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Texas: Media Reports on Attack at Fort Hood - Worst Mass Killing on U.S. Military Base

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Reports:
-- November 6, 2009 media reports
-- November 6, 2009 HSPI comments
-- November 7, 2009 media reports
-- November 8, 2009 media reports
-- November 8, 2009 PM media reports
-- November 9, 2009 media reports
-- November 10, 2009 media reports
-- November 11, 2009 media reports
 

 

November 6, 2009


In what is being reported by the media as the "worst mass killing on a U.S. military base," media reports indicate that the shooter, Nidal Malik Hasan, was opposed to the U.S. war in Afghanistan and was upset because he was to be deployed to Afghanistan.  Hasan has been described as a "lifelong Muslim."   Multiple reports state that Hasan shouted "Allahu Akbar" before opening fire on the individuals at the Fort Hood, Texas military base.  Prior to the attack, Hasan reportedly dressed in 'Arabic clothing' over the past several weeks, and was reportedly handing out Qurans and giving away his furniture the morning before the attack.  CCTV video shows Hasan in "traditional Muslim robes and a prayer cap" before the attack.   CNN reports that Hasan appeared "cool, calm, religious" before the Fort Hood attack.


The Daily Telegraph reports: "'He was making outlandish comments condemning our foreign policy and claimed Muslims had the right to rise up and attack Americans," Col Lee told Fox News. 'He said Muslims should stand up and fight the aggressor and that we should not be in the war in the first place.' He said that Maj Hasan said he was 'happy' when a US soldier was killed in an attack on a military recruitment centre in Arkansas in June. An American convert to Islam was accused of the shootings. Col Lee alleged that other officers had told him that Maj Hasan had said 'maybe people should strap bombs on themselves and go to Time Square' in New York."  It also reports that "Federal law enforcement officials have said Maj Hasan had come to their attention at least six months ago because of internet postings that discussed suicide bombings and other threats."


The Associated Press reports: "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."  An Internet SCRIBD posting from a "Nidal Hasan" (unknown if this is the same Nidal Malik Hasan) shows a comment from a "NidalHasan" on suicide bombers: "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.'"

The Associated Press also reports that "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.


The New York Times reports that "General Cone said that terrorism was not being ruled out, but that preliminary evidence did not suggest that the rampage had been an act of terrorism," and MSNBC reported that DHS Secretary Napolitano believed that it was  "too soon to tell" on the shooter's motivation.  The Christian Science Monitor suggests a motive in the Fort Hood attack by asking if "Are Army psychiatrists overwhelmed?"   The UK Guardian also focuses on combat stress issues.


Counterterrorism analyst Walid Phares described that Fort Hood attack "is for now the largest single Terror act in America since 9/11."  Phares stated that "what the world has seen and is eager to learn about cannot be described just as 'horrific outburst of violence' performed on American military, rather is part of an ideological war, generated by radicalization, and inciting individuals to perform such acts."


The Washington Post provides a brief bullet biography of Nadil Hasan.  Hasan's parents reportedly immigrated from the Palestinian territories to Jordan, and then to the United States.  Reportedly born in Arlington, Virginia (a few miles from Washington DC), Hasan described his nationality as "Palestinian."  His parents lived in Roanoke, Virginia, about three hours away from Washington DC.  Prior to his stationing in Fort Hood, Texas, Hasan worked at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in the DC/Maryland area, and regularly attended the Muslim Community Center mosque in Silver Spring, Maryland (a few miles from Washington DC), when he lived in the Maryland/DC area.  (According to the July 2008 testimony of Steven Emerson before Congress, the Silver Spring, Maryland Muslim Community Center mosque has been used to host a fundraising effort where a speaker "made several radical comments implying that the use of violence is sanctioned by Islam to glorify Allah" (page 12).)


WJZ news reports that Nidal Hasan was a "39-year-old Army major [who] received his medical degree from the military's Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md., in 2001." 


National Public Radio (NPR) has reported that "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."


