Suspect in Fort Hood shooting moved to San Antonio

Suspect in Fort Hood shooting moved to San Antonio

POSTED: Friday, November 6, 2009 - 5:38pm

UPDATED: Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 3:59am

SAN ANTONIO - An Army medical official says the man suspected of opening fire on fellow soldiers at Fort Hood has been transferred to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.

Hospital spokeswoman Maria Gallegos says Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan
is in stable condition in the intensive care unit at the hospital
on Fort Sam Houston outside San Antonio, about 150 miles southwest
of Fort Hood.

Gallegos said Friday that the "shooter is here." She would not
provide more details.

Hasan is accused of opening fire at the Soldier Readiness Center
at Fort Hood, Texas on Thursday in a shooting rampage that left 13
dead. He was shot by a civilian police officer on the scene.

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I was researching Major Nidal M. Hasan's Military record which was conveniently provided to Newsweek the day after the shooting on November 6, 2009 by Pentagon officials:

http://blog.newsweek.com/blogs/declassified/archive/2009/11/06/maj-nidal...

I noticed that prior to being Commissioned into the U.S. Army as a Psychiatrist in 1997, Nidal Hasan only had an education in Biochemistry from Virginia Tech.

How does one get Commissioned as a Psychiatrist in the United States Army without a postgraduate degree in Psychology?

Truth Seeker- Let me try to answer some of the issues you raised. First of all, in the case of John Russell, Russell did not shout “Jesus lives” or something to that effect when he went on his shooting rampage. Secondly, MAJ Hasan was the one who was so vocal about his religion. Now, this article claims that he just wanted to get out and not deploy. Wouldn’t that be convenient? This man was an ROTC student (I’m not sure if he received a scholarship or not), but then he went on to receive a degree in Psychology at the expense of the government (and ultimately us, the taxpayers). He did his graduate studies after 9-11 and continued them after the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq had been ongoing. He also completed his residency and internship on the taxpayer‘s dime. If he felt this way, why didn’t he drop out of school and repay the government for his education 6 years ago or more?
I do not disagree that returning combat veterans have higher cases of suicide and homicide. But MAJ Hasan had NEVER DEPLOYED. I’m not sure who wrote this article you are quoting, but they are obviously trying to push their own anti-war agenda. I’m sure there have been many civilian deaths in these wars, and some of them have been intentional, but let’s remember that the enemy we are fighting does not fight “by the rules” nor do they abide by the Geneva Convention or any other rules of war. They torture their captives and sometimes even behead unarmed people on camera. I am not condoning the killing of innocent civilians, but we need to make sure that they are innocent. I know of terrorists using women and children as human shields, and when they are shot by Coalition Forces, the soldier is condemned for killing women. Besides, we need to step back and take a good look at war. If one or two innocent civilians are killed, there is an investigation and the soldiers are usually punished severely. Yet this war began over the deaths of over 2,800 innocent people on one fateful day in September back in 2001. Secondly, it wasn’t too long ago that both sides in a war killed innocent civilians without question. The German’s use of the V-bomb and the Allies use of carpet bombing was an acceptable instrument of war just 60 short years ago.
Forget racism. The man did not claim that he was doing what he did because he was an American. No, he claimed he was being harassed for his viewpoints and for his religion. I can understand being harassed for his viewpoints. After all, he is a member of the military whose job it is to go to these mostly-Muslim countries and fight terrorists who use the Islamic religion as their basis for killing innocent people. So if you show sympathy for the enemy, harassment is the least of your problems. A few short years ago, you would be put to death for sympathizing with the enemy. As for being of Arabic decent or for being Muslim, that alone would not cause you to be harassed in the military. A little ribbing, perhaps, but harassed, no. I have served with many Muslims in the military, and they probably get picked on less than most other servicemen and women because people are afraid of being punished for picking on them. But there is always some of that in any group, especially the military. People get ragged on for being too short, or too fat, or for a funny accent, or for being from a certain state or region of the country, or for driving a minivan, or for just about anything else that might be different from the norm. It’s called good-natured ribbing. When it goes beyond that, it’s called harassment, and the military has no tolerance for that and prosecutes it when it is reported and the investigation determines that it was harassment.
But to stand with individuals who are going to go overseas and fight in combat and tell them that the war is wrong will create another Vietnam. If you don’t believe in a war, tell your congressman or senator, but please do not tell someone from the military. Because if you put doubt in their heads about whether their mission is right or wrong, they might just hesitate in battle and get themselves or their buddies killed. In conclusion, please do not add to this racism by giving heed to articles and websites that promote this.

