U.S. Enlists Dubious Aid in Anti-Terror Campaign

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WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama blasted the U.S. intelligence community on Tuesday for failing to stop the attempted Christmas Day bombing of Northwest flight 253 over Detroit.

The National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) was established after 9/11 to prevent such intelligence debacles. But critics say the center is enlisting some dangerous help in its efforts to battle Islamic jihadists.

Terror Suspect Attended Houston Conference

It appears Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's alleged attempted underwear bombing over Detroit on Christmas Day wasn't his first stop in America.

In 2008, Abdulmutallab attended a 16-day Islamic conference in Houston sponsored by the Al-Maghrib Institute.

Leaders of that institute, which has branches in the U.S., Canada and the U.K., have made a series of radical statements about Christians and Jews.

Now the NCTC has enlisted the help of Yasir Qadhi, an official from Al-Maghrib.

Click play to watch Erick Stakelbeck's report.  Stakelbeck also appeared with Pat Robertson on "The 700 Club" to share more about the Al-Maghrib Institute's Yasir Qadhi. Click here to watch.

Qadhi is assisting the center in its de-radicalization efforts in the Muslim community. He even took part in an NCTC counter-radicalization conference in the summer of 2008.

De-Radicalization Expert on Terror Watch List

NCTC was established after 9/11 to help the U.S intelligence community connect the dots when it came to identifying Islamic radicals and terror plots. However, terrorism analyst Patrick Poole told CBN News that by working with Qadhi, the NCTC is failing in that mission.

"In Yasir Qadhi's case, he had already connected the dots for them. He was in a meeting in 2006 with a Homeland Security official saying 'I'm on the terror watch list,'" Poole said.

"And yet two years later, he's speaking at the NCTC's counter radicalization conference as one of their prime speakers on de-radicalization. I mean, it's absolutely insane," Poole exclaimed.

Poole provided CBN News exclusively with an audio recording made by Qadhi in 2001 in which he savages Jews.

"Hitler never intended to mass-destroy the Jews - the Hoax of the Holocaust," Qadhi said in the recording. "I advise you to read this book and write this down, The Hoax of the Holocaust, a very good book."

"All of this is false propaganda - we're not defending Hitler, by the way - but the Jews, the way that they portray him, also is not correct," Qadhi continued. "The Jews are studying Islam not to help us, but to destroy us."

Until recently Qadhi's media company, called Ilmquest, featured CDs by al Qaeda recruiter Anwar al Awlaki. Al Awlaki is the al Qaeda cleric who corresponded with suspected Fort Hood terrorist Nidal Hassan prior to his murderous rampage at the base.

CBN News contacted the NCTC for comment about al Qadhi. They have not responded.

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Erick Stakelbeck

Erick Stakelbeck

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Erick Stakelbeck is a sought after authority on terrorism and national security issues with extensive experience in television, radio, and print media. Stakelbeck is a correspondent and terrorism analyst for CBN News.  Follow Erick on Twitter @Staks33.