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Heroes of Ft Hood -- and Obama's frightening insensitivity following shooting
By Andrew Walden @ 3:40 PM :: 13201 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

The names of the dead and injured are available here >>> LINK.   

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Slideshow: Hasan's presentation on Islam at Walter Reed meeting

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AP: But for heroes, bloodbath could have been worse

After the shooter stopped to reload, Smith made a run for it. Pushing two other soldiers in front of him, he made it out of the Soldier Readiness Processing center—only to plunge into the building twice more to help the wounded.

London Times: The mother who brought down the Ft Hood Shooter

On Thursday afternoon Ms Munley was doing her usual job of directing traffic on the sprawling base. By chance, she and her partner happened to walk past the Soldiers’ Readiness Processing Centre soon after Major Hasan — armed with two handguns — cornered his fellow soldiers. Soldiers who witnessed the rampage described the gunfire as continuous, methodical and well aimed.

Ms Munley succeeded in bringing him down by shooting him four times, even after being hit by a bullet that passed through both her legs, according to witnesses.

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NBC: Obama's Frightening Insensitivity Following Shooting

President Obama didn't wait long after Tuesday's devastating elections to give critics another reason to question his leadership, but this time the subject matter was more grim than a pair of governorships.

After news broke out of the shooting at the Fort Hood Army post in Texas, the nation watched in horror as the toll of dead and injured climbed. The White House was notified immediately and by late afternoon, word went out that the president would speak about the incident prior to a previously scheduled appearance. At about 5 p.m., cable stations went to the president. The situation called for not only his trademark eloquence, but also grace and perspective.

But instead of a somber chief executive offering reassuring words and expressions of sympathy and compassion, viewers saw a wildly disconnected and inappropriately light president making introductory remarks. At the event, a Tribal Nations Conference hosted by the Department of Interior's Bureau of Indian affairs, the president thanked various staffers and offered a "shout-out" to "Dr. Joe Medicine Crow -- that Congressional Medal of Honor winner."  Three minutes in, the president spoke about the shooting, in measured and appropriate terms. Who is advising him?

Anyone at home aware of the major news story of the previous hours had to have been stunned. An incident like this requires a scrapping of the early light banter. The president should apologize for the tone of his remarks, explain what has happened, express sympathy for those slain and appeal for calm and patience until all the facts are in. That's the least that should occur. 

NewsBusters: Obama Gives Shout Out to 'Congressional Medal of Honor Winner' Who Isn't 

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Blame game erupts over probe of Fort Hood suspect...
Warnings May Have Been Missed...
More Hasan Ties to People Under Investigation by FBI...

Fort Hood Suspect Warned of Muslim Threat Within Military...

Was under FBI probe in 2008...

RADICAL CLERIC TIED TO SHOOTING...

Officials: U.S. Aware of Hasan Efforts to Contact al Qaeda...

AP: Gunman shouted "Allahu Akbar!"

Soldiers who witnessed the rampage reported that the gunman shouted "Allahu Akbar!" — an Arabic phrase for "God is great!" — before opening fire, said Lt. Gen. Robert Cone, the base commander. He said officials had not yet confirmed that Hasan made the comment before the shooting spree.

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WaPo: Fort Hood suspect's links to imam said to be al-Qaeda backer come under scrutiny

Hasan attended the Dar al-Hijrah mosque in Falls Church in 2001, when its spiritual leader was Anwar al-Aulaqi, a figure who crossed paths with al-Qaeda associates, including two Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers, one senior U.S. official said.

Since leaving in 2002 and settling in Yemen, lectures by Aulaqi promoting the strategies of an al-Qaeda military leader have shown up in computer files of suspects in terrorism cases in the United States, Canada and Britain, officials said. It is not clear whether Hasan knew the preacher well then or only later through his lectures on the Internet....

A former senior U.S. counterterrorism official said that "connections to Aulaqi would be problematic on many levels," calling him "a radicalizer of the first order" with many al-Qaeda ties.

"That said, many people attended that mosque who are not terrorist suspects," the official said. "The question will be whether the shooter kept in contact with Aulaqi and sought spiritual guidance from him. If that is the case, then this changes the complexion of this case a bit."

 

 

 

NYT: Delays in Muslims’ Cases Spur Interfaith Call to Action (SAME MOSQUE Sept 4, 2009)

Well look at that, Hawaii.  Smug superior-acting "interfaith" simps crying "injustice" because immigration is just toooo slow to let attendees of this 9-11 and al-Qaeda-linked mosque into the country permanently.  Do these typical politically correct fools sound familiar Hawaii?.  We have a name for them here.  We call them "legislators."

AP: Some predicted trouble from Fort Hood's Maj. Hasan

"The system is not doing what it's supposed to do," said Dr. Val Finnell, who complained to administrators at a military university about what he considered Hasan's "anti-American" rants. "He at least should have been confronted about these beliefs, told to cease and desist, and to shape up or ship out."

Finnell studied with Hasan from 2007-2008 in the master's program in public health at the military's Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md., where Hasan persistently complained about perceived anti-Muslim sentiment in the military and injected his politics into courses where they had no place.

"In retrospect, I'm not surprised he did it," Finnell said of the shootings. "I had real questions about what his priorities were, what his beliefs were."

