What Happened to Marine Deserter Wassef Ali Hassoun?


missing-marineTen years ago this month, U.S. Marine Wassef Ali Hassoun disappeared from Camp Fallujah in Iraq. After a five-month military investigation, he was charged with desertion and theft, brought back to Virginia’s Quantico Marine base and then transferred to North Carolina’s Camp Lejeune for trial.

Yet, a full decade later, Hassoun is as free as a bird.

The accused deserter’s whereabouts are unknown. No trial ever began. No punishment ensued. And our leaders in Washington don’t seem to be doing a thing about this.

Hassoun was born in Lebanon and immigrated with his family to Utah in 1999. A few years later, he joined the Marines as an Arabic translator. On June 20, 2004, Hassoun bailed on guard duty at his base in Fallujah. He took his military-issued gun and his Muslim prayer rug. Military records obtained by the Salt Lake Tribune showed that he was “torn between military loyalty and his Muslim beliefs.”

According to the internal probe, he undermined intelligence-gathering operations by refusing to translate questions about Islam. He balked at raising his voice to suspected jihadi imams and sheiks. He openly threatened to “walk out the front gate and leave.”

The Muslim Marine told his colleagues he supported Hezbollah terrorist attacks on Israel. Members of his unit told investigators he was “anti-American” and listened to jihad sermons on propaganda CDs. Hassoun had received spiritual counseling from Navy Lt. Cmdr. Abuhena Saifulislam, a Muslim military chaplain tied to a radical Wahhabist outfit under federal investigation, according to Hoover Institution fellow and journalist Paul Sperry.

A bizarre video by Hassoun’s Islamist “kidnappers” showed him blindfolded with a sword above his head. But his fellow Marines suspected it was all staged and the “abduction” a collaborative fake. What did the purported hostage-takers want in return for the shady, disgruntled American serviceman? The release of jihadists in “U.S.-led occupation prisons.” Translation: Gitmo detainees. (Americans would never negotiate such a reckless trade, right? Oh, wait.)

In an even weirder twist, Hassoun somehow resurfaced at the U.S. embassy in Lebanon a few weeks after he walked away from his base. His family was rumored to have enlisted the aid of an Islamist group associated with the Muslim Brotherhood.

Hassoun denied desertion charges, came back to the U.S. for trial and then deserted a second time after failing to return to Camp Lejeune after visiting family in Utah. In 2011, Hassoun’s family sought a $1 million book and movie deal in Hollywood. One of his brothers said the fugitive Marine was with family in Lebanon.

Ten summers after he abandoned his post, double-deserting Hassoun is still on the run and has yet to be held accountable.

It’s worth reminding Americans about Hassoun’s story in light of President Obama’s exploding Bowe Bergdahl scandal. By all appearances, this administration has no intention of taking action on longstanding allegations that Bergdahl, like Hassoun before him, deliberately abandoned his post in 2009. Defiant Obama said he makes “no apologies” for the treacherous deal, even as reports of Bergdahl’s renunciation of U.S. citizenship and conversion to Islam have surfaced in the past 48 hours.

Soldiers on the ground have described how Bergdahl’s disappearance catalyzed deadly coordinated attacks by the Taliban on numerous U.S. outposts in Afghanistan. The response has been breathtaking. One of Obama’s minions, former Veterans Affairs bureaucrat and now Housing and Urban Development flack Brandon Friedman defended his boss by suggesting that Bergdahl’s colleagues were “psychopaths.”

Nancy Pelosi’s daughter, Alexandra, sneered that Bergdahl’s critics inside the military are “dysfunctional.” Harry Reid invoked Hillary Clinton’s “What difference does it make?” retort. The president himself sniffed that swelling anger among the families of the fallen was “whipped up.”

Islamist sympathizers inside our military walk away, and the Obama White House turns a blind eye. The Fort Hood jihad attack by Nidal Hasan, who invoked Hassoun in PowerPoint presentations to his military supervisors, is “workplace violence.” Gitmo recidivist Abu Sufian bin Qumu, lead suspect in the Benghazi attack, roams free despite the president’s promise to make “justice” his “biggest priority.”

Our commander in chief empties Gitmo of the worst of the worst jihadists and shrugs at the recidivists targeting American soldiers and civilians. And in a desperate attempt to deflect from the rising death toll of the Veterans Affairs book-cooking scandal, Obama gave Bob Bergdahl a Rose Garden stage to invoke Allah in Arabic.

If you’re not “whipped up” into Category 5 disgust, you’re not paying attention.