I'll start with this: There's nothing all that groundbreaking about it. It happens all the time, it's just that we're a nation of amnesiacs who forget all the unpleasantries and refuse to learn the valuable lessons.

Fort Hood is located in Killeen, Texas -- where one of the deadliest rampage-shootings in American history took place in 1991, when an unemployed ex-Navy enlistee, George Hennard Jr., crashed his pickup into a popular cafeteria, pulled out two handguns (Hasan also used two handguns), and killed 23 people before taking his own life.

The day before the massacre, Hennard was eating a hamburger in a local restaurant watching the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings and, according to the manager, "When an interview with Anita Hill came on, he just went off. He started screaming, ‘You dumb bitch! You bastards opened the door for all the women!' "

So yesterday's Fort Hood shooting isn't the worst, or most deranged, mass killing in Killeen's history -- not by a longshot. The mainstream media is enabling the screaming about the Muslim traitors in our midst, but Hasan killed far fewer Americans than the white, racist Hennard. And they were bested by the federal government in nearby Waco, in 1993, when federal forces slaughtered 75 men, women and children at the Branch Davidian compound.

But in what may seem like a strange coincidence, Hasan and Killeen are connected to another American shooting rampage.

Killeen held the record for America's worst shooting massacre until 2007, when Virginia Tech student Seung-Hui Cho shot and killed 33 fellow students. Hasan graduated from Virginia Tech in 1997.

Both Hasan and Cho were bullied and harassed -- Hasan's cousin told reporters that after 9/11, his military comrades regularly abused him, calling him "camel jockey." But the cousin insisted that Hasan's opposition to the war didn't grow out of the bullying, but rather from the stories he heard while interning as a psychiatric counselor to veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Hasan had even hired an attorney to try to come to a settlement with the government and leave the service, but it wouldn't settle and instead forced him to deploy. He apparently fought it up to the day before his deployment -- and instead of going to the war, he brought the war to the U.S. military.

As is often the case, the wrong lesson was learned, and the solution was more guns and more militarization of society: after the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007, a pro-gun student group formed and called for the arming of as many students as possible. The group is called Students for Concealed Carry on Campus, and today it claims over 40,000 members on over 363 campuses.

Likewise in 1991, after the Killeen shootings, the state of Texas responded by enacting a law freeing up gun owners to carry concealed weapons. Gov. George W. Bush signed the law as in 1995, and in 2008, it was he who signed the first federal gun-control law in 13 years, after the Virginia Tech massacre.

So Hasan, whose parents came to the U.S. from Palestine, had plenty of personal connections to "Made in the USA" violence and massacres; and yet there's a frantic attempt to make him out to be a crazy Muslim monster hell-bent on killing Americans.

Why would he need to take inspiration just from them when Americans already provided so many excellent examples of how to mass murder fellow Americans?

Fort Hood, the largest military base in America, has seen its share of violence as well. For one thing, it holds the record for most soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan -- 685 so far -- and although we don't know the figures, it's reasonable to assume that Fort Hood is responsible for a sizable percentage of the thousands killed in those countries since America invaded them.

Over the same period, 75 soldiers have committed suicide at Fort Hood, 10 in 2009 -- the highest of any base. In one weekend in 2005, two soldiers, who had returned from Iraq, killed themselves in separate incidents. Last year, in something right out of Full Metal Jacket, Spc. Jody Michael Wirawan, 21, of the 1st Cavalry Division, shot and killed his lieutenant, and then killed himself when police arrived.

And life in Killeen isn't much nicer: It has one of the nation's lowest median incomes and highest crime rates. Earlier this year, a 20-year-old Fort Hood soldier was killed by a Killeen cop who claimed he killed the man after being dragged underneath his SUV. The soldier's mother filed a lawsuit claiming that the cop was notoriously out of control and violent and that he had shot her son while the car was pulled over.

All of this violence and despair led Fort Hood's commander, Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, to build a post-traumatic stress disorder complex called the Resiliency Campus, featuring a Spiritual Fitness Center for soldiers to meditate, and a Cognitive Enhancement Assistance Center. As though a spiritual fitness workout routine could resolve the underlying cause of why a Resiliency Campus was built in the first place.

If the government really were concerned about all the suicides and PTSD cases, it could have prevented Hasan's deadly mission before it happened. It would have been easy: Hasan had pleaded with his superiors not to be sent to Iraq, where he was scheduled to be deployed, but his requests were denied.

Right-wing bloggers such as Michelle Malkin, and some mainstream outlets, have seized on reports emerging that Hasan supposedly voiced opinions sympathetic to suicide bombers.

