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August 28, 2013 - 11:21 am

By any reasonable definition, Maj Nidal Hasan’s 2009 rampage at Fort Hood, Texas was a terrorist attack. He proudly admits that he killed in the service of the Taliban, and witnesses say that he shouted “Allahu Ackbar!” as he fired. The Obama government, though, continues to insist that Hasan’s attack constitutes “workplace violence.”

Mother Jones has an article up today that details just how absurd that characterization is. The article is based on an FBI report on the shooting that was quietly released, after the agency had blocked Sen. Joe Lieberman from making public Hasan’s emails to al Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.

The article then goes into how early Hasan popped up on the FBI’s radar after he first contacted Awlaki — December 2008. In Hasan’s intercepted emails to the radical cleric, he asks for justification for killing civilians.

Hasan kept writing Awlaki. Between January and May 2009, he sent the radical cleric more than a dozen emails, and received two relatively benign responses. In one message, ostensibly about Palestinians firing unguided rockets into Israel, Hasan asked Awlaki whether “indiscriminately killing civilians” was acceptable. Two days later, he sent another message answering his own question: “Hamas and the Muslims hate to hurt the innocent but they have no choice if their going to have a chance to survive, flourish, and deter the zionist enemy. The recompense for an evil is an evil.” (Hasan’s emails contained a number of typos.) The San Diego field office intercepted these missives, too. But the database where the FBI stored intercepted emails didn’t automatically link messages from the same sender, so the staff didn’t realize that Hasan’s early 2009 emails were from the person who had set off alarms the previous December.

There is nothing benign about a US military commissioned officer emailing a radical Islamist cleric seeking advice on mass murder. But that’s how the FBI publicly characterized the Hasan emails. He “slipped through the cracks,” killing 13 and wounding more than 30.

There is also nothing in the Hasan record that suggests ordinary “workplace violence.” “Workplace violence” is typically perpetrated by frustrated workers denied a promotion, a jilted lover, or other ordinary dispute that turns violent. The FBI’s own report on Hasan gives his motivation away in its first chapter, titled “Violent Radicalization.” That’s no more “workplace violence” than the Boston bombing was a pressure cooker demonstration.

Yet the Obama government still insists that Nidal Hasan was not a terrorist. That characterization constitutes an ongoing lie.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Would like to know about the OERs and ratings this guy got. Who greased his slide to Ft. Hood.
I saw a major, passed over twice for promotion, revert to his permanent rank of staff sergeant. He wasn't accused of appalling professional performance or demonstrated Islamic nutcasery. Just wasn't as good as his peers.
Why'd Hasan get all the breaks? Why am I asking?
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"...Yet the Obama government still insists that Nidal Hasan was not a terrorist. That characterization constitutes an ongoing lie."

The entire Obama administration constitutes an ongoing lie.
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The U.S. Army - or Marine Corps, Air Force, Navy - is a direct reflection of the senior leadership which is chosen by every incoming political administration; politics exists at the military's senior levels just like civilian politicians. From the SecDef to the Secretaries of each armed service, new policies and orders are disseminated down through the ranks with the entirely foreseeable drastic consequences which are always ignored. EVERY SINGLE TIME the DEMOCRATS are in charge we have to spend BILLIONS to repair the damage they leave in their wake through social engineering policy changes, much less try to reassign or separate the incompetent, radical, security risks they have advanced to positions far beyond their individual skills (see fairy pants Chelsea Manning). But, the military will survive because there are still highly motivated, dedicated and highly competent individuals who love their country and will continue to step forward in times of peril. God bless them.

Remember BENGHAZI!
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I'm certain the front-line rank and file working on this case at the DOJ/FBI made connections. I'm guessing that if this were internally investigated, the "cracks" that Hasan "slipped through" would be more readily visible a little higher up the food chain.

The way this has been handled sickens me.
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All they (Obama, et all) have are lies, it is what they specialize in.
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Would like to know about the OERs and ratings this guy got. Who greased his slide to Ft. Hood.
I saw a major, passed over twice for promotion, revert to his permanent rank of staff sergeant. He wasn't accused of appalling professional performance or demonstrated Islamic nutcasery. Just wasn't as good as his peers.
Why'd Hasan get all the breaks? Why am I asking?
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It would go against PC to hold Hasan to the same standards as other officers.
33 weeks ago
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"...Yet the Obama government still insists that Nidal Hasan was not a terrorist. That characterization constitutes an ongoing lie."

The entire Obama administration constitutes an ongoing lie.
34 weeks ago
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The Army still hasn't learned a thing. Just completed a class on the Army Knowledge Online website on Internal Threats where, in one section, there were eight scenarios you listened to and then chose threat/no threat. The only two scenarios where choosing 'threat' was considered over reacting was where Muslims were concerned. There will be more blood shed unnecessarily until they learn. If they ever do. Army Strong? Army Wrong. Sorry dogfaces, this is no longer the force that defeated the Nazis.
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