ABC: Hasan Tried to Contact al-Qaeda

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Monday, November 09, 2009 at 12:42 pm

At this point, following investigators’ lead, it’s probably fair to conclude that the Fort Hood shooting suspect was motivated by religious extremism:

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.

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.

The story sidesteps the question of whether Hasan actually made contact with al-Qaeda. The reporting so far indicates investigators believe he was acting alone. I think here I should go easier on Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), though the concerns about how his investigation may proceed still stand.

How could U.S. intelligence have not communicated this information to the Army? On the presumption that the intel side did not — which is not proven in the piece — I guess an explanation would be that the intel people were gathering information for future use, but that’s divorced from any actual evidence I possess. Still, there is an extensive apparatus for surveilling people in this country with minimal-to-no judicial oversight precisely for the warning signs of their connections to extremist organizations. How’s that working out for us?

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UncleC
Comment posted November 9, 2009 @ 1:29 pm

The question that needs to be asked is; should any practicing Muslim in the US military be forced to serve in Iraq and/in Afghanistan. The US military must address this issue. We didn’t send Japanese Americans to the Japan Theater during WWII. One must believe that there would be competing psychological loyalties for any religious Muslim. After 6 years of Bush defining this war as a “clash of civilizations”, any Muslim would be in conflict. If this country was at war with Israel, would we send Jewish troops into battle? Especially in an undeclared war when the majority of your fellow citizens are ambiguous, at best, in their support.


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spencerackerman
Comment posted November 9, 2009 @ 3:23 pm

But Muslim soldiers have fought and died for this country in Iraq and Afghanistan. An Army officer of Lebanese Christian heritage, Gen. John Abizaid, commanded U.S. military operations in the Middle East from 2003 to 2007. They have not exhibited any “competing psychological loyalties.”


UncleC
Comment posted November 9, 2009 @ 3:53 pm

Rambling thoughts

Doesn't make it a good judgment call – I would make it voluntary and keep them out of combat
You need to understand the psychological maturity of a general officer versus the enlisted men
Combat is difficult for anyone; we don't need to place any additional hurdles in the way of our troops
Islam is a philosophy, not just a religion
The US press has demonized Islam over the last 6 years
I wouldn't place a US Muslim soldier in a position where they had to choose between his religious beliefs and a direct order


ObamacornLies
Comment posted November 9, 2009 @ 8:38 pm

OMG, this site will defend to the end. That is horrible, to keep denying that this has nothing to do with muslim extremism or terrorism is totally ignorant. The army is telling you that they were told. It doesn't even MATTER if he didn't make contact. The fact that he tried is MORE than enough!

Wake the hell up!


UncleC
Comment posted November 9, 2009 @ 8:53 pm

Rambling thoughts

Doesn't make it a good judgment call – I would make it voluntary and keep them out of combat
You need to understand the psychological maturity of a general officer versus the enlisted men
Combat is difficult for anyone; we don't need to place any additional hurdles in the way of our troops
Islam is a philosophy, not just a religion
The US press has demonized Islam over the last 6 years
I wouldn't place a US Muslim soldier in a position where they had to choose between his religious beliefs and a direct order


ObamacornLies
Comment posted November 10, 2009 @ 1:38 am

The Army WAS told! Get your facts straight!

OMG, this site will defend to the end. This is obsurd! To keep denying that this has nothing to do with muslim extremism or terrorism, is totally ignorant. The army is telling you that they were told. It doesn't even MATTER if he didn't make actual contact. The fact that he tried is MORE than enough!

Wake the hell up!

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/fort-hood-shooter…


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