 25, 2012 at 8:30 am | Reply
      • red

        Actually this is typical response. Im not defending Islam or any religion. So is he implying that Not so "primitive" Government Listen to the wises of the a "Governed"? Are you saying thats what the "dead founders" of the United states do ? if you see this as on of the most "insightful Blog" you might not be any brighter then he is. The event of the world and listening to these comment convinces me every one in the world is Primitive and uncivilized

        September 25, 2012 at 12:11 pm |
    • rationalist

      Indeed, but how do we stop this madness? Worldwide investment in instill critical thinking skills at as young an age as possible?

      September 25, 2012 at 8:47 am | Reply
      • rationalist

        at instilling*

        September 25, 2012 at 8:47 am |
      • JimS

        I'm assuming this but... So you didn't learn critical thinking skills when you were a kid? Seems to me that generations before X and Y received a heavy dose of religion and did just fine with "critical thinking skills".

        September 25, 2012 at 9:53 am |
    • Horace Mann

      Meanwhile, several states are legislating that creationsim be included in school textbooks. Sigh...

      September 25, 2012 at 8:58 am | Reply
      • american grandmother

        that's right horace. this is how it starts. we have the crazies running the asylum when we allow the religious fundamentalists to dictate what is taught in our public schools. if you want your children taught religion then teach them yourself or send them to a religious school. but remember that if you do this you are sentencing your children to a life of misery, poverty or worse. we can all look back at the cases of waco and jim jones and phoney pastors and priests abusing our children. let them have a good basic education and when they are older let them decide what if any religion they wish to learn about or follow. if we parents teach them in the home to follow the golden rule of doing onto others as you would have them do unto you, then i think that is a good start in the right direction. also, we teach by example and our children are watching every move we make so live what you preach.

        September 25, 2012 at 9:22 am |
    • Knucklehead

      You can be opposed to something without being at war with it....if you're not Muslim.

      September 25, 2012 at 9:03 am | Reply
    • Tom, Tom, The Piper's Son

      If we were at war with Islam we'd be rounding up Muslims in the U.S. and putting them in camps. We would not be setting up and supporting Mulsim goverments. And there would be a LOT more dead Mulsims.

      September 25, 2012 at 9:11 am | Reply
    • Tolerance

      The difference is that modern Muslims in much of the world are much more prone to be radical and violent against Western values than Christians and Jewish people. The U.S. is not at war with any religion: Muslims are allowed to live and worship PEACEFULLY within the U.S. or anywhere else in the world. Its when extremists attack the U.S. then the U.S. gets involved.

      September 25, 2012 at 9:28 am | Reply
      • red

        I'm not Muslim and I detest Islam and Violence. But if you think that the U.S is not at war With Islam then you're Not using your Brains.

        September 25, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
      • red

        The Creator is Real and Satan is real. But Religion In any form Is the problem. Religion is of Satan. If you Just read the bible and try to obtain it's wisdom with out adding religion to it you will clearly see that The Almighty Never Gave us a Religion. If religion is so important to His Plans then don't you think that would have been made clear in the Bible. The True Creator and the Bible. you just think they do Because Religion use the bible and the Word GOD as a tool to Spread their doctrine gone bad. It's Not The Creator or the Bible.. IT"S RELIGION , all of them. that's ruining the counry

        September 25, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
    • richajam

      We are not at war with Islam. Look up the referenc to Dhimmitude in our Obama care bill. It seems they can come here to the US, and live here and dont have to be a part of this bill.( just like our governing members, the current Administration and their families)

      September 25, 2012 at 9:52 am | Reply
      • Bob

        Not to confuse you with facts, but I hope this penetrates your Tea Party-issued tinfoil hat: http://www.factcheck.org/2010/05/dhimmitude-and-the-muslim-exemption/

        September 25, 2012 at 10:02 am |
    • Bob

      Jesus is alive and well.

      September 25, 2012 at 9:57 am | Reply
      • Bob

        Uh oh. Two Bobs.

        September 25, 2012 at 10:04 am |
  68. MazeAndBlue

    Do you really want the truth? I rather not say? Obama12 yes!!!

    September 25, 2012 at 8:18 am | Reply
  69. Martin

    I guess he's still eating like an american... where is he gong to hide the bomb vest? I bet the other terrorists wish he would move out and stop eating all their food.

    September 25, 2012 at 8:17 am | Reply
    • Rogue


      September 25, 2012 at 8:47 am | Reply
    • richajam

      Maybe hide them in the Basket of apples and dohnuts he maybe carrying?

      September 25, 2012 at 9:55 am | Reply
  70. Richard

    He looks hypnotized.

