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Monday, November 09, 2009

Fort Hood Gunman And al-Qaeda- Updates

The massacre at Fort Hood which took the lives of many of our troops could have been prevented.

U.S. intelligence agencies were aware months ago that Army Major Nidal 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.

Read the whole thing for yourself, but that very first paragraph says it all.

Why was this man still allowed access to the service people at Fort Hood? Why was this man still allowed access to weapons?

The New York Times:

It was still dark on Thursday when Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan left his aging apartment complex to attend 6 a.m. prayers at the brick mosque near Fort Hood. Afterward, he said goodbye to his friends there and asked forgiveness from one man for any past offenses.

“I’m going traveling,” he told a fellow worshiper, giving him a hug. “I won’t be here tomorrow.”

Six hours later, Major Hasan walked into a processing center at Fort Hood where soldiers get medical attention before being sent overseas. At first, he sat quietly at an empty table, said two congressmen briefed on the investigation.

Then, witnesses say, he bowed his head for several seconds, as if praying, stood up and drew a high-powered pistol. “Allahu akbar,” he said — “God is great.” And he opened fire. Within minutes he had killed 13 people.

Joseph Lieberman, who heads the Senate's Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, states, via WSJ "If Hasan was showing signs, saying to people that he had become an Islamist extremist, the U.S. Army has to have zero tolerance. He should have been gone."

Sickeningly enough, the gunman is being declared a "hero" by other Muslim extremists.