November 5, two days after the election, marks the eleventh anniversary of Nidal Hasan’s terrorist attack at Fort Hood, Texas. Hasan’s murder of 13 Americans could easily have been prevented, but the previous administration chose to look the other way.
U.S. Army Major Nidal Hasan came to the attention of the FBI for the 18 emails he sent to terrorist mastermind Anwar al-Awlaki. Maj. Hasan, a self-described “soldier of Allah,” wanted Awlaki’s permission to kill American soldiers and innocent civilians in the cause of jihad. “Please keep me in your Rolodex in case you find me useful,” Hasan wrote, “and please feel free to call me collect.”
That rang alarms at the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force in San Diego, and agents alerted the Washington Field office. The WFO response said: “Given the context of his military and medical research and the content of his, to date, unanswered email messages from al-Awlaki, WFO does not currently assess Hasan to be involved in terrorist activities.” The FBI boss dropped the case and that was a matter of policy.
President Obama refused to link Islam with terrorism and on his watch the FBI focused on Americans who advocated limited government and valued constitutional rights such as the First and Second Amendments. Islamic terrorists took full advantage.
On November 5, 2009, at Ford Hood, U.S. soldiers were getting their final medical checkups before deploying to Afghanistan. Major Nidal Malik Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, yelled “Allahu akbar” and began gunning down the soldiers. His victims, all unarmed included private Francheska Velez, 21, who was pregnant. The Muslim major killed two other women that day along with 10 men, more than twice as many victims as the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993.
Hasan also wounded more than 40 others, including Sergeant Alonzo Lunsford, who played dead before fleeing the building. Major Hasan chased down Lunsford, an African-American, and shot him seven times, including one bullet in the back. Major Hasan shot Sergeant Shawn Manning in the chest and pumped four rounds into Sgt. Patrick Zeigler. Hasan would have killed many more if civilian police officer Kim Munley had not wounded the terrorist.
The administration of POTUS 44, proclaimed the murder spree a case of “workplace violence,” not terrorism or even gun violence. This rendered Hasan’s victims ineligible for medals and other benefits related to combat. The following April, the White House declined Sgt. Lunsford’s request to meet with the president and explain the raw deal the government had dealt the Fort Hood victims.
In August, 2013, a panel of 13 military officers handed down a death sentence for Hasan. The sentence has yet to be carried out, and Hasan remains an enthusiastic supporter of Islamic terrorism. His case bears stark contrast to FBI actions against Gen. Michael Flynn.
The “composite character,” David Garrow described in Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama did not want Gen. Flynn to become National Security Advisor, least of all with Trump in the White House. So the president targeted Flynn to facilitate action against Trump that would continue during his presidency.
In the course of his duties, Flynn came into contact with foreign nationals under routine surveillance by U.S. intelligence. American citizens in such encounters are normally redacted, but Democrats duly “unmasked” the identity of Gen. Flynn and leaked the information to the establishment media, a “10-year felony,” according to former prosecutor Trey Gowdy.
Samantha Power, Obama’s ambassador to the UN, made unmasking requests for Flynn on November 30, 2016, and then on December 2, 7, and 14 – two requests that day – and December 23. Power’s seventh unmasking request came on January 11, 2017, days before Trump took office.
On December 14 and 15 of 2016, CIA boss John Brennan made unmasking requests for Gen. Flynn. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper put in requests on December 12, 28, and again on January 7, 2017. FBI director James Comey requested to unmask Gen. Flynn on December 15, 2016, and on January 12, 2017, vice president Joe Biden made his request to unmask the general.
The DOJ dropped the case against Flynn but judge Emmet Sullivan has now pushed the case past the November 3 election, now in dispute. So Joe Biden might take another shot at Flynn, under guidance from Biden’s former boss.
On Tuesday November 17, Penguin Random House will release A Promised Land, the first of two volumes by former president Barack Obama. He will provide thoughts on “how we can heal the divisions in our country going forward and make our democracy work for everybody.”
The addled Biden may give way to Kamala Harris who is already referring to the “Harris administration.” Kamala or Joe, the author of A Promised Land and the novel Dreams from My Father clearly expects to call the shots.
Terrorist mass murder may again be transformed into workplace violence. Nothing will happen to the Democrats’ coup clan, and the FBI will again target those deplorables who cling to their constitutional rights. As President Trump says, we’ll have to see what happens.