As previously posted here, Jihad beheading victim Lee Rigby will receive the same tribute as soldiers who die in action, but Fort Hood jihad victims are victims of a "criminal act of single individual," not international terrorism.
Why would Obama authorize a drone hit on Awlaki (who never killed anyone), but not give the victims of his Islamic preachings the same military designation?
It took just hours for England's Prime Minister to say a gruesome knife and cleaver attack on a serviceman in London was likely an act of terrorism. In the U.S., more than three years since a much deadlier domestic assault on American troops -- the 2009 Fort Hood massacre that claimed 13 lives, including that of a pregnant soldier -- a top Army attorney maintains that incident was likely a "criminal act of a single individual."
"...[T]he available evidence in this case does not, at this time, support a finding that the shooting at Fort Hood was an act of international terrorism," Lt. Gen. Dana Chipman said this week in a letter to Rep. Thomas Rooney (R-Fla.) on behalf of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.
From MEMRI: Anwar Al-Awlaki On Maj. Nidal Hasan And The Fort Hood Attack
Al-Awlaki Article States Hasan Is His Student, Expresses Support For His Deeds – And Is Transformed By Online Jihadi Follower Into Jihadi Music Video
Four days after the Fort Hood attack, Al-Awlaki stated in an article he posted on his now-defunct website Anwar-alawlaki.com that Hasan was a "hero" and "a man of conscience who could not bear living the contradiction of being a Muslim and serving in an army that is fighting against his own people. This is a contradiction that many Muslims brush aside and just pretend that it doesn't exist. Any decent Muslim cannot live, understanding properly his duties towards his Creator and his fellow Muslims, and yet serve as a U.S. soldier."
Justifying Hasan's attack, Al-Awlaki continued: "The U.S. is leading the war against terrorism, which in reality is a war against Islam. Its army is directly invading two Muslim countries and indirectly occupying the rest through its stooges. Nidal opened fire on soldiers who were on their way to be deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. How can there be any dispute about the virtue of what he has done? In fact, the only way a Muslim could Islamically justify serving as a soldier in the U.S. army is if his intention is to follow the footsteps of men like Nidal. The heroic act of brother Nidal also shows the dilemma of the Muslim American community..." Al-Awlaki concluded his posting by offering prayers for Hasan, "May Allah grant our brother Nidal patience, perseverance, and steadfastness, and we ask Allah to accept from him his great heroic act. Ameen."
Anwar Al-Awlaki's article praising Nidal Hasan has been set to music and distributed via various jihadi websites and YouTube. One such video, titled "Sheikh Anwar Al-Awlaki Exposes the Truth," posted on YouTube on February 4, 2010, was produced by YouTube user and London-based Islamist "dcfnfb," shows Al-Awlaki's words scrolling across the screen: "Nidal Hasan is a hero. He is a man of conscience who could not bear living the contradiction of being a Muslim and serving in an army that is fighting against his own people... The fact that fighting against the U.S. army is an Islamic duty today cannot be disputed. No scholar with a grain of Islamic knowledge can defy the clear cut proofs that Muslims today the right – rather the duty – to fight against American tyranny. Nidal has killed soldiers who were about to be deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan in order to kill Muslims... May Allah grant our brother Nidal patience, perseverance, and steadfastness, and we ask Allah to accept from his great heroic act. Amen."
Al-Awlaki Tells Al-Jazeera About His Personal Relationship With Hasan
The month after the attack, in Sana'a, Yemen, Al-Awlaki told jihadi forum member Abdelela Haidar Shayie, in an interview posted December 23, 2009 on Al-Jazeera, that he had first been contacted by Hasan a year earlier. Almost as soon as the interview was posted, it was picked up by numerous jihadi forums, where members added their praise for both Al-Awlaki and Hasan. On the Al-Falluja forum, to which Abdelela Haidar Shayie belongs, members praised the latter and also asked Allah to heal Hasan and grant him patience.
Along with the interview, Al-Jazeera reported, "Before carrying out the operation, Major Nidal was in touch with Al-Awlaki, and asked him about the religious legitimacy of the [planned] operation and about his role as a Muslim in the American army." The article also quoted Hasan in his communication with Al-Awlaki: "You are the only Muslim Imam who lived in America and who understands Allah's words and knows well how to address people with a Western mentality.'..."
The following are excerpts from the Aljazeera.net interview with Al-'Awlaki:
Question: "What is your connection with Nidal Hasan, and when did it begin?"
Answer: "Nidal Hasan prayed at my mosque when I was imam at the Dar Al-Hijra mosque."
Q: "When was your first meeting?"
A: "About nine years ago, when I was imam of the Dar Al-Hijra mosque in the capital Washington, a mosque which is one of the biggest Islamic centers in America."
Q: "[There are] reports that there was more than that."
A: "Brother Nidal used to contact me via email last year, until the middle of this year."
Q: "When did the correspondence with Nidal begin?"
A: "I got the first message from Nidal on December 17, 2008."
Q: "Who initiated the correspondence, you or him?"
A: "He initiated the correspondence with me."
Q: "What did the correspondence contain?"
A: "He was asking about killing American soldiers and officers. [He asked] whether this is a religiously legitimate act or not."
Q: "So he asked you that question about a year before the operation was carried out?"
A: "Yes. And I wondered how the American security agencies, who claim to be able to read car license plate numbers from space, everywhere in the world, I wondered how [they did not reveal this]."
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