Ft. Hood: When PC Kills

Ft. Hood: When PC Kills

By George Handlery Created 2009-11-14 09:32 George Handlery about the week that was. The killing spree in Ft. Hood. Snake medicine and the snakes. Ignore what you see, believe what they say. How to legalize the Sharia without alarming anyone. Aid to the destitute, poverty through aid.


1. In the past, this writer has repeatedly handled themes related to political correctness. This was done to depict it as an idiocy that survives because so many of us are too foolish or cowardly to defy it. No wonder, the unmasked doubters of PC are quickly tagged as “bad human beings”. Now, we find out that that the killer’s associates had suspicions regarding the Ft. Hood murderer. These reservations concerning his political reliability and commitment were shared by the Major’s superiors. No one dared to undertake anything to deal with the problem that signaled itself through Hasan’s statements and his behavior. It was not the amount and the weight of the evidence that held back the concerned. It was that no one wished to jeopardize his career. Everybody stood in danger of being labeled a “racist” for speaking up and for stating what in PC terms was not supposed to exist at all. Such as that Hasan rated what he considered to be Islam’s command, more highly than his sworn duty to America.) The conclusion: PC is at its best stupid in its motives and ridiculous in their outcome. The case at hand demonstrates that PC also kills. Not only in Texas.


2. The reports that deal with Major Hasan’s slaughter like to quote the “suspect’s” relatives. These emphasize that the man is not capable of doing such a thing. He is a good person, devoted to healing, loves God, besides that, he is also a kind person. (Perhaps George Bush is really to be blamed in this case, too.) Actually, about the same thing could be said of a number of the great killers of history. It is to be assumed that Genghis Khan loved his horse. Lenin was kind to his cat. Hitler, scores as a vegetarian and he had strong feelings for his dog. About “Stalin and the animals” – except his camp guards – I know nothing. However, he smoked a Digby pipe. As this pipe smoker can tell you, pipe smokers are relaxed peaceful contemplative and wise characters. Seriously, as the joke recognizes, one can love mankind but hate ones neighbor. Some forms of devotion to a concept of the “good” do not exclude criminal behavior. If the “good” to which one is committed is an exclusive and not an inclusive concept then, cruelty is not an aberration but an intended consequence of the commitment. A creed might teach that it is more than the best path leading to the “good”. Those that take other approaches are not only wrong but their error is an expression of evil. In this case, proceeding with any means against these becomes not only permitted but also a command for the righteous (Soldier of Allah).


3. Quite naturally, the issues that flow from the growing Muslim presence provoke discussions in Europe, too. The trigger is the perceived resistance of a sizeable element within the Muslim community that goes beyond simply resisting adjustment to their chosen environment. Visible members of this migration hold the view that the local culture, the way of life and religion is to be rejected as inferior, even as improper. Over the resulting issue, the “uncouth” perception of the public collides with that of the fans of multi-culturalism. This becomes a conflict between the experienced reality of the “barefooted” and the favored PC-hatched theory of the privileged “political class” with opinion-making influence and media access. A campaign is rolling over the landscape. Its aim is to convince people not to notice what they see. A typical product of it has been a recent essay that appeared in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung (rated to be within the global top ten). Its tenor was that the God of the Jews, Christians and Moslems is the same God. Therefore, there being no difference, there is also nothing to be concerned about. One of the important arguments made is that, consequently, a politically and socially unfolding Islam can represent no problem. After all, most resident Muslims do not practice their faith. As a responding letter-writer pointed out, this argument makes the earlier claims regarding the “religion of peace” irrelevant. What is being said is that the aggressive and dominant aspects Islam can show are not to be feared. That is supposedly so because the nominal practitioners of the faith do not take their religion seriously. The question that arises is: and what if they become serious about what they outwardly avow to be no more than folklore.


