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Fort Hood PSYOP Test Fails, Leaves 13 US Soldiers Dead,
Curiouser and curiouser: Fort Hood Shooting 'Oddities' --Video surfaces of alleged shooter, Major Nidal Hasan, at Homeland Security Task Force conference By Lori Price Updated 06 Nov 2009 Major Hasan's name appears on page 29 of The George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute's 'Thinking Anew—Security Priorities for the Next Administration' --Proceedings Report of the HSPI Presidential Transition Task Force - April 2008 - January 2009. The report is dated 19 May 2009. Other news: The Alleged shooter graduated from Virginia Tech. Major Hasan is 'in a coma,' and 'on a ventilator.' Officers raided the Texas home of the suspect in the Fort Hood shootings. Full updates here.]

Multiple Shooters escape, Muslim Officer Shot Dead
only to discover later that he had survived.


In what one Russian Military Analyst (jokingly?) speculated could possibly be a “very sick” way of publicizing a new American movie opening this week about the US Pentagons decades long experiments in mind-control technology (“The Men Who Stare At Goats”), has instead, according to these reports, resulted in a tragic massacre of at least 13 US Soldiers preparing for deployment to the Iraq war from the giant US military base of Fort Hood, Texas.

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From Western propaganda news media reports on this massacre the American people are being told that a US Army Military Trained Psychiatrist, Major Nidal Malik Hasan became despondent over his recently receiving orders to deploy to Iraq and in “typical” lone gunman fashion “decided” to open fire on hundreds of his fellow soldiers killing and wounding them without discrimination.


Everything About Nidal Malik Hasan Screams "Patsy"
Killer's pre-rampage behavior is completely at odds with the idea of him preparing to massacre more than a dozen of his colleagues
Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet.com
Friday, November 6, 2009
The Empire strikes back – right when when public support for the occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan sinks to all time lows, an anti-war Islamic extremist with links to suicide bombers goes on a shooting rampage at a U.S. army base, reinvigorating support for the war on terror and demonizing opposition to it as anti-American extremism. The scam would be believable if it wasn’t so perfectly staged.

KILLEEN CITY OFFICIAL CONFIMING 3 SHOOTERS IN 2 DIFFERENT LOCATIONS AND I'M DIGGING UP THE SNIPER RIFLE REPORT NOW THE MUZZIE DOCTOR REPORTS ARE STATING HIM USING HANDGUNS.


Completing the “new legend” (in almost record time too) about this “lone gunman” being made responsible for this massacre, the Western propaganda machines are reporting such idiocies as Major Hasan having previously “complained to relatives of harassment by fellow-officers mocking him for being Middle Eastern” (Major Hasan’s parents came from small Palestinian town near Jerusalem) and his “attracting the attention of police six months ago for internet postings analyzing the motives of suicide bombers that was not formally investigated”.


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Interesting to note in these reports, however, about Major Hasan is his past psychiatric training, paid for by the US Military, at Virginia Tech University where he graduated from that schools Center for Applied Behavior Systems with a degree in biochemistry, a school which FSB reports have long warned “is most likely” one of the US Department of Defenses top PSYOP training centers and where in April, 2007, it suffered the worst school massacre in US history when a Chinese student named Seung-Hui Cho, reported to be a subject to mind-control experiments, single-handedly gunned down 32 fellow students.

Even more interesting to note is that from the initial chaotic scene of the Fort Hood massacre not just the wounded Major Hanson taking into custody, but so were three other “alleged” gunmen, two of whom were released leaving one, at last report, still in US Army custody.

Now to understand the circumstances that placed Major Hasan at Fort Hood in the first place one has to understand that he was one of the US Militaries top PSYOP specialists and had received his medical degree, with honors, from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, in 2001, and did his internship at Walter Reed Army Hospital.

Major Hasan then became one of the top researchers at the US Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress in the field this US Military funded organization stated was:

“Center scientists are actively engaged in studies of military deployment, combat stress and the mental health of active duty, Guard and Reserve and veterans. This research helps military command (leaders, physicians and mental health providers) mitigate, respond to and foster recovery from the consequences of war and other military extreme environments that can occur in combat, peacekeeping and humanitarian assistance.

In addition, a primary focus of the Center is conducting studies of the impact of deployment on servicemen and women and their families. This research includes surveillance of psychiatric problems among battle injured soldiers, and measuring the psychological effect of treating severely injured and disfigured soldiers deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan on health care providers at institutions like Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the National Naval Medical Center.”

CONGRESSMAN TOLD MORE THEN 2 SHOOTERS INVOLVED AND WAITING TO SEE IF 3 SHOOTERS INVOLVED....


[Note: The US Military has completely removed the website of their Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress organization early on the morning of 6 November 2009]

From his position at the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, Major Hasan became one of the originators of what is called the US Army's Warrior Combat Reset Program” set up to help American soldiers returning from war zones, or being redeployed to them, cope with what is called post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and which according to these reports led to his being at Fort Hood to “electronically prepare” an experimental group of US Soldiers for their return to the Iraq war zone.

Important to be understood about these reports is their detailing that nearly all of the US Military Forces are suffering what is termed a “catastrophic” level of stress disorders, murders, rapes and suicides so bad that American commanders are now warning that the readiness of their forces in is danger of “outright collapse”, and which is no wonder being that in just three short months this will become the longest war in US history.

Making the recycling of these battle hardened US Soldiers (to keep killing and dying for reasons they don’t even know about anymore) even more crucial are new American Military reports stating that over one-third of “Americans ages 17-24 are unqualified for military service because of physical and medical issues.”


So to yesterday’s massacre at Fort Hood, and Major Hasan’s “true role” in it, we need to turn to a little known, but extremely shocking case filed in the United States this past spring by a San Francisco lawyer named Gordon Erspamer and alleging:

“That [US] government scientists conducted human experiments at Edgewood is not in question. “The program involved testing of nerve agents, nerve agent antidotes, psychochemicals, and irritants," according to a 1994 General Accounting Office (now the Government Accountability Office) report (PDF). At least 7,800 US servicemen served "as laboratory rats or guinea pigs" at Edgewood, alleges Erspamer's complaint, filed in January in a federal district court in California. The Department of Veterans Affairs has reported that military scientists tested hundreds of chemical and biological substances on them, including VX, tabun, soman, sarin, cyanide, LSD, PCP, and World War I-era blister agents like phosgene and mustard. The full scope of the tests, however, may never be known. As a CIA official explained to the GAO, referring to the agency's infamous MKULTRA mind-control experiments, "The names of those involved in the tests are not available because names were not recorded or the records were subsequently destroyed." Besides, said the official, some of the tests involving LSD and other psychochemical drugs "were administered to an undetermined number of people without their knowledge.”

And among these “experiments” conducted on US Soldiers by their government, and according to FSB files was a “research specialty” of Major Hasan’s, one was one called Radio Hypnotic Intracerebral Control Electronic Dissolution of Memory (RHIC-EDOM) which was pioneered for the US Military in the 1960’s by New York University Professor J. Anthony Deutsch who…indicated that the mind is a transmitter and if too much information is received, like too many vehicles on a crowded freeway, the brain ceases to transmit. The Professor indicated that an excess of acetyl choline in the brain can interfere with the memory process and control. He indicated excess amounts of acetyl choline can be artificially produced, through both the administration of drugs or through the use of radio waves. The process is called Electronic Dissolution of Memory (EDOM). The memory transmission can be stopped for as long as the radio signal continues.”

So strong was the American Military and Intelligence establishments’ belief that only by “erasing” the previous “battle stained” memories of their Soldiers could they be made to continue killing and dying that in 2007 they contracted with Russia’s Psychotechnology Research Institute in Moscow to purchase a system called Semantic Stimuli Response Measurements Technology (SSRM Tek) which is a software-based mind reader that tests a subject's involuntary response to subliminal messages and which was used by the Soviet Military on Russian troops being redeployed to Afghanistan.

Unfortunately for the Americans, and who were undoubtedly warned by their Russian counterparts about this, the previous Soviet experiments using SSRM Tek software combined with RHIC-EDOM technology had a very dangerous side-effect of “triggering immediate battle memories” instead of “erasing” them and resulting in masses of Russian troops who were undergoing these experiments to “erupt” in “immediate violence” which left an estimated 37 of them dead when they began (for no apparent reason) to begin firing upon each other.

In the United States today 13 American Soldiers lie dead, and many more are wounded leaving countless numbers of wives, children, fathers and mothers to mourn over their seemingly senseless killing.

But, like the events of 9/11, the assassinations of their President John F. Kennedy, his brother Robert, and the great civil rights leader Martin Luther King have shown us, these Americans have been well schooled in seeing only what they are told to see when tragedies like these, and Fort Hood now, occur.

Sometimes the childlike stories concocted by their propaganda masters to explain these horrific events are enough to placate the American people, but one has to wonder when at least some of them will wake up to the stark and brutal truth about what is happening to them. One can only wonder if these Americans had demanded the truth before if these Soldiers were massacred would still be alive?

That is not in our knowing. But what is in our knowing is this, before they awaken from their long slumber these Americans can expect many more such deaths. We’re sure their propaganda organs are up to the task.


Fort Hood Shooting --Original Primary Shooter Reported as Major Malik Nadal or Nidal Hasan, then news spins in new name and changes the first report to Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan ...

FIGHTING AND DYING IN AFGHANISTAN FOR OPIUM

Are You Ready? You’d Better Be!

While You Were Sleeping…


Video Shows Ft. Hood Shooter Major Hasan At "Homeland Security" Event

From MSNBC: Video Shows Fort Hood Shooter Major Hasan At "Homeland Security" Event In Washington DC - 11/06/09
http://www.youtube. com/watch? v=lwHe-o9lPco

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http://www.hulu. com/watch/ 107423/nbc- nightly-news- with-brian- williams- fort-hood- shootings- raise-fears- of-friendly- fire
NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams: Fort Hood Shootings Raise Fears Of Friendly Fire
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Bill O'Reilly's Guest: Ft. Hood Shooter Major Hasan Is An Islamic Terrorist

CNN Reports: Radical Muslim Group's Homegrown

American Muslims express fear, frustration after Ft. Hood shootings

The news that the suspect is one of their own brings up familiar feelings. Besides fears of retribution, they're tired of sensing pressure to apologize for someone else's 'maniacal brutality.


By Duke Helfand and Richard Fausset

November 7, 2009

Reporting from Los Angeles and Atlanta - The news made Nihad Awad sick to his stomach.



Like the rest of the nation, Awad, who heads the Council on American-Islamic Relations, learned this week that it allegedly was a Muslim who opened fire at a U.S. Army base in Texas, killing 13 people and injuring many more. According to witnesses, Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan issued the great, exalting cry of his faith before opening fire:



"Allahu akbar!" God is great.



Hearing the story, Awad too would invoke his maker -- but with a weary lament that is echoing coast to coast among American Muslims.



"I said, 'Oh God, here we go again,' " Awad recalled. "We know what will come when a Muslim name flashes across the [television] screen. What will come is guilt by association."



In response to Thursday's shooting, mosques around the U.S. denounced the violence and implemented a range of overt and subtle security measures. In the Los Angeles area, Islamic groups contacted law enforcement officials, who stepped up patrols of mosques and Muslim community centers.



USC sophomore Janan Al-Henaid said that her mother called Friday, asking her to come home to Claremont and to be careful when going out. "And she's never done that before," Al-Henaid said.



Muslim groups participated in a conference call Friday with federal agencies -- including the Homeland Security and Justice departments -- to discuss Muslim Americans' safety.



Eight years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, mainstream Islam remains a subject of suspicion to some Americans -- a perception fueled by prejudice and fear, but also by recent allegations of foiled terrorist plots hatched by homegrown Muslim radicals.



Despite eight years of post-9/11 education campaigns, the suspicion and the scrutiny remain a source of deep frustration for Muslim American leaders.



Salam Al-Marayati, executive director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council in Los Angeles, said that the Ft. Hood massacre would be exploited "by groups like Al Qaeda that will use it as a card to justify more religious extremism and violence, and by Muslim-haters who will use it to divide our country and foment fear and hatred."



Al-Marayati said he first prayed for the victims. Then he offered another prayer.



"We prayed," he said, "that it was not a Muslim."



Hasan, a Virginia-born psychiatrist, was in many ways a product of the American mainstream. But among some observers, the rampage freshly stoked long-standing fears that even moderate Muslims may have divided loyalties.



The right-wing news site WorldNetDaily said that according to an "explosive new book," Hasan was "just the tip of a jihadist Fifth Column operating within the ranks of the U.S. military." Lt. Col. Lee Packet, an Army spokesman, called that assertion "total speculation."



Muslim leader Maher Hathout addressed such fears head-on in a raw, emotional sermon at the Friday afternoon prayer service at the Islamic Center of Southern California. Speaking to 2,000 quiet worshipers, Hathout told of a call he had received after the shooting. The caller posed a question: Could any Muslims be trusted now?



"This is the question on the minds of your co-workers, on the minds of your neighbors -- this is the trust, and we have to do something about it," Hathout said.



He implored his fellow Muslims not to hide in the wake of the shooting, but to speak with their neighbors about any lingering misperceptions.



Muslim groups that say they represent the mainstream rushed to denounce the Texas shooting in the most forceful terms -- much as they did after Sept. 11 and after the breakup of other foiled terrorist plots.



Awad's Washington-based group, known as CAIR, noted that it had launched an anti-terrorism petition drive and a TV ad campaign against religious extremism, and coordinated an anti-terrorism fatwa, or religious ruling, condemning extremism and terrorism.



Some Muslim leaders worry that Americans ignore such messages, because the messages either appear to be a matter of form or are overshadowed by news of isolated terrorist plots.



Complicating their efforts are some outsiders' suspicions about the motives of CAIR, one of the most prominent Muslim civil rights groups. In a letter last month, Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) and three other members of Congress asked the House sergeant-at- arms to determine whether the group was a "security threat." The representatives alleged a relationship between CAIR and terrorist groups, citing that as a basis for the FBI's recent decision to cut ties with the group.



Meanwhile, Islamic leaders find themselves again denouncing a crime hundreds of miles from their communities.



At Masjid Omar ibn Al Khattab, a mosque near USC, retired professor Fathi Osman spoke about how some people misinterpret the Koran to fit their twisted thinking. But afterward, college student Tasbeeh Herwees of Cypress expressed frustration over having to hear another sermon that she felt was apologizing for someone else's actions.



"I think it's kind of tiring to have to do these sermons over and over again, and I think the general public should understand that Islam is not synonymous with violence," she said.



In Dearborn, Mich., home to a large Arab and Muslim community, Kassem Allie received a call Friday from a TV news reporter. Allie, a member of the board of trustees at the Islamic Center of America, called the shooting an act of "maniacal brutality."



The reporter said he was trying to "gauge" Allie's reaction to the news in Texas. Allie became rather annoyed.



"I said, 'What do you mean by gauge? That we condemn this strongly enough? What do you want me to do -- stand on my head and say I'm sorry?' "



Allie said a few hours later: "It was probably a poor choice of words on the reporter's part. But that's what we're faced with."




http://www.latimes. com/news/ nationworld/ nation/la- na-fort-hood- muslims7- 2009nov07, 0,5379845. story

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Accused Ft. Hood killer Nidal Malik Hasan sought Muslim leader's help; Says he 'didn't seem right'

BY Dan Mcgraw In Temple, Tex., and Samuel Goldsmith

The Fort Hood gunman was rejected for a position as a Muslim lay leader at the Army base because "something just didn't seem right," a mosque official revealed yesterday.

Osman Danquah, co-founder of the Islamic Community of Greater Killeen, said he was deeply troubled by two conversations with Maj. Nidal Hasan over the summer.

Hasan, a psychiatrist, seemed incoherent and obsessed with the question of what to tell soldiers about fighting fellow Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"But what if a person gets in and feels that it's just not right?" Danquah remembers Hasan asking. "I told him, 'There's something wrong with you,'" Danquah said.

The conversation took place months before Hasan, 39, stormed into a predeployment center and shot dead 13 people and wounded dozens more.

One of the injured, Pfc. Najee Hull, 21, told his brother the shooter came at him, shouting, "God is great!" in Arabic before firing, the brother said. He was hit in the right leg and fell.

"He was crawling when Hasan shot him twice in the back," Nate Hull said. "He muscled up all the strength he had and got out.

"He could have been killed if he got shot a couple inches higher," he said. "Thank God, he didn't."

Investigators are sifting through contradictory witness accounts about whether Hasan shouted "Allahu Akbar" before he opened fire.

They're also trying to pinpoint a motive amid reports Hasan was upset about being shipped to Afghanistan and had complained he was persecuted because of his faith. Officials have said they have no evidence the shooting was terrorism, but at least one lawmaker disagrees.

"I consider this an act of terrorism," said state legislator Sid Miller, who represents Fort Hood. "He didn't just snap. He deserves to be punished to the fullest extent of the law."

Hasan was born in America to Palestinian parents who emigrated from Jordan. His extended family in the West Bank said the accusations against him were unfathomable.

"He is a doctor and loves the U.S." his grandfather, Ismail Mustafa Hamad, said from his home in the Palestinian town of al-Bireh.

"America made him what he is. Whether he became angry or something else, I don't know. What I do know is that it is impossible that he would do something like that," said Hamad, 88.

President Obama is set to attend a memorial service Tuesday at Fort Hood.

Muslim leader had troubling talks with suspect



FORT HOOD, TX --

An Army psychiatrist who authorities say went on a shooting rampage at Fort Hood was so conflicted over what to tell fellow soldiers about fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan that a local Islamic leader was deeply troubled by it, the leader said Saturday.

Osman Danquah, co-founder of the Islamic Community of Greater Killeen, said he was disturbed by Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan's persistent questioning and recommended the mosque reject Hasan's request to become a lay Muslim leader at the sprawling Army post.

Danquah said Hasan never expressed anger toward the Army or indicated any plans for violence, but during the second of two conversations they had over the summer, Hasan seemed almost incoherent, he said.

"But what if a person gets in and feels that it's just not right?" Danquah recalled Hasan asking him.

"I told him, `There's something wrong with you,"' Danquah told The Associated Press during an interview at Fort Hood on Saturday. "I didn't get the feeling he was talking for himself, but something just didn't seem right."

Authorities accuse Hasan of firing more than 100 rounds Thursday in a soldier processing center at Fort Hood, killing 13 and wounding 29 others in the worst mass shooting on a military facility in the U.S. At the start of the attack, Hasan reportedly jumped up on a desk and shouted "Allahu akbar!" -- Arabic for "God is great!" Hasan, 39, was seriously wounded by police and is being treated in a military hospital.

The military has said Hasan was scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan, but family members suggested he was trying avoid serving overseas.

Hasan's relatives who live in the Palestinian territories have said they had heard from family members that Hasan felt mistreated in the Army as a Muslim.

"He told (them) that as a Muslim committed to his prayers he was discriminated against and not treated as is fitting for an officer and American," said Mohammed Malik Hasan, 24, a cousin, told the AP from his home on the outskirts of Ramallah, a Palestinian city in the West Bank. "He hired a lawyer to get him a discharge."

The Army major also had previously questioned the U.S. war on terror.

A former classmate has said Hasan was a "vociferous opponent of the war" and "viewed the war against terror" as a "war against Islam." Dr. Val Finnell, who attended a master's in public health program in 2007-2008 at Uniformed Services University with Hasan, said he told classmates he was "a Muslim first and an American second."

"In retrospect, I'm not surprised he did it," Finnell said. "I had real questions about what his priorities were, what his beliefs were." Danquah said his conversations with Hasan occurred following two religious services sometime before Ramadan, the Islamic holy month that started in late August. He said the soldier, who transferred to Fort Hood from Walter Reed Army Medical Center in July, regularly attended services at the Killeen, Texas, mosque in his uniform. During his talks with Hasan, Danquah, 61, said he told him that Muslims were fighting each other in Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Palestinian territories and that American soldiers with objections to serving overseas had recourse to voice such concerns.

"As a Muslim, you come into a community and the way you integrate normally -- I didn't see that kind of integration," he said. Danquah, a retired Army 1st sergeant and Gulf War veteran, did not tell the military about his conversations with Hasan.

"I didn't think it rose to that level of concern," he said, adding that he thought the military "chain of command should have picked it up" if Hasan had issues.

Most of the wounded from Thursday's attack remained hospitalized, many in intensive care. Hasan was transferred Friday to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, about 150 miles southwest of Fort Hood. Army officials late Friday gave no indication of his condition except to say he was "not able to converse."

The bodies of the victims arrived at Delaware's Dover Air Force Base on Friday night and autopsies were being formed, said Dover spokesman Air Force Maj. Carl Grusnick.

The White House said President Barack Obama would attend a memorial service Tuesday at Fort Hood. Earlier Saturday, Obama said in his radio and Internet address that the training designed to keep U.S. forces safe abroad prevented further deaths and ended the rampage at Fort Hood.

Former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, visited wounded soldiers Friday night at the post hospital. On Saturday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry also visited the wounded and said the soldiers he met with were honored to serve their country.

"What I heard time after time in those hospital rooms is they're honored to be able to serve our country," Perry said during a news conference.

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Obamas to attend Fort Hood memorial Tuesday

Reuters
Saturday, November 7, 2009; 2:09 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, will attend a memorial service in Fort Hood, Texas, on Tuesday for victims of a mass shooting.

The White House announced the trip on Saturday. Obama is scheduled to depart on Wednesday on an Asia tour.

Thirteen people died in the mass shooting Thursday at the sprawling U.S. Army base in Texas. An Army psychiatrist trained to treat war wounded is suspected in the killings.

The suspect, Major Nidal Malik Hasan, a Muslim born in the United States of immigrant parents, was shot four times by police. He was hospitalized and is in stable condition.

Obama devoted his weekly radio address to the Fort Hood shootings, which he called "a crime against our nation."

"It is an act of violence that would have been heartbreaking had it occurred anyplace in America. It is a crime that would have horrified us had its victims been Americans of any background. But it's all the more heartbreaking and all the more despicable because of the place where it occurred and the patriots who were its victims," Obama said.

Hasan, 39, had spent years counseling severely wounded soldiers at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, many of whom had lost limbs fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He was transferred to Fort Hood in April and was to have been deployed to Afghanistan, where the U.S. military is engaged in an increasingly bloody war against Taliban and al Qaeda fighters.

(Reporting by Steve Holland, editing by Doina Chiacu)

George W. Bush Secretly Visits Fort Hood Victims

The Bushes entered and departed the sprawling military facility in secret, having told the base commander they did not want press coverage of their visit, a source told Fox News.

Former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura secretly visited Fort Hood last night and spent "considerable time" consoling those who were wounded in Thursday's shooting spree, Fox News has learned.

The Bushes entered and departed the sprawling military facility in secret, having told the base commander they did not want press coverage of their visit, a source told Fox News.

The couple was described as "deeply concerned" about military families on Fort Hood after Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan allegedly opened fire on soldiers and civilians, killing 13 and wounding 38.

The Bushes, who have a 1,600-acre property known as Prairie Chapel Ranch less than 30 miles from Fort Hood in central Texas, spent between one and two hours visiting the wounded and their families.



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Hasan was 'blessed,' 'Muslim first'

KILLEEN, TX -- As if going off to war, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan cleaned out his apartment, gave leftover frozen broccoli to one neighbor and called another to thank him for his friendship -- common courtesies and routines of the departing soldier. Instead, authorities say, he went on the killing spree that left 13 people dead.

[PHOTOS: Images from Thursday's tragic shooting at Ft. Hood]
[MAP: Ft. Hood in Killeen]

Investigators examined Hasan's computer, his home and his garbage Friday to learn what motivated the suspect, who lay in a coma, shot four times in the frantic bloodletting. Hospital officials said some of the wounded had extremely serious injuries and might not survive.

The 39-year-old Army psychiatrist emerged as a study in contradictions: a polite man who stewed with discontent, a counselor who needed to be counseled himself, a professional healer now suspected of cutting down the fellow soldiers he was sworn to help.

Relatives said he felt harassed because of his Muslim faith but did not embrace extremism. Others were not so sure. 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 for things" when he felt his religious beliefs were challenged.

Investigators were trying to piece together how and why Hasan allegedly gunned down his comrades in the worst case of violence on a military base in the U.S. The rampage unfolded at a center where some 300 unarmed soldiers were lined up for vaccines and eye tests.

Soldiers reported that the gunman shouted "Allahu Akbar!" -- an Arabic phrase for "God is great!" -- before opening fire Thursday, said Lt. Gen. Robert Cone, the post commander. He said officials had not confirmed Hasan made the comment.

Hasan's family said in a statement Friday that his alleged actions were deplorable and don't reflect how the family was reared.

"Our family is filled with grief for the victims and their families involved in yesterday's tragedy," said Nader Hasan, a cousin who lives in northern Virginia. "We are mortified with what has unfolded and there is no justification, whatsoever, for what happened. We are all asking why this happened, and the answer is that we simply do not know."

The 30 wounded were dispersed among hospitals in central Texas. W. Roy Smythe, chairman of surgery at Scott and White Memorial Hospital, said several patients were still at "significant risk" of losing their lives. Army briefers told lawmakers in Washington eight other people were treated at a hospital for stress and trauma.

At a news conference late Friday, Army Col. John Rossi, deputy commander at Fort Hood, said 23 people remained hospitalized, about half still in intensive care. He praised the soldiers' quick actions during and after the shooting barrage, which he said saved lives.

Rossi said that the assailant fired more than 100 rounds and that his weapons were not military arms, but "privately owned weapons ... purchased locally." Law enforcement sources in Washington, speaking on condition of anonymity, said records indicate Hasan in recent months bought the FN 5.7 pistol at a store called "Guns Galore" in Killeen, Texas.

The dead included a pregnant woman who was preparing to return home, a man who quit a furniture company job to join the military about a year ago, a newlywed who had served in Iraq and a woman who had vowed to take on Osama bin Laden after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

In a vigil Friday night, husbands wrapped their arms around their wives, babies cried and old men in wheelchairs bowed their heads as several hundred people gathered at a stadium on the sprawling Army post, the country's largest. It was the first gathering of the community since the killings.

"Remember to keep breathing ... keep going," Chaplain Douglas Carver told the crowd, many wearing fatigues and black berets.

Earlier, 13 flag-draped coffins departed for Dover Air Force Base and the military's mortuary based in Delaware, Rossi said. Officials said the result of autopsies on the victims will be made available to the appropriate federal and military agencies that are probing Thursday's shooting. They will determine if any of the victims might have been hit by friendly fire, something Rossi all but dismissed.

Hasan, meanwhile, was transferred Friday to the Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. Rossi gave no update about his condition except to say he was "not able to converse."

Army Chief of Staff George Casey said he asked bases around the country to assess their security. He also said he was worried about a backlash against the thousands of Muslim soldiers serving dutifully in uniform.

Hasan was due to be deployed to Afghanistan to help soldiers with combat stress, a task he'd done stateside with returning soldiers, the Army said. Army spokeswoman Col. Cathy Abbott was uncertain when Hasan was to leave but he was in the preparation stage of deployment, which can take months.

In any event, the major was saying goodbyes and dispensing belongings to neighbors.

Jose Padilla, the owner of Hasan's apartment complex, said Hasan gave him notice two weeks ago that he was moving out this week.

Earlier this week, Hasan asked Padilla his native language. When Padilla said it was Spanish, Hasan immediately went up to his apartment to get him a Spanish-language Quran. Padilla said Hasan also refused to reclaim his deposit and last month's rent, surrendering $400 that the major said should go to someone who needed it.

"I cannot comprehend that the enemy was among us," Padilla said, as he teared up. "I feel a little guilt that I was basically giving housing to someone who is going to do so much destruction."

Neighbor Patricia Villa said Hasan came to her apartment the day of the shooting, and before, to give her vegetables, an air mattress, T-shirts, a Quran and offer her $60 to clean his Killeen, Texas, apartment after he left.

Jacqueline Harris, 44, who lives with her boyfriend, Willie Bell, in the apartment next door to Hasan, said he called Thursday at 5 a.m. and left a message.

"He just wanted to thank Willie for being a good friend and thank him for being there for him," Harris said. "That was it. We thought it was just a nice message to leave."

Bell said Hasan offered a farewell, saying, "Nice knowing you, old friend. I'm going to miss you."

According to a Killeen police report in August, an Army employee was charged with scratching Hasan's car, causing $1,000 in damage. Apartment manager John Thompson said the man charged was a soldier back from Iraq, who objected to Hasan's faith and ripped a bumper sticker off the major's car that said: "Allah is Love."

Kim Rosenthal, another neighbor, said Hasan didn't seem too upset by his scratched vehicle, even though it was damaged so badly that he got a new one. "He said it was Ramadan and that he had to forgive people," Rosenthal said. "He forgave him and moved on."

Hasan appeared less forgiving to Dr. Val Finnell when they were classmates in a 2007-08 master's public health program at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md.

He said that at a class presentation by public health students, at which topics like dry cleaning chemicals and house mold were discussed, Hasan talked about U.S. military actions as a war on Islam. Hasan made clear he was a "vociferous opponent" of U.S. wars in Muslim countries, Finnell said.

"He made himself a lightning rod for things," Finnell said. "No one picked on him because he was a Muslim."

Law enforcement officials said they are trying to confirm if Hasan wrote Internet postings that include his name about suicide bombings and other threats, equating suicide bombers to soldiers who throw themselves on a grenade to save the life of fellow soldiers.

Hasan is the Arlington, Va.-born son of Palestinian parents who ran a restaurant and bar in Roanoke, Va., from 1987 to 1995 and owned a small grocery store in that city.

His relatives in the West Bank said they had heard from family members that Hasan felt mistreated in the Army as a Muslim.

"He told (them) that as a Muslim committed to his prayers he was discriminated against and not treated as is fitting for an officer and American," said Mohammed Malik Hasan, 24, a cousin. "He hired a lawyer to get him a discharge."

Mohammed Hasan said outside his home in Ramallah that he heard about the shooting from a relative. "I was surprised, honestly, because the guy and his brothers are so calm, and he, as I know, loves his work."

Nidal Hasan is the eldest of three brothers. One brother, Annas, lives in Ramallah with a wife and daughter, and practices law. The youngest brother, Eyad, lives in Virginia.

"We don't mix with them a lot," Mohammed said. "Nidal liked to stay alone, he was very calm. He minded his own business."

Hasan graduated from medical school at the Uniformed Services University in 2003, said Sharon K. Willis, speaking for the school.

He then entered a psychiatry residency program at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, which he completed in 2007. He returned to the university for the disaster and military psychiatry fellowship in 2007.

The first phase of that fellowship is earning a master of public health degree, which he completed in 2008. He completed the fellowship program in June.

A month later, Hasan reported for duty at Fort Hood.


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Gun owners fear ‘knee-jerk' reaction


By Jeff Ferrell - bio|email

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

The alleged gunman legally bought the murder weapon used in the Fort Hood massacre, according to law enforcement. But any time there's a shooting of this kind, gun owners fear critics might have a 'knee-jerk' reaction to change gun laws. And that fear is back.

Investigators found a shooting range near Fort Hood, TX where Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan practiced in his spare time, as well as the store called "Guns Galore" in Killeen, Texas where they said he recently bought the murder weapon, an FN 5.7, known on the street as a ‘cop killer' because of its firepower.

At the indoor shooting range in Bossier City called ‘Shooters USA' we met James Guerra and his father Mario who echoed a common sentiment: Don't blame the tool, blame the operator. James Guerra explained, "it always depends on the person who actually owns the gun, you know."

The Fort Hood shooting raises an issue already at the forefront for gun owners for the last 12 months, ever since the election of President Barack Obama: Are we going to see more gun laws?"

Just one month ago, I reported on the surge in gun ownership in this country and the shortage of ammunition throughout 2009. "People scared about the, all the gun rights all laws coming into effect and they're just buying in bulk," explained gun owner Jeremy Bradley back in October.

But attention could quickly shift away from the gun itself in the Fort Hood investigation, since Hasan's apartment manager Jim Thompson recalled something very unusual the day before the rampage. "The only kinda strange thing we ever seen is he had somebody go up to his apartment on Wednesday with him. They were up there about five minutes and then they left and that's the first time I've ever seen a visitor at his house."

It's reports like that which keep investigators from ruling out the possibility Hasan was the trigger man for a wider plot.
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The enemy within shakes military: Victims from Fort Hood shooting arrive at Dover Air Force Base

BY Matthew Lysiak In Fort Hood, Tex. and Corky Siemaszko
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS


US Army Sgt. Maj. Leroy Walker Jr. wipes away tears during a candle light vigil on November 6, 2009 at Fort Hood.
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US Army Sgt. Maj. Leroy Walker Jr. wipes away tears during a candle light vigil on November 6, 2009 at Fort Hood.
U.S. Army Specialist Sheldon Rabago (c.), Nancy Rabago and their son Owen Rabago mourn together during a vigil. CLICK ON PHOTO for MORE PHOTOS.
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The 13 victims of the Fort Hood massacre were flown Friday night to Dover Air Force Base, the transit point for generations of soldiers slain by foreign enemies.

Only these were victims of an enemy from within.

As the coffins bearing 12 soldiers and a civilian base worker were loaded on an Air Force aircraft for the long flight to Delaware, the feds were trying to fathom why a U.S. Army shrink opened fire on his fellow soldiers.

There were reports that Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan - a Muslim opposed to the war in Iraq who once posted a comment sympathetic to suicide bombers on the Internet - hollered "Allahu Akbar!" before firing Thursday.

Army officials could not confirm that Hasan shouted "God is great" in Arabic. Wounded survivor Alonzo Lunsford told his wife, Gherri, the killer let his two guns do the talking.

"He didn't say a word," Lunsford told his wife.

Hasan, 39, told relatives he'd been harassed by other soldiers for his faith. Last month, soldier John Van de Walker, 30, was arrested for scratching Hasan's Honda with a key, police said.

The manager of the Killeen, Tex., apartment complex where Hasan lived said the vandal had returned from Iraq and targeted Hasan because he of a Muslim bumper sticker.

"No one should have to deal with that kind of hate. Maybe he snapped," said Alice Thompson, 53.

Gen. George Casey, the Army chief of staff, said investigators haven't pinned down the motive for the massacre, only that it caught them completely by surprise.

"This was a kick in the gut," said Casey.

Silence reigned at Fort Hood and at U.S. military bases around the world at 1:34 p.m. local time on Saturday- one day to the minute after Hasan started shooting.

It was the worst mass shooting ever at an American military base.

President Obama ordered flags flown at half-staff on all federal buildings until Veteran's Day, which is next Wednesday, as "a modest tribute" to the victims.

"We don't know all the answers yet," said Obama, who intends to attend a base memorial service. "What we do know is there are families, friends, and an entire nation grieving right now."

Adding to the horror was the revelation that one soldier who died was pregnant. Francheska Velez, a 21-year-old Chicagoan who had just returned from a foreign posting, was filling out paperwork when she was shot.

Hasan might have claimed more victims were it not for Sgt. Kimberly Munley, a courageous civilian cop who shot Hasan four times - even after she was hit.

"She walked up and basically engaged him," said Lt. Gen. Robert Cone, base


Hasan was moved from Fort Hood to an Army hospital in San Antonio, where he was in critical but stable condition and breathing with the aid of a ventilator.

Witnesses said Hasan was wearing an Army uniform and remained steely calm as he fired. He was armed with a revolver and a semi-automatic pistol known as a "cop killer."

When the shooting was over, Hasan lay motionless, leading officials to mistakenly assume he was dead.

Battle-hardened Sgt. Howard Appleby of the Bronx said, "It looked like a war zone. It was unbelievable. Guys were screaming and yelling."

Army Col. John Rossi, deputy commander at Fort Hood, said 23 people remained hospitalized, about half still in intensive care. Rossi said that Hasan fired more than 100 rounds and that his weapons were "purchased locally."

Law enforcement sources said Hasan bought the "cop killer" pistol at "Guns Galore" in Killeen.

Hasan, who specialized in combat stress, was about to be deployed to Afghanistan. So were most of his victims.

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Tex.) said Hasan - who had worked with the wounded for years at Walter Reed Army Medical Center - tried to get his orders changed.

Neighbors said Hasan emptied out his pad before the rampage, giving away several copies of the Koran, the Muslim holy book.

"He stopped by in the morning on the day before the shooting and he brought over lots of fresh vegetables," said neighbor Patricia Villa, 47. "He gave me a suit for my husband and pants and shirts. I just thought he was being nice.

"He offered me 60 dollars to clean his apartment. I didn't do it."

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'Tough cookie' Sgt. Kimberly Munley took down Fort Hood gunman, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan

BY Rich Schapiro
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

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Munley with her two daughters.

Tiny but tenacious, Sgt. Kimberly Munley was a "tough cookie" nicknamed Mighty Mouse long before her heroic takedown of the Fort Hood shooter.

"She's the happiest, sweetest, most fun-loving girl you'd ever want to be friends with - and never want to cross," close friend Drew Peterson said Friday.

Munley, a 34-year-old mom of two, proved her mettle Thursday when Maj. Nidal Hasan launched his bloody rampage at the Army base.

Just three minutes after Hasan shot up his fellow soldiers, Munley tracked him down outside a pre-deployment facility and unloaded on him at close range.

"She fired on him twice and drew the attention toward her. He immediately spun around and charged her," said Chuck Medley, director of emergency services at Fort Hood.

"She fired a couple more rounds and fell back, continuing to fire."

Munley was hit in both legs and her wrist during the gun battle but stayed on her feet and kept firing at the charging gunman.

"She struck him a couple times in the upper torso and he went down," Medley said.

"When she rounded that corner, she made a split-second decision to put her life at risk. If she had not responded the way she had, we would have had an extremely high number of dead and injured."

Munley, a civilian cop employed by the Army, was recovering at the hospital Friday and was unavailable for comment, but she was doing well enough to take several calls from friends.

"She said one of the bullets hit an artery and she lost a lot of blood, but she sounded in good spirits," said country music singer Dierks Bentley, who met Munley at a July 4 event and called her Friday.

"She was laughing and joking."

To her friends, relatives and former colleagues in North Carolina, Munley's bravery was par for the course.

Wrightsville Beach Police Investigator Shaun Appler told the Daily News how the 120-pound cop saved him from an assailant who jumped him.

Appler was conducting a DWI traffic stop in January 2001 when he got into a heated argument with a driver and called for backup.

When Munley arrived, Appler had been tackled to the ground and was struggling to hold onto his gun.

"She actually launched on the back of this guy and together we were able to subdue him," Appler said.

'Mighty Mouse'

"Without her help, who knows how it would have turned out? From that point on, I've called her Mighty Mouse. She was never afraid to get in the middle of things."

Peterson, 27, said he was far from surprised to hear Munley may have prevented many more deaths at Fort Hood.

"She was born and bred to be a police officer. If you were ever to be in a fight, she'd be the first person to stand up next to you and back you up," he said.

"She's a tough cookie."

A native of Carolina Beach whose father served as mayor, Munley became a cop in nearby Wrightsville Beach in 2000 and quickly forged a reputation as a cop who never shied from a challenge.

"She's pretty much fearless," Chief John Carey said. "She is a small-framed person, but she was always willing to jump in and help other officers."

Munley also distinguished herself with her firearm skills.

"She's a very good shot," Carey said.

After serving with the Wrightsville Beach force and at a local hospital, she moved to Texas and enlisted in the Army in 2005.

Munley spent two years as a chemical operations specialist before becoming a civilian cop assigned to Fort Hood.

Her stepmother, Wanda Barbour, said her family has become accustomed to her acts of courage.

"When I heard a female officer was involved, I knew in my heart it was her," Barbour said. "I wasn't surprised at all that she was right there. It's just the way she is."

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Suspect Could Face Death Penalty in Fort Hood Shooting

By Catherine Donaldson-Evans

AP


Army psychiatrist Major Nidal Hasan is suspected of a deadly rampage at the Fort Hood base in Texas.

Army psychiatrist Major Nidal Hasan is suspected of a deadly rampage at the Fort Hood base in Texas.


The Army psychiatrist suspected in Thursday's deadly Fort Hood rampage in Texas could get the death penalty if he is convicted of multiple counts of first-degree murder — and military law experts say the evidence against him will be substantial.

American-born Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan has yet to be charged but is expected to face at least 13 counts of murder, one for each of the victims who died, as well as numerous assault and weapons charges in a court-martial.

"Obviously, we're all guessing, but it's reasonable to believe that he will be convicted and sentenced to death," said retired Navy lawyer Philip Cave, now a military crimes defense attorney.

Cave estimated that Hasan, 39, would spend between five and 15 years in the military's court martial system.

"It will be a long charge sheet," military law scholar Richard Rosen told KCBD.com, "one longer than I've ever seen in my life time in the Army."

Though the number of wounded has fluctuated, at least 30, including Hasan, and possibly up to 38 were injured in the mass shooting at the Army base in Killeen.

Army Secretary John McHugh said Friday an investigation is proceeding but no charges have yet been filed against Hasan.

Rosen, a retired colonel who was stationed at Fort Hood for 10 years, called the shooting "tragic and horrible."

"Legal advice is being given at all levels of command right now," Rosen told KCBD.com

Only 10 members of the American military have been put to death with approval from the president since 1951 under the Uniform Code of Military Justice — the armed services' legal system.

The last military execution was the 1961 hanging of Army Pvt. John Bennett for rape. Another defendant, Pvt. Ronald Gray, was scheduled to be executed in December 2008 for multiple murders and rape, but a stay was granted mere days before the execution.

But the massacre at Fort Hood has been called the worst mass shooting ever on an American military base.

"All things being equal, he may well be one of those executions," Cave told FoxNews.com.

Hasan is believed to have methodically and calmly opened fire on his fellow comrades as they filled out medical paperwork and underwent testing at a processing center that handles soldiers coming and going to war.

Around 1:30 p.m. Thursday, witnesses say a man later identified as Hasan jumped up on a desk and shouted the words "Allahu Akbar!" — Arabic for "God is great!" He was armed with at least one semiautomatic pistol capable of firing up to 20 rounds without reloading. He shot about 100 rounds before civilian police officer Kim Munley wounded him with four rounds.

Though his motive remains unclear, speculation has swirled that he was dreading his own imminent deployment to the battlefields in Afghanistan, where he was to continue his work counseling fellow soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress and other mental turmoil.

Relatives and associates say Hasan was critical of both the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and did everything he could to avoid being on the frontlines.

No one who knew him, however, expected him to be driven to kill.

The suspected gunman's Palestinian uncle told Fox News that the family was "shocked" by the allegations and had no indication Hasan was capable of such violence.

"He was very quiet, very nice, never been upset, always a smile," Rafiq Ismail told Fox News in Ramallah, the West Bank. "Till now, we did not believe he did it. ... Something happened, made him snap or something."

As a psychiatrist, Hasan had for years listened to other soldiers' tales of war horrors. Cave said if Hasan's lawyers can show that he himself was suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) — which can happen to psychiatrists and can be a successful legal strategy — then they might use that in their defense in an attempt to land Hasan a lesser sentence.

But Cave doesn't think Hasan would be sentenced to anything less than life in prison.

Terror charges also could be filed, he said, but only if the government has hard evidence that Hasan was linked to and acting on behalf of an actual terrorist group.

In trying to prove premeditation, Cave expects prosecutors to point to the fact that Hasan had been saying goodbye to friends and giving away most of his belongings, including copies of the Koran, and left several messages for neighbors the morning of the killings.

"Nice knowing you, old friend," Hasan said in a 5 a.m. Thursday voicemail to neighbor Willie Bell. "I'm going to miss you."

Cave said the defense probably would counter that those actions were those of a man about to be sent overseas to war.

Fox News' Reena Ninan and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Bodies of soldiers killed at Fort Hood transported to Dover AFB

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A U.S.; Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft will arrive at Dover Air Force Base the night of Nov. 6 with the remains of 12 U.S. Army soldiers and one U.S. Army civilian employee killed Nov. 5 during a gunman's rampage at Fort Hood, Texas.

Upon arrival the bodies will be transported to the Air Force Mortuary Operations Center.

The families of the Fort Hood servicemen have not authorized media coverage and media access to the base will be restricted.

A forensic investigation, including a complete autopsy, will be performed by the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology’s Office of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner. The autopsy results will be made available to the appropriate federal agencies active in the ongoing investigation into the shooting.

Army Casualty and Mortuary Affairs Operations is working closely with affected families to determine their wishes regarding final preparation of their loved ones remains.


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From Humdrum Day to a Scene of Chaos

Sgt. Jason Krawczyk/U.S. Army

The shootings forced people at Ford Hood to improvise. This wounded soldier was carried to an ambulance on a table.

By CAMPBELL ROBERTSON and RAY RIVERA

FORT HOOD, Tex. —
The Soldier Readiness Processing Center, a network of low buildings on Fort Hood, is as dreary as it sounds. It is where soldiers who are deploying overseas go to square away their medical paperwork. A visit means hearing tests, dental exams, shots and long, long lines.

Sgt. Johnny Kallon, 30, a human resources specialist, was visiting the center on Thursday afternoon to make some corrections on medical paperwork before shipping to Iraq. Then he heard something.

“Boom, boom, boom,” Sergeant Kallon said Friday. “Then it stopped. Then there were four more.”

And with that the center became the site of possibly the most lethal rampage on an American military base in history.

Upon hearing the booms, Sergeant Kallon, a native of Sierra Leone, stood up. “Everyone is running, screaming, yelling,” he recalled.

He paused as the sounds of the shooting moved toward him, then walked into the office next to him and shut the door behind him. He saw three women, two huddling under a desk and a third trying to climb into a refrigerator.

Sergeant Kallon pulled his phone from his pocket and dialed 911. “Then I just lay down flat,” he said, “and I started praying.”

The horror cascaded outward, shattering the mundane routines of a Thursday afternoon.

The crowd in a waiting room, once an annoyance of daily life to be griped about, became, to Specialist Elliot Valdez, who came upon the scene soon after the shooting had stopped, “fish in a barrel.” He said: “It’s too easy. You can close your eyes and hit eight people.”

Outside the center, Pfc. Jeffrey Pearsall, 21, was sitting in his white Ford pickup truck, waiting for his friend Pfc. Marquest Smith. Both are to go to Afghanistan in January.

Private Pearsall had forgotten some paperwork and was going to come back himself later. Private Smith, a 21-year-old father of two, was doing the paperwork for his allergy tags. Or that is what Private Pearsall thought.

Inside the center, Private Smith, having heard the gunfire, grabbed the administrative clerk sitting across from him by the collar and threw her to the floor. Flattening himself, he heard bullets popping; one came through the cubicle wall and nicked his boot.

Somebody shouted — mistakenly, as it turned out — that the gunman was out of rounds, and Private Smith made a run for it. Outside, he said, he saw the wounded screaming for help. Soldiers were already being treated by those who had made it out unharmed, by those who had themselves been wounded and by others who had shown up on the scene.

Private Smith ran back in and dragged two wounded soldiers outside, he said. Then he ran in again — and this time he saw the major with the guns.

“He had his back turned toward me,” Private Smith said. “And when I turned to run, that’s when I started hearing rounds going past my body, hitting the wall.”

Events began unfolding before Private Pearsall as he waited in his truck. At first, he said, people began running by, soldiers and civilians. Then a window at the center broke, and the terrified and wounded poured out. A soldier drenched in blood ran in front of the truck.

“Get in! Get in!” Private Pearsall yelled.

Wounded soldiers, medics, whoever could make it climbed into the back of his pickup truck. Then Private Pearsall took off for the emergency room at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center — where the suspected gunman, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, once worked.

Private Smith, remembering a wounded soldier who had been left behind, leaped from the moving truck and ran back to the scene, he said. (He would later arrive at the hospital with the soldier in a Cadillac that belonged to one of the casualties in the pick-up truck.)

The medics in the back of Private Pearsall’s truck, pressing on the wounds with torn clothing, yelled for him to speed up. A base police officer, apparently about to pull Private Pearsall over, looked into the bed of the pickup, already pooling with blood, and became an escort.

When Private Pearsall got to the emergency room, he jumped out of his truck and began banging on the door. The medical teams inside had not heard a thing.


Capt. Reis Ritz, 30, a doctor, was sitting in his office next to the emergency room, filling out the paperwork for his Thanksgiving leave, when the intercom announced a trauma situation — usually an unremarkable event signaling, say, a car crash on Highway 190 or an accidental shooting.

Captain Ritz strolled over to the emergency room, out of curiosity, and asked a colleague if anyone needed help. Yes, the colleague said. Take care of this woman.

She was middle-aged, a soldier, and she had a gunshot wound in her abdomen.

“Of course, my first question was, ‘Who shot you?’ “ Captain Ritz said. “And she said she didn’t know.”

Cars like Private Pearsall’s — bloody with wounded passengers — came first. Soldiers who had themselves been shot dragged their comrades in.

The care was makeshift but lifesaving: tables with legs broken off had become stretchers carried the victims, ripped T-shirts had been used as bandages and tourniquets.

Then the ambulances came, bringing four, five at a time.

“We knew something bad had happened right at that point,” said Janet DiPalma, a 50-year-old civilian nurse in the emergency room, “when they were coming in right one after the other.”

Investigating the Fort Hood Shooting
Ray Rivera of The New York Times on the latest developments in the Fort Hood rampage.

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Fort Hood victims bound for Dover Air Force Base

By Julian Barnes Washington Bureau

November 6, 2009

WASHINGTON -
The victims of Thursday's shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, are expected to be taken to Dover Air Force Base, which handles the remains of all troops killed overseas.

Officials said that the Delaware base had the counseling, mortuary and forensic teams in place to assist with the investigation and families.

Army officials confirmed that the alleged gunman, Maj. Nidal M. Husan, was due to be deployed overseas, but provided no additional information. Lt. Gen. Robert Cone said today that Hasan was to be deployed to Afghanistan, not Iraq as officials initially said.

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates was at the White House this morning, briefing President Obama on the shooting. Gates announced that the Department of Defense will observe a moment of silence throughout the world at 1:34 p.m. EST.

Top Army officials, including Army Secretary John McHugh and Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey, traveled to Fort Hood this morning. They are expected to participate in a news conference after the moment of silence.

The Army is sending a variety of counseling resources to aid victims families in Fort Hood, Maj. Gen. Kevin Bergner said. Three teams of chaplains and chaplain assistants will arrive in the next 48 hours. Ten more teams will be dispatched in the days after.

The military also will be sending behavioral health teams, family counselors and five combat stress control teams from Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.

Bergner said that some of the counseling would be focused on providing aid to Fort Hood counselors themselves.

"There is care for the caregivers and that is part of the capability going to Fort Hood," Bergner said.

