Al-Qaeda Yank Rips 'Snake Obama'
Gadahn skewers 'declining empire' of his homeland
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jun 21, 2010 3:59 AM CDT
Adam Gadahn in photos released by the FBI. He was born in America as Adam Pearlman and raised in Oregon and California.   (AP Photo/photos released by the FBI, File)
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(Newser) – America's homegrown al-Qaeda spokesman blasts "snakelike" Barack Obama in his latest video posted on Islamic web sites. Turbanned Adam Gadahn, born and and raised on the West Coast as Adam Pearlman, rips US "aggression and interference" in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, and accuses the nation of running "Muslim-only concentration camps" in Illinois—an apparent reference to a prison being considered to hold terror suspects—to "protect the American people from the threat of Muslim retaliation for American crimes."

To Obama Gadahn says: "I know that as you slither snakelike into the second year of your reign as a purported president of change, you are fighting, your hands full, with running the affairs of a declining and besieged empire." He speaks in English throughout the 24-minute tape which also features Arabic subtitles. The US is offering a $1 million reward for information leading to the capture of Gadahn, 32, the first American charged with treason since 1952, reports CNN.