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Mr. Sperry wrote that law enforcement officials involved with the warrant against Mr. Awlaki are still upset about the missed opportunity to capture the imam and try to obtain information regarding the 9/11 operations, and possible future plots and sleeper cells still secreted inside America.

He also wrote that for some reason, federal prosecutors got cold feet: “It was odd.”

The full title of the book is “Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring to Islamize America.”

Obama and Islamist extremism

President Obama and his administration have yet to call the murder rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, a terrorist attack from within the ranks of the U.S. Army. However, evidence is mounting that the suspected shooter, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, was motivated by both Islam and its concept of jihad or holy war in the shooting deaths of 13 soldiers.

The closest Mr. Obama came to mentioning radical Islam was the reference in his speech during a memorial service at Fort Hood on Tuesday that “it may be hard to comprehend the twisted logic that led to this tragedy. But this much we do know — no faith justifies these murderous and craven acts; no just and loving God looks upon them with favor. And for what he has done, we know that the killer will be met with justice — in this world, and the next.”

A White House National Security Council spokesman, Mike Hammer, declined to say why the administration has not called the attack at Fort Hood an Islamist terror attack.

Other administration, law enforcement and military officials have consistently referred to the Fort Hood massacre as a “tragedy,” a term used to describe plane crashes and other disasters that were not deliberate and lack a religious or ideological motive.

A Pentagon official told Inside the Ring that the Pentagon activated its Computer Emergency Notification System on Tuesday to announce that the Army had declared the day a “Day of Remembrance” for what the alert called “the recent tragedy at Fort Hood.”

Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr., the chief of staff, came closest to calling the attack an act of terrorism on Sunday when he said that the incident “may” be terrorism.

The FBI, using its broad definition of terrorism as requiring links to a foreign group or power, was among the first U.S. government agencies to state that the attack was not terrorism, a position it has taken following past attacks carried out by Muslims. Gen. Casey also said he was worried that “diversity,” presumably Army efforts to have Muslims join the service, could be a casualty of any political backlash to the attack.

Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell also said in the early hours after the incident that no one could speculate on Maj. Hasan’s motives. Maj. Hasan reportedly shouted “Allahu Akbar,” which means “God is greatest.” The military says it can not confirm that Maj. Hasan used the words.

Since the attacks, mounting evidence provided by investigators has revealed that Maj. Hasan had ties to radical Islamists in Yemen, including numerous communications with Anwar al-Awlaki, the former imam at Dar al-Hijrah mosque in Falls Church.

Now, instead of playing down Islamist-extremism links, many government officials are being asked to explain how both the Army and the U.S. intelligence and law enforcement communities missed warning signs that Maj. Hasan held extremist beliefs that could have led to the shootings.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Washington-based advocacy group, in recent days has warned against a backlash against Muslims following the shootings. The group condemned the attacks and stated in a press release that “no political or religious ideology could ever justify or excuse such wanton and indiscriminate violence.” It initially stated that there was no evidence that Islam motivated Maj. Hasan.

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