Army officials have been slow at providing details of the attack. For hours on Friday, the public was told that Hasan had been killed in the attack, when in fact he was alive and in custody.

Bergner said the information was not corrected more promptly because of the "fog and friction" of the situation.


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Saturday Word: Fort Hood and Health Care

By Bernie Becker

President Obama uses his weekly address this week to express sympathy for those who lost loved ones at the Fort Hood shooting and also to hail the valor of those on the scene.

“It is a crime that would have horrified us had its victims been Americans of any background,” Mr. Obama says. “But it’s all the more heartbreaking and all the more despicable because of the place where it occurred and the patriots who were its victims.”

But, Mr. Obama adds, the tragedy also brought out the best in some. “We saw soldiers and civilians alike rushing to aid fallen comrades; tearing off bullet-riddled clothes to treat the injured; using blouses as tourniquets; taking down the shooter even as they bore wounds themselves.”

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Finally — after reports that the suspect at Fort Hood, Nidal Malik Hasan, who is Muslim, shouted what sounded like “Allahu Akbar” before opening fire — Mr. Obama paid tribute to the diverse nature of the military. “They are Americans of every race, faith, and station,” he says. “They are Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus and nonbelievers. They are descendants of immigrants and immigrants themselves. They reflect the diversity that makes this America. But what they share is a patriotism like no other.”

Republican Response: In the wake of Tuesday’s gubernatorial victories and with a health care vote in the House looming, Gov. Haley Barbour of Missisippi criticized the direction Democrats are taking the country in and asks if Democrats heard the “wake-up call” voters sent on Tuesday.

“Americans are a whole lot smarter than politicians give them credit for,” says Mr. Barbour, the head of the Republican Governors Association. “Americans want and need jobs. Congress has been focused on health and energy legislation that will cost millions of jobs. Hopefully, Tuesday’s fire alarm will get Washington’s eye back on the ball: back on job creation and economic growth.”

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And, echoing many other fellow Republicans, Mr. Barbour, now in his second term, calls on House Democrats to rip up their health care bill and start over.

Health Care Vote?: Of course, with the House planning to vote on its health care plan as early as Saturday evening, Mr. Barbour’s pleas for a fresh start look likely to fall on deaf ears.

As The Times’s David Herszenhorn and Robert Pear report, Democratic leaders in the House say they have secured roughly 205 votes for the health care plan and feel confident they will be able to lock down the necessary 218. But, as Mr. Herszenhorn and Mr. Pear also note, the majority leader in the House, Steny Hoyer, has said the scheduled Saturday vote could be pushed back.

In a post filed early Saturday morning, The Washington Post’s Lori Montgomery reports that the Democratic leadership has also decided how to proceed on what has proven to be quite the tricky matter: insurance coverage for abortion. According to Ms. Montgomery, anti-abortion Democrats will offer an amendment that would ban the proposed government-run insurance plan from covering the procedure. The provision, which has a good chance of passing, would pave the way for a number of the 40 anti-abortion Democrats to support the House plan. However, the move also angered some abortion rights supporters in the Democratic caucus.

The new rule is online.

Meanwhile, as Democratic leaders in the House lobby the holdouts, The Times’s Adam Nagourney finds that, contrary to what some thought, the fence sitters are not viewing the recent election results as that big a deal as they decide how to cast their vote.

“In interviews, members of Congress who are at the center of the debate — in particular, those facing tough re-election bids next year — said they were dealing with forces that had been in play long before Election Day, including factors such as how the bill would affect constituents and local doctors and hospitals,” Mr. Nagourney writes.

Elsewhere, Politico’s Andie Coller examines the whipping process in general, finding that the term “herding cats” might be a cliche, but it’s also a pretty apt metaphor. “Whips and staffers say members may hold out for many reasons, from principles to personality flaws,” Ms. Coller writes. “And even when the numbers look good, a small change in the bill itself, the political climate, or even in a member’s mood can upset the balance.”

And one final piece of health care: The Times’s David Kirkpatrick reports on Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s attempts to ensure both that more liberal priorities are in the House health care plan and that more vulnerable Democrats are in a better position to be reelected.

Job Market: The Times’s David Leonhardt reports that, while much attention was paid to the official jobless rate of 10.2 percent, 17.5 percent of the work force were either unemployed or underemployed in October. “If statistics went back so far, the measure would almost certainly be at its highest level since the Great Depression,” Mr. Leonhardt writes.

V for … : About 14 million people watched the premiere of ABC’s new sci-fi series “V” this week. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was not one of them. But at least a few people over at Fox News seem to have been tuning in.

Now, why is that important? Because the not-quite-what- they-seem aliens who invade Earth on “V” are offering hope, change — and universal health care. Television critics have called the show a parable for President Obama’s America — a comparison Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck have all endorsed. (Liberals like The New Republic’s Jonathan Chait have also noted the similarities, though not as gleefully as conservatives. )

When asked about the comparison between — as one reporter put it — a space alien and the president, Mr. Gibbs, who has a young son, responded that he’s more likely to watch Sponge Bob. (Tommy Christopher, the reporter who asked the question, has posted a transcript and some thoughts on the exchange.)

For the record, those behind the show have said development for it began back in 2007 and that they’re not looking to project any political message.

A Gopher in Hawkeye Land: Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has long been discussed as a potential — even likely — candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012. And his Saturday plans certainly won’t throw any cold water on those rumors: Mr. Pawlenty headlines a fund-raising dinner for the Republican Party in neighboring Iowa, home of the ever important first-in-the- nation caucuses.

Palin Speaks: With her memoir — which has set off a pre-sale frenzy — soon to be released, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin spoke at a Wisconsin Right to Life event on Friday. As The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports, security at the event was pretty tight — attendees were not allowed to bring in cell phones or strollers, among other items. But the paper still found out that Ms. Palin “lauded the state’s anti-abortion movement for legislative advances achieved over time” at the event.

Politico also reports that Ms. Palin, who starts a book tour soon, will be the Republican representative at the Gridiron Club’s Winter Dinner in December. (Massachusetts Representative Barney Frank will be there for the Democrats.)

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President Raises Fort Hood in Health Bill Push »

By Michael McAuliff


President Obama invoked the Fort Hood shootings in an emotional appeal to Democrats to pass health care reform today, contrasting the sacrifices of soldiers with political positioning.

The impassioned pitch to the entire Democratic caucus came hours before the House vote tonight on the signature issue of Obama’s presidency, with Democratic leaders struggling to keep members from conservative districts on board.

“He was absolutely inspiring. In a very moving way, he reminded us what sacrifice really is,” said New Jersey Rep. Rob Andrews, estimating the persuader-in- chief turned several votes.

“Sacrifice is not casting a vote that might lose an election for you; it is the sacrifice that someone makes when they wear the uniform of this country and that unfortunately a number of people made this week,” said Andrews.

“It made a lot of people feel a little less sorry for themselves about their political problems,” he added. “This is an emotional time for a lot of our folks politically, but this is politics and I think he correctly pointed out what’s a heck of a lot more important.”

Political problems embroiled Democrats into the early hours yesterday, as Hispanic members griped about anti-illegal immigrant restrictions that would prevent people in the country without permission from paying for their own insurance in any of the new insurance exchanges the bill would create.

They lost their fight, but anti-abortion Democrats succeeded in demanding an amendment to make women buy special abortion insurance in the insurance exchanges. If a woman wants an elective abortion covered, she would first have to buy a rider on her policy.

Michigan Rep. Bart Stupak, who engineered the amendment supported by Catholic bishops, said letting members vote on it was the only way to break a deadlock that nearly sank the bill before it could come to the floor.

“We all know it’s a polarizing issue,” Stupak said. “Let’s let everybody vote the way they have to vote.”

Some Democrats who won in Republican districts over the last two elections feared the Republican backlash for supporting the bill, but President Obama warned them that no matter how they vote, the GOP will still come after them next fall, and that they should be on the right side of history.

Democratic leaders believed they had enough members on board, but were still holding their breath as the final vote approached last night.

After talking to his party, President Obama also made his pitch to the public, saying from the Rose Garden it was up to the House to pass the bill.

“I reminded them that opportunities like this come around maybe once in a generation,” Obama said. “This is their moment, this is our moment, to live up to the trust that the American people have placed in us — even when it’s hard; especially when it’s hard. This is our moment to deliver.”

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what a scumbag thing to do... trying to push his agenda by exploiting the deaths of patriots. Unreal!


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Some of Fort Hood's wounded return home

05:59 PM CST on Saturday, November 7,
Associated Press

KILLEEN, Texas —

As the nation grieved for the 13 people killed in Thursday's attack at Fort Hood, there was a glimmer of encouragement on Saturday as some of the people wounded in the shooting were able to leave one hospital near the Army base.

Four of the 10 shooting victims who were taken to Scott and White Hospital in Temple, Texas, were released Saturday. Two people were still in intensive care but were no longer on ventilators, said the chairman of surgery at the hospital, Dr. W. Roy Smythe.

"Some are out of the woods," Smythe said at a news conference," but some of them, again, their injuries are so severe, only time will tell how they will do in the long run.”

The authorities say that a gunman, whom they identified as Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, a 39-year-old psychiatrist, fired more than 100 bullets inside Fort Hood's medical processing building on Thursday, killing 13 people and wounding 30 others. How he was able to execute such a deadly act — and why — has become the focus of federal investigators. Hasan was shot four times by a policewoman and is in serious condition at Brooke Medical Center in San Antonio, said investigators, who have yet to speak to him.

On Saturday, FBI agents went door to door in the predominately Muslim community adjoining the mosque that Hasan attended, asking residents if they knew him and what sorts of interactions they had with him.

The major was scheduled to be deployed to Afghanistan along with other mental health professionals.

Five of the 13 people who died in the shooting were from medical units. Three members of the 467th Combat Stress Control Detachment, of Madison, Wis., were identified as Sgt. Amy Krueger, 29, of Kiel, Wis., Capt. Russell Seager, 51, of Racine, Wis., and Maj. L. Eduardo Caraveo, 52, of Woodbridge, Va. Caraveo had been a licensed clinical psychologist for 20 years.

Two members of the 1908th medical detachment out of Topeka, Kan., were also confirmed dead in the attack: Capt. John Gaffaney, 56, of Serra Mesa, Calif., and Lt. Col. Juanita Warman, 55, raised in Pittsburgh and living in Independence, Mo.

The family of Michael G. Cahill, 62, a physician's assistant working as a civilian at the processing center, and living in Cameron, Texas, confirmed his death on Saturday. Cahill, originally from Spokane, Wash., had spent 23 years in the National Guard before going into contract civilian work.

"He had always worked in rural health care clinics or VA hospitals, he just loved working with the soldiers,” his daughter, Keely Cahill Vanacker, said in an interview on Saturday. "He always took care of the soldiers as people.” Vanacker said that as a physician assistant, her father frequently counseled soldiers with mental health issues.

Three weeks ago, Cahill had a heart attack, and pushed his doctors to let him return to the base a week later.

It was not immediately known whether Hasan had made targets of stress counselors, but acquaintances have said that in the months before the shooting, he made no secret of his dismay with American foreign policy or his distaste for his coming deployment to Afghanistan.

President Barack Obama used his weekly radio and Internet address on Saturday to celebrate the diversity of the armed forces.

"They are Americans of every race, faith and station,” Obama said. "They are Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus and nonbelievers. They reflect the diversity that makes this America."

In tribute to those killed, Obama has ordered flags at government buildings to fly at half-staff until Veterans Day, and the White House announced Saturday that he and the first lady, Michelle Obama, would attend a memorial service at Fort Hood on Tuesday.

Obama has made it a goal of his presidency to try to repair relations with Muslims around the world; in a major speech in Cairo this year, he called for a "new beginning" with the Muslim world. The shootings at Fort Hood, however, pose a different problem for the president, by shining a spotlight on the tensions Muslims can feel inside the United States.

In a Rose Garden appearance on Friday, Obama urged Americans not to "jump to conclusions" about the motives behind the shooting, a theme he echoed on Saturday.

"We cannot fully know what leads a man to do such a thing," he said in the Saturday address. "But what we do know is our thoughts are with every single one of the men and women who were injured at Fort Hood. Our thoughts are with all the families who've lost a loved one in this national tragedy.



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8 November 2009 | 01:44
FOCUS News Agency
Fort Hood, Texas. US President Barack Obama will attend a memorial service here this week to honor victims of the shooting rampage on the military base in which 13 people died, the White House said Saturday, AFP reported.
Investigators were meanwhile working around the clock to uncover the motives of the Muslim US army doctor suspected in the killings that also wounded 30 people.
Criminal investigators were poring over evidence to determine if the alleged shooter -- Major Nidal Malik Hasan, who survived shooting wounds and is under guard at a military hospital -- was motivated by Islamist ideology or had snapped under the pressure of his job counseling soldiers traumatized by combat.
In his weekly radio address on Saturday, Obama, ahead of the announcement of his traveling to the ceremony on Tuesday, called the mass-shooting "one of the most devastating ever committed on an American military base."
An initial search of Hasan's computer revealed no direct exchanges with known extremists, but US Army and FBI officials had yet to rule out possible links to terrorist groups, US media reported.
Earlier this year, the Federal Bureau of Investigation learned of Internet postings by a man calling himself Nidal Hasan that expressed support for suicide bombings.
Investigators were not able to determine yet whether the writer was Major Hasan, but the details fueled concerns that authorities may have missed warning signs prior to the attack at Fort Hood, Texas.

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Media perspective in the Ft. Hood massacre

Media perspective in the Ft. Hood massacre

By Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

7 November 2009: Consider this: the murderous actions of Nidal Malik HASAN at Ft. Hood on Thursday resulted in more deaths and injuries in that single attack than in 15 years of violence at abortion clinics in the U.S. and Canada. Two days after the bloodbath at Ft. Hood, government officials from the President to local politicians, the media, their pundits and other experts are publicly cautioning against linking any religious or ideological motives to the actions of Nidal Malik HASAN.

Immediately after the murder of Dr. George Tiller, a noted abortionist at a women’s clinic in Wichita, Kansas on May 31, 2009 and the subsequent arrest of “anti-abortion extremist Scott Roeder,” however, the motives behind the killing of Dr. Tiller were never questioned. Those same politicians and pundits who are currently urging the public not to jump to the conclusion that HASAN’s motives were religious and ideological in nature are the same who immediately concluded that the murder of Dr. Tiller was a result of an anti-abortion extremist.

The blatant hypocrisy does not end there.

Immediately after the arrest of Roeder, some politicians and media pundits declared that the murderous actions of Roeder and all other acts of violence against abortion clinics were fueled by conservative talk show hosts. Those who did not outright advocate some form of censorship of conservative talk radio demanded oversight and accountability to insure that the masses would not be whipped into unrestrained frenzy.

Yet, no one in the media is calling for the same oversight and accountability for the fiery and arguably seditious sermons being delivered at mosques in the U.S. and Canada. Agendas have never been more obvious.
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Muslim army officer id’d as “primary shooter” at Ft. Hood

Muslim army officer id’d as “primary shooter” at Ft. Hood

5 November 2009: The U.S. army officer identified as “the primary shooter” in a mass murder attack at Fort Hood was positively identified as Malik Nadal HASAN (a/k/a Nidal HASAN, Nidal Malik HASAN). According to military sources speaking to the Northeast Intelligence Network, investigators are looking at the possibility of additional suspects in this attack that left 11 dead and at least 30 more wounded in a shooting that took place this afternoon at Fort Hood.

According to sources at Ft. Hood, the suspect was “shouting in Arabic” as he fired his weapons. HASAN has been described as a Muslim who was extremely upset and increasingly outspoken about the role of the U.S. armed forces in Islamic countries, including Iraq and Afghanistan.

PROFILE: Malik Nadal HASAN a/k/a Nadal HASAN, Nidal HASAN

Malik Nadal HASAN

Malik Nadal HASAN

Malik Nadal HASAN (a/k/a Nadal HASAN, Nidal HASAN), shown at left, is the suspect and primary shooter in the attack at Fort Hood, Texas. HASAN is a Virginia Tech graduate who formerly lived in Vinton in Roanoke County, according to published reports. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry in 1997 and received his medical degree from the military’s Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md., in 2001. HASAN was a psychiatrist at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for six years before being transferred to Ft. Hood in July, 2009. While at Ft. Hood, HASAN worked at Darnall Army Medical Center.

PERSONAL: According to sources at Ft. Hood, HASAN was unmarried, had no children, and was preparing to be deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan.

PROFESSIONAL: Licensed in psychiatry

NIDAL MALIK HASAN
LICENSE # 0101238630
Issue Date: 7/12/2005
Expiration Date: 9/30/2010
Status: Current Active

FATHER: HASAN , Malik Awadallah Obituary: The Roanoke Times (Virginia) Published Saturday, April 18, 1998

HASAN , Malik Awadallah, 52, passed away Thursday, April 16, 1998, at his home in Vinton. He was born in Palestine on August 7, 1946, and emigrated to the United States at age 16, spending most of his life in Virginia. He moved to Roanoke in 1985 and began a successful business career. He is best remembered for his cheerfulness, honesty and kindness toward everyone. He owned the infamous Capitol Restaurant on the market for many years. Most recently, he established the Mount Olive Grill and Bar and was renovating the Community Grocery on Elm Avenue. He is survived by his wife, Hanan; three sons, Nidal , Anas and Eyad; a sister; four brothers; 33 nieces and nephews; 37 great-nieces and great-nephews, and scores of extended family. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 19, at Everly Funeral Home in Fairfax. Interment will follow in National Memorial Park in Falls Church. Friends may call the funeral home at XXX

MOTHER: HASAN , Hanan Ismail, (NORA) Obituary: The Roanoke Times (Virginia) Published Thursday, May 31, 2001

HASAN , Hanan Ismail, (Nora), 49, passed away Wednesday, May 30, 2001, surrounded by her loved ones. She was born in Palestine January 15, 1952 and came to the United States as a young girl. She moved to Roanoke in 1986 after her husband, the late Malik Hasan, came here the year before to begin what would be a successful business venture for the entire family. Nora became infamous in Roanoke for her leadership in running the Capitol Restaurant, formerly located on the Market. She was known for her ability to keep sometimes rowdy customers out of trouble and always had a warm meal for someone who otherwise would not have anything to eat that evening. She was also a major figure at the Community Grocery Store and in the establishment of the Mount Olive Grill and Bar. She was preceded in death by her husband three years ago. She is survived by her three sons, Nidal , Anas, and Eyad; her parents; six sisters; two brothers; 29 nieces and nephews; 2 great-nieces; and scores of extended family. She will be greatly missed by all those who knew her. Funeral services and prayers will be held May 31 at Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church at 1 p.m. Interment will follow in National Memorial Park. Please send condolences to the Hasan Family c / o Community Grocery, 124 Elm Avenue, SW, Roanoke, Va. 24016.

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Silent screams and stifled statistics

Silent screams and stifled statistics

By Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

4 November 2009: Twenty year-old Noor Faleh Almaleki of suburban Phoenix died Monday, becoming the latest non-statistic in a rising number of honor killings taking place across the U.S. by Muslims. These honor killings are perpetrated by practicing Muslims against their own family members who believe such action is sanctioned by (Islamic) Sharia law. In the case of the young Ms. Almaleki, her Iraqi-born father, Faleh Hassan Almaleki, has been charged with running over his own daughter and her boyfriend’s mother with his vehicle for allegedly engaging in behavior considered “shameful” under Islam. It is interesting and relevant to note that although Faleh Almaleki admitted his actions to police, authorities have steadfastly declined to release any information about what the suspect actually said during police questioning.

While the murder of Ms. Almaleki is itself significant, murder and other crimes of violence taking place in the U.S., Canada and throughout the West by Muslim adherents of Islamic jurisprudence should be ringing some very serious statistical alarm bells within the law enforcement community, prosecutorial agencies and judicial venues. Instead, the exact opposite is taking place due to carefully crafted influence exerted on and within the United States Department of Justice. That influence is well over a decade old, but gained significant ground with the creation and implementation of “outreach programs” at the federal level following the attacks of 9/11.

It is not merely enough that murder and other domestic crimes of violence as a result of the religious and cultural tenets of Islam are not being publicly acknowledged, they are not being statistically identified. Consequently, the adverse impact by the adherents to fundamentalist Islam on our society and to our culture is not being routinely addressed. Further, the threats to non-Muslims as “collateral damage” in Muslim honor killings, as clearly illustrated in the Almaleki case, are not being properly disclosed.

Moreover, violent domestic crime that is directly related to the Islamic culture that continues to be imported into the U.S. is easily downplayed in the absence of any reliable justice department statistics showing otherwise. Not only is this practice deceptive by design, it has the potential to create more victims like Ms. Almaleki. Left unchanged, it will.

One of the more recent, high-profile cases where the lack of crime statistics played a role is that of Rifqa Bary, a 17 year-old girl who fled from her Ohio home to Florida due to her alleged fear of falling victim to the ultimate punishment under Sharia law at the hands of her family. During a lengthy, frequently convoluted and often emotional process of court hearings and legal maneuvers, it was ultimately ruled that the minor Rifqa must be returned to the custody of her parents.

As an investigator with substantial field and courtroom experience, I followed that case closely, and it is indeed my professional opinion that there is a legitimate threat to the life of Rifqa Bary. Although I believe that there was a failure of the judiciary to give adequate weight to the testimony of lay witnesses, I do not believe that the judge should shoulder all of the blame in this case. I make that statement with complete knowledge of its potential unpopularity, but base it on an evaluation of direct, non-anecdotal evidence accessible to the supporters of Rifqa.

Bloggers in support of Rifqa were emotionally charged and contributed to an almost circus-like atmosphere outside of the courtroom at the Florida hearings. They can hardly be blamed for their emotional reactions to a system that relies more on bureaucratic agencies that have been infiltrated and co-opted by Islamic interests disguised as “PC speak” than reality. This is the same “politically correct” system that is presently being forced upon every mind-numb American by the so-called progressives to the ultimate peril of our freedoms, our culture and ultimately our nation.

In the case of Rifka Bary, wars of words erupted and degraded into shouting matches between shills for Muslim advocacy groups and Rifka’s supporters while an ambivalent and bemused media watched. Many valid points in support of Ms. Bary’s petition were made, but the bureaucratic machinery that most often holds the most weight in such legal machinations, although functionally incompetent, prevailed.

Perhaps if the team of well-intentioned proponents of Rifqa Bary were able to cite currently non-existent crime report statistics illustrating the existence of a clear and present threat, combined with other direct evidence, the case might have turned out differently. Instead, the emotional outcries overshadowed any possibility of delivering even the slightest bit of coherency which, of course, is exactly what the media reported. The legal system, hobbled by the strong lobby of progressives - Islam’s current bed partners - failed Rifqa.

To the peril of every non-Muslim in the West, specifically in the U.S. and Canada, our respective justice departments, law making and law enforcement agencies have been effectively neutered through infiltration or marginalized by operatives of refined, well orchestrated and heavily bankrolled Islamic advocacy groups. The most notable of these groups of course, is the Council on American and Islamic Relations (CAIR) and CAIR Canada, whose rabid pro-Islamist operatives have managed to gain positions or exert influence inside a variety of law enforcement agencies on all levels. Perhaps the most insidious infiltration of all, however, is within the U.S. Department of Justice.

As a result, all statistics involving Muslims, from hate crimes to honor killings have been deliberately and dishonestly skewed. Facing the possibility of protracted litigation from predatory lawsuits over religious discrimination and civil rights violations, as well as the unpopular political fallout such actions would create, top administration officials could not succumb fast enough to the metastatic growth of political correctness that is running a gauntlet for Islamic interests. Their acquiescence traded our individual and collective security for the illusion of fairness, and abandoned intellectual honesty to appease special interests.

It has never been more obvious than in the sad case of Noor Faleh Almaleki, who could effectively serve as “Exhibit A” for the “next” Rifqa Bary.

“Hate crimes” & “Honor Killings”

Every year since 1929, annual crime statistics have been compiled from the records of police departments across the United States. Those statistics comprise the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program. Since 1930, the FBI has been publishing annual crime statistics in a comprehensive report known as Crime in the United States (CIUS). That report currently reflects statistics collected from 17,876 police departments across the U.S., according to the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics.

Of the 17,876 departments, 13,241 law enforcement agencies participated in the UCR Program’s hate crime data collection in 2007. That same year, there were 7,624 incidents classified as “hate crimes” submitted by 2,025 agencies, according to 2007 Uniform Crime Report of Hate Crime Statistics.

Investigation and research by this author into the documentation that comprises hate crime statistics for 2007 (the figures for 2008 will be available through the FBI on November 23, 2009) found that the parameters used for “hate crimes” against Muslims are exceptionally broad and artificially inflated as a result. These expanded parameters are, in many cases, the direct result of CAIR officials demanding certain dubious questionable events to be included in anti-Muslim hate crime statistics. Examples are plentiful, and include unverified reports of minimal, if not insignificant property damage at mosques and Islamic centers. A trampled flower bed at a mosque, as one example, was listed as an anti-Islamic “hate crime” statistic.

In 2007, crimes classified as having their motivation in anti-Muslim bias amounted to about 9 percent of all hate crimes. By contrast, crimes against Jews, or those having an anti-Semitic motive amounted to nearly 70% during that same period. Despite those figures and the obvious disparity, there has been a continual and vociferous demand for special considerations within law enforcement on behalf of Muslims due to the deceitful embellishment of post-9/11 anti-Islamic bias. Although the statistics for 2008 are not yet published, a review of available reports indicates that the anti-Islamic motivated crimes have dropped significantly. Nonetheless, claims of anti-Islamic bias have risen exponentially during that same period.

Meanwhile, statistics of crimes by Muslims against Muslims, specifically those involving domestic violence, from Sharia sanctioned spousal abuse to “honor killings” are not maintained. The omission of this statistical classification is not due to its rarity, but by deliberate omission. Although the raw statistics exist within the comprehensive CIUS report, they are not properly categorized within the UCR Program’s hate crime data collection. Therefore, they remain a statistic that does not officially exist, except for the victims of such crimes.

To obtain a better perspective regarding honor killing, consider that the results of an epidemiological study recently published in the European Journal of Public Health identified that one in every five homicides in Pakistan is an “honor killing.” Even as alarming as that number might be, that figure is considered to be much lower than the actual number due to cultural and reporting factors, according to the author of the study.

Unsurprisingly, statistics regarding honor killings and other forms of domestic violence among Muslims from over half of the Muslim nations researched found numbers to be consistent with those of Pakistan or higher. In those cultures, women are not only unequal to men, but husbands may beat their wives in Sharia compliant venues. At its most extreme, honor killings are accepted and sanctioned under Sharia law. Considering the number of Muslims who have moved to the U.S. and Canada who remain adherent to the tenets of Sharia law, it would be unreasonable and intellectually dishonest not to address this issue.

One should not expect officials of CAIR or CAIR Canada, including those who are involved in shaping policy at justice department levels, to endorse the compilation of statistics regarding domestic crimes in Muslim families in the U.S. or Canada. Despite their self-described depiction as an advocate of Islamic civil rights and contrary to their public position, some CAIR officials and leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood associated with CAIR have endorsed all of the aspects of Sharia law, including those that accept or tacitly approve of Sharia justice. Do not let CAIR, the media, or any government agency or official tell you otherwise.

If we continue on this same path, there will be many more victims like Noor Faleh Almaleki, and more court rulings placing young women in peril like the case of Rifqa Bary. Changing direction will require changing policy. And policy change can only happen when those who have the power to make such changes accept the facts about Islam not only as a religion, but as a culture and political process - and have the courage to stand up and speak out.

Otherwise, the statistics that scream out for disclosure will be drowned out only by the screams of cultural Islam’s next victims.
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The Ft. Hood co-conspirators

The Ft. Hood co-conspirators

By Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

6 November 2009: The shooting attack at Ft. Hood Thursday by a Muslim soldier is anything but an isolated incident. It is the latest in a series of attacks by Muslim soldiers who have violated their oath to protect and defend this country, instead placing their allegiance in the religion, culture and political system known as Islam. Even if it is ultimately determined that Nidal Malik HASAN was the sole perpetrator in this mass murder, there are co-conspirators.

The co-conspirators are each and every politician, policymaker and pundit who has force-fed the American people the lie that Islam “is a religion of peace” or is a “religion hijacked. Whether it is for the shallow purposes of political expediency, political correctness or just plain naiveté, those who espouse and advance this perilous view have their share of innocent blood on their hands.

The latest murderous rampage should be sufficient to illustrate that Islam is totally incompatible with freedom, democracy and Western culture. Faced with the choice between upholding their oath to the United States and advancing Islam by any means possible, it will always be the latter. As soon as people begin to understand and accept this concept, we can better secure our homeland and lower the potential body count of innocent men, women and children.

There are some who contend - with a straight face, no less - that “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder” (PTSD) might be the cause for HASAN’s murder spree. The only “stressors” in this case would result from attempting to reconcile the irreconcilable.

If the mass murder at Ft. Hood yesterday is not convincing enough, how about the March 23, 2003 grenade attack by Muslim Sgt. Hasan Karim Akbar that killed Army Captain Christopher Seifert and Air Force Major Gregory Stone and wounded 14 others? Or the June 1st, 2009 shooting attack at the Little Rock recruiting center by 23 year-old Muslim Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, who killed two officers?

Of course, the treachery is not just limited to murder. While serving as a naval signalman on board the USS Benfoldin the months following the attack on the USS Cole, Hassan Abujihaad (a/k/a Paul R. Hall) actively provided Islamic terrorists with sensitive information about the location of Navy ships and their weaknesses. He also discussed sniper attacks on military personnel and attacks on U.S. military recruitment sites with Muslim terrorists as well. For his crimes, Abujihaad is currently serving a ten-(10) year sentence.

There is also U.S. Army captain James “Yousef” LEE, the former Muslim chaplain charged with espionage while serving at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. YEE was arrested at a U.S. airport on charges of espionage after he was caught in possession of detailed maps of the detention facility along with other classified materials. In addition to YEE, two other Islamic Arabic translators stationed at Guantanamo were convicted of unauthorized possession of classified documents.

Ultimately, the U.S. Army opted not to proceed with the espionage charges against YEE due to national security concerns arising from the evidence that would be made available to the public at the trial.Nonetheless, the facts are the facts.

The common thread here is Islam. Allowing Muslims to serve in the U.S. military in 2009 makes as much sense as if we would have allowed Nazi’s to serve in our armed forces in 1939. It would have been lunacy then, and its lunacy now.

Apparently, the wholesale murder of nearly 3,000 people on 9/11 by Muslim terrorists and the 14,000 terrorist attacks since by Muslim terrorists is not enough to compel politicians or pundits to admit the obvious. It is unlikely that another dozen or so victims will either.

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Grenade attack against U.S. Soldiers

Sgt. Hasan Karim Akbar (born Mark Fidel Kools)

Akbar was charged in a hand grenade and shooting attack that killed Army Captain Christopher Seifert and Air Force Major Gregory Stone of the 327th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, while wounding 14 other soldiers on March 23, 2003. He was convicted of two counts of premeditated murder and three counts of attempted premeditated murder on April 21, 2005. Notably, during his trial Akbar smuggled scissors out of a conference room, then asked the Military Police Officer guarding him to remove his hand cuffs so he could use the restroom. When the officer removed Akbar’s restraints, he stabbed the officer in the neck and shoulder before being wrestled to the ground by another officer.

He was sentenced to death on April 28, the jury deliberating for around 7 hours. Following an appeal by Akbar, Lieutenant General John Vines, commander of the 18th Airborne Corps, affirmed the death sentence against Akbar on November 20, 2006. News report

Attack on military recruiting office

Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, 23, (a/k/a Carlos Bledsoe)

June 1, 2009: killed William Long, 24, of Conway, and wounded Quinton Ezeagwula, 18, of Jacksonville at a Litle Rock, AR military recruiting center. Muhammad was under investigation by the FBI, JTTF since his return from Yemen. News report

Espionage

Hassan Abujihaad (a/k/a Paul R. Hall)

March 2007: Abujihaad was convicted of disclosing the location of Navy ships and their weaknesses to an online forum in April 2001 while serving as a naval signalman on board the USS Benfold. According to federal prosecutors involved in this case, Abujihaad also discussed sniper attacks on military personnel and attacks on U.S. military recruitment sites.

On 5 March, 2008 Abujihaad was convicted by a jury and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

James Yousef LEE

Remember U.S. Army captain James “Yousef” LEE, the former Muslim chaplain charged with espionage while serving at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba? YEE was arrested at a U.S. airport on charges of espionage after he was caught in possession of detailed maps of the detention facility along with other classified materials. In addition to YEE, two other Arabic translators stationed at Guantanamo were also convicted of unauthorized possession of classified documents.

Ultimately, the U.S. Army opted not to proceed with the espionage charges against YEE due to national security concerns arising from the evidence that would be made available to the public at the trial.
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“Force Protection Directive” advised increase in security, warned of “complacency”

“Force Protection Directive” advised increase in security, warned of “complacency”

By Sean Osborne, Assistant Director, Military Affairs Specialist

5 November 2009: A directive labeled “For Official Use Only” was issued to U.S. military bases, operation centers, and other potential targets of terror attacks by US Northern Command’s (NORTHCOM) Joint Operations Center commander General Victor E. Renuart, Jr., in September. General Renuart is also Commander NORAD. General Renuart’s directive was issued as a result of recently thwarted domestic Islamic bombing plots, including plots specifically targeting U.S. military installations, and directed all domestic U.S. military installations to re-evaluate their internal security.

According to General Renuart, the present and most pressing problem facing NORTHCOM is the vulnerability of U.S. facilities to attack and complacency. He stressed that the US military must become smarter at providing security to its bases, noting that the threat to US military installations is real. The directive is summarized in an article at this link.
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Base Officer Ended Fort Hood Shooting, Officials Say


By Viola Gienger and Margot Habiby

Nov. 7 (Bloomberg) --

A civilian police officer at Fort Hood whose shots stopped a killer’s rampage is a member of a special reaction team and a weapons expert who probably saved lives with her response, officials say.

The officer, Kimberly Munley, 35, was hospitalized and in stable condition yesterday after suffering gunshots to the wrist and legs when she exchanged fire Nov. 5 with the suspect, U.S. Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan.

The incident left 13 dead and 30 with wounds that required hospitalization, officials said. The officials also said the carnage could have been worse as the suspect stormed a crowded waiting room, reloading and firing more than 100 rounds from a semi-automatic machine pistol with an extended magazine.

“She eliminated the threat. She did what she was trained to do,” said Munley’s supervisor, Chuck Medley, director of emergency services at the army base in Texas. “She saved, in my mind, no doubt, countless lives.”

The shooting shook the largest military base in the U.S. as the Defense Department searches for ways to ease the stress on soldiers cycling through multiple and lengthened deployments to feed eight years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Military suicide rates that once were lower than those among civilians exceeded the figure for the general population in 2008.

Hasan allegedly opened fire at a “readiness center” at Fort Hood, where soldiers were awaiting services such as medical and dental care.

‘Heroes’

Munley and civilian policeman Mark Todd, who also confronted Hasan, “will be appropriately regarded as heroes in the future,” Texas Governor Rick Perry said today at a press conference outside the Temple, Texas, hospital where some of the shooting victims were treated. “There’s no telling how many lives they saved because of their purposeful and selfless actions.”

Todd shot Hasan before kicking his weapon away and cuffing him, according to the Associated Press. Todd, who wasn’t wounded, said he did what he was trained to do and rejected being called a hero, AP said.

Medley said the civilian police and fire departments on the base began receiving 911 emergency calls about 1:23 p.m. local time. Munley was in the vicinity, and by 1:27, she had engaged the suspect with her own weapon.

Responding to Scene

“She responded to the scene, saw some injured and scared people trying to move out of the area,” Medley told reporters at Fort Hood yesterday. She determined the suspect’s location by sight or sound and rounded a corner into a kind of courtyard, where she saw Hasan pursuing an injured soldier, Medley said.

She fired. Hasan turned toward her and charged, firing rapidly, Medley said. She returned fire and took cover.

Bullets had struck each of them about the same time, Munley in the legs and wrist and Hasan in the upper torso, Medley said.

“He went down,” Medley said.

Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, was moved yesterday to Brooke Army Center in San Antonio, said Colonel John Rossi, the deputy commander at Fort Hood. He “was intubated and not able to converse,” Rossi said at a press conference last night.

Perry said he spoke with Munley yesterday. “We should be thankful we have people like that in America standing between us and the bad guys,” the Republican governor said at the news conference at Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple, about 30 miles east of Fort Hood.

Munley “is very understated,” Perry said. “She totally understands the gravity of what has occurred” and is “a classic public servant who is interested in going on with her life and making sure an event like this never happens again.”

Cousin’s Statement

Hasan’s cousin, Nader Hasan, issued a statement yesterday expressing grief for the shooting’s victims and their families. “We are mortified and there is no justification whatsoever for what happened,” he said.

Medley said by the time he arrived at the scene, soldiers were trying to move their injured compatriots to safe areas and provide first aid to the wounded.

“It was an exceptional scene,” he said, his voice choking with tears.

“These soldiers are America’s best example of how we go about doing things right in this country,” Medley said.

Surgeons repaired damage to Munley’s left leg and knee, Medley said. They still have to remove bullets from her right thigh, he said. The arm injury wasn’t “very serious,” he said.

“We believe she will fully recover,” he said.

General George Casey, the U.S. Army Chief of Staff told reporters at Fort Hood yesterday he was briefed on Munley’s actions. “She probably saved a lot of lives with her actions,” Casey said.

To contact the reporters on this story: Viola Gienger in Washington at vgienger@bloomberg. net; Margot Habiby at Fort Hood at mhabiby@bloomberg. net.

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NORTHCOM Issues Directive Cautioning Against Terror Threat Complacency PDF

by Anthony L. Kimery
Thursday, 01 October 2009

'Complacency' is 'top concern,' CONUS directive stated

In response to the handful of thwarted domestic jihadist bombing plots in recent weeks - which included schemes against US military installations - the US Northern Command’s (NORTHCOM) Joint Operations Center issued a “Force Protection Directive” that cautioned domestic Defense Department personnel against becoming complacent to staying alert to terrorism threats.

The “For Official Use Only” directive, which was obtained by HSToday.us, advised CONUS military personnel to be aware of “the potential for complacency given the lack of specific information relative to DoD personnel, installations, and facilities” involved in the recent surge of disrupted terrorist attacks.

The NORTHCOM directive stated “complacency” is NORTHCOM's “top concern.”

“At all levels of command, it is imperative to understand the lack of visibility that DoD has of the current domestic threat activity,” stated the NORTHCOM directive that was issued earlier this month, adding that “due to on-going federal law enforcement investigations there are numerous gaps in the detail of information that may be released to and within DoD channels. The intent of this summation is to provide awareness of known threat activity and to reinforce the understanding that there remains a continuing intent to carry out attacks in the homeland.”

“The threat is real and personal/organizati onal complacency increases DoD vulnerability,” NORTHCOM warned, noting that “credible reporting since at least March 2008 indicates a desire for known groups to carry out terrorist operations against DoD interests.”

The NORTHCOM directive pointed out that “there [was] a total of seven homeland plots in the last six months, five with a DoD nexus,” which meant that the plots involved plans to attack US military facilities.

The directive required the following:

  • "All subordinate commands conduct an internal process to review, assess, and validate existing active and passive security actions being implemented. Critical to this review is a self-assessment of the actions being implemented to mitigate known vulnerabilities.
  • "Evaluate and re-issue guidance, as required, regarding the implementation and execution of random antiterrorism measures. Of particular emphasis may be actions promoting random and increased perimeter patrolling and monitoring, active physical security actions at access control points and increased visibility of armed security/police personnel.
  • "The the maximum extent possible, and via multiple mediums, ensure all personnel are briefed on the importance of personnel remaining vigilant and aware of their surroundings. From the World Trade bombing until 9/11 was 3,113 days. From 9/11 today is 2,934 days. The threat is real and personal/organizati onal complacency increases DoD vulnerability. Reporting of suspicious activities must be emphasized and should be conducted as per intent of DoD policy."

Speaking in January at a National Defense Industrial Association meeting in Washington, DC, NORTHCOM Commander Brig. Gen. Victor E. Renuart, Jr., said the current problem facing NORTHCOM is the vulnerability of facilities to attack and complacency. He stressed that the US military must become smarter at providing security to its bases, noting that the threat to US military installations is real.

Four years earlier, in September 2004, then NORTHCOM Commander, Air Force Gen. Ed Eberhart, cautioned against complacency despite security gains. “The minute we say, 'the status quo is good,' we become predictable. The enemy is going to out flank us and sock us in the eye again,” Eberhart said.

Two years ago, then Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said “in the short run I worry about a developing complacency and cynicism about the threat that we are facing" from Islamist jihadists,” adding that “people [are] starting to be unwilling to make the necessary sacrifices in order to make sure that we can continue to disrupt and repel" domestic attacks.

Other homeland security, defense, and intelligence officials have expressed similar concerns about the "creeping complacency" that's taken root in recent years.

Responding to HSToday.us’ inquiry about the NORTHCOM directive, NORTHCOM spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Gary Ross said Wednesday “the bottomline is we just want to make sure that we remain on our toes for all the installations that are within CONUS to review the policies and procedures and to avoid complacency” toward the continuing domestic terrorist threat to military installations.

Ross said the directive “isn’t implying” that’s there a lack of appropriate intelligence sharing with DoD facilities about terrorist plots, but rather “it’s just a straight forward message” to “reiterate our common practices, and to reiterate how we go about communicating to one another within DoD as well as outside of DoD ...”

Ross stressed that the issue of complacency toward the terrorist threat to military facilities must be taken seriously. "That was the reason for the directive," he said.


Anthony L. Kimery

About the author:

Online Editor/Senior Reporter and HSToday eNewsletter Editor, is a respected award-wining editor and journalist who has covered national and global security, intelligence and defense issues for two decades.


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Preliminary Fort Hood Inquiry Turns Up No Link to Terror Plot

By DAVID JOHNSTON and ERIC SCHMITT
Published: November 7, 2009
WASHINGTON — After two days of investigation into the mass shooting at Fort Hood, investigators have tentatively concluded that the attack was not part of a terrorist plot.

Rather, they have come to believe that Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the Army psychiatrist accused in the shootings, acted out under a welter of emotional, ideological and religious pressures, according to interviews with federal officials who have been briefed on the inquiry.

Investigators have not ruled out the possibility that Major Hasan believed he was carrying out an extremist’s suicide mission.

But the investigators, working with behavioral experts, suggested that he may have long suffered from emotional problems that were exacerbated by the tensions of his work with veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who returned home with serious psychiatric problems.

They said his counseling activities with the veterans appear to have further fueled his anger and hardened his increasingly militant views at the same time that he seemed to move toward more extreme religious beliefs — all of which boiled over as he faced being shipped overseas, an assignment he bitterly opposed.

Investigators have gleaned most of their findings from Major Hasan’s computer use and from interviews with his family members, co-workers and neighbors. One significant investigative thrust has involved determining whether Major Hasan had contact with extremists who preyed on his increasingly angry and outspoken opposition to American policies in Afghanistan and Iraq.

But so far, investigators have unearthed no evidence that he was directed or steered into violence or ever traveled overseas to meet with extremist groups, as defendants in other recent terrorism cases are accused of doing, the officials said.

The officials emphasized that their findings were preliminary, and that the investigation was fluid. New information could alter their perceptions of Major Hasan’s motives. But the early conclusions are already influencing the course of the inquiry, including which law enforcement agencies lead it.

“It’s early, but it looks like there are a number of factors going on here,” said a senior government official who, like others, spoke on condition of anonymity because the findings do not represent the government’s formal investigative and legal views of the case.

The officials said a continuing search of Major Hasan’s computer indicate he had logged onto Web sites that celebrated radical Islamic ideologies and had exchanged e-mail messages with like-minded people, some possibly overseas. In addition, they believe that he may have authored inflammatory Internet postings that justified suicide attacks, though that has not been concretely established. Still, investigators have found no evidence that Major Hasan e-mailed known terrorists or anyone else who encouraged or helped him to orchestrate the shootings.

Representative Jane Harman, a California Democrat who heads the House Homeland Security intelligence subcommittee, confirmed in a phone interview on Saturday that thus far, investigators had not found any evidence suggesting that Major Hasan had been in contact with extremist or terrorist organizations. “I don’t know of that link,” Ms. Harman said, adding that the investigation was seeking to answer that question. The committee oversees some of the agencies involved in domestic counterterrorism inquiries.

The officials said that it was increasingly unlikely that co-conspirators might still be found and charged. Based on this preliminary view, the officials said they were leaning toward charging Major Hasan in a military court rather than a civilian criminal court. Though the decision was not official, they said he would more likely be prosecuted in a civilian criminal court if other nonmilitary defendants were likely to be charged.

Confirming the law enforcement view, a senior American intelligence official said on Saturday that there were no known co-conspirators at this point. “Hasan is the only name that’s emerged so far,” said the official, who insisted on anonymity when discussing intelligence matters.

The possibility that the Fort Hood attack involved terrorism arose for a number of reasons. For one, early reports from the chaotic scene indicated that there might be more than one gunman. Investigators have now said publicly that the major was the only shooter. In addition, friends and work associates of Major Hasan have described his increasing doubts about the American military missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Indeed, in interviews in recent days, friends and others have portrayed him as a troubled man, deeply concerned about being deployed to the war zones.

Investigators from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command are moving deliberately through their search of Major Hasan’s computers. They suspect he may have used multiple e-mail accounts and fictitious identities, and may have destroyed documents in advance of the attack, perhaps in an effort to conceal his activities in the days leading up to the shootings.

Such steps could be revealing and potentially legally significant as evidence that the killings were premeditated and not the spontaneous outburst of a mentally impaired malcontent.

Neighbors in the run-down two-story apartment building were Major Hasan has lived since arriving in Killeen, Tex., said that federal agents had seized a computer belonging to his next-door neighbor. Major Hasan had used the computer frequently, they said, paying the neighbor for its use.

Federal agents also took away a trash hauling bin into which the psychiatrist had dumped a shredder and a plastic bag full of shredded documents on the morning before the shooting, neighbors said.

Overall, the inquiry is somewhat more subtle than many criminal cases in which investigators attempt to piece together a timeline of a suspect’s activities. The inquiry into the Fort Hood shootings is turning into a deep psychological exploration of the mind of a suspect in a mass killing.

James C. McKinley Jr. contributed reporting from Killeen, Tex.


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Ft. Hood shooting suspect endured work pressure and ethnic taunts, his uncle says

The uncle says Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan was a sensitive man haunted by the wartime disabilities of soldiers he treated. The Army psychiatrist was not political, his relatives in the West Bank say.


By Richard Boudreaux
Reporting from Al Birah, West Bank - When Rafik Ismail Hamad last traveled from the West Bank to visit relatives in America, he was struck by the pressures one of his nephews was facing.

The younger man, an American-born Muslim of Palestinian descent, spoke to his uncle of ethnic taunts by Army colleagues. He was haunted by the wartime disabilities of soldiers he treated as an Army psychiatrist, Hamad recalled, and was overwhelmed by a growing caseload he felt unable to manage.

On top of that, the uncle said, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan had drifted apart from his family; he was a sensitive, solitary man bearing his burdens alone.

Late Thursday, Hamad was home in the West Bank town of Al Birah when he heard the news on television: A shooting spree at Ft. Hood, Texas, had left 13 people dead, and Hasan, wounded and in a coma, was being accused of the killings.

"The whole family is in a state of denial," Hamad said today. "We don't believe he is capable of doing something like that. I was amazed and shocked, because it's not him. He's very quiet, gentle."

"Maybe it built up together -- the harassment, too many patients, the workload, the tragedies his patients brought to him," said the 65-year-old retired real estate broker. "Whatever it was, it must have been big pressure, something terrible he couldn't handle."

Hamad said he had not seen or spoken to his nephew since that visit early last year, when Hasan was stationed in Washington. But the West Bank branch of the family had kept up with him through relatives in the United States.

The uncle and another West Bank relative, Mohammed Munif Hasan, said they learned recently that Maj. Hasan had consulted a lawyer about securing a discharge from the Army.

Nidal Hasan is the oldest of three brothers. Their Palestinian- born parents ran a restaurant and bar and owned a small grocery store in Roanoke, Va. Family members said the father died in 1999 and all three sons lived at home until their mother died about a year later.

Eventually, Annas and Eyad moved out and got married, leaving Nidal on his own. Eyad lives in Virginia; Annas, a lawyer, moved to Al Birah in 2007 with his wife and their daughter. (Annas left his home after the shooting, apparently to avoid reporters; no one answered the door today.)

The major's octogenarian maternal grandparents, Salha and Ismail Hamad, live in Al Birah with Rafik Hamad, their son.

Rafik Hamad, a heavyset man with a trim white beard, spoke in an interview outside their three-story apartment building. He declined to make his parents available to reporters, explaining that the family was shielding them from the truth about what happened at Ft. Hood.

"They know there was an incident at the base and their grandson was injured," he said. "We didn't tell them there's lots of killing. Because you know old people. They get shocked. And even if we told them, they wouldn't believe it."

Hamad described his nephew as a gentle soul who once, as a young adult, mourned for three months after rolling over during a nap and crushing his pet parakeet. During medical school, the uncle said, Hasan switched his major to psychiatry after fainting at the sight of blood while delivering a baby.

The young man became more religious after the death of his parents, who were Muslims but not observant, Hamad said. He noticed the change during the visit last year, when his nephew urged him to accompany him to pray at a mosque.

His turn to religion had nothing to do with political identity, Hamad and other West Bank relatives said. He never traveled outside America except for two brief visits to the West Bank, the last one more than a decade ago, they said.

"He never knew anything about politics," Hamad said. "He didn't know who is the president or the king of any Arab country. He's American. . . . He once told me, 'The chances I have in the United States I couldn't have in any other country in the world, so I appreciate what this country has done for me.' "

Hamad said that although his nephew complained last year about ethnic slurs, he appeared to be handling them well.

Fellow soldiers once handed him a diaper and told him to wear it around his head, the uncle said; another time they sketched a camel on a piece of paper and left it on his car with a note that said, "Here's your ride."

"He told me, 'They're ignorant. I'm more American than they are. I help my country more than they do. And I don't care what they say.' He felt sorry for them. He didn't feel grudges; he felt sympathy."

Hamad said that during their time together last year the major seemed more afflicted by his caseload of disabled and traumatized war veterans.

"He didn't have time even to breathe," Hamad said. "Too much pressure, too many patients, not enough staff. He would say, 'I don't know how to treat them or what to tell them,' because he didn't have enough time. They just kept coming one after the other.

"Sometimes he cried because of what happened to them. How young they are, what's going to happen to the rest of their lives. They're going to be handicapped; they're going to be crazy. He was very, very sensitive."