But if he was an al-Qaida sleeper-cell suicide bomber, it makes no sense why he would, a) argue with fellow soldiers that the wars are wrong and we should withdraw; and b) that he tried to get out of being deployed to Iraq. The 9/11 terrorists did their best to "blend in" and pretend they were as American as apple pie, because the point is not to draw any attention to yourself if you're a terrorist planning to suicide bomb a military base.

Moreover, the timing of his shooting, the day before he was to be sent off, shows that his desperation had reached the limit. What this suggests is that the massacre could have been avoided if Hasan's objections were taken into account.

Hasan's opposition to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars puts him where the majority of Americans are today. And he's not the first soldier at Fort Hood to protest the war. Desertion rates have soared since the Iraq invasion, and Fort Hood has had some high-profile objectors making the news this year, such as Spc. Victor Agosto, who was court-martialed in August after he refused to go to Afghanistan, and Sgt. Travis Bishop, who filed for conscientious objector status after serving in Iraq for 14 months.

Fort Hood was famous as the site of one of the first protests against the Vietnam War in 1965, when the so-called Fort Hood Three refused to be shipped off on the grounds that the war was wrong and illegal.

Three years later, the movement expanded: hundreds of African-American GIs protested plans to deploy them to the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago, and 43 were court-martialed. It was a heroic act: U.S. troops and cops staged one of the bloodiest police-on-citizen episodes in modern history.

In 1971, the Fort Hood United Front, made up of soldiers from the base, marched into Killeen even though the city refused to grant them a permit; hundreds were arrested.

Today, if you read through some of the forums out of Fort Hood, the anti-war mood is clearly strong and clearly a problem for the authorities. So they'll do their best to paint Hasan as a Muslim loon. The right wing has been trying for years now to equate opposition to the wars with pro-terrorist, anti-American sentiment, and by the poll numbers today, that would make most Americans anti-American terrorists.

You can already see the dark, rank heart of the American Soul in anonymous messages posted on underground right-wing sites such as Free Republic, a few of which are posted below:

Why is anyone surprised?

We already have a DIRTY MOSLEM TRAITOR in the Oval Office.

What's one more moslem piece of garbage?

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[Quoting a previous posting] **If you are Islamic, you may not serve in our military. Period.**

I'm getting closer to:

If you are Islamic, you may not serve in our military live in this country.

Period.

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I'm getting closer to:

If you are Islamic, you may not live.

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The story is still fresh, and there's a lot we don't know, and there are still a lot of conflicting reports and confusion.

Since Hasan will be tried in a military court, the American public will only learn whatever the military wants us to learn. And to a nation slipping deeper into its own amnesiac fog, the last thing we want to learn are the painful, threatening truths.

Truth Seeker- Let me try to answer some of the issues you raised. First of all, in the case of John Russell, Russell did not shout “Jesus lives” or something to that effect when he went on his shooting rampage. Secondly, MAJ Hasan was the one who was so vocal about his religion. Now, this article claims that he just wanted to get out and not deploy. Wouldn’t that be convenient? This man was an ROTC student (I’m not sure if he received a scholarship or not), but then he went on to receive a degree in Psychology at the expense of the government (and ultimately us, the taxpayers). He did his graduate studies after 9-11 and continued them after the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq had been ongoing. He also completed his residency and internship on the taxpayer‘s dime. If he felt this way, why didn’t he drop out of school and repay the government for his education 6 years ago or more?
I do not disagree that returning combat veterans have higher cases of suicide and homicide. But MAJ Hasan had NEVER DEPLOYED. I’m not sure who wrote this article you are quoting, but they are obviously trying to push their own anti-war agenda. I’m sure there have been many civilian deaths in these wars, and some of them have been intentional, but let’s remember that the enemy we are fighting does not fight “by the rules” nor do they abide by the Geneva Convention or any other rules of war. They torture their captives and sometimes even behead unarmed people on camera. I am not condoning the killing of innocent civilians, but we need to make sure that they are innocent. I know of terrorists using women and children as human shields, and when they are shot by Coalition Forces, the soldier is condemned for killing women. Besides, we need to step back and take a good look at war. If one or two innocent civilians are killed, there is an investigation and the soldiers are usually punished severely. Yet this war began over the deaths of over 2,800 innocent people on one fateful day in September back in 2001. Secondly, it wasn’t too long ago that both sides in a war killed innocent civilians without question. The German’s use of the V-bomb and the Allies use of carpet bombing was an acceptable instrument of war just 60 short years ago.
Forget racism. The man did not claim that he was doing what he did because he was an American. No, he claimed he was being harassed for his viewpoints and for his religion. I can understand being harassed for his viewpoints. After all, he is a member of the military whose job it is to go to these mostly-Muslim countries and fight terrorists who use the Islamic religion as their basis for killing innocent people. So if you show sympathy for the enemy, harassment is the least of your problems. A few short years ago, you would be put to death for sympathizing with the enemy. As for being of Arabic decent or for being Muslim, that alone would not cause you to be harassed in the military. A little ribbing, perhaps, but harassed, no. I have served with many Muslims in the military, and they probably get picked on less than most other servicemen and women because people are afraid of being punished for picking on them. But there is always some of that in any group, especially the military. People get ragged on for being too short, or too fat, or for a funny accent, or for being from a certain state or region of the country, or for driving a minivan, or for just about anything else that might be different from the norm. It’s called good-natured ribbing. When it goes beyond that, it’s called harassment, and the military has no tolerance for that and prosecutes it when it is reported and the investigation determines that it was harassment.
But to stand with individuals who are going to go overseas and fight in combat and tell them that the war is wrong will create another Vietnam. If you don’t believe in a war, tell your congressman or senator, but please do not tell someone from the military. Because if you put doubt in their heads about whether their mission is right or wrong, they might just hesitate in battle and get themselves or their buddies killed. In conclusion, please do not add to this racism by giving heed to articles and websites that promote this.

