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FBI tracked radical American cleric to Defense Dept. lunch, documents show
by Catherine Herridge and Pamela Browne
The FBI's elite surveillance unit tracked the radical American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki to the Pentagon entrance for his controversial luncheon speech to senior Defense Department officials on February 5, 2002, according to newly declassified documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.
The more than 250 pages of FBI surveillance logs, marked "secret" and obtained by Judicial Watch and reviewed by Fox News, show the FBI's Special Surveillance Group or SSG, which is reserved for tracking suspected terrorists and espionage cases, trailed the cleric for six hours before watching him enter the Pentagon from the subway with two unidentified woman who escorted him into the building.
Al-Awlaki, who was killed by a U.S. drone strike in Yemen in 2011, addressed the luncheon on "Islam and Middle Eastern Politics and Culture."
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