Thirteen are dead, 30 wounded after a shooting Thursday at a soldier-processing center at Fort Hood, Texas. Did the shooter target individuals that he knew? The shooter reportedly cried, “Allahu Akbar” as he commenced shooting.
It has been reported that he previously declared that Islamic people should rise up against those that are oppressing them in Iraq and Afghanistan. The shooter posted the following:
“There was a grenade thrown among a group of American soldiers. One of the soldiers, feeling that it was to late for everyone to flee jumped on the grave with the intention of saving his comrades. Indeed he saved them. He inentionally took his life (suicide) for a noble cause i.e. saving the lives of his soldier. To say that this soldier committed suicide is inappropriate. Its more appropriate to say he is a brave hero that sacrificed his life for a more noble cause. Scholars have paralled this to suicide bombers whose intention, by sacrificing their lives, is to help save Muslims by killing enemy soldiers. If one suicide bomber can kill 100 enemy soldiers because they were caught off guard that would be considered a strategic victory. Their intention is not to die because of some despair. The same can be said for the Kamikazees in Japan. They died (via crashing their planes into ships) to kill the enemies for the homeland. You can call them crazy i you want but their act was not one of suicide that is despised by Islam. So the scholars main point is that “IT SEEMS AS THOUGH YOUR INTENTION IS THE MAIN ISSUE” and Allah (SWT) knows best.”
He apparently posted the comments above on the internet stating that suicide bombers are equivalent to soldiers that throw themselves on a hand grenade to shield their brothers in arms; i.e., heroic defenders of the peaceful Islamic way of life. Not surprisingly, he allegedly received a negative evaluation regarding his work at Walter Reed Hospital.
The terrorist killed and wounded more than forty people- the worst shooting on a U.S. Army base in U.S. history- and now it turns out that he is alive. Why is PTSD an issue when he was never close to combat until Thursday. He only opposed warfare because of his commitment to jihad? He wanted to get out of the military at one point but could not do so without repaying the U.S. taxpayers for his medical training.
The gunman is an officer in the U.S. Army and an Army psychiatrist. Despite reports that he converted to Islam, the shooter has always been Islamic, according to his cousin, a Jordanian-American who was interviewed on the news. Immediately after Maj. Malik Nidal Hasan’s name was announced to the world, experts began to ask the inevitable questions about whether the attacks were Lone Wolf terrorism, Mumbai-style tactical attacks or further evidence of so-called Sudden Jihad Syndrome. The fact that there were reports of more than one shooter at first raised questions about whether other attacks may have been about to materialize in places like Seattle or Fort Lewis. It has now been solidly determined by ballistic evidence that the shooter acted alone. There is no evidence that he was a member of an organized terror cell.
Army spokesman Lt. Gen. Bob Cone stated that two other soldiers were detained as suspects but have been released. The authorities are no doubt following up every rumor or thread of evidence.
Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, 39, was stopped by gunfire from a local police officer after he opened fire at about 1:30 p.m. CST at the Soldiers Readiness Processing Center. Soldiers get medical check-ups and have their wills drafted at the SRP before leaving for and arriving from overseas deployments.
Why was a local police officer the first one to effectively respond and why there is not more armed security on base? It turns out that the City of Killeen, Texas contracts with the Department of Defense to provide police protection on base and a female officer made the shot that stopped the killer. We should hear more about her- she deserves maximum kudos for heroic service to her country! The New York Times deserves a favorable mention for its story on Sgt. Kimberly Denise Munley. Incidentally, Killeen is the city in which 24 were killed by a shooter in Luby’s Cafeteria in 1991.
The shooter killed one civilian police officer, according to Cone.
Hasan was a psychiatrist who previously worked at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He recently was a psychiatrist at Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood, according to professional records. He was scheduled to be deployed to Afghanistan and was apparently upset about the deployment. He may have gotten into arguments with other personnel as a result of his outspoken support for Islamic extremism.
Investigators are looking into why he was recently promoted to the rank of major- despite complaints about anti-American, pro-Islamicist statements and religious proselytizing of his PTSD patients. Questions are being raised already in connection with how he previously lectured his colleagues regarding beheading of infidels and harangued co-workers about similar religious subjects.
On Sunday, Sen. Lieberman, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, called for Senate investigations into these reports and other disturbing allegations (such as that Hasan was sending messages to jihadist websites) and as to why the Army missed so many obvious signs that Hasan has been a radical Islamicist for some time.
The reports that he may have felt he was being discriminated against by his colleagues and received legal advice related to getting out of the Army a few years back raise the issue of why the Army did not just let him resign instead of recently promoting Hasan to the rank of major.
Ten of the deceased were soldiers and another was a civilian police officer who was working as a contractor on the base, Cone said.
The shooter had two handguns, commenced with the obligatory jihadi cry of “God is great!” in Arabic and fired as many as 45-50 rounds. Despite the many conflicting reports, the casualties began at 1:30 PM Central Time at the SRP.
“The local police response forces were there relatively quickly and killed the confirmed shooter,” Cone said (later it turned out Hasan is alive). Multiple reports persisted of shooting that occurred at more than one location within Fort Hood and the facility was still locked down at 5:00 PM Thursday.
One pistol was semi-automatic and the other a .357 revolver. It may take a few days, but I see an upcoming CNN story on the dangers of semi-automatic weapons. Have you ever seen how quickly some folks shoot and reload revolvers?
It is unfortunate that a few more military personnel with weapons (semi-automatic or otherwise) could not have been close-by to stop the massacre within Fort Hood. Fort Hood’s garrison commander explained that the base is reviewing its security procedures. An equally important concern expressed by General Casey, is to avoid a backlash against loyal Islamic soldiers. One theme coming through in some of the commentary is that Fort Hood is the Army’s home; of course soldiers would not be armed in their home. Interesting point of view!
Why do so many of the folks on television seem to have received the same talking points! Unfortunately the alleged shooter, like several other jihadists” that were planning to do the same thing at Fort Dix and various other military installations, didn’t get the memo about Fort Hood as a gun-free home in which for soldiers to rest secure- presumably off-limits for terrorists to attack?
When will the U.S. Government realize that we are in a war where every area is a danger zone? There have been many plans interrupted already in which military bases were targeted for tactical attacks by teams of shooters. Every soldier should be encouraged to obtain a Concealed Pistol License in the state where he lives (the federal government should again consider issuance of a universal concealed-carry permit- good in all states) and carry a weapon all the time- on and off base. It seems unlikely, however, that Congress or the Army will take such measures. Our prayers go out to the surviving victims and families of all service personnel, especially thise that are directly impacted.
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If you falter in times of trouble, how small is your strength! Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it.