The United States is turning up the heat in the hunt for the California boy turned al Qaeda operative, Adam Gadahn, who has been charged with treason and is believed to be hiding in Afghanistan. If caught and convicted, Gadahn could face the death penalty.
The State Department along with the Department of Diplomatic Security announced the beginning of a publicity campaign in Afghanistan urging locals to provide any information on Gadahn’s whereabouts, with a reward if the information leads to his capture.
Radio advertisements with information concerning the $1 million reward have already begun airing. Additionally, printed materials including matchbooks, handbills and posters will be distributed throughout the region in the coming weeks in attempts to elicit cooperation from members of the Afghan community.
The lack of English translations on recent video and audiotapes suggest that Gadahn reached room temperature in a January attack on a terrorist safe house. AQ itself insists that Gadahn either survived the attack or wasn’t there at all. If he still lives, he has become much more quiet than usual.
But the sudden effort to get the Afghanis to identify Gadahn’s location may indicate that the US has intelligence that he’s on our side of the Afghanistan/Pakistan border.
While Gadahn’s capture might be a big psychological boost for the US, it’s not that critical operationally — so this new campaign probably didn’t just appear out of the blue.
I hope we get him, I always wanted to watch an honest-to-God treason trial. I would love to see Gadahn marched into detention and tried for treason. Thanks to his technological abilities, we have millions of witnesses to his treachery even though the Constitution only calls for two.
The satisfaction of such a trial would only be exceeded by his execution. That’s worth a seven-figure ad campaign.
And yes, I really am that bloodthirsty!!!