Another attack on Ft. Hood thwarted?

posted at 1:10 pm on July 28, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Fox News got the scoop this morning on an arrest near Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas, where Major Nidal Hasan massacred 14 people in November 2009.  A private who went AWOL three weeks ago from Fort Campbell in Kentucky had built up quite an arsenal of both guns and explosives before the FBI closed in on him today.  Like Nidal Hasan, Nasser Jason Abdo wanted out of his deployment to Afghanistan, and had been granted conscientious-objector status — before the Army discovered child pornography on his computer, which is when he went AWOL.

Yeah, he’s a real charmer:


At least one U.S. military serviceman has been arrested after raising concerns over another alleged plot to attack Fort Hood, Fox News has learned exclusively.

Pvt. Nasser Jason Abdo, an AWOL soldier from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, was arrested by the Killeen Police Department near Fort Hood and remains in custody there. Authorities, however, will not say if Abdo is the one who raised security concerns.

Abdo was found with weapons and explosives at the time of his arrest, a senior Army source confirms to Fox News. He was arrested at around 2 p.m. Wednesday after someone called authorities to report a suspicious individual. …

Bob Jenkins, a Fort Campbell spokesman, told Fox News that Abdo was also being investigated for child pornography found on his government computer.

Abdo went AWOL on July 4. On the eve of his first deployment to Afghanistan — after only one year in the Army — Abdo applied for conscientious objector status. It was denied by his superiors at Ft. Campbell but later overturned by the Assistant Deputy Secretary of the Army review board.

It’s not easy to qualify as a conscientious objector in the all-volunteer military, as that status is usually reserved for those philosophically or religiously opposed to all war, not just one in particular. Fox reports that “jihadist materials” were found in his backpack along with explosives, which (if true) would tend to explain why the Army review board eventually decided that sending him to Afghanistan might be a bad idea. Perhaps in the future those requests might be seen as a red flag. This one certainly was to Andy McCarthy at the time.

If this was a jihadist attack, however, his recruitment was — shall we say — less than optimal. The idea for a sleeper terrorist is to blend in and not draw attention. I’m not sure what part of that strategy involves collecting child pornography on a computer to which the military has access. His AWOL status seems to have forced Abdo into attempting to aggregate the materials needed for another attack on Fort Hood very quickly, which also drew more unwanted attention to him.

One might wonder why Fort Hood was selected again, but that would not be an accident. Fort Hood serves as a staging ground for deployment to the war in Afghanistan, which is presumably why Hasan was selected for the first attack.

Update: Let’s not forget that CNN thought Abdo was a hero last August for claiming his religion trumped his voluntary commitment to honoring the chain of command:

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CNN made him a hero last year

faraway on July 28, 2011 at 1:13 PM

Why do we allow the cancer of islam to fester inside America?

It’s time to recognize it for what it is – an alien political ideology with the express goal to destroy us. It’s time to inoculate ourselves against this disease, before we follow Europe into the dustbin of history.

Rebar on July 28, 2011 at 1:15 PM

Before we get ahead of ourselves, perhaps we should refrain from ruling anything in OR OUT in this case.

Chip on July 28, 2011 at 1:16 PM

So who FORCED this clown into the military?

Hope he enjoys Leavenworth.

GarandFan on July 28, 2011 at 1:16 PM

Quick someone blame Robert Spencer & Pam Geller!

batterup on July 28, 2011 at 1:17 PM

I’m waiting to see how Tom Shipley feels about this.

a capella on July 28, 2011 at 1:17 PM

Fox reports that “jihadist materials” were found in his backpack along with explosives, which (if true) would tend to explain why the Army review board eventually decided that sending him to Afghanistan might be a bad idea.

When are we going to see that having muslims in the US military “might be a bad idea”?

slickwillie2001 on July 28, 2011 at 1:19 PM

CNN made him a hero last year

faraway on July 28, 2011 at 1:13 PM

Oof.

Ferris on July 28, 2011 at 1:20 PM

I heard that he bought a uniform with Ft. Hood insignia on it.

Cindy Munford on July 28, 2011 at 1:20 PM

No mention in MSM of him being an “anti-Christian bigot”

faraway on July 28, 2011 at 1:21 PM

When are we going to see that having muslims in the US military “might be a bad idea”?

slickwillie2001 on July 28, 2011 at 1:19 PM

Ah, that would be profiling and is a no no. Better to give them access to military grade ordnance.

a capella on July 28, 2011 at 1:23 PM

after only one year in the Army

A private with one year of service?

