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Posted on Aug 12, 2007 at 03:21 PM

Here's a profile of Adam Gadahn -- nothing we haven't posted before, but perhaps some of you have not yet made his charming acquaintance. "Dirty rat behind dirty bomb scare: Raised by hippie parents, then turned to hate & radical Islam," by Celeste Katz for the New York Daily News: The homegrown terrorist at the center of an Al Qaeda dirty bomb threat against the city is the first American charged with treason in more than 50 years and lives with a $1 million bounty on his head. Adam Yahiye Gadahn grew up the son of California hippies. He lived on a sprawling goat farm at the foot of the San Jacinto mountains. He is the grandson of a Jewish doctor. He dabbled in death metal music as a teen, but by all accounts had a peaceful childhood until he embraced a virulent strain of Islam to fill a void in his life. Gadahn was 17 when he announced his conversion and began frequenting an Islamic center where authorities say he came under the influence of foreign-born Islamic radicals. As a U.S. citizen, he represents a growing breed of homegrown extremists who have turned against their country. Gadahn, 29, is known as Azzam the American and serves as a key Al Qaeda mouthpiece, appearing frequently in the terror group's propaganda videos. On the fourth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Gadahn declared in a tape that Osama Bin Laden's followers "love nothing better than the heat of battle, the echo of explosions and slitting the throats of the infidels." One wonders how this convert got the Religion of Peace so terribly wrong. And what programs do CAIR, MPAC and the like have planned to prevent this sort of thing in the future. Ibrahim? Salam? Anyone?

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