This weblog entry updates my article, "Maj. Hasan's Islamist Life," in reverse chronological order:
Additional information on Hasan's contact with Awlaki: The Washington Post reports that
Hasan's contacts with extremist imam Anwar al-Aulaqi began as religious queries but took on a more specific and concrete tone before he moved to Texas. … One source said the two discussed in "cryptic and coded exchanges" the transfer of money overseas in ways that would not attract law enforcement attention. "He [Hasan] clearly became more radicalized toward the end, and was having discussions related to the transfer of money and finances . . .," the source said in describing the 18 or 19 intercepted e-mails. "It became very clear toward the end of those e-mails he was interested in taking action." …
Anwar al-Aulaqi in Yemen in 2008.
In the months before the shootings, the two discussed how Hasan could make several transactions of less than $10,000, a threshold for reporting to U.S. authorities, the source continued. Hasan did not explicitly vow to fund terrorist activities or evade tax and reporting laws for contributions, the source said. "I believe they were interested in the money for operational-type aspects, and knowing that he had funds and wouldn't be around to use them, they were very eager to get those funds," he said.
(November 21, 2009)
Hasan's supervisor warned army in 2007: National Public Radio breaks the news of a May 2007 memo from Scott Moran, chief of psychiatric residents at Walter Reed, in which he presents dissatisfaction with Hasan's "professionalism and work ethic" as well as his "pattern of poor judgment." While these are not specifically Islamist features, they do point to Hasan's disaffection and loss of interest in his job. Anyone who bothered to wonder why would readily have seen his absorption with radical Islam. (November 18, 2009)
Related Topics: Muslims in the United States, Radical Islam, Terrorism
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