Let's wait and see what was on this man's computer. I think this will go a long way in telling his motives and state of mind.

Fort Hood Shooting 'Oddities'
By Lori Price, www.legitgov.org Updated: 08 Nov 2009

'Three people are involved. That, by definition, means it is a conspiracy.'

CNN: FBI was investigating Major Nidal Hasan six months ago
Curiouser and Curiouser: -Video surfaces of alleged shooter, Major Nidal Hasan, attending Homeland Security Task Force conference --Major Hasan's name appears on page 29 of The George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute's 'Thinking Anew—Security Priorities for the Next Administration' --Proceedings Report of the HSPI Presidential Transition Task Force - April 2008 - January 2009. The report is dated 19 May 2009.
Numerous media accounts: Major Hasan's neighbors, medical trainers, colleagues, friends, cousin, uncle-- even the store owner to where he bought his food -- all heap praise on Major Hasan's temperament. This appears to be psy-ops, six ways to Sunday. --LRP
The alleged shooter received his medical degree from the military’s Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md., in 2001 and is a graduate of Virginia Tech. Early on Thursday, he showed no signs of worry or stress when he stopped at 7-Eleven for his daily breakfast of hash browns, said Jeannie Strickland, the store's manager. "He came in (Thursday) morning just like normal," she said, "nothing weird, nothing out of the ordinary."
Breaking: Army: Shooting Suspect Taken Off Ventilator --Army officials: Hasan is 'not able to converse.' 07 Nov 2009 A U.S. Army spokesman says the man authorities say went on a shooting spree at Fort Hood has been taken off a ventilator but still remains in intensive care at a military hospital. Spokesman Col. John Rossi told reporters on Saturday at Fort Hood that he is not sure if Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan is able to communicate. Hasan was shot during an exchange of gunfire during Thursday's attack. The military moved him on Friday to Brooke Medical Center in San Antonio, about 150 miles southwest of Fort Hood. Army officials have said Hasan is "not able to converse."

Nidal Malik Hasan, Suspected Fort Hood Shooter, Was Called "Camel Jockey" --Fort Hood Shooting Suspect Harassed By Others In Military and Wanted Out, Family Said 06 Nov 2009 Fort Hood shooting suspect, Major Nidal Malik Hasan, wanted out of the Army after being constantly harassed by others in the military and was called a "camel jockey," his family said. As Hasan was about to be deployed to Iraq Afghanistan, he was suffering from some of the same stresses that he was trained as an Army psychiatrist to treat. Although the 39-year-old had just been promoted to major in May, his family says he had hired a lawyer to help him get out of the Armed Forces.

Second Gunman In Custody At Army's Fort Hood -Report 06 Nov 2009 A second gunman is in custody after a shooting at the Army's Fort Hood in Texas in which at least seven people were killed and 12 wounded, reports KCEN-TV of Waco. The report comes about two hours after a first suspect was captured, shortly after gunfire broke out. Authorities say the gunmen were dressed in fatigues, though it's not confirmed whether they are military personnel. It's also not known if the victims were military personnel or civilians.

