The Reposition Matrix

Mapping the circumstances around the targeted killing of Anwar Al-Awlaki in September 2011.

Work in progress.


This project is supported by the SERVUS Artist Run Data Centre programme.

The project is developed by Dave Young, in the context of the Reposition Matrix project (2012-2015).

  • License

    The material produced by the artist during this project is released under the GNU GPL.


    • 08-03-2015_11:48:46 : site init

    • 08-10-2015_10:18:14 : Research into Islamic mapping traditions. Useful source Cartography in the Traditional Islamic and South Asian Societies, Harley & Woodward

    • 08-16-2015_15:49:10 : Close reading of CAGE UK documents on Anwar Al-Awlaki

    • 08-19-2015_09:30:31 : Mapping Al-Awlaki's time in U.S.

    • 08-19-2015_13:43:01 : Google Cache of Anwar Al-Awlaki's blog, now hosted on Cryptome.

    • 08-20-2015_17:02:22 : Al-Awlaki's 44 Ways to Support Jihad.

    • 08-20-2015_18:11:52 : Begin mapping AQAP's propaganda networks.

    • 08-22-2015_13:01:10 : Close reading of US Office of Legal Council Memorandum regarding legalities of targeting Al-Awlaki

    • 09-01-2015_16:15:15 : Mapping correspondence between Al-Awlaki and Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan.

    • 09-05-2015_19:30:47 : Experimenting with mapping/spherical panorama tools

    • 09-13-2015_12:27:59 : Researching DARPA Historical Review of RPVs, flowchart aesthetics.

    • 09-14-2015_19:11:08 : Reading Will H. Webster Commission Report on Fort Hood shooting 2009, for references to Al-Awlaki's relationship with Nidal Hasan

    • 09-27-2015_10:45:17 : Taxonomy of agencies and organisations involved in targeted killing of Al-Awlaki

    • 10-24-2015_23:28:22 : The Intercept publishes leaked Drone Papers - [link]

    • 11-03-2015_19:52:00 :

    • 11-03-2015_19:54:46 : We Have Met the Enemy and He Is PowerPoint - NYTimes article. '[Powerpoint] is dangerous because it can create the illusion of understanding and the illusion of control.'

    • 11-05-2015_17:06:49 : FOIA - Email regarding invitation to Anwar Al-Awlaki to White House Luncheon, Feb 2002. [Link]

    • 11-05-2015_17:20:54 : Barack Obama: NDU Speech May 2013 regarding drone activity: '[Awlaki] helped oversee the 2010 plot to detonate explosive devices on two U.S. bound cargo planes. He was involved in planning to blow up an airliner in 2009. When Farouk Abdulmutallab – the Christmas Day bomber – went to Yemen in 2009, Awlaki hosted him, approved his suicide operation, and helped him tape a martyrdom video to be shown after the attack. His last instructions were to blow up the airplane when it was over American soil. I would have detained and prosecuted Awlaki if we captured him before he carried out a plot. But we couldn’t. And as President, I would have been derelict in my duty had I not authorized the strike that took out Awlaki.' [link]

    • 11-05-2015_17:40:44 : Press briefing - Jay Carney, 30/09/2011 [link]

    • 11-15-2015_14:13:54 : Al-Malahem Media, AQAP propaganda wing, accounts blocked on twitter: @malahemmedia, @malahemmedia1, @malahemmedia3. @malahemmedia2 is still online but has no tweets.

    • 11-18-2015_13:07:48 : Awlaki's time in US - 1990-2002 [in progress]

    • 11-19-2015_09:21:24 : Conflicting perspectives on allegations Awlaki was visiting prostitutes. FBI memos state this is why he left the US in 2002, whereas others (Scahill et al) suggest that the FBI was using solicitation charges as leverage to turn Awlaki into an informant. See Ammerman, 9/11 commission [via NS Archives]

    • 11-25-2015_10:02:32 : FBI Memo closing Awlaki terrorism case [via NS Archives]