Radical Muslim Extremist Gunned Down Fellow Soldiers

Today, tradgedy was the scene at Ft. Hood, TX when Major Nidal Malik Hasan openned fire at fellow U.S. Soldiers awaiting deployment. In total, 12 were murdered and 31 others were wounded.

AFP – Muslim officer guns down 11 at Texas military base

A Muslim army officer about to be deployed to Iraq went on a shooting rampage at a sprawling Texas military base, killing 11 people and wounding 31 others before being gunned down.Major Nidal Malik Hasan, a US Army psychiatrist, opened fire with two handguns at a processing center at Fort Hood for troops being deployed on missions to Iraq and Afghanistan.

A second suspected shooter was taken into custody, while two further suspects thought to be involved were later released without charge, military officials said.

“A shooter opened fire and essentially due to the quick response of the police forces was killed,” said Lieutenant General Bob Cone, commander at Fort Hood, the largest US military base in the world.

President Barack Obama, who had been kept informed of the shooting as the drama was tracked in the White House situation room, denounced the attack as a “horrific outburst of violence.”

“My immediate thoughts and prayers are with the wounded. And with the families of the fallen,” Obama said.

The US Senate held a moment of silence late Thursday in somber acknowledgement of the shooting rampage.

Fort Hood, a massive base that is more like a small town housing tens of thousands of soldiers and civilians, was locked down after the shooting for several hours as the shocked community searched for a possible motive.

Hasan had been harassed by his military colleagues because of his “Middle Eastern ethnicity,” his cousin said, dismissing speculation that the major was “afraid of deploying to go to war.”

“He was dealing with some harassment from his military colleagues,” Nader Hasan told Fox News.

Houston Chronicle – 12 killed in Fort Hood rampage

CBS News, quoting an anonymous source, reported that Hasan was a licensed psychiatrist in Bethesda, Md. and drug and rehab specialist who got his Virginia psychiatry license in 2005.

Federal law enforcement officials told the AP that Hasan 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 Hasan, but are still trying to confirm that he was the author. They say an official investigation was not opened.

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.

One Response to Radical Muslim Extremist Gunned Down Fellow Soldiers

  1. As a moderate republican, I believe in smaller government, but somehow the new republican party has forgotten what smaller is, or what is the role of government. A war on terror costing 100’s of billions of dollars, and takes away my privacy, in order to defeat terrorists who were armed with box cutters. A common sense lockable entry into the pilot’s compartment would have avoided this whole mess. Two wars of choice. One we never knew the real reason why it was launched. The other we will never know when we have succeeded in our mission. Senator Taft (1950) was right. The last “good war” was WWII, because we knew what we were fighting for, and everybody shared in the sacrifice. As the tragedy at Fort Hood proved, what are we doing to those brave men and women who sacrifice their all for us? They go back to a war zone two, three, four times, and have a increasingly high rate of mental illness. When will their mission be accomplished? If there was a Draft would we be fighting these wars?

    The mixing of church and state, going into my bedroom, and telling my wife what she can and can’t do with her body. Even I can’t do that and Thomas Jefferson would never approve of this. America was founded because we have a right to privacy and the right to be secure in our own homes. While I do not have the responsibility to pay for private elective medical procedures that I consider immoral, I do not have the right to interfere with the private choices of others, which do not involve the government.

    Huge multi-national corporations have the rights of an individual, and effect my life more than the government ever has. Yet they are too big to fail, and I pay to bail them out. Small retailers can not compete with Wal-mart, who is so big they get special deals from Chinese companies which are unavailable to others. Wall Street enriches itself with actions that destroys peoples lives and the economy. Yet, my party tells me they can not be regulated and controlled by the only institution which can match them in size, wealth, and power. The only proper role of Government is to do what we as individuals can not do for ourselves. We do not live in a capitalist society, we live in a corporate society, with the rich getting richer, the poor struggling to survive, and the middle class disappearing as they join the ranks of the poor. The former abuses of government are are greatly overshadowed, by these corporations which have no loyalty to any country, or people.

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