Hasan was in contact with Anwar al-Awlaki, a senior talent recruiter and motivator who was involved in planning terrorist operations for the al-Qaeda. Al Arabiya described al-Awlaki as the "bin Laden of the Internet." On December 11, 2008, he condemned any Muslim who seeks a religious decree "that would allow him to serve in the armies of the disbelievers and fight against his brothers". Al-Awlaki was the publisher of the al Qaeda webzine Inspire, which taught terrorist combat techniques encouraged their use by Muslims in the west. It was his webzine that provided the technical instructions used by the Tsarnaev brothers to contruct the bombs that they used in Boston. Al-Awlaki also inspired numerous other Islamic jihadists, including:
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- Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the attempted bomber of Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on December 25, 2009.
- Al-Qaeda member Sharif Mobley, who is charged with having killed a guard during a March 2010 escape attempt in Yemen.
- Faisal Shahzad, the attempted car bomber of Times Square in May 2010, who told interrogators that he was "inspired by" al-Awlaki.
- Roshonara Choudhry, who stabbed British former Cabinet Minister Stephen Timms in May 2010, and who was radicalized online by al-Awlaki.
- Those who threatened cartoonist Molly Norris, who had to quit her job, change her name, move, and go into hiding due to a Fatwā calling for her death issued by al-Awlaki, after Everybody Draw Mohammed Day.
After the Fort Hood shooting, al-Awlaki praised Hasan's actions:
"Nidal Hassan is a hero.... The U.S. is leading the war against terrorism, which in reality is a war against Islam..... Nidal opened fire on soldiers who were on their way to be deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. How can there be any dispute about the virtue of what he has done? In fact the only way a Muslim could Islamically justify serving as a soldier in the U.S. army is if his intention is to follow the footsteps of men like Nidal.
The fact that fighting against the U.S. army is an Islamic duty today cannot be disputed. No scholar with a grain of Islamic knowledge can defy the clear cut proofs that Muslims today have the right—*rather the duty*—to fight against American tyranny. Nidal has killed soldiers who were about to be deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan in order to kill Muslims. The American Muslims who condemned his actions have committed treason against the Muslim Ummah and have fallen into hypocrisy.... May Allah grant our brother Nidal patience, perseverance, and steadfastness, and we ask Allah to accept from him his great heroic act. Ameen."
Al-Awlaki "blessed the act because it was against a military target. And the soldiers who were killed were … those who were trained and prepared to go to Iraq and Afghanistan".
Al-Awlaki released a tape in March 2010:
"To the American people … Obama has promised that his administration will be one of transparency, but he has not fulfilled his promise. His administration tried to portray the operation of brother Nidal Hasan as an individual act of violence from an estranged individual. The administration practiced to control on the leak of information concerning the operation, in order to cushion the reaction of the American public. Until this moment the administration is refusing to release the e-mails exchanged between myself and Nidal. And after the operation of our brother Umar Farouk, the initial comments coming from the administration were looking the same – another attempt at covering up the truth. But al-Qaeda cut off Obama from deceiving the world again by issuing their statement claiming responsibility for the operation."
Nidal Hasan has clearly stated that he was acting on behalf of jihad. He was in regular contact with an al Qaeda recruiter whose job was to inspire and guide jihadis in the west. Al-Awlaki took credit, on behalf of al Qaeda, for Hasan's acts. There is no doubt that was a terrorist, at least outside of the administration.
This goes beyond that. If you accept that muttering a slur turns an ordinary crime into a hate crime, then repeated statements of intent must demonstrate that a mass shooting was not simply a matter of workplace violence, but a treasonous act of terror.
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