- He is American born Palestinean-American or American of Palestinean descent
- Extended family lives in Ramallah, near Jerusalem in the occupied west Bank, capital of Palestinian National Authority (extremely anti-Israel, anti-USA, pro muslim terrorist place in case you didn't notice)
- Hasan's mother came from al Bireh, a Palestinian town close to Ramallah. She was traumatized by her experience in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, when she was 15, according to the source
- attended the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD. He graduated in 2003 with a degree in Osteopathy and later finished his residency as a psychiatrist. In 2009, Hasan completed a fellowship in Disaster and Preventive Psychiatry at the Center for Traumatic Stress.
- He was promoted to major status in May, according to the Army Times.
- all three brothers -- a lawyer, a professor and a psychiatrist -- are highly educated
- Connection with Islam compared to Timothy McVeigh and Terri Nichols bombing Oklahoma City
- Mainstream media seems to be minimizing any connection to being a Palestinean origin, muslim, or having terrorist jihadist symphathies, concentrating on anti-muslim harassment as his reason for wanting out of the military
- quote: "The Muslims have a right to stand up against the aggressors"
- quote: "Maybe we should have more of these where people strap bombs on themselves and go into Times Square"
- Blog Atlast Shrugs calls him a muslim terrorist,
- poliblogger says it's too soon to make a connection"Geller is an extremist who, on the one hand, deserves to be ignored"
Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan was a soldier who didn't want to go to war, a man of God who defended murder and a doctor who shot up the soldiers he was supposed to heal.
In one posting on the Web site Scribd, a man named Nidal Hasan compared the heroism of a soldier who throws himself on a grenade to protect fellow soldiers to suicide bombers who sacrifice themselves to protect Muslims.
“If one suicide bomber can kill 100 enemy soldiers because they were caught off guard that would be considered a strategic victory,” the man wrote. It could not be confirmed, however, that the writer was Major Hasan.
“He was doing everything he could to avoid that,” Mr. Hasan said. “He wanted to do whatever he could within the rules to make sure he wouldn’t go over.”
Several years ago, that included retaining a lawyer and making inquiries about whether he could get out of the Army before his contract was up, because of the harassment he had received as a Muslim. But Nader Hasan said the lawyer had told his cousin that even if he paid the Army back for his education, it would not allow him to leave before his commitment was up.
Major Hasan was not married and had two brothers, one living in Virginia and another in Jerusalem, his cousin said. The family, by and large, had prospered in the United States, with various members working in law, banking and medicine, Mr. Hasan said.
“His parents didn’t want him to go into the military,” Mr. Hasan said. “He said, ‘No, I was born and raised here, I’m going to do my duty to the country.’ ”
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. NPR
Six months ago Hasan came to the attention of the FBI because of Internet postings that discussed suicide bombings.
After lauding a Muslim U.S. Army soldier who killed comrades in Kuwait in 2003, Hasan wrote in an online posting, "If one suicide bomber can kill 100 enemy soldiers ... that would be considered a strategic victory."
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