Learning the Wrong Lessons From the Fort Hood Massacre (AMERICAN THINKER) By Scott Swett 02/27/12)
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Submission to Islam has been institutionalized by our national
security apparatus. The official handling of the Fort Hood massacre
proves the case.
On November 5, 2009, Major Nidal Hasan, a U.S. Army psychiatrist who
had previously served at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, shot 45
of his fellow soldiers at the deployment center at Fort Hood in
Texas, killing thirteen. It was the most deadly shooting attack ever
on an American military base. Maj. Hasan, who had been scheduled to
deploy to Afghanistan, was charged with murder and attempted murder,
but not terrorism. His court-martial will begin next month.
Meanwhile, Maj. Hasan continues to receive military pay, as well as
free medical care and legal representation from the Army.
Immediately after the shootings, President Obama called Hasan´s
actions "inexplicable" and suggested that he may have "cracked" under
stress. The media followed suit, emphasizing the stress of treating
soldiers emotionally scarred by war, and insinuating that Hasan had
been unfairly picked on by his colleagues. One talking head said "we
may never know if religion was a factor" in the killings. Another
lamented that Hasan had failed to "reach out for help." In reality,
Hasan had long exhibited bizarre, menacing behavior that would have
gotten him kicked out of the Army several times over if not for his
protected status as a Muslim. The sympathetic disinformation was
intended to hide Hasan´s actual purpose -- to kill as many infidel
American soldiers as possible for Allah.
A ticking bomb
During his residency at Walter Reed, Nidal Hasan was asked to prepare
a scholarly presentation on psychiatric issues. Instead, he produced
a completely off-topic lecture that failed to include a single
medical or psychiatric term. In it, he wrote that the Qur´an teaches
that unbelievers should have their heads cut off and be set on fire.
His superiors asked him to make changes, but the final version of
Hasan´s PowerPoint presentation, which he gave in June 2007, still
focused almost entirely on Islam and the Qur´an. Hasan stated that
having Muslim-Americans in the military poses the risk of fratricidal
murder of other soldiers, and added the comment, "We love death more
then (sic) you love life!"
Nevertheless, Hasan was selected for an elite two-year fellowship at
the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences. Two months
later he gave another off-topic presentation, arguing that since
America was at war with Islam, suicide bombings and other violent
responses were justified. Hasan´s classmates protested his remarks so
vigorously that the instructor had to stop the lecture. Later, Hasan
told classmates that his allegiance to the Quran took precedence over
his military oath to defend the Constitution.
During his USUHS fellowship, Hasan performed poorly and was placed on
probation for repeatedly proselytizing about Islam to patients and
colleagues. However, his supervisors gave him outstanding officer
evaluations that ignored his obsession with violent Islamic
extremism. Instead, they praised his "unique skills" and
his "extraordinary potential to inform national policy and military
strategy." Colleagues interviewed after the shootings said they
feared being labeled "racist" or "Islamophobic" if they spoke out
There were many other red flags:
-Hasan gave $20,000 -- $30,000 a year to radical Islamic "charities"
-Hasan argued online that Muslim suicide bombers are morally
equivalent to soldiers who heroically fall on a grenade to save their
comrades. He also repeatedly expressed support for suicide bombers
when talking with colleagues.
-Hasan spoke favorably of the murder of two US soldiers at a
recruitment center in Little Rock, saying "This is what Muslims
should do, stand up to the aggressors."
-Hasan´s business cards displayed an acronym widely used on jihadist
websites that translates as "Soldier of Allah."
-Hasan had attended the Dar al-Hijrah mosque in Falls Church,
Virginia in 2001 (as did two of the September 11 terrorists) while
the imam there was Anwar al-Awlaki, a leading al-Qaeda commander and
recruiter later killed by U.S. forces. Hasan frequently told
colleagues of his "deep respect" for al-Awlaki´s teachings.
-Unusually for a psychiatrist, Hasan took extra classes in weapons
In May 2009, the Army promoted Nidal Hasan to the rank of Major.
"No terrorist connection"
Even though FBI investigators knew that Maj. Hasan was communicating
with al-Awlaki, they decided he posed no threat. In one email Maj.
Hasan told al-Awlaki, "I can´t wait to join you" in the afterlife. Al-
Awlaki himself recalled that Hasan had asked for guidance on whether
a Muslim should kill American soldiers and officers. Even so, FBI
sources told the media after the shootings that "no terrorist
connection" was involved.
Al-Awlaki praised Hasan´s attack, calling him a "hero" and a "man of
conscience." The al-Qaeda spiritual leader added that "the only way a
Muslim could Islamically justify serving as a soldier in the U.S.
army is if his intention is to follow the footsteps of men like
Nidal." In a video released after his death, Al-Awlaki said the Obama
Administration "tried to portray the operation of Brother Nidal Hasan
as an individual act of violence from an estranged individual... in
order to cushion the reaction of the American public."
Yusuf al-Khatab, leader of the New York group "Revolution Muslim"
also applauded Hasan´s killing of American soldiers, whom he
called "slain terrorists... in the eternal hellfire." He wrote in a
message online, "An officer and a gentleman was injured while
partaking in a preemptive attack. Get Well Soon Major Nidal, We Love
A senior government official said that Hasan also had
other "unexplained connections to people being tracked by the FBI."
Those connections have not yet been made public.
Ignoring the elephant
In August 2010, the Department of Defense released Final
Recommendations of the Ft. Hood Follow-on Review, a summary
of "lessons learned" in the wake of the shootings.
Most of the proposed changes focused on improving the flow of
information between agencies. Other key issues included "clarifying
force protection roles and responsibilities" and "ensuring that we
provide top-quality health care." The DOD did go so far as to
commission a study to "identify behavioral indicators of violence and
radicalization," but carefully avoided discussing ways to identify
potential Islamic terrorists in the military.