4. Nowadays, any talk about the possible incremental introduction of the Sharia in currently non-Muslim countries, sounds like a fiction that extrapolates a figment of paranoid political imagination. Those who react by dismissing even the possibility of the impossible happening should be reminded that a number of countries have already begun to bend their laws to accommodate Islamist demands. With that, a fundamental principle is coming close to being violated. It is that religious conviction is not admitted as a justification to violate the law applying to all. Reason suggests that this pertains to a special extent to immigrant communities. These have knowingly chosen to live under the system of their choice whose rules they claim to have a right to not only to ignore but also to breach. Therefore, the concessions mentioned involve a critical matter. Giving way here by creating law-free-zones means ignoring the foundations of the host’s own system. If the past century teaches us something it is that, what is popularly regarded as impossible has a way of coming about.

The creeping in of the Sharia will be difficult to oppose. The process will begin by admitting it in some areas that will be declared to be private and therefore outside of the intended reach of the law. In these areas then, among consenting individuals, arrangements that conform to the cultural peculiarities of the participants will be permitted. If in such cases the application of the Sharia by “consenting adults” will take place, then so be it. Even when the decision is made, those permitting the practice will know, but refuse to admit that, the “consent” will be extorted. The decision resulting will also do more than legalize the settling in private matters in a way agreed upon by a closed community. The judgments rendered will not only disregard the basic law of the hosting land: It will be likely to violate it.


5. Latin America is ailing of a state of pleasant and self-induced state of historical amnesia. One might add that, a corresponding phenomenon is detectable among the – due to their experience – more unlikely candidates located in what used to be the Soviet Empire. Consequently, incrementally Socialism and planned economies are being introduced south of the Rio Grande. Unlike the area where the trial was first launched and crashed, the experiment – which, having been tested, is not really an experiment at all – is not becoming government policy by force or conquest alone. The writer does not intend to overlook the role of violence in places such as Cuba and Venezuela. Nor does he ignore the threat of government by force that Allende was about to shackle Chile with before his overthrow. Nevertheless, Socialism, a form of communalist dictatorship dedicated to re-making man, his values, way of life and mores, can still draw support. It comes from those who are enabled to ignore the consequences of such snake medicine. This applies even in Eastern Europe where, it became obvious that not only the patient but even the snakes are decimated by the potion touted as curing all ills.


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Top Republican says White House hiding info on Fort Hood

Top Republican says White House hiding info on Fort Hood

By Eric Zimmermann – 11/11/09 10:13 AM ET

The ranking Republican on the House intelligence committee on Tuesday night accused the White House of withholding information on the Fort Hood attack.

Rep. Pete Hoekstra (Mich.) said administration officials delayed briefing members of Congress about the alleged gunman, raising “red flags” about what the White House was hiding

“When they withhold information, you always start asking questions,” Hoekstra told Fox News. “That’s what raises red flags. What do they know that they don’t want us to know?”

Hoekstra linked President Barack Obama’s handling of Fort Hood to a chain of other GOP criticisms of the president, including the administration’s treatment of detainees and an investigation into possible CIA abuse.

“It is a political correctness that is making it unable for us to identify the real threat of homegrown terrorism,” he alleged.

Hoekstra warned that “we have similar Hasans” in the country. The Michigan Republican has called for his committee to investigate the incident. Chairman Silvestre Reyes (D-Texas) has so far declined, preferring to wait for the conclusion of the joint FBI-Army investigation.

Obama has ordered a review of all intelligence on Hasan.


PC Kills

PC Kills

November 10th, 2009 Posted By Pat Dollard.


WASHINGTON (AP) – Finger-pointing erupted between federal agencies Tuesday over Fort Hood shooting suspect Nidal Hasan. Government officials said a Defense Department terrorism investigator looked into Hasan’s contacts with a radical imam months ago, but a military official denied prior knowledge of the Army psychiatrist’s contacts with any Muslim extremists.

The two government officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case on the record, said the Washington-based joint terrorism task force overseen by the FBI was notified of communications between Hasan and a radical imam overseas, and the information was turned over to a Defense Criminal Investigative Service employee assigned to the task force. The communications were gathered by investigators beginning in December 2008 and continuing into early this year.

That Defense investigator wrote up an assessment of Hasan after reviewing the communications and the Army major’s personnel file, according to these officials. The assessment concluded Hasan did not merit further investigation — in large part because his communications with the imam were centered on a research paper about the effects of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan and the investigator determined that Hasan was in fact working on such a paper, the officials said.