Mohammed Hasan, 24, a cousin of the major, said he heard the same story from relatives in America. Nidal Hasan brought his caseload home, he said, seeing patients at his house when the clinic was not open.

"He was a good doctor, and he liked working with soldiers and helping them," Mohammed Hasan said as he absorbed the news of the shooting. "We're the first to wonder how he could have done something like this. It's baffling."

The uncle said, "I think he snapped. Something big happened and he snapped."

With Hasan in a coma, his West Bank relatives said they were uncertain whether they would travel to Texas.

"I'd like to go visit the families [of the shooting victims] and apologize to them and give them my sympathies," Hamad said.

"But for him, I don't know what I can do. If he wakes up, I want to ask him, 'Did you do it and why?' I want to know. Otherwise, I have nothing to say to him."

Rafik Hamad


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Full Story: Alleged Fort Hood shooter was William Fleming graduate, son of Roanoke restaurant owners

A shooter went on a rampage that left 13 people dead and injured 30 others, including the alleged shooter, at the sprawling Army post in Texas. The suspect, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, is an Army psychiatrist who has ties to the Roanoke Valley and Virginia Tech.


Posted: 12:43 p.m.| Updated: 4:21 p.m.

WASHINGTON — An Army psychiatrist with ties to the Roanoke Valley and Virginia Tech cleaned out his apartment and left a phone message saying goodbye to a friend in the days before the rampage that left 13 people dead, neighbors said Friday.

One neighbor, Patricia Villa, said Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, 39, came over to her apartment Wednesday and Thursday and offered her some items, including a new Quran, saying he was going to be deployed on Friday.

Authorities said Hasan went on a shooting spree later at the sprawling Texas post. He was among 30 people wounded in the rampage and remained hospitalized Friday in a coma, attached to a ventilator. All but two of the injured were still hospitalized; all were in stable condition.

Hasan, the son of Roanoke merchants and restaurateurs, lived in Roanoke and Vinton. He graduated from William Fleming High School, Virginia Western Community College and Virginia Tech. He was born in Arlington to Palestinian immigrants from near Jerusalem who moved to Roanoke and later settled in Vinton.

Hasan was born in Arlington and attended Wakefield High School in 1986. Hasan’s family moved to Roanoke and settled in an apartment on Lancelot Lane off Cove Road in Northwest Roanoke, the 1987 Roanoke City Directory shows.

Hasan graduated from William Fleming High School in 1988, the only year he attended the school, according to Tiffany Woods, Roanoke City Schools spokeswoman. He attended Virginia Western Community College from 1990 to 1992. He graduated summa cum laude with an associate in science degree in 1992, according to college spokeswoman Margaret Boyes.

Virginia Tech confirmed that Hasan graduated from the university in 1995. According to a Virginia Tech news release, Hasan first enrolled at Virginia Tech for Summer Session II in 1992, and completed course work in Spring Semester 1995. He received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in biochemistry from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He minored in biology and chemistry.

Prior to enrolling at Virginia Tech, Hasan also attended Barstow (Calif.) Community College.

Contrary to earlier reports, Tech said that Hasan was not a member of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, nor was he a member of any ROTC program at Virginia Tech.

Hasan’s father, Malik Awadallah Hasan, immigrated from Palestine to Virginia in 1962, when he was 16, stories in The Roanoke Times’ archives show. He moved to Roanoke in 1985, with his wife, Hanan Ismail "Nora" Hasan, following in 1986. Neighbors on Ramada Road said they moved to the Vinton neighborhood in the early 1990s.

The Hasans ran the infamous Capitol Restaurant on the Roanoke City Market from 1987 to 1995. It was a dive beer hall and diner with a bad reputation and a lot of down-and-out regulars. The Hasans closed the Capitol to open the short-lived, Mediterranean- themed Mount Olive on Jefferson Street.

The Hasans also owned the Community Grocery Store on Elm Avenue in Roanoke.

It is unclear when Nidal Malik Hasan left the Roanoke Valley. Roanoke County General Registrar Judy Stokes said Hasan twice registered to vote in Roanoke County using his family’s address on Ramada Road in Vinton. He was purged from the voter rolls in 1993 because he hadn’t voted in the two previous federal elections. He registered again in 1996 but was purged again in 2003. Stokes was unable to provide any information about whether Hasan ever voted in the county.

Hasan was granted a concealed weapons permit in 1996, according to Roanoke County Circuit court records.

According to Hasan’s Army files, he went on to the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences’ F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine in Bethesda, Md., where he finished in 2003. He did his residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., through 2007. He was also a fellow at the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress at the Bethesda military medical school, where he was a fellow in disaster and preventive psychiatry.

Investigators were trying to piece together how and why Hasan allegedly gunned down his comrades in one of the worst mass shootings ever on an American military base. Though his motive wasn’t known, some who knew Hasan said he may have been struggling with a pending deployment to Afghanistan and faced pressure in his work with distressed soldiers.

Hasan’s family said in a statement Friday that his alleged actions were "despicable and deplorable" and don’t reflect how the family was raised.

President Barack Obama ordered the flags at the White House and other federal buildings be at half-staff and urged people not to draw conclusions while authorities investigate.

"We don’t know all the answers yet. And I would caution against jumping to conclusions until we have all the facts," Obama said in a statement.

An imam from a mosque Hasan regularly attended said Hasan, a lifelong Muslim, was a committed soldier, gave no sign of extremist beliefs and regularly wore his uniform at prayers.

Soldiers reported that the gunman shouted "Allahu Akbar!" — an Arabic phrase for "God is great!" — before opening fire, said Lt. Gen. Robert Cone, the base commander. He said officials had not confirmed that Hasan made the comment.

The motive for the shooting wasn’t clear, but someone who used to work with Hasan said he had expressed some anger about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Neighbors described a man who appeared to be getting his affairs in order just hours before the shooting. Hasan was set to deploy to Afghanistan with an Army Reserve unit that provides what the military calls "behavioral health" counseling, Army spokeswoman Col. Cathy Abbott said.

Villa, who moved next door to Hasan about a month ago, said she had never spoken to him before he came over to her apartment.

She said Hasan gave her frozen broccoli, spinach, T-shirts and shelves on Wednesday, then returned Thursday morning and gave her his air mattress, several briefcases and a desk lamp. He then offered her $60 to clean his apartment Friday morning, after he was supposed to leave.

Another neighbor received a phone message from Hasan at 5 a.m. Thursday.

Jacqueline Harris, 44, said Hasan called her boyfriend, Willie Bell. "He just wanted to thank Willie for being a good friend and thank him for being there for him," Harris said. "That was it. We thought it was just a nice message to leave."

The manager of the apartment complex said Hasan recently was involved in a spat with another soldier living there over Hasan’s religious beliefs. A bumper sticker that read "Allah is Love" was ripped off Hasan’s car, which was keyed, said the manager, John Thompson.

Thompson said the neighbor had been in Iraq and was upset to learn that Hasan was Muslim.

In an interview with The Washington Post, Hasan’s aunt, Noel Hasan of Falls Church, Va., said he had been harassed about being a Muslim in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, and he wanted out of the Army.

"Some people can take it and some people cannot," she said. "He had listened to all of that and he wanted out of the military."

As some of the wounded began to recover, tales of heroic action during the shooting spree emerged.

The gunman was struck four times by a civilian police officer who was wounded herself. Base officials said Kimberly Munley fired on the suspect just three minutes after the gunfire erupted and that her efforts ended the crisis. Munley was recovering Friday at a hospital.

Cone said some 300 soldiers had been lined up to get vaccinations and have their eyes tested at a Soldier Readiness Center when the shots rang out. He said one soldier who had been shot told him, "I made the mistake of moving and I was shot again."

Soldiers who witnessed the shooting described the gunfire as continuous, methodical and well-aimed. The soldiers in the building were performing routine administrative tasks and were not armed, Col. John Rossi said during a news conference. When the shooting stopped, Hasan was carried out and laid on the ground in front of the center with some of the other severely wounded.

Medics pulled off his camouflage top and began to treat his wounds, said Sgt. Andrew Hagerman, a military police soldier at the scene. Hasan and three other badly injured soldiers were immediately flown by helicopter to Scott & White Hospital in nearby Temple, Tex.

Most of the wounded had been shot two or three times in the chest, stomach or neck, said Maj. Stephen Beckwith, a doctor at Darnall Army Medical Center, who like many others at the hospital said he had dealt with similar mass casualties while serving in Iraq.

Officials are not ruling out the possibility that some of the casualties may have been victims of "friendly fire," that in the confusion at the shooting scene some of the responding military officials may have shot some of the victims.

A doctor at a hospital where several of the wounded were taken says some patients may still die.

W. Roy Smythe is the chairman of surgery at Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple. He said Friday that "everyone is not out of the woods."

He says some of the wounded have "extremely serious injuries" and several patients are still at "significant risk" of losing their lives.

The dead included a man who quit a furniture company job to join the military about a year ago, a newlywed who had served in Iraq and a woman who had vowed to take on Osama bin Laden after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Friday was designated a day of mourning at Fort Hood. There also will be a ceremony at the air base to honor the dead.

Hasan reported for duty at Fort Hood in July, after working at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington for six years. Though he apparently had problems at Walter Reed, Fort Hood officials said they weren’t aware of any issues with his job performance.

One of Hasan’s bosses praised his work ethic and said he provided excellent care for his patients.

"Up to this point I would consider him an asset," said Col. Kimberly Kesling, deputy commander of clinical services at Darnall Army Medical Center.

But his record at Walter Reed wasn’t sterling. He received a poor performance evaluation, according to an official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the case publicly. And while he was an intern, Hasan had some "difficulties" that required counseling and extra supervision, said Dr. Thomas Grieger, who was the training director at the time.

U.S. Muslims reacted with both anger and fear of backlash after revelations that Hasan is a practicing Muslim. The nation’s major Muslim organizations and several mosques quickly condemned the attacks as contrary to Islam and highlighted the military service of U.S. Muslims, including those who have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"The community is in a state of agony," said Muqtedar Khan, director of the Islamic studies program at the University of Delaware and a well-known progressive Muslim intellectual.

Some U.S. mosques stepped up security on Friday, the main prayer day for Muslims.

At least six months ago, Hasan came to the attention of law enforcement officials because of Internet postings about suicide bombings and other threats, including posts that equated suicide bombers to soldiers who throw themselves on a grenade to save the lives of their comrades.

Investigators had not determined for certain whether Hasan was the author of the posting, and a formal investigation had not been opened before the shooting, said law enforcement officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss the case.

FBI agents who searched Hasan’s apartment early Friday seized his computer, a law enforcement official said. It was not immediately known if they found anything suspicious on his computer files.

A classmate of the man accused of killing 13 people in Fort Hood says Maj. Nidal Hasan believed the war against terror was a "war against Islam."

Dr. Val Finnell was a classmate of Hasan’s at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md. Both attended a master’s in public health program in 2007-2008.

Finnell says he got to know Hasan because the group of public health students took an environmental health class together. At the end of the class, everyone had to give a presentation. Classmates wrote on topics such as dry cleaning chemicals and mold in homes, but Finnell says Hasan’s topic was whether the war against terror was "a war against Islam."

Finnell says Hasan told classmates he was "a Muslim first and an American second."

Hasan may have been a participant in a Washington think tank's presidential transition task force formed in April 2008. George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute (HSPI), a nonpartisan group that includes representatives from business, government, military and academic sectors, included a Nidal Hasan from the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine, according to the institute's roster of participants.

— The Associated Press, The Roanoke Times, New York Times, The Washington Post contributed to this report
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Army: Hasan taken off ventilator, in ICU

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The lone suspect in the shooting spree at Fort Hood was taken off a ventilator, according to Col. John Rossi.

Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan remained in intensive care at a military hospital.

Col. Rossi said on Saturday night that he is unsure if Maj. Hasan was able to communicate.

Maj. Hasan was shot during an exchange of gunfire during Thursday's attack. Army officials had previously said he was "not able to converse."
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FH Shooting Suspect Taken Off Ventilator; Remains In Intensive Care
Fort Hood officials say Major Nidal Malik Hasan remains at intesive care but was taken off a ventilator; no motive established in shooting yet.

The man authorities say opened fired at Fort Hood killing 13 people has been taken off a ventilator but remains in intensive care at Brooks Army Medical Center in San Antonio.

Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan was transferred to the Army hospital Friday.

Col. John Rossi says he is not sure if Hasan is able to communicate. An FBI spokesman says there is no motive established yet in the shooting spree.

Hasan was shot during an exchange of gunfire during the attack, Thursday.

FBI Agents, Fort Hood officials and civilian investigators continue to process the crime scene.

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Fort Hood shooting suspect Hasan left few impressions in schools he attended

Valleys remember little about shooting suspect

By Laurence Hammack, Amanda Codispoti and Tonia Moxley
The Roanoke Times

In the sleepy Vinton neighborhood of brick ranch and split-level homes where Nidal Malik Hasan grew up, traffic is heavier than normal these days.

Curious motorists are driving by to catch a glimpse of the white, two-story house on Ramada Road, as if it might somehow offer clues about what could have provoked a former resident to go on a shooting spree halfway across the country.

Hasan, the son of Roanoke restaurateurs who went on to graduate from Virginia Tech and become an Army psychiatrist, is suspected of killing 13 people and wounding 30 more at Fort Hood in Texas.

As the news made its way back to Vinton, the woman who lives with her family in the house Hasan once shared with his parents and two brothers has been subjected day and night to drive-by gawkers.

"We couldn't sleep all night," Alma Jerkovic said Friday morning.

Yet for all the interest in Hasan, details about his years in the Roanoke Valley remained elusive.

Described as a studious and withdrawn youth, Hasan was born in Arlington to Palestinian immigrants who moved to the Roanoke area in 1985.

Hasan skipped from school to school -- he spent just his senior year at William Fleming High School before graduating in 1988 -- and didn't seem to make much of an impression wherever he went.

James Jordan, one of Hasan's classmates, described him as a normal high schooler who was laid-back and liked to joke.

"He was just, to me, another average high school student," he said. But, Hasan wasn't involved in any clubs or athletics, Jordan recalled.

Jordan met Hasan when the two had an Advanced Placement history class together.

VIDEO: High school video of suspected Fort Hood shooter shows Nidal Hasan telling vulgar Arabic joke

He was shocked when he learned that Hasan is the suspected shooter.

"To think that this guy I palled around with in high school could 20 years later do something like this.

"It's just amazing how much people can change in 20 years," he said.

Although Hasan, 39, was a devout Muslim, it was not known if he was so when he was younger.

Amer Al-Zubadi, the imam of the Kufa Center of Islamic Knowledge in Northwest Roanoke, said he did not personally know Hasan and that he did not remember the family being involved with the Islamic center during the 1990s.

The Hasan family had deep roots in the valley, Al-Zubadi said.

In 1987, the family bought the Capitol Restaurant, a blue-collar beer hall that became a conspicuous presence on the revitalizing Roanoke City Market.

For the next eight years, patrons enjoyed greasy blue-plate specials and sipped on Old Milwaukees in the worn wooden booths while a jukebox played Motown. In a 1995 interview with The Roanoke Times, Malik Hasan, Nidal's father, acknowledged that "the reputation of the Capitol wasn't that good."

Philip Trompeter, a judge in Roanoke County, said Friday that his late father leased the restaurant space to the Hasans. Though he couldn't recall much about them, he said Nidal Hasan was involved in the restaurant.

"I remember they were very proud of their son, as well they should be," he said. "They were a very, very nice family as we recall."

Malik Hasan closed the cafe in 1995 to open a more upscale restaurant on Jefferson Street, which he named Mount of Olives Bar and Grill, after his father's olive grove in Jerusalem. The restaurant had an uptown atmosphere and served import beers, lamb kebabs and stuffed grape leaves.

The Hasan family also owned the Hot Dog Queen restaurant on Church Avenue, Parrish Grocery on Fourth Street and Community Grocery on Elm Avenue.

Malik Hasan died in 1998 at 52 of a massive heart attack. His wife, Hanan Hasan, died three years later. She was 49.

After graduating from Fleming, Nidal Hasan studied at Barstow Community College in California through a location at Fort Irwin, a nearby U.S. Army base.

"Our records indicate he was an enlisted soldier," college spokesman Maureen Stokes said.

While a dean's list student, Hasan remained an indistinct figure.

"We don't have him listed as having any activities," Stokes added. "I have a teacher who's been here forever and he didn't remember him. He's been asking me to check and see if he taught him."

Hasan later returned to Roanoke and enrolled at Virginia Western Community College in 1990. He graduated summa cum laude with an associate degree in science two years later, according to college spokeswoman Margaret Boyes.

Boyes said she was not aware of any professors at Virginia Western who remembered Hasan.

From Virginia Western, Hasan transferred to Tech, where he graduated in 1995 with honors. Honors students typically have grade-point averages of 3.5 or above.

Tom Sitz, a biochemistry professor at Tech since 1982, vaguely remembered meeting Hasan in 1993. Sitz said Hasan settled in well to his classes at Tech.

"He was not the kind of student who made a big splash, either positive or negative. He was a solid student," he said.

As a long-time professor, Sitz said he has taught students who exhibited disturbed behaviors. But Hasan was not one of those. "He got into medical school. You have to have some credentials to do that," Sitz said.

While at Tech, Hasan maintained his ties to home, registering to vote in Roanoke County and obtaining a concealed weapon permit from a Circuit Court judge in 1996.

With his undergraduate degree in hand, Hasan earned a doctorate in psychiatry from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md., in 2003. From 2003 through this summer, he was an intern, a resident and then a fellow at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington.

As an intern at Walter Reed, Hasan had some "difficulties" that required counseling and extra supervision, Dr. Thomas Grieger, who was the training director at the time, told the Associated Press.

Grieger said privacy laws prevented him from going into details but noted that the problems had to do with Hasan's interactions with patients. He recalled Hasan as a "mostly very quiet" person who never spoke ill of the military or his country.

"He swore an oath of loyalty to the military," Grieger said. "I didn't hear anything contrary to those oaths."

Hasan attended prayers regularly when he lived outside Washington, often in his Army uniform, Faizul Khan, a former imam at a mosque Hasan attended in Silver Spring, Md., told the AP.

But after Hasan was transferred to Fort Hood to await deployment to Afghanistan -- an assignment he opposed based on his Muslim beliefs -- additional concerns were raised.

Law enforcement officials said they are trying to confirm if Hasan wrote Internet postings that include his name about suicide bombings and other threats, equating suicide bombers to soldiers who throw themselves on a grenade to save the life of fellow soldiers, according to the AP.

On the day of the shootings, Jacqueline Harris, 44, who lives with her boyfriend, Willie Bell, in the apartment next door to Hasan, said he called Thursday at 5 a.m. and left a message.

"He just wanted to thank Willie for being a good friend and thank him for being there for him," Harris told the AP. "That was it. We thought it was just a nice message to leave."

Bell said Hasan offered a farewell, saying, "Nice knowing you, old friend. I'm going to miss you."

A few hours later, Hasan allegedly opened fire on fellow soldiers assembled at Fort Hood's readiness facility in what is believed to be the deadliest mass shooting on a U.S. military base in history.

In a statement released Friday, Hasan's family said that his alleged actions were deplorable and don't reflect how the family was reared.

"Our family is filled with grief for the victims and their families involved in yesterday's tragedy," said Nader Hasan, a cousin who lives in Northern Virginia. "We are mortified with what has unfolded, and there is no justification, whatsoever, for what happened. We are all asking why this happened, and the answer is that we simply do not know."

Staff writers Neil Harvey, Lindsey Nair and Jorge Valencia, news researcher Belinda Harris and the Associated Press contributed to this report.
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Officer describes firefight that downed Hasan

By JAY ROOT (AP) –

KILLEEN, Texas —

One of two police officers who confronted the alleged Fort Hood killer says he shot Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan before kicking the man's weapon away, handcuffing him and ending the nation's worst killing spree on a military base.

Sgt. Mark Todd joined Sgt. Kimberly Munley, hailed as a hero for her actions, in a firefight with Hasan that lasted less than a minute. Todd, 42, was not wounded, but the exchange left Munley injured and Hasan critically wounded.

Seconds after Todd arrived on the scene, he said he saw a calm-looking Hasan, his gun drawn and his fingers pointing at people.

"He was firing at people as they were trying to run and hide," Todd told The Associated Press Saturday.

That's when Todd, a retired soldier who now works as a civilian police officer at Fort Hood, said he shouted at Hasan.

"I told him stop and drop your weapons. I identified myself as police and he turned and fired a couple of rounds at me. I didn't hear him say a word ... he just turned and fired."

There has been confusion since Thursday's rampage about whose bullets actually brought down Hasan, who was shot four times. At first, Munley's supervisor said it was her shot to Hasan's torso that leveled him, but Army officials would only say that an investigation was under way.

Munley was down by the time he engaged Hasan, Todd said. He wasn't sure if Munley had wounded the suspect, because "once he started firing at me, I lost track of her."

Todd said he fired his Beretta at Hasan. Hasan flinched, Todd said, then slid down against a telephone pole and fell on his back. Todd says he then heard bystanders say "two more, two more."

At first he thought they meant there were two more suspects, but realized they were urging him to fire two more rounds at Hasan, thinking he was still posing a threat.

Todd approached the suspect and saw that he still had a weapon in his hand. Todd kicked away the gun, which he said had a laser-aiming device attached to it.

"He was breathing, his eyes were blinking. You could tell that he was fading out. He didn't say anything. He was just kind of blinking," said Todd.

Todd handcuffed Hasan and checked to see if he was still alive. "He had a good pulse," said Todd. He also cut off pieces of Hasan's clothes so he could get first aid and noticed Hasan had gunshot wounds on his side and back.

From the time he got to the scene until Hasan dropped, the whole encounter lasted only about 30-45 seconds, Todd said. "It was pretty intense. There was a lot of people shouting, a lot of people giving directions," he said.

Munley, whose injuries weren't believed to be life threatening, won wide praise after the incident.

She was in worse shape than the other eight patients that arrived at Metroplex Adventist Hospital in Killeen — except for one who died en route, said Dr. Scott McAninch. She was rushed into surgery within minutes, he said.

Munley had "lost a lot of blood," especially from a gunshot wound to her left leg that had hit an artery, McAninch said. He praised first responders for putting a tourniquet on her.

"That pretty much saved her life," McAninch said.

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Associated Press writers April Castro and Mike Baker contributed to this report.

(This version CORRECTS attribution in last graf to McAninch from Munley)
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Shooting suspect taken off ventilator

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FORT HOOD, Texas —

A U.S. Army spokesman says the man authorities say went on a shooting spree at Fort Hood has been taken off a ventilator but still remains in intensive care at a military hospital.

Spokesman Col. John Rossi told reporters on Saturday at Fort Hood that he is not sure if Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan is able to communicate.

Hasan was shot during an exchange of gunfire during Thursday's attack. The military moved him on Friday to Brooke Medical Center in San Antonio, about 150 miles southwest of Fort Hood. Army officials have said Hasan is "not able to converse."

Thirteen people were killed and 29 others wounded in Thursday's attack at Fort Hood.

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THE FORT HOOD SHOOTINGS: THE COVER STORY
At 2:30 eastern, 1:30 local time, a mass shooting occurred at the Fort Hood army base, the largest American military installation in the world, covering some 15 square miles. Army Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Garver confirmed that the violence erupted at or near the Howze Theatre, next door to the Folgers Soldier Readiness Processing Center contained within a former sports dome at the base, located in Killeen, Texas, some 50 miles from Waco.

Initial reports indicated that seven personnel were dead and that 12 had been wounded. These reports also indicated that one gunman was in custody and that another was being sought. Later reports have confirmed that the total number of personnel who died is twelve, with 31 injured.

Later reports said that more than 30 personnel were injured, that the base was in ‘lockdown’ and that the assailant, named as Major Malik Nadal Hassan, a US Army mental health psychologist or psychiatrist, had been shot dead. Two other assailants were arrested and are in custody, according to a briefing by Army Lieutenant General Robert Cone, the post commander.

British press sources state that Major Hassan had walked into the training centre armed with two handguns and had opened fire on fellow military personnel who were having last-minute medical and dental checks before being deployed to Afghanistan – whereupon gunfire erupted around the base as the two accomplices were captured.

The Daily Telegraph says that one of the assailants had holed himself up in a brain injury unit, where he was surrounded by SWAT teams, Four police officers were wounded before he was arrested. 500+ troops were deployed to lock down Fort Hood as helicopters swept overhead.

Lieutenant Commander Cone mouthed for the eager press:

‘It’s been a terrible tragedy. It’s stunning. We are absolutely devastated. The shooter was killed. He was a soldier. We since then have apprehended two additional soldiers who are suspects. There were eyewitness accounts that there may have been more than one shooter’.

The violence erupted shortly before a graduate ceremony for soldiers was due to start at the base. Enter President Barack Obama with this bromide for public consumption:

“These are men and women who have made the selfless and courageous decision to risk, and at times give, their lives to protect us’.

‘It‘s difficult enough when we lose these brave men and women overseas. It is horrifying when we lose them on American soil’.

Step forward, also, Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, who pronounced:

‘Our dedicated military personnel have sacrificed so much in service to our country and it sickens me that the men and women of Fort Hood have been subjected to this senseless, random violence’.

Okay, that’s enough. Base commanders and the Pentagon stated that they had no early indication of the motive for the shootings. As the story 'line' matured, though, it was being said that the killer, aged 39, was 'upset about being ordered to be deployed to Iraq'.

Note the convenient Islamic name description of the now assailant, who was initially declared dead. However some British reports mid-morning were saying that the assailant has survived.

THE FORT HOOD SHOOTINGS: THE REAL STORY
The shootings were staged in order to cover up what was really happening behind the scenes which was as follows:

(1): George H. W. D. V. D. Bush, the head of THE BOX GANG working with the Clintons, had stored some or all of the stolen/diverted 1933 dollar currency Chinese currency boxes referenced in our reports dated 4th and 5th November 2009 at Fort Hood. These boxes form part of the Settlement negotiated with the Chinese parties, who were immediately double-crossed by the Americans.

(2): We do not know at the time of posting whether George Bush Sr. had flown in to Fort Hood from Germany, but as this base is located close to Crawford and other Bush Crime Family locations, we believe this to be HIGHLY PROBABLE.

(3): Whether Bush Sr. flew into Fort Hood to be joined with the stolen/diverted Chinese-sourced currency boxes, or was accompanying stolen boxes on the plane, is not strictly material, because what we DO KNOW is as follows:

(4): An operation was mounted at Fort Hood to CONFISCATE THE STOLEN CHINESE CURRENCY BOXES FROM BUSH SR., which achieved its objective. The currency boxes, forming part of the Settlement that Adolf Schickelbusch sabotaged with the duplicitous assistance of his agent, Chancellor Angela Merkel [see preceding reports], were retrieved.

(5): It is likely that the shoot-out which occurred for public consumption was a diversionary operation masking a parallel shoot-out involving Bush bodyguards and US military, although we cannot confirm this. Certainly, the 'mainstream' media, as usual, is running the wrong story.

(6): The deployment of 500+ heavily armed troops, and the fact that military helicopters were called in, implies a sizeable operation, which would be make little sense in the context of a shooting such as is described in the media. That does not diminish the nastiness and tragedy of the loss of life as reported: but when this operation was planned, loss of life was factored into the equation.

• It’s called cynically: COLLATERAL DAMAGE.

[Do they CARE that at least seven personnel lost their lives and over 30 were injured in a parallel cover-up operation? That’s like asking whether the sacrifice of over 100 special US operatives who spearheaded the Bush-directed seizure of the Central Bank of Iraq in Baghdad in 2003, all of whom were massacred immediately afterwards so that none of them would survive to report for posterity what actually happened, was an accident. That operation went badly wrong, and was exposed, too: reliable Iraqi eyewitnesses supplied the necessary reports and confirmation] .

It is impossible at this juncture to be sure whether the gunfire was part of the main operation, i.e., the whole operation was synchronised, or whether two separate operations were run in parallel. But that is hardly material, given the momentous details and substance of this report.

(7): Separately, we understand that George Bush Sr.’s assets in the Caribbean – ‘his’ money – was seized at the same time, or at least at some stage on 5th November 2009.

(8): Adolf Schickelbusch has also been informed that ‘you are not going to get a penny. You will be paid NOTHING’. [Assuming, that is, that he's still vertical. But that's all we know right now].

This reflects the fact identified earlier, namely that these Germans ALWAYS go too far. Bush Sr. WENT TOO FAR by sabotaging EVEN the carefully nuanced arrangements worked out with the Chinese authorities and parties, and with the other sovereign powers, including the British Monarchical Power. He thought he could carry on carrying on, blind to the fact that IT'S OVER.

• As a consequence, HE HAS LOST EVERYTHING. HE HAS BEEN CLEANED OUT.

NOW. As indicated, we cannot yet confirm that GEORGE BUSH HIMSELF flew into Fort Hood. If he did, it stands to reason, given the above FACTS, which have themselves been CONFIRMED, that George H. W. Bush would have been arrested OR HORIZONTALISED.

We may yet learn that this took place.

All we can do at this stage is to remind you of the phrase ‘Not YET’ in the preceding report.

Was Bush 43 also arrested, horizontalised or all of the above during this showdown?

WE HAVE TO TELL YOU THAT WHEN CERTAIN STRUCTURES WERE MADE AWARE THAT WE HAD WORKED THIS OUT, THERE WAS A STUNNED SILENCE.

• THE STRUCTURES CONCERNED WERE ‘SHOCKED TO HEAR IT FROM US’, WE WERE TOLD.

PART OF THE PREVIOUSLY REFERENCED INTERNATIONAL CLEAN-UP OPERATION
Who ordered this operation? It would have been ordered, or at least condoned (see below) by the 'President 'of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama, who, we have repeatedly been told, has been anxious to complete the Settlements and was known to be fretting under the weight of the general contempt in which he was being held by all ‘in the know’, concerning his apparent inability to get his ARROGANT inferiors to carry out his instructions on this score.

At the same time, this operation implies the likelihood that it forms part of the INTERNATIONAL clean-up associated inter alia with the presence in the United States of 72 heavily armed cadres tasked with ENFORCEMENT of the Writ of Execution by all means, including the use of FORCE. Therefore to state that the operation will have been ordered by President Obama may be too simplistic. There are further major developments in the pipeline, and further revelations too.

Nevetheless, Mr Obama has been systematically sabotaged by penetration operatives, including Rahm Emanuel, Lawrence Summers, Timothy Geithner, Mrs Hillary Clinton, and Dr Ben Bernanke.

If this assessment is correct, we would anticipate some high-level dismissals or resignations from the US Government soon, if it turns out that this DECISIVE ACTION has indeed broken the impasse and destabilised the opposition beyond any likelihood of recovery. We shall (soon) see.

More to the point, the President had been placed in an impossible position by the Nazi Fifth Column within the US Intelligence Power owing allegiance to the Box Gang, not least given the horrendous implications for national security arising from the sabotage operation mounted by Bush Sr. and his lackey, Chancellor Frau(d) Merkel. Was she arrested, as ordered by the World Court? Don’t know yet. One would expect the German police to have snubbed the World Court.

• The British press implies, but does not confirm, that George Bush's agent, Frau Merkel, is back in Germany, which is to be expected since the likelihood of the German police arresting her was always minimal. But she may have problems if she strays outside Europe any time soon.

• She’s scheduled to hold a triumphant meeting in Berlin next week as the Germans overplay their hand AGAIN, humiliating the British (through a French Cabinet mouthpiece) by lecturing us to the effect that Britain has no choice but to integrate itself, whether it likes it or not, within the Greater German Empire. The British don’t like it. There will be repercussions.

Story’s Third Law reads: ‘Sooner or later, all covers and operations are blown’.

Recently, it would appear that the qualifying ‘sooner or later’ has become redundant.

As the late lamented Sherman Skolnik used to say, bless him: WATCH THIS SPACE.

WATCH THIS SPACE: UPDATED INFORMATION: MIDDAY UK TIME 6TH NOVEMBER:
Public domain information gleaned by several sources confirms that Hasan was single, with no children. He graduated from the notorious Virginia Tech, where he received his bachelor's degree in biochemistry in 1997. He received his medical degree from the American military's Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD, in 2001. In 2007, a 'Korean' gunman murdered a number of students at the Virginia Tech campus, which has a mind control centre at or very close to the campus. Both Fort Hood and Waco are long established mind control centres.

By 'mind control' in this context, read: MK-UKTRA-style Himmlerian demonism using personality splitting techniques to create operatives with 'alters' that can be manipulated remotely by means of 'triggers', in this case an OMEGA (killing) trigger that can be activated to procure a spectacle, such as occurred at Fort Hood on 5th November, usually for diversionary purposes to bamboozle the media, while something 'more important' goes on in parallel behind the scenes.

• Update, 3:30pm UK time, 6th November: The total number of deaths is now said to be the familiar satanic-esoteric- geomasonic numerological number THIRTEEN. We expect this total death count to remain unchanged, confirming that this is an operation. You may recall that the total death count of the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007 wound up with the satanic-esoteric- geomasonic numerological number THIRTY-THREE. These mind-controlled demoniacs and their controllers, as they play with death, which is their only product [see The New Underworld Order], attribute magical powers to these 'special' numbers, which reflect their brainwashed superstition and death-focused ideology. These subjects are examined and exposed, in a True Christian context, in the Editor's cited study.

Separate information was received overnight from top payee sources confirming highest-level information to the effect that 'the issues have been resolved' and matters should 'go forward'.

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Steven Jacobson: Media Mind Control In America

"We live in a "virtual reality" where deception has become
an integral part of the framework of society." Steven Jacobson.

Steven Jacobson is a graduate of the Boston University School of Communications. He worked in the film industry for 13 years, produced sponsored films, was a production manager and editor for a New York City documentary film company, did contract work for a Washington, DC film institute and re-cut features for U.S. theatrical distribution, TV syndication and cable. "Working as an editor, it was easy to see how simple it is to change the meaning of an event or of what someone says through editing," says Jacobson. "But I did not fully appreciate the extent to which we are all manipulated and controlled by mass media (even those who work in it) until I was given the results of private medical research investigating mental programming and deprogramming."

Mr. Jacobson's website is located at:
http://www.mindcont rolinamerica. com/author. htm

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Media & Mind Control in America
by Steven Jacobson
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It’s been eight years since 911. I understand that need for recruiting Arabic speaking people. There are better ways to accomplish this than holding job fairs at the local mosque. Give me a copy of Arabic Rosetta Stone and a dozen high school dropouts and I’ll produce a few translators.
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Some fear backlash against Muslims in US military

By RACHEL ZOLL and MICHELLE ROBERTS - Associated Press Writers

Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan's family says he confided in them that he felt harassed as a Muslim in the U.S. military - and wasn't treated as an American and soldier should be.

He visibly lived his faith, wearing his military uniform to services and a cap and tunic around his apartment complex. But one day, he discovered his "Allah is Love" bumper sticker was ripped up and torn, and his car was keyed. A fellow soldier was charged, and the apartment manager where the two lived said the serviceman had recently returned from Iraq and was upset that Hasan is Muslim.

Authorities don't know if Hasan's faith or encounters with other soldiers played any role in the attack at Fort Hood, and a motive is still not clear. They say he jumped atop a desk and began firing on his fellow soldiers, yelling "Allahu akbar!" - a phrase that means "God is great!" in Arabic - as he set off on a rampage that killed 13 and wounded 29 others.

Still, some of the thousands of Muslims in the U.S. military worry that one burst of violence could unravel all of their work to be accepted as loyal, dedicated soldiers, and that their reputation could be another casualty of the attack.

"Just as this guy in Fort Hood doesn't represent every single Muslim in the world or in this county, the few ignorant or racist people that remain in the military, they are so few and far between, they do not represent the military at large," said Ashkan Bayatpour, 25, a U.S. Navy veteran and the American-born son of Iranian immigrants.

Army Chief of Staff George Casey said this week he worried about a backlash after the shootings. However, leaders of the American Muslim Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs Council predict that any backlash will be limited. Military personnel often have a more sophisticated world view after traveling the globe and working with people from diverse backgrounds, said Abdul-Rashid Abdullah, a U.S. Army veteran who served from 1991 to 1998.

Most importantly, he said, they form strong bonds with their fellow soldiers. In his weekly radio and Internet address, President Barack Obama noted those bonds, too.

"They are Americans of every race, faith and station. They are Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus and nonbelievers," Obama said. "They are descendants of immigrants and immigrants themselves. They reflect the diversity that makes this America. But what they share is a patriotism like no other."

There is no exact count of Muslims in the military. The Pentagon lists 3,557 Muslims out of 1.4 million U.S. servicemembers, however the figure is likely low because the disclosure is voluntary, military officials said.

The Army trains officers to be sensitive to Muslim culture because the nation is anxious to hand over security responsibilities in Iraq and Afghanistan to local authorities. But when combat troops are trained with war games, the soldiers playing "enemy" are often wearing head scarfs or traditional Muslim caps and knee-length tunics in mock villages or other surroundings with fake roadside bombs and exchanges of "gunfire."

Associated Press writers April Castro in Killeen, Texas; Samantha Henry and Brett Zongker in Washington; Katrina Scoggins at Fort Jackson, S.C.; Kevin Maurer in Wilmington, N.C.; and Amy Taxin in Tustin, Calif., contributed to this report.

"There is really no difference if you get someone who is of Italian heritage in World War II and send them into Italy to fight the people who backed Mussolini," he said. "There are some things you have to come to grips with."

The armed services have a clear, well-known policy against discrimination, said Imam Yahya Hendi, a Georgetown University chaplain who has worked for more than a decade with U.S. military personnel. The military requires servicemembers to respect others' beliefs, and he has found officers take complaints of prejudice very seriously.

He noted that the U.S. military is desperate to recruit American Muslims and make them feel welcome because, like many government agencies, the Armed Services need people with knowledge of Islam, Muslim culture and the Arabic language. Hendi has traveled to military bases nationwide, including several visits to Fort Hood, holding classes for soldiers deploying to Afghanistan and Iraq.

Still, Hendi said policies and sensitivity training can't stop every snide comment. He said rank-and-file Muslim servicemembers have complained to him of being asked whether "you guys always pray to destroy us," or "Are you going to do what your people do?'"

Hendi said he has encountered a few people during his trainings who consider the Muslim religion, not extremism, the real threat to national security.

"There are always individuals who don't want to believe what you're saying about Muslims or Islam," he said. "They think you're evil."

Bayatpour, who grew up in Mobile, Ala., and served in Iraq, said it was rare to hear offensive comments about his religion from fellow servicemembers. He said he found his presence in the Navy encouraged questions about what Islam teaches, and would often spark conversation about commonalities between Islam and Christianity.

There have been pockets of conflict over religion in the military in recent years with accusations that Christian officers are evangelizing and creating an uncomfortable environment for underlings. However, Bayatpour said no one ever tried to persuade him to convert. The closest anyone came was giving him a copy of the best-selling book "The Purpose-Driven Life."

Lt. Col. Abdul-Rasheed Muhammad, 57, the U.S. military's first Muslim chaplain, said he's experienced little prejudice in the Army because of his religion and has heard of few complaints from other Muslims on base. Off base is worse, he said. He has been delayed at airports and had his luggage searched.

Retired Marine Col. Doug Burpee, 52, who converted to Islam three decades ago to marry a Muslim woman, said fellow Marines were more curious about his religion than upset by it. He does remember Marines of similar rank chiding him, saying things such as, "Burpee's a traitor. He was a Christian and he's a Muslim." But he dismissed the comments as "guy stuff."

"It is that kind of football banter that goes on," said Burpee, a business development manager from Glendale, Calif.

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Roberts reported from San Antonio and Zoll reported from New York.
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Records at Ft. Hood show three deaths from 467th

Posted: Nov 07, 2009 5:53 PM CST

FORT HOOD, TEXAS (WKOW) --

A military official at Fort Hood tells 27 News that to his knowledge, there are three listed deaths so far from the 467th Medical Detachment out of Madison.

Those include Sgt. Amy Krueger of Kiel, Russell Seager of Racine, and another - Libardo Caraveo, from Wood Bridge, Virginia. Caraveo was also assigned to the Madison-based unit.

So far, at least four other soldiers from the unit were injured Thursday. They are Spc. Grant Moxon of Lodi; Sgt. John Pagel from Sauk County; Dorothy Carskadon, a team leader at Madison's Veterans Hospital; and Amber Bahr of Random Lake.

A memorial service honoring the victim's from the shooting will take place Tuesday. President Barack Obama is expected to attend.

In his weekly address, Obama called the attack "all the more heartbreaking and all the more despicable" because it occurred on the nation's largest Army post.

The suspected shooter is Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, an Army psychiatrist. On Saturday, Hasan's brother described his sibling as peaceful, and hoped Hasan will be treated fairly in the legal system.

In total, 13 people were killed on Thursday; 30 others were injured. Witnesses told investigators that Hasan shouted "Allahu akbar!" before opening fire in a processing center on the base.

While a motive isn't clear, Hasan had complained to family members of discrimination.


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Ex-Redmond man survives six Ft. Hood gunshots
Posted: Nov 7, 2009 06:51 PM

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Shawn Manning and wife Autumn (photos provided by family)



'He's going to make it,' aunt in Prineville says

From KTVZ.COM news sources

A former Redmond resident continued his recovery Saturday from six gunshot wounds inflicted among the 100-plus rounds fired by an Army major and psychiatrist at Fort Hood, Texas, in the nation’s worst military-base mass shooting, which left 13 soldiers dead and 30 wounded.

Manning was in stable condition Saturday, according to a family statement provided by Manning’s sister, Kym Lott of Twin Falls, Idaho.

Manning was shot once in the chest (his lung), twice in the abdomen, once in the leg and once in the foot by the gunman, identified as Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan.

“He's going to make it,” Manning’s aunt, JoDeen Ridgway of Prineville, said Saturday. “There's a couple bullets in his back they can't remove, because they're too close to the spinal cord.”

Lott said Manning’s father, Larry Manning, and stepmother, Sonya, are Redmond residents, and that the 33-year-old lived in Redmond for less than a year, attending Redmond High School.

Manning, who was born in Twin Falls, Idaho, attended Idaho State University and now lives in Lacey, Wash., with his wife, Autumn, Lott said.

Manning, a staff sergeant for the Combat Stress Unit in the 467th Medical Detachment Unit, joined the Army in 2006 and has served twice in Iraq, in 2006 and 2006. He had been called back to active duty last month and was preparing for a third overseas deployment when the attack occurred, Lott said.

Lott said the family wanted to correct one erroneous element of initial news reports about her brother, and said “Shawn did not know or work at any time with the gunman.”

Manning’s mother, Shari Taylor, lives in Twin Falls and Hailey, Idaho. He also has two brothers, Todd (and Stephanie) Manning of Colorado Springs, and Bryan Manning, also of Hailey.

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Army, FBI trying to pin down Texas shooter’s motive

* Muslim leader says Hasan never expressed dismay over US military operations abroad

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Investigators on Saturday worked to uncover the motives of a Muslim army doctor suspected of killing 13 people and wounding 30 others in a shooting rampage at a US military base.

According to media reports, an initial search of Major Nidal Malik Hasan’s computer revealed no direct exchanges with known extremists, but US Army and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) officials had yet to rule out possible links to terrorist groups.

Osman Danquah, co-founder of the Islamic Community of Greater Killeen, told reporters on Saturday that he had spoke with Hasan in late summer.

Local leader: During the conversations, Danquah said Hasan never expressed anger toward the army or indicated any plans for violence. However, he said during their second conversation, Hasan seemed almost incoherent. “But what if a person gets in and feels that it’s just not right?” Danquah recalled Hasan asking him. Hasan’s relatives who live in the Palestinian territories have said they had heard from family members that Hasan felt mistreated in the army as a Muslim.

Danquah said he had told Hassan, “There is something wrong with you.” Earlier, the FBI learned of Internet postings by a man calling himself Nidal Hasan that expressed support for suicide bombings, however investigators could not determine whether the writer and Major Hasan were the same person. Neighbours reportedly said Hasan was in a rush when he gave away his belongings, including a copy of Koran, shortly before Thursday’s bloody shooting spree.

A US-born Muslim of Palestinian heritage, Hasan had voiced dismay over US wars in Islamic countries and was distraught that he was about to be deployed to Afghanistan. Reportedly, he said the US struggle against terror threats was a “war on Muslims”, while his family alleged he was the target of prejudice and harassment over his Islamic faith. agencies
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The Muslim Brotherhood and Fort Hood – by Jamie Glazov


Jamie Glazov is Frontpage Magazine's editor. He holds a Ph.D. in History with a specialty in Russian, U.S. and Canadian foreign policy. He is the author of Canadian Policy Toward Khrushchev’s Soviet Union and is the co-editor (with David Horowitz) of The Hate America Left. He edited and wrote the introduction to David Horowitz’s Left Illusions. His new book is United in Hate: The Left's Romance with Tyranny and Terror. Email him

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Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Dave Gaubatz, the first U.S. civilian (1811) Federal Agent deployed to Iraq in 2003. He is the owner of DG Counter-terrorism Publishing. He is currently conducting a 50 State Counter-terrorism Research Tour (CTRT). He is the co-author (with Paul Sperry) of the new book, Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld that’s Conspiring to Islamize America. He can be contacted at davegaubatz@ gmail.com.

FP: Dave Gaubatz, welcome to Frontpage Interview.

A terrible tragedy occurred yesterday at Ft. Hood, Texas. Because you are the co-author (with Paul Sperry) of the new book Muslim Mafia, I would like to ask you this: are there any correlations between your message in the book about the ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood and the murder spree at Ft. Hood?

Gaubatz: Thanks Jamie.

Yes. The murders by Malik Nadal Hasan at Ft. Hood, TX are not a ‘lone wolf incident’ as being described by most media organizations. Hasan had been taught the ideology that is being advocated by hundreds of Islamic scholars and Imams in the U.S. We as a country can continue to deny there are numerous Islamic leaders and their supporting organizations such as CAIR, ISNA, MSA, and MANA, to name a few, who advocate killing innocent men, women, and children whom they allege ‘oppress Islam.’

How many more incidents similar to this that have been occurring in America does it take before even the media wants to report the truth? Politicians will always say or do whatever will get them their next vote in an upcoming election, but there was a time in our history when journalists reported everything and were not concerned with ‘political correctness.’

This type of journalistic reporting is dangerous and in itself is a national security issue. Journalists and their affiliated news organization are so afraid of being labeled or sued by organizations such as CAIR that they will withhold the truth from the American people. In part, the murders of innocent people are partly the fault of such journalists and politicians who support organizations such as CAIR.

FP: Your thoughts on CAIR and what happened at Ft. Hood?

Gaubatz: My team and I have conducted first-hand research at over 200 Islamic Centers in the U.S., and in various Islamic organizations such as CAIR. There is one common denominator: There is an open hatred being advocated by Islamic scholars toward Christians, Jews, and Muslims who do not adhere to ‘all aspects’ of Sharia law (Islamic law).

The materials being distributed by these scholars are very clear in their message: violence against anyone who “oppresses” Islam is justified. It makes them subject to the punishment of death. Rifqa Bary (the 17-year-old Muslim girl who left Islam for Christianity) tried to speak out, but has been ignored. Many more Muslims have tried to speak out but the PR machine of the Muslim Brotherhood (backed by Saudi and Egyptian money) keeps them silent.

Young Muslims know what is being taught at their mosques, but have no other choice but to follow their parents and the Imams. If they try to speak out they know there are few politicians, law enforcement, lawyers, or judges who will help them. They are afraid of becoming the victims of people like Malik Hasan who will carry out the orders of the Muslim Brotherhood.

FP: Can you give us some examples of what Muslims in America are being taught and why you believe Malik Hasan was carrying out the orders of the Muslim Brotherhood?

Gaubatz: Jamie there are numerous examples. I will provide a few. Investigative journalists need to ask Imams across our country what these following statements mean and if it is likely and very possible that Muslims could use these teachings to commit acts such as occurred at Ft. Hood, Va. Tech, ‘Trolley Square” (SLC, UT), and numerous other locations.

[1] “The objective of Islamic Jihad is to put an end to the dominance of the un-Islamic systems of government and replace them with Islamic rule, Islam intends to bring about this revolution not in one country or in a few countries but in the entire world. Although initially it is the duty of every member of the Muslim party to work for revolution wherever he lives the final purpose is nothing but a world revolution. Any revolutionary ideology which upholds the good of all mankind, and is not of a mere national unit, cannot limit its horizons to those of any single country or nation.”

Book: “Come Let Us Change This World,” pp. 106–107. Author: Sayyid Abul A’la Mawdudi. Founder of Jamaat-e-Islami (The Islamic Party), a political party in Pakistan.

[2] “If you accept the whole of Islam in your life…a time will come when Communism will fear for its survival in Moscow, Capitalistic democracy will tremble for its safety in Washington and New York.”

Book: “Come Let Us Change This World,” p.83. Author: Sayyid Abul A’la Mawdudi. Founder of Jamaat-e-Islami (The Islamic Party), a political party in Pakistan.

[3] “It is learnt from this Hadith that physical jihad will continue right till the day of resurrection and will be waged as such in some part or the other of the world”. We do not deny the benefit of waging an academic and intellectual war. However, an intellectual war alone cannot be fought everywhere. There are special places and occasions for it. In short, despite waging a jihad with the tongue, pen, rationale and intellect, the Muslim community cannot be absolved of the duty of waging physical jihad.”

Pamphlet: “40 Hadith on Jihad,” pp. 21 -22. Author: Maulana Abdus Samad Siyal. Published in Pakistan.

[4] “The only reward of those who make war upon Allah and His messenger and strive after corruption in the land, will be that they will be killed.”

Booklet: “Duties of the Learned to Ignorant Muslims,” p. 5. Author: Abdul Qadir Oudah (Muslim Brotherhood/ Egypt). Published in Pakistan.

[5] “The person who raises arms in order to curb tyranny and oppression and to eradicate evil is the blessed soul who fights in the way of Allah.”

Pamphlet: Jihad in Islam, p.15, by Abdul Hameed Siddiqi. (Jemmah Islamiyah) Published in Pakistan.

[6] “Islam wishes to destroy all States and Governments anywhere on the face of the earth which are opposed to the ideology and programme of Islam regardless of the country or the Nation which rules it. Islam requires the earth—not just a portion, but the whole planet. Towards this end, Islam wishes to press into service all forces which can bring about a revolution and a composite term for the use of all these forces is ‘Jihad.’

Pamphlet: “Jihad in Islam,” pp.9 -10. Syed Abul A’al Maududi (founder of JI terrorist organization) .