Also conspicuously absent was any discussion of the Federal policy
that forbids U.S. military personnel to carry personal firearms on
base. Had Fort Hood not been a "gun free zone," Maj. Hasan´s victims
could have defended themselves against their attacker.
An earlier DOD analysis of the massacre, Protecting the Force:
Lessons from Fort Hood, specifically addressed how Army policies and
procedures had been applied in the case of the shooter -- who was
not mentioned by name. Reviewers of the event identified two "key
concerns" -- 1) that medical officers had "failed to apply
appropriate officership and standards of judgment with respect to the
alleged perpetrator," and 2) that medical officers had "failed to
include the alleged perpetrator´s overall performance as an officer,
rather than solely his academic performance, in his formal
These are official DOD recommendations, made in response to a mass
murder committed by a homegrown Islamic terrorist who shouted "Allahu
Akbar!" as he gunned down his fellow Army soldiers -- a man who
asked for the blessing of al Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki as he
prepared to carry out his attacks. Not once do they mention Islam or
Adding insult to injury, the Army declined to award Purple Hearts to
the dead and wounded soldiers, as that would indicate that they were
wounded by an enemy action.
Former FBI Director William Webster agreed in 2009 to prepare an in-
depth report on how the Bureau handled information about Hasan. His
review was expected to take about six months, suggesting a completion
date around May 2010. That report has not yet been made public. The
FBI sent an earlier secret report to the White House in November 2009.
The 2011 Senate Homeland Security Committee report found that Hasan
was so well-known among investigators that one FBI agent called a
DCIS colleague while watching coverage of the shootings on television
to say, "You know who that is? That´s our boy."
While acknowledging the difficulties posed when the subject of an
investigation is a U.S. citizen, the Senate report found that the FBI
and DOD "possessed sufficient information" to have detected Hasan´s
radicalization, but "failed both to understand and to act on it."
The Senate report focused on Hasan´s Islamist extremism and pointedly
noted the failure of the two previous DOD reports to do so. It
recommended that the DOD "should revise its policies and training in
order to confront the threat of violent Islamist extremism directly,"
and suggested a "comprehensive national approach to countering
homegrown radicalization to violent Islamist extremism." It also
faulted FBI training materials for tiptoeing around the issue of
Islamist ideology, commenting that they "ignore the substance of
radicalization, including what violent Islamist extremists believe
The Department of Defense has refused to implement the Senate´s
recommendations. A letter from the DOD to the Senate Homeland
Security Committee in December 2011 placed the Fort Hood killings "in
the context of a broader threat of workplace violence."
Diversity über alles
A few days after the massacre, Gen. George Casey, Chief of Staff of
the Army, informed NBC´s Meet the Press, "As horrific as this tragedy
was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that´s worse." In
case anybody had missed the point, Casey said the same thing during
an interview with ABC News, "What happened at Fort Hood is a tragedy
and I believe it would be a greater tragedy if diversity became a
Gen. Casey´s remarks were criticized, but they were not widely
understood. The Federal and military internal security apparatus
appeared, on the surface, to have suffered an obvious, catastrophic
failure. However, Gen. Casey was suggesting that the system was
working as intended. Thirteen soldiers had died and dozens more were
wounded, but the Islamic "diversity" that Maj. Nidal Hasan
represented had not "become a casualty."
The system intimidated anyone who tried to raise questions about
Hasan, overlooked his frequent displays of disloyalty and sedition,
ignored obvious signs that he was potentially violent, deemed
harmless his communications with a top al-Qaeda leader, fast-tracked
and promoted him, and ultimately enabled his act of jihad against his
For Gen. Casey, not offending Muslims was more important than the
lives of his own troops. Worse, his grotesque priorities reflected
those of the Administration he served.
In 2010, the Obama Administration had all references to Islam and
jihad removed from the National Security Strategy Document, the
central document that outlines U.S. security strategy. In late 2011,
the Administration removed all references to Islam from the training
programs used by Federal law enforcement and national security
professionals. That decision came after Muslim Public Affairs Council
president Salam al-Marayati published a not-overly-subtle threat that
keeping the training policies would "undermine the relationship
between law enforcement and the Muslim American community." Al-
Marayati also demanded that the FBI and Justice Department apologize
This Administration is taking direction on national security from
Islamic groups that are surrogates for the Muslim Brotherhood, which
is waging civilization jihad on American institutions, traditions and
freedoms. Rather than disbanding the groups for supporting terrorism,
the government has made them partners in its endless appeasement of
A blizzard of apologies
For the past week, Islamic protestors have rioted in Afghanistan,
following the revelation that a U.S. military library at Bagram
Airfield had disposed of several copies of the Qur´an and other
religious documents after finding they were being used by enemy
prisoners as a secret messaging system. American officials instantly
fell all over each other expressing outrage at this event. NATO
commander Gen. John Allen offered his "sincere apologies" in a video
aired on Afghan TV and ordered training for all 130,000 coalition
troops in the country in the proper handling of religious materials.
Pentagon official Peter Lavoy scurried to a Northern Virginia mosque
to apologize repeatedly on behalf of the Department of Defense. State
Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland called the event "horrific."
Groveler-in-Chief Obama sent a formal letter of apology to Afghan
President Hamid Karzai and conveyed his deep personal remorse over
Two American soldiers were killed during the anti-American riots, but
there have been no expressions of outrage from Administration
officials to date regarding their deaths.
Meanwhile, the search continues for new ways to capitulate to Islamic
demands. For example, our Marines in Afghanistan have orders not to
spit or urinate toward Mecca.
Remember: "Islam" means "submission."
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