‘I Am Proud To Be A Traitor To America,’ Boasts American Al Qaeda

The second issue of an English-language Al Qaeda magazine includes an article by an American jihadi in which he proclaims “I am proud to be a traitor” and instructions on how to mow down government workers on their lunch hour in Washington, D.C.

Samir Khan, an American citizen who left for Yemen last year, is believed to be the creator of the web magazine “Inspire,” which U.S. officials say is published by Al Qaeda’s Yemeni affiliate, Al Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), and is designed to recruit Western jihadis to launch terror attacks. In a newly released issue, Khan writes about turning his back on America and becoming “Al Qaeda to the core.”

“I praise Allah and laugh at the intelligence agencies that were watching me for all those years,” writes Khan. “Back in North Carolina, the FBI dispatched a spy on me who pretended to convert to Islam.”

An Internet Jihad Aims at U.S. Viewers

When Osama bin Laden issued his videotaped message to the American people last month, a young jihad enthusiast went online to help spread the word. America needs to listen to Shaykh Usaamah very carefully and take his message with great seriousness, he wrote on his blog. America is known to be a people of arrogance. Unlike Mr. bin Laden, the blogger was not operating from a remote location. It turns out he is a 21-year-old American named Samir Khan who produces his blog from his parents’ home in North Carolina, where he serves as a kind of Western relay station for the multimedia productions of violent Islamic groups.