FP: Where do Muslims get this type of material?

Gaubatz: This type of material is openly provided to Muslims across America. Islamic scholars have convinced our politicians, courts, and law enforcement that this type of material is covered under our U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment.

Americans need to determine for themselves if the calling for the destruction of our country and the safety of our children was intended by our forefathers. I believe most reasonable people would say violence advocated against innocent people was not the intention of our forefathers, thus this conclusion would leave open the debate that many current politicians are not reasonable people and/or have been ‘bought’ by professional lobbyists within CAIR and similar Muslim Brotherhood organizations. Their personal agenda is leaving our country vulnerable to attack from within.

FP: Final thoughts on the Ft. Hood tragedy?

Gaubatz: Expect more. Israel has endured ‘suicide/attacks’ similar to this for many years. Malik Nabal Hasan is a terrorist supporting the ideology of Al Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, and yes, CAIR. In Palestine, the leaders send out the young and vulnerable to carry out the murders in the name of Islam. The same is happening in America.

Support organizations such as ACT! for America because these Americans are educating themselves about such organizations as CAIR and the Muslim Brotherhood. They are great people who care about our country and the innocent people worldwide. I encourage everyone to not only read the book Muslim Mafia, but to conduct their own research of the information outlined in the book. Paul Sperry did an outstanding job. Provide a copy to your local politicians and law enforcement officials and ask them what they are doing to protect innocent people in their localities from the Muslim Brotherhood ideology.

FP: Dave Gaubatz, thank you for joining us, for your courage to tell the truth, and for standing up for America.


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President Barack Obama praises the heroism that ended gunfire at Fort Hood in Texas. But in his weekly address, Obama called for patience while officials piece together what happened.

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Feds Eyed Ft. Hood Killer for Posts Praising Suicide Bombers (Updated)


Before he allegedly killed a dozen and wounded 31 more at Ft. Hood, Maj. Nidal Hasan may have gone online to praise suicide bombers.

If one suicide bomber can kill 100 enemy soldiers because they were caught off guard that would be considered a strategic victory,” a commenter named “NidalHasan” wrote on this Scribd.com document about “Martydom in Islam.”

The comments — and others like them — drew the interest of federal law enforcement authorities, they tell the Associated Press’ Lara Jakes. An official investigation was never opened. But they did begin to pay attention to Hasan, an Army psychiatrist who was about to be deployed to Iraq Afghanistan.

The 39 year-old “was born and raised in Virginia, the son of immigrant parents from a small town near Jerusalem [who] joined the Army right out of high school, against his parents’ wishes,” the New York Times’ James Dao reports.

He served as a resident at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, but not without “difficulties” that required counseling and extra supervision, according to the AP. Then he trained in disaster psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. A source tells NPR’s Joseph Shapiro that Hasan was put on probation during his postgraduate work there for proselytizing about his Muslim faith with patients and colleagues.

Neighbors remember him as a quiet, nice-seeming man who wore traditional Muslim dress. His former imam remembers Hasan as a man who was proud of his Army service, and “very serious about his religion.” But he had trouble finding a partner who was equally religious. “He wanted a woman who prayed five times a day and wears a hijab, and maybe the women he met were not complying with those things.”

In May — a few weeks after his pro-bomber post — he participated in attended a meeting of the Homeland Security Policy Institute’s presidential transition task force. When Hasan got word that he was going to ship off to Iraq Afghanistan. He was “mortified” about the idea, his cousin Nader Hasan tells Dao. “He was doing everything he could to avoid that.”

Some colleagues say he also spoke out against the Iraq war, and in favor of the shooting at an Arkansas military recruitment center. Online, Hasan supposedly wrote of his admiration for suicide attackers. “Their intention is not to die because of some despair. The same can be said for the Kamikazees in Japan. They died (via crashing their planes into ships) to kill the enemies for the homeland. You can call them crazy i[f] you want but their act was not one of suicide that is despised by Islam.”

U.S. News notes that three days before the rampage, Ft. Hood’s commander, Lt. Gen. Robert Cone, “issued a new mental health policy aimed at reducing the stigma associated with mental health counseling and encouraging soldiers to seek help.”

Hasan is now in custody, after being wounded in a gun battle following the murders.

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What, Exactly, Is a ‘Cop-Killer’ Gun?

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News reports on the Fort Hood rampage say that the alleged shooter, Maj. Nidal Hasan, used an FN Herstal Five-Seven pistol — described in some reports as a “cop killer” gun.

What, exactly, makes the Five-Seven different from other handguns?

The Five-Seven is chambered for the 5.7 x 28mm cartridge, ammunition originally developed by FN Herstal for the FN P90 Personal Defense Weapon. The P90 was conceived as a compact, powerful weapon that could be carried by aircraft crews, vehicle drivers and other troops who needed a weapon that was smaller than a carbine but larger than a pistol.

The P90 — like a competing personal defense weapon design, the 4.6mm Heckler & Koch MP7 — is supposed to pack more punch than submachine guns that fire a standard pistol rounds (9mm, say, or .45). And personal defense weapons are supposed to be capable of penetrating some kinds of body armor. As it happens, the Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia, has been mulling the requirements for a personal defense weapon for a few years now, although it’s far from clear the Army would procure a weapon built around a new cartridge.

I’ve seen a range demo of the MP7, and it can indeed punch through a “soft” vest or a Kevlar helmet (whether it could penetrate SAPI plates is a different matter). Gun control group The Brady Campaign says it bought and test-fired a Five-Seven, and that it successfully penetrated a police vest. That said, it doesn’t seem quite accurate to call the Five-Seven a pocket-sized assault rifle. Its barrel would give it a lower muzzle velocity than a PN90; likewise, it strikes me as unlikely that it would give a shooter much more accuracy and effective range than a standard pistol. And plain-vanilla pistol round can be devastating enough: Think of the Virginia Tech shooter, who used a Glock 9mm and Walther .22.

We don’t know at this point a lot of the details: Exactly what kind of ammunition the shooter used; how many shots in total were fired; and at what range. That will take a lot of police work, and a lot of patience.

Still, the tragedy at Fort Hood seems likely to renew debate: Both on gun control, and on the kinds of measures to protect troops while they are on base, and unarmed.

http://www.wired. com/dangerroom/ 2009/11/what- exactly-is- a-cop-killer- gun/

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US army base shooting sparks mental health debate - 7 Nov 09

After an army psychiatrist killed 13 people at a US military base in Texas, concerns are being raised about the mental health of the military staff.

Families of soldiers at the Fort Hood base say Thursday's shootings are just a symptom of a much wider and increasingly urgent problem.

There have been dozens of suicides at the facility in recent years.

Sebastian Walker reports from Fort Hood.
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Veteran salute held for Ft. Hood shooting victims

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Conn. Muslims react to Fort Hood


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Islam and Fort Hood


Conservatives have been quick to trumpet the fact that the alleged killer at Fort Hood, Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, is a Muslim--the implication being that Muslims are inherently untrustworthy, hostile to America, at odds with civilized norms of behavior or something. But if that were the case, incidents like this would be common, not rare. It would be absurd and dangerous to anathematize all American Muslims on the basis of one alleged murderer.

After all, there are between 3,500 and 15,000 Muslims serving in the American military, including many who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan. No doubt some have died for their country. But how often do conservatives write about them? Blogger Michelle Malkin lists a few bad apples she refers to as "Muslims with attitude." But they're a tiny minority compared to all the soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen who confirm daily that you can be a practicing Muslim and a loyal American.

It may be that Hasan subscribed to a jihadist ideology that drove him to kill his fellow soldiers. But it could be that Islam is just a distraction from more fundamental problems, such as insanity or just plain viciousness. Hasan reportedly complained of being harassed by his colleagues about his religion. Maybe he didn't think Islam was hostile to America; maybe they convinced him that America is hostile to Islam.

In any movement, religious or political, there are a few dangerous people. As a rule, all that proves about the movement in question is that it is composed of human beings. If it turns out Hasan is guilty, Islam is not the problem with him any more than Jodie Foster was the problem with John Hinckley. http://newsblogs. chicagotribune. com/steve_ chapman/2009/ 11/islam- and-fort- hood.html
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US Army committed to religious tolerance: general


Fri Nov 6, 12:41 pm ET

WASHINGTON (AFP) –

The US Army said Friday it is committed to treating all its soldiers with respect without regard to their religious identity, amid concern about a possible backlash after a Muslim officer was said to have opened fire at a military base.

"We always have a deep and enduring concern that everybody be treated with dignity and respect," army spokesman General Kevin Bergner told reporters.

"We spend a lot of time on that specific issue, whether it's ethnic, religious, racial (identity)," he said.

"That is an enduring and sustained part of our commitment for our soldiers, civilians and our families."

He said he did not have any details yet about how the military would seek to promote tolerance and contain possible tensions in the wake of Thursday's rampage at Fort Hood in Texas, which left 13 dead and 30 others wounded.

Bergner also he did not know if the army planned any security measures to protect Muslim members of the armed services.

Muslim-American groups quickly condemned the shootings and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) "urged the nation to remain calm and unified."

A Muslim Army psychiatrist, Major Nidal Malik Hasan, 39, a specialist in combat stress, was suspected of carrying out the shooting spree. He was under guard and in stable condition on a ventilator after being shot and seriously wounded in the attack, officials said.

Witnesses apparently heard Hasan shout "Allahu Akbar!" (God is greatest) as he opened fire in a troop processing center on the base with a semi-automatic weapon and a handgun, the base commander said.

Although "Allahu Akbar" is a Muslim prayer, it has come to be associated with Islamic militants as they carry out attacks or suicide bombings.
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Probe of suspect's motive begins

WEB POSTINGS SPUR QUESTIONS
Officials may not have heeded warning signs

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An Army psychiatrist allegedly opened fire Thursday in a crowded medical building at Fort Hood, Tex., killing at least 13 people and wounding others.




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By Scott Wilson, Carrie Johnson and Spencer S. Hsu
Saturday, November 7, 2009

Investigators on Friday bore down on the possible motives of Maj. Nidal M. Hasan, the alleged Fort Hood gunman, to determine whether his actions were driven by stress related to his upcoming deployment to Afghanistan or to an Islamist political ideology.

Law enforcement officials also faced questions about whether they had missed possible warning signs. Six months ago, investigators came across Internet postings, allegedly by Hasan, that indicated sympathy for suicide bombers and empathized with the plight of Muslim civilians killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a federal official briefed on the situation. The official, and another source, said investigators never confirmed whether Hasan was the author of the postings and did not pursue the matter.

The postings were among a handful of possible red flags that preceded Thursday's rampage, in which 13 people were killed and 38 were wounded in the deadliest mass shooting on a U.S. military installation to date. Friends and acquaintances said Hasan had been increasingly agitated over the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and he reportedly said the U.S. "war on terror" was a "war on Muslims." Officials have seized Hasan's computer to determine his role in the blog posts and other writings.

Investigators cautioned that it was too early to assign a motive to Hasan. Some evidence suggested that stress may have played a factor. Hasan had spent nearly his entire Army medical career at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in the District, caring for trauma victims.

Regardless of his motive, lawmakers expressed puzzlement Friday that one of the Army's own could have perpetrated such an attack. Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-Hawaii), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, said the panel would review how the military can better "spot troubled personnel like him in the future."

Abercrombie said the committee has begun examining "stress factors and psychological preparedness as a major institutional concern."

The shootings are said to have deeply troubled President Obama. He has made repairing U.S. relations with the Islamic world an important element of his foreign policy, but now there is the potential of a public backlash against Muslim Americans. Speaking Friday in the White House Rose Garden, Obama said, "We don't know all the answers yet, and I would caution against jumping to conclusions until we have all the facts."

Hasan's parents came from a Palestinian village not far from Jerusalem, although he was born and raised in the United States. In the blog posts, he is alleged to have compared suicide bombers to soldiers who fall on grenades to save comrades.

The FBI contends with a heavy volume of Internet comments from white supremacists, religious radicals and other fringe groups.

Additionally, under Justice Department guidelines, the FBI cannot open an investigation based solely on a person's speech, even if it demonstrates racist or extremist tendencies. The rules applied to James W. von Brunn, the alleged Holocaust Memorial Museum shooter whose writings had come to the attention of law enforcement but who was not investigated before the deadly attack this year.

U.S. authorities have disclosed at least 10 domestic terrorism investigations in the past year, the most since 2001. A number of them involved plots or attacks against U.S. military personnel within the United States.

In September, federal prosecutors charged two North Carolina men with conspiring to kill personnel at the U.S. Marine Corps base at Quantico. In June, Abdul Hakim Mujahid Muhammad, an American Muslim convert, allegedly shot and killed a soldier and wounded another at a military recruiting center at Little Rock in what he said was retaliation for U.S. counterterrorism policies worldwide.

In April, the last of five men convicted of planning to kill soldiers at Fort Dix, N.J., a plot inspired by foreign terrorist groups, was sentenced to 33 years in prison.

"I'm not saying it's part of an organized campaign or a systematic strategy, but we're seeing a sea change when we have once a month a plot that is related somehow to Afghanistan, Iraq, or what these people see is a war against Islam," said Bruce Hoffman, professor of security studies at Georgetown University. "It's too easy to dismiss them as unstable individuals when they have expressed strong religious beliefs with politics."

Fort Hood investigators face a challenge similar to the one faced by officials after the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in April 1995. At the time, officials sought to determine whether bombers Timothy J. McVeigh, an Army veteran with a distinguished record, and Terry L. Nichols, acted alone or were part of a larger violent movement.

"I do not know if it is a current or a lasting trend," Frank J. Cilluffo, a Bush White House aide who now leads George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute. "But obviously it is something we need to be concerned about, because some folks obviously won't be on our radar screen."

The U.S. military's Northern Command did not raise the threat level for American military forces after the Fort Hood attack, keeping it at the lowest level. Northcom spokesman Michael Kucharek said, "We looked at it and view it as an isolated incident."

Gen. George W. Casey Jr., the Army chief of staff, said Friday he had asked Fort Hood commanders to review force protection measures after the shootings, which he called "a kick in the gut." Army officials said that such reviews are ongoing at all installations nationwide, but that there had been no overarching order to raise the level of alert.

On Army posts, weapons and ammunition used for training, as well as soldiers' private firearms, are stored in fortified rooms. If soldiers live in private housing on the posts, they are required to register personal weapons with the provost marshal, but doing so is left largely up to them.

When Hasan was shot, military investigators say, he was armed with at least two personal weapons.



http://www.washingt onpost.com/ wp-dyn/content/ article/2009/ 11/06/AR20091106 04351.html? hpid=topnews
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Ft. Hood Shooter Hasan Too Close To Israeli Ambassador to U.S. at D.C. Event (VIDEO FOUND!) Jan 2009

http://www.c- spanvideo. org/program/ ID/199780

Jan 6, 2009

George Washington University | Homeland Security Policy Institute Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies

Israeli Ambassador Sallai Meridor talked about Israeli counter-terrorism efforts against homegrown, regional and international terrorist organizations. He also talked about recent conflict in Gaza in its impact on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, Israel's response to terror attacks in Mumbai, as well as other relevant regional security


HEREat C-Span.

http://www.c- spanvideo. org/program/ ID/199780

Nidal Malik Hasan was apparantly an invited guest to a public address in Washington by the Israeli Ambassador to the US, Sallai Meridor. Shooter Hasan took a seat in the second row nearly across from the Ambassador and one of the participants Yonah Alexander of Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies (also professor of international studies and director of the Institute for Studies in International Terrorism at the State University of New York)—the program ironically called “Combating Terrorism”. It is my impression or at least some level of concern that the Israeli Ambassador, other anti-terrorist officials and VIPs at that event may have been in some level of danger. I have analyzed the video in detail. In addition to the link above, I provide my own outtakes from said January event in Washington.

These were placed on YouTube. Please view them there.

Clip 1, Hasan’s Movements Following Ambassador’s Departure

Clip 2, Hasan Close-up While Woman Next To Him Asks Ambassador Question About Terrorism

Event: Homeland Security Policy Institute (HSPI) of George Washington University, Ambassadors Roundtable with Israeli Ambassador Sallai Meridor, D.C.

Date: 9 January 2009

Details: Hasan had been an active participant, and invited general guest, to such policy seminars featuring VIPs on the issue of TERRORISM and HOMELAND SECURITY, between the period of June 2008 and February 2009. As has been reported on FR and elsewhere, his name is listed in the proceedings. On one of these occasions, which may well be on tape, terrorist Hasan asked a question which apparently turned into either a ramble or a rant, and he was cut off by the Director of the policy group. (This may well have been in support of Islam or against US policy). On two known occasions, both on 3 December 2008 and again on 9 January 2009, Hasan took a position close to the speakers dais at these by invitation events, and appears in photographs and videos in his US Army BDU uniform. I am not sure of the specific executive security situation at GWU in Washington not far from the White House the day of this event, if there were metal detectors or what not, but it does appear the Israeli Ambassador had personnel protection nearby which may have hindered a possible attack by Maj. Hasan, who nevertheless could well have been armed and dangerous at the time—knowing what we know now. I invite you to look at his movements and demeanor of Hasan in this video, and follow my comments. Others may also have comments or notice things I did not. This is a group effort, let us all try our best to interpret events.

00:13 Shooter in second row from front directly in front of Ambassador and Dr. Alexander.

06:24 Video shows, in the upper center, US Army Major dressed in BDU, looking down, as he is seated in the second row. Either taking notes, or in deep thought.

31:40 to 32:03 Clear view of Hasan from back of room, looking down the whole time, on right in military uniform.

75:00 to 75:25 Very Clear close up view of Major Hasan! It is him.

84:10 Moderator asks, in accordance with security measures, that everyone “please remain seated” while Ambassador Meridor leaves

84:23 Moderator demands AGAIN, that everyone remain seated as Ambassador leaves the event, followed closely behind by one special detail agent, either Secret Service or more likely Israeli Embassy protection (green shirt/tie).

84:35 Hasan, relatively close to the departing Ambassador, one of a few to disregard the request, slowly starts to rise, as some VIPs in front of him are shaking hands with the leaving diplomat, provoking the moderator a THIRD time to tell him and the audience to sit down as told. Hasan can be seen sitting down, through the crowd, as told.

85:12 Hasan looks straight into the camera, he is in the center of the view, spotlight on his bald head which shines. His demeanor and facial manner have an odd, dark nature about them. The Ambassador has left the immediate area and is exiting the auditorium.

Whenever this Hasan appears in the video, he did not look like a happy camper. We may suspect, in his Salafist Fundamentalist rage, he may well have been seething inside at the positions expressed by the Ambassador; this event was right during an Israeli flare up with Hamas Palestinian terrorists on the Gaza Strip (Operation Cast Lead) due to their terrorist rocket attacks on civilians in Israel.

Shown at the very end of the video even appears to be Amb. Paul Bremer, who served as chief of the Coalition Authority to Iraq, and other VIPs well within close range of Major Hasan.

For general discussion and input, additional videos or audios, eyewitness reports, etc. Of particular value would be the video or audio if it exists of the one HSPI event in Washington, D.C. when mass murderer Major Hasan made a general audience question into a public statement. Assistance is requested in finding and disseminating that one in particular, which may well provide some keen insight into this individual and perhaps even prove some pundits off-target in their current criminal profile and analysis.

Hasan evidently arrived early to ensure that he would get a close seat.
I wonder WHY was he chosen to be included? How did he get to be a Major and was he considered important only because he was a Muslim? I find this all perplexing.

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From what I can gather of Hasan’s career, it appears that some people in the Army, and perhaps other branches of government, were in love with the idea of having a psychiatric expert who understood the Muslim mindset. That’s why Hasan keeps showing up at these events. He’s supposed to be some kind of government expert. Unfortunately, he was also a dedicated jihadi.

The catastrophic results of Hasan’s promotion as a psychiatrist may well be the reason the government is keeping mum about his background.

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Army Major Played Role in Presidential Transition

November 5th, 2009 · 8 Comments

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Incredibly, it appears that Maj. Malik Nidal Hasan, the alleged shooter in the massacre that resulted in at least 12 dead and 31 wounded at Fort Hood today, served on the Homeland Security Policy Institute’s presidential transition task force between April 2008 and January 2009 when Barack Obama was inaugurated as the nation’s 44th president.

Major Hasan’s name appears on the page numbered 29 (page 32 of the pdf) of the document, Thinking Anew — Security Priorities for the Next Administration.

Founded in 2003, The George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute (HSPI) is, according to the “About Us” page on its web site, a nonpartisan “think and do” tank whose mission is to build bridges between theory and practice to advance homeland security through an interdisciplinary approach.

What does it mean? Perhaps, nothing.

http://bobmccarty. com/2009/ 11/05/army- major-played- role-in-presiden tial-transition/

http://bobmccarty. com/2009/ 11/05/the- name-says- a-lot-doesnt- it-senator/

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The massacre at Fort Hood and Muslim soldiers with attitude

By Michelle Malkin • November 6, 2009 12:01 AM

Scroll for updates…7:39am Eastern press conference…Ft. Hood officials disclose that the murder victims included 12 soldiers and 1 civilian…first responder heroine who shot Hasan is in stable condition…witnesses still being interviewed “all through the night”…they confirm that Hasan was wearing his uniform…

I was traveling to Wichita for a speaking event/fundraiser (which I’ll tell you more about later) when news of the Fort Hood massacre broke. Please continue to pray for the 12 murder victims [update 11/6: now 13 dead] and their families, and the 30 wounded and their families.

Allahpundit at Hot Air has a massive, blow-by-blow post on all the latest developments. The Christian Science Monitor profiles Nidal Malik Hasan, the Muslim soldier identified by the military as the shooter:

Terry Lee, a retired Army colonel who knew Hasan, told Fox News about a story he heard secondhand. He said a fellow colleague had told him that Hasan had made “outlandish comments” about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and US involvement in them and that “Muslims had a right to rise up and attack Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

“[He] made comments about how we shouldn’t be over there – you need to lock it up, Muslims should stand up and fight against the aggressor,” Lee added.

But the suspect’s cousin, Nader Hasan, gave Fox News a different picture. He said his cousin had never deployed but was affected by the war and had been concerned about his impending deployment.

“He would tell us how he would hear things, horrific things, things from war probably affecting him psychologically,” Nader Hasan said.

From AP:

His name appears on radical Internet postings. A fellow officer says he fought his deployment to Iraq and argued with soldiers who supported U.S. wars. He required counseling as a medical student because of problems with patients.

There are many unknowns about Nidal Malik Hasan, the man authorities say is responsible for the worst mass killing on a U.S. military base. Most of all, his motive. But details of his life and mindset, emerging from official sources and personal acquaintances, are troubling.

“Troubling.” And familiar.

At least six months ago, Hasan came to the attention of law enforcement officials because of Internet postings about suicide bombings and other threats, including posts that equated suicide bombers to soldiers who throw themselves on a grenade to save the lives of their comrades.

Here’s the Scribd comment of Nidal Hasan:

There was a grenade thrown amongs a group of American soldiers. One of the soldiers, feeling that it was to late for everyone to flee jumped on the grave with the intention of saving his comrades. Indeed he saved them. He inentionally took his life (suicide) for a noble cause i.e. saving the lives of his soldier. To say that this soldier committed suicide is inappropriate. Its more appropriate to say he is a brave hero that sacrificed his life for a more noble cause. Scholars have paralled this to suicide bombers whose intention, by sacrificing their lives, is to help save Muslims by killing enemy soldiers. If one suicide bomber can kill 100 enemy soldiers because they were caught off guard that would be considered a strategic victory. Their intention is not to die because of some despair. The same can be said for the Kamikazees in Japan. They died (via crashing their planes into ships) to kill the enemies for the homeland. You can call them crazy i you want but their act was not one of suicide that is despised by Islam. So the scholars main point is that “IT SEEMS AS THOUGH YOUR INTENTION IS THE MAIN ISSUE” and Allah (SWT) knows best.

Those of you with long memories will remember all those who came before Hasan. Here is my column from March 2003 on Muslim soldiers with attitude:

Sgt. Asan Akbar, a Muslim American soldier with the 326th Engineer Battalion, had an “attitude problem.”

According to his superiors and acquaintances, Akbar’s attitude was bitterly anti-American and staunchly pro-Muslim. So how did this devout follower of the so-called Religion of Peace work out his attitudinal problems last weekend?

By lobbing hand grenades and aiming his M-4 automatic rifle into three tents filled with sleeping commanding officers at the 101st Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade operations center in Kuwait.

Akbar is the lone suspect being detained in the despicable attack, which left more than a dozen wounded and one dead. Surviving soldiers say Akbar, found cowering in a bunker with shrapnel injuries, was overheard ranting after the assault: “You guys are coming into our countries, and you’re going to rape our women and kill our children.”

“Our”? At least there’s no doubt about where this Religion of Peace practitioner’s true loyalties lie.

Naturally, apologists for Islam-gone-awry are hard at work dismissing this traitorous act of murder as an “isolated, individual act and not an expression of faith.” But such sentiments are willfully blind and recklessly p.c.

Sgt. Akbar is not the only MSWA — Muslim soldier with attitude — suspected of infiltrating our military, endangering our troops and undermining national security:

– Ali A. Mohamed. Mohamed, a major in the Egyptian army, immigrated to the U.S. in 1986 and joined the U.S. Army while a resident alien. This despite being on a State Department terrorist watch list before securing his visa. An avowed Islamist, he taught classes on Muslim culture to U.S. Special Forces at Fort Bragg, N.C., and obtained classified military documents. He was granted U.S. citizenship over the objections of the CIA.

A former classmate, Jason T. Fogg, recalled that Mohamed was openly critical of the American military. “To be in the U.S. military and have so much hate toward the U.S. was odd. He never referred to America as his country.”

Soon after he was honorably discharged from the Army in 1989, Mohamed hooked up with Osama bin Laden as an escort, trainer, bagman and messenger. Mohamed used his U.S. passport to conduct surveillance at the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi; he later pled guilty to conspiring with bin Laden to “attack any Western target in the Middle East” and admitted his role in the 1998 African embassy bombings that killed more than 200 people, including a dozen Americans.

Ain’t multiculturalism grand?

– Semi Osman. An ethnic Lebanese born in Sierra Leone and a Seattle-based Muslim cleric, Osman served in a naval reserve fueling unit based in Tacoma, Wash. He had access to fuel trucks similar to the type used by al Qaeda in the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers, which killed 19 U.S. airmen and wounded nearly 400 other Americans.

Osman was arrested last May as part of a federal investigation into the establishment of a terrorist training camp in Bly, Oregon. Osman recently pleaded guilty to a weapons violation, and the feds dropped immigration charges against him in exchange for his testimony.

Ain’t open borders grand?

– John Muhammad. The accused Beltway sniper and Muslim convert was a member of the Army’s 84th Engineering Company. In an eerie parallel to the Akbar case, Muhammad is suspected of throwing a thermite grenade into a tent housing 16 of his fellow soldiers as they slept before the ground-attack phase of Gulf War I in 1991. Muhammad’s superior, Sgt. Kip Berentson, told both Newsweek and The Seattle Times that he immediately suspected Muhammad, who was “trouble from day one.”

Curiously, Muhammad was admitted to the Army despite being earlier court-martialed for willfully disobeying orders, striking another noncommissioned officer, wrongfully taking property, and being absent without leave while serving in the Louisiana National Guard.

Although Muhammad was led away in handcuffs and transferred to another company pending charges for the grenade attack, an indictment never materialized. Muhammad was honorably discharged from the Army in 1994. Eight years later, he was arrested in the 21-day Beltway shooting spree that left 10 dead and three wounded.

Ain’t tolerance grand?

– Jeffrey Leon Battle. A former Army reservist, Battle was indicted in October 2002 for conspiring to levy war against the United States and “enlisting in the Reserves to receive military training to use against America.” According to the Justice Department, he planned to wage war against American soldiers in Afghanistan.

Ain’t diversity grand?

“It’s bad enough we have to worry about enemy forces, but now we have to worry about our own guys,” Spc. Autumn Simmer told the Los Angeles Times this week after the assault on the 101st Airborne. The Islamist infiltration of our troops is scandalous. Not one more American, soldier or civilian, must be sacrificed at the altar of multiculturalism, diversity, open borders, and tolerance of the murderous “attitude” of Jihad.

FYI: Convicted Beltway sniper John Muhammad is scheduled to be executed next week. No doubt the families of the Muslim sniper victims are re-living the horror tonight.

FYI: Muslim US soldier Hasan Abujihaad was convicted last year on espionage and material terrorism support charges
after serving aboard the USS Benfold and sharing classified info with al Qaeda financiers, including movements of US ships just six months after al Qaeda operatives had killed 17 Americans aboard the USS Cole in the port of Yemen.

On Twitter, follow #fthood for news updates.

More Twitter-related news here.

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Clarice Feldman notes President Obama’s “odd” — to say the least — reaction to the attack on Fort Hood soldiers:

On Thursday, 11 soldiers and civilian police at Fort Hood were slaughtered execution-style at close range and over 30 others wounded, allegedly by a U.S. Army Major Malik Nadal Hasan. The President immediately addressed the nation concerning this horrific event.

However, his expression of grief was very odd. He spent the first two minutes of the four-and-a-half minute address in a light-hearted discussion of his earlier “Tribal Nations Conference” on Native American rights, including a “shout out” recognition of a conference attendee.

When he finally got around to the purpose for his public appearance, he gave an uninspired and rambling dissertation on the tragedy. Even then, he could not keep the topic focused on sympathy for the pain of others:

I want all of you to know that as Commander in Chief, that there’s no greater honor, but no greater responsibility for me (emphasis his) than to make sure that the extraordinary men and women in uniform are properly cared for…

Poor soul, it’s so saddening to know how this tragedy affects him. Listening to this address provides some insight into Obama’s character and how he ranks his priorities.

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Business as usual: The whitewashing of jihad by the MSM. See here and here.

I’ve said it many times over the years and it bears repeating again as cable TV talking heads ask in bewilderment how all the red flags Hasan raised could have been ignored: Political correctness is the handmaiden of terror.

http://michellemalk in.com/2009/ 11/06/the- massacre- at-fort-hood- and-muslim- soldiers- with-attitude/
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Shooter advised Obama transition
Fort Hood triggerman aided team on Homeland Security task force

Posted: November 06, 2009
9:21 am Eastern

By Jerome R. Corsi
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.

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.


According to the "About Us" section of the GWU Homeland Security Policy Institute, the group is a "nonpartisan 'think and do' tank whose mission is to build bridges between theory and practice to advance homeland security through an interdisciplinary approach."

The Homeland Security Policy Institute is led by Frank J Cilluffo, who formerly served in the White House as special assistant to President Bush for homeland security, and by Kaniewski, who formerly served in the White House as special assistant to President Bush for homeland security and senior director for response policy.

"Muslims should stand up and fight the aggressor," Hasan said about America before he and possibly other Muslim soldiers at Fort Hood shot 43 fellow soldiers, killing 13.

"He said Muslims had a right to attack" the U.S., said Col. Terry Lee, who worked with Hasan at the Texas post, where the devout Sunni Muslim refused deployment. "He said Muslims shouldn't be fighting Muslims," he added. "He was very clear on that."

According to an explosive new book, "Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That's Conspiring to Islamize America," Hasan is just the tip of a jihadist Fifth Column operating within the ranks of the U.S. military – which is too blinded by political correctness to see the threat.

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Quoting from a classified military briefing, "Muslim Mafia" reveals that this Fifth Column has penetrated "every branch of the U.S. military." The Islamist enemy has even infiltrated the al-Qaida detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Shortly after this story was posted, the Huffington Post ran a piece claiming WND was attempting to "smear" President Obama by naming him "as the man who guided Nidal Malik Hasan to his murderous rampage at Ft. Hood yesterday."

However, Hasan is being reported as a participant in the GWU Homeland Security Policy Institute's Presidential Transition Task Force, not as a member, noting the group was a university think-tank, not part of the Obama administration official transition team.

Further, the institute's deputy director is quoted saying he is unable to say if Hasan made any input to the group's final recommendations.

Other participants in the task force included many members of congressional staff who work with both the House and Senate homeland security committees, as well as staff from the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice.

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WND falsely claimed alleged Fort Hood shooter "advised Obama transition"

November 06, 2009 11:03 am ET — 50 Comments

WorldNetDaily falsely claimed that alleged Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan "advised Obama transition" in the headline of an article by Jerome Corsi highlighting his listing as a "participant" in a report for the Homeland Security Policy Institute (HSPI) at George Washington University's Presidential Transition Task Force. However, Corsi himself acknowledges that there is no evidence that "the group played any formal role in the official Obama transition" -- indeed, the Task Force was initiated in April 2008. Moreover, while Hasan was listed as one of approximately 300 "Task Force Event Participants" in the report's appendix, HSPI has reportedly said he was not a "member" of the Task Force, and was listed because he RSVP'd for several of the group's open events.

WND article featured false headline "Shooter advised Obama transition"

From the November 6 WND article:

WND claim contradicted by HSPI report and WND article itself

Corsi: No evidence "the group played any formal role in the official Obama transition." In his article, Corsi wrote: "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."

HSPI Presidential Transition Task Force initiated in April 2008 -- well before Obama's election. According to the HSPI Presidential Task Force report Corsi uses to establish the link between Hasan and the organization, "in April 2008 The George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute (HSPI) established the Presidential Transition Task Force, comprised of national and homeland security experts, policymakers and practitioners."

According to HSPI, Hasan not a Task Force member, listed because he RSVP'd for groups' open events. In a November 6 blog post, Gawker reported:

FRIDAY MORNING UPDATE: Daniel Kaniewski, the institute's deputy director, confirms that Hasan attended task force meetings as an audience member, and stresses that he was not a member of the task force. "All of our events are open to the public," Kaniewski says, "and when someone RSVPs we put their name in the [report] so everyone knows who was in the room." He says institute staffers recall Hasan attending at least one task force event, and that he RSVP'd for several. "We do recall him speaking at one of our events as an audience member," he says, "but none of us recall what he actually said. Generally, our events are attended by people in the homeland security community, and Hasan had a very legitimate reason to be there. He was a fellow at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences."

Hasan was listed in the group's report as one of roughly 300 "Task Force Event Participants."
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WND's Jerome Corsi Claims Fort Hood Shooter Advised Obama [UPDATE]


Well, if you were wondering what paranoiac smear artist would be the first to step out and attempt to name President Barack Obama as the man who guided Nidal Malik Hasan to his murderous rampage at Fort Hood yesterday, the answer -- naturally! -- is Jerome Corsi. Corsi has a long history of lunatic, fact-averse ravings and he fails to disappoint on that regard on the pages of World Net Daily, today, in a piece entitled "Shooter advised Obama transition." Except, of course, he didn't do any such thing.

Corsi hangs his entire allegation on a document produced on May 19, 2009 by The George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute entitled "Thinking Anew, Security Priorities For The Next Administration." In that document, Nidal Hasan is listed, on page 29, as a "Task Force Event Participant." He was one of hundreds of people listed as a "participant." Significantly, Nidal was not the author of the document. He was not a member of the HSPI's "Presidential Transition Task Force." Nor was he a member of the HSPI's "Task Force Staff." He was not a member of the HSPI's Steering Committee or a briefer to the task force.

Also, the activities of the HSPI here do not in anyway constitute official transition advice to the White House, despite the fact that a committee got named the "Presidential Transition Task Force" and the HSPI's activities involved identifying homeland security priorities and offering advice. Here is what the HSPI does:

Founded in 2003, The George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute (HSPI) is a nonpartisan "think and do" tank whose mission is to build bridges between theory and practice to advance homeland security through an interdisciplinary approach. By convening domestic and international policymakers and practitioners at all levels of government, the private and non-profit sectors, and academia, HSPI creates innovative strategies and solutions to current and future threats to the nation.

The task force gave itself the following mission: "to further policy discussions of the top strategic priorities in the area of security in order to generate actionable recommendations, for the Administration taking office in January 2009, designed to effectively meet the most vexing challenges the United States faces today."

Essentially, what the HSPI did (and all of this is spelled out explicitly in this document's executive summary) is convene a giant group of security wonks and academics, heard some briefings, made some "internal deliberations," and generated a set of priorities and recommendations. Then those recommendations got published, and maybe someone at the White House read them, but it's more likely that the content ended up as material to cite in the middle of further security-wonk discussions.

And at some point in the process, Nidal Hasan might have sat in a room while this was happening, with a few hundred other people.

But none of this constitutes formal advice given to the president on homeland security during the transition of power. This was a university panel that has sod all to do with the White House, generating ideas, and calling it "advice" for the president. If two or three of you wanted to meet up with me at the Au Bon Pain on Pennsylvania Avenue this afternoon and chat today, we will have accomplished basically the same thing.

Corsi, in fact, knows this. He writes:

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.

In short, the facts Corsi obtained torpedo the premise of his piece, which, I remind you, is that the "shooter advised [the] Obama transition." Were this being written for a responsible journalistic entity, some creature called an "editor" would have stepped in and said, "Hey, Jerome, you realize that by your own findings, you article is complete horseshit, right?" But this is World Net Daily, written by and for complete charlatans.

UPDATE: I contacted Frank Cilluffo, the director of the HSPI at George Washington University, who tells me that Nidal Hasan has no affiliation with the HSPI or with George Washington University, at all. "[Hasan] has no role on the task force, other than the fact that he attended these meetings as an audience member, as did hundreds of others." Hasan's name appears on the list of participants only because he provided the HSPI with an RSVP, indicating his attendance. Cilluffo told me, "We always record RSVPs and publish them as a matter of transparency, and will continue to do so."


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Top GOP recruit says Ft. Hood shooting shows 'enemy is infiltrating our military'

By Jordan Fabian - 11/06/09 07:32 AM ET

A top Republican congressional recruit said on Friday that the shooting at Ft. Hood, Texas yesterday by a solider allegedly sympathetic to suicide bombers shows that the "enemy is infiltrating our military."

Allen West (R-Fla.), a retired military colonel who served as a commander at the Texas base, said in a release that Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan's attack may indicate a broader effort by Islamic extremists to recruit downtrodden members of the military.

"This enemy preys on downtrodden soldiers and teaches them extremism will lift them up," West said in a statement. "Our soldiers are being brainwashed."

The release added that West claims "the horrible tragedy at Fort Hood is proof the enemy is infiltrating our military."


The National Republican Congressional Committee in October selected West as one of 32 new members of its "Young Guns" program designed to promote challengers and open-seat candidates in the 2010 midterm elections. West formerly served in Iraq and Afghanistan and was the 2008 Republican nominee to unseat Rep. Ron Klein (D-Fla.) in the state's 22nd district.

The suspected gunman, Maj. Hasan, is an Army psychiatrist tasked with helping soldiers who are in distress. Military investigators have not yet determined what sparked him to turn on his fellow soldiers. But Ft. Hood's base commander, Lt. Gen. Robert Cone, said Friday on NBC's "Today" show that Hasan shouted "Allahu Akbar!" before opening fire yesterday in a rampage that killed 13 and wounded 30. "Allahu Akbar!" is Arabic for "God is great!"

Though the 39-year-old's motive for shooting is still unclear, Hasan was preparing to deploy overseas and had previously voiced resentment toward the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. A base official told the AP he was deploying to Afghanistan. Law enforcement officials six months ago became familiar with Hasan because he allegedly posted online messages sympathetic toward suicide bombers.

But, according to the AP, investigators have not determined for certain that Hasan authored the post; the investigation is still ongoing.

West called on the military to create ways "to prevent Islamic extremism from penetrating our bases."

West said "it is imperative that we take steps to make sure this does not happen again" and that it is important to "objectively assess this situation."
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Hasan Called War on Terror an Attack on Islam, Classmate Says

By Justin Blum

Nov. 7 (Bloomberg) --

Major Nidal Malik Hasan, the Army psychiatrist accused of a shooting spree that killed 13 people at the Fort Hood Army Base in Texas, called the war on terrorism “a war against Islam,” said a doctor who was in a graduate program with him.

While studying for a masters degree in public health in 2007, Hasan used a presentation for an environmental health class to argue that Muslims were being targeted by the U.S. anti-terror campaign, said Val Finnell, a classmate.

“He was very vocal about the war, very upfront about being a Muslim first and an American second,” said Finnell, 41, a preventive medicine doctor in Los Angeles, in an interview yesterday. “He was always concerned that Muslims in the military were being persecuted.”

Hasan, 39, opened fire on fellow soldiers at the Fort Hood Army Base on Nov. 5 before he was shot several times, Lieutenant General Robert Cone, the base commander, told reporters. In addition to those killed, 30 people suffered wounds that required their hospitalization, Colonel John Rossi, the base’s deputy commander, said at a press conference last night. Rossi said 23 of the wounded remained hospitalized.

Military officials and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are probing what triggered the attack by the physician at a crowded medical processing center on the base. Hasan was moved yesterday to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. He “was intubated and not able to converse,” Rossi said.

‘Upset and Angry’

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, a Texas Republican, said she was told by Fort Hood authorities the suspect was about to be deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan and had been “very upset and angry” in the past few days.

Hasan’s family doesn’t know what prompted the shooting, said Nader Hasan, a cousin who lives in Virginia, in an e- mailed statement yesterday.

“We cannot explain, nor do we excuse or understand what happened,” the statement said.

The Virginia Board of Medicine listsNidal Hasan as a licensed physician. He received his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, in 2003. He completed a residency in psychiatry at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington in 2007 and a fellowship in disaster and preventive psychiatry in 2009.

Hasan was getting his masters degree in public health in 2007 and 2008 at the Uniformed Services University as part of his fellowship, said Bill Bester, vice president for external affairs at the school. Bester said he was unaware of comments Hasan may have made during the program.

Shocked, Not Surprised

Finnell said he remembered Hasan “vividly” and said of the shooting: “I’m not surprised, based on the things he said in the past. I’m shocked that it happened, but not surprised.”

In conversations, students challenged Hasan on his statements and he would become “visibly upset, sweaty, nervous,” Finnell said.

Toward the end of the program, in 2008, Hasan gave a presentation that was billed as a survey of the climate for Muslims who serve in the U.S. military, Finnell said.

“It wasn’t really very objective,” Finnell said. “It was like he was trying to prove a point.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Justin Blum in Washington at jblum4@bloomberg. net
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Ft. Hood suspect remains in coma


By LARA JAKES, Associated Press Writer Lara Jakes, Associated Press Writer – Fri Nov 6, 12:15 pm ET

WASHINGTON – Authorities say Fort Hood shooting Nidal Malik Hasan remains in a coma but is expected to live.

A federal law enforcement official said investigators have not been able to talk to Hasan since the deadly rampage that left 13 people dead and injured 30 others at the sprawling Army post in Texas on Thursday.

The initial investigation shows that Hasan allegedly used only one gun during the attack — a 5.7-caliber semiautomatic pistol.

Army officials said Hasan also was carrying another handgun. But the law enforcement official said there's nothing so far to indicate the second weapon was fired.

The law enforcement official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

WASHINGTON (AP) — His name appears on radical Internet postings. A fellow officer says he fought his deployment to Iraq and argued with soldiers who supported U.S. wars. He required counseling as a medical student because of problems with patients.

There are many unknowns about Nidal Malik Hasan, the man authorities say is responsible for the worst mass killing on a U.S. military base. Most of all, his motive.

For six years before reporting for duty at Fort Hood, Texas, in July, the 39-year-old Army major worked at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center pursuing his career in psychiatry, as an intern, a resident and, last year, a fellow in disaster and preventive psychiatry. He received his medical degree from the military's Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md., in 2001.

While an intern at Walter Reed, Hasan had some "difficulties" that required counseling and extra supervision, said Dr. Thomas Grieger, who was the training director at the time.

Grieger said privacy laws prevented him from going into details but noted that the problems had to do with Hasan's interactions with patients. He recalled Hasan as a "mostly very quiet" person who never spoke ill of the military or his country.

"He swore an oath of loyalty to the military," Grieger said. "I didn't hear anything contrary to those oaths."

But, more recently, federal agents grew suspicious.

At least six months ago, Hasan came to the attention of law enforcement officials because of Internet postings about suicide bombings and other threats, including posts that equated suicide bombers to soldiers who throw themselves on a grenade to save the lives of their comrades.

They had not determined for certain whether Hasan is the author of the posting, and a formal investigation had not been opened before the shooting, said law enforcement officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss the case.

Federal authorities seized Hasan's computer Friday during a search of his apartment in Killeen, Texas, said a U.S. military official who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation.

In an interview with The Washington Post, Hasan's aunt, Noel Hasan of Falls Church, Va., said he had been harassed about being a Muslim in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks and he wanted out of the Army.

"Some people can take it and some people cannot," she said. "He had listened to all of that and he wanted out of the military."

She said he had sought a discharge from the military for several years, and even offered to repay the cost of his medical training.

A military official told The Associated Press that Hasan was in the preparation stage of deployment, which can take months. The official said Hasan had indicated he didn't want to go to Iraq but was willing to serve in Afghanistan. The official did not have authorization to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

A second military official said Hasan's family has Palestinian roots. There have been reports that he was harassed for his Muslim religion, but the official says there is no indication Hasan filed a complaint within the military about that.

Terrorism task force agents plan to interview several of Hasan's relatives Friday, according to a law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss the case.

Noel Hasan said her nephew "did not make many friends" and would say "they military was his life."

A cousin, Nader Hasan, told The New York Times that after counseling soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with post-traumatic stress disorder, Hasan knew war firsthand.

"He was mortified by the idea of having to deploy," Nader Hasan said. "He had people telling him on a daily basis the horrors they saw over there."

Federal law-enforcement agents ordered an evacuation of the apartment complex where Hasan lived in Killeen, Texas, Thursday night and conducted a search of his home, said Hilary Shine, director of public information for the city. She didn't say what was found during the search.

Officials said earlier that federal search warrants were being drawn up to authorize the seizure of his computer.

Retired Army Col. Terry Lee, who said he worked with Hasan, told Fox News that Hasan had hoped President Barack Obama would pull troops out of Afghanistan and Iraq. Lee said Hasan got into frequent arguments with others in the military who supported the wars, and had tried hard to prevent his pending deployment.

Col. Kimberly Kesling, deputy commander of clinical services at Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood, said she had known Hasan.

"You wouldn't think that someone who works in your facility and provided excellent care for his patients, which he did, could do something like this," Kesling said. She praised his work ethic, saying, "In my personal interactions, there was never any indication he would do something like this." Kesling described him as "a quiet man who wouldn't seek the limelight" and said she was 'shocked' when she heard that he was the man suspected of carrying out the shootings.

Hasan attended prayers regularly when he lived outside Washington, often in his Army uniform, said Faizul Khan, a former imam at a mosque Hasan attended in Silver Spring, Md. He said Hasan was a lifelong Muslim.

"I got the impression that he was a committed soldier," Khan said. He spoke often with Hasan about Hasan's desire for a wife.

On a form filled out by those seeking spouses through a program at the mosque, Hasan listed his birthplace as Arlington, Va., but his nationality as Palestinian, Khan said.

"I don't know why he listed Palestinian," Khan said, "He was not born in Palestine."

Nothing stood out about Hasan as radical or extremist, Khan said.

"We hardly ever got to discussing politics," Khan said. "Mostly we were discussing religious matters, nothing too controversial, nothing like an extremist."

Hasan earned his rank of major in April 2008, according to a July 2008 Army Times article.

He served eight years as an enlisted soldier. Military records show he also served in the ROTC as an undergraduate at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg and received a bachelor's degree in biochemistry there in 1997.

But college officials said Friday that Hasan graduated with honors in biochemistry in 1995 and there was no record of him serving in any ROTC program.

He previously had attended Barstow Community College in Barstow, Calif., and Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke, Va., according to Virginia Tech records.

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Associated Press writers Lara Jakes, Pam Hess, Lolita C. Baldor and Brett Zongker in Washington; Alicia Chang in Los Angeles; and Sue Lindsey in Roanoke, Va., contributed to this report.
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'Islam not responsible' for Fort Hood massacre: US imam


Islam is "not responsible" for the bloodbath at an army base in Texas where Muslim-American army Major Nidal Malik Hasan allegedly gunned down 13 people, the prayer leader at the mosque where the officer regularly worshipped said Friday.

"We offer our condolences and prayers to the families that have a person who died," said Imam Mohammed Abdullahi over loud-speakers that carried the weekly Muslim prayer to several hundred worshippers gathered at the mosque.


"Islam is not responsible," he stressed.

Many of the worshippers who had come to the mosque in this suburb of Washington knew Hasan or had seen him at Friday prayer, which he attended regularly when he lived in the Washington area.

To them, the news that he had allegedly opened fire with a semi-automatic weapon and a handgun in a crowded troop processing center on the sprawling Fort Hood base in Texas, mowing down 13 people and wounding 30 others, came as a shock.

"Islam doesn't command anybody to do something like that," said Shaikh Khamis, who has prayed at the Silver Spring Muslim Community Center mosque for 11 years.

"It's very sad, a big tragedy for everybody," said another worshipper, Ibrahim Gayi.

"We pray for everybody, all Americans, not only Muslims," he said.

Asif Qadri, head of the medical clinic at the Muslim Community Center, described Hasan, an army major, as "very gentlemanly.

"He was sociable, likeable. We had regular, casual conversation -- he didn't manifest any particular view either way," Qadri said.

"When I saw him on television, I couldn't believe my eyes," he added.

It was "unbelievable", said Qadri, that the man who news reports said went on a deadly rampage Thursday was the soft-spoken psychiatrist who prayed at the mosque nearly every week.

The son of Palestinian immigrants, Hasan was born and raised in Virginia, the state that borders Maryland to the west, and after high school, went against his parents' wishes and enlisted in the military, which put him through college and medical school.

He spent nearly all his professional life at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in northwest Washington, DC working as a psychiatrist before shipping out this year to Fort Hood, from where he was reportedly due to deploy to Afghanistan.

Silver Spring is just blocks from the Walter Reed facility and has been home to the Muslim Community Center and its busy mosque for 33 years.

"Everybody knows this is not a place for fanatics," said Qadri. "We don't encourage that sort of thing."

Imam Abdullahi recalled seeing Hasan at Friday prayer for the last time in June, and Akhtar Khan, a worshipper at the mosque, described the army psychiatrist as "a peaceful person, very quiet.

"He would just come and pray," he said as worshippers at the mosque struggled to understand why Hasan, a specialist in combat stress, snapped and opened fire in a troop processing center in Fort Hood that was packed with soldiers preparing to deploy overseas.

"It's got to be something mental," said Gayi.

"These guys who go and come back from war, they need help," he said.