November 6 Afternoon Update: research shows that Nidal Hasan listed as a "task force participant" in a presidential transition task force meeting on homeland security matters "Thinking Anew-Security Priorities for the Next Administration."  George Washington University (GWU) Homeland Security Policy Institute (HSPI) lists Nidal Hasan from the Uniformed Services University of Health Services (page 29 - electronic page 32 in Appendix C of its May 2009 report.)   According to George Washington University (GWU) Homeland Security Policy Institute (HSPI)'s Frank Cilluffo: "Nidal Hassan has no affiliation whatsoever with HSPI or George Washington University. He has never served on any of our task forces, nor has he ever been invited to speak/brief @ any of our events. We are aware that he has RSVP'd for events as an audience member (our sessions are open to the public) and I remember him participating in the audience for at least one session. We print out RSVPs of audience participants for our sessions to share with others in the audience and speakers (as is the case in our appendix here). He had RSVP'd as a Disaster and Preventative Psychiatry Fellow at the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine...we are in the process of identifying which other sessions he may have RSVP'd for...the first one we are aware of him RSVP'ing was June 2008 & the last was February 2009."  HSPI states that they will provide an update on their web site about Nidal Hasan.  HSPI's web site is: http://www.gwumc.edu/hspi/
 

Additional November 6 Media Report Excerpts:

-- Associated Press reports: "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."
-- "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."
-- "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."

-- Associated Press reports: "Ft. Hood suspect reportedly shouted 'Allahu Akbar'"
--- "Soldiers who witnessed the shooting rampage at Fort Hood that left 13 people dead reported that the gunman shouted 'Allahu Akbar!' before opening fire, the base commander said Friday. Lt. Gen. Robert Cone said officials had not yet confirmed that the suspected shooter, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, made the comment, which is Arabic for 'God is great!' before the rampage Thursday, which left 30 people wounded, including the gunman."
--- "Cone said Hasan was not known to be a threat or risk. He acknowledged that it was 'counterintuitive' that a single shooter could kill and injure so many people. But he said the massacre occurred in 'close quarters.'"
-- Associated WFAA report
-- Associated USA Today report

-- New York Times reports: "In an interview on NBC's 'Today' show, Lt. Gen. Robert W. Cone, a base spokesman, was asked about reports that Major Hasan had yelled 'Allahu Akbar' -- an Arabic expression for 'God is great' -- during the shooting. General Cone said soldiers at the scene had reported 'similar' accounts."
-- "General Cone said that terrorism was not being ruled out, but that preliminary evidence did not suggest that the rampage had been an act of terrorism."

-- KSL reports: "The news of the mass shooting at Fort Hood Thursday hit close to home for some Utahns. One man says his daughter heard the shooter exclaim 'Allah Akbar' as he opened fire."

-- Kileen Daily Herald reports: "Shooting suspect on ventilator, wounded in stable condition, police officer identified" -- "Hasan had been given orders for to deploy to Afghanistan."
-- "An early morning press conference at Fort Hood has answered some questions with regard to the mass shooting yesterday that claimed the life of 13 people and wounded 30 others."
-- "Dr. W. Roy Smythe spoke at a press conference this morning, saying that two or three of those wounded in yesterday's tragedy may require further surgery but most injuries were dealt with yesterday. Smythe said they treated patients with gunshot wounds to the head, neck, chest, stomach and extremities. Some victims, he said, had multiple gunshot wounds."
-- "Smythe said one patient told him he was shocked when a man, 'jumped on a desk and started shooting.'"

-- CNN reports: "Suspect Nidal Malik Hasan in stable condition after Fort Hood killings"

-- CNN reports: "Fort Hood suspect seemed 'cool, calm, religious'"

-- Daily Telegraph reports: "Fort Hood shooting: Nidal Malik Hasan 'said Muslims should rise up'" -- "'He was making outlandish comments condemning our foreign policy and claimed Muslims had the right to rise up and attack Americans," Col Lee told Fox News. 'He said Muslims should stand up and fight the aggressor and that we should not be in the war in the first place.' He said that Maj Hasan said he was 'happy' when a US soldier was killed in an attack on a military recruitment centre in Arkansas in June. An American convert to Islam was accused of the shootings. Col Lee alleged that other officers had told him that Maj Hasan had said 'maybe people should strap bombs on themselves and go to Time Square' in New York."
-- "Federal law enforcement officials have said Maj Hasan had come to their attention at least six months ago because of internet postings that discussed suicide bombings and other threats."