Video: Alleged Fort Hood Shooter Major Hasan At Homeland Security Task Force conference --Hasan's name, as Task Force member, appears on page 29 of The George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute's 'Thinking Anew—Security Priorities for the Next Administration
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said earlier that officials were monitoring the incident in the Situation Room. The Department of Homeland Security said it was in the process of obtaining information.
Alleged shooter is alive, in stable condition --General Bob Cone:
Terror attack 'not ruled out'
The alleged shooter graduated from Virginia Tech --His cousin, Nader Hasan, actually laughed in an interview when asked if alleged shooter, Nadal Hasan, was 'violent.' He never went to Iraq.
Attack appears to have been carried out by multiple shooters. Two suspects are no longer in custody, but a third person has been picked up for questioned.
Sources say Army shooting suspect was due to be deployed to Iraq
42 people shot by Army psychiatrist, promoted to Army Major in May. 12 killed; 30 wounded --US Official: Shooter was Major Malik Nadal Hasan
'The individuals arrested are all US soldiers.'
Surviving Fort Hood shooting suspect arrested at golf course, officer says Updated 2334 GMT 05 Nov 2009 A senior officer who was playing golf Thursday near Fort Hood, Texas, told CNN he witnessed the arrest of one of the two surviving suspects of the shooting at the Army installation. Shortly after the shooting, the officer said, military police told him to clear the course and he saw other MPs surround the building that held the golf carts, he said. The senior officer said he ducked into a nearby house for cover as 30 to 40 cars carrying MPs approached. He said he saw a soldier in battle-dress uniform, his hands in the air. The MPs ordered him to lie on the ground and open his uniform, presumably to ensure he was not carrying explosives, the senior officer said. He said an MP told him that authorities considered the man to be a suspect in the shootings after having overheard the man say he was with the shooter. The man was surrounded for 25 to 30 minutes, until a convoy of vehicles arrived, led by a Ford Crown Victoria and carrying men in suits, and he was taken away, the senior officer said.

Fort Hood gunman [allegedly] shouted 'Allahu Akbar' as he opened fire --Army psychiatrist remains on ventilator after rampage that killed 13 people and wounded 28 06 Nov 2009 A US army psychiatrist about to be deployed to Afghanistan allegedly shouted "Allahu Akbar", or "God is greatest", as he opened fire at a military base in Texas, killing 13 people and wounding 28. The gunman, Major Nidal Malik Hasan, 39, shouted the Arabic phrase just before he began his shooting spree at Fort Hood military installation yesterday, according to the base commander, Lieutenant General Robert Cone.

Details emerge about Fort Hood suspect's history 06 Nov 2009 Army psychiatrist Nidal Malik Hasan, suspect in the assault that killed 13 people at Fort Hood, Texas, and hurt 30, salved the emotional wounds of troops returning from war even as he objected to his own looming deployment to Afghanistan, where he was to counsel soldiers suffering from stress... Hasan recently was involved in a spat with another Fort Hood soldier residing in his apartment complex, apparently related to his Muslim beliefs. The manager of the complex, John Thompson, said the other soldier, John Van de Walker, allegedly keyed Hasan's car and also removed and tore up a bumper sticker that read "Allah is Love." Thompson said Van de Walker had been in Iraq and was upset to learn that Hasan was Muslim. A report filed with Killeen police on Aug. 16 indicates that Hasan's vehicle, a 2006 Honda Civic, had been scratched by an unknown object causing an estimated $1,000 worth of damage. The report indicates that Van de Walker, 30, was arrested on Oct. 21 and charged with criminal mischief.

Death toll rises to 13 in Ft. Hood shootings --Army officials confirmed that the alleged gunman, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, was due to be deployed overseas. Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, was shot by a police officer and is hospitalized. 06 Nov 2009 As authorities continue to search for clues on what prompted the shooting Thursday at Ft. Hood, the death toll rose today to 13. Twenty-eight of the 31 people injured in the attack on the nation's largest military base remain hospitalized. The alleged shooter, an Army psychiatrist who was wounded during the attack, is also hospitalized, unconscious and on a ventilator.

Officers raid Texas home of suspect in Fort Hood shootings 06 Nov 2009 Officers raided the apartment of the soldier suspected in the shootings at Fort Hood, Texas, early Friday, searching for clues as to what caused the military psychiatrist to allegedly gun down soldiers he had taken an oath to help, a police spokeswoman said. The alleged gunman, identified as Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, opened fire at a military processing center at Fort Hood, killing 13 and wounding 30 others, Lt. Gen. Robert Cone said... In the nearby town of Killeen, a SWAT team and FBI agents were searching Hasan's apartment to help determine what caused the shooting, which military experts called the worst mass shooting at an American military base, Carol Smith, a Killeen police spokeswoman, said early Friday.

