Reports are out this morning that Nidal Malik Hasan had attempted to contact al-Qaeda. It appears there is now confirmation that Hasan and radical imam Anwar al-Alwaki were in touch, and souces indicate it was not just Alwaki. See update 11-09-09 below.
This report from ABC says "U.S. intelligence agencies" have confirmed that Nidal Hasan was trying to make contact with al-Qaeda or people associated with them. Apparently, American officials have known this for months.
Almost everyone in the report is speaking anonymously. A "senior lawmaker" said CIA had refused to brief the intelligence committees - IF they did have any knowledge of "Hasan's efforts. " Odd words. Does this mean Congress asked and the CIA "refused," or does it mean if the CIA had information before the killings, they FAILED to brief Congress?
Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT), head of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, is calling for an investigation and has ordered the preservation of all government documentation about Hasan. Lieberman says the U.S. Army (and how about other branches?) must have zero tolerance. I said it before. I'll say it again: politically correct behavior is deadly.
The video linked above reports a connection between Anwar al-Alwaki and Nidal Hasan. Hasan would have met Alwaki when he attended Alwaki's radical mosque in Falls Church, Virginia in 2001, the same year as the World Trade Towers attacks. Two 9-11 hijackers attended the mosque during that time period, and used Alwaki's Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Centre address on their driver's license. Hasan's mother's funeral was held at Dar al-Hijrah.
Al-Alwaki was born in New Mexico. His parents were Yemen, where he fled after the U.S. opened investigations into his radical actions.
Keep in mind as you read this, Brian Ross, speaking for ABC News, ended his report with these words:
...appears to be a lone wolf with serious emotional troublesWhat???? Radically "left" is Brian Ross and almost all media. Unbelievable! Ross will go to the top of my "stupid, ignorant and biased" correspondent list.
[Rep. Pete}Hoekstra and others are raising questions about whether government agencies paid sufficient attention to warning signs about Hasan.The FBI and Army attempted to question Hasan on Sunday (Nov. 8th) but he asked for his attorney.
Today, his family hired an attorney, Army Col. John P. Galligan, a former Ft. Hood military judge. The family has not had contact with Hasan.
Speaking from Yemen, American-born Anwar al-Alwaki, posted this on his website:
The only way a Muslim could Islamically justify serving as a soldier in the U.S. Army is if his intention is to follow the footsteps of men like Nidal," Aulaqi wrote, according to a translation.Imans at al-Alwaki's former Falls Church, Virginia mosque are scrambling to denounce the statement.
Today, the military announced that Nidal Hasan will face a military trial.
Related and Background:
Nidal Hasan NOT Shot by Lowly Woman? Hasan Shot by Sgt. Mark Todd?
Nidal Hasan Premeditated Murder Charges
Hasan sent Bouquet and Koran Quote
Michelle Malkin and Hannity: Fort Hood video
Nidal Hasan Starz Strip Club? Devout Muslim Hasan buys lap dances?
Yousef al-Khattab Mocks Murdered Soldier - Sends get well message to Hasan
Nidal Hasan's Radical Mosque: 9-11 Connection?
Fort Hood Killer on Obama Homeland Security Policy Institute task force
Nidal Malik Hasan Murders in the name of Allah?
Rafiq Ismail is Nidal Malik Hasan Palestinian Uncle
See this post for minute-by-minute updates as it was happening.