Fort Hood II Foiled

Ryan Mauro is a fellow with the Clarionproject.org, the founder of WorldThreats.com and a frequent national security analyst for Fox News Channel. He can be contacted at ryanmauro1986@gmail.com.


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On Tuesday, Abdo took a taxi to an Army surplus store, where he purchased a military uniform with Fort Hood insignia. He then took a taxi to Guns Galore LLC, the same store that Hasan purchased a weapon from. He purchased six pounds of smokeless gunpowder, three boxes of shotgun ammunition, and a magazine for a semi-automatic pistol. Alarmed by the purchases and the fact that he “didn’t know what the hell he was buying,” the store employees alerted law enforcement.

He was arrested on Wednesday at a motel only three miles from Fort Hood, and he quickly admitted that he was going to attack the base. He was in possession of four magazines, a .40 caliber pistol and a list of bomb ingredients. The authorities found enough equipment for two bombs, including a pressure cooker, 18 pounds of sugar, dismantled shotgun shells, and shrapnel. He also had Christmas lights and battery-operated clocks; items that can be used in assembling timed explosives. Documents he had indicate he wanted to set off two bombs at a restaurant frequented by the soldiers at Fort Hood, and then going on a shooting.

He also had “Islamic extremist literature,” including at least one article from Inspire, Al-Qaeda’s English-only magazine that is created by its branch in Yemen. He also mentioned the name of Anwar al-Awlaki to police, though no evidence of a direct link to the powerful Al-Qaeda official has been found so far. It is said that Abdo’s attack preparations and bomb construction came “straight out of Inspire magazine and an Al-Qaeda explosives course manual.”

The foiled plot shows how the threat from terrorism is becoming increasingly homegrown. The plots against the U.S. homeland “have surpassed the number and pace of attacks during any year since 9/11,” as Michael Leiter, Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, explained. Attorney General Eric Holder likewise says, “You didn’t have to worry about this [homegrown terrorism] even two years ago—about individuals, about Americans, to the extent that we now do.”

However, this does not mean that a law enforcement-only approach is best. Homegrown extremism is fueled by overseas sources, such as Anwar al-Awlaki. He is radicalizing a new generation of Muslims through the Internet as he escapes U.S. aerial attacks in Yemen. His sermons “surface in every single homegrown terrorism investigation, whether in the U.S., the U.K., Canada or beyond,” says terrorism expert Evan Kohlmann.

Bin Laden may be dead, but the ideology that drove him lives on.

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  • effemall

    It would be interesting and useful to learn how he converted and what prompted him. It's obvious that he has some loose screws, something that all devout Muslims have. But in their cases it is more understandable because their brainwashing begins in infancy. Now it will cost American taxpayers a fortune to keep this unfortunate young man locked up for life. If we had an administration that favors America to Islam, then he might be tried for treason – a citizen planning harm to his own country – and that used to come with the death penalty which would put him out of his misery and save us hundreds of thousands of dollars.

    • Babs

      I had read that his father is Muslim and his mother a Christian so he got it from his father's side. My question, is how a Christian could marry a Muslim. In the New Testament, it says to "only marry in the Lord" which means another believer. His mother must be a nominal Christian at most although in the Catholic Church, like Carolyn Kennedy marrying a Jewish man, marrying in the Lord means to marry in the Church. But I digress, suffice to say, he probably learned about it from his father and what son does not want to please his father and emulate him? Enough said?

      • kafir4life

        muslim "men" are allowed to marry non-muslim women so they can beaten into the faith. It's one of the main ways they grow their faith.

        Tony D., a former Jew, was allowed to marry Huma of the Ummah as it was allowed because they were able to use Tony D (protege of kapo chuck schumer) until he left congress in disgrace. If they are still married, Tony would have had his shahada by now, or Huma of the Ummah would have kicked him to the curb.

    • http://blogs.forbes.com/abigailesman abigail

      The death penalty would be a major mistake. Not only is it more expensive to execute than to keep someone in prison for life, but it would make him a martyr, which is exactly what he wants. In turn, that would only inspire others to follow his example. Bad idea.

      • Richard

        Execute in a manner repungent to Islam and save that martyr retoric

      • SpiritOf1683

        Hre wants the lethal jab then wrapped in bacon rinds to save on keeping him in jail for 60 years – and to stop him proselytising to jailhouse rockheads of the De Shawn type.

        • http://vnnforum.com DeShawn

          Isn't there an oven somewhere you should be climbing into?

          • UCSPanther

            Back under your bridge, troll.

          • SpiritOf1683

            Isn't there a plane back to Nigeria you should be climbing on. And I'm not Jewish either, primeval antisemitic sub-ape.

          • intrcptr2

            Ehn, he's an equal opportunity antisemite…

      • Seastink

        Only give him BLT's for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. He'll die soon enough.

