June 25, 2012

Good News: At Least a Dozen Islamic Extremists in US Military

The worst case of successful domestic terrorism since 9/11? Nidal Hasan. And now this news that well over 100 Islamic extremists are in the military and that at least a dozen of them are considered a "serious threat".

Which kind of misses the point since Nidal Hasan was a known Islamist extremist with sympathies to al Qaeda, but he wasn't considered a "serious threat". So, the powers that be let him go. And then he killed 13 soldiers. Which is when we learned that he was a "serious threat".

So, nothing to worry about here. Nothing at all:

The FBI has conducted more than 100 investigations into suspected Islamic extremists within the military, NPR has learned. About a dozen of those cases are considered serious.
You really have to read the whole thing. No matter how they try to spin it, there's really nothing hopeful in the story. Even when they point out that the military convicted Naser Abdo last month of trying to follow in Hasan's footsteps and also attack Fort Hood, the author fails to point out that Abdo had been granted conscientious objector status by the military.

That is, the same PC attitude that overlooked Nidal Hasan's radicalism also overlooked Abdo's radicalism years after the military knew that Islamic radicals were more than just bluster and perfectly capable of murdering people. Abdo represents a failure in the military, not a success. The military let him go. The only reason he was caught is because a gun dealer was suspicious of Abdo's actions and called him in.

The real question is why are the 88 suspected radicals who were investigated but found to be "not serious threats" and therefore haven't had any further action taken against them still in the military? It seems to me that the mere holding of radical Islamist views should disqualify one from service.

Thanks to @intelwire

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:57 PM | Comments |