Google, the world’s top search engine and one of the world’s largest companies, is running paid ads promoting Anwar al-Awlaki, the deceased American-born imam who was directly and indirectly responsible for some of the world’s most famous and deadly terror attacks in the past few years, including the 9/11 terror attack, the Ft. Hood massacre, the Charlie Hebdo attack, the Boston Marathon bombing, and the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting. As this story goes to press, people searching on Google for Anwar al-Awlaki are likely to be presented with a paid advertisement for al-Awlaki’s website.
The simple website consists of a number of videos of al-Awlaki speaking – all hosted on Google’s YouTube video sharing service – plus a request form to join a mailing list.
A search to determine the owner of the site showed that the domain’s ownership has been masked.
Google and YouTube, based in Mountain View, CA, are part of Alphabet, a holding company, whose CEO is Eric Schmitt, a top Hillary Clinton campaign supporter.
Given al-Awlaki’s status as the inspiration behind some of the most famous and deadly terror attacks in the past few years, you’d think that both Google and law enforcement agencies would have put some safeguards in place to make it more difficult for people to find the propagandistic proselytization of Anwar al-Awlaki.
Even years after his death at the hands of an American drone strike, American-born Imam Anwar al-Awlaki continues to be a motivating factor behind deadly attack after deadly attack.