-- Kileen Daily Herald reports: "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."

-- Daily Telegraph reports: "Fort Hood shooting: CCTV shows Hasan before killings
US army officer Major Nidal Malik Hasan was captured on CCTV in the hours before the killing, wearing what appear to be traditional Muslim robes and a prayer cap"
--- image from CCTV cameras


-- " Major Nidal Malik Hasan (L) on the morning of November 5, 2009 in Fort Hood, Texas Photo: GETTY "

-- National Public Radio reports: "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."

-- Daily Telegraph reports: "A Muslim by birth, Hasan was born in Virginia, and his family is believed to have come from Jordan."

-- Associated Press reports: "Imam says Fort Hood suspect didn't seem radical -- A Maryland imam at the mosque attended by the suspected Fort Hood, Texas, shooter says the Army psychiatrist never seemed to be an extremist. Imam Faizul Khan says he knew Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan for more than 10 years. They first met at the Muslim Community Center in Silver Spring. On a form filled out by those seeking spouses through a program at the mosque, Kahn says Hasan listed his birthplace as Arlington, Va., but his nationality as Palestinian. Khan says he doesn't know why because Hasan was born in the United States."

-- Washington Post: "Suspect in Fort Hood shootings attended mosque in Silver Spring"

-- Washington Post reports: "He prayed every day at the Muslim Community Center in Silver Spring, Md., a devout Muslim who, despite asking to be discharged from the U.S. Army, according to his aunt, was on the eve of his first deployment to war."

-- New York Times reports: "Suspect Was to Be Sent to Afghanistan" - "Investigators began piecing together on Friday how and why an Army psychiatrist facing deployment to Afghanistan gunned down dozens of people a day earlier at the Fort Hood Army post in Texas, in one of the worst mass shootings ever on an American military base."

-- BBC reports: "US gunman 'faced Afghan posting'" - "A US major believed to have killed 13 people in a gun attack at a Texas army base was due to be deployed soon to Afghanistan, a military official said."

-- Associated Press reports: "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."

-- New York Times reports: Hasan's parents were Jordanian, and "immigrated from a small town near Jerusalem many years ago... [with Roanoke Times stating that Hasan's mother] was born in Palestine in 1952"

-- Internet SCRIBD posting from a "Nidal Hasan" (unknown if this is the same Nidal Malik Hasan) states: "NidalHasan scribbled: 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."

-- Fort Hood: The largest "Terror act" in America since 9/11 - by Walid Phares
---- Walid Phares: Fort Hood attack "is for now the largest single Terror act in America since 9/11"
---- Walid Phares: "In that case, what the world has seen and is eager to learn about cannot be described just as 'horrific outburst of violence' performed on American military, rather is part of an ideological war, generated by radicalization, and inciting individuals to perform such acts."

-- MSNBC video reports: DHS Secretary "Napolitano: 'Too soon to tell' on shooter's motivation"

-- Daily Telegraph: "Fort Hood shooting: police woman hailed for bravery"

-- Research shows that a "Nidal Hasan - Uniformed Services University School of Medicine"  (see PDF, page 29) was a participant in a Task Force meeting in support of a George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute (HSPI) established the Presidential Transition Task Force for on "Thinking Anew-Security Priorities for the Next Administration"

-- WJZ/AP reports that "For six years before reporting for duty at Fort Hood in July, Hasan worked at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center pursuing a career in psychiatry, as an intern, a resident and, last year, a fellow in disaster and preventive psychiatry. The 39-year-old Army major received his medical degree from the military's Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md., in 2001."

-- AP sources: Ft. Hood suspect remains in coma


-- Associated Press reports that "His anger was noted by a classmate, who said Hasan 'viewed the war against terror' as a 'war against Islam.'  "Dr. Val Finnell, a classmate of Hasan's at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, 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 said Hasan chose the war against terror. Finnell described Hasan as a 'vociferous opponent' of the terror war. Finnell said Hasan told classmates he was 'a Muslim first and an American second.' "

 

 

 


