Nov 12 2009
My previous posts on this terrorist attack at Ft Hood:
I have also added a new category for posts on The Ft Hood Massacre, given how this story is going to domino into something very important and politically pivotal.
The Washington Times has a very important and disturbing article out today showing that the Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTF) investigating Major Hasan prior to his terrorist attack on Ft Hood and our military personnel were chasing a lot of ‘dots’ at the time the investigation was suddenly shutdown:
Fort Hood shooting suspect Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan had been in contact with numerous Muslim extremists — some of whom are under federal investigation — before last week’s rampage, two U.S. officials told The Washington Times on Wednesday.
The fact these details are coming from “U.S. officials” is another sign that something went tragically wrong with our national security after the Obama administration took over. As I noted in my previous posts, we know AG Holder and President Obama were in opposition to the FISA changes put in place by President Bush after 9-11, changes which kept us safe from attack for all the remaining years of the Bush presidency after 9-11. AG Holder’s own words on the matter were:
In addition to closing Gitmo, Holder insisted the next president should:
Stop domestic search and seizures without warrant and end wiretapping of citizens.
â€œWe have lost our way before,â€ Holder told the 350 attendees at the Friday evening session. â€œNow we must step back into the shining path envisioned by our founding fathers in such icons of liberty as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.â€
This ideologically driven position always ran the risk that we would Â open ourselves to attack from inside – which apparently happened with the Ft Hood Massacre. Continuing with the Washington Times article:
Maj. Hasan made some of the contacts while visiting known jihadist chat rooms on the Internet, according to one of The Times’ sources, a senior FBI official. He said that several people with whom Maj. Hasan was in contact had been the focus of investigations by the FBI-led Joint Terrorism Task Force.
The other source, a military intelligence official, said those in contact with Maj. Hasan are located both in the U.S. and overseas. The official said they are “broadly known and characterized as Islamic extremists if not necessarily al Qaeda.”
These ties are in addition to Maj. Hasan’s already-reported links to radical Imam Anwar al-Awlaki, who called Maj. Hasan a “hero” on a blog post about last week’s Fort Hood shooting, which left 13 dead and 29 wounded.
The article never says if the JTTFs involved with Hasan were aware of these additional contacts. But the pattern of events emerging shows why investigations need to continue to their conclusion before final judgements are made.
I personally find it hard to believe Hasan’s names, connected to these other individuals, inside and outside the country, would not have been easily detected with some simple data base searches. Even if they were not detected it would seem the investigation ended prematurely.
So why did it end so abruptly? Did the AG decide, as I have been speculating, that he did not find any reason to continue the investigative research because of his ideological agenda regarding the Bush efforts to stop terrorism by US Citizens? As I have noted before, the easiest way to stop these investigations is for the DoJ to pull support from them.
With 14 Americans dead and twice as many injured, we deserve answers.
Update: A must read history and overview of attempted terrorist attacks in this country by ‘lone wolfs’ and coordinated teams.