December 10th, 2010
08:57 AM ET

Revolution Muslim leader changes tune

By Drew Griffin, CNN

He might not be a household name, but Yousef al-Khattab and his Revolution Muslim extremist group have been pivotal in inspiring a wave of homegrown American jihadists over the past three years.

Born Joseph Cohen, this American Jew lived in Israel before converting to Islam. He espoused a radical version of the religion that he preached online and at public rallies.

In a CNN interview last year, he professed his undying love for Osama bin Laden, saying "I love him more than I love myself."

Today, al-Khattab seems to have changed his tune.

Read the full story here.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Islam • Muslim • United States

soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. SeektheTruth


    December 30, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  2. hina baig

    God interview in urdu but u can translate it http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=102069176532563&set=a.102069156532565.3338.100001884428314

    December 14, 2010 at 2:23 pm |
  3. hina baig

    God interview in urdu but you can translate it http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=102069176532563&set=a.102069156532565.3338.100001884428314

    December 14, 2010 at 2:21 pm |
  4. Muneef

    Well he has completed his task that he was send for by Israel and made Muslims become to lowest mission accomplished of course he will change the tune now to another broadcast we will become to know at latter stage.. !!

    December 12, 2010 at 8:34 pm |
  5. TakeOverTheWorld

    Be like the jews. Take over the world silently, through the back doors. Don't waste your time by preaching on the street.

    December 10, 2010 at 11:23 pm |
    • Peace2All


      You Said: "Be like the jews. Take over the world silently, through the back doors."

      So, the 'jews' have taken over the world...? How exactly and in what way's have they...'taken over the (world)'...?

      Sincerely curious...


      December 11, 2010 at 12:51 am |
    • Thinker23

      If you believe that the Jews already 'took over' the world you must realize that it is futile to ask Muslims to do the same. The Jews who (according to you) are ruling the world now are too smart to allow the Muslims to eliminate the Western civilization.

      December 11, 2010 at 6:11 am |
  6. Peace2All

    In the Article al-Khattab says:

    "I regret anybody that would hurt an American civilian. That I regret," al-Khattab told CNN. "I think that's disgusting and I think that was never the message."

    He says he 'thinks that was 'never' the message. Hmmmmmm.....

    I sincerely hope that he has changed and can be a force for good in the world, as in... helping to stop 'terrorism' and the killing of people.

    But, I have to say, at least the way the article reads, I'm not sure that I buy that he has really changed. I guess only time will tell.


    December 10, 2010 at 7:56 pm |
    • Sum Dude


      Howzit going? Yes?
      Have you tried time-traveling from the past yet? 😮
      This guy should not have bothered. He should have just moved to somewhere in the Middle East.
      He could probably make good money as a translator for kidnapped Westerners before their heads get chopped off....!

      December 11, 2010 at 11:05 am |
    • Peace2All

      @Sum Dude

      It's going pretty good I must say...! Thanks for asking. Since you have been back to help keep me... 'more peaceful'... there has been a lot less head-bangin'.. 🙂

      Yes, I tried time-traveling, and was gone from this particular here-now reality for awhile... I think I over shot the field coming back and was in an alternate universe ala "Fringe"

      but, I am back now. Although I have a bit of jet-lag so-to-speak. But, all is good. But, I think i have been and continually am time-traveling from the past...yes...? 😯 (*-Peace realizes he's still a bit woozy from travelin' *)

      So, what's your 'technique' for travelin'...?

      You Said: "This guy should not have bothered. He should have just moved to somewhere in the Middle East.
      He could probably make good money as a translator for kidnapped Westerners before their heads get chopped off....!"

      Hmmmm... maybe he's not thinking so much about the money angle, but more in the 'self-demolition' business...yes...?


      December 11, 2010 at 2:53 pm |
    • Sum Dude


      Glad to hear you're doing fine. As for my time-traveling, I use the technique of no technique.. 😛

      Yeah, maybe he's not thinking of the money angle...although you gotta wonder why any Muslim would want to live here anyway when they could go on a pilgrimage to Mecca and live amongst other "peaceful" Muslims instead. But there's that money thing again. Maybe he just needs some travelin' cash.

      December 11, 2010 at 11:33 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @Sum Dude

      So... How do you do it...? (Time-travelin') that is...? When I meditate, I sometimes get a sense of 'traveling' ...(loss for words at this point to fit). 😯

      As to your question "why any Muslim would want to live here...? I think when 'some' consider the alternatives of moving back to Syria, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, etc... I think that anything that they may to put up with here in order to practice their religion in 'relative' 'freedom.' Is much more favorable. Especially, when they consider all of the other wonderful freedoms that we have as rights and privileges here in the U.S.

      The 'peaceful' Muslim's that I know...(some are Dr's, 1 is a lawyer, 1 is a dentist)... They all have stated, even though the 'radical Muslim's' that give the peaceful one's a bad name, they (peaceful one's) still recognize and prefer and deeply appreciate the freedoms that are afforded them, as American citizens.

      They are all good, nice, kind, hard-working people with family, friends and loved-ones like you and I contributing to society. They sometimes do express, in this 'climate' here in the U.S, that they sometimes are a bit frightened that someone will want to cause harm to them, yet they still believe that this is the best country on the planet, and it is worth all of the over-generalized bigotry that sometimes permeates our society-depending on the level of fear and anger that happens to be going on.

      Now, as you know, I am not a 'believer' in their religion, but I am open to anything positive that their religion may offer or any positive quips in the Qur'an or the Bible for that matter that make sense as a life application, to me be achieve greater peace, love, joy & happiness... and anything that may contribute to a more peaceful, respectful, interconnected, loving society.


