Sunday March 8th, 2015 McClatchy DC WASHINGTON — A North Carolina blogger who became a major propagandist for al Qaida before he was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen, was a subject of close FBI surveillance for years and a much bigger concern for U.S. authorities than previously known, according to records obtained by McClatchy. Samir Khan, 25, was a big enough worry while he lived in Charlotte, N.C., that before he disappeared in 2009, federal agents asked the FBI’s special forces unit, Hostage Rescue Team, to help with a likely arrest, the files show.
There appears to be no question that the FBI wanted to arrest Khan, but didn’t have the evidence to do so. “The primary goal of this investigation is to determine if Khan is influencing/did influence anyone to commit or attempt to commit an act of terror,” reads an Oct. 2, 2008, FBI report. “A secondary goal is to determine if Khan is being directed by a higher authority/authorities to do so.” An opportunity seemed to arrive late in 2008 when authorities learned that Khan had been communicating with Awlaki, a top FBI target. On Jan. 8, 2009, the FBI raised Khan’s investigation priority from “IT” to “core,” an indication that FBI agents believed that he was not just an al Qaida supporter but someone in close contact with al Qaida’s core leadership.
The next day, on Jan. 9, Charlotte agents contacted the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team, a Quantico, Va.,-based special forces unit created to respond to terrorist incidents and hostage situations such as aircraft hijackings. The so-called HRT team, based at Quantico, Va., is largely made up of former special operations personnel from the Army Delta Force and the Navy SEALs. Khan is not arrested. A meeting was scheduled in Charlotte for “finalizing operational plans” five days later. What happened to those plans is not publicly known. However, one file from February 2009 shows that an FBI counterterrorism agent sent a report to the Charlotte field office to report that the bureau's Public Access Center Unit received an anonymous tip on its "Internet Crime Complaint Center" website claiming that Khan made a death threat against a Sarasota, Florida private investigator, whose name was redacted from the FBI files.
A news report about the incident, however, revealed that the private investigator is Bill Warner, who allegedly was responsible for shutting down Khan's blog. The last dated entry, on Feb. 17, 2009, said “an anonymous individual” had notified the National Counter-Terrorism Center that Khan had threatened a Sarasota, Fla., private investigator (Bill Warner) who’d played a role in shutting down a “jihadi website . . . owned by Samir Khan.” "May Allah send a hurricane over his house so that he can be wiped out, humiliated," Khan wrote in a blog post, which the FBI underlined for emphasis in its February 17, 2009 report about the death threat.
See my Complaint above filed with the FBI on 2/16/2009 concerning the death threats posted and emailed from Samir Khan to Sarasota private investigator Bill Warner, me.
Samir Khan was living in Charlotte NC when WBTV 3 News and I exposed his links to Al-Qaeda and the work he was doing for them online in 2009, I filed numerous complaints with the FBI about Samir Khan and his activity with Al-Qaeda while he was in Charlotte NC but no action was taken by the FBI.Bill Warner Private Investigator Sarasota to Panama City Fl, SEX, CRIME, CHEATERS & TERRORISM at www.wbipi.com
Private investigator Bill Warner is in Florida studying Jihad-ist websites across the world. WBTV traveled to Sarasota to interview him because he says Charlotteans need to recognize someone in their backyard is helping the enemy. "His website is concise.3 wbtv.com · 7/21/2008.
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