The developing story about the Fort Hood shooting and its perpetrator, Major Malik Nadal Hasan, is now taking an ominous Islamofascistic turn. According to an eyewitness report, Major Hasan yelled out the jihadi war cry "Allahu Akbar" (God is great) before opening fire.
The eyewitness is a female soldier who was present in the Soldiers Personnel Readiness Center when the massacre occurred. She has elected not to identify herself for fear of supervisory retaliation. But after the shooting occurred, she phoned her family who lives in an unidentified location in northern Utah to assure them that she was O.K. The family also asked that their precise location not be revealed at this time.
According to this KSL Channel 5 story, the female soldier called her father soon after the shooting and was frantic and upset. She said, "Dad, I'm OK. Don't worry, I'm OK". When the father asked her what she was talking about, the soldier said "We've been attacked by terrorists". She explained to her father that soldiers were sitting in a staging area inside the Readiness Center for medical and dental checks when the group was startled by gunfire. A person behind the counter stood up and shouted, "Allah Akbar!", and then just opened up on everybody. The daughter immediately fell to the ground and played dead, which was a wise move, because the person right next to her was shot and killed instantly. KSL news video embedded below:
KSL Channel 5 stresses that no government or military officials are reporting this and there is no way for them to independently corroborate this account.
At last count, 12 were killed and 31 wounded in the attack. It was originally reported that Major Hasan was killed, but it's now being reported that he's alive and in stable condition in hospital. He was shot four times, and is on a ventilator and unconscious. Two other soldiers taken into custody since the attack have since been released.
According to this other KSL report (with video), Major Nidal Malik Hasan is a 39-year-old Army psychiatrist from Virginia. ABC News Blotter identifies him as an American citizen of Palestinian descent. He was previously assigned to Walter Reed Medical Center, where he received a poor performance evaluation (but was still promoted to major in May 2009 notwithstanding), then transferred to Fort Hood in June 2009. Hasan had been alerted for deployment to Afghanistan, but he had turned against the war there and hoped Obama would pull troops out of Afghanistan and Iraq. He allegedly got into frequent arguments with others in the military who supported the wars, and expressed some antiwar sentiments on this Internet posting. Faizul Khan, a former imam at a mosque Hasan attended in Silver Spring, MD., said he spoke often with Hasan about how Hasan wanted to find a wife. Hasan was a lifelong Muslim and attended prayers regularly, often in his Army uniform. CNN provides a more detailed portrait of Hasan's background HERE.
ABC News Blotter also reports that Major Hasan may have been harassed because of his religion and political views, further fanning the flames of his resentment. After the 9/11 attacks, his cousin says he was the target of constant harassment from others in the military. His tormentors called him a "camel jockey," said his cousin, Nader Hasan. He wanted out of the Army, so he paid back his military student loans and hired an attorney. But while the bullying irritated Hasan, Nader Hasan believes his upcoming deployment is what set him off. The cousin said, "My mom is his mom… and we didn't know he was being deployed until we heard it on the news today." He had reportedly hired a lawyer to help him get out of the Army.
Meanwhile, a number of Arab-American and Muslim-American advocacy organizations, concerned about possible backlash, promptly condemned the shooting. The Arab-American Institute said it received one threatening call from an unidentified male shortly after reports surfaced that the name of the alleged shooting suspect was Nidal Malik Hasan. The group, which condemned the massacre, said it was expecting more. "We like to give people the benefit of the doubt and chalk it up to being a reactionary thing," said Leigh O'Neill, director of government relations for the organization. "But there is a lot of hate out there and hate is hate. It is bipartisan and doesn't have geographic balance. We feel terrible for the victims today. And I wish people will understand when crime is crime and terrorism is terrorism."
The Council on American-Islamic Relations also condemned the shooting, saying “We condemn this cowardly attack in the strongest terms possible and ask that the perpetrators be punished to the full extent of the law. No religious or political ideology could ever justify or excuse such wanton and indiscriminate violence. The attack was particularly heinous in that it targeted the all-volunteer army that protects our nation. American Muslims stand with our fellow citizens in offering both prayers for the victims and sincere condolences to the families of those killed or injured.”
For more detailed and frequent coverage from the local area near Fort Hood, visit the Austin American-Statesman website, the KTBC Channel 7 website, and News 8 Austin.