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FBI Knew of Hasan As Early As December 2008

10 November 2009 No Comment

Today, on this day when the memorial service was held at Fort Hood for the 13 victims who were murdered by suspected terrorist, Major Malik Nidal Hasan, we learn this:

The FBI issued a press release today, November 9, in which they said Major Malik Nidal Hasan was noticed by them as early as December 2008. His activities at the time attracted the interest of “one of their Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTFs).” Hasan was communicating with the subject of an unrelated investigation by the JTTF team.

They stated that a review of the interaction between Hasan and the subject of the JTTF investigation was explainable by his position as a psychiatrist at the Walter Reed Medical Center. The content of the communications was consistent with his research. They said nothing else derogatory was found. This led them to conclude that “Major Hasan was not involved in terrorist activities or terrorist planning.” They also said other communications of which they were aware were similar to the ones reviewed by the JTTF.

The press statement did not elaborate as to the nature of those communications or exactly why they believed them to be consistent with Major Hasan’s research.

The FBI stresses that “at this point, there is no information to indicate had any co-conspirators or was part of a broader terrorist plot.” Yet, they did not seem to rule out the possibility that the suspect was a lone actor in a terrorist act – only that he acted alone.

You can’t ignore the role of radical Islam at the Ottawa Citizen. The author cites the significance of the attire that suspect Maj. Nidal Hasan was wearing the morning of the killings.

CNN’s Arab commentator incorrectly reported that the major was wearing “Muslim garb” commonly worn in Jordan, and that it reflected his devoutness as a Muslim. However, to Pakistanis and Afghans watching the clip around the world, his clothing reflected something far more significant and sinister.