Hagel Review Ignores Jihadists In U.S. Military. Instead fears Muslims will be harassed, attacked by fellow soldiers
Posted on February 2, 2013 at 3:36 AM EST
By Aaron Klein
Three years after the Fort Hood military base massacre by a radical Muslim soldier, it seems the Senate is notÂ interestedÂ in the possibility of jihadist infiltration of the U.S. military.
Instead U.S. lawmakers apparently have deep concerns about American Muslim soldiers being harassed or even violently attacked by other enlistees because of the 2009 tragedy.
Earlier this week, Chuck Hagel, President Obamaâs nominee for defense secretary, submitted his responses to an extensive questionnaire by the Senate Armed Services Committee probing his positions ahead of scheduled confirmation hearings.
One section of the questionnaire, reviewed in full by KleinOnline, was titled, âMuslims in the U.S. Military.âÂ
That section contained only the following two questions:
*Are you concerned that the attack at Fort Hood could lead to harassment or even violence against Muslims in the military?
* If confirmed, what strategies would you advocate to address the potential for harassment or violence against Muslims in the U. S. military?
Not a single question was asked about how Hagel might implement policies to ensure against the enlistment of radicalized Muslims or how the military can work against already enlisted Muslim soldiers being radicalized.
The Committee also did not ask Hagel for recommendations on how military leaders can work to better recognize the signs of a radicalized Muslim soldier.
In the case of Nidal Malik Hasan, whose shooting massacre left 13 dead and dozens more wounded, army superiors were reportedly exposed to Hasanâs radicalism but failed to take measures against the army psychiatrist.
Hasan reportedly gave a slideshow presentation on Muslims in the U.S. military that included anti-war statements and sections of the Koran that call for jihad.
Hasan, an American of Palestinian decent, attended a controversial mosque, Dar al-Hijrah, in Great Falls, Va., in 2001 at the same time as two of the 9/11 terrorists.
The mosque was led at the time by late al-Qaida leader Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed in 2011 in a U.S. drone strike.
A Muslim officer at Fort Hood in Texas was quoted by the London Telegraph as saying Hasanâs eyes âlit upâ when he mentioned his deep respect for Awlakiâs teachings.
To this day, both the Obama administration and the military are loathe to call the Fort Hood shooting a terrorist attack even though survivors of Hasanâs rampage were quoted by the news media as saying he began his attack by shouting âAllahu akbarâ or âAllah is greatâ in Arabic.
Hasan had reportedly earlier given away copies of the Quran to neighbors.
Relatives told the media that after the death of Hasanâs parents, in 1998 and 2001, he became a devout Muslim.
âAfter he lost his parents he tried to replace their love by reading a lot of books, including the Quran,â his uncle Rafiq Hamad said.
A former classmate told the Associated Press that Hasan was a âvociferous opponent of the warâ and âviewed the war against terrorâ as a âwar against Islam.â
Dr. Val Finnell, who attended a masterâs in public health program in 2007-2008 at Uniformed Services University with Hasan, said the murderer previously told classmates he was âa Muslim first and an American second.â
âIn retrospect, Iâm not surprised he did it,â Finnell said. âI had real questions about what his priorities were, what his beliefs were.â