WASHINGTON – The Army psychiatrist accused of the Fort Hood massacre apparently acted alone and without outside direction in the attack, investigative officials said Monday evening. Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan will be charged by the U.S. military rather than in a civilian court, they said.
Although investigative officials portrayed Hasan as a lone wolf, the investigators and a U.S. official disclosed that Hasan communicated 10 to 20 times with a radical imam overseas who in the past came under scrutiny for possible links to terror groups. The investigative officials said the communications began last year and continued into this year and "were consistent with the subject matter of his research," apparently on the effects of U.S. combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The U.S. official said the communications were with the radical imam, Anwar al-Awlaki.
Answer by urkiddingright at 8:52 PM on Nov. 9, 2009
U.S. officials were aware of the communications since last year, but no formal investigation was ever opened based on them, the officials said. They said that FBI Director Robert Mueller has ordered an internal review of the bureau's handling of the Hasan information.
The officials spoke Monday evening on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the investigation on the record. Awlaki, who was released from a jail in Yemen last year, writes a blog that denounces U.S. policies as anti-Muslim. Investigators tried to interview Hasan on Sunday at the military hospital where he is held under guard, but he refused to answer and requested a lawyer, the officials said.
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 8:40 PM on Nov. 9, 2009
The U.S. official said the communications were with the radical imam, Anwar al-Awlaki.
Isn't this the same guy who praised Hasa for his killing spree? Did Hasan see Anwar al-Awlaki as an inspiration?My opinion~Serious flaws in communication between the FBI and military. To be going on for a year? People apparently being too politically correct to make a formal statement? The FBI knowing about certain Internet activity. The warning signs. Its sad this coward was given a free pass on more than one occasion. It is still being said he said'Allahu Akbar' as he killed 13. Some shot 4 times. Were Anwar al-Awlaki words any sort of inspiration for him? There are different definition of terrorism being thrown out. If he isn't a terrorist he DEFINELTY terrorized more than 50 people last week. So, I guess he is just a lone acting man caused disaster, huh?
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Answer by lovinangels at 9:11 PM on Nov. 9, 2009
There are different definition of terrorism being thrown out. If he isn't a terrorist he DEFINELTY terrorized more than 50 people last week. So, I guess he is just a lone acting man caused disaster, huh?
Your trying to play on words to fit a certain situation. I will wait for the investigation and the facts before calling it a terror anything. Any murder promotes terror to the victims and their families,,,doesn't make it a terrorist act. That has yet to be ascertained
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 9:15 PM on Nov. 9, 2009
Hey, I was changing my opinion. I thought you would be happy. There is just no pleasing you, is there? tsk tsk... From now on I will refer to him as: the suspected lone-acting man coward caused disaster who terrorized a military base and killed 13.
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 9:23 PM on Nov. 9, 2009
Now see sweet...I thought we were AGREEING on something.
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