Surveillance video shows Fort Hood suspect before shootings 06 Nov 2009 An owner of a 7-Eleven convenience store in Fort Hood, Texas, said Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan came in for coffee and hashbrowns most mornings, including the day he allegedly shot dozens of soldiers. Surveillance video from the store obtained by CNN shows a man who, according to the store owner, is Hasan at the cashier's counter at about 6:20 a.m. Thursday (7:20 a.m. ET) -- about seven hours before the mass shooting. "He looked normal, came in had his hashbrowns and coffee as you see in the surveillance video," the owner told CNN. Another surveillance video from the store on Tuesday showed the man believed to be Hasan in scrubs... In 2009, Hasan he completed a fellowship in disaster and preventive psychiatry and was assigned to Darnall in July. He had been awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon, but was never deployed outside the United States.

Motive a mystery after Fort Hood rampage --12 die; gunman remain hospitalized, despite earlier reports 06 Nov 2009 An Army psychiatrist about to be deployed to a combat zone overseas allegedly shot and killed 12 people and wounded 31 in a rampage at this sprawling military post north of Austin on Thursday afternoon. Post officials originally said that the suspected shooter -- Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan -- had been killed, but late in the day said he was wounded and in critical condition at a nearby hospital... Hasan is accused of attacking his fellow soldiers about 1:30 p.m. at the Soldier Readiness Processing Center. Armed with two pistols, he shot more than 40 people before military police and civilian police officers responded, officials said. He was wounded by a civilian policewoman, who was injured in the exchange, police said. Officials had reported earlier that the police officer had been killed. Hasan's motives were unclear, and early on Thursday, he showed no signs of worry or stress when he stopped at 7-Eleven for his daily breakfast of hash browns, said Jeannie Strickland, the store's manager. "He came in (Thursday) morning just like normal," she said, "nothing weird, nothing out of the ordinary." A few hours later, officials said, the Virginia native began his rampage on the post.

Counter-terror plans will be revised to reflect Fort Hood and Afghan attacks [Wow, that was quick!] 05 Nov 2009 (UK) A soldier turning on his comrades at Fort Hood, an Afghan policeman killing the British soldiers who trained him - two uncannily similar events in two days, but incidents which, across the Western world, security authorities have been planning for and dreading. Since the Mumbai attacks counter-terrorism planning has seen a major shift. The shootings in Afghanistan and Fort Hood carry echoes of the attacks in India with the added danger that the enemy has come from within.

AP: Authorities Had Concerns About Suspect Over Internet Postings [Wow, that was quick, too!] 05 Nov 2009 Federal law enforcement officials say the suspected Fort Hood, Texas, shooter had come to their attention at least six months ago because of Internet postings that discussed suicide bombings and other threats. The officials say the postings appeared to have been made by Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, who was killed during the shooting incident that left least 11 others dead and 31 wounded... The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case. One of the Web postings that authorities reviewed is a blog that equates suicide bombers with a soldier throwing himself on a grenade to save the lives of his comrades.

Suspected Fort Hood gunman graduated from Virginia Tech 05 Nov 2009 The Army psychiatrist suspected of carrying a shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, was born in Virginia and graduated from Virginia Tech University, where he was a member of the ROTC and earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry in 1997. Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan had come to the attention of authorities six months ago because of Internet postings that discussed suicide bombings and other threats, law enforcement officials said Thursday... He received his medical degree from the military’s Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md., in 2001. He did his internship, residency and a fellowship at Walter Reed.

Twelve dead as US soldiers go on shooting rampage at Fort Hood military base in Texas 05 Nov 2009 At least 12 people have been killed and more than 30 injured after three US soldiers went on a shooting rampage at the Fort Hood military base in Texas. The Army says one of the gunmen has been killed and two others apprehended and all of the gunmen are US soldiers. Lieutenant General Bob Cone: "A shooter opened fire. That person was killed. At this time, we are looking at 12 dead and 31 wounded. They are dispersed among the local hospitals in this area in Texas. "The shooter was killed. He was a soldier. We since then have apprehended two additional soldiers who are suspects, and I would go into the point that there were eyewitness accounts that there may have been more than one shooter." The massacre happened at a training centre on the sprawling grounds of the largest US military base in the world. One gunman was caught quickly but the others went on the run. Four police officers were shot and wounded before they were arrested. Eyewitnesses said the gunmen were dressed in military uniforms.