        • Fred Dawes

          good idea

      • myomy

        no, you're wrong….. If we keep any muslim jihadi alive and in prison we are inviting the muslims to kidnap Americans and hold them for ransom and barter to get their jihadi released. They do this all the time. Better a dead martyr than a live bargaining chip.

        • http://blogs.forbes.com/abigailesman abigail

          You may not have noticed, but Iranians, Iraqis, Afghans, and others in the Muslim world have been kidnapping Americans (and Brits) for years. Meantime, in Holland, they're putting jihadists in prison, and no one is kidnapping the Dutch.

          Hmmm.

          • myomy

            yes I have noticed that and you should have said "yet". Here is something maybe you haven't noticed:
            "The wisdom behind permitting the taking of prisoners is so as to weaken the enemy and ward off his evil by keeping him away from the battlefield so that he cannot be effective or play any role; it also creates a means of freeing Muslim prisoners by trading the prisoners whom we are holding."

            Detaining prisoners

            "Prisoners should be detained until it is decided what is the best move. The ruler of the Muslims should detain prisoners until he decides what is in the Muslims’ best interests. He may ransom them for money, or exchange them for Muslim prisoners."

            Ahkaam al-Sijn wa’l-Sujana’ wa Mu’aamalat al-Sujana’ fi’l-Islam by Hasan Abi’l-Ghuddah, 256 (www.islam-qa.com) == Question #13241: Treatment of prisoners-of-war in Islam == http://63.175.194.25/index.php?ln=eng&ds=qa&a

          • http://blogs.forbes.com/abigailesman abigail

            Thank you so much. You just killed your argument and strengthened mine.

          • myomy

            I see….. so what are you smoking this weekend?

    • Fred Dawes

      He converted in the CIA HQ

  • al Kidya

    I had to laugh at Geraldo's remarks that this young man was obviously suffering from a psychotic break, possibly after child porn was discovered on his computer. He may have been going postal!
    Didn't Geraldo ever hear of "sudden jihad syndrome"?
    Islamic ideological brainwashing and "head banging prayer" causes frontal lobe brain disfunction. It creates social and behavioural problems. They claimed the man was a loner. Most psychotics are loners. And why was this Islamist conscientious objector who refused to kill fellow Muslims allowed in the service? They should have booted his ass out as soon as he objected. Nidal Hassan was cut from the same cloth.

  • charandcoop

    This is exactly why King is having these hearings and anyone who makes fun of the hearings is just plain stupid.

  • tagalog

    I can understand the evolution of pacifistic religious beliefs over time. But the guy volunteered for the Army, then volunteered for airborne training and went to jump school, then went into the 101st Airmobile, then applied for conscientious objector status when he found out he was going to be deployed to Afghanistan? Then he began trying to buy guns?

    Sorry, it strains credulity. Taquiyyah, I guess that must be it.

    • intrcptr2

      It's called cowardice.

      • tagalog

        Maybe cowardice, maybe something else, not necessarily pacifist either. I guess the 101st is now the 101st Air Assault, not Airmobile. But they made the transition from an airborne unit to an air assault unit a good many years ago, back in Vietnam times. They terminated the requirement for its personnel to be on jump status in 1974, so most likely the guy is not jump qualified, but went through air assault training (though not necessarily, as I understand it).

  • tarleton

    there are some young soldiers alive today that would't have been if this creep had not been caught ….this is what comes of multiculturalism and ''tolerance''….P C madness

  • kafir4life

    A couple days ago, and islamist shill for cair, abdullard mike, or by his asian nick-name that he goes by, cha ching, was attempting to falsely blame Robert for the terrorist attack in Norway. I would wager that he's a bit too cowardly to comment on his fellow followers of islam, and where they get their ideas from. The terror guide, the koran, is filled with hate, the followers of this hate filled guide speak of it at length, and seem to be the correct understanders of this guide. It seems that mohamat, and his diarrheatic book are responsible for many deaths of many innocents.

    I'll bet he remains silent.

    allahu snackbar!

    • Ordinary Joe

      Yes, who or what is to blame for this terrorist plot? Will the msm be trumpeting "Fundamentalist Muslim" over the airwaves? Or will they quietly ignore his religion because it does not fit into their narrative? And what do you call news people who only report or customize stories that fit their ideological narrative. Is there a word ugly enough for such people?

  • StephenD

    Just a quick look at the defiant photo speaks volumes, chin up, half closed eyes, almost as if to challenge you. This kid wanted to "belong" and found acceptance in the inner circle. But like all of those circles, there are deeper ones to strive for. He wanted to be a hero. Instead, he has destroyed his life by following a path that can only lead to death. I'm glad he's off the streets.