Fort Hood Attack: November 7, 2009 AM Updates on Nidal Hasan:

http://www.unitedstatesaction.com/blog/imm-articles/146.html#110709AM

CNN has cited additional aspects of the Nidal Hasan investigation regarding his use of neighbor's computer, and a visitor he had the day before the Fort Hood attack.  The Los Angeles Times has a report describing how Hasan told others he was "mentoring" on Islam that "Muslims shouldn't be in the U.S. military, because obviously Muslims shouldn't kill Muslims."  The Los Angeles Times has an additional report quoting Nidal Hasan's classmate, Val Finnell, in a Maryland military courses as part of a "disaster and military psychiatry fellowship."  CNN's AC360 television report had a further detailed interview with Val Finnell Friday night at 10 PM ET, where Finnell provided more details about Hasan's routine arguments  on a "War on Islam," also quoting Finnell as stating that a fellow student told him that Hasan had given a presentation on suicide bombing, and was reported to the military faculty as a "ticking timebomb."


Los Angeles Times: Nidal Hasan on Muslims in Military and "War on Islam"


-- Los Angeles Times reports: Nidal Hasan Said Muslims Should Not Be In Military
-- " Over the last few weeks, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan drove off the vast Army base at Ft. Hood, Texas, at least a dozen times to enjoy seafood dinners with Duane Reasoner Jr., an 18-year-old he was mentoring in the ways of Islam."
-- "'He said he didn't want to go to Iraq or Afghanistan,' said Reasoner, who was raised as a Catholic. 'He didn't want to be deployed. He said Muslims shouldn't be in the U.S. military, because obviously Muslims shouldn't kill Muslims. He told me not to join the Army.'"
-- "On Friday, agents were trying to find a motivation for the attack, retracing the suspect's steps in the last days and months, interviewing colleagues, neighbors, friends and family to glean details about Hasan's life -- and whether he was moved, at least in part, by radical Islamic ideology."

-- Los Angeles Times: Nidal Hasan Did Presentations on Islam and War During Environmental Health Class
-- "One of Hasan's classmates in the [disaster and military psychiatry fellowship] program said he doubted the man's commitment to the military. He told students, 'I'm a Muslim first and an American second,' ' Dr. Val Finnell, now a lieutenant colonel at the Los Angeles Air Force Base, said in a telephone interview. 'I really questioned his loyalty.'"
-- "Finnell said he first became suspicious of Hasan shortly after the program began when Hasan gave a provocative presentation in an environmental health class. Other students focused on topics including mold and water contamination. Hasan's project asked "whether the war on terror is a war against Islam,' Finnell said. "
-- " 'It was very off-topic,' Finnell said. 'I raised my hand and said, 'What does this have to do with environmental health?' "
-- "Finnell said Hasan became agitated when he was challenged and became 'sweaty and nervous and emotional.'"


Fort Hood Attack: CNN Video Report on Nidal Hasan - Reported as a "Ticking Time Bomb" to Military Faculty, Gave Presentations on "War on Islam" and Suicide Bombings in Military Classrooms

-- Associated Video Online: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLkbLTd_DPw


-- On Friday, November 7, 2009 at 10 PM ET, the CNN television show "Anderson Cooper 360" reported further on Nidal Hasan. CNN reported that Nidal Hasan repeatedly used a neighbor's computer. CNN's reported that according to his apartment manager John Thompson, Nidal Hasan had strict orders that no one was to go into his apartment without him being there. Apartment manager John Thompson told CNN that the only time that he was known to have a visitor was the day before the shooting. CNN reported that witnesses described the visitor as "dark-skinned, had bushy eyebrows, and was dressed in Islamic clothing."
-- Anderson Cooper also interviewed a former classmate of Nidal Hasan, Val Finnell, on this subject. Anderson Cooper interviewed Val Finnell as "a former colleague."
-- Finnell repeated the comments that he told the Los Angeles Times regarding Nidal Hasan's presentation on a "War on Islam" during their environmental health class. Finnell also told CNN that students openly questioned the instructor as to what Nidal Hasan's presentation had to do with environmental health, "but he [the instructor] continued to let him present his topic."
-- Finnell said that Nidal Hasan's views of on a "war on Islam" was something that Hasan would frequently discuss. Finnell told CNN "Those views were a large part of his personality for the entire year. He would routinely get into discussions and arguments with people - made himself a lightning rod for that kind of criticism."
-- Finnell also said that he did not believe that Hasan was subjected to anti-Islamic abuse. Finnell stated that to CNN that "our class was a very diverse class, people from many different backgrounds, but Dr. Hasan made it a point to be very vocal in his beliefs, very extreme in his views, and since he was a military officer, you know, he was questioned about those things. He sort of brought the criticism upon himself.... This was a big topic for him, this was a dominating topic for him."
-- In addition, Finnell also stated that another student said that Nidal Hasan did a presentation on suicide bombers for a human behavior class.
-- Finnell told Anderson Cooper during the interview: "I know another student actually approached the faculty about him and called him a 'ticking time bomb'. And that student was concerned because of a PowerPoint presentation that Dr. Hasan gave in a human behavior class which justified suicide bombing."
-- this interview has not yet been captured on online video - we will attempt to find a way to make this available online and provide an update when it is available
-- a follow-up discussion referencing some of these comments are at the following online video:
http://us.cnn.com/video/?/video/crime/2009/11/07/ac.missed.signs.cnn