12 dead, 30 injured in shootings at Fort Hood --Army psychiatrist was gunman in Texas incident, military officials tell NBC 05 Nov 2009 An Army psychiatrist opened fire Thursday at Fort Hood, Texas, killing 12 people and wounding 30 others before being shot to death, officials told NBC News. Eleven of the victims died at the scene, military officials said. A 12th died later at a hospital, NBC station KCEN-TV of Waco reported.

12 Dead, 31 Wounded in Base Shootings 06 Nov 2009 At least 12 people were killed and 31 wounded Thursday afternoon in a shooting at a military installation in Fort Hood, Texas, according to military spokesmen. Lt. General Bob Cone said in Texas that the shooter was an Army soldier who opened fire in a “readiness facility.” Lt. Gen. Cone confirmed that the shooter had been killed. Two other Army soldiers were in custody as suspects. President Obama said it was "horrifying" that American soldiers would face such a situation at home.

Fort Hood death toll now at 12; gunmen were U.S. soldiers 05 Nov 2009 At least 12 people have been killed and 31 wounded in a shooting at Fort Hood Army Base near Killeen, Texas, when at least one gunmen opened fire on soldiers who were making their final deployment preparations. Lt. Gen. Bob Cone, the commander of III Corps, said that at least one gunman opened fire at the base's Soldiers Readiness Processing Center where soldiers were receiving medical and dental exams prior to deployment. The gunman's fire was returned -- Cone did not say by whom -- and the gunman was killed. Two other soldiers who may have participated in the shootings were arrested in nearby buildings, Cone said. At least one of the dead was a civilian police officer working at the base.

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this man is a coward, he let the army educate,house and feed him. do you really expect a muslim to kill a muslim

Fort Hood Shootings: Don't Let Racism Hide the Truth

November 6, 2009

BY NOW EVERYBODY ON THE PLANET KNOWS about the killing of 12 people and wounding of 31 others at Fort Hood in Texas. There's no doubt that this is a tragedy for the families and friends of the slain. But from a tragedy like this there will inevitably issue forth a second tragedy - the racist, anti-Muslim hysteria that will follow because the man - Major Nidal Malik Hasan - was from a Palestinian background. And that hysteria - already in evidence in online newspaper comments boxes - will obscure the real issues and the real reasons for this tragedy. Hiding from the truth will only ensure more tragedies like this in the future. So, let's go through some of the truths.

1) The sheer racism involved in immediately speculating on the religion of the shooter. Back in May, an Army Sgt. stationed in Iraq and suffering from PTSD shot and killed five of his fellow soldiers. That man's name - John Russell - was Anglo Saxon. Nobody speculated on the role of his religion in the killing. In this instance, as an article in the New York Times makes clear, Hasan, who joined the military out of patriotism, faced harassment for being Muslim and wanted out, even pursuing a failed legal route to early discharge. As a psychiatrist, he had counseled many returning vets who suffered PTSD. The combination of these two things apparently made him "mortified" at the prospect of being sent to Iraq or Afghanistan.

2) This racism also provides a cover for the fact that men and women trained to kill and who experience the brutality of enforcing occupations in Afghanistan and Iraq, suffer from mental breakdowns, suicides and commit murders at far higher rates than the general population. A 2007 CBS News investigation into military suicides found:

"Veterans aged 20 through 24, those who have served during the war on terror... had the highest suicide rate among all veterans, estimated between two and four times higher than civilians the same age. (The suicide rate for non-veterans is 8.3 per 100,000, while the rate for veterans was found to be between 22.9 and 31.9 per 100,000.)"

And according to an article in the Washington Post, based in part upon an investigation by the Colorado Springs Newspaper, the rate of homicides amongst veterans from the Fourth Infantry Division's Fourth Brigade were 114 times higher than the rate amongst the general population in Colorado Springs, where they are stationed stateside.

"During their deployment, some soldiers killed civilians at random -- in some cases at point-blank range -- used banned stun guns on captives, pushed people off bridges, loaded weapons with illegal hollow-point bullets, abused drugs and occasionally mutilated the bodies of Iraqis, according to accounts the Gazette attributed to soldiers who said they witnessed the events."

Another study by the New York Times found that at least 120 people had been killed by returning vets. However, the Times itself assumes that this is a conservative number since it was reached only by looking at newspaper reports and it only includes active-duty soldiers and new veterans. The CBS survey used government statistics.