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Suspect asked for advice on going to fight Muslims


By ANGELA K. BROWN, Associated Press Writer Angela K. Brown, Associated Press Writer – 3 mins ago

FORT HOOD, Texas –

A Muslim leader says the Army psychiatrist suspected of going on a shooting rampage at Fort Hood asked him for advice on what he should tell soldiers who had concerns about going to fight Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Osman Danquah (oos-MAHN' dahn-KWAH') is the co-founder of the Islamic Community of Greater Killeen. He says he had a bad feeling about Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan after the two talked twice in late summer.

He told The Associated Press on Saturday that Hasan regularly attended services at the mosque in his uniform.

Danquah says Hasan never mentioned any anger toward the Army or indicated any plans for violence but seemed incoherent during their second conversation.

Danquah says he told Hasan that there was "something wrong with you."
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Spin and damage control already ;-)

I do think it strange that the base commander was giving press conferences. Every military base has a public affairs officer.

That’s added to the fact that the General gave incorrect information, i.e. Hasan was dead, earlier today. That should never happen, a base commander stating something that was not true. Then his correcting press conference was delayed for hour after hour.

CNN’s White House reporter said the President and senior staff were meeting in the “situation room” as late as 10pm. Why would the President and senior staff be up late meeting in a secure room over a lone nut?
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George W. Bush Visits Fort Hood, Wounded Soldiers

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) ―
Former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, visited wounded soldiers and their families near the site of the worst mass shooting on an Army post in the United States.

The Bushes made their private visit to Fort Hood's Darnall Army Medical Center on Friday night. Bush spokesman David Sherzer said in an e-mail that the couple thanked Fort Hood's military leaders and hospital staff for the "amazing care they are providing."

An Army psychiatrist, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, is accused of killing 13 people and wounding 30 in a shooting rampage Thursday at a Soldier Readiness Processing Center on the post.

Hasan was wounded by a civilian police officer and was taken into custody.


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Never let a good crisis go to waste.

Must have been other shooters who chickened out.

The operation was muffed. They were not supposed to catch the shooter alive.




Where is SUSPECT #2 ??? Where is the brother who lived with this man and the woman and child who frequently visited him?



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Shock, sadness grip tight-knit Fort Hood community

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By BRIAN SKOLOFF and ANGELA K. BROWN
Associated Press Writers

Posted: Today at 9:17 a.m.
Updated: 52 minutes ago

FORT HOOD, Texas —

A chaplain exhorted hundreds of mourners gathered at a candlelight vigil to not give up hope as Fort Hood and its surrounding community looked to each other for comfort after an Army psychiatrist allegedly went on a deadly shooting spree at the military post.

A grief counseling center was set up Friday at the Killeen Community Center to help residents struggling to make sense of one of the worst mass shootings ever on a military facility in the United States. At least 13 people died and more than two dozen were wounded in the attack a day earlier.

"Remember to keep breathing. ... Keep going," Douglas Carver, the Army's chief chaplain, told the crowd of several hundred at the vigil, many dressed in fatigues and black berets.

The alleged gunman, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, was wounded and taken into custody after a gunfire exchange with two civilian police officers. At least 13 people died and more than two dozen were wounded.

Like other military installations nationwide, the bonds between Fort Hood and the town at its doorstep are tight. Town merchants depend on the soldiers who shop at their stores and eat at their restaurants. Locals show their appreciation and support for the troops, hoisting giant yellow ribbons and raising money for charities benefiting Fort Hood soldiers stationed in Iraq or Afghanistan.

"Most of our clientele are soldiers, so this affects everyone in the community," said James Carpenter, 34, a tattoo artist at Zombie Ink and a former soldier who had been stationed at Fort Hood before he left the Army in 2003. "Everyone is asking why and saying, `I can't believe he did that.'"

Witnesses said Hasan stood on a desk and began firing after walking into the Soldier Readiness Processing Center, where troops who are about to be deployed or who are returning undergo medical screening. Those who weren't hit by direct fire were struck by rounds ricocheting off the desks and tile floor.

Officials say the gunman was stopped after two civilian police officers arrived on the scene and began a firefight with Hasan, who was hit four times including at least once in the torso.

Most of the shooting survivors remained hospitalized, many in intensive care. Former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, visited wounded soldiers Friday night at the post hospital. A Bush spokesman said the couple spoke with family members of the wounded and personally thanked hospital staff members and Fort Hood leaders.

Hasan was transferred Friday to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, about 150 miles southwest of Fort Hood. Army officials late Friday gave no indication of his condition except to say he was "not able to converse."

Some who knew Hasan said he may have been struggling with a pending deployment to Afghanistan and faced pressure in his work with distressed soldiers, although authorities still did not have a motive.

Hasan's Palestinian uncle said his nephew loved America and wanted to serve his country.

Rafik Hamad, 64, told the Associated Press in the West Bank town of El-Bireh that Hasan had been harassed by other soldiers because of his Muslim faith but that he was not angry.

"He really wasn't angry ... I felt that he feels sympathy for them because they are ignorant and that's their level of understanding," Hamad said.

Fort Hood spokesman Col. John Rossi said that the assailant fired more than 100 rounds and that his weapons were not military arms, but "privately owned weapons ... purchased locally."

Shock over the shootings persisted into Friday night, when hundreds attended a candlelight vigil in the first formal community gathering since the killings. Earlier in the day, a moment of silence was held at U.S. military installations as a show of respect for the victims, and 13 flag-draped coffins departed from Fort Hood for Dover Air Force Base and the military's mortuary based in Delaware.

At the vigil, husbands wrapped their arms around their wives, babies cried and old men in wheelchairs bowed their heads during the service at a post stadium. The crowd sang "God Bless America" and "Amazing Grace" in the bleachers under the stadium lights. After about 20 minutes, the stadium went dark, the only light from camera flashes and surrounding buildings in the distance as candles were passed around the bleachers.

It was a tough night for Maj. Dan Walker, 34, who returned from Kuwait in June, his third deployment overseas.

"I've been to a lot of these in my career," Walker said as he walked through the dark parking lot after the service. "They definitely don't get any easier, and this one is probably one of the toughest ones just because it came so close to home.

"When you go to war, you expect it and understand it," he added. "But this is different. When you come home, you try to relax and live as normal a life as possible. You don't expect this."

Among the victims were Francheska Velez, 21, of Chicago, who was pregnant and preparing to return home. Family members said Velez had recently returned from deployment in Iraq and had sought a lifelong career in the Army.

Sgt. Amy Krueger, 29, of Kiel, Wis., joined the Army after the 2001 terrorist attacks and had vowed to take on Osama bin Laden, her mother, Jeri Krueger said. Amy Krueger arrived at Fort Hood on Tuesday and was scheduled to be sent to Afghanistan in December, her mother told the Herald Times Reporter of Manitowoc.

Pfc. Michael Pearson, 21, of the Chicago suburb of Bolingbrook, Ill., quit what he figured was a dead-end furniture company job to join the military about a year ago. Pearson's mother, Sheryll Pearson, said he joined the military because he was eager to serve his country and broaden his horizons.

Michael Grant Cahill, a 62-year-old physician assistant, suffered a heart attack two weeks ago and returned to work at the post as a civilian employee after taking just one week off for recovery, said his daughter Keely Vanacker.

Cahill, of Cameron, Texas, helped treat soldiers returning from tours of duty or preparing for deployment. Often, Vanacker said, Cahill would walk young soldiers where they needed to go, just to make sure they got the right treatment.

"He loved his patients, and his patients loved him," said Vanacker, 33, the oldest of Cahill's three adult children. "He just felt his job was important."

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Associated Press writers Caryn Rousseau in Bolingbrook, Ill., Robert Imrie in Wausau, Wis., Monica Rhor in Houston, Sophia Tareen, Michael Tarm and Amy Shafer in Chicago, and Dalia Nammari in El-Bireh in the West Bank contributed to this report.

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Big Apple: Point-blank about gun laws

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The Texas rampage has raised more questions about gun violence in the US. Web journalist Lori Harfenist, known as The Resident, hit the streets of New York to see how people feel about gun laws in the country.
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At Fort Hood, Mourning And A Search For Answers


Fort Hood remained in mourning on Saturday as the community continued its search for answers into why an Army psychiatrist allegedly opened fired on his fellow soldiers Thursday afternoon. The outburst of violence left 13 people dead and 30 wounded.

A more complete picture is also emerging of the victims, who ranged from a 19-year-old Utah native preparing for his first combat tour to a 62-year-old physician assistant who had just returned to work after suffering a heart attack two weeks ago.

Pfc. Aaron Nemelka, from West Jordan, Utah, joined the Army instead of going on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was training to dispose of munitions.

"He wanted to serve his country," Michael Nemelka, his grandfather told the Deseret News. "He picked what he wanted to do. He wanted to do one of those dangerous jobs."

Michael Cahill, the slain physician assistant, treated soldiers coming home from tours of duty or preparing for deployment.

"I'm angry because he was a person who had so much to give, in helping the soldiers, and now he is lost because of this," his wife, Joleen Cahill, told the Austin American-Statesman.

The shooting rampage occurred at the Soldiers Readiness Processing Center, where some of the victims were preparing to head overseas. Russell Seager, a VA nurse from Mt. Pleasant, Wis., was planning to lead a mental health team in Iraq.

Pfc. Kham Xiong, who came to the United States as a toddler, was standing in line to get a flu shot and an eye exam before shipping out to Afghanistan in January.

Others had recently returned from combat. Francheska Velez, 21, just back from Iraq, was pregnant and about to be temporarily released from duty.

The backgrounds of the victims serve as a poignant reminder of the diversity of the U.S. military, a theme President Obama spoke about in his weekly radio address.

"They are Americans of every race, faith and station. They are Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus and nonbelievers," he said. "They are descendents of immigrants and immigrants themselves. They reflect the diversity that makes this America. But what they share is a patriotism like no other."

Obama's remarks were aimed at quelling some of the tension surrounding the Muslim faith of the alleged shooter, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, 39, who was reportedly distraught about a pending deployment to either Afghanistan or Iraq.

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U.S. Army Specialist Sheldon Rabago, Nancy Rabago and their son Owen mourn during a vigil Friday for the victims of the Fort Hood shooting.

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U.S. Army Specialist Sheldon Rabago, Nancy Rabago and their son Owen mourn during a vigil Friday for the victims of the Fort Hood shooting.

Associates describe Hasan as a troubled and sometimes erratic man.

Two psychiatrists, who had worked closely with Hasan when he was training at Walter Reed, told NPR that the suspect could be belligerent and would sometimes belittle colleagues without provocation. The two asked not to be identified because the military had ordered them not to talk to reporters.

The psychiatrists also said Hasan once gave a bizarre lecture to the medical staff in which he said the Quran teaches that infidels should have their heads cut off and set on fire.

"When I heard the news about Hasan, honestly, my first thought was, 'That makes a lot of sense. That completely fits the person I knew,' " one of the psychiatrists told NPR.

Family members in the Palestinian West Bank described him as a normal person and a committed Muslim who spoke fondly of his life in the United States.

"The thing I'm trying to understand is the motivation," Mohammed Hasan, a cousin, told NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro. "Why did he do this? This is totally out of character for Nadal. This is a very quiet and calm person. We are extremely surprised by what he has done."

The cousin says that Hasan was unhappy about his pending deployment and by how his Army colleagues acted towards him.

"He was being treated as a Muslim by the Army — an Arab — and not as an American," he said. "He felt he was being discriminated against."

Hasan has been moved to an Army medical facility in San Antonio, where he is being treated for multiple gunshot wounds. It is unclear whether he remains in a coma.

The military's investigation into the incident continues, but plenty of questions remain.

"We cannot fully know what leads a man to do such a thing," Obama said. "But what we do know is that our thoughts are with every single one of the men and women who were injured at Fort Hood."

Col. John Rossi, the deputy commanding general at Fort Hood, says that an estimated 100 bullets were fired during the attack.

The alleged gunman was eventually brought down by four shots from the weapon of civilian police Sgt. Kimberly Munley, who was lauded Friday by post commander Lt. Gen. Robert Cone for her "amazing and aggressive performance" that saved lives.

At a vigil Friday night, Chaplain Douglas Carver told those gathered — many dressed in fatigues and black berets — to "remember to keep breathing ... keep going."

"God Bless America" and "Amazing Grace" were sung as husbands wrapped their arms around their wives, babies cried and old men in wheelchairs bowed their heads.

It was the first community gathering since the killings.

Army Sgt. Howard Appleby, who helped care for some of the wounded, said what happened on Thursday was even more traumatic than what he had experienced in Iraq.

"In Iraq you just see this once a day ... [you see] one guy die today, another guy die tomorrow, but 12, 13 guys die at one time — yeah, it's crazy."
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The lonely life of 'Number Nine'


Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, November 8, 2009

KILLEEN, TEX. --

About 9 a.m. Thursday, Maj. Nidal M. Hasan walked over to see a neighbor in his aging apartment building here on the edge of downtown. He had come to say goodbye.

The two occasionally would sit together in plastic chairs beneath a wind chime on the landing outside her second-floor apartment, she recalled. She was Christian and he was Muslim, but they shared coffee and talked about God. But this morning, Hasan said that he would be deploying to Afghanistan soon and that he did not want to go. He gave her a copy of the Koran.

"I'm going to do good work for God," he told her.

Then he walked downstairs, through the grassy courtyard, stepped into his silver Honda Civic and drove to Fort Hood. Four hours later, he allegedly opened fire in the Soldier Readiness Center in a rampage that killed 13 people and wounded 38, the deadliest shooting ever on a U.S. military installation.

Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, had moved into the 27-unit Casa del Norte apartments in late July when he was transferred to Ford Hood from Walter Reed Army Medical Center in the District. During his nearly four-month stay in apartment No. 9, Hasan made few friends. Most other tenants didn't know his name, referring to him as "Number Nine."

They said he often left his one-bedroom apartment at 5 or 6 in the morning, dressed in his uniform. Hasan usually did not return home until 6 or 7 in the evening, sometimes dressed in traditional Muslim clothes and carrying a Koran.

Some nights as he came home, neighbors would be gathered around a picnic table in the courtyard drinking beer. As he climbed the steps to his apartment, they would snicker at him, said the woman, who lived several doors down. She agreed to describe her relationship with Hasan only on the condition of anonymity because she did not want to face retribution. Portions of her account were confirmed by other residents.

"Everyone else just sat down there and drunk their beer and looked at him and giggled at him," the woman said, starting to cry. "They just would laugh at him when he walked down with his Muslim clothes. . . . He was mistreated. He didn't have nobody. He was all alone. He went to his apartment there and was all alone."

The residents of Casa del Norte tend to be transient, and the place is a little worse for wear. The "d" on the sign out front is covered in duct tape and is nearly falling down. The gray gutters are rusted. A weathered banner greets tenants: "Welcome Home Ft. Hood Heroes -- We're Proud of You." Across the street is another apartment complex, the Brigadier, its cream brick marred by graffiti.

Hasan found the apartment through an advertisement in the Killeen Daily Herald, said Jose Padilla, a retired Army man who owns the complex. Hasan signed a six-month lease, at $325 a month. Hasan paid it all upfront with a cashier's check from Bank of America, Padilla said.

In mid-August, just a few weeks after moving to Killeen, Hasan had a run-in with a soldier living in apartment No. 12. One night after he had been drinking, John Van de Walker scraped a key along the full length of the passenger's side of Hasan's car. Then he removed and destroyed a bumper sticker that read, "Allah is Love," according to several residents, including live-in managers John and Alice Thompson.

Van de Walker had recently returned from service in Iraq and was distraught that his neighbor was a Muslim, Alice Thompson said. Shortly after the incident, Van de Walker's girlfriend, Jenni, came to visit Alice Thompson.

"I can't believe what John just did," Thompson recalled the woman saying. "John just keyed Number Nine's car. I told him, 'You're back from Iraq now, and you can't be doing anything that pops in your head like that.' "

Hasan filed a police report, but neighbors said he did not seem too bothered. According to the Associated Press, Van de Walker was arrested Oct. 21 and was charged with criminal mischief.

Neighbors said they did not know whether Hasan ever confronted Van de Walker. Resident Kim Rosenthal said Hasan told her he would forgive Van de Walker because it was the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

"He told me, 'It's a time to forgive everybody who's done wrong against you,' " Rosenthal said.

Van de Walker was later evicted because of the keying and other disturbances, Alice Thompson said. Efforts to reach Van de Walker, his girlfriend and members of his family via e-mail and telephone were unsuccessful.

All of Casa del Norte's units have one bedroom, and the doors open to a long courtyard. There are bicycles stored beside the stairways and charcoal grills on the grass. Toy trucks belonging to the family that just moved in on the first floor are strewn about. Residents lean their mops on the balconies to dry. At the end of the courtyard is a small garden. A birdbath is filled with rainwater, but the flowers have died, save for a single pink rose.

On Tuesday, Hasan went to greet neighbor Patricia Villa, who had moved into apartment No. 8 a few weeks earlier. He gave her a Koran translated into Spanish. When Villa told him she read English, he returned the next day with a copy in English, she said.

Hasan saw that Villa, who makes tamales for a living, and her husband had little furniture. The living room was empty, except for a gold cross nailed near the door. She said Hasan told her he was being deployed to the war zone and would be gone for six months. So he brought Villa his microwave, four folding chairs, three small wooden shelves, an inflatable mattress, some new clothing and the steamer he used to press his uniforms.

"Not even your family will give you all this for free," Villa said.

On Thursday morning, Hasan asked Villa whether she would clean his apartment and return the key to the manager's office. He paid her $60 and said he would leave the key under Villa's doormat. When she returned home that afternoon, police and investigators were swarming her neighbor's apartment. The key wasn't there.

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Military Service A Challenge For Muslim Americans

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November 6, 2009

When Nidal Malik Hasan joined the U.S. Army in 1997 to pursue government-paid medical training, he became part of a very different military from the one that exists today.

The Virginia Tech graduate, an American-born son of Palestinian immigrants, faced no foreseeable prospect of going to war. U.S. military brass had just written a new strategy that included terrorism as only one of numerous threats that could challenge the nation in the future. And ethnic or religious discrimination largely played out on a smaller scale, born usually of garden-variety ignorance and not unique to the military.

But the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, not only irrevocably changed the military's path and focus; they seem to have altered Hasan's own professional and personal trajectory — one that authorities say ended Thursday in a shooting rampage during which 13 people died and 30 were wounded. Among the wounded was Hasan himself, who lies in a coma.

In interviews, members of his family have suggested that the modern military had become an especially uncomfortable place for Muslims and Arab-Americans like Hasan. It was then, they say, that the newly minted doctor first began complaining of harassment over his Muslim religion and talking about a way out.

That goal had become more urgent in recent months as Hasan, a psychiatrist who counseled returning soldiers haunted by the horrors of war, faced his first deployment — to Iraq or Afghanistan.

Challenges For Muslims In Military

It is now tough to be an Arab-American or a Muslim in the military, said Marine reservist 1st Sgt. Jamal Baadani, 45, who lives in suburban Washington, D.C.

"Before 9/11, being a Muslim wasn't really an issue," he said. "I served as a Marine and never thought about it."

"9/11 is what really created the divide and misunderstanding about Muslim[s] and Arab-Americans," Baadani said.

But he is among those who argue that shortly after the 2001 terrorist attacks, the official military atmosphere changed dramatically. And with two wars in the Middle East, military leaders have invested time and money in an effort to attract and keep Muslims and Arab-Americans — and for very practical reasons.

Hasan "for whatever reasons went down this road, but it wasn't because of anything the Army had put in place," says Baadani, president and founder of the Association of Patriotic Arab Americans in Military. "There has been tremendous progress and tremendous efforts at the highest levels of the Pentagon."

Muslim prayer rooms have been opened at the military academies, imams have been invited to serve at the academies and, on some military bases, Muslim holidays are honored. In September, a Ramadan Iftar, or fast-breaking meal, was held at the Pentagon and attended by about 140 people.

Though the military doesn't keep statistics of religious preference, military experts estimate that there are more than 10,000 Muslims and Arab-Americans, many of them linguists, supporting the U.S. Army's efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Official numbers, however suggest that the number of Muslims in the military is something less than 4,000.

"Our contributions are vital to what we're doing over there," Baadani said.

Alienation, Prejudice

But soldiers like Ahmed Shama, who joined the military as a Marine after 9/11, said that there were times he felt like an outsider, and that there is consistent anti-Islam rhetoric that infects non-official conversation in the military.

"During boot camp I was referred to by the phrase 'al-Qaida terrorist' by one of my drill instructors," Shama said, adding that the instructor was subsequently warned.

Shama said, however, that it was also easy at times for Muslim troops to feel alienated — including when reports surfaced that soldiers at the military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, were shredding the Quran, and when Lt. Gen. William Boykin said that radical Islamists hate the U.S. because "we're a Christian nation and the enemy is a guy named Satan."

"There are no words to express my feeling upon hearing my religion referred to as Satan," says Shama, who is currently studying Arabic in Cairo. "Even worse was watching footage of mosques being blown up by U.S. forces and hearing reports of the Quran being shredded."

"That in no way makes me a 'radical' — I'm sure that any religious minority would feel the same if subjected to the same circumstances," he said. "Hearing prejudiced rhetoric can have a large effect on the morale of a Muslim Marine."

Hasan, by all accounts, was a devout, lifelong Muslim who regularly attended prayers and was a member of a mosque in Silver Spring, Md. Investigators are still trying to determine whether it was Hasan, or someone with the same name, who made comments on the Internet that equated suicide bombers to soldiers who protect their comrades by throwing themselves on a grenade.

Coincidentally, a hero in the Arab-American military community is Navy SEAL Michael Monsoor, 25, who died in 2006 doing just that, saving the lives of three of his fellow soldiers in Iraq. He was awarded the Medal of Honor.

Complications For Muslim Americans

The military can be a complicated fit for Muslim and Arab-Americans, particularly when war is being waged in regions where Islam is predominant.

But, says U.S. Army Reserve Capt. Eric Rahman, who grew up with Muslim traditions, the wars being waged now by the U.S. can't be successfully fought without those who know the language and culture of the Middle East.

"You cannot possibly carry out any of the conflicts we're engaged in without people with deep knowledge of the area and culture," Rahman says. "To say we could would be shortsighted."

Muslims in the military have mixed feelings about whether the Fort Hood rampage will discourage other Arab-Americans from joining the military.

"Anyone who joins the military is doing so for the chance to sacrifice for their country," Shama says. "My bigger fear is that the American public and military will stereotype all Muslims as "ticking jihad bombs" destined to strike."

And just like after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the servicemen acknowledge it will take some time again for people not to lump them with the image of the 39-year-old Hasan, who appears to have developed a growing hostility toward the military and its actions in the Middle East.

"This isn't us and them," Baadani says. "This is us together having to deal with crazy individuals like Hasan."

"His actions are shaming the service of all Arabs and Muslims who are serving."
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Hasan's Story Won't Be Easy To Sort Out


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Often when there is a mass shooting, people who knew the gunman find themselves wondering what warning signs they might have missed. So it is in the case of Maj. Nidal Hasan, a 12-year veteran in the U.S. Army, a native-born American, a trained and practicing psychiatrist — and the man authorities say opened fire on fellow soldiers at Fort Hood.

The vital facts of Hasan's life do not suggest a man determined to kill dozens of his fellows as they sat unarmed in a crowded waiting room. He was born in Arlington, Va. His parents were immigrants, but so are millions of other Americans. His heritage was Palestinian, but he didn't even speak Arabic. He went to Virginia Tech and in 1997 joined the Army. It was through the Army that he got his medical training. He was due to be deployed to Afghanistan.

Those who look for a ready explanation for the murderous rampage at Fort Hood can choose between two broad narratives: Maybe it had to do with the travails of an Army psychiatrist, dealing with soldiers who had been traumatized, even disfigured, by their war experience; or maybe it had to do with being Muslim.

Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan


Age: 39

Born: Sept. 8, 1970, Arlington, Va.

Education: Bachelor's degree with honors in biochemistry, Virginia Tech, 1997; general medicine degree, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, 2001

Military background: Hasan had served in the Army since June 1997. He trained to be a psychiatrist at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, where he served from June 2003 until last July.

Military awards: National Defense Service Medal (2 awards), Global War on Terror Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon

Sources: U.S. Army Office of the Chief of Public Affairs; NPR reports

Those who suspect he was secretly a radical Muslim can focus on what Lt. Gen. Bob Cone, Fort Hood's commanding officer, said Friday on the CBS Early Show, responding to a question from Harry Smith.

"There are unconfirmed reports that he was saying Allahu Akbar," Cone said.

"Allahu Akbar," which means "God is great" in Arabic, is a phrase many terrorists have said in the moments before they strike.

Surveillance video taken at a convenience store that Hasan visited the morning of the shooting show him dressed in white: white skull cap, white leggings, a white tunic. Had he just been to morning prayers? Was he preparing for a martyrdom operation?

But this Muslim terrorist narrative won't convince everyone.

Perhaps soldiers in the mayhem of the moment only imagined Hasan said "Allahu Akbar." FBI investigators aren't sure Hasan really did say those words before he started shooting.

The portrait of Hasan as a Muslim radical doesn't entirely make sense to those who knew him well. Imam Faisal Khan, whose D.C.-area mosque Hasan attended over a 10-year period, never got the idea he was ashamed of his Army service.

"He would come in his uniforms many times," Khan said. "He would come in his uniform and pray. And then I knew he was in the Army. He liked his job. That's what he was trained for, you know, to serve in the military."

There is the other narrative. That as a combat-stress psychiatrist, Hasan himself suffered as a result of dealing with soldiers who had been through hellish war experiences. Hasan's cousin, Nader Hasan, told Fox News on Thursday that Nidal never mentioned that he was about to be deployed.

"We've known for the last five years that was probably his worst nightmare," Nader Hasan said. "He deals with stories; he'd tell us how he would hear things, horrific things."

He wouldn't just hear things. Many of the soldiers Hasan counseled were maimed; he told one family member that one soldier had been burned so badly that his face had almost melted away. Now Hasan himself had to go to war.

Who Were The Victims?

Psychologists say there is such a thing as "vicarious traumatization," in which someone can be affected just by hearing what someone else has gone through.

Perhaps it was the combination of being a Muslim and an Army counselor that set Hasan off. His cousin Nader Hasan said Maj. Hasan had his own stresses to deal with, as a Muslim army officer.

"It was the harassment that, I think, was what got to him ... him being referenced for his Middle Eastern ethnicity, even though he was born and raised here," Nader Hasan said.

Investigators will be exploring these theories, and others. Some former colleagues remember Hasan as difficult to deal with, even unprofessional and unhappy. At 39, he had never married. His former imam, Faisal Khan, says Hasan even signed up for a Muslim matchmaking service.

"His first choice was Arab. His second choice was India, Pakistan, people from the subcontinent," Khan said. "Third choice was Caucasian European Muslims and his last choice was Spanish."

The imam said Hasan didn't like the women who were listed.

It could be Hasan was just struggling with demons of his own making.
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Fort Hood suspect became more devout after mother's death, cousin says



Washington Post Foreign Service
Saturday, November 7, 2009; 11:21 AM

A cousin of Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan said that he began a stricter practice of Islam after his mother died nine years ago, observing the five daily prayers and taking other aspects of the faith more seriously after a loss that affected him deeply.

"He became religious after the death of his mother. Before that he was more secular," said Mohammed Mounif Hasan, 25, part of an extended family split between the United States and their ancestral town on the outskirts of Ramallah. The mother had undergone a long treatment for cancer, and the three sons "were really connected to her."

Like others who knew Hasan, members of his family here on the West Bank were struggling to reconcile the murderous Fort Hood shooting spree with a man they knew as unassuming and seemingly dedicated to his military career.

"He is a doctor and loves the U.S.," Ismail Mustafa Hamad, 88, his grandfather, said to the Reuters news agency from his home in Al-Bireh. "America made him what he is. Whether he became angry or something else, I don't know."

Like many residents of Al-Bireh, Hasan's grandparents emigrated from here to the United States in the late 1950s, leaving what was then a rural farming community that has since been swallowed into the urban sprawl of Ramallah.

The emigration was largely economic, with some investing in businesses, pursuing advanced degrees or, in the case of several members of the Hasan family, enlisting in the U.S. military.

Some members of the family have since returned, including Nidal Hasan's brother, Anas. He owns a small apartment building in Al Bireh and, according to neighbors, teaches English. Tenants and neighbors said Anas left with his wife shortly after news of the Fort Hood shooting and has not returned.

The family members that are still abroad don't visit often, but keep in close touch about family events and news. Relatives said that Hasan's last trip here was around 15 years ago.

He came "as a tourist" for a month-long stay with his grandfather, the cousin, Mohammed Hasan, said. He spent the time visiting sites around the West Bank and catching up with family members, but displayed no particular emotion or interest in the politics of the Arab-Israeli dispute, or in debates about political Islam, Hasan said.

The cousin and other family members, however, did say that in recent years he had begun complaining about the perceived prejudice of soldiers he was treating.

"They would complain that he was Muslim and they were coming from Iraq. He never went into details, just in general that they were critical of him," the cousin said.

But "the idea that because he was a Muslim and there was pressure on him and because of the harassment, I don't think that is enough of an excuse," for what happened, Hasan said. "People are deeply concerned. Because he was a Muslim, it is considered like a radical operation -- it is considered immediately that he was a mujahid, a warrior . . . I do think there is a reason. Only he knows."

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Obama’s Ft. Hood Reaction is Far Worse than the Left’s Smear of Bush’s “Pet Goat” Moment

2009 November 7

by Paul Cooper

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Will President Barack Obama be able to avoid negative attention for his initial reaction to the Fort Hood Massacre? His first speech after the killing of at least 13 soldiers on a US military base showed a complete lack of any presidential leadership. It may (and should) go down in history as far worse than the “Pet Goat” incident.

On September 11, 2001 President George W. Bush heard a plane had hit the World Trade Center when he was about to hear elementary kids read a book to him at a school in Florida. Bush had a whisper in his ear from Andrew Card about the plane while he was in front of a group of small children. At that point the complete picture of a full scale terrorist attack was not known. Bush knew something was happening, but he did not know how bad, and he did not want to frighten the kids in front of him.

The book the children read to him was called “The Pet Goat” and that incident has been used to attack Bush by the Left ever since. Some have tried to use it to say Bush was a poor leader. Many (those we now know as 9-11 Truthers) have even used the incident as “proof” that Bush knew 9-11 would happen.

Editor’s Note: For more on 9/11 Truthers see NewsReal’s “Crackpot Chronicles” series.

After meeting with the children and getting more information, President Bush gave a short but powerful press conference to the country. It showed great leadership and clarity on what was going on. You can debate if he should have immediately ran out on the kids and then made his speech, but there is no debating the strength of his first public words on the incident.
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As the world watched he started out his speech:

“Freedom itself was attacked this morning by a faceless coward, and freedom will be defended.”

Now compare that to Obama’s first public statement on the Ft. Hood Massacre.
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While the world was watching and waiting for a strong President – what they got were comments about how good some little conference was and shout outs to a buddy of the President. The media was reporting on a terrorist (though many are afraid to use that term) killing US soldiers on our own soil and they went to the President live, setting him up for one of those great Obama speech moments. But this is what we got as his first words:

“Let me first of all just thank Ken and the entire Department of the the Interior Staff for organizing just an extraordinary conference. Uh, I want to thank my cabinet members and senior administration officials who participated today. Uh, I hear that Dr. Joe “Medicine” Crow was around. So I want to give a shout out…My understanding is, is that you uh had an extremely productive conference.”

You have got to be kidding me! Those type of comments go on for two minutes. He ignores Ft. Hood while below his video feed, every cable news channel talks about a massacre and soldiers dead. When he finally gets to talking of Ft. Hood there is no sign of a President ready to respond to terrorism. As details scrolled on news feeders below him, his first words on the incident were:

“We don’t yet know all the details at this moment. We will share them as we get them… We will make sure we get answers to every single question about this horrible incident… I hope all of you recognize the scope of this tragedy.”

President Obama then goes on to make closing comments about the conference he was at. He shows no grasp of “the scope of this tragedy.”

Remember the 2am phone call commercial that Hillary Clinton’s campaign put out that questioned Obama’s readiness to lead in crisis? That ad was meant to scare Democrat voters about Obama’s ability to lead. Well, the President’s reaction to the Ft. Hood Massacre should scare us all.

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Our Brain Dead Country

2009 November 6
by David Horowitz

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A Muslim fanatic with an Internet site praising Islamic suicide bombers as defenders of their comrades is a Major in the U.S. Army with access to military intelligence and lethal weaponry. And it’s not as though the army didn’t know that he was a Muslim fanatic and supporter of the Islamic jihad against the West. He was under investigation for six months because of his anti-American, jihadist rantings. He did not want to be deployed. He wanted to be discharged.

But despite his identification with America’s enemies, the army kept him in its officer corps. How in God’s name was this possible? But it was. And so, after calling America the “aggressor” in Afghanistan and Iraq this Muslim jihadist traitor army officer picks up his semi-automatic weapons and heads for the center at Ft. Hood where soldiers are being deployed to fight the jihadists in Afghanistan to conduct his massacre. Yet this morning the Fox News Channel chiron says “Investigators search for a motive in the Ft. Hood killings.” Is everybody out of their mind?

The Ft. Hood killings are the chickens of the left coming home to roost. Already the chief political correspondent of The Nation has decried even mention of the fact that the jihadist killer Hasan is a Palestinian Muslim. According to The Nation this is “Islamophobia.” This fatuous attempt to protect America’s enemies carries on The Nation’s 60-year tradition as the leading fifth column collaborator with America’s enemies — defender of the Rosenbergs, defender of Hiss, defender of their boss Stalin, defender of Mao, defender of Castro and now defender of Islamic terrorists. But The Nation is only the tip of an iceberg. The fifth column formed out of the unholy alliance between radical Islam and the American left is now entrenched in the White House and throughout our government. And in matters like the Muslim jihadist Major Hasan our military is its captive.

The Fort Hood massacre is the first of the preventable atrocities we have been warning about on our websites since 9/11 — the atrocities which are apparently necessary for Americans to wake up to the threat that confronts us. We have a vast internal threat in this country in the form of this unholy alliance between the anti-American Left and radical Islam – whose Muslim Brotherhood network extends through our universities, our government and our military. It is “politically incorrect” to recognize this fact. You can be barred — as I have been — from speaking at universities for even talking about it. The embargo of discussion of the Islamo-fascist threat puts every American (including the infidel collaborators) at risk. Hasan had semi-automatic weapons. But they weren’t nuclear. That possibility is just around the corner unless we undergo a sea change in our attitudes and marshal the intelligence and the courage to recognize the threat.

http://newsrealblog .com/2009/ 11/06/our- brain-dead- country/
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CAIR Equivocates in Fort Hood Condemnations

2009 November 6
by Michael Rulle

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Editor’s Note: See NewsReal’s previous commentaries on the Fort Hood Massacre:

It would be reassuring if Muslim organizations were more unequivocal in their condemnation of acts of violence done in the name of Islam. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) includes in its statement condemning the killings at Fort Hood, the following warning:

“Unfortunately, based on past experience, we also urge American Muslims, and those who may be perceived to be Muslim, to take appropriate precautions to protect themselves, their families and their religious institutions from possible backlash.”

This statement is designed to create and establish among Muslims the feeling they are victims within America. It also is meant to provide the basis for understanding why some lunatic who is Muslim might have reason to “snap.” This is not much different than the view, still held by a large minority of Americans (Reverend Wright anyone?) that 9/11 was simply America’s chickens coming home to roost.

This warning by CAIR is an irritant and does not belong in this press release. Hate crimes in America are virtually non-existent, relative to its size. The last year for which the FBI has detailed data is 2007. There were a total of 1477 hate crimes against religion, 1010 of which were “Anti-Jewish.” “Anti-Catholic” and Anti-Protestant” crimes totaled 129, “Anti-Muslim” crimes totaled 133, and all other religions combined totaled 241. No deaths were attributed to the victim’s religion. There were 16,000 murders in America in 2008. Bias crimes exist, but they are a sideshow. To include them in a statement condemning the murders at Fort Hood is political propaganda.

It would also be reassuring if CAIR’s statement were more specific in its condemnation. They state that

“no political or religious ideology could ever justify or excuse such wanton and indiscriminate violence.”

That’s not true. Not only can political and religious ideologies justify such violence, they do it all the time. Plus, why the generic “political or religious” passive sentence construction? Why not simply “Islam itself condemns such violence”? CAIR instead says the

“American Muslim community condemns this cowardly attack.”

[Emphasis added.]

In today’s world, there are no accidents of language by sophisticated and well-funded organizations of any kind.

Yes, paranoia can strike deep. But carefully constructed statements as obvious in what they exclude as what they include, do not help matters either. CAIR, and other such groups, needs to do better than this.

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Obama on Ft. Hood: Cover Your Ears & Close Your Eyes

2009 November 6
by Mark J. Koenig

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President Obama took all of about one minute and 30 seconds on Friday morning to comment on Thursday’s Ft. Hood massacre before moving on to comments regarding the economy. We were admonished thus:

“I would caution against jumping to conclusions until we have all the facts.”

Exactly what IS one to conclude about this incident in which 13 were killed and 30 injured by a Muslim officer in the United States Army who according to witnesses shouted “Allahu Akbar” before gunning down innocent bystanders? That he was a victim of harassment who simply “snapped?” An unfortunate victim of “post-traumatic stress disorder” who had never been anywhere near a war zone? A random nutcase? What sort of mass insanity allows such claims to be taken seriously in the first place?

Unfortunately our President is not alone in urging caution regarding an event that should be cause for outrage on multiple levels in the mind of any rational human being. The vast majority of media coverage followed the same politically- correct template we have come to expect, taking care to avoid any discussion of Islamic ideology as a motivating factor in the attack. It can in fact be argued that this was the PRIMARY factor motivating Nidal Malik Hasan, and this case seems to grow stronger by the hour with each new fact released. Not to acknowledge that this horrific act was by any objective measure the very definition of a terrorist attack is to put our society and our nation at risk for more of the same.

Here we have a man who openly and repeatedly expressed sympathy for the enemy in wartime to fellow soldiers and even his superior officer, and despite this was recently (May of this year) promoted from the rank of Captain to Major. Hasan had posted statements on the Internet expressing solidarity with Muslim suicide bombers – a fact which was evidently investigated and then promptly dismissed as being of no consequence. He had reportedly given presentations at Walter Reed Army Medical Center on why infidels should convert to Islam. This is not only shocking but profoundly disturbing, as it indicates that our military has been infiltrated at a very high level by a fifth column.

Institutionalized political correctness poses a grave danger. It prevents not only our military, but other vital institutions within our society from identifying and subsequently eliminating malignant elements. There are reportedly over 15,000 Muslim soldiers currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, and more are being actively recruited by its leadership. Clearly, while not every Muslim American soldier places loyalty to his jihadist brethren above his sworn duty to protect his country, such individuals do exist and must be screened out rather than promoted. Our military has been fatally compromised. When will we put an end to this madness?
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Orlando shooter, US army Fort Hood shooter both linked to psychiatric drugs
Saturday, November 07, 2009

by: Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor


US Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan shot and killed 13 people and wounded 30 others in a violent attack at a Texas Army base this past week. He reportedly opened fire at the Fort Hood army base without any particular reason or motivation. In fact, as a psychiatrist, he had counseled many other soldiers on how to cope with the consequences of extreme violence (losing limbs, mental anguish, etc.).

As an army psychiatrist, he was also allowed to prescribe powerful psychiatric drugs to both his patients and himself. Many psychiatrists self-medicate, and Hasan was extremely anxious about the possibility of being sent overseas by the army, according to statements from family members (Reuters, below). Although official confirmation will probably never be made, it seems altogether likely that Hasan was treating himself with powerful psychotropic medications.

The mainstream media, not surprisingly, has utterly failed to raise this question. But it's being raised by writer Paul Joseph Watson , "Psychiatrists have a history of 'self-medication' because of the easy access they have to psychotropic drugs. In almost every major mass shooting over the past two decades, since anti-depressant drugs became popular, the killer has been on SSRI's – serotonin reuptake inhibitors."

An informative article in The Examiner also asks the same question: Was Major Hasan on mind-altering prescription medications when he opened fire? (http://www.examiner .com/x-8358- Detr...).

Meanwhile, a study in the journal Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics reveals that 16% of psychiatrists self-medicate (http://www.cchrint. org/2009/ 11/05/w.. .).

Given all the psych drugs linked to such acts in previous shootings, such a link seems not only probably, but likely.

Orlando shooter confirmed on psych drugs

It's been a busy week for violent, drug-induced outbursts in the USA. Orlando shooter Jason Rodriguez is now confirmed to have been on psychiatric medications when he went on a shooting spree in an Orlando office building last week, killing one person and wounding five others.

In a televised interview with Fox News, the former mother-in-law of Rodriguez goes on the record saying, "He was under medication ...for control of the brain." That video segment is available here:

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Mind-altering medications made Rodriquez "paranoid," she explains. (http://www.foxnews. com/story/ 0,2933...)

This paranoia and acting out of violence against others is a classic side effect of SSRI drugs typically used to "treat" depression. These powerful, mind-altering medications have been linked to nearly every major shooting that has taken place in the United States over the last twenty years, including the Columbine, Colorado school shootings.
Why the shootings will continue until the psych drugs are banned What's clear about both the Orlando shooting and the Fort Hood shooting is that there's a psychiatric drug. connection to both. Neither of these men was acting rationally. Something "flipped a switch" in their brains. That something was almost certainly a psychiatric drug.

Until we halt the chemical holocaust being perpetrated against our world by the psychiatric drugging industry, we will continue to see more of these violent, drug-induced shootings take place. Count on it. Psych drugs cause violence. And the more psych drugs are prescribed, the more violence we'll see.

According to Medwatch statistics, 63,000 people in the U.S. have committed suicide while on antidepressant drugs (that's more than ten times the number of Americans who have died from H1N1 swine flu, by the way). http://www.naturaln ews.com/022930_ drugs_antidepres sant_drugs_ antide...

The mainstream media absolutely refuses to tell you the truth about the link between psychiatric drugs and violent killings, but it's the obvious connection in nearly every single shooting that's taken place in recent memory: The Virginia Tech shooting http://www.naturaln ews.com/021798. html the Stephen Kazmierczak Illinois shooting (Stephen Kazmierczak) , the Omaha mall shooting http://www.naturaln ews.com/022330. html and so on.

In December, 2007, I made this public prediction:

"There will be more. I hate to be accurate about this grisly prediction, because I grieve for the families of those lost to pharmaceutically- induced violence, but the truth is that until we stop drugging our children with psychotropic drugs, the shootings are not going to stop."

And indeed, there have been more. As long as these dangerous, mind-altering psychiatric drugs continue to be prescribed to patients, they will continue to drive people to violence. More innocent lives will be lost while Big Pharma pockets billions of dollars in profits from the very same drugs that are leading people to deadly violence.

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights http://www.cchr. org/ is the leading group fighting this chemical holocaust. Check out the shocking videos on their website to learn more about the dangers of psychiatric medications.

Sources for this story include:
Reuters: http://www.reuters. com/article/ wtMostRead/ idUSL7699001

The Examiner: http://www.examiner .com/x-19632- Salt-Lake- City-Headlines- Examiner~ y...

CCHR: http://www.cchr. org/#/home

THIS WAS THE CONNECTION BETWEEN THE SHOOTERS BUT IS THERE A POLITICAL CONNECTION HAS WELL???
Well, Clinton had his B___ Job Gate, the Bushes had Iraq and 911, now this is Obama's first in what is going to be a long line in distraction tactics. In politics they often use events to shift attention away from them selves and it is our job to see through this tactic.

In saying this we should respect those who died and who were injured in these events but has always the only way to honor the dead is to expose the truth...

I will write part 2 after I get the information on the health care vote....
TO BE CONTINUED
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PHOTOS: Victims of the Ft. Hood shootings


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Fort Hood: Key Training Facility for Urban Combat

Dennis Spellman KIAH

November 5, 2009

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Dennis Spellman KIAH

November 5, 2009

Fort Hood is as large as a city. There are 17,000 military families who live there, and 40,000 troops who call the base home.

Part of the huge military base is used as a training facility for urban warfare. It is one of the primary places where U.S. soldiers learn what they'll encounter in places like Iraq. Local Texas civilians dress in Iraqi traditional garb. They are used as actors, playing Iraqi citizens in movie set type villages designed to look similar to what soldiers will see in Iraq.

The facility is where soldiers train to think quickly, and determine which Iraqi's are friendly and which are deadly.

Soldiers also learn to identify improvised explosive devices that are home made bombs. I.E.D.s kill more soldiers than any other type of attack.

Soldiers also practice evacuating the injured. The sharper the soldiers are now, the better their chances of coming home.
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Shortage of military therapists creates strain

By KIMBERLY HEFLING (AP)

WASHINGTON —

Amputations. Combat stress. Divorce. Suicide. For troubled service members, military therapists are at their sides.

But with the U.S. fighting two wars, an acute shortage of trained personnel has left these therapists emotionally drained and overworked, with limited time to prepare for their own war deployments.

An Army psychiatrist is suspected in the shootings at Fort Hood, Texas, and the rampage is raising questions about whether there's enough help for the helpers, even though it's unclear whether that stress or fear of his pending service in Afghanistan might be to blame.

An uncle of Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan said Saturday that Hasan was deeply affected by his work treating soldiers returning from war zones. "I think I saw him with tears in his eyes when he was talking about some of the patients, when they came overseas from the battlefield," Rafik Hamad told The Associated Press from his home near the West Bank town of Ramallah.

Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., a psychologist in the Navy Reserves, said the toll is sometimes described as "compassion fatigue" or "vicarious trauma."

"They may not see combat themselves ... but they see the outcome of it and they hear the stories of it day in and day out," Murphy said. "It can be very real when you are dealing with people's difficulties everyday."

A military mental health task force in 2007 expressed concern about the stress on nondeployed mental health personnel because of the shortage, which it said was leading to high attrition rates. "A vicious cycle has formed that will probably continue to worsen before it improves," the report said.

Dr. Layton McCurdy, a psychiatrist and dean emeritus at the Medical University of South Carolina who served on the task force, said the shortage continues with the thousands of troops needing help because of combat-related stress.

"The psychiatrists are working with more people than they have time to work with," McCurdy said. "They are pressured in terms of the numbers."

Doctors seeing a constant stream of troops with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder can start to have problems of their own — an issue that has not gotten enough attention, said Dr. Allen Taylor, a cardiologist at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for 20 years before recently moving to Washington Hospital Center.

"It's time for some introspection: Who cares for the caregivers?" he said.

The military has used bonuses, scholarships, and allowed the hiring of legal nonresidents as part of its effort to bolster the number of therapists. It's even trying a pilot program that allows older health care providers to enter the Army for two years.

With the efforts, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said recently at a mental health conference that in the past two years, the Army has added nearly 900 behavior health providers — a 50 percent increase.

But he said that still leaves the service with a shortfall of more than 330 specialists, which is a gap that will grow to more than 500 if the Army follows through on recommendations to put uniformed providers in every brigade.

Barbara Cohoon, deputy director of government relations at the National Military Family Association, said while some therapists are embedding with units in the war zones, others are in more isolated areas at war where they might not be in the company of other therapists. She said the association has grown increasingly concerned about whether therapists are getting enough support in the war zones and on the home front.

"Who do they go to if they are feeling stressed?" Cohoon said.

Part of medical training — for psychiatrists, too — is learning when to seek help, Dr. Robert Ursano, psychiatry chief at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, told a meeting between military and civilian medical researchers Friday.

While it may be difficult, those providing support to troops must be willing to seek it themselves, said Capt. James Joppy Jr., a social worker in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard who is preparing to deploy to Iraq.

"We experience the same things everyone else does. It just happens we're helping everyone," Joppy said.

Brig. Gen. Terry "Max" Haston, the assistant adjutant general of the Tennessee Army National Guard, reminded about 100 mental health and substance abuse counselors meeting at a Guard center in Smyrna, Tenn., on Friday that combat affects more than just soldiers who went to war.

"This soldier had never deployed, but he listened to soldiers who had come back from theater and it had that large effect on him," Haston said. "What I am doing is cautioning you to take care of yourself. We are at war right here and you are on the front lines each and every day and you're dealing with a real hidden enemy."

AP Medical Writers Lauran Neergaard and Marilynn Marchione, and AP writer Kristin M. Hall in Smyrna, Tenn., contributed to this report.

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Classmate: Hasan said terror fight a war on Islam


WASHINGTON -

A classmate of the Fort Hood shooting suspect says Maj. Nidal Hasan was an outspoken opponent of the U.S. war on terror and called it a "war against Islam."

Dr. Val Finnell was a classmate of Hasan's at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md. Both attended a master's in public health program in 2007 and 2008.

Finnell says he got to know Hasan in an environmental health class. At the end of the class, students gave presentations. Finnell says other classmates wrote on subjects such as dry cleaning chemicals and mold in homes, but Hasan's topic was whether the war against terror was "a war against Islam." Finnell described Hasan as a "vociferous opponent" of the terror war.

Finnell says Hasan told classmates he was "a Muslim first and an American second."
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Hood community gathers to mourn victims


By Angela K. Brown and Brian Skoloff - The Associated Press
Posted : Saturday Nov 7, 2009 12:38:55 EST

FORT HOOD, Texas — A chaplain exhorted hundreds of mourners gathered at a candlelight vigil to not give up hope in the aftermath of a deadly shooting spree at Fort Hood.

A grief counseling center was set up Friday at the Killeen Community Center to help residents struggling to make sense of the worst mass shootings on a base in the United States. At least 13 people died and more than two dozen were wounded in the attack Thursday.

The accused gunman, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, was wounded and taken into custody after a gunfire exchange with two civilian police officers. Thirteen people died and more than two dozen were wounded.

Like other military installations nationwide, the bonds between Fort Hood and the town at its doorstep are tight. Town merchants depend on the soldiers who shop at their stores and eat at their restaurants. Locals show their appreciation and support for the troops, hoisting giant yellow ribbons and raising money for charities benefiting Fort Hood soldiers stationed in Iraq or Afghanistan.

“Most of our clientele are soldiers, so this affects everyone in the community,” said James Carpenter, 34, a tattoo artist at Zombie Ink and a former soldier who was stationed at Fort Hood before he left the Army in 2003. “Everyone is asking why and saying, ‘I can’t believe he did that.’ ”

Witnesses said Hasan stood on a desk and began firing after walking into the Soldier Readiness Center, where troops who are about to be deployed or who are returning undergo medical screening. Those who weren’t hit by direct fire were struck by rounds ricocheting off the desks and tile floor.

Officials say Hasan was stopped after two civilian police officers arrived on the scene and began a firefight with Hasan, who was hit four times including at least once in the torso.

