Joseph Lieberman stands yet again as a voice of reason crying out in the wilderness. In regards to the recent Fort Hood shootings committed by Major Nidal Malik Hasan, this article (from breitbart.com) says Senator Lieberman…
…said Sunday he wants Congress to determine whether the shootings constitute a terrorist attack and whether warning signs that Hasan was embracing an increasingly extremist view of Islamic ideology were missed.
Classmates who participated in a 2007-2008 master’s program at a military college told The Associated Press that they complained to faculty during the program about what they considered to be Hasan’s anti-American views, which included his giving a presentation that justified suicide bombing and telling classmates that Islamic law trumped the U.S. Constitution.
Yes, Hasan, as recently as 2008, gave a presentation that justified jihadist suicide bombings. The whole Islamic law trumping the Constitution thing could be argued as reasonable from a personal level, depending upon what one’s interpretation of “Islamic law” is, but suicide bombings in the name of Allah?
Why was this man still in the Army? Was the military worried about a potential backlash from the Muslim community if they brought up that a major was espousing violence in the name of Islam?
Again, from Sen. Lieberman:
“If Hasan was showing signs, saying to people that he had become an Islamist extremist, the U.S. Army has to have zero tolerance,” Lieberman, an independent from Connecticut, said on “Fox News Sunday.” “He should have been gone.”
Thanks for speaking up, Joe. However…
Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey said Sunday it’s important for the country not to get caught up in speculation about Hasan’s Muslim faith, and he has instructed his commanders to be on the lookout for anti-Muslim reaction to the killings at the Texas post.
If anyone is beating up Muslims in the streets because of this, then they deserve to be arrested. However, we’re not supposed to get caught up in speculation about Hasan’s faith, despite the fact that he cried “Allahu Akbar!” (God is great) every time he shot a victim in cold blood at Fort Hood? Hasan apparently targeted people in uniform during his attack, seeing his act of violence as retaliation for American involvements in the Middle East.
It is now coming out that U.S. intelligence agencies were aware that Hasan was attempting to contact al Qaeda using “electronic means.” When? Roughly a month before the attack.
According to the officials, the Army was informed of Hasan’s contact, but unclear what, if anything, the Army did in response.
Why not yank the guy out of the military? Put him in the brig. Grill him. Waterboard him (kidding, kidding)…
JUST DO SOMETHING!
Because of bureaucracy’s failings at acting on intel suggesting Hasan, we’ve lost (to date) twelve servicemen and women and one innocent civilian.