Monday, December 12, 2011

The Fort Hood Shootings Have Al Qeda Written All Over It 11/13/2009

The Fort Hood Shootings Have Al Qeda Written All Over It 11/13/2009
This was originally posted on Asian Week in 2009 about a week after the shootings, and pretty much nailed it on the head, as did Pamela Geller, even though Hasan's entire extended family had a series of sob stories that he was victim of discrimination and couldn't hurt a fly, and the usual pro-Palestine crowd insisted he was either unstable or suffering from PTSD.
Amazingly even in 2011, the Obama adminstration, DOD, FBI and Department of Justice has still not acknowledged any terrorist intent, nor that radicalized religion, particularly Islamism had any part of the motive. Meanwhile, it was up to the Senate to declare it the worst act of terrorism since 9/11. Anwar al-Awlaki was never charged in relation to the incident, but was targeted for elimination (as was bin Laden), it is believed, largely because of a series of attacks inspired or directed by him since Fort Hood, and it is now believed that Awlaki was a key operative in the 9/11 attacks. 
His father has since released statements that he fully supports his son's "mission" against the United States which indicates he was most likely radicalized from birth. It as also come to my attention that Hasan is only one of a series of terrorists of Palestinean descent on American soil starting with Sirhan Sirhan who initially confessed to shooting Robert F. Kennedy because he approved selling arms to Israel and he was a Palestinean Arab, but now his lawyers are promoting an unproven conspiracy theory that he was hypnotized by the CIA and that he has no memory. The 1997 Empire State Building shootingwas also committed by a disgruntled Palestinean, and his daughter eventually confirmed that it was only a cover story that it was not motivated by punishment for supporting Israel. Further in the past year, Naser Jason Abdo yet another Palestinean who went on national news opposing deployment was also arrested for plotting another attack on Fort Hood troops.
 Original Version Nov 13, 2009
"Nidal has killed soldiers who were about to be deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan in order to kill Muslims" Anwar al-Awlaki "Nidal Hasan Did The Right Thing"
They were troops who were going to Afghanistan and Iraq to kill Muslims. I honestly have no pity for them." Duane Reasoner, mentored by Nidal Malik Hasan [The First Post (UK),news-comment,news-politics,no-pity-for-fort-hood-dead-says-killer-nidal-malik-hasan-young-friend No pity for Fort Hood dead, says killer’s friend by Jack Bremer NOVEMBER 10, 2009 Interview by Gavin Lee of the BBC]
When the first reports came out of a terrible shooting at Fort Hood, there was no hints of who might have committed such an act. Then a television station reported that a woman called her parents saying “we’ve been attacked by terrorists” and she heard the shooter cry “Allah Akbar”, which has become known in America as the signature war cry of the 9/11 hijackers. When they finally announced the name of Nidal Malik Hasan, a lot of people instantly knew that it could  explain a lot of things. If you'd believe his family who lives "near Jersalem", he's a nice all-American boy who wouldn't harm anybody and never said anything radical or bad about America that was picked on for being a Muslim who was a psychiatrist deeply affected by horror stories of returning veterans.
Clearly the government was concerned about Muslim connections when Obama to asked America not to  “jump to conclusions”. Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano vowed to stamp out the imminent threat of  Islamaphobia, while General George Casey bravely stated “as horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that’s worse”. It’s bad enough FBI officials still state the “motivation has not been determined” but the booby prize has to go to Max Fisher who wrote on the Atlantic “Why Home-Grown Islamic Terrorism Isn't A Threat”.
There’s no need to immediately expel or investigate all Muslims in the military, but what’s with all the op ed pieces that point the blame on Post Traumatic Stress disorder while either leaving out or condemning any mention of Islamic terrorism? We don’t need to get rid of all Muslims, just the ones that think they are on a mission to kill people. The whole problem with the Japanese internment of WWII is that it didn’t stop any real bad guys like the embassy officer who flew around Pearl Harbor taking pictures. Surely Virginia Tech’s Seung-Hui Cho, Oklahoma City bombers  Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, and anti-abortion activist  Scott Roeder acted didn’t need a Quran, but that hardly proves this wasn't terrorism, or wasn't motivated by radical religiouis beliefs.
