Nidal Malik Hasan Tried to Contact Al Qaeda and US Intelligence Knew!

Yup, certainly this attack had nothing to do with Islamic terrorism and even if it was, there's clearly nothing in the Qu'ran which calls for violence and's "peaceful." Really:

(DAILY NEWS) American intelligence agencies knew months ago that the Fort Hood gunman had tried to contact people linked to Al Qaeda, ABC News reported Monday.

It is not known whether the agencies informed the Army that Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan had attempted to connect with Anwar al Awlaki, a radical mosque leader who runs an English language anti-American web site that promotes jihad, U.S. officials briefed on classified material told ABC.

In a blog posting early Monday titled "Nidal Hassan Did the Right Thing," Awlaki calls Hassan 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."

Hasan, who was born in Virginia and whose parents emigrated from "Palestine", attended a Falls Church, Va., mosque when Awlaki was an imam there, the Associated Press reported.

The Telegraph of London reported that Awlaki had made contact with two of the 9/11 hijackers when he serving as an imam in San Diego. Awlaki, said to have been under electronic surveillance by U.S. intelligence agencies, reportedly served as an imam in Denver, San Diego and Falls Church, Va.

He denied knowledge of the hijacking plot and was not charged. After an intensive investigation by the FBI, Awlaki returned to Yemen

Soldiers who served with Hasan said they reported his questionable loyalty up the chain of command.

A fellow Army doctor who studied with Hasan, Val Finell, told ABC News, "We would frequently say he was a Muslim first and an American second. And that came out in just about everything he did at the university."

Finell said he and other Army doctors complained to superiors about Hasan's statements.

On Sunday, Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) called for an investigation into whether the Army missed signs as to whether Hasan was an Islamic extremist.

"If Hasan was showing signs, saying to people that he had become an Islamist extremist, the U.S. Army has to have a zero tolerance," Lieberman told Fox News Sunday.

CIA director Leon Panetta and National Intelligence chief Dennis Blair have been asked by Congress "to preserve" all documents and intelligence files that relate to Hasan, the network reported.

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