The disclosure came as questions swirled about whether opportunities were missed to head off the massacre in which 13 died and 29 were wounded last Thursday — a familiar, early stage in the investigation of headline-grabbing crimes when public officials involved in a case often speak anonymously as they try to shift any blame to rivals in other agencies.

The disclosure Tuesday of the defense investigator’s role indicated that the U.S. military was aware of worrisome behavior by the massacre suspect long before the attack. Just hours later, a senior defense official, also demanding anonymity, directly contradicted that notion.

The senior defense official said neither the Army nor any other part of the Defense Department knew of Hasan’s contacts with any Muslim extremists. But the defense official carefully conceded this view was based upon what the Pentagon knows now.

The FBI has launched its own internal review of how it handled the early information about Hasan. Military, law enforcement and intelligence agencies also are defending themselves against tough questions about what each of them knew about Hasan before he allegedly opened fire in a crowded room at the huge military base in Texas.

Hasan has not been formally charged but officials plan to charge him in military court, not a civilian one, a choice that suggests his alleged actions are not thought to have emanated from a terrorist organization. He could face the death penalty.

Investigators believe Hasan acted alone, despite his communications with Anwar al-Awlaki, an imam released from a Yemeni jail last year who has used his personal Web site to encourage Muslims across the world to kill U.S. troops in Iraq. Because the communications between Hasan and al-Awlaki did not contain threats or advocacy of violence, no formal investigation was opened into Hasan, they said.

Officials said the content of those messages was “consistent with the subject matter of his research,” part of which involved post-traumatic stress disorder stemming from U.S. combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

A law enforcement official said the communications consisted primarily of Hasan posing questions to the imam as a spiritual leader or adviser, and the imam did respond to at least some of those messages.

Investigative officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case on the record. Republican Rep. Pete Hoekstra of Michigan, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, said it was his understanding Hasan and the imam exchanged e-mails that counterterrorism officials picked up.

Born in New Mexico, al-Awlaki is a former imam at a Falls Church, Va., mosque where Hasan and his family occasionally worshipped. In 2001, al-Awlaki had contact with two of the Sept. 11 hijackers. That contact was investigated by the FBI, but no charges were brought against al-Awlaki.

On Monday, al-Awlaki’s Web site praised Hasan as a hero.

By Tuesday, his Web site was offline, but it was unclear whether the site was taken down deliberately.

The imam’s site was hosted by a Culver City, Calif.,-based company, Media Temple Inc., which also runs Web sites for well-known corporations, according to Internet registration records and the company’s own sales literature. Media Temple did not immediately respond to phone calls or e-mails Tuesday from The Associated Press. Internet records indicated Media Temple was itself leasing the site’s Internet address from a Brea, Calif.,-based company, New Dream Network LLC, which declined to answer questions about the Web site Tuesday, citing customer privacy.

“We do work routinely with law enforcement on the local, national and international level in an expedient manner,” New Dream Network said in a statement.

Hasan’s electronic interactions with al-Awlaki have drawn new attention to the imam, who is well known among intelligence circles, a former senior U.S. intelligence official told The Associated Press. Al-Awlaki is considered to have deep and close links with al-Qaida but is not understood to be an al-Qaida operative, the official said.

The Senate has already launched its own inquiry into the Hasan case. Sens. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, plan to hold a hearing on the shootings next week.

It’s the Jihad Stupid

It’s the Jihad Stupid

November 10th, 2009

By Frank J. Gaffney Jr, Washington Times

 Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan’s motives clearly show an intent to create havoc and terror

Poll after poll indicates that official Washington is held in very low regard by the American people. One reason is that our leaders are seen as out of touch with the realities confronting ordinary folks – and with what those folks’ common sense suggests are appropriate responses to such realities.

There could scarcely be a more graphic example of that disconnect – and its ominous implications – than the contortions the U.S. government is going through in the wake of the murder of 13 people and the wounding of dozens more at Fort Hood last week. For example, the FBI declared immediately after the attack that it was not an act of terrorism. Other officials are promoting the idea that it is simply a case of an individual afflicted by stress or deranged by the prospect of an upcoming deployment to a war zone. President Obama insists we should reserve judgment, evidently because the facts are open to varying interpretations.

