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Saturday, January 14, 2006

Dork With a Computer Redux

Happy Sunday, mid-January, 2006.

The Rapture Index has not moved. It's still 154.

Currently.

Now...

I'm gonna take this opportunity to check out (and update) one of my favorite stories from '05.

It's the story of Adam Gadahn - I mean - "Azzam the American," the American Al Qaeda dude.

Remember?

Setting the Brandoland Time Machine controls to "September 13, 2005."

This was the original post --

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Tape Released: American Al-Qaeda Member Warns Against Attacks

"Names LOS ANGELES and Melbourne as NEXT targets"

Excerpts:
Sept. 11, 2005 — In an apparent Sept. 11 communiqué broadcast on ABC News, an al Qaeda operative threatens new attacks against cities in the US and Australia.

"Yesterday, London and Madrid. Tomorrow, LOS ANGELES and Melbourne, God willing. At this time, don't count on us demonstrating restraint or compassion," the tape warns.

"We are Muslims. We love peace, but peace on our terms, peace as laid down by Islam, not the so-called peace of occupiers and dictators."
Yada yada...standard Al-Qaeda lingo...threats against the US...blah blah blah.

Here's where the story gets weird:
American intelligence officials believe the man who appears on the tape to be ADAM GADAHN OF ORANGE COUNTY, Calif.
Wha' chu talkin' 'bout, Willis?!
Last year, Gadahn delivered a similar taped communiqué for al Qaeda. That tape was later deemed authentic.
Adam Gadahn of Orange County?!
Only a few years ago, Adam Gadahn was a southern California TEENAGER with interests in the environment and heavy metal music.
You've got to be kidding me.

Adam is not an "American member of Al-Qaeda."

HE'S A DORK WITH A COMPUTER.

A DORK WITH A COMPUTER...AND A MISSION: To make an authentic looking Al-Qaeda tape that will fool "the man."

(Love the thinly veiled attack on "environmentalists" and "heavy metal fans," natch "lefties." So, so lame.)
On the new tape, delivered to ABC News, Gadahn's message contains a very pointed Al Qaeda threat against Los Angeles and Melbourne.

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The taped diatribe lasts 11 minutes. Like past tapes, it appears to include the SAME GRAPHICS AND PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES recognized by U.S. officials as part of al Qaeda's standard propaganda production.
Which Adam has on his iMac.

Jesus.

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More info re: "Azzam" - from a bio written in one of our local indie-papers - the City Beat:
Adam Gadahn was born Adam PEARLMAN in Orange County.

His father, acclaimed ’60s underground psychedelic musician Phil Pearlman, was the one who chose the name Gadahn. Phil Pearlman founded the West Coast group Beat of the Earth, a band often compared by critics to their East Coast counterpart, the Velvet Underground.

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At around age 15, Adam moved out, changed his name back to Pearlman, and stayed with his grandparents in Santa Ana, presumably – among other things – to watch television and not have to shower out in the woods in the dark. What kid wouldn’t? He then became so obsessed by DEATH METAL that, as he writes in “BECOMING MUSLIM,” he “didn’t clean his room” for a year.

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For its part, the FBI is not much interested in Adam Gadahn’s past musical life.

We aren’t targeting him for listening to death metal. The FBI isn’t interested in individuals who are expressing their views,” says FBI spokesperson Laura Eimiller. “When those views turn into criminal activities, that’s when we become interested.”

Eimiller cautions that, despite information on the FBI website that Gadahn “may be armed and should be considered dangerous,” he has not been charged with any crimes. “We have questions about his activities based on the intelligence we’ve received.

We receive intelligence from various sources, a multitude of sources, prisoners at Guantanamo, electronic sources.

He is wanted for questioning and the investigation is ongoing.”
Of course it is.

Last bit from the City Beat article.

Get ready:
Meanwhile, people who spend a lot of time around the Southern California metal scene are still trying to figure out who this guy was and if they’d ever run into him in a club.