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AP: Fort Hood suspect raised concerns in past

WASHINGTON — Federal law enforcement officials say the suspected Fort Hood, Texas, shooter had come to their attention at least six months ago because of Internet postings that discussed suicide bombings and other threats.  The officials say the postings appeared to have been made by Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, who was killed during the shooting incident that left least 11 others dead and 31 wounded.

One of the Web postings that authorities reviewed is a blog that equates suicide bombers with a soldier throwing himself on a grenade to save the lives of his comrades.

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Here is one of his alleged webpostings under the heading "Martyrdom in Islam Versus Suicide Bombing"

NidalHasan 5 months ago

There was a grenade thrown amongs 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.

These are the words of an Islamist.

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ABC News:

The shooter was initially reported to have been killed, but Lt. Gen. Robert W. Cone told a late night news conference that the suspect was wounded and in custody. Cone would not say what Hasan's medical condition was, but said the suspect was not in danger of dying.

Hasan is not talking to authorities, said Cone.

The officer emphasized that there was only one gunman. Two other soldiers were taken into custody, but were later released.

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VIDEO: Interview of now-retired Colonel Terry Lee who worked with Ft Hood shooter.  Col. Lee describes several alleged angry exchanges with Hasan about six months ago--same time frame as the alleged suicide-bomber web posting:   

http://www.breitbart.tv/co-worker-ft-hood-gunman-made-outlandish-comments-condemning-us-foreign-policy/

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Just wounded: Alleged Ft Hood shooter

Allegedly the spree ended only when Hasan was wounded by return fire.  Hasan's alleged military records indicate he was born in Virginia in 1970 and is a US citizen.  They do not mention any education outside the US, as has been reported elsewhere.  Hasan is reportedly of Palestinian or Jordanian ancestry and according to a statement released by his first cousin, "has always been a Muslim." 

See Hasan's military records: LINK

McClatchy reports:

According to the records, Hasan completed a residency in psychiatry at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. in 2007 and additional training in disaster and preventive psychiatry at Uniformed Services University Of the Health Sciences F. Edward Herbert School of Medicine, Bethesda, Md.. At least 12 people were killed and 31 wounded in a shooting at Fort Hood Army Base near Killeen, Texas, when at least one gunmen opened fire on soldiers who were making their final deployment preparations.

Business Insider: At the Center for Traumatic Studies we found this profile.

Nidal Hasan, M.D., M.P.H.
  Fellow, Disaster and Preventive Psychiatry
  Department of Psychiatry
  F.Edward Hebert School of Medicine
  Uniformed Services University of the Health Science

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In the VIDEO, Col. Lee explains Hasan's alleged reaction to the shooting earlier this year of two soldiers in Little Rock by Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad:

"He (Maj. Hasan) was happy about it."  He said, "We should have more of these...."

"He said, precisely, that maybe the Muslims should stand up and fight against the aggressor."

"He was hoping that President Obama would pull troops out...(of) Iraq and Afghanistan."

David Forsmark of the David Horowitz NewsReal sums up the liberal media slant: 

Keith Olbermann could connect the dots between one offensive sign at the anti-socialized medicine rally at the Capitol today, racism, and the Republican leadership; but the fact that Hasan had been in some hot water with the Army for an internet post where he said that suicide bombers were comparable to soldiers who sacrificially throw themselves on a grenade to protect their comrades in arms did not strike him as a salient point.

While MSNBC hosts Chris Matthews, Olbermann and Maddow all mentioned that Hasan was distraught over an imminent deployment to Iraq, and sometimes mentioned he was against the war, none emphasized that he was a Muslim who made statements that the Muslims should “stand up” against American forces in the Middle East.

NBC News Terrorism Analyst Roger Cressey pointed out to Matthews that the “pasty white kid” who is the al Qaeda American spokesman called for just such actions, but that was the last of that kind of talk for the night on the network.

Matthews kept going on sympathetically about PTSD, and the “horrendous things” that Hasan must had heard as an Army psychiatrist.  But in a fairly long career as an Army shrink, Hasan had never been deployed overseas.

But that fits the liberal media template. Military service can drive you nuts.

And be sure to read this from CNN: Violent message outside a N.Y. mosque.  Retalitation by angry populace?  No, its a demonstration by pro-al-Qaeda Muslims in New York.

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Houston Chronicle:  Shooter among 12 dead in Fort Hood rampage, Gunman was a military mental health professional

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AP: Alleged Ft. Hood gunman may have 9/11 mosque link

Sen. Joe Lieberman's call for the investigation came as word surfaced that Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan apparently attended the same Virginia mosque as two Sept. 11 hijackers in 2001, at a time when a radical imam preached there. Whether Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, associated with the hijackers is something the FBI will probably look into, according to a law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.

Classmates participating in a 2007-2008 master's program at a military college complained repeatedly to superiors about what they considered Hasan's anti-American views. Dr. Val Finnell said Hasan gave a presentation at the Uniformed Services University that justified suicide bombing and told classmates that Islamic law trumped the U.S. Constitution.

Another classmate said he complained to five officers and two civilian faculty members at the university. He wrote in a command climate survey sent to Pentagon officials that fear in the military of being seen as politically incorrect prevented an "intellectually honest discussion of Islamic ideology" in the ranks. The classmate also requested anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.

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