Nidal Malik Hasan in 2003
The suspected Fort Hood terrorist served as a lay Muslim leader running
Islamic services on the base in the absence of the Muslim chaplain, WND has
learned. He also mentored at least one young convert to Islam whose
parents worked at the sprawling Texas post.
Hasan’s religious activities raise the specter that others may have been
radicalized, investigators worry. There are nearly 50 Muslim soldiers
serving on the base.
Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan allegedly shot 46 fellow soldiers and security
guards and murdered 13 in the worst act of terrorism on U.S. soil since
Witnesses say the devout Muslim officer jumped up on a desk and shouted,
“Allahu akbar!” – Allah is greatest – before opening fire and spraying
more than 100 bullets inside a crowded building where troops were preparing
to deploy to Afghanistan and Iraq.
“He was preparing for a martyrdom operation,” a U.S. Army intelligence
official said. “There is no evidence that this was an issue of an emotional
aberration. It was well planned.”
Not long after Hasan transferred to the base earlier this year, he sat down
with Muslim chaplain Maj. Khalid Shabazz to discuss carrying out Shabazz’s
“vision” at the Fort Hood chapel when Shabazz was away. Shabazz helped lead
Islamic services at the base’s Ironhorse Chapel, which serves 48 Muslim
“I found him to be very pleasant,” Shabazz said of Hasan.
Shabazz, who recently left the base, met privately with Hasan several times.
Before his posting at Fort Hood, Shabazz ministered to Muslim inmates at the
military detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where he was known as a
“sympathizer” among military police. Shabazz scolded MPs for making noise
while al-Qaida detainees were praying.
“I would have to go down and chastise those guys,” he recalled in a 2008
interview with NPR, “telling them, ‘Hey man, those guys are praying. Have the
decency not to play the national anthem and agitate them while they’re
The NPR interview was posted last year on the website of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations, which the FBI says is a front group for Hamas
terrorists. (Following CAIR’s blacklisting by the Justice Department as an
unindicted terrorist co-conspirator, the FBI last year cut off formal ties
to the group.)
Shabazz, who says it’s tough trying to be a good Muslim and a good U.S.
soldier, serves as a member of a chaplaincy steering committee for the
Islamic Society of North America, or ISNA.
Federal prosecutors recently named ISNA – a sister organization to CAIR –
as an unindicted terrorist co-conspirator in the largest terror finance case
in U.S. history. ISNA, they say, like CAIR is a front group for the Muslim
Brotherhood, parent of Hamas and al-Qaida.
The Brotherhood, which supports violent jihad and Islamic rule, is the
subject of the bestselling new book, “Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret
Underworld That’s Conspiring to Islamize America.”
Federal investigators are looking into Hasan’s use of his neighbor’s
computer, and a visitor he had the day before the Fort Hood attack. Reports
say Hasan was “mentoring” on Islam that Muslims shouldn’t be in the U.S.
military, because Muslims shouldn’t kill Muslims.
Hasan counseled on more than a dozen occasions recent Islamic convert Duane
Reasoner, an 18-year-old whose parents worked on the base.
“He said he didn’t want to go to Iraq or Afghanistan,” said Reasoner, who
was raised a Catholic. “He didn’t want to be deployed. He said Muslims
shouldn’t be in the U.S. military, because obviously Muslims shouldn’t kill
Reasoner added: “In the Quran, you’re not supposed to have alliances with
Jews or Christians or others, and if you are killed in the military fighting
against Muslims, you will go to hell.”
An Army chaplain interviewed by McClatchy Newspapers on the condition of
anonymity confirmed that there are other Muslim soldiers who are conflicted
about honoring their duty while fighting other Muslims in Iraq and
Hasan told colleagues, “I’m a Muslim first and an American second.” He
clearly put the Islamic nation above the secular nation he took an oath to
protect and defend.
He’s not alone. At least a dozen other Muslim soldiers have been convicted
of terrorism or espionage since 9/11. Here’s a sampling:
- NAVY SIGNALMAN HASSAN ABUJIHAAD last year was convicted of tipping
off al-Qaida to battlegroup movements in the Persian Gulf, including
disclosing classified documents detailing the group’s vulnerability to
- ARMY RESERVIST JEFFREY LEON BATTLE in 2003 pleaded guilty to conspiring to
wage war against the U.S., confessing he enlisted “to receive military
training to use against America”
- ARMY RESERVIST SEMI OSMAN in 2002 was arrested for providing material
support to al-Qaida and pleaded guilty to weapons charges after agreeing to
testify against other terror suspects
- MARINE ABDUL RAHEEM AL-ARSHAD ALI trained at a suspected al-Qaida camp and
was charged with selling a semiautomatic handgun to Osman
- ARMY SGT. ALI “THE AMERICAN” MOHAMED trained Green Berets at the elite
Swick warfare school at Fort Bragg before stealing classified military
secrets for al-Qaida and helping plan the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in
- ARMY SGT. HAMMAD ABDUR-RAHEEM in 2004 was convicted of terror-related
- ARMY SPC. RYAN G. ANDERSON in 2004 was convicted of leaking military
intelligence to al-Qaida terrorists, including sensitive information about
the vulnerabilities of armored Humvees
- ARMY SNIPER JOHN ALLEN MUHAMMAD was sentenced to death after fatally
shooting 10 in the nation’s capital a year after the 9/11 attacks
- FORMER ARMY LINGUIST AHMED FATHY MEHALBA in 2005 was convicted of stealing
secret documents listing, among other things, the names of al-Qaida
detainees from Gitmo
- SENIOR AIRMAN AHMAD AL-HALABI in 2004 was convicted of mishandling
classified documents as an Arabic linguist at Gitmo
- ARMY CAPT. JAMES “YOUSEF” YEE in 2003 was formally charged with
mishandling classified information – including maps of a new Gitmo facility
– as a Muslim chaplain at Gitmo.
“Muslim Mafia” co-author Paul Sperry says Hasan is just the tip of a
jihadist Fifth Column operating inside the U.S. military – which is too
blinded by political correctness to see the internal threat.
“If military command is too PC to protect its own troops from Islamic
fanatics on its own soil, how can Americans be confident they can protect
the rest of the country?” asked Sperry, also author of “Infiltration: How
Muslim Spies and Subversives Have Penetrated Washington.”
He says that each branch of the military operates a counterspying unit in
charge of force protection.
“Why didn’t the Army investigate Hasan with all the red flags waving around
him?” Sperry said. “And what other radicalized soldiers – and I would
include chaplains among them – are they failing to investigate now? What is
the military doing to stop the next Maj. Nidal?”