April 8th, 2010
10:09 AM ET

Al-Awlaki dad to U.S.: Give me time to get son out of hiding

The father of a fugitive Muslim-American cleric is reaching out to the United States in a bid to suspend the U.S. manhunt for his son for three months.

Dr. Nasser al-Awlaki, the father of Anwar al-Awlaki, tells CNN that if the U.S. suspends the "kill or capture" order on his son, he will do his best to persuade him to come out of hiding.

CNN interviewed Dr. al-Awlaki by phone and e-mail when he was in Yemen. Al-Awlaki is also calling on his son to "... declare that he is not going to make any specific sermon or statements against the United States of America," during this three-month period.

He says he hopes his son and the U.S. and Yemeni governments consider his proposal seriously. He says that he hasn't spoken with his son in several months and that he doesn't know how to reach him. He hopes his son will receive his message via CNN.

A U.S. official confirmed to CNN on Wednesday that the U.S. government has targeted Anwar al-Awlaki for killing or capture.

The official, who is not authorized to speak publicly about the matter, said, "We would be remiss if we didn't find ways to pursue someone who is a serious threat to this country and has plotted against Americans."

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  1. padhi472

    He should have been killed already. America cannot leave such radicals free. He should have been pursued before the killings in the army barrack in Texas by this crazy guy Hassan.

    April 8, 2010 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  2. spops

    We will get him.

    April 8, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Freedomwriter

    An American citizen being targeted without trial. For what crime has he been sentenced to die? What court has reviewed the evidence – if any – that should subject someone to such a punishment?
    His crime was practicing his 1st Amendment Rights. There is no evidence to suggest that the Ft. Hood shooter was encouraged to carry out his attack by Anwar al Awlaki. But that's beside the point; whether or not there is evidence, there must be trial. Anwar alAwlaki is himself not a threat to the US, it is his words that MAY be considered threatening.
    So while we're at it, meaning silencing those who verbally oppose us, we should begin killing any antii-American reporters as well... oh wait, we already are. [Google American killing of Aljazeera, reuters, etc]

    April 8, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. trevor

    I always thought freedom of speach is part of our Democratic rights.Can we assume that Mr.Anwar sermon is part Democratic rights?
    Arabs or Muslims will take revenge if US Gov agents has to fulfil the killing of Mr.Anwar, and this revenge will target innocent US citizen. So do we save lives here or we cause more death of innocent people? We all have to stand against this bill. There are thousand ways of dealing with Mr. Anwar, killing him will not make US safe.

    April 8, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |