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July 29, 2011

Update On Muslim Soldier Arrested For Plotting Second Fort Hood Attack

Topics: National News, Understanding Islam

There's now more on this story, with the AP reporting that the AWOL Muslim Fort Campbell soldier has admitted to plotting a Fort Hood attack: AWOL Fort Campbell soldier admits plotting Fort Hood attack:

An AWOL soldier who had weapons stashed in a motel room near Fort Hood admitted planning an attack on the Texas post, where 13 people died in 2009 in the worst mass shooting ever on a U.S. military installation, the Army said in an alert issued Thursday.

Pfc. Naser Abdo, a 21-year-old soldier who was granted conscientious objector status this year after he said his Muslim beliefs prevented him from fighting, was arrested Wednesday. Agents found firearms and "items that could be identified as bomb-making components, including gunpowder," in his motel room, according to FBI spokesman Erik Vasys.

The Army alert sent via email and obtained by The Associated Press says the man arrested by Killeen police "was in possession of a large quantity of ammunition, weapons and a bomb inside a backpack." Upon questioning, the alert says, he admitted to planning an attack on Fort Hood.

Officials have not offered details about Abdo's possible intentions. The infantry soldier from Garland, Texas, had applied for conscientious objector status last year. A military review board recommended this spring that he be separated from the Army.

As Robert Spencer points out over at Jihad Watch, double standards are obvious in the AP's vague, hands-off treatment of the suspect's identity in the above headline and opening paragraph. But this is another story entirely, and the AP's history of being an Islamist apologist is well established. So moving on ...

According to the AP's report, Abdo's arrest came after the owners of a local gun store - the same store where the 2009 Fort Hood shootings suspect Maj. Nidal Hasan bought a pistol used in the attack. Note that Abdo arrived at the store in a taxi (which required cash) and that he paid cash for his purchases at the store:

Abdo's arrest came after the owners of a local gun store - the same store where the 2009 Fort Hood shootings suspect Maj. Nidal Hasan bought a pistol used in the attack - called police, the Army's alert said.

Store clerk Greg Ebert said the man arrived at Guns Galore LLC by taxi Tuesday and bought 6 pounds of smokeless gunpowder, three boxes of shotgun ammunition and a magazine for a semi-automatic pistol, paying about $250. Ebert said he became concerned when the man asked questions indicating he didn't know much about the items.

"(We) felt uncomfortable with his overall demeanor and the fact he didn't know what the hell he was buying," Ebert said. "I thought it prudent to contact the local authorities, which I did."

In other words, the store clerk did what the TSA will not - he profiled the suspect based upon his behavor, and good thing he did - he almost ertainly saved a lot of lives by doing so.

But getting back to the issue of the cash, Abdo had plenty of cash to take a taxi elsewhere and spend more at another store, as well:

Killeen police learned from the taxi company that Abdo had been picked up from a local motel and that he also had visited an Army surplus store where he paid cash for a uniform bearing Fort Hood unit patches, according to the Army alert.
So, Abdo is an AWOL soldier which means he's not receiving income from the ARMY. As an AWOL soldier on the run he's very unlikely to have any other source of income since any employer is going to require a social security number which, once used, would immediately tell the Army where he is. Yet he has plenty of cash to have a place to live, ride around in a taxi, buy items for a disguise from an Army Surplus Store, and buy 6 pounds of smokeless gunpowder, three boxes of shotgun ammunition and a magazine for a semi-automatic pistol - all with cash. We can safely assume that he also has enough money to eat.

So where's the cash coming from? Is there someone in the Muslim community funding this guy, and if so, is the person or persons aware of the plot?

One would think that these questions are now being asked by the investigators, right?

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Posted by Richard at July 29, 2011 6:13 AM



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