 



November 8 Updates:

Daily Telegraph: Fort Hood shooting: Texas army killer attended VA mosque led by radical imam

-- 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". "
 

Fort Hood Attack: Suspect told 'There's something wrong with you'
-- Some saw warning signs ahead of US Army shooting

--- NPR Radio Report where Maryland Army Doctors state Hasan promoted Islamic supremacism at Walter Reed Hospital

--- Ft. Hood: Gen. Casey Doesn't Rule Out Terrorism

--- Senior US senator Lieberman demands "terrorism" probe into army killings
 

November 8 PM report: "Fort Hood gunman had told US military colleagues that infidels should have their throats cut" 

Fort Hood gunman had told US military colleagues that infidels should have their throats cut

By Nick Allen in Fort Hood
Published: 5:00PM GMT 08 Nov 2009

Daily Telegraph

(Note this provides a textual report of previous report of this on NPR Radio)

-- "Major Nidal Malik Hasan, the gunman who killed 13 at America's Fort Hood military base, once gave a lecture to other doctors in which he said non-believers should be beheaded and have boiling oil poured down their throats."

-- "He also told colleagues at America's top military hospital that non-Muslims were infidels condemned to hell who should be set on fire. The outburst came during an hour-long talk Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, gave on the Koran in front of dozens of other doctors at Walter Reed Army Medical Centre in Washington DC, where he worked for six years before arriving at Fort Hood in July."

-- "Colleagues had expected a discussion on a medical issue but were instead given an extremist interpretation of the Koran, which Hasan appeared to believe."

-- "It was the latest in a series of 'red flags' about his state of mind that have emerged since the massacre at Fort Hood, America's largest military installation, on Thursday."

-- "Hasan, armed with two handguns including a semi-automatic pistol, walked into a processing centre for soldiers deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan, where he killed 13 and injured more than 30.

-- " 'Fellow doctors have recounted how they were repeatedly harangued by Hasan about religion and that he openly claimed to be a "Muslim first and American second.' "

-- "One Army doctor who knew him said a fear of appearing discriminatory against a Muslim soldier had stopped fellow officers from filing formal complaints."

-- "Another, Dr Val Finnell, who took a course with him in 2007 at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Maryland, did complain about Hasan's 'anti-American rants.' He said: 'The system is not doing what it's supposed to do. He at least should have been confronted about these beliefs, told to cease and desist, and to shape up or ship out. I really questioned his loyalty.' "

-- "Selena Coppa, an activist for Iraq Veterans Against the War, said: '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.' "

-- "One of Hasan's neighbours described how on the day of the massacre, about 9am, he gave her a Koran and told her: 'I'm going to do good work for God' before leaving for the base."

-- "A civilian police officer who shot him, bringing the rampage to an end, said Hasan appeared 'calm' during the massacre, hiding behind a telephone pole and shooting fellow soldiers in the back as they tried to get away."

-- " 'He was firing at people as they were trying to run and hide, said Sgt Mark Todd. 'Then he turned and fired a couple of rounds at me. I didn't hear him say a word, he just turned and fired.' "

-- "Hasan flinched after he was shot and slid down against the pole still clutching his gun, which had a laser sight on it. The officer kicked away the weapon and handcuffed him."