Such statements are an affront to most Americans’ intelligence, which common-sensically applies a prosaic form of the scientific method: They look for the explanation that best fits the facts. The facts – which are becoming ever more numerous by the day – are that the purported perpetrator of these crimes, Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, is “a devout Muslim” who, as such, has had to follow at least since 2001 the dictates of the theo-political-legal and seditious program that authoritative Islam calls Shariah. One of those dictates is that the faithful must engage in jihad, or holy war, to achieve the submission of unbelievers to Islam.

Consider the following partial but illustrative listing of behavior that speaks to Maj. Hasan’s dangerous proclivities:

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Officials: U.S. Aware of Hasan Efforts to Contact al Qaeda

Officials: U.S. Aware of Hasan Efforts to Contact al Qaeda

Army Major in Fort Hood Massacre Used ‘Electronic Means’ to Connect with Terrorists


Nov. 9, 2009 —



U.S. intelligence agencies were aware months ago that Army Major Nidal Hasan was attempting to make contact with people associated with al Qaeda, two American officials briefed on classified material in the case told ABC News.


It is not known whether the intelligence agencies informed the Army that one of its officers was seeking to connect with suspected al Qaeda figures, the officials said.


Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI) said the CIA had, so far, refused to brief the intelligence committees on what, if any, knowledge they had about Hasan’s efforts.


CIA director Leon Panetta and the Director of National Intelligence, Dennis Blair, have been asked by Congress “to preserve” all documents and intelligence files that relate to Hasan, according to the lawmaker.


Hoekstra said he is “absolutely furious” that the house intel committee has been refused an intelligence briefing by the DNI or CIA on Hasan’s attempt to reach out to al Qaeda, as first reported by ABC News.


Investigators want to know if Hasan maintained contact with a radical mosque leader from Virginia, Anwar al Awlaki, who now lives in Yemen and runs a web site that promotes jihad around the world against the U.S.


In a blog posting early Monday titled “Nidal Hassan Did the Right Thing,” Awlaki calls Hasan a “hero” and a “man of conscience who could not bear living the contradiction of being a Muslim and serving in an army that is fighting against his own people.”


According to his site, Awlaki served as an imam in Denver, San Diego and Falls Church, Virginia.


The Associated Press reported Sunday that Major Hasan attended the Falls Church mosque when Awlaki was there.




The Telegraph of London reported that Awlaki had made contact with two of the 9/11 hijackers when he was in San Diego.


He denied any knowledge of the hijacking plot and was never charged with any crime. After an intensive investigation by the FBI, Awlaki moved to Yemen.


People who knew or worked with Hasan say he seemed to have gradually become more radical in his disapproval of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan.


On Sunday, Senator Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) called for an investigation into whether the Army missed signs as to whether Hasan was an Islamic extremist.


“If Hasan was showing signs, saying to people that he had become an Islamist extremist, the U.S. Army has to have a zero tolerance,” Lieberman told Fox News Sunday.



Army Chief of Staff

A fellow Army doctor who studied with Hasan, Val Finell, told ABC News, “We would frequently say he was a Muslim first and an American second. And that came out in just about everything he did at the University.”


Finell said he and other Army doctors complained to superiors about Hasan’s statements.


“And we questioned how somebody could take an oath of office&be an officer in the military and swear allegiance to the constitution and to defend America against all enemies, foreign and domestic and have that type of conflict,” Finell told ABC News.


The Army Chief of Staff, General George Casey, raised concerns over the weekend that innocent Muslim soldiers could suffer as a result of the shooting at Fort Hood.


“I think the speculation (on Hasan’s Islamic roots) could potentially heighten backlash against some of our Muslim soldiers,” he said on ABC’s “This Week.”
























Shooter advised Obama transition Fort Hood triggerman aided team on Homeland Security task force


Shooter advised Obama transition

Fort Hood triggerman aided team on Homeland Security task force


By Jerome R. Corsi
© 2009 WorldNetDaily

Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan

NEW YORK – Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the alleged shooter in yesterday’s massacre at Fort Hood, played a homeland security advisory role in President Barack Obama’s transition into the White House, according to a key university policy institute document.

The Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University published a document May 19, entitled “Thinking Anew – Security Priorities for the Next Administration: Proceedings Report of the HSPI Presidential Transition Task Force, April 2008 – January 2009,” in which Hasan of the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine is listed on page 29 of the document as a Task Force Event Participant.

Hasan received his medical degree from the military’s Uniformed Services University School in Bethesda, Md., in 2001.

Noting that the Obama administration transition was proceeding, the GWU Homeland Security Policy Institute report described on the first page the role of the Presidential Transition Task Force as including “representatives from past Administrations, State government, Fortune 500 companies, academia, research institutions and non-governmental organizations with global reach.”

While the GWU task force participants included several members of government, including representatives of the Department of Justice and the U.S Department of Homeland Security, there is no indication in the document that the group played any formal role in the official Obama transition, other than to serve in a university-based advisory capacity.

Daniel Kaniewski, deputy director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University affirmed to WND in a telephone interview this morning that the Nidal Hasan listed as attending the meetings of the HSPI Presidential Transition Task Force was the same person as the alleged shooter in the Fort Hood massacre.

Video of Hasan at the event, carried originally by C-SPAN and reported by MSNBC, can be seen below:


Kaniewski said Hasan attended the meetings in his capacity as a member of the faculty of the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine, not as a member of the HSPI Presidential Task Force.

Kaniewski believed Hasan applied on the institute’s website to attend the meeting and was accepted because of his professional credentials.

Kaniewski could not tell WND whether or not Hasan made comments from the audience that influenced the task force recommendations or not.

He further confirmed Hasan had attended several meetings held by the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University and that the institute is currently searching conference records to see if it is possible to determine what additional institute conferences he attended.

Muslim Major Shouts ‘Allahu Akbar’ as he Massacres 13 soldiers Injures 30

Muslim Major Shouts ‘Allahu Akbar’ as he Massacres 13 soldiers Injures 30

*****UPDATE -11/7/09 –  The media and muslim apologists continue to dance around the truth of the Ft. Hood massacre. Many rushing to blame the military or Hasan’s co-workers for his state of mind and subsequent murderous rampage.  Lame excuses such as Hasan was supposedly “harassed” by other military personnel don’t hold water. Hasan was an officer – and anyone who had been in the military KNOWS that particularly officers do NOT get harassed. To do so would be the end of the offenders military career.

News comes that the man responsible for the massacre of 13 US Army soldiers, Major Nidal Malik Hasan, was shouting “Allahu Akbar”  as he opened fire on the unsuspecting men and women:

“Soldiers who witnessed the shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas that left 13 people dead reported that the gunman shouted “Allahu Akbar!” before opening fire, the base commander said Friday.” SOURCE

Recall Allahu Akbar was also screamed by the 9/11 Al Qaeda terrorists as they plunged their airplanes into the twin towers of the World Trade Center killing 2993 innocent people.

This “devout muslim” was also under investigation by the FBI for statements made supporting muslims killing US soldiers:

“The army psychiatrist who shot dead 13 people in murderous rampage at America’s biggest military base was facing an FBI investigation for expressing sympathy with suicide bombers….Hasan posted a series of comments on a website which drew parallels between terrorists and a US soldier who sacrificed himself to save his comrades. Investigators were tipped off six months ago by the devout Muslim’s worried colleagues.”SOURCE

Also extremely disturbing is a video, from the morning of the massacre, showing Hasan wearing a muslim white robe and cap:

“In the video, the individual believed to be Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan appears wearing clothes that would be abnormal for someone of Palestinian descent – Hasan’s family is from Jordan. CBS News correspondent Sheila MacVicarreports that the man is wearing a shalwar kameez – long robes far more common in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

He is also wearing white, which in Islam is associated with death or mourning. The prayer cap on his head is also more closely associated with Southeast Asia than with the Arab world.” SOURCE

Major Nidal Malik at a local Texas 7 Eleven Store the morning of the massacre

Does the above look like an Army major to you??


This “devout muslim” – earned a six figure income after receiving his “free” psychologist’s degree courtesy the USA taxpayers via the US Army:

Hasan, graduated from Virginia Tech in 1997 and earned a doctorate in psychiatry from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda. He spent at least six years at Walter Reed before moving to Fort Hood.  SOURCE

Has repaid those same taxpayers by killing and injuring their sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers.

