Ft Hood Terror attack
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Submitted by shimshon issaki (Israel), Nov 12, 2009 at 03:28
Terror attacks by radical Muslims individuals, in the given circumstances in the United States, are not a surprise.
I believe that The killing of 13 soldiers in a center where they were getting vacinated before being sent abroad, is something that Maj. Nidal Malik Hassan planned in advance.
The question is whether terror acts like this one could be prevented. An individual act is hardly can be anticipated. Beside preventive actions, education etc. intelligence is the most impotrtant tool. In this case, of Maj. Nidal, there was intelligence and, as usual, the bad handling of the information which reminds the mishandling of the information prior Sep. 11.
Maj. Nidal contacted his Imam in Yemen (Anwar Alawlaki) around 20 times since last December. The FBI came to the conclusion that the contacts related to part of a research project he was then conducting at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington on post-traumatic stress disorder.
Anwar Alawlaki had contacts, while living in the US, with three of the Sep. 11 Hijackers, Khalid al-Midhar,Nawaf al-Hazmi and Hani Hanjour. in deferent places in the US. No wonder, in 2002, he left with his family to London and then to Yemen and never came back to the US. Any check of Alawlaki Website could tell about his radical ideas and incitements. Few questions:
1. was the US Army Aware of his almost 20 contacts with the radical Imam?
2. Was he authorized to contact a radical Imam who incites for killing Americans?
3. Did he report to the Army Authorities about his contacts?
I want to bring to your attention what I have written in my book (Terror And Iraq) on this particular issue, mainly about the Intelligence failures and the incitements.
I hope that this time the lessons will be learned more deeply.
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