I don’t believe anyone who has joined the US Military since 9/11 is eligible for conscientious objector, especially one who has only been in for one year. Why did he join? It’s an insult to all those who have given their all.. If you decide you don’t want to fight, get out.

It seems to me as though he wanted a government paycheck with perpetual benefits so let’s lock him up in Levenworth and put him on the public dole that he so long for until he dies of old age.

Texas Gal on July 28, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Nasser Jason Abdo – sounds like a fine, Irish Catholic, tea partier to me.

fossten on July 28, 2011 at 1:25 PM

I don’t believe anyone who has joined the US Military since 9/11 is eligible for conscientious objector, especially one who has only been in for one year.

Texas Gal on July 28, 2011 at 1:24 PM

The real question is, why was he granted CO status?

The answer… we all know the answer, don’t we.

Rebar on July 28, 2011 at 1:26 PM

Another damned lutefisk-addled Skandihoovian…

Bruno Strozek on July 28, 2011 at 1:27 PM

Another crazy Christian…

right2bright on July 28, 2011 at 1:28 PM

Where’s this guy from? Detroit?

Blake on July 28, 2011 at 1:30 PM

Did he refer to God or Allah in that video…?

d1carter on July 28, 2011 at 1:32 PM

Why do we allow the cancer of islam to fester inside America?

It’s time to recognize it for what it is – an alien political ideology with the express goal to destroy us.

Rebar on July 28, 2011 at 1:15 PM

Islam — it’s a religion, but also a political ideology. It’s a floor wax AND a dessert topping.

Paul-Cincy on July 28, 2011 at 1:33 PM

What kind of leadership do we have in our military? What are we allowing to happen to the finest fighting machine on earth? How is that we even consider granting conscientious objector status to a person who volunteers for duty?

And then, when we get by the mind-boggling defects in our recruiting, personnel management and the rest what kind of leadership allowed this man to remain in uniform through training and deployment? What kind of supervision allowed him to indulge his sexual perversion on government computers?

And then, when we get past the mind-boggling defects already pointed out, how do we allow jihadis to remain among our fine soldiers? How did we not review all personnel and act on what we could learn after the Ft. Hood shooting? And why has not every man and woman on a military installation in this nation been trained to be proficient at using a firearm and packing heat?

There are no end of questions and I doubt that I will ever be satisfied

MJBrutus on July 28, 2011 at 1:35 PM

Yep another crazy Christain spurred on by Gellar and Spencer.
Hilarious, kind of, that this idiot gets caught the same week a crazed Christain blows up Norway./
I truly do not understand why the military would recruit Muslims but we also have TSA in the diapers of old people and babies so what the hell. And we give guns to Mexican crimnals…..and where else? Honduaras?…..it’s a wonder we haven’t lost our country yet.

ORconservative on July 28, 2011 at 1:37 PM

So far, scanning all the majors, to their credit, every MSM article is mentioning that he is a Muslim in some context in their articles. ABC, CBS, CNN, AP, even MSNBC.

Well, all the MSM except for one…

NPR

ericdondero on July 28, 2011 at 1:37 PM

The real question is, why was he granted CO status?

The answer… we all know the answer, don’t we.

Rebar on July 28, 2011 at 1:26 PM

I’d like to know more about it, but I suspect at the moment you are correct.. but why was it revoked when child porno was found.. was the military preparing to kick him out because of that? I don’t see them revoking on those grounds and sending him off to Afghan.. there’s more to this.

Texas Gal on July 28, 2011 at 1:37 PM

This is in the process of being buried very deep right now?

Nothing to see here, just a regular American Hero./

IowaWoman on July 28, 2011 at 1:37 PM

CNN’s most recent updates:

[Updated at 12:58 p.m.] A soldier arrested near Fort Hood, Texas told investigators that he wanted to attack Army soldiers outside Fort Hood, a law-enforcement official said.

[Updated at 11:16 a.m.] The soldier suspected of having bomb-making materials near Fort Hood, Texas, is expected to face federal charges, possibly as early as Thursday afternoon, a federal law-enforcement official said.

At least CNN is reporting it was about his religion, as opposed to the obfuscatory drivel that ABC put out about unjust war and the ME (in the headline post on the story.)