More on Hasan:

On his blog is a link to an article “Martyrdom in Islam vs Suicide Bombing”

He was happy about the Muslim solider who shot and killed a soldier and wounded another at a Little Rock Military recruiting station. Hasan said Muslims should rise up against the aggressors. Maybe we should have more of these…..strapping bombs on and going into Times Square”.

The officials had access to Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan’s military record. They said he received a poor performance evaluation while at Walter Reed. SOURCE

One has to wonder what psychological damage he has done while counseling soldiers returning from active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The glaring question is why wasn’t Hasan booted out of the Army – and instead was promoted and assigned to Fort Hood?  Was it due to the insidious Political Correctness and fear of the Army being labeled “Islamophobic”? The ongoing investigation will shed light on this – but sadly far too late for those who had their lives snuffed out by a supposedly “Lone Wolf”  terrorist.

This cold blooded military Jihadist needs to face severe punishment for his heinous mass murders – let’s hope it is death…………and he’s shouted his last “Allahu Akbar”.


************UPDATE -11/7/09 –  Muslim apologists and the lefty mainstream media continue to try to spin Islam out of and dance around the truth of the Ft. Hood massacre. Many are rushing to blame the military or Hasan’s co-workers for his state of mind and subsequent murderous rampage.  Lame excuses such as Hasan was supposedly “harassed” by other military personnel don’t hold water. Hasan was an officer – and anyone who had been in the military KNOWS that particularly officers do NOT get harassed. To do so would be the end of the offenders military career.

Another hyped up explanation for Hasan is that he feared going to Afghanistan and being in active combat with fellow muslims – again the ludicrousness is obvious. Medical officers – particularly psychiatrists – are not and do not get sent into battle thus Hasan’s supposed worries were unfounded. 
As shown above -Hasan is not the victim –  outrageous behaviors were primarily one way – inflicted by Hasan onto the soldiers around him. Since I wrote this blog other information has been revealed such as Army Major Hasan stating he viewed himself as “a Muslim first and an American second.” and got into frequent arguments with fellow soldiers “who supported the (Iraq & Afghanistan) wars”. A recent classmate said Hasan once gave a jarring presentation to students in which he argued the war on terrorism was a war against Islam, and “made himself a lightning rod” when he felt his religious beliefs were challenged”.
Recent records also show Hasan privately bought the FN 5.7  (aka ‘Cop Killer”) gun along with an older model Smith & Wesson .357-caliber revolver, at store called “Guns Galore” in Killeen, Texas. The morning of the massacre he gave away many of his possessions to his neighbors- including passing out copies of the Qu’ran.
Clearly Hasan felt more allegiance muslim man identified only as Mustafa – interviewed Friday at one of London’s largest mosques: “Asked his views on the killings at Fort Hood, he said: “Killing military members is all right. If you are killing people who are fighting against Muslims then that’s okay.”  SOURCE
Hasan’s cowardly, murderous attack on his unsuspecting fellow soldiers was planned & calculated in advance.
Time to stop the dhimwitted excuses and call this horror what it is – Islamic Terror.


Hassan also served on President Barack Obama’s White House transition team:

NEW YORK – Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the alleged shooter in yesterday’s massacre at Fort Hood, played a homeland security advisory role in President Barack Obama’s transition into the White House according to a key university policy institute document…… Hasan is listed on page 29 of the document as a Task Force Event Participant   SOURCE

Mass murder at Fort Hood? Somewhat surprising. Muslim mass murderer? No surprise whatsoever.

Mass murder at Fort Hood?  Somewhat surprising. 
Muslim mass murderer?  No surprise whatsoever.

Fort Hood shooting: Texas army killer linked to September 11 terrorists

Fort Hood shooting: Texas army killer linked to September 11 terrorists

Major Nidal Malik Hasan worshipped at a mosque led by a radical imam said to be a “spiritual adviser” to three of the hijackers who attacked America on Sept 11, 2001.


