Family Security Matters
The boogeyman is dead – – or is he?
No greater boogeyman caused more American nightmares than Adnan el-Shukrijumah, who, according to Munir Ahmed of the Associated Press, was killed Saturday in the South Waziristan province of Pakistan.
The al Qaeda leader, we are told, was picked off by members of the Pakistani army.
The news of Adnan’s demise caused millions of Americans to utter a huge sigh of relief.
Raised in Brooklyn and Miramar, Florida, by a radical Islamic family (his father Gulshair was an imam and spiritual advisor to blind sheikh Omar Rahman), Adnan joined the holy war in the late 1990s to fight the perceived persecution of Muslims in places like Chechnya and Bosnia. In the months before 9/11, he escorted Mohammad Atta to Norman, Oklahoma, for simulated pilot instruction.
A graduate of Broward Community College, Adnan reportedly continued his education at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, where he enrolled under an alias. At McMaster, he teamed up with a crew of fellow jihadis and, according to The Washington Times and other reputable sources, gained access to the university’s nuclear reactor.
Upon catching wind of Adnan’s purported nuclear plans, the FBI issued a BOLO for his arrest and a $5 million bounty on his head.
Adnan’s face graced the front pages of every leading newspaper and cable news broadcast.
Following his disappearance from the Hamilton campus, the elusive boogeyman popped up in a series of strange places, including Honduras, Guyana, Sonora, Mexico, and a Wendy’s restaurant in Avon, Colorado.
Now we are told Adnan is smoldering in a shallow grave in the wilds of Waziristan.
No pictures of his body have been published, and no verification of his demise has been provided, save the dubious testimony of Pakistani military officials.
Is Adnan dead?