‘Not able to converse’

Most of the shooting survivors remained hospitalized, many in intensive care. Hasan was transferred Friday to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, about 150 miles southwest of Fort Hood. Army officials late Friday gave no indication of his condition except to say he was “not able to converse.”

Some who knew Hasan said he may have been struggling with a pending deployment to Afghanistan and faced pressure in his work with distressed soldiers, although authorities still did not have a motive.

Hasan’s Palestinian uncle said his nephew loved America and wanted to serve his country.

Rafik Hamad, 64, told The Associated Press in El-Bireh, West Bank, that Hasan had been harassed by other soldiers because of his Muslim faith but that he was not angry.

Fort Hood spokesman Col. John Rossi said that the assailant fired more than 100 rounds and that his weapons were not military arms, but “privately owned weapons ... purchased locally.”

Shock over the shootings persisted into Friday night, when hundreds attended a candlelight vigil in the first formal community gathering since the killings. Earlier in the day, a moment of silence was held at U.S. military installations as a show of respect for the victims, and 13 flag-draped coffins departed from Fort Hood for Dover Air Force Base, Del., and the military’s mortuary.

At the vigil, husbands wrapped their arms around their wives, babies cried and old men in wheelchairs bowed their heads during the service at a post stadium.

‘keep breathing … keep going’

The Army’s chief chaplain, Douglas Carver, offered prayers and encouragement to those in attendance.

“Remember to keep breathing. ... Keep going,” Carver told the crowd of several hundred, many dressed in fatigues and black berets.

The crowd sang “God Bless America” and “Amazing Grace” in the bleachers under the stadium lights. After about 20 minutes, the stadium went dark, the only light from camera flashes and surrounding buildings in the distance as candles were passed around the bleachers.

It was a tough night for Maj. Dan Walker, 34, who returned from Kuwait in June, his third deployment overseas.

“I’ve been to a lot of these in my career,” Walker said as he walked through the dark parking lot after the service. “They definitely don’t get any easier, and this one is probably one of the toughest ones just because it came so close to home.

“When you go to war, you expect it and understand it,” he added. “But this is different. When you come home, you try to relax and live as normal a life as possible. You don’t expect this.”

Associated Press writers Caryn Rousseau in Bolingbrook, Ill., Robert Imrie in Wausau, Wis., Monica Rhor in Houston, Sophia Tareen, Michael Tarm and Amy Shafer in Chicago, and Dalia Nammari in El-Bireh in the West Bank contributed to this report.

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‘Despicable’: O’Reilly Blasts Media Coverage of Fort Hood Massacre

"The guy is either a Muslim terrorist or a crazy person. That's it. Those are the choices."

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Homeland chief: Fort Hood shootings no cause for anti-Muslim backlash

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates —

U.S. Homeland Security officials are working with groups around United States to head off any possible anti-Muslim backlash following the shootings at Fort Hood in Texas, the agency’s chief said Sunday.

The comments by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano also appeared part of efforts to reassure the Arab world that U.S. authorities were taking measures to quell anti-Islam sentiments after last week’s rampage by an American-born Muslim serving as U.S. Army psychiatrist.

“This was a terrible tragedy for all involved,” Napolitano told reporters in the United Arab Emirates’ capital Abu Dhabi. “Obviously, we object to — and do not believe — that anti-Muslim sentiment should emanate from this.”

Napolitano said her agency is working with state and local groups to try to deflect any anti-Muslim anger after the Thursday attacks by Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, a Muslim who reportedly expressed growing dismay over the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The shootings left 13 people dead and 29 wounded.

“This was an individual who does not, obviously, represent the Muslim faith,” she said after meeting with a group of women university students.

Napolitano also planned talks with Emirates security officials, but gave no further details. Cooperation on security issues have been stepped up in recent years after airlines began direct flights between the UAE and the United States.

Last week, Napolitano was in Europe for meetings with political leaders and security officials.




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Texas army killer linked to 9/11 terrorists


TEXAS - Major Nidal Malik Hasan, the sole suspect in the massacre of 13 fellow US soldiers in Texas earlier this week, was linked with a radical imam who was a “spiritual adviser” to three of the hijackers who attacked America on September 11, 2001.

Radical Imam Anwar al-Awlaki and Hasan 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.

Anwar al-Awlaki is 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 organizations.

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.

Relatives said that the death of Hasan’s parents, in 1998 and 2001, turned him more devout.

His failed search for a wife also seemed to haunt Hasan. (ANI)

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Testing Times for Muslims and Americans
Dr Muqtedar Khan

8 November 2009
The American Muslim community is in shock and in a state of disbelief combined with apprehension as it watches the details of the shootings at Fort Hood in Texas unfold. Major Nidal Malik Hasan, a doctor and a practising Muslim, born in Virginia of Jordanian parents, turned against his fellow citizens and military colleagues and gunned down 13 and wounded 30.

Fort Hood is America’s biggest military installation. It is like a sanctuary where Americans should feel safe. It is difficult to describe the fear and anxiety this ghastly event must be invoking among the families who live in Fort Hood.

What happened at Fort Hood follows a nightmare script that has been one of the biggest fears of the American Muslim community since the appalling events of September 11, 2001. One crazy Muslim, acting on his own, causing significant mayhem and murder and inviting anger and backlash against millions of peace-loving and hardworking Americans who are Muslims. National and local Muslim organisations immediately issued strong condemnation of the event and called for calm.

It is important to understand that Major Hasan is an isolated, alienated, and sad individual who was clearly not well adjusted to his life. In a community that values family life, he was single at 39 and still looking desperately for a wife, according to his former Imam. He was in an army that was at war with his co-religionists and he had difficulty dealing with that. He was frequently taunted and harassed for being a Muslim by his own colleagues. After years in the military and after years of caring for soldiers as a doctor, he did not feel as if he belonged and perhaps that was the key to why he could turn on his own.

This tragic episode presents serious dilemmas and challenges for both — Muslim community organisations as well as for law enforcement and counter terrorism agencies. Muslim organisations do not know how to explain this and the law enforcement agencies will be puzzling over how to respond to it.

This was an unpredictable and isolated episode that is impossible to anticipate and guard against. Hasan is American born, highly educated, long-term military man who simply snapped with devastating consequences. How do we anticipate this and prevent it? The Fort Hood shooting reminds me of the Columbine school shooting: shocking and totally unexpected. On scrutiny after the fact one discovers warning signs but not enough to trigger action before it happened.

Since the election of President Barack Obama, the Islamophobic rhetoric has been on the decline as people in key administrative positions have abstained from using “Islamic” as a prefix when talking about issues related to the war on terror. But this episode will once again provide fodder to talk show hosts and shrill media and web sites, which exploit such isolated events to ratchet up Islamophobia.

Muslims across the country have been working hard to build bridges with mainstream America, to establish interfaith relations and carve out a place for the community on main street America. Hasan not only fired at unarmed soldiers but he also attacked the very foundations of all these bridges across the country. His actions will definitely weaken if not completely undermine the efforts of thousands of Americans to build bridges of peace and understanding.

According to some estimates, there are over ten thousand Muslims in the US military who serve loyally, with sincere and complete commitment. Many Muslims in the US military have died fighting for the US. General Colin Powel once spoke so eloquently about Cpl. Kareem Khan (http://www.youtube. com/watch? v=b6SKpv- MwXE), a Purple Heart recipient, who had died fighting for America. Let us hope that Major Hasan’s dastardly actions do not hurt careers of the thousands of Kareem Khans proudly serving in the US military.

There is nothing that American Muslims can do to prevent such incidents. But we must not now allow them to weaken our resolve to combat extremism, prejudice and ignorance in our society. We must redouble our efforts to continue to share the message of peace, tolerance and pluralism that is fundamental to Islamic believes to our congregations and our communities.

The tragedy at Fort Hood is a major test for Muslims and Americans. They must face the challenge with determination. Muslims must not allow it to force them to recede from the public sphere and from their struggle for understanding, for civil rights and against religious profiling and Islamophobia. Americans must not allow this isolated incident to fall back on stereotypes about Islam and resuscitate the prejudices that all of us have worked so hard to eliminate and curb.

Dr Muqtedar Khan is Director of Islamic Studies at the University of Delaware and a Fellow of the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding in the United States
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Curiouser and curiouser: Fort Hood Shooting 'Oddities' --Video surfaces of alleged shooter, Major Nidal Hasan, at Homeland Security Task Force conference By Lori Price Updated 06 Nov 2009 Major Hasan's name appears on page 29 of The George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute's 'Thinking Anew—Security Priorities for the Next Administration' --Proceedings Report of the HSPI Presidential Transition Task Force - April 2008 - January 2009. The report is dated 19 May 2009. Other news: The Alleged shooter graduated from Virginia Tech. Major Hasan is 'in a coma,' and 'on a ventilator.' Officers raided the Texas home of the suspect in the Fort Hood shootings. Full updates here.]

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'Three people are involved. That, by definition, means it is a conspiracy.'

  • CNN: FBI was investigating Major Nidal Hasan six months ago
  • Curiouser and Curiouser: -Video surfaces of alleged shooter, Major Nidal Hasan, attending Homeland Security Task Force conference --Major Hasan's name appears on page 29 of The George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute's 'Thinking Anew—Security Priorities for the Next Administration' --Proceedings Report of the HSPI Presidential Transition Task Force - April 2008 - January 2009. The report is dated 19 May 2009.
  • Numerous media accounts: Major Hasan's neighbors, medical trainers, colleagues, friends, cousin, uncle-- even the store owner to where he bought his food -- all heap praise on Major Hasan's temperament. This appears to be psy-ops, six ways to Sunday. --LRP
  • The alleged shooter received his medical degree from the military’s Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md., in 2001 and is a graduate of Virginia Tech. Early on Thursday, he showed no signs of worry or stress when he stopped at 7-Eleven for his daily breakfast of hash browns, said Jeannie Strickland, the store's manager. "He came in (Thursday) morning just like normal," she said, "nothing weird, nothing out of the ordinary."

Breaking: Army: Shooting Suspect Taken Off Ventilator --Army officials: Hasan is 'not able to converse.' 07 Nov 2009 A U.S. Army spokesman says the man authorities say went on a shooting spree at Fort Hood has been taken off a ventilator but still remains in intensive care at a military hospital. Spokesman Col. John Rossi told reporters on Saturday at Fort Hood that he is not sure if Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan is able to communicate. Hasan was shot during an exchange of gunfire during Thursday's attack. The military moved him on Friday to Brooke Medical Center in San Antonio, about 150 miles southwest of Fort Hood. Army officials have said Hasan is "not able to converse."

Nidal Malik Hasan, Suspected Fort Hood Shooter, Was Called "Camel Jockey" --Fort Hood Shooting Suspect Harassed By Others In Military and Wanted Out, Family Said 06 Nov 2009 Fort Hood shooting suspect, Major Nidal Malik Hasan, wanted out of the Army after being constantly harassed by others in the military and was called a "camel jockey," his family said. As Hasan was about to be deployed to Iraq Afghanistan, he was suffering from some of the same stresses that he was trained as an Army psychiatrist to treat. Although the 39-year-old had just been promoted to major in May, his family says he had hired a lawyer to help him get out of the Armed Forces.

Second Gunman In Custody At Army's Fort Hood -Report 06 Nov 2009 A second gunman is in custody after a shooting at the Army's Fort Hood in Texas in which at least seven people were killed and 12 wounded, reports KCEN-TV of Waco. The report comes about two hours after a first suspect was captured, shortly after gunfire broke out. Authorities say the gunmen were dressed in fatigues, though it's not confirmed whether they are military personnel. It's also not known if the victims were military personnel or civilians.

  • Video: Alleged Fort Hood Shooter Major Hasan At Homeland Security Task Force conference --Hasan's name, as Task Force member, appears on page 29 of The George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute's 'Thinking Anew—Security Priorities for the Next Administration
  • White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said earlier that officials were monitoring the incident in the Situation Room. The Department of Homeland Security said it was in the process of obtaining information.
  • Alleged shooter is alive, in stable condition --General Bob Cone:
  • Terror attack 'not ruled out'
  • The alleged shooter graduated from Virginia Tech --His cousin, Nader Hasan, actually laughed in an interview when asked if alleged shooter, Nadal Hasan, was 'violent.' He never went to Iraq.
  • Attack appears to have been carried out by multiple shooters. Two suspects are no longer in custody, but a third person has been picked up for questioned.
  • Sources say Army shooting suspect was due to be deployed to Iraq
  • 42 people shot by Army psychiatrist, promoted to Army Major in May. 12 killed; 30 wounded --US Official: Shooter was Major Malik Nadal Hasan
  • 'The individuals arrested are all US soldiers.'

Surviving Fort Hood shooting suspect arrested at golf course, officer says Updated 2334 GMT 05 Nov 2009 A senior officer who was playing golf Thursday near Fort Hood, Texas, told CNN he witnessed the arrest of one of the two surviving suspects of the shooting at the Army installation. Shortly after the shooting, the officer said, military police told him to clear the course and he saw other MPs surround the building that held the golf carts, he said. The senior officer said he ducked into a nearby house for cover as 30 to 40 cars carrying MPs approached. He said he saw a soldier in battle-dress uniform, his hands in the air. The MPs ordered him to lie on the ground and open his uniform, presumably to ensure he was not carrying explosives, the senior officer said. He said an MP told him that authorities considered the man to be a suspect in the shootings after having overheard the man say he was with the shooter. The man was surrounded for 25 to 30 minutes, until a convoy of vehicles arrived, led by a Ford Crown Victoria and carrying men in suits, and he was taken away, the senior officer said.

Fort Hood gunman [allegedly] shouted 'Allahu Akbar' as he opened fire --Army psychiatrist remains on ventilator after rampage that killed 13 people and wounded 28 06 Nov 2009 A US army psychiatrist about to be deployed to Afghanistan allegedly shouted "Allahu Akbar", or "God is greatest", as he opened fire at a military base in Texas, killing 13 people and wounding 28. The gunman, Major Nidal Malik Hasan, 39, shouted the Arabic phrase just before he began his shooting spree at Fort Hood military installation yesterday, according to the base commander, Lieutenant General Robert Cone.

Details emerge about Fort Hood suspect's history 06 Nov 2009 Army psychiatrist Nidal Malik Hasan, suspect in the assault that killed 13 people at Fort Hood, Texas, and hurt 30, salved the emotional wounds of troops returning from war even as he objected to his own looming deployment to Afghanistan, where he was to counsel soldiers suffering from stress... Hasan recently was involved in a spat with another Fort Hood soldier residing in his apartment complex, apparently related to his Muslim beliefs. The manager of the complex, John Thompson, said the other soldier, John Van de Walker, allegedly keyed Hasan's car and also removed and tore up a bumper sticker that read "Allah is Love." Thompson said Van de Walker had been in Iraq and was upset to learn that Hasan was Muslim. A report filed with Killeen police on Aug. 16 indicates that Hasan's vehicle, a 2006 Honda Civic, had been scratched by an unknown object causing an estimated $1,000 worth of damage. The report indicates that Van de Walker, 30, was arrested on Oct. 21 and charged with criminal mischief.

Death toll rises to 13 in Ft. Hood shootings --Army officials confirmed that the alleged gunman, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, was due to be deployed overseas. Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, was shot by a police officer and is hospitalized. 06 Nov 2009 As authorities continue to search for clues on what prompted the shooting Thursday at Ft. Hood, the death toll rose today to 13. Twenty-eight of the 31 people injured in the attack on the nation's largest military base remain hospitalized. The alleged shooter, an Army psychiatrist who was wounded during the attack, is also hospitalized, unconscious and on a ventilator.

Officers raid Texas home of suspect in Fort Hood shootings 06 Nov 2009 Officers raided the apartment of the soldier suspected in the shootings at Fort Hood, Texas, early Friday, searching for clues as to what caused the military psychiatrist to allegedly gun down soldiers he had taken an oath to help, a police spokeswoman said. The alleged gunman, identified as Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, opened fire at a military processing center at Fort Hood, killing 13 and wounding 30 others, Lt. Gen. Robert Cone said... In the nearby town of Killeen, a SWAT team and FBI agents were searching Hasan's apartment to help determine what caused the shooting, which military experts called the worst mass shooting at an American military base, Carol Smith, a Killeen police spokeswoman, said early Friday.

Surveillance video shows Fort Hood suspect before shootings 06 Nov 2009 An owner of a 7-Eleven convenience store in Fort Hood, Texas, said Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan came in for coffee and hashbrowns most mornings, including the day he allegedly shot dozens of soldiers. Surveillance video from the store obtained by CNN shows a man who, according to the store owner, is Hasan at the cashier's counter at about 6:20 a.m. Thursday (7:20 a.m. ET) -- about seven hours before the mass shooting. "He looked normal, came in had his hashbrowns and coffee as you see in the surveillance video," the owner told CNN. Another surveillance video from the store on Tuesday showed the man believed to be Hasan in scrubs... In 2009, Hasan he completed a fellowship in disaster and preventive psychiatry and was assigned to Darnall in July. He had been awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon, but was never deployed outside the United States.

Motive a mystery after Fort Hood rampage --12 die; gunman remain hospitalized, despite earlier reports 06 Nov 2009 An Army psychiatrist about to be deployed to a combat zone overseas allegedly shot and killed 12 people and wounded 31 in a rampage at this sprawling military post north of Austin on Thursday afternoon. Post officials originally said that the suspected shooter -- Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan -- had been killed, but late in the day said he was wounded and in critical condition at a nearby hospital... Hasan is accused of attacking his fellow soldiers about 1:30 p.m. at the Soldier Readiness Processing Center. Armed with two pistols, he shot more than 40 people before military police and civilian police officers responded, officials said. He was wounded by a civilian policewoman, who was injured in the exchange, police said. Officials had reported earlier that the police officer had been killed. Hasan's motives were unclear, and early on Thursday, he showed no signs of worry or stress when he stopped at 7-Eleven for his daily breakfast of hash browns, said Jeannie Strickland, the store's manager. "He came in (Thursday) morning just like normal," she said, "nothing weird, nothing out of the ordinary." A few hours later, officials said, the Virginia native began his rampage on the post.

Counter-terror plans will be revised to reflect Fort Hood and Afghan attacks [Wow, that was quick!] 05 Nov 2009 (UK) A soldier turning on his comrades at Fort Hood, an Afghan policeman killing the British soldiers who trained him - two uncannily similar events in two days, but incidents which, across the Western world, security authorities have been planning for and dreading. Since the Mumbai attacks counter-terrorism planning has seen a major shift. The shootings in Afghanistan and Fort Hood carry echoes of the attacks in India with the added danger that the enemy has come from within.

AP: Authorities Had Concerns About Suspect Over Internet Postings [Wow, that was quick, too!] 05 Nov 2009 Federal law enforcement officials say the suspected Fort Hood, Texas, shooter had come to their attention at least six months ago because of Internet postings that discussed suicide bombings and other threats. The officials say the postings appeared to have been made by Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, who was killed during the shooting incident that left least 11 others dead and 31 wounded... The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case. One of the Web postings that authorities reviewed is a blog that equates suicide bombers with a soldier throwing himself on a grenade to save the lives of his comrades.

Suspected Fort Hood gunman graduated from Virginia Tech 05 Nov 2009 The Army psychiatrist suspected of carrying a shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, was born in Virginia and graduated from Virginia Tech University, where he was a member of the ROTC and earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry in 1997. Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan had come to the attention of authorities six months ago because of Internet postings that discussed suicide bombings and other threats, law enforcement officials said Thursday... He received his medical degree from the military’s Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md., in 2001. He did his internship, residency and a fellowship at Walter Reed.

Twelve dead as US soldiers go on shooting rampage at Fort Hood military base in Texas 05 Nov 2009 At least 12 people have been killed and more than 30 injured after three US soldiers went on a shooting rampage at the Fort Hood military base in Texas. The Army says one of the gunmen has been killed and two others apprehended and all of the gunmen are US soldiers. Lieutenant General Bob Cone: "A shooter opened fire. That person was killed. At this time, we are looking at 12 dead and 31 wounded. They are dispersed among the local hospitals in this area in Texas. "The shooter was killed. He was a soldier. We since then have apprehended two additional soldiers who are suspects, and I would go into the point that there were eyewitness accounts that there may have been more than one shooter." The massacre happened at a training centre on the sprawling grounds of the largest US military base in the world. One gunman was caught quickly but the others went on the run. Four police officers were shot and wounded before they were arrested. Eyewitnesses said the gunmen were dressed in military uniforms.

12 dead, 30 injured in shootings at Fort Hood --Army psychiatrist was gunman in Texas incident, military officials tell NBC 05 Nov 2009 An Army psychiatrist opened fire Thursday at Fort Hood, Texas, killing 12 people and wounding 30 others before being shot to death, officials told NBC News. Eleven of the victims died at the scene, military officials said. A 12th died later at a hospital, NBC station KCEN-TV of Waco reported.

12 Dead, 31 Wounded in Base Shootings 06 Nov 2009 At least 12 people were killed and 31 wounded Thursday afternoon in a shooting at a military installation in Fort Hood, Texas, according to military spokesmen. Lt. General Bob Cone said in Texas that the shooter was an Army soldier who opened fire in a “readiness facility.” Lt. Gen. Cone confirmed that the shooter had been killed. Two other Army soldiers were in custody as suspects. President Obama said it was "horrifying" that American soldiers would face such a situation at home.

Fort Hood death toll now at 12; gunmen were U.S. soldiers 05 Nov 2009 At least 12 people have been killed and 31 wounded in a shooting at Fort Hood Army Base near Killeen, Texas, when at least one gunmen opened fire on soldiers who were making their final deployment preparations. Lt. Gen. Bob Cone, the commander of III Corps, said that at least one gunman opened fire at the base's Soldiers Readiness Processing Center where soldiers were receiving medical and dental exams prior to deployment. The gunman's fire was returned -- Cone did not say by whom -- and the gunman was killed. Two other soldiers who may have participated in the shootings were arrested in nearby buildings, Cone said. At least one of the dead was a civilian police officer working at the base.

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THE FORT HOOD SHOOTINGS: THE COVER STORY

At 2:30 eastern, 1:30 local time, a mass shooting occurred at the Fort Hood army base, the largest American military installation in the world, covering some 15 square miles. Army Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Garver confirmed that the violence erupted at or near the Howze Theatre, next door to the Folgers Soldier Readiness Processing Center contained within a former sports dome at the base, located in Killeen, Texas, some 50 miles from Waco.

Initial reports indicated that seven personnel were dead and that 12 had been wounded. These reports also indicated that one gunman was in custody and that another was being sought. Later reports have confirmed that the total number of personnel who died is twelve, with 31 injured.

Later reports said that more than 30 personnel were injured, that the base was in ‘lockdown’ and that the assailant, named as Major Malik Nadal Hassan, a US Army mental health psychologist or psychiatrist, had been shot dead. Two other assailants were arrested and are in custody, according to a briefing by Army Lieutenant General Robert Cone, the post commander.

British press sources state that Major Hassan had walked into the training centre armed with two handguns and had opened fire on fellow military personnel who were having last-minute medical and dental checks before being deployed to Afghanistan – whereupon gunfire erupted around the base as the two accomplices were captured.

The Daily Telegraph says that one of the assailants had holed himself up in a brain injury unit, where he was surrounded by SWAT teams, Four police officers were wounded before he was arrested. 500+ troops were deployed to lock down Fort Hood as helicopters swept overhead.

Lieutenant Commander Cone mouthed for the eager press:

‘It’s been a terrible tragedy. It’s stunning. We are absolutely devastated. The shooter was killed. He was a soldier. We since then have apprehended two additional soldiers who are suspects. There were eyewitness accounts that there may have been more than one shooter’.

The violence erupted shortly before a graduate ceremony for soldiers was due to start at the base. Enter President Barack Obama with this bromide for public consumption:

“These are men and women who have made the selfless and courageous decision to risk, and at times give, their lives to protect us’.

‘It‘s difficult enough when we lose these brave men and women overseas. It is horrifying when we lose them on American soil’.

Step forward, also, Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, who pronounced:

‘Our dedicated military personnel have sacrificed so much in service to our country and it sickens me that the men and women of Fort Hood have been subjected to this senseless, random violence’.

Okay, that’s enough. Base commanders and the Pentagon stated that they had no early indication of the motive for the shootings. As the story 'line' matured, though, it was being said that the killer, aged 39, was 'upset about being ordered to be deployed to Iraq'.

Note the convenient Islamic name description of the now assailant, who was initially declared dead. However some British reports mid-morning were saying that the assailant has survived.

THE FORT HOOD SHOOTINGS: THE REAL STORY
The shootings were staged in order to cover up what was really happening behind the scenes which was as follows:

(1): George H. W. D. V. D. Bush, the head of THE BOX GANG working with the Clintons, had stored some or all of the stolen/diverted 1933 dollar currency Chinese currency boxes referenced in our reports dated 4th and 5th November 2009 at Fort Hood. These boxes form part of the Settlement negotiated with the Chinese parties, who were immediately double-crossed by the Americans.

(2): We do not know at the time of posting whether George Bush Sr. had flown in to Fort Hood from Germany, but as this base is located close to Crawford and other Bush Crime Family locations, we believe this to be HIGHLY PROBABLE.

(3): Whether Bush Sr. flew into Fort Hood to be joined with the stolen/diverted Chinese-sourced currency boxes, or was accompanying stolen boxes on the plane, is not strictly material, because what we DO KNOW is as follows:

(4): An operation was mounted at Fort Hood to CONFISCATE THE STOLEN CHINESE CURRENCY BOXES FROM BUSH SR., which achieved its objective. The currency boxes, forming part of the Settlement that Adolf Schickelbusch sabotaged with the duplicitous assistance of his agent, Chancellor Angela Merkel [see preceding reports], were retrieved.

(5): It is likely that the shoot-out which occurred for public consumption was a diversionary operation masking a parallel shoot-out involving Bush bodyguards and US military, although we cannot confirm this. Certainly, the 'mainstream' media, as usual, is running the wrong story.

(6): The deployment of 500+ heavily armed troops, and the fact that military helicopters were called in, implies a sizeable operation, which would be make little sense in the context of a shooting such as is described in the media. That does not diminish the nastiness and tragedy of the loss of life as reported: but when this operation was planned, loss of life was factored into the equation.

• It’s called cynically: COLLATERAL DAMAGE.

[Do they CARE that at least seven personnel lost their lives and over 30 were injured in a parallel cover-up operation? That’s like asking whether the sacrifice of over 100 special US operatives who spearheaded the Bush-directed seizure of the Central Bank of Iraq in Baghdad in 2003, all of whom were massacred immediately afterwards so that none of them would survive to report for posterity what actually happened, was an accident. That operation went badly wrong, and was exposed, too: reliable Iraqi eyewitnesses supplied the necessary reports and confirmation] .

It is impossible at this juncture to be sure whether the gunfire was part of the main operation, i.e., the whole operation was synchronised, or whether two separate operations were run in parallel. But that is hardly material, given the momentous details and substance of this report.

(7): Separately, we understand that George Bush Sr.’s assets in the Caribbean – ‘his’ money – was seized at the same time, or at least at some stage on 5th November 2009.

(8): Adolf Schickelbusch has also been informed that ‘you are not going to get a penny. You will be paid NOTHING’. [Assuming, that is, that he's still vertical. But that's all we know right now].

This reflects the fact identified earlier, namely that these Germans ALWAYS go too far. Bush Sr. WENT TOO FAR by sabotaging EVEN the carefully nuanced arrangements worked out with the Chinese authorities and parties, and with the other sovereign powers, including the British Monarchical Power. He thought he could carry on carrying on, blind to the fact that IT'S OVER.

• As a consequence, HE HAS LOST EVERYTHING. HE HAS BEEN CLEANED OUT.

NOW. As indicated, we cannot yet confirm that GEORGE BUSH HIMSELF flew into Fort Hood. If he did, it stands to reason, given the above FACTS, which have themselves been CONFIRMED, that George H. W. Bush would have been arrested OR HORIZONTALISED.

We may yet learn that this took place.

All we can do at this stage is to remind you of the phrase ‘Not YET’ in the preceding report.

Was Bush 43 also arrested, horizontalised or all of the above during this showdown?

WE HAVE TO TELL YOU THAT WHEN CERTAIN STRUCTURES WERE MADE AWARE THAT WE HAD WORKED THIS OUT, THERE WAS A STUNNED SILENCE.

• THE STRUCTURES CONCERNED WERE ‘SHOCKED TO HEAR IT FROM US’, WE WERE TOLD.

PART OF THE PREVIOUSLY REFERENCED INTERNATIONAL CLEAN-UP OPERATION
Who ordered this operation? It would have been ordered, or at least condoned (see below) by the 'President 'of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama, who, we have repeatedly been told, has been anxious to complete the Settlements and was known to be fretting under the weight of the general contempt in which he was being held by all ‘in the know’, concerning his apparent inability to get his ARROGANT inferiors to carry out his instructions on this score.

At the same time, this operation implies the likelihood that it forms part of the INTERNATIONAL clean-up associated inter alia with the presence in the United States of 72 heavily armed cadres tasked with ENFORCEMENT of the Writ of Execution by all means, including the use of FORCE. Therefore to state that the operation will have been ordered by President Obama may be too simplistic. There are further major developments in the pipeline, and further revelations too.

Nevetheless, Mr Obama has been systematically sabotaged by penetration operatives, including Rahm Emanuel, Lawrence Summers, Timothy Geithner, Mrs Hillary Clinton, and Dr Ben Bernanke.

If this assessment is correct, we would anticipate some high-level dismissals or resignations from the US Government soon, if it turns out that this DECISIVE ACTION has indeed broken the impasse and destabilised the opposition beyond any likelihood of recovery. We shall (soon) see.

More to the point, the President had been placed in an impossible position by the Nazi Fifth Column within the US Intelligence Power owing allegiance to the Box Gang, not least given the horrendous implications for national security arising from the sabotage operation mounted by Bush Sr. and his lackey, Chancellor Frau(d) Merkel. Was she arrested, as ordered by the World Court? Don’t know yet. One would expect the German police to have snubbed the World Court.

• The British press implies, but does not confirm, that George Bush's agent, Frau Merkel, is back in Germany, which is to be expected since the likelihood of the German police arresting her was always minimal. But she may have problems if she strays outside Europe any time soon.

• She’s scheduled to hold a triumphant meeting in Berlin next week as the Germans overplay their hand AGAIN, humiliating the British (through a French Cabinet mouthpiece) by lecturing us to the effect that Britain has no choice but to integrate itself, whether it likes it or not, within the Greater German Empire. The British don’t like it. There will be repercussions.

Story’s Third Law reads: ‘Sooner or later, all covers and operations are blown’.

Recently, it would appear that the qualifying ‘sooner or later’ has become redundant.

As the late lamented Sherman Skolnik used to say, bless him: WATCH THIS SPACE.

WATCH THIS SPACE: UPDATED INFORMATION: MIDDAY UK TIME 6TH NOVEMBER:
Public domain information gleaned by several sources confirms that Hasan was single, with no children. He graduated from the notorious Virginia Tech, where he received his bachelor's degree in biochemistry in 1997. He received his medical degree from the American military's Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD, in 2001. In 2007, a 'Korean' gunman murdered a number of students at the Virginia Tech campus, which has a mind control centre at or very close to the campus. Both Fort Hood and Waco are long established mind control centres.

By 'mind control' in this context, read: MK-UKTRA-style Himmlerian demonism using personality splitting techniques to create operatives with 'alters' that can be manipulated remotely by means of 'triggers', in this case an OMEGA (killing) trigger that can be activated to procure a spectacle, such as occurred at Fort Hood on 5th November, usually for diversionary purposes to bamboozle the media, while something 'more important' goes on in parallel behind the scenes.

• Update, 3:30pm UK time, 6th November: The total number of deaths is now said to be the familiar satanic-esoteric- geomasonic numerological number THIRTEEN. We expect this total death count to remain unchanged, confirming that this is an operation. You may recall that the total death count of the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007 wound up with the satanic-esoteric- geomasonic numerological number THIRTY-THREE. These mind-controlled demoniacs and their controllers, as they play with death, which is their only product [see The New Underworld Order], attribute magical powers to these 'special' numbers, which reflect their brainwashed superstition and death-focused ideology. These subjects are examined and exposed, in a True Christian context, in the Editor's cited study.

Separate information was received overnight from top payee sources confirming highest-level information to the effect that 'the issues have been resolved' and matters should 'go forward'.

http://www.worldrep orts.org/ news/244_ fort_hood_ recovery_ of_the_chinese_ currency_ boxes




THE FORT HOOD SHOOTINGS: THE REAL STORY
The shootings were staged in order to cover up what was really happening behind the scenes which was as follows:


(1): George H. W. D. V. D. Bush, the head of THE BOX GANG working with the Clintons, had stored some or all of the stolen/diverted 1933 dollar currency Chinese currency boxes referenced in our reports dated 4th and 5th November 2009 at Fort Hood. These boxes form part of the Settlement negotiated with the Chinese parties, who were immediately double-crossed by the Americans.

(2): We do not know at the time of posting whether George Bush Sr. had flown in to Fort Hood from Germany, but as this base is located close to Crawford and other Bush Crime Family locations, we believe this to be HIGHLY PROBABLE.

(3): Whether Bush Sr. flew into Fort Hood to be joined with the stolen/diverted Chinese-sourced currency boxes, or was accompanying stolen boxes on the plane, is not strictly material, because what we DO KNOW is as follows:

(4): An operation was mounted at Fort Hood to CONFISCATE THE STOLEN CHINESE CURRENCY BOXES FROM BUSH SR., which achieved its objective. The currency boxes, forming part of the Settlement that Adolf Schickelbusch sabotaged with the duplicitous assistance of his agent, Chancellor Angela Merkel [see preceding reports], were retrieved.

(5): It is likely that the shoot-out which occurred for public consumption was a diversionary operation masking a parallel shoot-out involving Bush bodyguards and US military, although we cannot confirm this. Certainly, the 'mainstream' media, as usual, is running the wrong story.

(6): The deployment of 500+ heavily armed troops, and the fact that military helicopters were called in, implies a sizeable operation, which would be make little sense in the context of a shooting such as is described in the media. That does not diminish the nastiness and tragedy of the loss of life as reported: but when this operation was planned, loss of life was factored into the equation.

• It’s called cynically: COLLATERAL DAMAGE.

[Do they CARE that at least seven personnel lost their lives and over 30 were injured in a parallel cover-up operation? That’s like asking whether the sacrifice of over 100 special US operatives who spearheaded the Bush-directed seizure of the Central Bank of Iraq in Baghdad in 2003, all of whom were massacred immediately afterwards so that none of them would survive to report for posterity what actually happened, was an accident. That operation went badly wrong, and was exposed, too: reliable Iraqi eyewitnesses supplied the necessary reports and confirmation] .

It is impossible at this juncture to be sure whether the gunfire was part of the main operation, i.e., the whole operation was synchronised, or whether two separate operations were run in parallel. But that is hardly material, given the momentous details and substance of this report.

(7): Separately, we understand that George Bush Sr.’s assets in the Caribbean – ‘his’ money – was seized at the same time, or at least at some stage on 5th November 2009.

(8): Adolf Schickelbusch has also been informed that ‘you are not going to get a penny. You will be paid NOTHING’. [Assuming, that is, that he's still vertical. But that's all we know right now].

This reflects the fact identified earlier, namely that these Germans ALWAYS go too far. Bush Sr. WENT TOO FAR by sabotaging EVEN the carefully nuanced arrangements worked out with the Chinese authorities and parties, and with the other sovereign powers, including the British Monarchical Power. He thought he could carry on carrying on, blind to the fact that IT'S OVER.

• As a consequence, HE HAS LOST EVERYTHING. HE HAS BEEN CLEANED OUT.

NOW. As indicated, we cannot yet confirm that GEORGE BUSH HIMSELF flew into Fort Hood. If he did, it stands to reason, given the above FACTS, which have themselves been CONFIRMED, that George H. W. Bush would have been arrested OR HORIZONTALISED.

We may yet learn that this took place.

All we can do at this stage is to remind you of the phrase ‘Not YET’ in the preceding report.

Was Bush 43 also arrested, horizontalised or all of the above during this showdown?

WE HAVE TO TELL YOU THAT WHEN CERTAIN STRUCTURES WERE MADE AWARE THAT WE HAD WORKED THIS OUT, THERE WAS A STUNNED SILENCE.

• THE STRUCTURES CONCERNED WERE ‘SHOCKED TO HEAR IT FROM US’, WE WERE TOLD.

PART OF THE PREVIOUSLY REFERENCED INTERNATIONAL CLEAN-UP OPERATION
Who ordered this operation? It would have been ordered, or at least condoned (see below) by the 'President 'of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama, who, we have repeatedly been told, has been anxious to complete the Settlements and was known to be fretting under the weight of the general contempt in which he was being held by all ‘in the know’, concerning his apparent inability to get his ARROGANT inferiors to carry out his instructions on this score.

At the same time, this operation implies the likelihood that it forms part of the INTERNATIONAL clean-up associated inter alia with the presence in the United States of 72 heavily armed cadres tasked with ENFORCEMENT of the Writ of Execution by all means, including the use of FORCE. Therefore to state that the operation will have been ordered by President Obama may be too simplistic. There are further major developments in the pipeline, and further revelations too.

Nevetheless, Mr Obama has been systematically sabotaged by penetration operatives, including Rahm Emanuel, Lawrence Summers, Timothy Geithner, Mrs Hillary Clinton, and Dr Ben Bernanke.

If this assessment is correct, we would anticipate some high-level dismissals or resignations from the US Government soon, if it turns out that this DECISIVE ACTION has indeed broken the impasse and destabilised the opposition beyond any likelihood of recovery. We shall (soon) see.

More to the point, the President had been placed in an impossible position by the Nazi Fifth Column within the US Intelligence Power owing allegiance to the Box Gang, not least given the horrendous implications for national security arising from the sabotage operation mounted by Bush Sr. and his lackey, Chancellor Frau(d) Merkel. Was she arrested, as ordered by the World Court? Don’t know yet. One would expect the German police to have snubbed the World Court.

• The British press implies, but does not confirm, that George Bush's agent, Frau Merkel, is back in Germany, which is to be expected since the likelihood of the German police arresting her was always minimal. But she may have problems if she strays outside Europe any time soon.

• She’s scheduled to hold a triumphant meeting in Berlin next week as the Germans overplay their hand AGAIN, humiliating the British (through a French Cabinet mouthpiece) by lecturing us to the effect that Britain has no choice but to integrate itself, whether it likes it or not, within the Greater German Empire. The British don’t like it. There will be repercussions.

Story’s Third Law reads: ‘Sooner or later, all covers and operations are blown’.

Recently, it would appear that the qualifying ‘sooner or later’ has become redundant.

As the late lamented Sherman Skolnik used to say, bless him: WATCH THIS SPACE.

WATCH THIS SPACE: UPDATED INFORMATION: MIDDAY UK TIME 6TH NOVEMBER:
Public domain information gleaned by several sources confirms that Hasan was single, with no children. He graduated from the notorious Virginia Tech, where he received his bachelor's degree in biochemistry in 1997. He received his medical degree from the American military's Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD, in 2001. In 2007, a 'Korean' gunman murdered a number of students at the Virginia Tech campus, which has a mind control centre at or very close to the campus. Both Fort Hood and Waco are long established mind control centres.

By 'mind control' in this context, read: MK-UKTRA-style Himmlerian demonism using personality splitting techniques to create operatives with 'alters' that can be manipulated remotely by means of 'triggers', in this case an OMEGA (killing) trigger that can be activated to procure a spectacle, such as occurred at Fort Hood on 5th November, usually for diversionary purposes to bamboozle the media, while something 'more important' goes on in parallel behind the scenes.

• Update, 3:30pm UK time, 6th November: The total number of deaths is now said to be the familiar satanic-esoteric- geomasonic numerological number THIRTEEN. We expect this total death count to remain unchanged, confirming that this is an operation. You may recall that the total death count of the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007 wound up with the satanic-esoteric- geomasonic numerological number THIRTY-THREE. These mind-controlled demoniacs and their controllers, as they play with death, which is their only product [see The New Underworld Order], attribute magical powers to these 'special' numbers, which reflect their brainwashed superstition and death-focused ideology. These subjects are examined and exposed, in a True Christian context, in the Editor's cited study.

Separate information was received overnight from top payee sources confirming highest-level information to the effect that 'the issues have been resolved' and matters should 'go forward'.

http://www.worldrep orts.org/ news/244_ fort_hood_ recovery_ of_the_chinese_ currency_ boxes

THE FORT HOOD SHOOTINGS: THE COVER STORY
At 2:30 eastern, 1:30 local time, a mass shooting occurred at the Fort Hood army base, the largest American military installation in the world, covering some 15 square miles. Army Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Garver confirmed that the violence erupted at or near the Howze Theatre, next door to the Folgers Soldier Readiness Processing Center contained within a former sports dome at the base, located in Killeen, Texas, some 50 miles from Waco.

Initial reports indicated that seven personnel were dead and that 12 had been wounded. These reports also indicated that one gunman was in custody and that another was being sought. Later reports have confirmed that the total number of personnel who died is twelve, with 31 injured.

Later reports said that more than 30 personnel were injured, that the base was in ‘lockdown’ and that the assailant, named as Major Malik Nadal Hassan, a US Army mental health psychologist or psychiatrist, had been shot dead. Two other assailants were arrested and are in custody, according to a briefing by Army Lieutenant General Robert Cone, the post commander.

British press sources state that Major Hassan had walked into the training centre armed with two handguns and had opened fire on fellow military personnel who were having last-minute medical and dental checks before being deployed to Afghanistan – whereupon gunfire erupted around the base as the two accomplices were captured.

The Daily Telegraph says that one of the assailants had holed himself up in a brain injury unit, where he was surrounded by SWAT teams, Four police officers were wounded before he was arrested. 500+ troops were deployed to lock down Fort Hood as helicopters swept overhead.

Lieutenant Commander Cone mouthed for the eager press:

‘It’s been a terrible tragedy. It’s stunning. We are absolutely devastated. The shooter was killed. He was a soldier. We since then have apprehended two additional soldiers who are suspects. There were eyewitness accounts that there may have been more than one shooter’.

The violence erupted shortly before a graduate ceremony for soldiers was due to start at the base. Enter President Barack Obama with this bromide for public consumption:

“These are men and women who have made the selfless and courageous decision to risk, and at times give, their lives to protect us’.

‘It‘s difficult enough when we lose these brave men and women overseas. It is horrifying when we lose them on American soil’.

Step forward, also, Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, who pronounced:

‘Our dedicated military personnel have sacrificed so much in service to our country and it sickens me that the men and women of Fort Hood have been subjected to this senseless, random violence’.

Okay, that’s enough. Base commanders and the Pentagon stated that they had no early indication of the motive for the shootings. As the story 'line' matured, though, it was being said that the killer, aged 39, was 'upset about being ordered to be deployed to Iraq'.

Note the convenient Islamic name description of the now assailant, who was initially declared dead. However some British reports mid-morning were saying that the assailant has survived.
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REVOLUTION MUSLIM STREET DAWAH: 06-11-2009

http://www.youtube. com/watch? v=WhHYiWCm8Gs


America's Chickens Come Home to Roost - Rev Jeremiah Wright


http://www.youtube. com/watch? v=4mIVT0sWP4A

U.S. Islamic street preachers declare Fort Hood victims got just deserts


Posted: November 06, 2009
10:20 pm Eastern


By Bob Unruh
© 2009 WorldNetDaily


A radical Muslim group was videotaped condoning the massacre at Fort Hood by Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan because it was a military target.

"America's chickens have come home to roost," shouted a representative of the group.

A website run by Revolution Muslim is also honoring Hasan, the man accused of killing 13 people at Fort Hood in Texas, as an "Officer and a Gentleman," saying his actions should not be denounced.

The massacre, which also left more than two dozen injured, was called a "pre-emptive attack" by supporters of the group.

Hasan, a Muslim psychiatrist who reportedly had been disciplined for pushing Islam on his patients at one point in his career, had given away his furniture and handed out Qurans before going to the military base and firing on soldiers at a processing center where soldiers prepared to deploy.

There were multiple reports he had objected to being placed in the position of possibly having to fight fellow Muslims by his scheduled deployment to the Middle East.

"Get Well Soon Major Nidal We Love You," said the website run by radicals who follow an imam once jailed in Britain. "Major Nidal Hasan M.D. An officer and a gentleman was injured while partaking in a pre-emptive attack.

The website lists as its imam Sheik Abdullah el-Faisal, who in February 2003 was sentenced to nine years in jail, reduced to seven on appeal, after being convicted of soliciting murder and inciting racial hatred in England.

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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
Telegraph
November 7, 2009

Major Nidal Malik Hasan, the sole suspect in the massacre of 13 fellow US soldiers in Texas Photo: GETTY 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.


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."

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The Significance of Allahu Akbar





by Gamaliel Isaac
Freeman Center For Strategic Studies
November 9, 2009

Major Nidal Malik Hasan, a U.S. Army psychiatrist, while shouting Allahu Akbar (Allah is great) murdered twelve people and wounded twenty-one inside Fort Hood in Texas on Thursday, November 5, 2009. Fox News interviewed a “criminal profiler” who asserted definitively that this attack had nothing to do with religion. Some people suggested he had post traumatic stress syndrome, apparently they didn't know he had never served in combat. NPR and the Washington Post said his motive remains unclear.

Muslims have a long history of committing atrocities to the cry of Allahu Akbar. When the Muslim Turks took children away from their infidel parents to make them into soldiers for Allah, their mothers and sisters would desperately follow the horsemen who would drive them away with whips with loud cries of Allah.

When the PLO occupied Lebanon they massacred the Christians there. Bat Ye'or in her book Eurabia wrote about one of the massacres as follows:

An eyewitness gave an account of the massacre of 582 Christians in Damur by the PLO and its Muslim allies on January 22, 1976: "The attack took place from the mountain behind. It was an apocalypse. They were coming, thousands and thousands, shouting 'Allahu Akbar! God is great! Let us attack them for the Arabs, let us offer a holocaust to Mohammad!' And they were slaughtering everyone in their path, men, women and children."

When EgyptAir co-pilot Gamil Al Batuti was alone in the cockpit in Oct 31, 1999 of FLIGHT 990 he shut off the autopilot and the engines and put the aircraft into a steep dive, all the while intoning:

Allahu Akbar.



The Boeing 767 broke up in midair and crashed into the ocean off Nantucket Island, killing all 217 souls aboard (Allah is the Greatest worldnetdaily 7/31/04).

Israel National News reported on 11/8/02 how Soldiers near Kedumim, between Shechem and Raanana, prevented a major terror attack on the previous night. They ordered a PA taxi to stop as it approached the Jit Junction checkpoint, and the two passengers to get out. The soldiers, standing about 20 meters away, told the men to lift their shirts - a common measure used to check if suspected terrorists are wearing an explosives belt. The two Arabs did so, uncovering exactly that type of explosive apparel on one of them. The terrorist then yelled, "Allahu Akbar" and started running towards the soldiers. The latter fired at him, he fell to the ground - and exploded. The second Arab, his apparent accomplice, was also killed in the blast. A search of the taxi turned up another bomb in the trunk. Ironically the cry of Allahu Akbar saved an Israeli border policeman from being stabbed by a knife wielding 16 year old girl. He heard her cries of Allahu Akbar and turned around in time to avoid her knife (Israel National News May 29, 01).

At around 7 Israel time on March 2, 2002, a Moslem walked onto packed Beit Israel Street in the quarter of the same name and detonated a device - packed with explosives and metal - leveling a community that was celebrating the end of the sabbath.

"I saw children and babies wounded," said an Israeli student who identified himself as Efraim. "I saw a friend of mine with his hand blasted off."

Hearing the news, Palestinian demonstrators in the West Bank town of Ramallah, where Palestinian Authority leader Yasser Arafat has been holed up for three months, rejoiced, pumping their fists in the air and shouting, "Allahu Akbar!" (New York Post Mar 3, 02).

On January 5, 2002 A Moslem man attempted to kill Rabbi Gabriel Farhi, 34, in a Paris synagogue on Shabbat (Arutz 7 news 1/5/03). The would-be murderer entered the synagogue, yelled, "Allahu Akbar", and stabbed the rabbi in his stomach. The victim is a member of a Jewish liberal movement in France, and active in efforts to bring about dialogue between Jews and members of other faiths, especially Moslems.

In 2004 Nick Berg, 26, a freelance telecommunications contractor from West Chester, Pa. was beheaded by Muslims to the cry of Allahu Akbar.

According to The New York Times (9/5/04), when Muslim terrorists took over an elementary school in Belsan, Russia, they shouted "Allahu Akbar" ("Allah is the greatest"). The terrorists were killed but managed to kill 156 children first. (Foxnews 9/7/04)

In 2005, A 30-year-old Palestinian Muslim woman, was apparently murdered by members of her family for having had a romance with a Christian man from Taiba. When her family discovered that she had been involved in a forbidden relationship with a Christian, they apparently forced her to drink poison. A Taiba resident recounted the revenge of the Muslims (keep in mind the Muslim killed her not the Christians) (Khaled Abu Toameh, Muslims Ransack Christian Village, The Jerusalem Post, 9/5/05)

“More than 500 Muslim men, chanting Allahu Akbar [God is great], attacked us at night. They poured kerosene on many buildings and set them on fire. Many of the attackers broke into houses and stole furniture, jewelry and electrical appliances."

Another resident said

"It was like a war, they arrived in groups, and many of them were holding clubs, Some people saw them carrying weapons. They first attacked houses belonging to the Khoury family [looking for the man who had the affair with the women, not realizing he had already fled the village.] Then they went to their relatives. They entered the houses and destroyed everything there."

Oriana Fallaci, in her book The Rage and The Pride tells the story of twelve impure women:

(what was the impurity they had committed I never knew) whom in 1975 the sons of Allah executed at Dacca, Bangladesh. They executed them in the stadium, with bayonet stabs in the thorax, and at the presence of twenty thousand believers who sitting in the tribunes prayed Allah Akbar, Allah Akbar. God is great, God is great...

Did they take off their burkahs, did they unveil their faces to drink a glass of water? Did they challenge the prohibition to sing, did they hum a lullaby to some newborn child? Or did they commit the crime of laughing? (Yessir: of laughing. I wrote "laughing". Didn't you know that Fundamentalist Moslems forbid women to laugh?)