    September 25, 2012 at 8:10 am | Reply
    • Norm

      .....and fat.

      September 25, 2012 at 8:14 am | Reply
  71. Badly-Bent

    I think if you turn his face upside down, he looks like the boss from the Dilbert comic strip!

    September 25, 2012 at 8:09 am | Reply
  72. john

    BTW – Is that a dish towel on his head?

    September 25, 2012 at 8:08 am | Reply
    • Norm

      Its a Pizza Hut table cloth.

      September 25, 2012 at 8:15 am | Reply
    • Harry

      I really want a tablecloth like that. Pizza Hut? This stoner will never be able to pick up girls. Way to stupid looking!

      September 25, 2012 at 8:24 am | Reply
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  73. bman

    Bet his parents are real proud!!!!....We have a specialy present being delivered by one of our drones for you!!!!

    September 25, 2012 at 8:08 am | Reply
    • Dr Ruth...

      His parents are living a nightmare.. I feel for them..

      September 25, 2012 at 8:11 am | Reply
      • Norm

        They're probably celebrating his move out of the basement.

        September 25, 2012 at 8:32 am |
    • buzzlightyear

      safe to say he wouldnt have made much of himself in the states either

      September 25, 2012 at 8:41 am | Reply
  74. Andy NJ

    when you have cable and can't find something good to watch, you go out driving

    when you go out driving, you meet up with old, loser high school friends

    when you meet up with old, loser high school friends, you start smoking bad weed

    when you start smoking bad weed, you get stupid

    when you get stupid, you fly to Yeman and attend Al Qaeda training camps

    when you attend Al Qaeda training camps, you are forced to star in propoganda films for Al Qaeda

    Don't be forced to star in propoganda films for Al Qaeda...

    September 25, 2012 at 8:05 am | Reply
    • buzzlightyear

      LOL BRAVO!

      September 25, 2012 at 8:08 am | Reply
      • ChinoBandidoNJ

        That looks like he's wearing Linus blanket... Definitely not from Pizza Hut ...

        September 25, 2012 at 9:03 am |
    • Slim Whitman

      That was smashing ! Good show, good show !

      September 25, 2012 at 8:50 am | Reply
  75. Blondie

    Dude's a LADY!

    September 25, 2012 at 8:03 am | Reply
  76. Da

    I am all about freedom of the press and free speech, and truly despise attempts to stifle or control what is allowed to make its way to the world's eyes and ears, but I wonder what value there is in giving this guy space on CNN. If he wasn't on news in the U.S., who would know, who would care, and wouldn't he be put back into the closet? It is almost like the media is playing into the hands of terror groups, who usually are no more than a handful of individuals who are mad about some cause. If a terrorist fell in a forest and nobody was there to hear it, would it make a sound?

    September 25, 2012 at 8:01 am | Reply
    • DickPerry

      Its like when Obama drone kills a child in Pakistan. Do you hear the child scream?

      September 25, 2012 at 9:33 am | Reply
  77. john

    Can someone please shut up this mouthpiece?

    September 25, 2012 at 7:59 am | Reply
    • ChinoBandidoNJ

      Actually, that's what a drone is for ... Put "one through the mouth" ...

      September 25, 2012 at 9:04 am | Reply
    • DickPerry

      Do you have a problem with freedom of speech? Perhaps your a muslim..

      September 25, 2012 at 9:36 am | Reply
  78. mrhapiguy

    Grima Wormtongue

    September 25, 2012 at 7:41 am | Reply
  79. Badonkadonk!

    What a lard 4ss. Looks like he's been eating too much falafel, hummus, couscous, and olive oil. he'll start losing weight when he has to start outrunning the drones.

    September 25, 2012 at 7:25 am | Reply
    • Lagnaf


      September 25, 2012 at 7:58 am | Reply
  80. Skipper

    He looks as if someone cut off his head and his neck threw up.

    September 25, 2012 at 7:20 am | Reply
  81. Mobius640

    If you have a few minutes to waste with nothing better to do, perhaps you'll spend it reading about Gadahn's life and background. You'll quickly find that he spent the majority of his youth pursuing the fleeting acceptance of various groups (peer athletes, Protestant Christians, Death Metal counterculture, his Jewish grandparents who he later moved in with). He's been a weak-minded crybaby his entire life who looks as though he finally found his long-sought after acceptance from murderers and terrorists. I imagine that if he were to live long enough (which seems unlikely), you'd find him bumming rides from the old women of his "Bingo Clique".