      December 12, 2010 at 8:23 pm |
  7. GSA

    @Frogist – great post. He's American and ppl need to accept that. Blaming another country for the problems that US has is getting old. If PAGANGRL69 doesn't like that the US is letting ppl in from certain countries or she thinks that just because someone has been a citizen for even 1 day, 1 year or were born here they shouldn't be considered American citizens because of the way they act then maybe she should be the one to leave the US since it is the US laws and government, chosen by the US citizens that allow this to go on.
    That being said, this guy is def. lying and trying to save himself from any consequences of his hateful words and ideaologies.

    December 10, 2010 at 2:26 pm |
    • PAGANGRL69

      We also know people never regret what they say or do either – until they get caught right?...The Law of Karma'...
      He is clearly a Liar and a Traitor to his Country (America)- however you would wish to look at it...IMO

      December 11, 2010 at 9:25 am |
    • Peace2All


      Hi Pagan Girl...

      You Said: "GSA-We also know people never regret what they say or do either – until they get caught right?"

      Your use of 'universals' in this... is... factually inaccurate. To say that 'people'(*inferring* 'all' people)...(never) regret what they say or do either-until they get caught right...?

      So, in other words, your assertion reads as such: "All people, never(as in under -0- circ-umstances) regret what they say or do either- until they get caught"

      I can't speak for everyone in the world, but is that a statement about 'you'...i.e... 'you' never regret anything you say or do, unless or until you get caught...?"

      I'm sure that there are some people, that are that way. That is definitely a version of sociopathic behavior. (Thiefs, criminals, etc...) But, I think the majority of the world, are not sociopaths, and on a daily basis regrets, apologizes, makes things right... without even having to get 'caught.' ...yes...?

      Just some thoughts...


      December 13, 2010 at 4:06 am |
    • Frogist

      @GSA: Thanks. He's actually not even an immigrant but someone who was born in the US. It is really unfortunate that immigrants bear the brunt of American fear and anger. It's a convenient way to ignore the problems that we have because we can point to finger at someone else who we consider different. We bolster our own image while tearing down the image of those who come here, for the most part, because they really love this country. Or at least what it represents.

      December 13, 2010 at 1:18 pm |

    He meant what he said otherwise- he would of not said what he said in the first place...When the heat came down on him he just decided to change his tune cause he is supposibly an American...Right?...Well he is no American period...Especially someone who would support such a man as Osama Bin Ladin- let alone a Radical Religion such as Islam in the first place...He's only try to appease American's cause he got caught being the Un-American person that he is in his heart...Go live in the Middle-East back to your Country- you piece of crap...Worship your garbage hating vermon filth there...You are not one of us You are not an American...Traitor!!!

    December 10, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
    • Frogist

      @PaganGirl69: He is an American who was born jewish but converted. He is in his country. Why is it so hard for people to recognise that the enemy is not always an outsider or vice versa. He is American. He is ours. Why not ask, what causes a citizen of this country to turn on it's other citizens by violence?

      December 10, 2010 at 1:42 pm |
    • Peace2All


      Hi Pagan Girl...

      I am with you, as I totally understand, I am not a real fan of this guy myself.

      But, I am a bit confused, from what you said in your posting, and I'll admit... as maybe I missed something here in the article, but isn't he an "American"..... 'citizen'...? Am I wrong here...? Seems that you are claiming he is *not* an American.

      If... he is an American citizen, no matter how much we may not like his past associations and intentions, since he seems to be changing(of course-time will tell), how do you decide who is an American citizen....or not...? I know there are laws that can revoke a persons citizenship, but has the legal system, as far as you know.... are they invoking some law to take away his American citizenship...?

      Sincerely curious.... as again, I'm very leery of this guy myself, to say the least. But, certainly seems to be kind of a slippery slope when we start calling out and making decisions as to 'who' is a *true* American or not. And, if they are not, then that opens the door from said authoritarion evaluation.... who gets to stay, and who goes.



      December 13, 2010 at 3:54 am |
  9. Frogist

    I'm with the reporters on this. He's just putting on a show. The website hasn't been completely taken down, it just directs you to another site overseas. They've just moved their business underground making it harder to pinpoint their dirty dealings. He won't take back anything he said. And shows no remorse at all for what people have done who have taken his website to heart. He hasn't changed not one bit. He's just realized that it's not safe to act out in the open.

    December 10, 2010 at 10:49 am |
  10. Reality

    Yousef al-Khattab, repeat the following ten times:

    The Five Steps To Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Myths:

    ( –The Steps take less than two minutes to finish- simply amazing, two minutes to bring peace and rationality to over one billion lost souls- Priceless!!!)

    Are you ready?

    Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.

    "1. Belief in Allah"

    aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your cleansing neurons.

    "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

    Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

    "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

    A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

    "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

    Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

    Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

    Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

    "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) alone."

    Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.

    Walk these Five Steps and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

    December 10, 2010 at 9:43 am |
  11. David Johnson

    Article said: "Today, al-Khattab seems to have changed his tune."

    Maybe, but he could always backslide. I wouldn't fall asleep with him in the room.


    December 10, 2010 at 9:26 am |
    • Frogist

      @David Johnson:
      Sorry but, this guys hasn't changed his tune. He hasn't renounced anything that was on the site. He's just using his plausible deniability and like most other religious hypocrites, he's saying his words were taken out of context. After listening to that report, it's fairly obvious his intentions were evil from the start and nothing has changed.

      December 10, 2010 at 10:43 am |
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