Dusty on July 28, 2011 at 1:37 PM

Just 3 lost souls, not related, not connected, not a shred of terrorism, or whatever it’s called now…

Schadenfreude on July 28, 2011 at 1:38 PM

Them jihadists sure do like their porno!

EnglishMike on July 28, 2011 at 1:39 PM

Wow.

SPGuy on July 28, 2011 at 1:41 PM

Before we get ahead of ourselves, perhaps we should refrain from ruling anything in OR OUT in this case.

Chip on July 28, 2011 at 1:16 PM

Let’s rule out domestic right-wing extremists, at least. Will you agree to that, Chip?

disa on July 28, 2011 at 1:42 PM

Can’t fight because Islam teaches peace- soooo, I think I’ll blow up my fellow soldiers instead. Ooooookay.

BKeyser on July 28, 2011 at 1:44 PM

Was this really child pornography or was he simply perusing muslim mail-order wife websites?

slickwillie2001 on July 28, 2011 at 1:45 PM

When are we going to see that having muslims in the US military “might be a bad idea”?

slickwillie2001 on July 28, 2011 at 1:19 PM

Zudhi Jasser-the hottie that founded the American Islamic Forum for Democracy-served in USN served most honorably-as did the patriot solider who happened to be muslim. He was killed in the sandbox and at his family’s request he was buried @ Arlington.
Unfortunately those gentlemen were/are the exception. Most muslims are muslim first-American citizens second.
For the sake of our nation’s security-muslims should be banned from serving.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 28, 2011 at 1:49 PM

Did he have any copies of Time or Newsweek magazines in his hotel room that may have driven him to rage?

faraway on July 28, 2011 at 1:49 PM

FUNDAMENTALIST CHRISTIAN CONSERVATIVE!!!!!

oh, wait, you say his name is Nasser Jason Abdo and he possessed jihadist materials?

hmmmm it’s just such a shame that you can never know a person’s motives for wanting to do something like this.

/MSM off

29Victor on July 28, 2011 at 1:50 PM

Before we get ahead of ourselves, perhaps we should refrain from ruling anything in OR OUT in this case.

Chip on July 28, 2011 at 1:16 PM

Let’s rule out domestic right-wing extremists, at least. Will you agree to that, Chip?

disa on July 28, 2011 at 1:42 PM

Indications are that this isn’t the case.

My point is that we need wait a little before trying to cast this as one thing or the other.

As you will recall, it was decided by whomever that the first Ft. Hood shooter wasn’t Muslim. Later on the facts proved differently but the false narrative was already planted in everyone’s mind.

It works both ways on these cases – and trying to put a political spin on the early stages of an investigation is wrong.

Once the facts are confirmed, then blame should be affixed instead of certain parties trying to use yet another ‘serious crisis’.

Chip on July 28, 2011 at 1:51 PM

Countdown to a statement from CAIR telling us all not to judge an entire religion based on the action of an adherent while expressing concern about backlash and prejudice all without condemning the actions of the individual in question.

T.D.D. on July 28, 2011 at 1:52 PM

Darn those Southern Baptists! Oh, wait…

kingsjester on July 28, 2011 at 2:02 PM

Countdown to a statement from CAIR telling us all not to judge an entire religion based on the action of an adherent while expressing concern about backlash and prejudice all without condemning the actions of the individual in question.

T.D.D. on July 28, 2011 at 1:52 PM

Those who stay in America should be open to society without melting, keeping Mosques open so anyone can come and learn about Islam. If you choose to live here, you have a responsibility to deliver the message of Islam … Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faiths, but to become dominant. The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.

Omar Ahmad, Co-Founder of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

Rebar on July 28, 2011 at 2:03 PM

Wouldn’t it have been more accurate to say. . . .

Another U.S. muslim serviceman has been arrested after raising concerns over yet another alleged plot to attack Fort Hood, Fox News has learned exclusively.

The common denominator of those who are trying to attack US military servicemen is that they’re muslim — not that they are in the military themselves.

Narniaman on July 28, 2011 at 2:09 PM

faraway on July 28, 2011 at 1:49 PM

This is what they found in his room…

right2bright on July 28, 2011 at 2:09 PM

right2bright on July 28, 2011 at 2:09 PM

Is that suppose to be funny?

Cindy Munford on July 28, 2011 at 2:14 PM

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m worried about the imminent backlash against the conscientious-objector community.