The book Thunder from the East tells of a frightening scene in which the cry of "Allahu Akbar" was heard. An excerpt is given below:

He must have been a raffishly handsome young man, with his bushy eyebrows, large coal-black eyes, high-cheekboned face, and thick mop of black hair dangling over his ears. He looked pale but improbably serene, showing no sign of the torture he had endured, and those eyes were still wide open and frozen in a final instant of surprise. He had a strong, projecting chin, but his head ended a few inches below that chin in a jagged eruption of blood, tissue, and bone. His head had been hacked off with a machete and was impaled on a bamboo stake, and he seemed to be staring at me.

I stared back. That abrupt transition from human flesh to bamboo stake wrenched my gut and paralyzed my legs. I was scared stiff. The mob that had killed him was in front of me now, the killers waving machetes and screaming Allahu Akbar, God is great. There were about two dozen of them, mostly men in their twenties and thirties, all riding motorcycles slowly down the main street of the little farmtown of Turen, Indonesia.

On March 31.2004, four Americans guards were driving their SUVs through the Iraqi city of Fallujah. Iraqis ambushed them and dragged their burned and buthered bodies through the streets, and hung two of them from a bridge - while cheering, dancing and chanting anti-American slogans (New York Post 4/1/04). Meanwhile, 12 miles from Fallujah, five GIs were killed when a bomb exploded under their armored personnel carrier. A crowd of hundreds of men and boys quickly surrounded the SUVs, flashing victory signs and chanting, "Long live Islam," "Allahu Akbar (God is Great)" and "We sacrifice our blood and souls for Islam."

According to the New York Post:

As plumes of inky smoke rose into the sky, the mob pulled an American who was still alive from one of the SUVs.

"He had gotten shot in his chest," truck driver Ahmed Obayid, 38, told the Washington Post. "The people killed him by throwing bricks on him until they killed him. They cut off his arm and his leg and his head and they were cheering and dancing."

The riots and burnings in France are accompanied by chants of Allahu Akbar (Spencer, Jihad in Europe: Frontpagemag 11/8/05). A video of the rioters chanting Allahu Akbar can be viewed by clicking here.

On March 20, 2008 an 18-year-old Arab man grabbed the yarmulke of a Rabbi at the 4th Ave. and 9th Street train station in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn, "while his friends kicked and punched the victim while screaming 'Allahu Akbar.'" The perpetrator grabbed the rabbi's head covering, then fled the scene only to be hit by a vehicle on a nearby street. The report said police arrested him and requested an ambulance, but were trying "to brush off the crime as just teenagers who don't know what 'Allahu akbar' means."

When Islamic hijackers crashed flight 93 into the ground near Shanksville PA on Sept 11, 2001, the last words of the terrorists recorded by the flight recorder were: Allahu Akbar. When Sheik Omar Bakri Muhammad gave a sermon at a London Meeting hall where a giant screen behind him showed images of the World Trade Center falling some of the audience shouted, Allahu Akbar. (Militant Imams Under Scrutiny Across Europe, New York Times 1/25/05)

What does this tell us about Allah and Islam? What does this tell us about the motives of Major Nidal Malik Hasan? The Washington Post and NPR need wonder no more.

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Terrorism on the Home Front

By Ilana Freedman
Gerard Group
October 25, 2009

While we were in the process of preparing a series for IntelAnalysis called "Terrorism on the Home Front", we received the news of the shooting at Fort Hood. As the story began to unfold, we learned that an Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan, a psychiatrist, had gone on a shooting rampage in a crowded medical building inside the base, killing 13 and wounding 30 more. Eye witnesses said that he jumped on a table in the soldier readiness facility and began firing with two pistols, shouting "Alah Hu Akhbar".

The news about Hasan hit home, underscoring the message we were working on: that there is significant threat from within the heart of our country and the more time we spend ignoring it in the name of political correctness puts us all at increased risk.

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Major Nidal Malik Hasan (L) on the morning of November 5, 2009 in Fort Hood, Texas
Photo: "GETTY "


What We Need to Know

We read a about terrorism abroad and it seems very far away. Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan are most frequently in the news these days, but the locale shifts every time another heinous attack against civilians takes place - in India, in Europe, in the Middle East. It's high time we took a look at what is going on in our own back yard.

There are several types of terrorists here in the United States: the lone wolf terrorist (which Hasan appears to be), who acts without coordination with anyone else; the small independent terrorist cells (such as those in Pennsylvania and New York, who planned isolated attacks on specific targets like Fort Dix and two Riverdale, NY synagogues); and the well-organized terrorist cells, supported by organizations like al Qaeda, who plan and carry out carefully crafted attacks on symbolic targets, many designed for mass casualties and severe economic loss.

There are also several types of pre-terrorist activities being carried out throughout the country, through a number of radical Islamist organizations, many of whom have been placed on the US list of banned terrorist organizations. They are supported by such organizations as the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), which has been identified as a front for the Muslim Brotherhood, and CAIR, which bills itself as the premier Muslim civil liberties and advocacy group. Until January 2009, CAIR even provided sensitivity training to FBI agents, to help them "better understand" the Muslim community. But CAIR has also been associated with support for terrorist organizations and was named as an unindicted co-conspirator, along with the Islamic Society of North America, and the North American Islamic Trust, in the largest terror-financing case in U.S. history. Several of its key personnel have been indicted for their links to terrorist organizations, including Hamas and al Qaeda.

Hamas has long been associated with fund-raising here for the Palestinian cause. Their method of operation has been to set up legitimate companies and not-for-profit organizations as fronts for money laundering revenues to support their terrorist activities. Before it was shut down, the SAFA Group, operating out of northern Virginia, provided an umbrella organization to over 100 such operations, including investment and trading companies, software and technology companies, food, real estate, and, of course, 'charitable' organizations. The SAFA Group has since been shut down, but the operations continue under different names and venues.

Hizballah also raises millions of dollars here, much of it through criminal enterprises, among which have been bootlegging cigarettes, smuggling, fraud, drug trade, document forgery, money laundering, and the creation of not-for-profit organizations for both willing and unknowing contributions to the terrorist organization. With its center in Michigan, Hizballah reaches down to the Mexican border, from where it smuggles its agents into the country, and throughout the country.

Another lesser known organization has a more dangerous agenda. Jama'at al Fuqra (Muslims of America) has established as many as 35 paramilitary training compounds at rural sites across the country, including Virginia, New York, Georgia, Michigan, and South Carolina. Founded by Pakistani Sheikh Mubarak Ali Gilani, in New York in 1980, the first time he visited the States, Gilani's stated purpose was to 'purify' Islam through violence'. Members of the organization regard all those who do not follow the tenets of Islam strictly, as stated in the Koran as enemies of Islam. Their adherents are largely African Americans recruited from American prisons. When they come to the compounds, they are trained in terrorist tactics including weapons training, carjacking, kidnapping, and murder. Frequent sounds of gunfire has raised some concerns.

The system of our nation that guarantees freedom of movement, freedom of speech, and freedom of assembly, is giving opportunity to those who would use those freedoms to ultimately destroy them and our nation as we know it.


The series of articles that will follow over the next few weeks, Terrorism on the Home Front, will explore some of these issues.
Also next issue: The creation of a home-grown terrorist: The story of Nidal Malik Hasan.

Ilana Freedman is CEO and Senior Analyst for Gerard Group International. Gerard Group provides intelligence analysis for business and homeland security. For more information, please visit our website at www.gerardgroup. com

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NIDAL MALIK HASAN MASSACRE AT FORT HOOD - WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

by Emanuel A. Winston
Middle East Analyst & Commentator
November 6, 2009

Is there any doubt that G-d is fulfilling the promise He made to Avraham: "I will bless those who bless thee and curse those who curse thee." ?

Has President Barack Obama brought this promised curse to America as he bonds with radical Islamists and attacks Israel on their behalf? Muslims in America are a dangerous element in our nation, despite the political dance, firstly by President George W. Bush and now by President Barack Hussein Obama to assure us that Muslims and Islam are perfectly safe for Americans.

Did today’s November 5th massacre at Fort Hood, Texas prove that wrong? The shooter was named as Major Nidal Malik Hasan, a Muslim psychiatrist who objected to being posted to either war in Iraq or Afghanistan. Reportedly, Hasan killed 11 and wounded 31 with 2 handguns - at a soldiers’ collection point and processing center for those being organizing to leave for either front or returning stateside and being processed.

For the first several hours it was reported that Hasan had been killed in the shoot-out, but later reports say he was shot multiple times but, HE IS SAID TO BE ALIVE, in custody and in stable condition.

By now you would have heard or seen the news stories. There were yet-to-be confirmed reports that there was automatic rifle fire and a possible second shooter.

Major Hasan had, at different times, said that Muslims should rise up against U.S. presence in Iraq and Afghanistan. In a phone interview by Fox News with Hasan’s cousin, Nader Hasan, who said that (contrary to earlier news reports that Nidal had converted to Islam recently) Nidal has always been a Muslim. (Then, suddenly, Nader Hasan cut off his interview - abruptly - like someone told him to shut up already!)

Whether planned or spontaneous, several Presidents lived in denial, claiming that Muslims posed no threat to Americans or America. While this was a typical political statement to keep the peace, it also artfully avoided exploring the mind-set of Muslims in their "Jihad" (global holy war for Islam). Muslims were (and are) taught from the tender age of 3 to kill all infidels (non-Muslims or un-believers) for their ultimate goal of a Global Caliphate for Islam.

I recall spontaneous attacks in Israel where a Muslim bus driver simply drove his bus into a crowd. At 2 other times Muslim tractor operators turned their machines against Jewish civilians, women and children on the sidewalks and streets. Killing Jews (and Christians) was always their ultimate purpose. Don’t forget the 10,000 Rockets, Missiles and Mortars launched against the civilians in Southern Israel for 8 years.

Sometimes, Terror is pre-meditated and well-planned - as in 9/11. At other times Muslims will brood on their inner taught mandate to kill infidels and then act spontaneously to kill or plan to kill - like Hasan at Fort Hood.

America has been loaded with Muslims - with the assistance of the U.S. State Department through easy entry policies on immigration in order to appease and pacify Muslim oil bearing nations. Muslims have been allowed to attend America’s finest universities in programs that studied Physics (especially nuclear), Chemistry and Biology - all of which deal with WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction, including NBC - Nuclear, Biological and Chemical). Hassan went all the way up to become an Army Psychiatrist. Look where that put him - into the largest military base in America - where he could do the most harm to American soldiers and all who loved them. Where his massacre (for which Islam had programmed him) could undermine America’s underlying feeling of inner security.

While Muslims can be ordinary people who display kindliness, seeming loyalty to their host countries but, at their core their loyalty is with Islam, Allah and Koranic law. But, listening to what some Mullahs preach in the mosques or teach their children in strict Madrassahs is hostility to Christians, Jews or unbelievers.

There have recently been captures of Muslims who have planned to attack U.S. military bases and/or other targets in America.

Obama’s outreach to Iran and the rest of the Islamic world, merely creates a greater expectation that the U.S. is in decline and fair game for conversion to Islam. Obama’s policy also makes Muslims think that Obama will weaken the Jewish State of Israel so the Muslims can revise their history of defeat and proceed to conquer the Jewish State.

America’s 16 Intelligence Agencies know all this and watch the Muslims in America to the degree acceptable to America’s politicians and, especially, the President.

It was instructive to listen to Obama’s comments on the massacre of American soldiers at Ford Hood. It was so bland; it was a political campaign speech only - and it was pre-packaged in such a way as to appeal to voters. I wonder if Obama will even mention the Muslim name of the shooter Nidal Malik Hasan. I wonder if Obama will make a royal appearance at the coming funerals of the 11 dead brave soldiers. It will only be to take advantage of the soldiers and their families’ grief in order to make political capital.

Names mean things to Muslims. Barack Hussein Obama is a name that speaks of the child, turning into the man who will inevitably adhere to Islam, Mohammed and the Koran forever.

The shooter’s name is Nidal Malik Hasan - 3 names with "meaning"...

"Nidal" (as in Abu Nidal, head of Black September and over 30 years was responsible for over 900 deaths, including the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre, hijacked planes, 1976 Air France to Entebbe, 1982 the Goldenberg Restaurant in Paris, 1985 Greece - 60 people killed; 1985 hijacked a cruise ship, throwing Leon Klinghoffer and his wheelchair into the ocean; 1985 Rome Airport - killing 13, wounding 75; Vienna Airport killing 3, wounding 30; 1986 Berlin at the LaBelle Disco; 1986 Pakistan - hijacked Pan Am Fl. 73, killing 22, seriously maiming another 150; 1986 Rome, a Boeing 727; 1986 Synagogue in Turkey, killing 21 people in Istanbul’s Neve Shalom’s synagogue; 1988 a Greek cruise ship the ‘City of Poros’, killing 9, 98 were injured; 1988 Lockerbie Scotland and more, more, more ).

"Malik" - built the Shrine of the Rock in 696 CE - eventually became the Golden Dome.

"Hasan"...Hasan al-Banna was the Egyptian who founded the Sunni Muslim Brotherhood, which has been trying to undermine the Egyptian government since 1928.

So, in Islam, names mean something - usually glorifying those who kill.

Regrettably, Americans will never understand the Middle East, what a Muslim is committed to by Islamic Law and how he/she will respond to a call from a Mullah to now act in the name of Allah.

Most Americans may experience a few moments of shock and awareness of our vulnerabilities but soon forget, as we did too soon after 9/11.

Emanuel A. Winston is the Freeman Center's Middle East analyst. He has published over 2500 articles and given hundreds of radio and television interviews and has been a major supporter of Israeli institutions of higher learning for over two decades. He is a valued and prolific contributor to JewishIndy.


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The Travesty of Selective American Outrage over Military Murders

by Stan Moore
(Saturday, November 7, 2009)

"There is no profound sense of outrage by the American public or by its president over American military murders of Iraqis or other non-Americans around the world. But President Obama and various congress people have stated in the Ft. Hood aftermath that ALL Americans are outraged and hurt by American military fratricide. Why the discrepancy?"



The tragedy of military murder at Ft. Hood, Texas this week is very real. Some might wonder if the fatality rate would have been even greater if the perpetrator had been a combat soldier instead of a military psychiatrist. But all soldiers are trained to kill, and the perpetrator's professional job was to relieve soldiers from guilt and stress from their soldierly activities in nationally sanctioned warfare. His own crimes showed that sometimes those stresses do not recognize the boundaries selectively set by society as to what sorts of killing are approved and condoned and which are considered villainous.

The American public was understandably outraged by the loss of life in this manner. Some made it an "Islam vs. us" issue" and the backlash could be great.

But how many known murders of Moslem civilians in Iraq have led to criminal sanctions in US military courts? How many soldiers who wantonly "lit up" civilian vehicles for sport have been accused, much less convicted of murder?

How many Blackwater mercenaries have been charged with first degree murder, much less convicted, even though the Iraqi people are sure that their fellow citizens have been murdered callously, deliberately and wantonly by soldiers referring to them routinely as "Hajis", "ragheads" or worse?

There is no profound sense of outrage by the American public or by its president over American military murders of Iraqis or other non-Americans around the world. But President Obama and various congress people have stated in the Ft. Hood aftermath that ALL Americans are outraged and hurt by American military fratricide. Why the discrepancy?

Why are American lives so much more valuable than non-American lives? If we understood this, we could better understand how easily the American public tolerates wars for the sake of empire. We could understand the raw numbers of non-Americans killed by American-style industrial warfare in the last hundred years. America has perfected the tools of war, the strategies of war, the application of the doctrine of massive firepower against all that live and breathe in any combat zone.

The North Koreans know this. The North Vietnamese know this, as do the Somalis and the Salvadorians and the Iraqis. And they all know that America shipped its troops to their lands, against the wishes of their masses of people, and then killed wantonly in wars America chose to prosecute in the interests of American consumers and American corporations.

Empires are built on the blood and bones of innocent victims. They always have been and always will. America is an empire and its only regrets are when its self-generated violence blows back on its own citizens and citizen warriors. Selective outrage is what allows mass military murder and what happened in Ft. Hood will never be forgotten, just as the lives and deaths of the millions of victims of deliberate, sanctioned, American mass murder will never be remembered.
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Some predicted trouble from Fort Hood suspect
FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) -
In retrospect, the signs of Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan's growing anger over the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan seem unmistakable. But even people who worried his increasingly strident views were clouding his ability to serve the U.S. military could not predict the murderous rampage of which he now stands accused.

In the months leading to Thursday's shooting spree that left 13 people dead and 29 others wounded, Hasan raised eyebrows with comments that the war on terror was "a war on Islam" and wrestled with what to tell fellow Muslim solders who had their doubts about fighting in Islamic countries.

"The system is not doing what it's supposed to do," said Dr. Val Finnell, who complained to administrators at a military university about what he considered Hasan's "anti-American" rants. "He at least should have been confronted about these beliefs, told to cease and desist, and to shape up or ship out."

Finnell studied with Hasan from 2007-2008 in the master's program in public health at the military's Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md., where Hasan persistently complained about perceived anti-Muslim sentiment in the military and injected his politics into courses where they had no place.

"In retrospect, I'm not surprised he did it," Finnell said of the shootings. "I had real questions about what his priorities were, what his beliefs were."

Hasan, who was shot by civilian police and taken into custody, was in intensive care but breathing on his own late Saturday at an Army hospital in San Antonio. Officials refused to say if he was talking to investigators.

At least 17 victims remained hospitalized with gunshot wounds, and nine were in intensive care late Saturday. On Sunday, numerous church services honoring the victims were planned both on the post and in neighboring Killeen.

Military criminal investigators continue to refer to Hasan as the only suspect in the shootings but won't say when charges would be filed. "We have not established a motive for the shootings at this time," said Army Criminal Investigative Command spokesman Chris Grey.

A government official speaking on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss the case said an initial review of Hasan's computer use has found no evidence of links to terror groups, or anyone who might have helped plan or push him toward the shooting attack. The review of Hasan's computer is continuing and more evidence could emerge, the official said.

Hasan likely would face military justice rather than federal criminal charges if investigators determine the violence was the work of just one person.

Sen. Joe Lieberman, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said Sunday he plans to begin a congressional investigation to determine whether the shootings constitute a terrorist attack.

Lieberman, an independent from Connecticut, said on "Fox News Sunday" that he wants to find out whether the Army missed warning signs that Hasan was becoming extreme in his Islamist views.

"If Hasan was showing signs, saying to people that he had become an Islamist extremist, the U.S. Army has to have zero tolerance," he said. "He should have been gone."

Army Chief of Staff George Casey warned against reaching conclusions about the suspected shooter's motives until investigators have fully explored the attack.

He said on ABC's "This Week" that focusing on Hasan's Islamic roots could "heighten the backlash" against all Muslims in the military.

Hasan's family described a man incapable of the attack, calling him a devoted doctor and devout Muslim who showed no signs that he might lash out.

"I've known my brother Nidal to be a peaceful, loving and compassionate person who has shown great interest in the medical field and in helping others," his brother, Eyad Hasan, of Sterling, Va., said in a statement. "He has never committed an act of violence and was always known to be a good, law-abiding citizen."

Still, in the days since authorities believe Hasan fired more than 100 rounds in a soldier processing center at Fort Hood in the worst mass shooting on a military facility in the U.S., a picture has emerged of a man who was forcefully opposed to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, was trying to elude his pending deployment to Afghanistan and had struggled professionally in his work as an Army psychiatrist.

"I told him, `There's something wrong with you,'" Osman Danquah, co-founder of the Islamic Community of Greater Killeen, told The Associated Press on Saturday. "I didn't get the feeling he was talking for himself, but something just didn't seem right."

Danquah assumed the military's chain of command knew about Hasan's doubts, which had been known for more than a year to classmates at the Maryland graduate military medical program. His fellow students complained to the faculty about Hasan's "anti-American propaganda," but said a fear of appearing discriminatory against a Muslim student kept officers from filing a formal complaint.

Others recalled a pleasant neighbor who forgave a fellow soldier charged with tearing up his "Allah is Love" bumper sticker. A superior officer at Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood, Col. Kimberly Kesling, has said Hasan was quiet with a strong work ethic who provided excellent care for his patients.

Twice this summer, Danquah said, Hasan asked him what to tell soldiers who expressed misgivings about fighting fellow Muslims. The retired Army first sergeant and Gulf War veteran said he reminded Hasan that these soldiers had volunteered to fight, and that Muslims were fighting each other in Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Palestinian territories.

"But what if a person gets in and feels that it's just not right?" Danquah recalled Hasan asking him.

"I'd give him my response. It didn't seem settled, you know. It didn't seem to satisfy," he said. "It would be like a person playing the devil's advocate. ... I said, `Look. I'm not impressed by you.'"

Danquah said he was disturbed by Hasan's persistent questioning but never told anyone at the sprawling Army post about the talks, because Hasan never expressed anger toward the Army or indicated any plans for violence.

"If I had an inkling that he had this type of inclination or intentions, definitely I would have brought it to their attention," he said.

Hasan was promoted from captain to major in 2008, the same year he graduated from the master's program. Bernard Rostker, a military personnel expert at the Rand Corp., said a shortage of officers and psychiatrists meant Hasan's advancement was all but certain absent a serious blemish on his record, such as a DUI or a drug charge.

Hasan reportedly jumped up on a desk and shouted "Allahu akbar!"—Arabic for "God is great!"—at the start of Thursday's attack.

"Hopefully, they can put together the pieces and find out what in the world was in his mind and why he went crazy," Danquah said. "Aaaaah, it's sad. Those soldiers could have been my soldiers."

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Associated Press Writers Allen Breed in Killeen, Texas, Dalia Nammari in Ramallah, West Bank, and Devlin Barrett, Richard Lardner, Pamela Hess and Jessica Gresko in Washington contributed to this report.

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Lieberman: Senate to investigate Ft. Hood shooting
Nov 8 06:55 PM US/Eastern
By ALLEN G. BREED
AP National Writer


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A key U.S. senator called Sunday for an investigation into whether the Army missed signs that the man accused of opening fire at Fort Hood had embraced an increasingly extremist view of Islamic ideology.

Sen. Joe Lieberman's call came as word surfaced that Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan apparently attended the same Virginia mosque as two Sept. 11 hijackers in 2001, at a time when a radical imam preached there. Whether Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, associated with the hijackers is something the FBI will probably look into, according to a law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.

Classmates participating in a 2007-2008 master's program at a military college complained repeatedly to superiors about what they considered Hasan's anti-American views. Dr. Val Finnell said Hasan gave a presentation at the Uniformed Services University that justified suicide bombing and even told classmates that Islamic law trumped the U.S. Constitution.

Lieberman, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, wants Congress to determine whether the shootings constitute a terrorist attack.

"If Hasan was showing signs, saying to people that he had become an Islamist extremist, the U.S. Army has to have zero tolerance," Lieberman, an independent from Connecticut, said on "Fox News Sunday." "He should have been gone."

Authorities continue to refer to Hasan, 39, as the only suspect in the shootings that killed 13 and wounded 29, but they won't say when charges would be filed. They have not revealed a possible motive. Hasan, who was shot by civilian police to end the rampage, was in critical but stable condition at an Army hospital in San Antonio.

He was breathing on his own after being taken off a ventilator on Saturday, but officials won't say whether Hasan can communicate. Sixteen victims remained hospitalized with gunshot wounds, and seven were in intensive care.

Army Chief of Staff George Casey warned against reaching conclusions about the suspected shooter's motives until investigators have fully explored the attack. "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."

A government official speaking on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss the case said an initial review of Hasan's computer use has found no evidence of links to terror groups or anyone who might have helped plan or push him toward the attack. The review of Hasan's computer is continuing, the official said.

Hasan likely would face military justice rather than federal criminal charges if investigators determine the violence was the work of just one person.

There is no time limit on charging Hasan, but once he is in pre-trial confinement, the military has 120 days to start his trial, said John P. Galligan, an attorney who has represented Fort Hood soldiers but is not involved in the Hasan case. However, defense attorneys often file motions that stop the 120-day clock. Authorities have said Hasan is "in custody" in the hospital, but it's unclear if that is considered pre-trial confinement.

Across the sprawling post and in neighboring Killeen, soldiers, their relatives and members of the community struggled to make sense of the shootings. Candles burned Saturday night outside the apartment complex where Hasan lived. Small white crosses, one for each of the dead, dotted a lawn at a Killeen church on Sunday.

Even as the community took time to mourn the victims at worship services on and off the post, Fort Hood spokesman Col. John Rossi acknowledged that the country's largest military installation was moving forward with its usual business of soldiering. The processing center where Hasan allegedly opened fire on Thursday remains a crime scene, but the activities that went on there were relocated, with the goal of reopening the center as soon as Sunday.

Fort Hood is "continuing to prepare for the mission at hand," Rossi said. "There's a lot of routine activity still happening. You'll hear cannon fire and artillery fire. Soldiers in units are still trying to execute the missions we have been tasked with."

At the post's main church Sunday, Col. Frank Jackson, the garrison chaplain, asked mourners to pray for Hasan and his family "as they find themselves in a position that no person ever desires to be—to try and explain the unexplainable."

"Lord, all those around us search for motive, search for meaning, search for something, someone to blame. That is so frustrating," Jackson told a group of about 120 people gathered at the 1st Cavalry Memorial Chapel. "Today, we pause to hear from you. So Lord, as we pray together, we focus on things we know."

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Associated Press writers Angela K. Brown and Jeff Carlton in Fort Hood and Devlin Barrett, Richard Lardner and Jessica Gresko in Washington contributed to this report.

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Fort Hood Killings 'Not A Terrorist Plot'

2:57pm UK, Sunday November 08, 2009

Joe Braidwood, Sky News Online

A terrorist plot was not behind the Texas army massacre that left 13 people dead, including a pregnant woman, detectives have said.

Fort Hood shooting suspect Nidal Malik Hasan (L) and pregnant Francheska Velez, who was shot dead (R)

Accused killer Nidal Malik Hasan (L) and pregnant victim Francheska Velez

Accused killer Major Nidal Malik Hasan is thought to have carried out the Fort Hood shooting alone, although his motive remains unclear, a US Army CID spokesman said.

But detectives have not ruled out the possibility Hasan, a devout American-born Muslim, was carrying out an extremist suicide mission on his own, the New York Times reported.

The US paper quotes unnamed army officials who said Hasan's computer had exposed links to extremist Islamist websites and records of postings he made justifying suicide attacks.

Alternatively it is being considered whether the gunman, a 39-year-old army psychologist from Virginia, had snapped under the pressure of counselling soldiers traumatised in combat.

Members of the Central Christian Church set up flags and crosses to honour those killed and during a shooting rampage at Fort Hood

Vigil for the victims

Hasan's family also said he was worried about a forthcoming tour to Afghanistan that would have been his "worst nightmare".

Meanwhile, details have begun to emerge about those killed in the shooting.

Pregnant Francheska Velez, 21, had just returned from a tour to Iraq to go on maternity leave.

Her friend Sasha Ramos said the fact Ms Velez was killed by someone in US uniform "makes it a lot harder".

She said: "This is not something a soldier expects - to have someone in our uniform go start shooting at us."

Other victims included 62-year-old Michael Cahill, a doctor's assistant who had survived a heart attack two weeks before being killed and psychiatric nurse John Gaffaney, 56, who had just persuaded the military to let him return to active duty.

More than 30 people were also hurt in the attack, described by President Obama as an "horrific outburst of violence".

Hasan was shot several times in the aftermath of the rampage by a female civilian police officer and remains in a critical but stable condition at a military hospital in San Antonio, Texas.

Troops based in Fort Hood, the largest US military base, have suffered the highest number of casualties in the global war on terror and have undertaken multiple tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

:: See our gallery with tributes to all the named victims.

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US Security Chief Speaks On Texas Shooting

Sky's Kay Burley speaks to America's Head of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, about the shooting at a U.S military base, Fort Hood, in Texas - in which 13 US soldiers were shot dead.

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US in state of shock after 2 gun attacks in 2 days


A gunman has killed at least one person and wounded five others at a business center in Orlando, Florida, just one day after another gun attack at Fort Hood, Texas left 13 dead and 30 wounded.

At around noon on Friday a gunman opened fire at the Gateway Center in downtown Orlando.

Police have arrested the alleged shooter as 40-year-old Jason Rodriguez, a former employee of one of the businesses in the building.

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There are conflicting reports about the exact number of casualties and people still remaining in the building. At least four of the injured are said to be in serious condition.

The Florida shooting followed another shocking incident that took place Thursday. Thirteen people – one police officer and 12 military personnel – were killed and 30 wounded in a shooting rampage at the Fort Hood military base in Texas.

The police – trying to uncover clues as to the motive – have carried out a search of a house of the man who is believed to have done most of the shooting – an army major, Nidal Malik Hasan.

The suspected shooter, a 39-year-old psychiatrist practicing at Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood, was shot multiple times and is now hospitalized on a ventilator. Previously it was reported that he had been killed.

Some reports suggest the US-born Muslim was angered about his deployment to Afghanistan. Officials said Nidal Malik Hasan may also have posted on the Internet about suicide bombings.

The attack is believed to be the worst mass killing on a US military base. The list of victims shot dead has been released. Among those killed was a 21-year-old pregnant woman who had returned home after serving in Iraq.

And according to reports, the shooting could have been worse if not for the actions of a female police officer, Sgt. Kimberly Munley. She was the first one to respond after the gunfire was reported. Munley was wounded in the hip in the exchange of fire, but managed to shoot the gunman four times.

The shooting took place at around 1:30 pm Texas time, and happened near the base’s “Soldiers Readiness” facility, where men and women receive medical exams to ensure they are in the appropriate physical shape required for soldiers.

Witnesses claimed he shouted “Allahu Akbar!’ (“Allah is great”) before opening fire.

Professor Walid Phares from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies thinks that this incident will be coined as the first US homeland terrorist attack since 9/11.

Fred Burton, a Chief Security Officer for Stratfor, a Global Intelligence Company based in Austin, Texas, explained to RT why this shooting is so significant for the US military:

“Fort Hood is the centre of gravity for the US military in the Middle East and a tremendous amount of people and surveillance are there on any given day,” he said.


Ivan Eland, Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Peace and Liberty at The Independent Institute, thinks that since there is more than one person involved, the shooting was an organized plot, rather than a military employee coming back from overseas:

“If there is more than one shooter, clearly there is some sort of a conspiracy, but what the goal is, at this point, is unclear,” Eland explained.


President Barack Obama ordered the US flags of all federal government buildings to be flown at half-staff to mourn the victims.

President Obama will attend a memorial service for the dead on Tuesday. He also used his weekly address to praise the heroism of those who tried to stop the gunman.

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Mass Shooting Indicates Breakdown of Military

by Dahr Jamail


At approximately 1:30 p.m. CST today, a soldier went on a shooting rampage at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas, killing 11 people and wounding at least 31 others, according to base commander Lieutenant-General Bob Cone.

Truthout spoke with an Army Specialist who is an active-duty Iraq war veteran currently stationed at the base. The soldier spoke on condition of anonymity since the base is now on “lockdown,” and all “non-authorized” military personnel on the base have been ordered not to speak to the press.

“A soldier entered the ‘Soldier Readiness Processing Center (SRP)’ with two handguns and opened fire,” the soldier, who is currently getting treatment for traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) explained. “That facility is where you go just before you deploy to Iraq or Afghanistan.”

The soldier named the gunman as Major Malik Nadal Hasan, and said he was about 40 years old. According to the soldier, Hasan was a member of the base’s Medical Evaluation Board, and worked there as a counselor.

“I can confirm Major Hasan was the gunman, and I actually saw him this morning,” the soldier explained. “I was over in the area doing some paperwork, and saw him at the facility. He seemed fine to me, and I spoke with one of my friends who had an appointment with him this morning. They said Major Hasan seemed OK to them too.”

The soldier believes that at least one Killeen Police Department officer was killed before the gunman was shot. Two other soldiers with suspected involvement in the mass shooting were also taken into custody by a SWAT team, according to the soldier.

Fort Hood, located in central Texas, is the largest US military base in the world and contains up to 50,000 soldiers. It is one of the most heavily deployed bases to both Iraq and Afghanistan. In fact, the shooter himself was facing an impending deployment to Iraq.

The soldier says that the mood on the base is “very grim,” and that even before this incident, troop morale has been very low.

“I’d say it’s at an all-time low - mostly because of Afghanistan now,” he explained. “Nobody knows why we are at either place, and I believe the troops need to know why they are there, or we should pull out, and this is a unanimous feeling, even for folks who are pro-war.”

In a strikingly similar incident on May 11, 2009, a US soldier gunned down five fellow soldiers at a stress-counseling center at a US base in Baghdad. Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the US military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters at a news conference at the Pentagon that the shootings occurred in a place where “individuals were seeking help.”

“It does speak to me, though, about the need for us to redouble our efforts, the concern in terms of dealing with the stress,” Admiral Mullen said. “It also speaks to the issue of multiple deployments.”

Commenting on that incident in nearly parallel terms, US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said that the Pentagon needs to redouble its efforts to relieve stress caused by repeated deployments in war zones; stress that is further exacerbated by limited time at home in between deployments.

The condition described by Mullen and Gates is what veteran health experts often refer to as PTSD.

While soldiers returning home are routinely involved in shootings, suicide and other forms of self-destructive violent behavior as a direct result of their experiences in Iraq, we had yet to see an event of this magnitude take place in Iraq until last May.

Prior to the May incident, the last reported incident of this kind happened in 2005, when an Army captain and lieutenant were killed when an anti-personnel mine detonated in the window of their room at a US base in Tikrit. In that case, National Guard Staff Sgt. Alberto Martinez was acquitted.

The shocking story of a soldier killing five of his comrades does not come as a surprise when we consider that the military has, for years now, been sending troops with untreated PTSD back into the US occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.

According to an Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center analysis, reported in the Denver Post in August 2008, more than “43,000 service members -- two-thirds of them in the Army or Army Reserve -- were classified as nondeployable for medical reasons three months before they deployed” to Iraq.

Mark Thompson also has reported in Time magazine, “Data contained in the Army’s fifth Mental Health Advisory Team report indicate that, according to an anonymous survey of US troops taken last fall, about 12 percent of combat troops in Iraq and 17 percent of those in Afghanistan are taking prescription antidepressants or sleeping pills to help them cope.”

In April 2008, the RAND Corporation released a stunning report revealing, “Nearly 20 percent of military service members who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan - 300,000 in all - report symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder or major depression, yet only slightly more than half have sought treatment.”

President Barack Obama, speaking during an event at the Department of the Interior in Washington, said that the mass shooting at Fort Hood was a "horrific outburst of violence". He added, "It is horrifying that they should come under fire at an army base on American soil."

Victor Agosto, an Iraq war veteran who was discharged from the military after publicly refusing to deploy to Afghanistan, has had firsthand experience with the SRP at Fort Hood, where he too was based.

“I knew there would be a confrontation when I was there, because the only reason to do that process is to deploy,” Agosto explained, speaking to Truthout near Fort Hood . “So the shooter clearly intended to stop people from deploying.”

Agosto was court-martialed for refusing an order to go to the SRP to prepare to deploy to Afghanistan.

“I was court-martialed for refusing the order to SRP in that very same building. I didn’t enter the building, but I didn’t go in because I was refusing the process,” Agosto continued. “It’s a pretty important place in my life, so it’s interesting to me that this happened there.”

Dahr Jamail, is one of the first and few unembedded Western journalists to report the truth about how the United States has destroyed, not liberated, Iraqi society in his book Beyond the Green Zone, Jamail now investigates the under-reported but growing antiwar resistance of American GIs. Gathering the stories of these courageous men and women, Jamail shows us that far from "supporting our troops," politicians have betrayed them at every turn. Finally, Jamail shows us that the true heroes of the criminal tragedy of the Iraq War are those brave enough to say no.


Dahr Jamail is a frequent contributor to Global Research. Global Research Articles by Dahr Jamail

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Ft. Hood killer linked to “facilitator” of 9/11 terrorists



By Doug Hagmann Sunday, November 8, 2009

As noted by this author in the initial background profile published just hours after the Ft. Hood massacre here, Nidal Malik HASAN was an active member of the Dar al-Hijrah Mosque and Islamic Center in Falls Church, Virginia while stationed in the area in 2001.

HASAN participated in mosque activities during the summer of 2001, at the same time as Nawaf al-Hamzi and Hani Hanjour, two of the 9/11 hijackers, were active members. The infamous Dar al-Hijrah Mosque has been on the radar of federal investigators and counter-terrorism investigators long before the 9/11 attacks, and has been described as a “hotbed of terrorist activity” by an FBI agent who has been involved in terrorism investigations that specifically included that mosque.[1]

Other terrorist luminaries, including Sheikh Mohammed al-Hanooti, an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, previously served as a prayer leader at Dar la-Hijrah. Other notable former mosque members include HAMAS leader Mousa Abu Marzook, Abdurahman Alamoudi, Randall “Ismail” Royer (former officials of the Council on American Islamic Relations), Ismail Elbarasse, al Qaeda operative Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, and Abdullah bin Laden, Osama bin Laden’s nephew.

It’s Imam at the time of HASAN’S attendance was Anwar Nasser Aulaqi (a/k/a al-Awlaki), who aided and privately counseled at least three of the 9/11 terrorists in the months prior to the attacks, at the same time HASAN was a member there. The imam is suspected of being a key facilitator and advisor, and possibly even a surviving field commander for the 9/11 [terrorist] cell that hit the Pentagon.[2] Investigation of 9/11 related documents indicate that at least one other 9/11 hijacker was also counseled by Al-Aulaqi while he served as a prayer leader at a San Diego, California mosque.

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This was no random shooting spree, Hasan chose his time, place and victims

Massacre by Political Correctness



By Joy Tiz Friday, November 6, 2009

Experts at MSNBC discovered yesterday that Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is contagious. Presumably, Kathleen Sibelius is whipping up a vaccine which will soon be placed into the uber efficient HHS delivery system.

Army psychiatrist Malik Nadal Hasan slaughtered 13 people and wounded over thirty others.

This was no random shooting spree, Hasan chose his time, place and victims. The Muslim doctor has a history of hatred toward the US, saying that the Religion of Peace really ought to rise up against the US.

The left is hysterically trying to spin the Islam out of this attack, insisting that Hasan suffered from PTSD, despite the fact that he has never been in combat. The Einsteins at MSNBC are reporting that Hasan caught PTSD by working with returning combat soldiers.

The reasoning is stupefying, even for liberals: Hasan was distraught over the possibility of having to go to a war zone and decided to work through his trauma by creating a bloodbath on an Army base. By the way, was the possibility of combat never mentioned to Hasan during his years with the Army?

Having been provided with a free medical education funded by the US taxpayers, Hasan was reportedly upset about being picked on for being Muslim. In a world run by the mainstream press, Islam is a class worthy of the highest possible protection against unpleasantness. It’s not like he tried to put up a Christmas tree or something.

What we have learned about Hasan is that he got a lousy performance review. He has been disciplined for pressuring others into becoming Muslim. He admired home grown jihadis, including the Arkansas recruiter killer. He handed out Korans before his rampage. His neighbor told FNC that he had “Allah” written on his front door in Arabic. He shouted “Allahu Akbar”, the traditional pre-massacre jihadi shout out. He identified himself as Palestinian. It seems plausible that he expected to die, given that he was surrounded by military and civilian personnel who know how to shoot. Why was Hasan still in the Army?

But we shouldn’t jump to any conclusions, according to Obama. Sometimes the conclusions just jump right at you and grab you by the scruff to give you a good shake. Apparently, the president needed a do over today after his astoundingly bad handling of the shooting incident yesterday. In a public speech, the commander in chief joked around and gave shout outs before even addressing the jihad at Fort Hood. So stunning was this display of Obama’s narcissistic lack of empathy that even NBC in Chicago felt the need to chastise their favorite president.

The commander in chief needs to explain to us why the FBI announced almost immediately after the shootings that there was no “nexus” with terrorism. Was this Holder directed?

The staunchly pro-terrorist criminal enterprise known as CAIR showed disturbing alacrity in condemning Hasan’s jihad. Since when was CAIR opposed to attacks on American troops?

Bending to the demands of political correctness is not only dangerous, it’s stupid. How many times do we have to go through this to figure out that no matter how daft the lengths to which we go, liberals will never think it’s enough.

The Obama controlled media will try to attack this man-caused disaster from every angle but the conspicuous truth. No doubt congress will soon take up the question of whether soldiers should be allowed access to firearms, just as soon as they are done trying to wreck health care.

The media have fabricated a number of asinine explanations for Hasan’s behavior. What, they wail, could his motive possibly have been? The anti-American pundits are proposing the alternative hypotheses that Hasan was driven by viral PTSD, which he caught from the soldiers he counseled . Or, perhaps the poor sensitive soul was tormented by unkind remarks about his Muslim ideology.

The American people are getting really good at seeing through liberal bamboozlement; they may not be so quick to buy into the liberal mythology about the Religion of Peace. The left has a lot invested in keeping their phantasms alive. Like toddlers, liberals tend to take the absurd to the extreme. When they inevitably start blaming our soldiers for Hasan’s jihad, don’t expect the American people to put up with it.


Joy Tiz, Joytiz.com, born in Chicago, recalls when many democrats were actually normal people who were just wrong about everything. Joy holds a M.Sc. in psychology and a JD in law.

Joy has written extensively about current events and politics. She was a columnist at Americas Voices and now writes for Canada Free Press. Joy’s latest book, Obamanutz: A Cult Leader takes the White House provides an unblinking look at who Barack Obama is and what forces propelled him into the White House
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Let’s get all of the socialistic liberals out of our Congress

How About Starting Now to Reclaim America from the Muslims?




By Jerry McConnell Friday, November 6, 2009

After the sickening news of yesterday when a Muslim American soldier’s clothing brazenly opened fire into a crowd of other American soldiers and citizens, killing at least 13 and wounding nearly 30 very innocent non-Muslim American citizens I’m ready for some GOOD CHANGE.

This has got to stop. We have to start cleaning house of this vermin that call themselves “peaceful Muslims.” We know now that THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A PEACEFUL MUSLIM. Even this Army Officer was probably thought to have been a “peaceful Muslim” proved to us that they don’t exist. They are filled with hate and violence toward all of what they, in their minds, call decent peace loving people, ‘infidels.’ If we are infidels, they are ‘hatefidels’ and we should take aim on them for a change.
Let’s start a new trend here in what was once relatively peaceful America. We should begin purging our federal government of ALL known Muslims and any others who associate themselves with any thing remotely Islamic. They are not fit to be our neighbors or even be in the same country with us. Their initial intent is to make us bow to THEIR will in OUR country.
I say, “To hell with them” and I mean that literally. They aren’t fit to be around good honest, God-loving people, and I mean the God that is good and loving Himself; not the one that tells his followers to go and KILL others so they can come to him in his heaven. Good! Go to him and I doubt you’ll see any heaven where he resides; more like the fires of Hell are in his so-called heaven. There they will pay for their sins of killing innocent people just because those innocents didn’t conform to their unholy and dastardly way of life.
And perhaps we should start at the top; the place where our lying leader says he loves America. Yeah, he loves it alright; he’d love to see it in the hands of his murdering Muslim brothers and sisters. Obama once said that he had visited all 57 states and we all snickered a bit over this bit of what we thought was erroneous information.
But guess what? He was probably right. The Islamic world does in fact consist of 57 states and Islam is what is on the mind of this usurper who holds hostage our most revered political office once populated by George Washington, a TRUE and devout leader.
This is a quote from ‘InfoPlease.com’ “The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) is an international organization grouping fifty seven states which have decided to pool their resources together, combine their efforts, and speak with one voice to safeguard the interests and secure the progress and well-being of their peoples and of all Muslims in the world.” (Emphasis mine.) Yeah, I would bet that Obama has been to all 57 states; he didn’t make a mistake, he was just not thinking about American states. A psychologist would call that a “Freudian slip.”
So let’s grease the track for the quick departure from the United States and a very quick arrival to the “holy” 57 Islamic states. Let’s get all of the socialistic liberals out of our Congress next November and then when normal Americans are in place we can start impeachment proceedings to rid us of the head of the beast. Or as an alternate so we won’t have to contend with the empty-headedness of Joe Biden, just let Obama stay on but with no powers for two years while our new Congress draws up new legislation abolishing all the harmful actions the current Congress and Administration have wreaked on our fair country.
Then we can also take on the anti-American MainStream Media (MSM); those head up their ‘you-know-whats’ that have aided and abetted the sorry bunch of socio/communistic that have been trying to lead us into the corrupt embraces of the United Nations.
What say America? Are your ready for some ‘County First Actions’?
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In the first hour, Ian Punnett welcomed Paul Sperry, co-author of Muslim Mafia.
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“Muslim Mafia” has enough documented facts to show the dangers we face from radical Islamists and the government officials and elected representatives who kowtow to them.

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‘Muslim Mafia’ Reveals Plans of Radical Islam Through CAIR, Other Groups, to Take Over ‘North America’ — ‘If It Takes 100 Years’
Nov 05
By David M. Kinchen

Chris Gaubatz infiltrated the national headquarters of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), as an intern named David Marshall pretending to be a devoted convert to Islam. He saved thousands of pages of CAIR documents from the shredder — documents that, according to authors P. David Gaubatz — Chris’ father — and Paul Sperry show CAIR to be part of the Muslim Brotherhood- controlled “Muslim Mafia” that seeks to turn the U.S. into an Islamic nation ruled by Shariah law rather than the Constitution.


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Their revelations, supported by more than 12,000 pages of confidential CAIR documents and hundreds of hours of video, are told in great detail in “Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring to Islamize America” (WND Books, 448 pages, photographs, index, appendixes, $25.95).

Authors Gaubatz and Sperry reveal the plot against America, using the nonprofit status of CAIR as a civil rights organization like the NAACP or the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to support the international jihad against the U.S.

Gaubatz, a veteran federal investigator, and Sperry, an investigative journalist and author of “Infiltration,” connect the dots, showing how radical Islamists have taken advantage of America’s freedom — and Political Correctness — to form dozens of organizations whose ultimate goal is converting the kaffirs (unbelievers) and bringing the Caliphate to North America.

Gaubatz says that the information gathered by his son Chris, together with recently declassified FBI evidence, links CAIR — the preeminent Islamic lobby group in the nation — to “terrorism, fraud, and sedition.”

Sperry and Gaubatz write that the information uncovered and published in their book “amount to a smoking gun…” and a “clear road map to the criminal conspiracy by CAIR, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and other outwardly benign Muslim organizations to support violent jihad and undermine law enforcement — with the ultimate goal of eliminating and destroying American society from within.”

Among the documents obtained in the undercover operation were minutes of the post-9/11 CAIR board meeting detailing the inner workings of the anti-Israel lobby and the entire left-wing anti-American conspiracy that includes the ACLU, Congressional Black Caucus and others.”

Sperry and Gaubatz detail the actions of Qorvis Communications, a Washington, DC-based lobbying organization hired by Saudi Arabia as their “mouthpiece” in Washington, launching a PR offensive to save the Islamic Saudi Academy in Alexandria VA from being closed in light of its open hatred of Christians and Jews and serving as a “breeding ground for terrorists.” The authors say Qorvis channeled thousands of dollars of campaign contributions to a Fairfax County, VA official, Democrat Gerry Connolly, who renewed the school’s lease and later successfully ran for Congress, representing the district which has a large Muslim population. He currently represents Virginia’s 11th Congressional District.

In addition to Connolly, other lawmakers favorable to CAIR include Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., whose Detroit area district includes Dearborn, Mich., which has the largest Arab population in the U.S. On Page 192, the authors provide a list of 40 “CAIR’s Appeasers”: “compromised politicians who still support CAIR in spite of its proven ties to terrorism.” Among the people listed are Rep. Nick J. Rahall, D-WV, Rep. Keith Ellison, D-MN; Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee, D-TX; Rep. Barbara Lee, D-CA; and Rep. Charles Rangell, D-NY. Well-known Israel hater Rep. Pete Stark, D-CA, is on the list, but so is, surprisingly, a Jewish congressman from Southern California, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-CA. The only Republicans on the list are Rep. Gary Miller, R-CA, and Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest, R-MI. California and Michigan both have large Muslim populations.

Quoting FBI agents and former ones, the authors show how Political Correctness has made outreach to CAIR and “other dubious Muslim groups” a top priority. Ben R. Furman, former FBI counterterrorism chief in Detroit, told the authors that “political correctness has darn near beaten common-sense police work to death.”

Homeland Security, the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) and the FBI have issued memos imposing “Orwellian speech code,” Sperry and Gaubatz write. “It is no longer advisable for staff to use terms such as ‘jihadist,’ ‘Islamist’ or even ‘Islamic terrorist.’ Acceptable alternatives include ‘violent extremist’ or just plan ‘terrorist.’”

This PC effort has led CAIR and other organizations to impose censorship on the popular TV show “24,” with star Kiefer Sutherland reading a disclaimer stating that American Muslims reject terrorism. CAIR has even been successful in forcing the conservative magazine National Review from withdrawing titles from its online bookstore that CAIR deems to be anti-Muslim.

The “Mafia” part of the book’s title is justified by Sperry and Gaubatz by the emulation of CAIR and its interconnected groups of the original Sicilian version. Instead of hanging out in strip clubs and butcher shops, the often well-educated — many with medical and academic doctorates — radical Islamists hang out in mosques and elaborate facilities like the ISNA compound in the Indianapolis suburb of Plainfield, IN.

Sperry and Gaubatz provide:

* New evidence that CAIR was launched in 1995 to support the Hamas terrorist group and has transferred tens of thousands of dollars to a group recently convicted as Hamas’ top fundraising arm in the U.S.
* Internal documents showing CAIR — despite claims of cooperating with law enforcement — actively works behind the scenes to mislead and deceive the FBI on behalf of terrorism suspects and has even cultivated Muslim moles inside law enforcement who have tipped off FBI terror targets.
* Documents showing how CAIR and its sister fronts are funded by foreign Muslim Brotherhood sources.

Just over two years ago, I reviewed a book titled “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy” by John F. Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt. (Link:http://www.huntingt onnews.net/ columns/070904- kinchen-columnsb ookreview. html). The book essentially said that the pro-Israel lobby in the U.S. — centering on the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), but including other influential Jewish groups, Christian fundamentalists, media commentators and neoconservatives – works against the foreign policies of the U.S. by kowtowing to Israel. Maybe it’s time for Mearsheimer and Walt to follow the lead of Sperry and Gaubatz and examine the Muslim lobby in the U.S., starting with CAIR.

Don’t hold your breath waiting for such a study. It will appear about the same time that Jimmy Carter says nice things about Israel!