    • Questions

      You're right. A lot of mug shots of black perps have that same "gangsta" look — get a load of that defiant, menacing and expressionless face and those hooded eyes. Honor and intimidation among the underclass are interchangeable modes.

    • charandcoop

      Just like BHO's pictures.

      • intrcptr2

        ouch

        Not saying you're wrong here…

    • nina

      But for how long?

  • mrbean

    A new and more militant New Black Panther Party, and Black Guerrilla Family, has begun to embrace this same religious and political influence in California, where liberal local governments, state legislators and the courts continue to push "tolerance" and "multiculturalism" as the answer to the growing problem. This leniency and "looking the other way" often leads to what happened in Dearborn, Mich. Dearborn Police Officer Daniel Saab, a Shiite Muslim and Hezbollah supporter, displayed a large Hezbollah poster in his city community policing office. That's not what got him fired. Highly touted as a model Muslim officer in a city with a large Muslim population, he was indicted in September of 2007 for witness tampering, and producing false police reports. Saab was also convicted for stalking a state legislator, and for his involvement in a fire bombing of a non-Muslim Dearborn city councilman's car. He was represented by Islamist attorney and fellow Hezbollah supporter Nabih Ayad. American defense lawyers and groups such as the National Lawyers Guild, Prison Law Collective, and the ACLU often act as mouthpieces for the fifth column.

  • Newspaniard

    As islam is a political ideology, why can't these death cultists be excluded in the recruiting office as they did with communists and other nutters

  • Amused

    Seal Team 6 – your next target ,that American born punk in Yemen

  • Ghostwriter

    I hope they send him to jail for the rest of his life.

    • Ordinary Joe

      I bloody well hope they dont let him out.

  • jeff

    so now FPM are censoring people.cowards.afraid the islamocomminazi's might accuse of something you didnt do.

  • Brujo Blanco

    I suppose the left will be carping for more gun control after this incident. I now wonder if the authorities had if ignored signs that this guy was going to go postal.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    There will always be loner activists who are demented like this boy wonder of Islam
    but what threat is going to come to fruition is the organized groups infiltrated from
    our porous borders and set up in America with armament and targets shovel ready.
    We know Hezbollah is in Mexico and recruitment is big time, Islamist jihad is all
    over South America and working jihad with leftist governments and as the Great
    Satan we must be the Great target. Things are coming to a head with Obama doing
    everything he can to create chaos, insecurity, financial disaster, government
    collapse and misuse his office to bring evil on America and our few friends.
    As we watch the unfolding of our rotten government I look for the new blood from
    the last election for some hope. When America sobers up and looks at the truth
    of our situation we will see unbridled movement for correction but expect to see
    evil pouring out in our Cities and Towns as Islamists and leftists have recruited
    the lowest of the low to attack us in their attempt to destroy America by subversion.
    William

    • Ordinary Joe

      he's not demented. He's a muslim terrorist.

      • WilliamJamesWard

        As far as I am concerned all terrorists are demented and need to be
        eradicated………………….William

  • ObamaYoMoma

    He also had “Islamic extremist literature,”

    The Koran!

    The plots against the U.S. homeland “have surpassed the number and pace of attacks during any year since 9/11,” as Michael Leiter, Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, explained. Attorney General Eric Holder likewise says, “You didn’t have to worry about this [homegrown terrorism] even two years ago—about individuals, about Americans, to the extent that we now do.”

    The solution is quite simple: quit burying our political correct heads in the sand and pretending that Islam is a Religion of Peace™ being hijacked by a tiny minority of extremists. The truth is ALL mainstream orthodox Muslims are jihadists, some are violent jihadists, but most are non-violent jihadists, and the ones that aren’t jihadists, are not Muslims at all but blasphemous apostates that must be executed per the dictates of Islam.

    In fact, without millions of stealth jihadists with their thousands of mosques and madrassas already living in America as a fifth column on 9/11, the 9/11 jihad attacks would have been completely impossible.

    Hence, the answer was never to massively expand the size, scope, and power of the government, to usurp American’s heretofore constitutionally protected rights and freedoms, to impose the Patriot Act on them, and to force them to submit to having their private parts either photographed or manually searched, as expanding the size, scope, and power of the government is never the answer for anything much less protecting the homeland from Islamic jihad attacks, which our DHS still doesn’t even recognize to this day.

    In fact, all it inevitably accomplished was to provide a false sense of security so that Muslim immigration with all of its excess baggage could continue to be accommodated without interruption. Indeed, when have Americans ever been forced to sacrifice so much just to accommodate any other particular immigrant groups? Are we insane?

    The most common sense solution was always to ban and reverse Muslim immigration ASAP and to seal off the borders, as zero Muslim stealth jihadists living in America equals zero violent jihadists attacks.