-- "He said: 'The guy was breathing, his eyes were blinking. I could tell that he was fading out and he didn't say anything. He was just kind of blinking.' "

-- "Senator Joe Lieberman, who chairs the US Senate Committee on Homeland Security, said there had been "strong warning signs" that Hasan was an 'Islamist extremist'. "

-- "The committee would ask 'whether the Army missed warning signs that should have led them to essentially discharge him,' he said. He added: 'The US Army has to have zero tolerance. He should have been gone.' "

-- "But General George Casey, the Army's Chief of Staff, said it was 'speculation' that military authorities failed to pick up on warning signs. 'I don't want to say that we missed it,' he said."

-- "Asked if military authorities had missed warning signs Gen Casey, the Army's Chief of Staff, added: 'We have to go back and look at ourselves ,and ask ourselves the hard questions. Are we doing the right things? We will learn from this.' "

-- " 'It's too early to draw conclusions but we will ask ourselves the hard questions about what we are doing and the changes we should make as a result of this.'  "
 

November 9, 2009 Updates - Fort Hood Attack:

Fort Hood Attack: Fort Hood massacre: Gunman linked to al-Qaeda as he awakes from coma -- Nidal Hasan
-- "Intelligence officers are said to have known months ago about Hasan's attempts to reach the terror network through the internet but decided to monitor him, hoping it would lead them to al-Qaeda operatives. It was thought Hasan might lead them to a “big fish” and there was no indication he was about to carry out an attack of his own, one source said."
-- "It emerged on Monday that Hasan had been in contact with Awlak within the last year."
-- "Communications, believed to be emails, were intercepted by US intelligence services. They were examined at the time but it was decided that they did not require following up."
-- Officials: U.S. Army Told of Hasan's Contacts with al Qaeda
--- "U.S. intelligence agencies were aware months ago that Army Major Nidal Malik 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."
-- London Times report"
-- U.S. had al Qaeda intelligence on Fort Hood shooter
-- Local Terrorism Expert Comments On Possible Terror Ties Of Ft. Hood Suspect
-- FBI, Joint Terrorism Task Force knew of Hasan in Dec. 2008, Ft. Hood investigation continues

Fort Hood Attack: Investigators: Ft. Hood suspect acted alone
-- Ft. Hood Suspect Awake, Able to Talk

Fort Hood Attack: Imam: 'Nidal Hasan is a hero' -- Anwar al Awlaki
-- "The posting on the Web site for Anwar al Awlaki, who was a spiritual leader at two mosques where three 9/11 hijackers worshipped, said American Muslims who condemned the attacks on the Texas military base last week are hypocrites who have committed treason against their religion."
-- "Awlaki said the only way a Muslim can justify serving in the U.S. military is if he intends to 'follow in the footsteps of men like Nidal.' "
-- " 'Nidal Hassan (sic) is a hero. He is 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,' Awlaki wrote."
-- "Hasan's family attended the Dar al Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Va., where Awlaki was preaching in 2001."
-- Radical Imam Praises Alleged Fort Hood Shooter, Urges Muslims to 'Follow in Footsteps'
-- U.S.-Born Yemen-Based Imam Anwar Al-Awlaki on His CA-Hosted Website: Fort Hood Shooter 'Nidal Hassan Is A Hero'

Fort Hood suspect was reportedly e-mailing al-Qaeda supporter Anwar al Awlaki
-- "Nidal Hasan sent 10 to 20 messages to former Falls Church preacher, congressman says"
-- Fort Hood suspect reached out to Islamist: sources
-- Warning Sign: Hasan Reached Out to al Qaeda

Fort Hood shooting suspect's contacts with imam were investigated, but case was dropped

Fort Hood Attack: The Jihadist who infiltrated the U.S. Army's officer corps
-- Walid Phares interview by W. Thomas Smith Jr.

