Senator Lieberman’s US Senate Homeland Security Committee opened hearings Thursday into the Fort Hood Massacre by Army Psychiatrist, Maj. Nidal Hasan. By contrast Senate Democrats are postponing holding closed hearings on the purported terrorist attack. In the words of President Obama, “to resist the temptation to turn this tragic event into the political theater that sometimes dominates the discussion here in Washington." We construe that to mean not to criticize Islam as espousing political violence. Pretty hard to do as Major Hasan carried around a military calling card with the initials SoA which stood for “Soldier of Allah.”
To his credit Sen. Lieberman and his Homeland Security Committee have declared Major Hasan’s actions as a terrorist act based on ample evidence of his intent to carry out a personal Jihad. This included his lecture at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Da’wa (preaching) to fellow Walter Reed medical officers, his exchange of emails with extremist American-born Yemeni Imam, Anwar al-Awlaki, and his fund transfers to questionable groups in Pakistan. He methodically prepared for the massacre, including purchasing weapons for his murderous assault and leaving his apartment in order. On the day of his mission for Allah, he changed from his day time off post Taliban attire into his CBUs, and entered the post with concealed weapons and ammo clips. He entered the deployment processing center, leaped on to a table, screamed “Allahu Akbar,” sprayed more than one hundred rounds at innocent soldiers and civilians and killed 13, injuring more than 30, some severely.
The panel of witnesses consisted of:
- General John M. Keane, USA, Retired
Former Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army
- Mitchell D. Silber [view testimony]
Director of Intelligence Analysis
New York City Police Department
- Frances Fragos Townsend
Former Assistant to President George W. Bush for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism
- The Honorable Juan Carlos Zarate [view testimony]
Senior Advisor, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Former Deputy National Security Advisor for Combating Terrorism
- Brian Michael Jenkins [view testimony]
You may read statements and watch the archived video of the opening panel discussion here.
When asked by Sen. John McCain whether the panel thought that Major Hasan had committed a terrorist act, the responses of witnesses, as noted in a Washington Times article, were nearly unanimous, save one:
"In my mind, I do," Gen. Keane said.
"I think it's hard to imagine that this wasn't an act of terror," Mrs. Townsend said.
Added Juan Carlos Zarate, "It certainly looks like an act of terror to me."
Only one panelist, Mitchell D. Silber, declined to answer.
Retired Army Vice Chief, Gen. Keane was left to opine on the lack of guidelines giving a tantalizing hint of some future possible testimony that could come from Army Res. Major, Stephen Coughlin, the lone Pentagon expert on the Islam War doctrine.
Keane, Sen. McCain and Mrs. Townsend noted the bugaboo of political correctness:
Retired Army Gen. John M. Keane said this absence of guidance fostered a politically correct reluctance to investigate the man accused in the Fort Hood shootings, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan.
"Clearly we don't have specific guidelines in dealing with jihadist extremists," Gen. Keane told the Senate homeland security committee.
Most of the witness panel agreed with Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, when he asked: "Do you think that political correctness may have played some role in the fact that there was no in-depth investigation of Maj. Hasan?”
"There is no doubt in my mind that was operating here," said Gen. Keane.
"We can't allow [investigators] to be reluctant to follow the facts, just because they are afraid they will be criticized for not being politically correct," Mrs. Townsend said.
Updating guidelines to teach the military rank and file how to identify Islamic radicals and how to report suspicious activity up the chain of command also could eliminate the fear of being labeled as prejudiced against Muslims, Gen. Keane and Mrs. Townsend said.
The irony is that Stephen Coughlin has those guidelines that Gen Keane and members of the Senate Homeland Security are seeking. Coughlin was virtually vanquished in 2008 from the Pentagon Joint staff by Hesham Islam former Muslim outreach aide to Bush Undersecretary of Defense, Gordon England. Coughlin has survived as consultant to the Joint Forces Staff College and Joint Special Operations Command. They realized his cogent understanding of Sharia Islamic War doctrine and the threat it poses to field commanders in Iraq and Afghanistan is vital. In the wake of the Fort Hood massacre, Coughlin has been invited back to the Joint staff to give them his serialized briefings on the Islamic War Doctrine. He was also invited to Fort Hood to brief the command structure.
The political correctness that Gen. Keane, Sen. McCain and Mrs. Townsend talk about unfortunately pervades the highest ranks of the military. It was exemplified by Army Chief of Staff, George Casey, that fateful weekend, following the November 5th Fort Hood Massacre, grieving about diversity being the victim of the patently Jihadist attack by Major Hasan. He said, “As great a tragedy as this was, it would be a shame if our diversity became a casualty as well.”
We hope that Sens. Lieberman. Collins and McCain invite Stephen Coughlin to testify and tell them what guidelines exist for educating current field commanders and staff officers so that we have better informed and less PC general officers than current Amy Chief of Staff Casey. After all General officers are held to higher standards of professional conduct and force protection. This is especially true when it comes to understanding what may be the internal Jihadi threat among Muslims serving in our armed forces.
"Where's dissent from peaceful Muslims?"
(by retired U.S. Army major)
May Sen. Lieberman usher sanity into the halls of Congress and may Stephen Coughlin be the heat that cracks this case wide open. Islam is indeed at war with us, all we need do is read their war book - the koran, and visit their outposts - the mosques.
This is about a 1400 year old doctrine of supremacism, conquest and subjugation of individuals and nations under islamic sharia law. Islam condemns liberty, forbids equality and denies traditional sovereignty, it is right that we reject it.
They play by different rules and if we don't learn that, their armed and covert jihad will injure and kill our people, our institutions and our culture.