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  • truebearing

    Michelle, you can’t bring up Hassoun now. The “that’s old news” rule is in effect. The VA scandal will be “old news” by Fathers Day. The expiration date of Obama scandals has been steadily shortened. Pretty soon, Obama will have a major scandal every day. “Old news” will then be yesterday’s news. No time for investigations then.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      And if you do bring up “old new” you can be sure we know who’s at fault.

      Bush. Or Reagan.

    • cheshire ngirl

      The Benghazi investigation and Trey Goudy speaking on TV regularly was way too dangerous for Obama so he played one of his “distraction” cards…the VA horror story and when that was not quite enough distraction for news outlets and the American people, he played a trump card, Guantanamo and the terrorist thugs he let loose. I have not heard a word about Benghazi for quite a long time.
      Michelle, I admire your work tremendously.

  • Bamaguje

    Nidal Hassan, Wassef Hassoun, Bowe Bergdahl etc.
    When will America get it that Muslims can’t be trusted in U.S. military?
    America even has a Muslim commander-in-chief. Little wonder he is anti-Israel and treacherously endorsed Iran’s nuclear weapons program via “negotiations.”

    • Bklyn Farmer

      In addition to the names you list there is also:
      Pfc. Naser Abdo, attempted to kill as many American soldiers as possible at places (a restaurant) near the army base at Fort Hood, Texas. But an alert gun-store clerk called the Killeen police and Abdo was arrested at a motel three miles from the Fort Hood main gate.

      Hasan Akbar, who “killed two officers and wounded 14 other troops after tossing grenades into two tents while soldiers slept at Camp Pennsylvania on March 23, 2003. He wrote in his diary: I’m going to try and kill as many as possible.”

      Hasan Abujihaad, a Muslim and former sailor, was charged with ‘supporting terrorism with the intent to kill American citizens and with transmitting classified information to unauthorized recipients.” (New York Times, March 9, 2009)

    • Posse 101

      you’re spot on my good man. obama is this country’s first sleeper cell president. and hillary would be second.

  • Michael Copeland

    “Personally, I don’t trust one Muslim in our military because
    they’re commanded to lie to us through the term called Taqiyya. And if they
    truly are a devout Muslim, and follow the Quran and the Sunnah, then I feel
    threatened because they’re commanded to kill me.”
    Air Force veteran, Rep. Steve Womick
    http://www.datehookup.com/Thread-809680.htm

    • ca1

      …. that includes the white house!

  • http://www.GodAuthoredBible.com geneww1938

    Michelle Malkin has more brains and common sense than the entire White Staff of Muslims and Pro Muslim sympathizers. These folk are blinded by Satan and may even think they are doing right. How sad for their eternity.

    All doctrine contrary to the Bible is of an anti-god or Satanic in origin. See http://www.GodAuthoredBible.com

  • cecilhenry

    One problem:

    AFRICA FOR THE AFRICANS, ASIA FOR THE ASIANS, WHITE COUNTRIES FOR EVERYBODY??

    “Diversity” means being chased out of your neighborhood.
    “Diversity” means being chased out of your school.
    “Diversity” means being chased out of your job.
    “Diversity” Means Chasing Down the Last White Person.
    “Diversity” means White Genocide

    • Posse 101

      @cecil:
      astute comment.

  • Hard Little Machine

    He’s likely living at Sean Penn’s house.

  • johngvanvliet

    If politicians have backbone to should start impeachment procedures for a Obama that is not fulfilling his responsibilities as PRESIDENT of the USA

  • 1Indioviejo1

    We need CIA death Squads working against these enemies. I know that our Law Enforcement, FBI, Federal and Local police are trained to obey the law and follow orders, but we do need extrajucicial justice to deal with our enemies here. Our court system has been compromised by Decades of leftist appointments. Justice has erroded, we can’t control our prisons, and we can’t control our borders. I believe we came to a tipping point around the time of the FWTC bombing. Clinton ignored the bigger treat and here we are, made defenseless by our Laws and Leaders.

    • verneoz

      You have valid complaints. The 2nd Amendment is our fallback solution.

      • 1Indioviejo1

        Even in a well armed country, I feel that the low information voter defeat the purpose. Everytime I see in the news a lunatic shooting children, or defenseless people, I wonder why they did not go into a Mosque. I think even the lunatics have become anti-American.

  • verneoz

    The Hassoun case is a symptom of a larger problem. The US really does not have an assimilation program to vet and immerse immigrants in American values, history, English, and customs before they are issued green cards or citizenship. Consequently, we could have thousands of actual anti-American residents living and working in our neighborhoods.

    • Posse 101

      @vern:
      good point.

    • SFTOBEY

      I’m sure we do. And the most dangerous is the one with the pen and a phone that lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., WDC.