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Awlaki's Facebook Page Now Down

9:00 PM, Nov 11, 2009 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
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First, Anwar al Awlaki's web site was taken offline. (Some press accounts suggest that the al Qaeda cleric took it down; others raise the possibility that it was hacked.) Now, Awlaki's Facebook page has been taken down too. Earlier today, we noted that there was a post dated December 14, 2008 from a user named "Hasan." While it could be some other "Hasan," it could also be Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan -- the Fort Hood Shooter. This possibility is only speculation, however.

The contents of the post had been deleted, so there was no telling what had been written. But we know that Hasan took great interest in Awlaki's lectures, and the post included a reference to Awlaki's lectures in its title. The original post was also written around the time we know that Hasan's emails with Awlaki were first discovered by U.S. intelligence and law enforcement officials.

Given the fact that Hasan's ties to Awlaki are now under considerable scrutiny, we have to wonder: Was the "Hasan" who posted on Awlaki's Facebook page the one and only Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan? If so, what did he write? Surely U.S. officials have investigated this minor clue, haven't they?

And what caused Awlaki's Facebook page to be taken down now too?