Another jihadi attack on our troops at Ft. Hood, Texas was averted as authorities arrested three soldiers in connection with a plot to attack the same military facility where 14 Americans were murdered by Major Nidal Hasan.
An AWOL serviceman, identified by the FBI as a Private First Class Naser Jason Abdo, was arrested Wednesday after making a purchase at Guns Galore in Killeen, Texas, the same ammunition store Major Hasan used. Like Hasan, Abdo is a Muslim who identifies himself as a 'Palestinian.'
Abdo was found with weapons, explosives and jihadi materials when he was arrested after a gun store employee called authorities to report a suspicious individual. Abdo had enough materials to make two bombs, including 18 pounds of sugar and six pounds of smokeless gunpowder which can be used as a trigger for explosives.
Abdo has already confessed that he wanted to "get even" and was targeting Ft. Hood because of the previous attack there allegedly carried out by Hasan. His target wasn't the base itself, but planned to detonate two bombs at a nearby restaurant popular with Ft. Hood troops and then use a pistol to murder survivors.
Two other soldiers were arrested in connection with the plot and at least one of them was Muslim too, Zachary Kalawaan. From Abdo's Facebook page:
The other unnamed soldier is likely the second Muslim soldier mentioned in the Facebook entry as 'claiming discrimination.'
Abdo made headlines originally by claiming conscientious objector status because of his Muslim faith.
In 2010 he told ABC News he was Muslim and should not have to participate in what he called an "unjust war" in the Middle East. "Any Muslim who knows his religion or maybe takes into account what his religion says can find out very clearly why he should not participate in the U.S. military," Abdo said.
Abdo's application for CO status came only after he was notified he would be deployed to Afghanistan,but it was approved by the Secretary of the Army.
Abdo's discharge was put on hold after he was charged with having child pornography on his computer, something that came up after investigators began looking at Abdo's computer files due to "radical statements" he made after filing for discharge, which is when the child porn was discovered. Apparently his Muslim beliefs, whatever they were, didn't preclude him flogging his lizard to images of children being victimized.
Abdo then went AWOL during the July 4th weekend,but apparently stayed in contact with some of his fellow soldiers with similar beliefs.
This plot was very close to being executed, and it's only thanks to the alert behavior of a gun store employee that we're not going to be reading about another tragic Ft. Hood attack in a few days' time.
I should make something clear here. In spite of the violent attacks perpetrated by some Muslims in the military, there are Muslims who have served and continue to serve with honor and distinction. However, because of creatures like Abdo and Hasan, the military needs to subject recruits who profess Islam to much closer scrutiny, including a background check on where they get their religious and spiritual mentoring. As I've pointed out before, there's always a radical, Muslim Brotherhood oriented imam in a Saudi-funded mosque somewhere in the mix.
I'd also say that in my opinion, anyone who self-identifies as 'Palestinian' ought to be a major red flag when it comes to military training. The reasons are so obvious I won't even go into them.
More on this as it comes in.