Nov 14 2009
For the last week I have been posting about my suspicions regarding the Ft Hood terrorist massacre and how the Obama administration seemed to be in full spin mode, as if they knew something horrible about the incident.
The crux of my concerns have been the well established, far left positions held by AG Holder and President Obama regarding the fixes President Bush implemented to the FISA processes and guidelines that allow internal investigations into people who have suspicious contacts with known terrorist or terrorist allies. AG Holder has been abundantly clear in his view that we should expose ourselves to attack by dismantling the changes made by President Bush, and which kept us safe from serious attack since 9-11. Holder’s views are not hazy or in doubt:
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€
Clearly this position applies directly to Major Hasan, who is an American citizen who was also under surveillance after he was picked up last December (under the Bush administration) trying to contact a well known al Qaeda recruiter and supporter.
The timing of the matter is just too coincidental not to be suspicious. A first Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) picks up Hasan making many attempts to contact a radical Imam in Yemen (who is also American born and connected to the 9-11 high jackers). They pass the lead to a second JTTF in DC to investigate since Hasan is working at Walter Reed just outside DC in Maryland.
In the same time period President Obama’s team takes over, and Holder now decides which (if any) investigations will continue forward under the Bush guidelines (now the law of the land after Congress passed legislation twice). Apparently it is in this time frame that people stopped connecting dots. In quick succession the investigation stops short, is closed down and Hasan is promoted and shipped to Ft Hood on his way to Afghanistan. All very coincidental.
This happened around the April-May-June timeframe. Fast forward to November 5th and Hasan (who has made no secret of his Jihadist leanings and erratic behavior) mows down 23 people and an unborn baby.
What has struck me as odd is how quick the FBI (Obama’s FBI) started coming out claiming there was no terrorist connections. It happened almost immediately, culminating with this bizarre press conference in DC with unidentified FBI officials on 9/05/09. What makes this briefing so bizarre is what the officials knew versus what they don’t know. They don’t know anything about Hassan’s questionable behavior at Walter Reed, but they did have the fig leaf deflection story down pat. For example:
HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE HASAN’S COMMUNICATIONS?
The general tenor of the communications, at least in my mind, were fairly benign and did comport with a research project he was doing that was sanctioned by Walter Reed [Army Medical Center],” one official said. (Hasan was researching Post Traumatic Stress Disorder for his Master’s degree during the time he sent communications to Awlaki.) Another official said the communications appeared “consistent entirely with what he was doing as a licensed psychiatrist in dealing with soldiers [or] what he’s doing for his Master’s work.” As for the specific content of the communications, one official would only say that it included “social” topics and “religious guidance.”
They go through a lot of denial about seeing any big dots to connect, and then they do something stunning. They admit they did not do an in depth investigation at all, which is completely at odds with what they implied during the early part of the briefing:
One official said the assessment was “of a limited duration,” and it included reaching out to the military about Hasan’s work. One official said the JTTF looked at: “Who is this person? What are they working on? Any issues with them? Disciplinary matters? All those things just part of due diligence.” Hasan’s “performance reports were reviewed” but “there was nothing that raised … a red flag,” according to one official. The official said he didn’t know whether any of Hasan’s colleagues at Walter Reed had filed any reports about Hasan.
A FORMAL INVESTIGATION WAS NEVER OPENED. WHY NOT?
“What we had was some contact and some communications that wasn’t enough to get us into even the preliminary investigation box,” one official said. “We didn’t have enough for a preliminary investigation.”
“We cannot predicate an investigation of a U.S. person … solely on First Amendment activity,” the official said. “So if all you have is First Amendment activity — so it’s protected speech, there’s nothing that suggests advocacy of violence, nothing that suggests incitement to violence, nothing about the connection between him and the [individual overseas FBI was investigating] … then what do you have? In order to open a preliminary investigation we need information or allegations that person is or may be, in this context, a national security threat. And that can’t be based solely on protected First Amendment activity.”
That is actually 100% wrong. The Bush changes gave the FBI and other agencies plenty of room to determine if someone was a threat once they were detected contacting known terrorists overseas. These excuses reek of Eric Holder and his liberal ideology. The whole purpose of these changes was to see if there was a risk that needed to be addressed.
As if that was not enough right there to suspect the current administration dropped its guard and allowed 14 Americans to be brutally murdered, then came this news today It shows how “Major Hasan” was such an important name that his emails hit the President’s desks probably even before this FBI briefing to the news media happened.
Shortly after the Nov. 5 shootings, Obama reportedly saw e-mails that Hasan had sent to a radical Muslim cleric in Yemen whom theÂ FBI has investigated since the 1990s for possible terrorist ties.
Why in the world would the President be looking over these emails? Did he get the entire JTTF report? Then we see this tidbit on the timeline:
On Nov. 6, the president ordered a far-reaching review of everything known about Hasan before the massacre, but the inquiry’s existence was not revealed until this week. By that point, sources had toldÂ The Dallas Morning News that Hasan had also wired money to Pakistan, which has become a hub for terrorist fundraising and is in the grip of a militant Islamic insurgency.
So in less than a week did the news media turn up more dots than two joint task forces did over the course of many months? Did the media discover the concerns of Â Hasan’s Walter Reed coworkers in a fraction of the time the two joint task forces investigated, and apparently missed all together? Mark Steyn does a great job of noting the fact Hasan was lit up like a bright neon red light indicating s a serious threat. Could we all learn this in a week where the task forces fumbled for months and simply closed the case without finding anything but free speech?
Finally, I found this article interesting in terms of laying out some facts and how these administration/FBI briefings and leaks are complicating the Army’s investigation – which they lead now with the FBI in a supporting (and supposedly quiet) role:
According to an FBIÂ update submitted to police organizations such as the National Association of Chiefs of Police,Â the Army’s Criminal Investigative Division is leading a coordinated criminal investigation with the support of the FBI and other components of theÂ USÂ Department of Justice as well asÂ the Department of Public Safety’sÂ Texas Rangers.
This is interesting, because the briefings keep coming from people outside this investigation it would appear.
The investigation is in its early stages, and the information they are able to provide now is limited at this point, according to the NACOP report.
Yeah, except all the spin and leaking. If there are connections between Hasan and Pakistan, including wire transfers, then we need to find out why the investigation was shut down so early and prematurely.