Only two former metalheads, Konrath and Chris Blanc, have come forward to say they actually met Gadahn during his “metal years,” and both only interacted with him in letters and by phone.

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“I find that so strange, that a kid who was a fan of this never went to any live shows,” Malella wonders, “because that’s what the underground scene is about. It’s not like being a fan of Britney Spears. One of the cool things about metal is that you can go to a show for 10 bucks. These bands are always touring; Cannibal Corpse was out there around that time. And in Southern California, every show comes through.
Indeed.

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The next day (9/14/05), me posted a follow-up.

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Okay, people.

Last thing on the Adam "Azzam Gadahn" Pearlman business - and then I'll move on.

How does this guy on the right --

A NERD from ORANGE COUNTY with interests in the "enviornment" and "death metal" --

"Cannibal Corpse."

Right --

"Iced Earth."

Okay --

"Children of Bodom."

Stop it.

Jesus.

How does "that guy" become "this guy" --

An "American member" of Al-Qaeda who makes "threat tapes" against the United States?

"Yesterday, London and Madrid. Tomorrow, Los Angeles and Melbourne, Allah willing. And this time, don't count on us demonstrating restraint and compassion!"

How does Adam Pearlman - PEARLMAN, wink wink nudge nudge -- come into contact with an ISLAMIC terrorist...without getting his head cut off?!

And how does Adam Pearlman - PEARLMAN for God's sake - a NERD from ORANGE COUNTRY - get inside the one organization the CIA "hasn't?"

Huh?

HUH?!

"The same way that Johnny Bin Walker did, you commiepinko. He made his way to Pakistan and requested an audience with Osama."

Right.

"And he proved himself to Al-Qaeda with...with...with his fiery speeches against the US."

Right.

"Then...he convinced Osama to let him make some threat tapes."

Right.

"It's that simple."

Got it.

Grrr.

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CUT BACK TO today (1/15/06).

What's the latest news re: Adam "the Azzam-Gadahn" Pearlman?

("Googling" Adam Gadahn.)

Oh, Christ:

The following info is from the SITE website. SITE stands for the "Search for International Terrorist Entities."

Can't tell if SITE is a real group or not - the website looks "fake" - like a lazy CIA front - check it out for yourself - but they've just posted the following bit of info on our pissed off little buddy:
A 25:20 minute video tape indicating a speech prepared by Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri and read by a voice that seems to be of Azzam the American AKA Adam Gadahn, titled: "The Letter to the Americans - Why Do We Fight and Resist You?," was issued today, January 7, 2006.
Snore.
The video, prepared by al-Sahab productions, an al-Qaeda production company, features a still-shot of Zawahiri imposed on on a corner of the screen, atop English-text, which follows the English audio.
Al-Qaeda has a production company?!

Come on, people.

(They taking pitches? I wanna do a reality show with Stone Cold Steve Austin. We could take it straight to Comedy Central.)
Opening with photographs of intubated and medically-treated children, the message seeks to address a document allegedly published by a group of American writers and called "Why We Fight," answering not only this question, but also: "To what do we call you and what do we ask of you?"

It appears that this message is in fact an English translation of an Usama bin Laden letter to the United States from November 2002 .

The message responds that fighting is a reciprocal action against repeated Western aggression in Muslim lands.

Zawahiri, through Gadahn's voice, specifically cites Israel and alleged falsehoods related to the Jewish claim to the land within this answer, in addition to mentioning encroachment in Chechnya, Kashmir, and Lebanon.

He also condemns the American people and justifies attacks upon civilian populations due to their electing the rulers that authorize this aggression, and for their complacency with such foreign policy.

According to the speech, for its hypocritical position vis-a-vis human rights and law, and deification of democracy, America is the "worst civilization in the history of the human race." Further, Zawahiri's messages warns that its policies are not changed, then disaster will befall America.

He states: "Either leave us alone, or expect us in New York or Washington."
Again, I ask you one simple question: Evil-Doer or Dork with a computer?!

Your comments, please.

More later...

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