If we had proof or reasonable evidence that Hasan was directed or influenced by an affiliate of Al-Qeda to kill soldiers justified by radical Islamic beliefs, then we could call it an act of Islamic Terrorism. We don't need a smoking gun CC of the actual order when “Blind” Sheikh Omar Abdul Rahman issued a fatwah, but it was his followers who first bombed the World Trade Towers based on his Rahman's instructions and religious justifications. The fact that he had advocated an act which had influenced his followers was good enough to justify a life term and making him the one responsible for the attacks. [ 7, 2003 Yemeni Sheikh of Hate Cultivating jihad by Josh Devon] Now if we know that Hasan had been convinced by his spiritual leader to put god first, and that god wanted all good Muslims to kill soldiers, how is that any different?
Though Hasan is a native born American, both of Hasan’s  parents are from the same Palestine (as in PLO which revolutionized modern terrorism) which has served as poster child to those with grievances against Israel. His mother was traumatized by her experience in the 1967 Six-Day war as Israel  captured the ”occupied territories” when she was 15. Hasan’s family still owns land “near Jerusalem” in Ramallah, which is in the occupied West Bank, and the capital of the Palestinian National Authority.  While his family states that his parents opposed Hasan's joining the Army, one wonders if Mom and Dad might have set up little Nidal as a Manchurian Candidate planted in the Army.
Hasan wasn’t just any muslim, he was considered a devout radical even by friends in his own mosque and fellow muslim soldiers. His favorite flavor of Islam was that of his personal spirtual mentor  Anwar al-Awlaki, who is widely considered to be the leading English language clearance house for iihadist publications from al Queda, and author/translator of the virtual “lone wolf jihadist bible”.  Unlike most of Awlaki’s internet fans, Hasan was an in-person follower at one of Awlawki’s mosques, where the FBI also notes that 3 of the 9/11 hijackers had “developed close relations” and may have had “closed door meetings” with the imam. By continuing to seek out Awlawki in Yemen, Hasan stumbled over a national security trip wire because Awlakwki was on FBI terrorism radar even before 9/11, and he was still deemed worth gathering signals on by US intelligence agencies. The FBI first conducted a counterterrorism inquiry after he was visited by Ziyad Khaleel who helped buy bin Laden’s satellite phone. The FBI also belives Awlawki has contacts with the Holy Land Foundation and others raising money for Hamas, but there was not enough evidence for criminal charges.
Hasan’s 10-20 e-mails worth of “spiritual guidance” starting in December 2008 were handed over to a joint FBI / Defence Department terrorism task force. But investigators promptly hit the snooze button when they didn’t see anything that wouldn’t be at home in a research paper about “Islamic Jihad in the US Army”. [“Imam From Va. Mosque Now Thought to Have Aided Al-Qaeda” By Susan Schmidt Washington Post February 27, 2008 source told the London Telegraph that they decided to keep in in place and monitor him. It was hoped that his contact with Awlawki would lead them to a “big fish”, though they could have known Awlawki was already a pretty big fish. [
London Telegraph Fort Hood massacre: Gunman linked to al-Qaeda as he awakes from coma Nick Allen Nov 9, 2009]

The National Security Agency couldn’t find anything over Bin Laden’s satellite phone either until they figured out the code phrases for terrorist acts.[PBS: Nova The Spy Factory] But there are no hidden messages when Awlawki has called for the faithful in clear text  to serve Allah by killing US soldiers. In case there can be any question if he was just kidding, Awlawki’s website announced that Hasan was “a hero” and declared “The American Muslims who condemned his actions have committed treason”. It isn’t hard to guess what kind of spiritual guidance went into the powerpoint slide that warned of “adverse events” if Muslim soldiers were called upon to fight in Afghanistan. Duane Reasoner who had accepted Hasan as his spiritual mentor eerily echoes Awlawki's statements. Whether it was from Hasan or reading, the notion "They were troops who were going to Afghanistan and Iraq to kill Muslims" could only have come directly from the radical Imam. 
And where is Awlawki now? His website has gone dark, and authorities have been searching for Awlawki who has disappeared for eight months after having been released from prison. The government’s counterterrorism sweeps have killed many al Qaeda fugitives, and detained hundreds of suspects, possibly provoking the Yemen US Embassy bombing in 2008. Awlawki only popped up in Shabwa province which is part of the “triangle of evil” so named because it has become a known refuge for extremists, and recruiting al Queda members fleeing other nations. The Washington post learned that Awlawki confirmed that he blessed the killing of soldiers who were about to be shipped off to combat anyways. But since he "neither ordered nor pressured Maj. Nidal M. Hasan to harm Americans", and insists that it was actually Hasan's idea that Islam demanded shooting soldiers, we still can't tie anything to al Queda.