Jim Treacher on July 28, 2011 at 2:27 PM

I’m at a loss as to why a conscientious objector would join the military.

Cindy Munford on July 28, 2011 at 2:29 PM

Most guys who apply for CO status in the all volunteer military claim that they’ve come to this belief subsequent to joining.

In my company some years ago a Marine came in and said he had wanted to apply for CO status. He’d come to believe that it was immoral to even touch weapons. (This was somewhat of an issue because he was an armorer) He provided paperwork from a church pastor that verified he had been attending for over a year and that the church doctrine did say that weapons and warfare were out. The Marine was a good man with no disciplinary problems, we were not facing an imminent deployment and there were no personal wife/girlfriend issues.

Bottom line was that after a review of the entire case we agreed he was a CO and approved the status and his eventual discharge.

SoonerMarine on July 28, 2011 at 2:37 PM

SoonerMarine on July 28, 2011 at 2:37 PM

I don’t have a problem with a change of heart, but why not just give him a honorable discharge and call it a day. I hope the young man in your story at least changed duties to something he could use after his service.

Cindy Munford on July 28, 2011 at 2:41 PM

Cindy: Three CO’s have won the Congressional Medal Of honor.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 28, 2011 at 2:41 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on July 28, 2011 at 2:41 PM

Different times, different enemies.

Cindy Munford on July 28, 2011 at 2:44 PM

Gee I thought with the Norwegian killings it was understood now that our real problem is the likes of Robert Spencer who keeps criticizing the “religion of peace”. Alan Colmes thinks so:

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2011/07/spencer-vs-alan-colmes-on-norway-smears.html

Chessplayer on July 28, 2011 at 2:48 PM

Fort Hood serves as a staging ground for deployment to the war in Afghanistan, which is presumably why Hasan was selected for the first attack.

hasan’s trial is starting, that may have been the motivation. If it was just to target predeployment staging grounds, then why not target Ft Campbell which is where the fella was stationed originally?

ted c on July 28, 2011 at 3:10 PM

Cindy Munford on July 28, 2011 at 2:41 PM

Some CO’s become Chaplains assistants, but in this Marine’s case his convictions were such that he could not continue to serve in any capacity. His honorable discharge followed quickly after the CO status was approved.

On the other hand, I had a young Marine reservist come to me on the eve of a deployment to Desert Storm and said he was considering applying for CO status. I advised him to really consider this and whether he wanted to let his fellow Marines down. I told him this was a decision that he would have to live with for the rest of his life. I also said that everyone (well almost everyone) get scared but it’s what you do when that happens that shows whether you’re a man or not. He never filed for CO status, made the deployment and did well in the war.

SoonerMarine on July 28, 2011 at 3:18 PM

I can’t remember which Tom Clancy book it was, but way before Americans even thot of Muslim terrorists he had a jihadi infiltrate the army at Ft. Bragg as a Chaplain Assistant.

AH_C on July 28, 2011 at 3:35 PM

SoonerMarine on July 28, 2011 at 3:18 PM

The Husband is a Vietnam Vet, entering the military, especially in times like these, is a serious consideration. It takes a special person to fill those duties and they are usually so young. It’s early yet in the saga of this young man and whether he acted alone but it begins to sound like we dodged another bullet.

Cindy Munford on July 28, 2011 at 3:35 PM

Whatever happened to Col. Hassan after his secret acquittal? Will the military rebuild him into the $60 million dollar Muslim. That would make a great Muslim lovin’ TV show.

BL@KBIRD on July 28, 2011 at 3:42 PM

Amusingly, the screaming headline all morning at the Huffers has been another vague story about “analysts” saying the right wing terrorist “activity” here is still growing, but they give very few examples of all the “activity” they’re worried about.

Meanwhile, way down the page is the Abdo story.

juliesa on July 28, 2011 at 3:48 PM

Is that suppose to be funny?

Cindy Munford on July 28, 2011 at 2:14 PM

No I wasn’t really being that funny, they will find this on his computer, or referenced somewhere, than try to say it was her fault.
I was stating how pathetic the news will be in reporting this…exaggerated perhaps, but not as much as you would think.
Somehow this will spin to be “retribution” against something conservative, and Palin seems to be the likely target.

right2bright on July 28, 2011 at 3:57 PM

Cindy: Three CO’s have won the Congressional Medal Of honor.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 28, 2011 at 2:41 PM

You don’t WIN the Congressional Medal of Honor…

right2bright on July 28, 2011 at 3:59 PM

Let’s not jump to any conclusions here… for all we know he’s a rightwing, Norwegian Christian extremist.

juanito on July 28, 2011 at 4:02 PM

right2bright on July 28, 2011 at 3:57 PM

That’s true enough, even here.

