Lots of disturbing facts coming out as to information possessed by the Federal government about the alleged shooter Nidal Malik Hasan prior to the Fort Hood Massacre.
1. Internet postings: At least six months ago Hasan came to the attention of law enforcement authorities regarding internet postings about suicide bombings.
2. Attempts to contact al-Qaeda: US intelligence officials knew for months that Hasan was attempting to contact al-Qaeda operatives. Apparently the Army was informed of these attempts by Hasan to contact al_Qaeda. The inquiry was dropped last year because the feds decided that there was no indication he would become violent. (I guess they were wrong about that.)
3. Comments made to fellow officers: Colonel Terry Lee who worked with Hasan makes clear in the above video that Hasan was not shy about making pro-jihadi comments to other officers. At Walter Reed he gave a lecture to dozens of doctors in which he said that non-believers in Islam should be beheaded and boiling oil forced down their throats (presumably before the beheading), in addition to being condemned to Hell. For good measure he also said that unbelievers should be set on fire, although after the the boiling oil and the beheading that strikes me as redundant. I find it difficult to believe that Hasan’s superiors would not have been aware of this type of behavior by him.
4. Attempts to proselytize: Hasan was disciplined at Walter Reed for attempting to proselytize his Muslim faith to patients and colleagues.
Taking all this together, all that was lacking was Hasan wearing a t-shirt saying “I Heart Jihad”. Why in the world did the Army continue to have Hasan at a base where he had daily contact with troops coming to and from Iraq and Afghanistan? Did the base commander at Fort Hood know any of this? Had base security been briefed regarding Hasan? Was Hasan under surveillance? This affair requires a detailed investigation and heads should roll for anyone who did nothing after having the facts before him. It is bad enough for this type of murderous rampage to occur, but to have clear warning signs and no action taken to prevent this tragedy is simply obscene. We owe it to his victims, especially the men, women and unborn child Hasan is alleged to have murdered, to do everything in our power to prevent this from happening again. Here is a list of the lives snuffed out:
Marine drill instructors have a motto: “Let’s be damn sure that no man’s ghost will ever say, ‘If your training program had only done its job.”
Let’s make sure from this atrocity that no one will die in the future because some government employee, in or out of uniform, doesn’t do their job.
Update: Hattip to Ed Morrissey at Hot Air. The Feds are now claiming that in regard to the contacts with al Qaeda nothing was done because: The FBI determined that the e-mails did not warrant an investigation, according to the law enforcement official. Investigators said Hasan’s e-mails were consistent with the topic of his academic research and involved some social chatter and religious discourse. What’s going on now is a CYA operation of epic proportions to explain why Federal agencies and individuals did nothing in the face of clear evidence that Hasan was a potential threat.