By Philip Sherwell and Alex Spillius
Published: 8:17PM GMT 07 Nov 2009

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Major Nidal Malik Hasan: Fort Hood shooting: Texas army killer linked to September 11 terrorists

Major Nidal Malik Hasan, the sole suspect in the massacre of 13 fellow US soldiers in Texas Photo: GETTY
Imam Anwar al-Awlaki

The radical Imam Anwar al-Awlaki, accused of supporting attacks on British troops

Hasan, the sole suspect in the massacre of 13 fellow US soldiers in Texas, attended the controversial Dar al-Hijrah mosque in Great Falls, Virginia, in 2001 at the same time as two of the September 11 terrorists, The Sunday Telegraph has learnt. His mother’s funeral was held there in May that year.

The preacher at the time was Anwar al-Awlaki, an American-born Yemeni scholar who was banned from addressing a meeting in London by video link in August because he is accused of supporting attacks on British troops and backing terrorist organisations.

Hasan’s eyes “lit up” when he mentioned his deep respect for al-Awlaki’s teachings, according to a fellow Muslim officer at the Fort Hood base in Texas, the scene of Thursday’s horrific shooting spree.

As investigators look at Hasan’s motives and mindset, his attendance at the mosque could be an important piece of the jigsaw. Al-Awlaki moved to Dar al-Hijrah as imam in January, 2001, from the west coast, and three months later the September 11 hijackers Nawaf al-Hamzi and Hani Hanjour began attending his services. A third hijacker attended his services in California.

Hasan was praying at Dar al-Hijrah at about the same time, and the FBI will now want to investigate whether he met the two terrorists.

Charles Allen, a former under-secretary for intelligence at the Department of Homeland Security, has described al-Awlaki, who now lives in Yemen, as an “al-Qaeda supporter, and former spiritual leader to three of the September 11 hijackers… who targets US Muslims with radical online lectures encouraging terrorist attacks from his new home in Yemen”.

Last night Hasan remained in a coma under guard at a military hospital in San Antonio, Texas, and was said to be in a “stable” condition. Born in America to a Palestinian family, Hasan, 39, was an army psychiatrist who had chosen to sign up for the US military against his parents’ wishes.

But he turned into an angry critic of the wars America was waging in Iraq and Afghanistan and had tried in vain to negotiate his discharge.

He counselled soldiers returning from the front line and told relatives that he was horrified at the prospect of a deployment to Afghanistan later this year – his first time in a combat zone.

Whether due to his personal convictions, his stress over his deployment or other reasons, Hasan is alleged to have snapped and gone on a murderous rampage with a powerful semi-automatic handgun after shouting “Allahu Akhbar” (“God is great”), according to survivors. He had earlier given away copies of the Koran to neighbours.

Investigators at this stage have no indication that he planned the attacks with anyone else. But they are trawling through his phone records, paperwork and computers he used before the attack during an apparently sleepless night.

Five of the 13 victims were fellow mental health professionals from three units of the army’s Combat Stress Control Detachment, it was disclosed yesterday.

It is understood that Hasan had been due to be deployed with members of those units in coming months. Whether he deliberately singled out other combat stress counsellors is another key question.

What does seem clear is that the army missed an increasing number of red flags that Hasan was a troubled and brooding individual within its ranks.

“I was shocked but not surprised by news of Thursday’s attack,” said Dr Val Finnell, a fellow student on a public health course in 2007-08 who heard Hasan equate the war on terrorism to a war on Islam. Another student had warned military officials that Hasan was a “ticking time bomb” after he reportedly gave a presentation defending suicide bombers.

Kamran Pasha, the author of Mother of the Believers, a new novel relating the story of Islam from the perspective of Aisha, Prophet Mohammed’s wife, was told of the al-Awlaki connection from a Muslim friend who is also an officer at Fort Hood. Using the name Richard, the recent convert to Islam described how he frequently prayed with Hasan at the town mosque after Hasan was deployed to Fort Hood in July. They last worshipped together at predawn prayers on the day of the massacre when Hasan “appeared relaxed and not in any way troubled or nervous”.

But Richard had previously argued with Hasan when he said that he felt the “war on terror” was really a war against Islam, expressed anti-Jewish sentiments and defended suicide bombings.