    Imagine if GWB had done the common sense thing instead of exploiting the 9/11 jihadist attacks to massively expand the size, scope, and power of government like a drunken Dhimmicrat on steroids? The Fort Hood Massacre and indeed all other jihad attacks that occurred since 9/11 would never have occurred. Trillions of dollars that was blown on the massive expansion of government never would have been wasted. The economy would be so much stronger and budget deficits and the national debt wouldn’t be exploding like they are today.

    I know that a lot of RINO/Neo-Con Republicans think the world of GWB, but he was easily the most incompetent, inept, and unprofessional Republican President in my lifetime, and he is the reason that I finally got fed up with the Republican Party and quit it during his administration. Indeed, he is the primary cause the Tea Party was created.

    • Ordinary Joe

      |They are blaming Norway on the conservative blogs that the killer has referenced. So that lets us blame the koran which is what thousands and thousands of jihadis reference.

  • jacob

    I understand this "conscientious objection" claim in the case of the system before
    the stupid invention of a mercenary army….
    But then again, it is line with the idiocy shown by our military, worried to death on
    covering heir backs (but not their country) and passing the buck, as happening to
    this other assassin at the same place two years ago and who will most probably
    end up, the way things are going, decorated for contributing somehow to solve the overpopulation problem of good old USA….and least but not last, General Petraeus statement that Muslims were killing American soldiers because of the Arab-Israeli conflict…..
    Now as to a remark made at a poster, wasn't OBAMA's mother married to Muslims
    twice, one a Kenyan and another an Indonesian and from his upbringing,is there
    anything to wonder about his apologizing to the Muslim world for American
    misdeeds to them, his genuflexing to the Saudi king, his insistence in forcing
    Israel to commit suicide, his abolishment of the Prayer Day and institution of the
    Muslim Prayer Day and his statement that America is indebted to the Muslims
    for its independence ??????

  • myomy

    The moral of this story is NEVER TRUST A MUSLIM.. EVEN A SO CALLED MODERATE MUSLIM. You never know when sudden jihad syndrome might happen with any of them. We should be profiling muslims and ban islam and the construction of any new mosques in America.. Not just at ground zero, no more mosques in America. And don't tell me about religious freedom, islam is not a religion it's an evil cult. Ban Islam now….

    • Ordinary Joe

      you are clearly playing bad odds if you put your life in their hands.

    • ObamaYoMoma

      EVEN A SO CALLED MODERATE MUSLIM.

      There are no so-called moderate Muslims. ALL MUSLIMS are jihadists, a few are violent jihadists, but most a stealth and deceptive non-violent jihadists, and the ones that are not jihadists aren’t Muslims at all but blasphemous apostates that must be executed per the dictates of Islam.

      • myomy

        it's not quite that simple friend. The so called moderate muslims are just muslims who have not achieved a level of devoutness to be active violent jihadists. Many are involved in stealth political jihad and some are sleepers waiting to commit sudden jihad acts. The apostates are former muslims who have rejected islam and don't participate at all…. Some have joined other faiths resulting in fatwas being issued for their death on sight and any muslim can carry out that sentence on sight.

  • Fred Dawes

    "Our we all happy", P.C. BS And setup days are here must have ran out of black guys to setup?.

    This is what happens When you take away a nations ideals and make its main population into the enemy; soon we will see the next move the Final Solution and after all its all about multiculturalism and the extermination ideals of our great monkey leaders.

  • Asher

    This was another Nidal Hassan in the works. Creeps like Abdo have no intention of serving our Military with honor or Loyalty!

  • Zam

    I agree–never trust a muslim. This is not Islamophobia (which is a scam in itself by the way), this is survival. In addition, not only can muslims NOT be trusted in any way, shape, or form, neither can anything else that is even remotely related to the muslims NOT be trusted as well. For example, not even their shoes can be trusted (as everyone found out). Not even their water bottles can be trusted (as everyone found out). Not even their pets can be trusted. Yes, even animal lovers know that when it comes to their survival, it would be better to just put muslims' pets "out of their misery" than to let them have explosives tied to them and blow up a bunch of people.

  • Zam

    The muslims are the "Arbeh" (the arabs), that is, the muslims are the SWARMS (as in locusts) of evil that is mentioned extensively in the Bible. Especially so now that the muslims (arabs) have teamed up with the liberals and the communists and have morphed themselves into Islamofascists. Yes, the Islamofascists are definitely the crystallization of all the evil that is mentioned in the Bible. When will the day come? When will the day come? When will the day come the muslims (arabs) are squashed like a bug? When will the day come?

  • palidin911

    Islam is a disease which afflicts the ignorant.

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  • Fred Dawes

    Run-out of black guys this week! its all about the zombie way of doing business.

  • Ordinary Joe

    Excuse me Fred Dogs, my only hope is that you are the next American to get blown up by a jihadi. I'll say a little prayer for you.l