November 19, 2009

(Updated) Nidal Hassan to Anwar Awlaki: See You in Paradise

Ah, in typical American fashion, the contents of murderer Major Nidal Hasan's emails to Anwar Awlaki (Yemeni-American pro-sectarian-violence blogger) are starting to trickle out.

the Blotter: United States Army Major Nidal Hasan told a radical cleric considered by authorities to be an al-Qaeda recruiter, "I can't wait to join you" in the afterlife, according to an American official with top secret access to 18 e-mails exchanged between Hasan and the cleric, Anwar al Awlaki, over a six month period between Dec. 2008 and June 2009.

"It sounds like code words," said Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, a military analyst at the Center for Advanced Defense Studies. "That he's actually either offering himself up or that he's already crossed that line in his own mind."

Other messages include questions, the official with access to the e-mails said, that include when is jihad appropriate, and whether it is permissible if there are innocents killed in a suicide attack.

"Hasan told Awlaki he couldn't wait to join him in the discussions they would having over non-alcoholic wine in the afterlife," the official said.

Major Hasan also wrote, "My strength is my financial capabilities."

Federal investigators have found that Hasan donated $20,000 to $30,000 a year to overseas Islamic "charities." As an Army major, his yearly salary, including housing and food allowances, was approximately $92,000....

The American-born Awlaki is considered a recruiter for al-Qaeda. He has been in hiding since the shooting, (ed- no, he's home in Shabwa) but a Yemeni journalist told ABC News today that the e-mails show Hasan was "almost a member of al-Qaeda."

There was one odd al Qaeda statement in mid-October that referenced both Texas and educated American al Qaeda recruits.

Update: Michael Isikoff confirms the email's contents through his formidable sources and notes,

Ft. Hood investigators will want to know why Hasan’s email contacts with Awlaki didn’t create more alarm. To answer that question, they’ll want to examine the contents of the emails. But intercepts gathered by U.S. intelligence—mainly by the ultra-secretive National Security Agency—are usually considered some of the government’s most sacred secrets.

Really? There's a lot of books by ex-spooks that document things pretty well. Basically, there's a giant vacuum cleaner in the sky that sucks every thing in, and then it gets strained. Somehow and tragically, Hasan's emails slipped through with the rest of the innocuous chatter. Is the howling over the emails coming from any of the same people who opposed the Patriot Act, and its renewal? If so, they should STFU and leave it to people with a brain.

Federal officials and the Military failed individually and together in identifying the risk level presented by Hasan. It was a deadly failure for 13 of our troops. The issue of siloed information has to be addressed, but not by another left wing witch hunt that aids our enemies. The Isikoff post at Newsweek goes into the issues of declassifying the material, while Rayond Ibrahim has a primer on some of Islam's doctrines for those who need it and Daniel Pipes shoots down the "nutcase" theory with an analysis of Hasan's life, which was quite ordinary for a jihaddist.

By Jane at 08:36 PM | Comments |