3) The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have led to the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of innocents and the destruction of infrastructure and social networks that will take generations to repair. The media and government are utter, utter hypocrites to condemn these murders while taking no note - or reporting as simply normal operation procedure - the families slaughtered wholesale by US drones that fire missiles at wedding and funeral parties, into Pakistani villages. In Afghanistan alone there have been an estimated 8,400 - 28,000 direct and indirect civilian deaths caused by ISAF and US forces.

4) Mass murder has become as American as apple pie with dozens killed in spree murders this year alone. What is it about American society that brings about such a large number of these types of violent acts? The roots have to be found in the fact that America is the world's biggest, most violent empire, whose means of domination and largest single budget outlay goes towards the
military. This year alone the military will take up to $700 billion directly with more indirectly through military aid to countries such as Israel and Colombia. This is a country jacked on violence. America, as the wealthiest nation on earth, also had the third highest levels of inequality and poverty in a study by the OECD released in 2008. The only two countries above the US were Turkey and Mexico. The combination of poverty and glorified violence, in the shadow of historically unprecedented levels of wealth creation is key to understanding the prevalence of violence in America.

There is a danger that in the days following the Fort Hood shootings, the right and the media will whip up terrible racism. Arguing wherever possible the real reasons for this terrible act will be an important part of the ideological struggle to maintain the momentum of opposition to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. We mustn't allow the truth to drown in a sea of racist filth.

:: Article nr. 59782 sent on 06-nov-2009 14:34 ECT

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COMMENTS BY READERS OF URUKNET

Comment by big red - 06 Nov 2009 - 17:13 [USER NOT REGISTERED]
This looks more like a mutiny by soldiers refusing to deploy and the psychiatris t was probably treating them. He was treating soldiers for PTSD. Looks to me lik e he is a patsy.

Comment by mike adkison - 06 Nov 2009 - 17:50 [USER NOT REGISTERED]
It's starting to make sense what happened. Hasan was against the senseless war. Because of that, he didn't fit in. Soldiers are in a fraternity. There can be no dissention in the ranks. He bucked the system. He was reprimanded, or scolded, or punished, whatever term you may want to use. He was then sent off to Ft. Hood . He was going to be deployed not to serve his country or to help his fellow soldiers. He was being sent to Afghanistan to be dragged through the dirt and to be "fragged." That's the same thing they did to Tillman. He was against the war too. This is how our military deals with dissent. Not a very good commentary on the moral building aspect of our military. The war is a cruel joke. The moral of our soldiers is terrible! Most that have been deployed realize the lack of integrity that is being displayed there, except for the idiots and blind fools. The American soldiers are the invaders. The trouble making insurgents are the men of those countries with enough courage and integrity to repel the invaders. And all this war is for is to steal the oil, grow opium, and to further the cause of Zionism and the NWO. It isn't to stop terrorism. The US and Israel are the real terrorists! Now they are working hard to spin the reality of what happened. It won't work! Everyone now knows they are being lied to. In fact, everything our government tell us now is a lie.

Comment by e.din - 06 Nov 2009 - 19:08 [USER NOT REGISTERED]
WAS HE HYPNOTIZED, GIVEN ORDERS ETC JUST LIKE SIRHAN SIRHAN??

ANOTHER 'FIVE BIRDS WITH ONE STONE' PATSY?

CHECK OUT SOVIET BRAIN WASHING, MK ULTRA, PROJECT MONARCH ETC

SOVIET BOLSHEVIK/NAZI JEWS CONTROL THE MILITARY IN USA - IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE IT - ASK RAHM EMMANUEL, OBAMA'S CHIEF OF STAFF (IDF, MOSSAD) AND OBAMA'S SPECIAL A DVISOR, DAVID AXELROD, GREAT GRANDSON TO SOVIET TROTSKY, N0 1 MASS-MURDERER IN T HE WORLD

EDUCATE YOURSELF.

Comment by mike adkison - 06 Nov 2009 - 20:24 [USER NOT REGISTERED]
The media has already changed the story of the events several times. They obviou sly are trying to put the spin on it with every aspect to suit their own need an d purpose. Hasan was to be deployed today, and if there were indeed other shoote rs, I can guarantee they were to be deployed also. It appears there was some sor t of hazing club going on at Ft. Hood. These men who were to be deployed were probably among the ostracized. Perhaps Hasan is being framed out of conveinience, or maybe he had asked several inconveinient questions about how the men had been treated while in Afghanistan. Maybe he became aware that soldiers in Afghanistan that didn't go along with the program were "fragged", and for him, and those other ostracized soldiers waiting to be deployed, the writing was on the wall; they were being sent to Afghanistan to be fragged!

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