Nidal Malik Hasan in 2003
DEAD SEA, Israel – Anwar al-Awlaki, the radical American-born Yemeni scholar who headed a mosque attended by the Fort Hood shooter, maintained a California-hosted website at which he preached anti-U.S. sentiment and called for more attacks against Americans.
Just today, Awlaki used his site to praise as a “hero” Nidal Malik Hasan, whose shooting massacre left 13 dead and dozens more wounded. Awlaki called for others to repeat Hasan’s attack.
The site was closed down several hours after today’s posting praising Hasan.
“Nidal Hassan is a hero,” wrote Awlaki. “He is a man of conscience who could not bear living the contradiction of being a Muslim and serving in an army that is fighting against his own people.”
Awlaki continued: “How can there be any dispute about the virtue of what [Hasan] has done? In fact the only way a Muslim could Islamically justify serving as a soldier in the U.S. army is if his intention is to follow the footsteps of men like Nidal.”
“The fact that fighting against the U.S. army is an Islamic duty today cannot be disputed,” added Awlaki.
The radical preacher’s website, anwar-alawlaki.com, was hosted by DreamHost, a Brea, Calif.-based company.
An abuse coordinator for DreamHost told WND he cannot provide information on why Awlaki’s site was taken down without a subpoena “or similar court order.”
Most hosting companies are not aware of every website they feature and rely on abuse complaints to review a particular website’s content.
It is not unusual for Islamic radicals or terrorist groups to use unsuspecting American or European host companies for their hate websites.
Hasan, an American of Palestinian decent, attended a controversial mosque, Dar al-Hijrah, in Great Falls, Va., in 2001 at the same time as two of the 9/11 terrorists. Awlaki was the preacher at the time of Hasan’s attendance.
A Muslim officer at Fort Hood in Texas was quoted by the London Telegraph yesterday as saying Hasan’s eyes “lit up” when he mentioned his deep respect for Awlaki’s teachings.