In the meantime, “Muslim Mafia” has enough documented facts to show the dangers we face from radical Islamists and the government officials and elected representatives who kowtow to them.

http://www.muslimma fia.com/2009/ 11/muslim- mafia-reveals- plans-of- radical-islam- through-cair- other-groups- to-take-over- north-america- if-it-takes- 100-years/ comment-page- 1/#comment- 661
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Report: Suspect pushed Islam on patients
Co-worker says Nidal Hasan was disciplined for proselytizing

Posted: November 06, 2009

The Muslim Army psychiatrist who allegedly opened fire on fellow soldiers at Fort Hood and killed 13 aggressively pushed Islam on his patients to the point he was disciplined over the issue, according to a report today.

Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, 39, is suspected of opening fire with two handguns yesterday at the Texas base's readiness center, where soldiers were getting last-minute checkups before deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan.

A source told National Public Radio's Joseph Shapiro that Hasan was given a period of probation early in his postgraduate work for proselytizing Islam with coworkers and soldiers he was treating.

The source was someone who worked with Hasan at the time, NPR reported.

Hasan did his early postgraduate work at the Uniformed Service University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md.

Hasan reportedly is in stable condition after being shot four times by a female civilian officer, who also was wounded. He was upset about his scheduled overseas deployment, according to Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas.

Nader Hasan, the suspect's first cousin, told Fox News his relative was a "good" American, was born in Arlington, Va., and went to local high schools

and then Virginia Tech.

The Associated Press has said authorities actually started looking into Hasan's activities several months ago after Internet postings about suicide bombings were linked to him.

Robert Spencer at JihadWatch.org says the evidence points to a clear link between Hasan's Muslim faith and the massacre.

"CAIR (the Council on American-Islamic Relations) has been working overtime … and the 'Muslims fear backlash' victimhood machine is in high gear. No one, of course, is questioning whether there might be any connection between this man's devoutly held Islam and the massacre today. After all, how could there be any such connection? 'Islam is a Religion of Peace,'" he wrote.

Spencer noted officials are saying, as NPR reported, "the motive behind the shootings was not immediately clear."

"Nothing can be made clear to those who do not wish to see," Spencer writes

A participant in a forum at JihadWatch charged the "Pentagon, the American military, the Army, those who run Fort Hood, are guilty, in their refusal to recognize the effect of Islam on the minds of men, in their willful ignorance of what is contained in Quran, Hadith, and Sira."

The contributor said everyone in authority "in the Western world who presumes to protect and defend 'the people,' has a duty to learn about Islam. … Nothing but immediate, and detailed knowledge, of the texts and the tenets and the attitudes and the atmospherics of Islam, will do."

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Muslims at Fort Hood blame army command for jihad massacre

Typical evasion of responsibility.

"Muslims at Fort Hood voice outrage," by Michael Moss for the New York Times via MSNBC, November 7:

KILLEEN, Texas - Leaders of the vibrant Muslim community here expressed outrage on Friday at the shooting rampage being laid to one of their members, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, who had become a regular attendee of prayers at the local mosque.

But some of the men who had befriended Major Hasan at the mosque said the military should examine the policies that might have caused him to snap.

"When a white guy shoots up a post office, they call that going postal," said Victor Benjamin II, 30, a former member of the Army. "But when a Muslim does it, they call it jihad.

That's because that's what the Muslims who do it call it.

"Ultimately it was Brother Nidal's doing, but the command should be held accountable," Mr. Benjamin said. "G.I.'s are like any equipment in the Army. When it breaks, those who were in charge of keeping it fit should be held responsible for it."...

http://www.jihadwat ch.org/2009/ 11/muslim- at-fort-hood- blames-army- command-for- jihad-massacre. html
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It's getting harder by the minute to say he just "snapped": Fort Hood jihadist linked to 9/11 jihadists

But never fear, the mainstream media will keep looking for a motive! "Fort Hood shooting: Texas army killer linked to September 11 terrorists," by Philip Sherwell and Alex Spillius for the Telegraph, November 7 (thanks to all who sent this in):

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.

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"....

http://www.jihadwat ch.org/2009/ 11/its-getting- harder-by- the-minute- to-say-he- just-snapped- fort-hood- jihadist- linked-to- 911-jihadists. html
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In the wake of Fort Hood jihad, Houston authorities try to assure non-Muslims that steps are being taken to keep them safe -- no, wait...

Silly me. I thought that after an Islamic jihadist murdered twelve innocent non-Muslims, it would be the non-Muslims who would need reassuring and protecting. But of course that non-existent backlash takes priority over 12 dead unbelievers.

"Some Muslims fear backlash after rampage: In the wake of Fort Hood tragedy, Houston authorities try to assure the faithful steps are being taken to keep followers safe," by Moises Mendoza and Lindsay Wise for the Houston Chronicle, November 7:

KILLEEN -- Almost exactly 24 hours after Thursday's shootings at Fort Hood, Sgt. Fahad Kamal knelt in a small red-brick mosque near the base and prayed for strength.

The 26-year-old combat medic from Sugar Land worships every Friday at Masjidu Ttaqwa on Fort Hood Road, where suspected shooter Nidal Malik Hasan attended services after moving to Killeen from Washington, D.C., this summer.

"I just want to show myself in a positive way for the religion I represent," he said. "I just hope people don't stereo­type."

Groups reeling

From Killeen to Houston, Thursday's killings at Fort Hood left Texas' tight-knit Muslim community reeling. Though the attack has been universally condemned by U.S. Muslim organizations, some worry that it could give the ignorant an excuse to stereotype and lash out at Muslims -- or worse.

The problem, of course, is that so many Muslims point to Islamic texts and teachings to justify violence and supremacism. But that, of course, is never mentioned here.

In March 2009, five Muslims accused of helping plot the September 11 attacks, including the notorious Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, wrote an "Islamic Response to the Government's Nine Accusations." In it they quote the Koran to justify their jihad war against the American Infidels. "In God's book," asserts the letter, "he ordered us to fight you everywhere we find you, even if you were inside the holiest of all holy cities, The Mosque in Mecca, and the holy city of Mecca, and even during sacred months. In God's book, verse 9 [actually verse 5], Al-Tawbah [the Koran's 9th chapter]: Then fight and slay the pagans wherever you find them, and seize them, and besiege them and lie in wait for them in each and every ambush."

Osama bin Laden's communiqués have also quoted the Koran copiously. In his 1996 "Declaration of War against the Americans Occupying the Land of the Two Holy Places," he quotes seven Koran verses: 3:145; 47:4-6; 2:154; 9:14; 47:19; 8:72; and the notorious "Verse of the Sword," 9:5. Bin Laden began his October 6, 2002, letter to the American people with two Koran quotations, both of a martial bent: "Permission to fight (against disbelievers) is given to those (believers) who are fought against, because they have been wronged and surely, Allah is Able to give them (believers) victory" (22:39) and "Those who believe, fight in the Cause of Allah, and those who disbelieve, fight in the cause of Taghut (anything worshipped other than Allah e.g. Satan). So fight you against the friends of Satan; ever feeble is indeed the plot of Satan" (4:76)."

In a sermon broadcast in 2003, bin Laden rejoiced in a Koranic exhortation to violence as being a means to establish the truth: "Praise be to Allah who revealed the verse of the Sword to his servant and messenger [the Islamic Prophet Muhammad], in order to establish truth and abolish falsehood." The "Verse of the Sword" is Koran 9:5: "Then, when the sacred months have passed, slay the idolaters wherever ye find them, and take them (captive), and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush. But if they repent and establish worship and pay the poor-due, then leave their way free. Lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful."

The idea that the Koran commands them to do violence to unbelievers runs from the very top of the international jihadist movement - Osama bin Laden - down to the rank and file. Overall, it is extremely rare - if not impossible - to find a jihadist who does not cite the Koran to justify his actions. Britain-based jihadist preacher, Abu Yahya, asserts simply, "It says in the Koran that we must try as much as we can to terrorise the enemy." And Pakistani jihad leader Beitullah Mehsud claims that "Allah on 480 occasions in the Holy Koran extols Muslims to wage jihad. We only fulfill God's orders. Only jihad can bring peace to the world." He specified that his jihad - struggle in Arabic - was an offensive military operation: "We will continue our struggle until foreign troops are thrown out. Then we will attack them in the US and Britain until they either accept Islam or agree to pay jazia." The "jazia," or jizya, is a tax that the Koran (9:29) specifies must be levied on Jews, Christians, and some other non-Muslim faiths as a sign of their subjugation under the Islamic social order.

One pro-Osama website put it this way: "The truth is that a Muslim who reads the Koran with devotion is determined to reach the battlefield in order to attain the reality of Jihad. It is solely for this reason that the Kufaar [unbelievers] conspire to keep the Muslims far away from understanding the Koran, knowing that Muslims who understand the Koran will not distance themselves from Jihad."

In Houston, government officials have been working to reassure Muslims that they're safe, pointing out that there have been few cases of retaliation locally after previous attacks involving Muslims.
There have been few cases anywhere. So few that CAIR has had to invent them.
http://www.jihadwat ch.org/2009/ 11/in-the- wake-of-fort- hood-jihad- houston-authorit ies-try-to- assure-non- muslims-steps- are-being- taken-t.html
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Fort Hood shooter taught Koran when he was supposed to be giving a medical lecture

Here is yet another indication that the Fort Hood massacre was a jihad carried out by Nidal Hasan. Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, was supposed to give a "grand round" -- a medical lecture. Instead, he treated medical personnel to a dawah session, trying to frighten them into Islam with threats of hell. Another Muslim stood up and challenged him about his characterization of the Koran -- a fact that is making the rounds today as evidence of Hasan's "extremism." He was twisting and hijacking the Koran, you see, and it was the same sort of misunderstanding of Islam that led him to massacre so many infidels at Fort Hood, you see.

Well, that would be just great if he were, because it would indicate that the vast majority of peaceful Muslims don't agree with Nidal Hasan's apparent understanding of Islam. So let's look at the Koran and see what it actually says, as compared to what Hasan said it says.

"Officials Begin Putting Shooting Pieces Together," by Tom Gjelten, Daniel Zwerdling and Steve Inskeep for NPR, November 6 (thanks to all who sent this in):

They have grand rounds, right? They, you know, dozens of medical staff come into an auditorium, and somebody stands at the podium at the front and gives a lecture about some academic issue, you know, what drugs to prescribe for what condition. But instead of that, he - Hasan apparently gave a long lecture on the Koran and talked about how if you don't believe, you are condemned to hell. Your head is cut off. You're set on fire. Burning oil is burned down your throat.

And I said to the psychiatrist, but this co[u]ld be a very interesting informational session, right? Where he's educating everybody about the Koran. He said but what disturbed everybody was that Hasan seemed to believe these things. And actually, a Muslim in the audience, a psychiatrist, raised his hand and said, excuse me. But I'm a Muslim and I do not believe these things in the Koran, and then I don't believe what you say the Koran says. And then Hasan didn't say, well, I'm just giving you one point of view. He basically just stared the guy down.

According to this, Hasan made four assertions about the Koran:
1. "If you don't believe, you are condemned to hell";
2. If you don't believe, "your head is cut off";
3. If you don't believe, "you're set on fire";
4. If you don't believe, "burning oil is burned down your throat."

Then a Muslim in the audience confronted Hasan: " I don't believe what you say the Koran says."

Well, what the Koran says is a matter for objective verification. Just open the book and read it. Does it say what Hasan said it says, or does it not?

1. "If you don't believe, you are condemned to hell"

"Lo! Allah will gather hypocrites and disbelievers, all together, into hell" -- Koran 4:140

"Lo! hell verily is all around the disbelievers." -- Koran 9:49

"Allah promiseth the hypocrites, both men and women, and the disbelievers fire of hell for their abode." -- Koran 9:68

"O Prophet! Strive against the disbelievers and the hypocrites! Be harsh with them. Their ultimate abode is hell, a hapless journey's end." -- Koran 9:73

And there are many others.

2. If you don't believe, "your head is cut off"

"Remember thy Lord inspired the angels (with the message): 'I am with you: give firmness to the Believers: I will instil terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers: smite ye above their necks and smite all their finger-tips off them.'" -- Koran 8:12

"Therefore, when ye meet the Unbelievers (in fight), smite at their necks..." -- Koran 47:4

3. If you don't believe, "you're set on fire"

"Verily Allah has cursed the Unbelievers and prepared for them a Blazing Fire" -- Koran 33:64

"And if any believe not in Allah and His Messenger, We have prepared, for those who reject Allah, a Blazing Fire!" -- Koran 48:13

"Lo! We have prepared for disbelievers manacles and carcans and a raging fire." -- Koran 76:4

There are many others.

4. If you don't believe, "burning oil is burned down your throat."

"And say: 'The truth is from your Lord.' Then whosoever wills, let him believe, and whosoever wills, let him disbelieve. Verily, We have prepared for the Zalimun (polytheists and wrong-doers, etc.), a Fire whose walls will be surrounding them (disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah). And if they ask for help (relief, water, etc.) they will be granted water like boiling oil, that will scald their faces. Terrible the drink, and an evil Murtafaqa (dwelling, resting place, etc.)!" -- Koran 18:29

"Surely the tree of the Zaqqum is the food of the sinful. Like dregs of oil, it shall boil in (their) bellies,like the boiling of hot water." -- Koran 44:43-46
http://www.jihadwat ch.org/2009/ 11/fort-hood- shooter-taught- koran-when- he-was-supposed- to-be-giving- a-medical- lecture.html
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AP: "Anti-Muslim Backlash Immediate" -- but offers not even one example

Zowie! AP says that there has been "immediate" anti-Muslim "backlash" following the mass murders by an Islamic jihadist at Fort Hood! Good gravy, what happened? Did armed bands of furious Islamophobes throw molotov cocktails at mosques? Did ferocious white supremacists maul fragile little girls in hijabs on their way to school? Did angry bigots spit at pious imams quietly going about their business?

Has there been any report of any innocent, random Muslim being attacked in a "backlash" after the Fort Hood jihad?

Nope. Not one. Americans are decent people. Americans believe people are innocent until proven guilty. But Ibrahim Hooper and his fellow thugs at CAIR need hate crimes so that they can claim victim status for Muslims and deflect attention away from such small matters as the jihad at Fort Hood, and they have the clueless and/or complicit mainstream media in their hip pocket. And so we witness the strange phenomenon of stories of Muslims fearing a backlash far outnumbering actual incidents of backlash. In fact, the score is about umpteen to zero.

And in the AP story linked above, all we get after the promise of news of "immediate" backlash are various stories about mosques and Muslims asking for special police protection, etc. So in reality, the story should be headlined, "Muslims claim victim status in wake of Fort Hood jihad attack," or "Muslim victimhood whining immediate after Fort Hood jihad massacre," or some such.

But the only actual incidents of "backlash" that AP can come up with are incidents in which people like me call the Fort Hood massacre a jihad attack -- as if it is "Islamophobic" and hateful to note that a guy shouting "Allahu akbar" as he gunned people down, and who gave out Korans hours before he started shooting people, and who expressed sympathy for suicide attackers, may just have been motivated by the Islamic jihad doctrine of warfare against unbelievers.

If that's "backlash," I'm Barack Obama. That's actually something known as "honest reporting." But what would AP know about that?
http://www.jihadwat ch.org/2009/ 11/ap-anti- muslim-backlash- immediate- ---but-offers- not-even- one-example. html
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Spencer on Savage re Fort Hood jihadist


http://www.youtube. com/watch? v=rJjXp4pdRi0


When Nidal Hasan came calling

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A copy of the Koran and Nidal Hasan's business card, given to a neighbor yesterday before he went on his jihad. (Thanks to Cindy.)


http://www.jihadwat ch.org/2009/ 11/when-nidal- hasan-came- calling.html
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Fort Hood jihad shooter handed out Korans the morning of his attack

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He handed out Korans? But didn't what he read in the Book of Peace make him think that he shouldn't go through with the massacre?

Or maybe he read that Paradise was guaranteed to those who "kill and are killed" for Allah (9:111), and took that seriously.

Note also that he affected Islamic clothing -- as did another "moderate," Maher Hawash, before the latter embarked upon his jihad.

"Police raid shooting suspect's Killeen apartment," by Victor O'Brien for the Killeen Daily Herald, November 6 (thanks to Ernest):

Bell County SWAT teams barricaded and evacuated a downtown Killeen apartment complex where Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan lived before authorities say he killed 13 people and injured 30 more during a massacre at Fort Hood Thursday....

In the morning, neighbors said Hasan handed Qurans and donated his furniture to anyone who would take it.

Neighbors described Hasan as a quiet man who began wearing "Arabic clothing" in recent weeks. Edward Windsor, a neighbor, never suspected Hasan was in the Army. Hasan's rank surprised Windsor who would never have imagined an officer with a rank of major would have lived in an apartment that rents for $350 and houses soldiers ranked as private first class....
http://www.jihadwat ch.org/2009/ 11/fort-hood- jihad-shooter- handed-out- korans-the- morning-of- his-attack. html
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Muslim vets group: No reports of harassment of Muslim soldiers. None.

CAIR's Ibrahim "Honest Ibe" Hooper must be fuming at Abdul-Rashid Abdullah. As I explained here, he needs hate crimes. But the greasy Islamophobes aren't obliging.

"Muslim Veterans Group Says No Reports of Harassment of Islamic Soldiers," by Joshua Rhett Miller for FoxNews, November 6 (thanks to Axel):

A Muslim veteran affairs organization says it has not received reports of harassment from Islamic soldiers, contrary to claims by a relative of the man authorities say is responsible for the worst mass killing on a U.S. military base.

Abdul-Rashid Abdullah, deputy director of the American Muslim Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs Council, told FoxNews.com that the nonprofit group has not received a single report recently of a U.S. soldier being harassed "simply because he was Muslim."

"That kind of report is inconsistent with what we've heard," Abdullah said prior to a press conference in Washington to denounce Thursday's shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, that left 13 dead and 30 wounded. Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, a 39-year-old Army psychiatrist who was reportedly due to be deployed later this month, is accused in the mass shooting.

Abdullah said his organization, which condemned the "unspeakable" attack, serves "several thousand" Muslim soldiers....

http://www.jihadwat ch.org/2009/ 11/muslim- vets-group- no-reports- of-harassment- of-muslim- soldiers- none.html
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Al-Qaeda last week called for attacks on "any crusaders whenever you find one of them, like at the airports of the crusader Western countries that participate in the wars against Islam, or their living compounds, trains etc."

Calling for freelance jihad. Just a coincidence, I'm sure. "Counterterrorism: Shifting from 'Who' to 'How,'" by Scott Stewart and Fred Burton for Stratfor, November 4 (thanks to all who sent this in):

In the 11th edition of the online magazine Sada al-Malahim (The Echo of Battle), which was released to jihadist Web sites last week, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) leader Nasir al-Wahayshi wrote an article that called for jihadists to conduct simple attacks against a variety of targets. The targets included "any tyrant, intelligence den, prince" or "minister" (referring to the governments in the Muslim world like Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Yemen), and "any crusaders whenever you find one of them, like at the airports of the crusader Western countries that participate in the wars against Islam, or their living compounds, trains etc.," (an obvious reference to the United States and Europe and Westerners living in Muslim countries).. ..

http://www.jihadwat ch.org/2009/ 11/al-qaeda- last-week- called-for- attacks-on- any-crusaders- whenever- you-find- one-of-them- like-at-the- air.html
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Fort Hood jihad shooter was disciplined for Islamic proselytizing

CAIR has been working overtime (they're quoted in this article also), and the "Muslims fear backlash" victimhood machine is in high gear. No one, of course, is questioning whether there might be any connection between this man's devoutly held Islam and the massacre today. After all, how could there be any such connection? Islam is a Religion of Peace™!

"Massacre Leaves 12 Dead At Fort Hood," by Kevin Whitelaw for NPR, November 5 (thanks to Axel):

[...] The motive behind the shootings was not immediately clear, officials said....

Nothing can be made clear to those who do not wish to see.

A source tells NPR's Joseph Shapiro that Hasan was put on probation early in his postgraduate work at the Uniformed Service University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md. He was disciplined for proselytizing about his Muslim faith with patients and colleagues, according to the source, who worked with him at the time.

http://www.jihadwat ch.org/2009/ 11/fort-hood- jihad-shooter- was-disciplined- for-islamic- proselytizing. html
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Islamic Awakening Forum on Fort Hood shooter: "What a brave mujahid"

Misunderstanders of Islam abound on this thread at Islamic Awakening, discussing the jihad shooting at Fort Hood today.

mujahid_moonsighter Junior Member Muslim Male Join Date: Aug 2007 Location: Riyadh, Saudia Arabia

Re: As many as 9 killed in Fort Hood shootings, officials say
reports now are saying that the shooter was a convert(revert) to Islam, a Major(officer) in the army

Allahu akbar insha Allah he be shaheed, what a brave mujahid

Read the others also.
http://www.jihadwat ch.org/2009/ 11/islamic- awakening- forum-on- fort-hood- shooter-what- a-brave-mujahid. html
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Investigators seeking soldiers, civilians who inadvertently fled Fort Hood with evidence

01:04 PM CST on Sunday, November 8, 2009
By MATTHEW HAAG / The Dallas Morning News

mhaag@dallasnews. com

FORT HOOD, Texas --


The U.S. Army said Sunday that it's looking for soliders or civilians who might have left the location of Thursday's shooting with evidence that could aide their investigation.

Army and FBI investigators said they believe that people might have inadvertently fled the Solider Readiness Processing Center on Thursday with gunshot residue on their clothing or gunshot damage to their cars.

FBI officials said they want to analyze those clues as they continue their investigation into the shooting that killed 12 soldiers, one civilian and injured 30 more.



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Fort Hood: Death by gun control


Yesterday at Fort Hood, disgruntled Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan murdered 12 soldiers and wounded 31 others before being shot and captured.
These soldiers were entrusted to carry fully automatic, military assault rifles when deployed to Afghanistan, where the shooter was about to be sent. But in America, these same soldiers are disarmed when on base. From the Associated Press:
Soldiers at Fort Hood don't carry weapons unless they are doing training exercises.
Apparently, Hasan didn’t want to fulfill the commitment he gave when joining the Army, instead unilaterally deciding where he would deploy:
[Retired co-worker Col. Terry] Lee said Hasan had hoped Obama would pull troops out of Afghanistan and Iraq and got into frequent arguments with others in the military who supported the wars.
MCNBC reported that Hasan was under suspicion for having terrorist sympathies:
The Associated Press, quoting federal law enforcement officials, said Hasan had come to their attention at least six months ago because of Internet postings that discussed suicide bombings and other threats. The officials said they were still trying to confirm that he was the author.
This underscores the fact that law enforcement is not obligated to stop crime, as shown by the 2005 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Castle Rock v. Gonzales.
Old media attempted to associate this mass murder with the one that happened to civilians in 1991:
The base is surrounded by the town of Killeen, where a man shot and killed 23 people in a Luby’s restaurant in October 1991.
“Unfortunately, this is a day we had dreaded,” said Hilary Shine, a spokeswoman for the city of Killeen. “Every time you hear of a mass casualty situation in Killeen, you think of Luby’s. ...
They inadvertently prove that civilian disarmament zones provide the perfect place for mass murderers: Luby’s patrons were disarmed due to Texas’s gun control laws. Suzanna Gratia Hupp, who lost her parents in the Luby's massacre, explains what happened in the video below.
http://www.youtube. com/watch? v=M1u0Byq5Qis


In his book The Bias Against Guns, John Lott examined the relationship between the presence of legally-carried firearms and multiple murders. He concluded:
If right-to-carry laws [legal concealed carry of handguns] allow citizens to limit the amount of attacks that still take place, the number of persons harmed should fall relative to the number of shootings… And indeed, that is what we find. The average number of people dying or becoming injured per attack declines by around 50 percent.
Lott also found that both the total number and rate of multiple murders in right-to-carry states are one-third that of restrictive states. In an email interview, he clarified this data by stating:
The simplest numbers showed a 67 percent drop in the number of attacks and a 79 percent decrease in the number of people killed or injured from such attacks. The number of people harmed fell by more than the number of attacks because some attacks that weren't deterred were stopped in progress by people with guns.
But some people don’t like John Lott, because he ostensibly is a “gun lobby” tool, even though he was anti-gun when he began his research (like this author). The same people who want to ban firearms tell us that police and military should carry guns to protect us.
Ron Borsch is a part-time, commissioned consultant trainer for the Bedford (Ohio) Police Department, with 30 full-time years of service and 17 years with SWAT. He still works part-time, managing the SEALE Police Academy in Bedford, where he specializes in tactically training first-responders, teaching them how to deal with what he calls “active killers.” Borsch defines the active killer as “one who commits rapid mass murder [incident occurring in 20 minutes or less, with 4 or more intentionally killed]. Active killers typically do NOT negotiate or take hostages.”
Borsch notes that nearly all mass murders occur in places where law-abiding citizens are banned from possessing firearms, either by property owners or government regulation.
Off-base, soldiers over age 20 are eligible under Texas law to carry a concealed handgun.
Meanwhile, the Pentagon has a private security firm “charged with protecting and safeguarding the occupants, visitors, and infrastructure of the Pentagon, Navy Annex and other assigned Pentagon facilities.”
Nobody safeguarded our young men and women who were good enough to risk their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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For in-depth analysis of the issues discussed here, read Howard’s book Four Hundred Years of Gun Control: Why Isn’t It Working?, which deconstructs the gun control agenda and motivates more people to support our civil right of self-defense. Autographed copies are available from the author.
http://www.examiner .com/x-2879- Austin-Gun- Rights-Examiner~ y2009m11d6- Fort-Hood- Death-by- gun-control



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Army chief fears backlash for Muslim U.S. soldiers

Sun Nov 8, 2009

By Will Dunham

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Army's top general expressed concern on Sunday that last week's mass shooting at Fort Hood in Texas, blamed on a Muslim Army officer, could fuel a backlash in the military against Muslim troops.

General George Casey, U.S. Army chief of staff, cautioned against jumping to conclusions about whether religious beliefs motivated the accused gunman, Major Nidal Malik Hasan, a Muslim born in the United States of immigrant parents.

"I'm concerned that this increased speculation could cause a backlash against some of our Muslim soldiers. And I've asked our Army leaders to be on the lookout for that," Casey told CNN's "State of the Union."

There are about 3,000 Muslims on active duty military service or in the National Guard or reserve forces, Casey said. They remain a small minority within the U.S. military.

A Fort Hood official has said Hasan yelled "Allahu Akbar" -- Arabic for "God is Greatest" -- just before the shooting in which 13 people were killed and 30 wounded. The 39-year-old U.S. Army psychiatrist was shot four times by police. He was hospitalized but no longer needed a ventilator to breathe.

Relatives have said Hasan wanted to leave the Army to avoid being deployed to Afghanistan and that he had faced harassment by fellow soldiers because of his religion.

Casey was not specific about the type of backlash he feared against Muslims in the military, or who might lead a backlash.

The shootings at the sprawling Army base marked the latest blow to the U.S. military, which has been under enormous strain this decade as troops served repeated long combat deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. Those wars also have raised hostility toward the United States among many Muslims worldwide.

"Our diversity, not only in our Army, but in our country, is a strength. And as horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that's worse," Casey added on NBC's "Meet the Press."

Asked whether Muslims in the U.S. Army are more conflicted than other soldiers in fighting wars in Muslim countries like Afghanistan and Iraq, Casey said: "I think that's something that we have to look at on an individual basis."

"But," he added, "I think we as an Army have to be broad enough to bring in people from all walks of life."

Casey declined to say what the Army knew about Hasan's behavior before Thursday's rampage, saying those questions will be addressed by investigators looking into the crime.

(Additional reporting by Tabassum Zakaria; editing by Chris Wilson)

http://www.reuters. com/article/ domesticNews/ idUSTRE5A71AJ200 91108


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More Fort Hoods waiting to happen, observers warn
Nov 8 03:45 PM US/Eastern
The carnage at Fort Hood military base, where a Muslim army doctor is accused of killing 13 people in a shooting spree, was a ticking time-bomb that could explode again, observers said.

"There's a lot more of this out there, potentially. Anyone coming back from war with PTSD could do the same thing," said Matthis Chiroux, a former US Army sergeant who refused to go to Iraq.

"We're talking about nightmares yet unseen here."


Around 20 percent of the more than 1.6 million US troops who have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, and the US military has come under fire for failing to give soldiers and their families adequate treatment for the condition.

Major Nidal Malik Hasan, 39, a psychiatrist and specialist in combat stress who was about to deploy to Afghanistan against his wishes, also wounded 30 people in Thursday's rampage at the sprawling Fort Hood army base in Texas.

The suspect himself was wounded when an officer shot him to halt his attack, and as he lay unconscious in a military hospital speculation swirled as to why Hasan had opened fire on his fellow soldiers.

Others questioned why the military hadn't noticed that the psychiatrist was himself in need of help.

Hasan reportedly got a "poor" rating while at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, and Ann Wright, a retired US Army colonel and former diplomat, told AFP "one of his clients said he thought the psychiatrist was in as bad shape as he was."

"This man was a psychiatrist and was working with other psychiatrists every day and they failed to notice how deeply disturbed someone right in their midst was," said Selena Coppa, an active-duty soldier who is also an activist for Iraq Veterans Against the War.

Wright, who resigned from the foreign service to protest the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, speculated that Hasan might have cracked after arriving at Fort Hood and seen "these young kids that are going to be deployed versus what he had seen before at Walter Reed, where he saw them as they came back."

Hasan worked as a psychiatrist at Walter Reed, where he spent most of his career before shipping out this year to Fort Hood. He was due to be deployed to Afghanistan.

"For six years while he was at Walter Reed, he didn't have to face that and now he had to, and he had to do it at a place like Fort Hood where you see hundreds of people deploying every week. I think the reality of what was now facing him just really came on him," Wright said.

Hasan's family has said he repeatedly asked to be discharged and reports have said he did not want to go to Afghanistan to fight fellow Muslims.

"But the military is stretched so thin these days, they're deploying people who have medical conditions that should make them not deployable or even discharged," said Bill Galvin, counseling coordinator at the Center on Conscience and War.

Hasan might have sought a discharge as a conscientious objector, and as an officer it "should have been easier for him to get it," said Galvin.

But he had a major strike against him on that front: the army had paid for his education.

"When the military has invested a lot in educating and training someone, they are more reluctant to release them," said Galvin.

Recruiters, according to Wright, are offering men and women as young as 18 up to 20,000 dollars just to sign up, along with the usual benefit of paying their university tuition.

And they tell recruits that they won't ship out to war, which may only compound the exasperation of a soldier who gets deployment orders.

"Recruiters are saying to kids who have no hope of getting a job because there are no other jobs around, 'I'll give you 20,000 dollars and don't worry about the war,'" said Wright.

In the last three months three soldiers at Fort Hood have refused to deploy to Afghanistan, she added.

But resisting orders requires a strong support network, said Wright, and reports have painted a picture of Hasan as a loner.

Chiroux, who is now a student and anti-war activist, said "the idea of going in and blowing everyone away as the solution to your problems is a story repeated -- I hear this all the time."

"I was talking to this kid, who'd been to Iraq three times, his back was all messed up and he was about to get out of the military when they stop-lossed him," meaning they extended his service and ordered him to Afghanistan.

"He was in the midst of what I would call a full personality meltdown and he said, 'I'm going to go out and shoot everybody.'"

The military "has to look at mental health as a very serious thing," said Coppa.

"Having had poor results at Walter Reed because of stress, Hasan should never have been sent to Fort Hood in the first place," she said.



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US Senate may probe army shooting

flag flies at half mast in front of the Army"s III Corps headquarters at Fort Hood, Texas, Friday, Nov. 6, 2009
Flags at Fort Hood and the across the US are flying at half mast

Senior US Senator Joe Lieberman says he plans to open a congressional investigation into last week's deadly shooting at a Texas army base.

Mr Lieberman, who chairs the Senate Homeland Security Committee, told Fox TV that he wanted to find out whether it was a terrorist attack.

Nidal Malik Hasan, a Muslim army major, is suspected of killing 13 people.

Mr Lieberman also said he hoped to determine whether the army missed signs that Maj Hasan harboured extreme views.

The 39-year-old army psychiatrist opened fire at the Fort Hood base on Thursday. Besides those killed, 29 people were wounded.

Maj Hasan was shot by a police officer and remains in a coma.

'Rants'

Mr Lierberman said that if Maj Hasan had shown signs of becoming an Islamist radical, the army should have discharged him.

MAJOR NIDAL MALIK HASAN
US Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan
Born in US to Palestinian parents
Joined the army and trained to be a psychiatrist
Treated soldiers returning from combat zones
Described as a devout Muslim
Said to have been unhappy about imminent overseas deployment

The Associated Press news agency reports that some of Maj Hasan's colleagues had expressed concern about his growing anger over the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Another army psychiatrist, Val Finnell, told AP he had complained to army administrators about what he considered Maj Hasan's "anti-American" rants.

"In retrospect, I'm not surprised he did it," Mr Finnell said of the shootings.

Investigators are still looking into the motive of the attack.

But Army Chief of Staff George Casey warned against speculation.

He told ABC's This Week programme on Sunday that focusing on Maj Hasan's religion could "heighten the backlash" against all Muslims in the military.

Reports suggested that Maj Hasan, who was due to be sent to Afghanistan, had been increasingly unhappy in the army.

His cousin told US media last week that he had been opposed to his imminent deployment, describing it as his "worst nightmare".

Mr Hasan's cousin also said the gunman had been battling racial harassment because of his "Middle Eastern ethnicity."

Maj Hasan was born in the US of Palestinian parents and has been described as a devout Muslim.



http://news. bbc.co.uk/ 2/hi/americas/ 8349413.stm







Soldiers not surprised by Fort Hood massacre



By Sig Christenson - Express-News
FORT HOOD —
When a lone gunman armed with two handguns fired into scores of soldiers last week at Fort Hood, killing 13 and wounding more than 30, the nation reacted in shock.

Many veterans of the Iraq war, however, did not.

“It’s sad to say, but basically it doesn’t surprise us. In a way, it was like it’s waiting to happen. I guess that’s the biggest thing,” Spc. Travis McRae said Saturday.

“It’s basically that the Army has an awesome way of getting you ready for war,” he continued. “It gets you in that mindset to go over there and fight, but whenever you come back, they don’t have a way of turning that switch off.”

A two-tour veteran of Iraq, McRae, 24 of Fort Hood, said soldiers often won’t talk with the media or civilians about the stresses of war out of fear of embarrassment or possible retribution from their supervisors.

But McRae and other soldiers said Saturday — and in many other prior interviews with the San Antonio Express-News — that revolving-door deployments have robbed GIs of years with their families, and train-ups and new rotations to the war zone squeezed them for time with their wives and children.

“Without a doubt, I’d say repeated deployments back-to-back definitely have a lot of stress on every individual unless you want to deploy and you don’t have a family,” said Sgt. David Shores, 29, of Frederick, Md., a two-tour veteran of Taji, at one time one of Iraq’s most violent areas.

McRae is leaving the Army, he said.

“If I were going to stay, I would know I was fixing to deploy again, so you’re looking at 4 1/2 years and I would be going on my third deployment,” he said. “I guess hopeless is the best way to put it, because no matter what you do, you go back and you get ready to go back again.”

As the weekend got into full swing Saturday, Army officials, the FBI and the Texas Rangers continued an intensive search for answers into the deadliest massacre on a U.S. military installation.

Authorities also continued to comb the grounds of Fort Hood’s Soldier Readiness Center, where Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan is alleged to have opened fire into a large lunchtime crowd.

Soldiers toting carbines Saturday kept visitors from strolling near the knoll where investigators believe the Virginia native fired into hundreds of unarmed soldiers.

The military post has assumed the appearance of an armed camp: A soldier with an M-4 rifle stood guard outside the visitor center, where a large media contingent has assembled. Others stood sentinel at other sensitive locations on the post, where they were deployed in the wake of the shooting.

Army Criminal Investigation Command spokesman Chris Grey said authorities did not believe that any of those killed or wounded were shot by anyone other than the suspect, CNN reported.

Furthermore, Grey reiterated that all evidence indicates that the suspect “acted alone.” Grey said there was “no evidence to contradict that finding.”

Hasan remained hospitalized at Brooke Army Medical Center in stable condition. He was taken off a ventilator late Saturday, authorities said.

BAMC spokesman Dewey Mitchell said the nursing staff had reported that Hasan — who was shot multiple times after a brief but furious gunfight with police officers — was conscious and talking.

“I don’t know who he’s talking to,” Mitchell said, after being asked if investigators were interrogating him. “You need to talk with the law enforcement people to find anything about that.”

Authorities weren’t revealing details of what they have learned about the 39-year-old Army psychiatrist, who was scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan for the first time in late November.

But many others surmised the Virginia native who counseled soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder might have internalized his patients’ issues.

Those who know him have said Hasan was opposed to the wars and was stressed about being stationed overseas. A faithful Muslim, he reportedly shouted “God is great!” in Arabic before the gunshots rang out.

At nightfall Saturday, 17 victims remained hospitalized.

Of the 10 victims originally admitted to Scott & White Memorial Hospital, four had been released and another was hoping to be discharged before the end of the day, said W. Roy Smythe, chief of surgery for the Temple hospital.

Four of six patients left the intensive care unit after improving, he said, and the two remaining were off their ventilators.

“There is a possibility that some of these patients have been physically impaired for the rest of their lives, and there is certainly no doubt that many of them will be psychologically impaired for the rest of their lives,” Smythe said.

More than 170 witnesses had been interviewed through Saturday, with almost that many more to go, said Chris Grey of the Army Criminal Investigation Division. Officials hope to establish a clearer timeline leading to the killings.

The first 911 call reporting the shootout at the readiness center was received by dispatchers at 1:23 p.m. Thursday.

Near the scene, after being shot and handcuffed by civilian officers, authorities recovered two handguns believed to have been carried by Hasan during the assault, a 5.7 mm pistol and a .357 magnum. Both were sent to a federal crime lab in Atlanta, but one Fort Hood official said it appears only one weapon actually was fired. Witnesses have said they believed both were used.

A civilian officer praised by the Texas governor and other officials as a hero for challenging Hasan in an exchange of gunfire that resembled a duel, Sgt. Kimberly Munley underwent a second surgery Saturday and reportedly was doing well. She was shot in one wrist and her left leg and knee.

To bolster counseling services, the Veterans Affairs Department sent four Mobile Vet Centers to the Fort Hood area. And as Sunday services neared, Col. Frank Jackson said his talk at the 73rd Street Chapel would be about communities of faith and how hope, encouragement and healing can help overcome the tragedy.

“This is a painful time,” said Jackson, a 58-year-old Southern Baptist who acts as the post’s garrison chaplain. “It’s painful, but it’s powerful.”

President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, will attend a memorial service in Fort Hood on Tuesday for the victims.

Early Saturday, Gov. Rick Perry — who’s scheduled to attend a 5 p.m. church service today at the First Baptist Church in Killeen — met with patients at Scott & White Memorial Hospital. He praised GIs and police who “raced towards the sound of the gunfire” as the rampage began.

“What I heard time after time in those hospital rooms was that it’s their honor to be able to serve our country, and that is a very humbling thing to watch a young man or woman whose life has been irreparably harmed in a violent act, yet their concern and their interest is in continuing to be able to serve this country,” Perry said in a prepared statement.

At a news briefing, Perry thanked the more than 500 people who stood in line for hours to give blood for the wounded and told reporters that “the better element of human nature” kicked in after the shooting began.

But state Rep. Sid Miller, R-Stephenville, flanked by flags flying outside the hospital at half-staff, struck a somber note with reporters.

“Last Thursday was one of the darkest hours and one of the darkest days that I’ve seen here at Fort Hood and in Central Texas,” he said.

Army Staff Sgt. Richard Valencia, a three-tour veteran of Iraq, said that as bad as the day was, it might have been much worse had the shooter chosen an even more populated facility than the readiness center.

Another, even larger building used for processing soldiers new to the post — combined with the fact that soldiers at Fort Hood have no ready access to ammunition — could have led to a much higher body count, he said.

And Valencia, 35, Indio, Calif., might have been among them if not for a call from an old comrade in town for a briefing at the post.

Rather than go to the gym at 1 p.m. as he does every day, Valencia went to lunch with Texas Army National Guard Capt. Jeff Bryan, 27 of Austin and Niskayuna, N.Y.

They ate at Valencia’s house, and then word came of the shootings, followed by a familiar wave of emotions especially familiar to soldiers in an Army that has been at war longer than any time in the past century.

“There’s a lot of stress, but at the same times there’s a lot of guys who can handle the stress well. It was still a shock to me because I’ve seen the way soldiers can deal with the stress, but I still didn’t think that something like this could happen,” said Bryan, who served with Valencia in 2008 with the 4th Infantry Division.

Shores, the veteran of Taji in Iraq’s Sunni Triangle, shared Bryan’s shock over the shooting, and noted that suicides have been far more common among soldiers.

Fort Hood has logged 14 suicides in each of the past three years, and is threatening to break that mark this year.

“Whether it be a major or a lower-enlisted or a senior NCO regardless of rank, for someone to open fire, targeting people he knew, I mean why go out and take someone else out? It doesn’t really make much sense,” Shores said.

Valencia, though, wasn’t shocked at all. The shooting spree, he said, was inevitable.

“Honestly, I’ve been waiting for something like this to happen. I’m kind of surprised it took so long,” he said.

“Just with all the deployments, I know what I was going through. I was on the verge of breaking down and losing it, but we have guys who are 10 times as bad as I am,” he continued.

“It’s just a matter of time before one of the kids breaks and does something stupid.”

http://www.mysanant onio.com/ news/national/ Soldiers_ not_surprised_ by_Fort_Hood_ massacre. html
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Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan–The 'inglourious Basterd' Of Fort Hood?



“Since the Mossad had all the security arrangements in hand, it would not be a problem bringing the killers as close as they wanted to President Bush and then staging his assassination. In the ensuing confusion, the Mossad people would kill the ‘perpetrators,’ scoring yet another victory for the Mossad. With the assassins dead, it would be difficult to discover where the ‘security breach’ had been, except that several countries involved in the conference, such as Syria, were regarded as countries that assisted terrorists.”

—Ex-Mossad officer Victor Ostrovsky, describing in his book ‘The Other Side of Deception’ how the Mossad planned to assassinate President George Bush at the Madrid peace conference in October of 1991 for the purpose of blaming it on Arab extremists.

Those who know me are now doubt asking themselves confidently–“Ok, how long before he blames this latest atrocity on the Jews?” waiting to see what kind of complex conspiracy theory I am able to weave out of the Fort Hood massacre…

Well, never one to disappoint, as a matter of fact, I do believe (and with all my heart incidentally) that the Jews/Zionists/ Neocons were involved in it. Up to their eyeballs, as a matter of fact. As far as I’m concerned this (the notion that this latest massacre was/is the result of the Jews and their criminal behavior, both in the Middle East and beyond) is not as much a conspiracy theory as it is a conspiracy fact. For me, it is as settled and irrevocable as 2+2 = 4 and the laws governing gravity.

However, I don’t (as of this moment) believe the Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan was a Manchurian Candidate programmed to do this. I don’t (as of this moment) think someone from Mossad, CIA or anything else snatched him, took him to some far away place, subjected him to psychotropic drugs and hypnotism and turned him into a ticking time bomb so that he would go and do something like this so that they could have their made-to-order high media profile event.

Not that those who do believe this are out in left field for doing so. After all, both the timing and the parameters associated with it are, well, impeccable. As far as Jewish interests are concerned, what could be better than something like this? It is a winning lottery ticket that will pay out week after week for who knows how long. If there was ever a time they needed to “change the subject” as it were and get the stupid gentiles re-fixated on “Ahab the Ayrab” instead of their own criminal behavior it is now.

We have Bernie Madoff and his infamous multi-billion dollar heist still a topic of household discussion. We have the organ-trafficking Rabbis, Roman Polanski’s rape and sodomizing of a 13 year old, the Gaza war crimes report in the UN and much, much more. Definitely not one of Jewry’s stellar moments in history.

Furthermore, Israel’s favorite pit bull–meaning the US– is worn out as far as the fighting goes. As a result of fighting Israel’s wars for her the land of the free and home of the brave is bankrupt and just doesn’t have the bite she did 8 years ago when this whole mess began. Iran sits over there smoldering and Jewish interests are crapping their collective pants in panic over the possibility their genocidal plans might have to be shelved for yet another decade or–Yahweh forbid–that they may have to be abandoned altogether.

So certainly this latest incident carries all the hallmarks of one of Israel’s “By way of deception, thou shalt do war” false flag events that she utilizes with the same frequency as a priest makes the sign of the cross. And after considering what Israel did in murdering 34 Americans aboard the USS Liberty June 8, 1967 (in the interests of getting a war started between the US and the Soviet Union) the Lavon Affair and her involvement in the 1983 US Marine Barracks bombings in Beirut we can dismiss the idea she wouldn’t sink THAT low.

I admit that initially my instinct was to “go there” and assume it was another op in gettin’ the God-fearin’, red-blooded ‘mericans whooped up to go ‘n kill some sand niggers for Geeeezus and to do the dirty work (yet again) for the Chosenites. In fact, as soon as I had heard the news report that a bunch of GIs had been gunned down at an army base I said to myself “Ok, let’s see now…don’t tell me, let me guess…no, no, no, no, don’t tell me, IT WAS AN AY-RAB, RIGHT?”

But as of this moment, the fact is that it doesn’t take extraordinary means to bring something like this about. In this case it really could be as simple to explain as one pissed off Arab-American who decided to settle a few scores, not unlike what took place in the recently-released movie “Inglourious Basterds”.

Yes, that’s right, just like that movie that was all the rave amongst the Jews and their brain-dead Christian Zionist worshippers worldwide, where Jewish characters decided they had “had enough“ of their fellow Chosenites being treated so shabbily by the Nazis and decided to settle the score by bashing their brains in with baseball bats, collecting scalps, carving swastikas in human flesh and all sorts of other methods of “divine justice” the sick mind of Quentin Tarantino could conjure up after drinking a bottle of Mogen David wine and reading the 1st 5 books of the Old Testament.

No, again, AS OF THIS MOMENT it appears to be a case of an Arab-American–sick of being pushed around and degraded because of his religion–saying “no mas”…It doesn’t require any “Manchurianism” to push a man into doing something desperate when faced with the prospect of being shipped overseas so that he can be a cog in the big war machine. Faced with (a) killing fellow soldiers about to depart to Iraq where they will each take their turn in gang-raping the country and blowing innocent women and children into tiny bits, VS (b) him resorting to desperate/irrationa l measures, why then would such a man NOT step into the role of the “Bear Jew” in Tarantino’s film?

This is to say nothing of the fact that as an army psychiatrist his job was dealing with all the head cases coming back after fighting two wars against Muslim countries. How many times does a psychiatrist hear GIs telling stories about gunning down women and children (who look just like his mother, father, brothers, sisters, daughters, nieces, nephews, etc) before he snaps?

Nevertheless, despite the fact as of this moment it appears to be nothing more than a person reaching his limit and going over the edge, Jewish interests will of course make the most of it as if it WERE one of their “babies”. They would just as soon pass up an opportunity like this as a sailor at sea for six months would pass up a visit to the local brothel having a “buy one get one free” sale.

“YOU SEE???“ will be the chorus–“WE TOLD YOU WHAT THESE PEOPLE ARE LIKE…NOW GET SUITED-UP AND GET BUSY WITH THE BOMBS AND BULLETS”. All the usual suspects will use this as prime efface evidence that Islam is inherently violent, that it produces savage killers and that all Muslims–top to bottom–cannot be trusted in civilized societies. These same traitorous, war-mongering criminal elements working in the service of Jewish interests in bringing about the sick, genocidal fantasies contained in the Old Testament will be given yet another platform to begin anew their misquoting of the Koran as they did following 9/11 and how this latest is just an all-too-predictable /religiously- mandated script that “infidels” must be killed if the Muslims are to get their “72 virgins“.

More worrisome though is how this latest will be used in putting the heat on Obama, as Jewish interests will no doubt claim that it is because of his “reluctance” in “getting tough” with Islam (re, widening the war against Israel’s enemies to include Iran et al) that brought it about. At a time when the world teeters on the edge of America going to war against Iran, something like this could easily tip the balance in Israel’s favor if the right propaganda is used, which most certainly it will.

And we can forget all about the American people learning from past mistakes, applying some sense of reason to this and not flying off the handle. As far as they are concerned, it is the morning of 9/11/2001 and 2 planes hijacked by a bunch of camel jockeys have just crashed into the Twin Towers. The lines at the recruiting stations throughout the country will start getting a little longer in the following days as young men sign up to go and get even with the “towel heads” and “hajjis” responsible for this latest atrocity. Americans who yesterday were grumbling over the fact that they are being bled dry as a result of Uncle Sam fighting these wars in the Middle East will grumble no more, or at least for a while.

In the Jewish community, the reactions are just as predictable. Following Netanyahu’s shtick immediately after 9/11 when he said that what took place on September 11 was “good“ because it would generate “immediate sympathy for Israel”, so too will Jewish interests affect a collective face of sorrow, cry a river of crocodile tears while inside their hearts they laugh and cheer over this latest Gentile bloodbath in America in the same way as the 5 Mossad officers did on the morning of 9/11 in Liberty State Park New Jersey as the Twin Towers came crumbling down.

And in the meantime, the very thing that caused this individual to take a leave of absence from his sanity and go on a killing spree (meaning the holocaust of Muslims in places such as Iraq and Afghanistan for Israel’s benefit) will get wider and bloodier, leading to even more events such as what took place.

And even though (as of this moment) I see no reason to believe it was anything other than one man reaching his limit, this isn’t to say I believe the powers-that- be don’t possess the ability to brainwash individuals into doing such things.

After all, if they were able to program 300,000,000 Americans into murdering over a million Iraqis, why could they not get one guy to kill a few dozen?

http://www.rebelnew s.org/opinion/ terror/92261
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Officials: U.S. Aware of Hasan Efforts to Contact al Qaeda

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


By RICHARD ESPOSITO, MATTHEW COLE and BRIAN ROSS
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.

Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan tried to make contact with people linked to al Qaeda.

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.

One senior lawmaker 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.

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.

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 Hassan 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.

http://abcnews. go.com/Blotter/ fort-hood- shooter-contact- al-qaeda- terrorists- officials/ story?id= 9030873
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Homeland chief warns against anti-Muslim backlash

(AP) –

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates —

The U.S. Homeland Security secretary says she is working to prevent a possible wave of anti-Muslim sentiment after the shootings at Fort Hood in Texas.

Janet Napolitano says her agency is working with groups across the United States to try to deflect any backlash against American Muslims following Thursday's rampage by Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, a Muslim who reportedly expressed growing dismay over the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The shootings left 13 people dead and 29 wounded.

Napolitano was in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday for talks with security officials and a meeting with women university students in Abu Dhabi.
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