Fort Hood Attack: Multiple Hill probes of Fort Hood take shape
-- IPT News: Fort Hood Update: Pointed Questions for the Government

Fort Hood Attack: Inside the Gunman's Mosque -- Nidal Hasan on Jihad
-- "Not long ago, inside the quiet library of the Muslim Community Center here in Silver Spring, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C., Golam Akhter, a local Bangladeshi-American civil engineer, 67, got into a fierce debate with a young Muslim doctor over how to interpret the concept of 'jihad' within Islam. Akhter argued, 'Jihad means an inner struggle, fighting against corruption and injustice.' "
-- "The young doctor responded. 'That's not a correct interpretation. Jihad means holy war. When your religion isn't safe, you have to fight for it. If someone attacks you, you must fight them. That is jihad. You can kill someone who is harming you.' "
-- "The conversation would be just another theological debate, interesting but irrelevant, except that the doctor was Maj. Nidal Hasan, 39, the gunman in the tragic Fort Hood rampage."

Fort Hood Attack: Reports regarding Nidal Hasan's mosques
-- Alleged Fort Hood Shooter Frequented Local Strip Club
-- Salon author Glenn Greenwald defends Nidal Hasan's actions as not "terrorism"

Fort Hood Lt. Gen. speaks to concerns for Muslim soldiers

 

November 10, 2009 Reports:

AP Reports: "AP Sources: Defense Dept worker looked into Hasan"
-- additional link

"WASHINGTON – U.S. officials say a Pentagon worker on a terrorism task force looked into Fort Hood shooting suspect Nidal Hasan's background months ago, and concluded he did not merit further investigation."

"Two officials say the Washington-based task force was notified of communications between Hasan and a radical imam overseas, and the information was turned over to a Defense Criminal Investigative Service employee assigned to the task force."

"That worker wrote up an assessment of Hasan after reviewing the Army major's personnel file and the communications."

"The disclosure is important because it shows the Defense Department was aware since late last year of Hasan's contacts with the imam."

"The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the investigation."
 


Nidal Hasan meets with defense team
-- Kileen Daily Herald: "Retired Col. John P. Galligan, a Belton-based attorney, will defend the Army psychiatrist suspected of killing 13 and injuring 38 in a mass shooting Thursday at Fort Hood."
-- "On Monday afternoon, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan's new civilian and military attorneys met him for about half an hour at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, said Galligan, who was hired by Hasan's family."
-- "Galligan said Hasan asked for an attorney even though he is on sedatives and his condition is guarded."

AP Reports: "AP Sources: Defense Dept worker looked into Hasan"

Obama pays tribute to victims at Fort Hood memorial service
-- Dallas Morning News: "In his remarks outside III Corps Headquarters, Obama tread carefully about the motives of Maj. Nidal Hasan, alluding to his Muslim faith without directly blaming it."
-- Obama: "no faith justifies these murderous and craven acts"
-- Fort Hood killings 'incomprehensible,' Obama says
-- 15 remain hospitalized after Fort Hood rampage

Austin congressman wants House committee to investigate Fort Hood shooter's possible ties to radical groups
-- "U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, asked that the House Homeland Security Committee begin its own investigation into whether Army Maj. Midal Malik Hasan had ties to radical groups and whether the Army knew about them."

Nidal Malik Hasan's Application for a Concealed Weapons Permit

Major Nidal Hasan and the "Desperation Explanation" - by Heather Robinson

After Fort Hood Shooting, Some Reluctant to Cite Suspect's Muslim Faith

Official: Fort Hood suspect asked military to give Muslims an out
-- "The suspect in last week's deadly shooting spree at Fort Hood urged in 2007 that Muslims in the U.S. Army be allowed to claim conscientious objector status when it comes to fighting other Muslims in war, a defense official said Tuesday."

Al Qaeda Recruiter New Focus in Fort Hood Killings Investigation
-- U.S. imam wanted in Yemen over al-Qaida ties -- Anwar al-Awlaki

The Taliban Statement on the Fort Hood Shooting

NY Daily News: "Fanaticism hits home: Blame Islamic extremism for the carnage at Fort Hood"

 

November 11, 2009 media reports:

From Yemen, Anwar Awlaki Helped Inspire Fort Dix, Toronto Plots -- Anwar al-Awlaki
-- "Despite terror connections, e-mails with Major Hasan did not raise red flags."