“I asked Richard whether he believed that Hasan was motivated by religious radicalism in his murderous actions,” Mr Pasha said.

“Richard, with great sadness, said that he believed this was true. He also believed that psychological factors from Hasan’s job as an army psychiatrist added to his pathos. The news that he would be deployed overseas, to a war that he rejected, may have pushed him over the edge.

“But Richard does not excuse Hasan. As a Muslim, he finds Hasan’s religious perspectives to be fundamentally misguided. And as a soldier, he finds Hasan’s actions cowardly and evil.”

Fellow Muslims in the US armed forces have also been quick to denounce Hasan’s actions and insist that they were the product of a lone individual rather than of Islamic teachings. Osman Danquah, the co-founder of the Islamic Community of Greater Killeen, said Hasan never expressed anger toward the army or indicated any plans for violence.

But he said that, at their second meeting, Hasan seemed almost incoherent.

“I told him, ‘There’s something wrong with you’. I didn’t get the feeling he was talking for himself, but something just didn’t seem right.”

He was sufficiently troubled that he recommended the centre reject Hasan’s request to become a lay Muslim leader at Fort Hood.

Hasan had, in fact, already come to the attention of the authorities before Thursday’s massacre. He was suspected of being the author of internet postings that compared suicide bombers with soldiers who throw themselves on grenades to save others and had also reportedly been warned about proselytising to patients.

At Fort Hood, he told a colleague, Col Terry Lee, that he believed Muslims should rise up against American “aggressors”. He made no attempt to hide his desire to end his military service early or his mortification at the prospect of deployment to Afghanistan. “He had people telling him on a daily basis the horrors they saw over there,” said his cousin, Nader Hasan.

Yet away from his strident attacks on US foreign policy, he came across as subdued and reclusive – not hostile or threatening. Soldiers he counselled at the Walter Reed hospital in Washington praised him, while at Fort Hood, Kimberly Kesling, the deputy commander of clinical services, remarked: “Up to this point, I would consider him an asset.”

Relatives said that the death of Hasan’s parents, in 1998 and 2001, turned him more devout. “After he lost his parents he tried to replace their love by reading a lot of books, including the Koran,” his uncle Rafiq Hamad said.

“He didn’t have a girlfriend, he didn’t dance, he didn’t go to bars.”

His failed search for a wife seemed to haunt Hasan. At the Muslim Community Centre in the Washington suburb of Silver Spring, he signed up for an Islamic matchmaking service, specifying that he wanted a bride who wore the hijab and prayed five times a day.

Adnan Haider, a retired professor of statistics, recalled how at their first meeting last year, a casual introduction after Friday prayers, Hasan immediately asked the academic if he knew “a nice Muslim girl” he could marry.

“It was a strange thing to ask someone you have met two seconds before. It was clear to me he was under pressure, you could just see it in his face,” said Prof Haider, 74, who used to work at Georgetown University in Washington. “You could see he was lonely and didn’t have friends.

“He is working with psychiatric people and I ask why the people around him didn’t spot that something was wrong? When I heard what had happened I actually wasn’t that surprised.”

Indeed, many of the characteristics attributed to Hasan by acquaintances – withdrawn, unassuming, brooding, socially awkward and never known to have had a girlfriend – have also applied to other mass murderers.

Hasan was born and brought up in Virginia to parents who ran restaurants after emigrating to America from the West Bank. He graduated from Virginia Tech university – coincidentally, the scene of the worst mass shooting in US history in 2007 – with a degree in biochemistry and then joined the army, which trained him as a psychiatrist.

Relatives said that he was subjected to increasingly ugly taunts about his religion and ethnicity from other soldiers after the September 11 attacks. But his uncle insisted yesterday that Hasan would not have been driven to mass murder by revenge or religion.

Speaking in the West Bank town of al-Bireh, Mr Hamad said his nephew “loved America” and could only have been caused to snap by an as yet unexplained factor. “He always said there was no country in the world like America,” he told The Sunday Telegraph. “Something big happened to him in Texas. If he did it – and until now I am in denial – it had to have been something huge because revenge was not in his nature.”

•Additional reporting by Adrian Blomfield in al-Bireh