The FBI probably didn't notice that Hasan’s favorite imam was also a visiting professor at Yemen’s Iman University.  Sure, they've claimed to have cured 20 cases of AIDS completely, this Institute of Terrorist Technology is runs the ROTC version of the training camps that were shut down in Afgahnistan.  Among its notable alumni are people thought to be responsible for killing three American missionaries, the second in charge of the Yemeni Socialist Party, and  John “Jihad” Walker Lindh who is prison for being picked up as part of the Taliban army.
The man who founded and leads this fine institution of higher armed resistance in 1995 is none other than Awlawki’s former boss,  the red-bearded Sheikh Abdul Majeed al-Zindani. This fellow has managed to get himself on the  al Queda / terrorist / banned lists of no less than the US Treasury Department, United Nations and the United Kindom. Zindani is still wanted for questioning by the FBI over the attack on USS Cole in Yemen which killed 17 and injured 39. In the good old days when the United States backed the Mujahdeen against the Soviets, Zindani was a recruiter for fighters who was reputed to have fought alongside and was one of Bin Laden’s most trusted “spiritual advisors”.  He later helped raise funds and recruit volunteers for the Bin Laden organization.
While Kevin Bacon might be only six degrees away from everybody,  Hasan was only two connections away from Bin Laden through Awlawki and Zindani. Zindani is now a prominent businessman and leader of the most radical wing of the Islamic reform party. Back in the early 2000s Zindani ran a Charitable Society for Social Welfare (CSSW) which the FBI called  “front organization to funnel money to terrorists” where Awlawki served under him as Vice President. That outfit also had ties to the Islamic Cultural Institute in Milan, Italy which is a center for al-Qaeda in Europe.[ [Burr and Collins, 2006, pp. 243; Washington Post, 2/27/2008] Zindani’s office is now the contact for the Ansar al-Sunna group that took credit for the explosion at an American base in Mosul, Iraq that killed 22. [ Yemen: Al Qaeda in Broad Daylight Jane Novak May 28, 2005] Military commander Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar is Yemeni President Ali Abdallah Saleh’s half-brother who recruited mujaheddin fighters for Bin Laden who established establish training camps in Yemen [World Press]. The US Justice Department believes Zindani suggested using charities in Pakistan to bin Laden as a front for terrorists. [Wall Street Journal, 4/2/2004]  In the Yemen Post, Zindani largely denies all of the accusations made against him, adding “America has proved to the world that it is the most oppressive nation in history. It is the country which killed two million and displaced five million in Iraq by a lie it spread to the world. In all its accusations to its enemies it fabricates  lies and depends on its arrogance of power”. [] Given Zindani's position as the leading radical Islamist in Yemen and his recent ties to Alwaki, it can only be assumed that any investigation of Awlawki must also look into Zindani whether or not they lead to Bin Laden himself.
Only a terminal case of Political Correctness can explain why nobody (that can't immediately be dismissed as a right wing kook) from President Obama down can utter the obvious. Fox news contributor Walid Phares was quick to call it a "terrorist act", and possibly the "largest terror attack on America since 9/11. Phares believes that the Obama admininstration can't use the t-word because of its rebranding of the "global war on terror" to the "Overseas Contingency Operation".
Once I heard the name of the Virginia Tech shooter, I instantly knew he was a Korean whose parents worked too many hours in a dry cleaning store who were dissapointed he didn't get into Princeton. NASA could have recognized and announced  in a minute that the "foam strike" people were right about the Space Shuttle. Nobody wants to even speculate about who might have sexually assaulted and stabbed Robert Eric Wone in DC in a house full of the people and devices that could have done the job. Yes, our initial hunches can be wrong, but it doesn't mean they are wrong, and we can't get to the truth spending all our resources on everything but the obvious. We have a complete picture linking Hasan to known al Qeda terrorists who all show us their party membership cards and send telegraph a declaration of war to Obama. Few have seen the cartoon "Invader Zim" where a thinly disguised alien invader is liked by everybody except when he continually rants about wanting to destroy the planet. But he is cruelly harassed by a troublesome boy who is the only person crazy enough to realize Zim's true identity. That explains everything about how the US authorities dropped the ball with the Fort Hood shootings.  If McCain or GW Bush were in charge, the US would have sought and charged Awlaki and Zindani within hours. But at this rate our Commander in Chief is clearly in charge of an outfit determined NOT to connect any dots.

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