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November 09, 2009

Ft. Hood Shooter Attended Same Mosque, at Same Time, as 9/11 Terrorists Did. UPDATE: New and Improved Post With Added al Qaeda Contact Plus Fluffier Nougat!

(update at bottom, below original post)

Apparently that is, according to this AP article via MSNBC, which titles the article "Alleged Shooter Tied to Mosque of 9/11 Hijackers" because, you know, it might've been someone else and stuff.

"WASHINGTON - The alleged Fort Hood shooter apparently attended the same Virginia mosque as two Sept. 11 hijackers in 2001, at a time when a radical imam preached there.

Whether the Fort Hood shooter associated with the hijackers is something the FBI will probably look into, according to a law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing."

Probably? That's nice to know.

Rest assured that this matter is being addressed at the highest levels in the U.S. Army chain of command and that they're highly focused on priorities:

"Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey said Sunday it's important for the country not to get caught up in speculation about Hasan's Muslim faith, and he has instructed his commanders to be on the lookout for anti-Muslim reaction to the killings at the Texas post."

"He says focusing on the Islamic roots of the suspected shooter could "heighten the backlash" against all Muslims in the military.

Casey says diversity in the military "gives us strength.""

Well, I'm certainly glad he cleared that up for us. I was worried there for a moment.

UPDATE: Thanks to "spypeach" in the comments for drawing attention to this story at ABC's "The Blotter" this morning (Drudge is apparently also carrying it). It appears that Major Hasan had made attempts to get in touch with al Qaeda via the interwebs and intelligence agencies were aware of it months ago. Or to put it the same way:

"U.S. intelligence agencies were aware months ago that Army Major Nidal Hasan was attempting to make contact with people associated with al Qaeda, two American officials briefed on classified material in the case told ABC News. "

"It is not known whether the intelligence agencies informed the Army that one of its officers was seeking to connect with suspected al Qaeda figures, the officials said."

"One senior lawmaker said the CIA had, so far, refused to brief the intelligence committees on what, if any, knowledge they had about Hasan's efforts. "

Kick ass!


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