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Commentary: Hasan's conspiracy mentors

Hope for answers as US Army shooter awakes from coma
Fort Hood, Texas (AFP) Nov 9, 2009 - The suspected shooter accused of killing 13 people at a US military base has regained consciousness and can talk, fueling hopes Monday he may soon reveal the motive behind the attack. "He is talking. He is conversing with the medical staff," a spokeswoman for the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, told AFP, about army psychiatrist Major Nidal Hasan. A round-the-clock inquiry at Fort Hood in Texas has so far failed to uncover the motives for Thursday's shooting, which also left 42 wounded, according to a new toll released Monday. Hasan, a devout Muslim, was shot and wounded by a female civilian police sergeant who halted his deadly gunfire, and had been in critical condition on a ventilator until Saturday.

So far investigators believe the 39-year-old acted alone, but amid reports that he may have had links to an American-born imam who has backed Al-Qaeda, new questions arose as to whether the shooting could have been a terror attack. The bloody spree has left army officials scrambling to understand how one of their own could turn on fellow soldiers, prompting pledges of better monitoring in the future. The shooting suspect "was a soldier," said base commander General Robert Cone, "and we have other soldiers that, you know, that might have some of the same stress and indicators that he has." On Monday, 15 wounded remained in hospital, while 27 more had been released. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama were due to travel to Fort Hood Tuesday for a memorial service, with some 5,000 people expected to attend.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates visited the base on Monday to meet the families of those killed and to visit some of the wounded, including police sergeant Kimberly Munley, hailed as a heroine for confronting the gunman. Federal investigators are examining possible links between Hasan and Anwar al-Aulaqi, who was the spiritual leader of the Dar al-Hijrah mosque in Falls Church, Virginia, The Washington Post reported. Hasan had attended the mosque in 2001, before Aulaqi left the United States in 2002 and settled in Yemen.

The imam was said to have crossed paths with Al-Qaeda associates, including two September 11 hijackers, and is now believed to have become a supporter of the terror network, the paper said, citing a senior US official. In a message posted on his website Monday, Aulaqi praised Hasan for his "heroic act," the SITE monitoring service said. "In fact the only way a Muslim could Islamically justify serving as a soldier in the US Army is if his intention is to follow the footsteps of men like Nidal," said Aulaqi. The mosque's current imam on Monday said around 3,000 people attended for prayers every Friday and the congregation should not be judged by a handful of its members, adding that Hasan was not a regular.

Senator Joseph Lieberman, who chairs the Senate Homeland Security Committee, has said he would launch a probe into whether the army missed any warning signs which could have prevented the attack. "There are very, very strong warning signs here that Dr Hasan had become an Islamist extremist and, therefore, that this was a terrorist act," he told "Fox News Sunday." His family has said Hasan had complained of harassment in the military and was deeply concerned about his orders to deploy to Afghanistan later this month. In mid-August, several weeks after Hasan arrived at Fort Hood, he had complained after another soldier scrapped along the side of his car and ripped off a bumper sticker saying "Allah is Love," according to The Washington Post.
by Arnaud De Borchgrave
Washington (UPI) Nov 9, 2009
Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan is the proverbial canary in the mine. Gunning down 12 soldiers and one civilian, and wounding 31 was not a random act of violence by an army psychiatrist who was slated to deploy to Afghanistan, an evil war in his mind, where American infidels are killing good Muslims. As the Virginia-born major told a female neighbor in his apartment complex, "I'm going to do good work for God." Hasan wanted, in his mind, to die a martyr, killing American soldiers who had been killing Muslim soldiers in Iraq or Afghanistan, or would soon be doing so.

There are tens of thousands of Hasans all over the Western world -- from Brussels to Berlin and from Burgos, Spain, to Birmingham, U.K. For them, Sept. 11, 2001, was a conspiracy cooked up by the CIA and Mossad, Israel's external intelligence service. Even though al-Qaida's Osama bin Laden and his No. 2 Ajman Al-Zawahiri have both taken credit for Sept. 11, countless millions are convinced they had nothing to do with the attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon.

In 2001, prior to Sept. 11, Hasan attended Dar Al Hijrah mosque in Falls Church, Va., where his principal preacher was a U.S.-born Yemeni scholar name of Anwar al-Awlaki who praised the virtues of jihad, or holy war. He is one of 13 million Muslims -- or 1 percent of the world's total -- who espouse extremist beliefs about the United States and its NATO allies. Led by the United States, the West's Christian nations, as Muslim fundamentalists read the world chess board, are on a crusade to throttle the Muslim world.

About 130 million, 10 percent of the world's 1.3 billion Muslims, are estimated by moderate Arab leaders to be fundamentalist whose sympathies are with the extremists but who do not participate in acts of jihadi violence.

Shouting "God is great" -- "Allahu Akhbar" -- as he opened fire on unarmed American soldiers, Hasan was merely emulating what Muslims cry out as they charge into battle. He was presumably hoping that his last act on Earth would give the powers pause in their crusade to destroy Islam. He had counseled scores of battle-shocked, wounded veterans -- in his mind casualties of the Mossad-CIA conspiracy, now an article of faith among most Muslims.

Sept. 11 machination theories have spun a tale of intrigue that has circled the globe and grown from a cottage to a global industry replete with best-selling books in scores of languages, videotapes, Web sites and lecture bureaus that offer speakers who claim special knowledge on a variety of inside tracks. The fact that this is twaddle in all its unrationed splendor -- e.g., Jews were not ordered to stay away from work in the Twin Towers the day before the attacks -- is conveniently ignored.

Three can keep a secret if two of them are dead. A conspiracy on the scale of Sept. 11 would have required a lot more than three. Yet two former Egyptian ambassadors in Washington, long since retired, told this reporter in Cairo last month they were convinced there had been "some U.S. government involvement in 9/11." One of them said buildings as solid as the Twin Towers could not possibly collapse like a house of cards unless explosive charges on different floors had been programmed to detonate as the floor above began collapsing.

All Arab newspapers have published detailed stories about an Israeli intelligence service manipulating its friends in high places in the Pentagon and the CIA. The conspiracy theories show no sign of flagging. The peddlers of palpably fraudulent accounts constantly embellish, embroidering accounts of Israeli tourists videotaping and allegedly celebrating the collapse of the Twin Towers. This dovetailed neatly with the biggest Sept. 11 canard that had phone banks calling all the Jews in Long Island and the tri-state area who worked in the Twin Towers to stay home the next day.

The Sept. 11 conspiracy theory now rivals Holocaust deniers. Forty percent of Israel's Arab population say the Holocaust never happened. The phenomenon is, understandably, more prevalent among those born since World War II. For veterans of the second world war, now dying at the rate of 2,000 a day, the idea that the Holocaust did not take place is too preposterous to even discuss. Rudolf Hoss, the Auschwitz commandant for three years, admitted at his 1947 trial before an international court in Poland, that 1.3 million Jews had been gassed and burned on his watch. He was hanged over the Gestapo's offices at Auschwitz.

Hasan is one of millions today who believe America and its Israeli ally are working in tandem to suppress Islam. And for Hasan to go off to Afghanistan would be, for him, to participate in America's anti-Islam crusade, made all the worse by the accounts he heard from the soldiers scarred physically and mentally by wounds sustained in a war against Islam.

As the FBI's cybersleuths comb through Hasan's hard drive, they will conclude that this Virginia-born shrink inhabited an electronic global caliphate, the ummah, or universal community of Muslim believers, next to which the nation-state -- even one as powerful as the United States -- seems irrelevant.

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