Investigators Found E-Mails From Hasan to Al Qaeda, Officials Say

Preacher linked to Fort Hood killer has support in Britain -- Anwar al-Awlaki
-- London Times:
"A radical preacher who allegedly inspired the Fort Hood gunman has a large following in Britain and counts prominent mainstream Muslims among his supporters."
-- "Counter-terrorism sources said yesterday that Mr al-Awlaki was barred from entering Britain on security grounds while the anti-extremist Quilliam Foundation said he was 'perhaps the most influential pro-jihadist ideologue preaching in English today' "
-- "Despite his extremist reputation, the cleric had attracted support from mainstream British Muslim groups. Azad Ali, president of the Civil Service Islamic Society, wrote last November that Mr al-Awlaki was 'one of my favourite speakers and scholars' "
-- SNP candidate praised radical Muslim as 'preacher of peace'
-- Radical Imam Does Social Networking

 

Lawyer says suspect yet to be questioned
-- Washington Post
- Col. John P. Galligan: "The lawyer hired to represent Army Maj. Nidal M. Hasan, the alleged gunman in the rampage at Fort Hood, said that his client has not yet been questioned by military or federal authorities and that he will advise him not to speak with investigators."
-- "An insanity defense is allowed in military courts."

Senior Official: More Hasan Ties to People Under Investigation by FBI
-- "Alleged Shooter Had "Unexplained Connections" to Others Besides Jihadist Cleric Awlaki"

Who knew of Fort Hood suspect's radical contacts?

Possible agency missteps debated
-- Hasan e-mails to cleric didn't result in inquiry

FBI Agents Search Trash At Mosque Attended by Hasan
-- "the Islamic Community Center of Greater Killeen"

ABC video: Major Hasan Refuses to Speak to Police
-- FBI: Killeen mosque trash cans searched

Nidal Hasan 2007 Presentation to Military - "The Koranic World View As It Relates to Muslims in the U.S. Military"
--- Adobe Acrobat PDF file of Nidal Hasan 2007 presentation

-- addresses "Offensive Jihad," Says "Fighting to establish an Islamic State... is condoned"
-- Nidal Hasan Slide 49: "Fighting to establish an Islamic State to please God even by force is condoned by the Islam"
-- Nidal Hasan Comments Slide 48 ends with "We Love Death More Than You Love Life"
-- Nidal Hasan Offensive Jihad Slide 44 quoting verse that Muslims should fight non-Muslims (with bold by Nidal Hasan) "until they pay the tax in acknowledgment of superiority and they are in a state of subjection."
-- Nidal Hasan Slide 35 on Qur'an "Later verses abrogated former ie: peaceful verses no longer apply"
-- Nidal Hasan Slide 4 "Islamist: Advocates rule by Gods law - Islamic political rule/Sharia law i.e. (No separatation of Church and State)
---- Context on "Islamism" from U.S. 9/11 Commission Report:
---- 9/11 Commission Report states "Islamism is defined as 'an Islamic militant, anti-democratic movement, bearing a holistic vision of Islam whose final aim is the restoration of the caliphate.'"
--- April 2008: "The Inconvenient 9/11 Commission Report" - by Jeffrey Imm

Hasan Warned Army of "Adverse Events" if Muslims Not Released [from military service as "conscientious objectors"]
-- ABC News:
"The Post first reported the briefing Tuesday morning and said Hasan had been required to make a presentation "on a medical topic of his choosing" at the conclusion of his residency program in psychiatry.
--- "On a page of 'comments' in the presentation, Hasan wrote 'We love life death more then (sic) you love life!'
--- "He warned that 'If Muslim groups can convince Muslims that they are fighting for God against injustices of the "infidels"; i.e. enemies of Islam, then Muslims can become a potent adversary i.e.: suicide bombing etc."'"

Fort Hood suspect warned of threats within the ranks
-- Hasan on Islam

Fort Hood Suspect Had 'Disgusted Look' in January Video, Expert Says -- at George Washington University Security Policy Institute
-- "Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the sole suspect in the murders of 13 people at the nation's largest military post last week, attended several conferences held by the George Washington University Security Policy Institute from June 2008 through February."
-- Homeland Security Policy Institute (HSPI) Statement on Nidal Hasan
-- Jeffrey Imm spoke at GWU HSPI Event on June 24, 2008 -- challenging "Islamic supremacism"
-- follow-up article on July 2, 2008 by Imm: "Crossroads in History: The Struggle against Jihad and Supremacist Ideologies"
 


 


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