    September 25, 2012 at 7:19 am | Reply
  82. JY

    "America is crystal clear about its opposition to Islam as a political system, Islam as a ruling system ... and the essence of Islam. So, how can America say that it is not at war with Islam?" Gadahn said.
    Of course we 'ARE' to be at war with Islam, by definition. Why? Because Islam is at war with everyone not of Islamic extremist belief. It is difficult to be reasonable and work towards peace when one sides goal is the destruction of the other(s) at any and all cost.

    September 25, 2012 at 7:14 am | Reply
    • Dr Ruth...

      The US is not at war with Islam, the US is at war with extremist that consider themselves Islamist..

      September 25, 2012 at 8:10 am | Reply
      • Norm

        Good luck sorting them out.
        You don't know until he explodes beside you on the bus.

        September 25, 2012 at 8:19 am |
  83. Peter

    Some right wing extremists in the United States like to call Obama "a traitor".

    This is a REAL traitor.

    September 25, 2012 at 7:11 am | Reply
    • Erik

      amen to that.

      September 25, 2012 at 7:49 am | Reply
  84. Esco

    I pray to the Beneficent one Al-Barr that upon his death, this worm gets to his heaven, finds his 72 virgins... and they're all guys.

    (Oh, wait.. that'd make 73 virgins. Sad.)

    September 25, 2012 at 7:02 am | Reply
  85. Atee11

    If he is advocating for al Qaeda central to gain more control over the associated groups, then that sounds like Gadahn is engaging in operational planning. He is attempting to centralize everything and control it; that sounds operational.

    September 25, 2012 at 6:41 am | Reply
  86. Joe

    If he wasn"t working for al qaeda, he'd be living in his mom's basement playing World Of Warcraft.

    September 25, 2012 at 6:30 am | Reply
    • LR

      Lol! That is solo true! This is the only way this nerd guy is gonna get laid....in a place that has a high human to goat ratio. Now get this: wouldn't it be great if it turns out he's really deep cover in the CIA? He's American, was Jewish, and is obviously willing to make an a$$ of himself.

      September 25, 2012 at 7:21 am | Reply
    • ChinoBandidoNJ

      You mean he'd be "on the dole" and truly be part of Romney's 47% ?

      September 25, 2012 at 9:07 am | Reply
  87. Arab Spring

    Hairy fat eff with a rag on his head, trolling for psychos. Still living in whackland, surrounded by imaginary demons and dreams of never-happening glory. Adam, blow yourself away. Drones are expensive, and our budget is down right now.

    September 25, 2012 at 6:15 am | Reply
  88. PigSkin

    He needs to wrapped in a pig-skin and then left for the buzzards to eat...that is what should have been done with bin Laden, as well.

    September 25, 2012 at 5:45 am | Reply
  89. walt

    What are your coordinates nut bag?

    September 25, 2012 at 5:12 am | Reply
  90. vinnieG


    September 25, 2012 at 4:21 am | Reply
  91. men wearing dresses is so year 1000

    a perfect example of what the muslim religion wants of converts and offers people, the dark ages, these people are living on subsidized food provided by american tax payers, busy selling tea, coffee and nickle wares for pennies living in the dark ages with power supplies provided by WMF and United nations ie. western world financing......ak's supplied by china and munitions also, never saw an american rpg factory, please can we drone all these losers and get on with progressive living?

    September 25, 2012 at 3:29 am | Reply
  92. scamtannehill

    If you are going to give this guy face time how about printing the names of the young men and women who give their lives because of vermin like him.

    September 25, 2012 at 3:03 am | Reply
  93. Brad76

    US Al Qaeda spokesman? Really? What the heck is going on in America?

    September 25, 2012 at 2:56 am | Reply
    • MarkinFL

      ummm, he's from the U.S.
      What is your question?

      September 25, 2012 at 5:55 am | Reply
    • Norm

      Google it.....

      September 25, 2012 at 8:23 am | Reply
    • J

      I think he just likes wiping his own ass with his hand!

      September 25, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Reply
  94. Keksi

    Adam Gadahn is American Jew whos grandparents were supporters of Israel and now he is "Taliban".

    Sounds like case of Monarch programming or MK Ultra.

    September 25, 2012 at 2:22 am | Reply
    • Zobey

      He was raised Protestant

      September 25, 2012 at 2:55 am | Reply
  95. AgeofInsanity

    He's only missing one thing – a bullet in the forehead.

    September 25, 2012 at 2:19 am | Reply
    • lewtwo

      perhaps burial at sea .. but without the benefit of a bullet first.

      September 25, 2012 at 5:12 am | Reply
  96. Liberace; America's Greatest American

    Such a pleasant looking young man.

    September 25, 2012 at 12:03 am | Reply
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