Cindy Munford on July 28, 2011 at 4:03 PM

Need another thread or an update here. A lot of new information about this case.

NotCoach on July 28, 2011 at 4:29 PM

Why do we allow the cancer of islam to fester inside America?

Rebar on July 28, 2011 at 1:15 PM

Another question is how can there be intelligent educated Muslims?

Islam is easily exposed as an obvious fraud, we just need enough people (esp in the media) to be aware of its evil and publicly expose its absurdities to significantly hinder & diminish, IMO, Islam in the West. Just a few examples:

The Qur’an teaches that the sun, like the moon, orbits the earth! (Q 21:33 and Q 36:40)
That the earth is flat with mountains simply placed on it (Q 15:19 – forget plate tectonics)!
That the sun goes down in a muddy lake surrounded by a mystery population (muddy sun worshipers?) Q 18:83-86

That sperm originates between the back and the ribs (Q 86:6-7).
That the stars are missiles firing at devils to keep them away (from heaven?) Q 67:5

Q 54:1-2 The moon was split in two. In fact ahadith sources do state Muhammed split the moon into two and this event was witnessed by a number of people. The ahadith sources saying this are strong and reliable and claim eye witnesses saw this event occur!
Sahih al Bukhari 6/4867

The Qur’an only repeats the ignorance of the time and not one scientific truth :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwMBOynKpXE&feature=related

I’d like to see Muslims constantly reminded of this appalling Quranic ignorance (the explanations I’ve heard are ridiculously lame). Either God is stunningly dumb or the Qur’an is clearly a 7th century fraud.

Chessplayer on July 28, 2011 at 4:41 PM

Unbelievably stupid to grant him conscientious objector status because he’s a Muslim. Real conscientious objectors don’t pick and choose their wars. And America was at war in Afghanistan and Iraq when he enlisted. It sounds like he signed up so he could get close to his intended targets.

ProfessorMiao on July 28, 2011 at 4:48 PM

I don’t wanna jump to conclusions but I am sure the perp. is some right wing Amish teapartier.

esnap on July 28, 2011 at 4:58 PM

I’ll take 7th century fraud for $500, Alex. BTW, has the msm identified the perps religion yet?

Kissmygrits on July 28, 2011 at 5:21 PM

His name should be changed to Nasser Jason Abdo LUIGI CALLAHAN so the ‘NY Slimes’ can brand him a CHRISTIAN LUNATIC.

MaiDee on July 28, 2011 at 6:04 PM

But but some right wing christian killed all those people in Norway.

CW on July 28, 2011 at 6:36 PM

Commenters asking “what” happened to our military!!!

Are you kidding?

I thought we all liked the neutering and social engineering that was being shoved down it’s throat. Oh, as long as it’s “our” issues that result in the social engineering of our military… it’s okay? We can ignore what seasoned professionals say and demand changes in our military as long as it’s change we support? I swear to God I’m going to have to hurt myself if I can’t stop reading Hot Air.

hawkdriver on July 28, 2011 at 6:43 PM

hawkdriver on July 28, 2011 at 6:43 PM

I doubt anyone thinks this is a failure on the part of the military. But I do agree that social engineering has a lot to do with the undesirable from being weeded out quicker.

Cindy Munford on July 28, 2011 at 7:01 PM

Cindy Munford on July 28, 2011 at 7:01 PM

Hey Cindy. Read the comments above again. A commenter said it was a failure of the military leadership. Sounded like they thought it was all on the military.

hawkdriver on July 28, 2011 at 7:09 PM

hawkdriver on July 28, 2011 at 7:09 PM

There will always be at least one. And it will be the same one who demands on unlimited, unquestioned “diversity”.

Cindy Munford on July 28, 2011 at 7:31 PM

Cindy Munford on July 28, 2011 at 7:31 PM

Ironic, no?

hawkdriver on July 28, 2011 at 7:31 PM

hawkdriver on July 28, 2011 at 7:31 PM

Irony is in overabundance lately.

Cindy Munford on July 28, 2011 at 7:38 PM