Fort Hood shooting: inside story of how massacre on military base happened

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    Tuesday 4pm

    It may have been the first, small clue that an apparently ordinary week at the world's largest army base was about to become something horrifically different, when neighbours saw Major Nidal Hasan escorting a visitor into his flat.



    Other residents at the Casa del Norte apartment complex were surprised to see the mild-mannered army officer accompanied by another man in Islamic dress.

    Alice Thompson, 53, who manages the two storey block of simple dwellings with her husband John, told The Sunday Telegraph: "It was very unusual because he had never had anyone round before. His visitor had long black hair and a moustache and a dark complexion. He stayed about five minutes and then left. We'd never seen him before."

    Hasan had paid six months money upfront for the flat after being transferred to Fort Hood in July, and insisted to the Thompsons that nobody could enter his apartment, even to do repairs, when he was out.

    What his neighbours could not know is that within less than 48 hours, Hasan was to shatter the peace and security of the Fort Hood base by slaughtering 13 people - all but one of them soldiers - and force America to confront some of its deepest fears.

    Now investigators are trying frantically to identify Hasan's visitor, as they seek to unravel the hours that led up to his deadly attack.

    Wednesday 9.30am

    Hasan starts emptying his flat and saying his goodbyes, telling other residents that he would be deploying to Afghanistan on Friday. He knocked on the door of his next door neighbour Patricia Villa, 47. She said: "I opened the door and he was carrying two bags. He looked in and saw my apartment was empty and he said 'You need some furniture.'

    "Then he asked me if I wanted some vegetables. There was broccoli and spinach in the bags. He had five or six T-shirts and a suit as well. He said he was going to give them to the Salvation Army but then he said, 'If you want you can have them'."

    He also gave her a copy of the Koran. At around the same time, he knocked on the doors of two other neighbours and gave them each a Koran as well. Mrs Thompson said: "That did seem a bit strange. He was friendly but he told them 'Please read it'."

    THURSDAY

    2.37am: Hasan telephones Willie Bell, 51, who lives next door and whose laptop he sometimes borrowed, to ask him to switch on his wireless internet connection.

    5am: He phones Mr Bell again, who recalled: "He said, 'Nice knowing you, friend. I wish you'd plug up your internet system so I could get online. Goodbye good buddy, I'll be moving'." Mr Bell now believes that Hasan had often logged on to his internet service

    About 5.30am: He makes his way to the town mosque, the Islamic Community of Greater Killeen, where he worshipped for three months, for pre-dawn Fajr prayers with around 10 other worshippers, all but one other civilians. He usually wore regular clothes and sometimes a uniform, but this time is dressed in a white Arab dishdash and skull cap. He is relaxed, engaging in a friendly competition with a fellow officer from Fort Hood - a recent convert to Islam - to see who could first recite the Azan, the call to prayer. At around 6.15am Hasan leaves, as others stay behind to read parts of the Koran. He "appeared relaxed and not in any way troubled or nervous", according to the officer.




    Fort Hood shooting: inside story of how massacre on military base happened - Telegraph
     
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    Still too early to know what happened

    Wonder what he is saying from the hospital bed?
     
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    According to Bill Crystal, AP reported that other students at the medical school where Hasan studied heard him make Islamist and anti-American statements, but were afraid to report it as they might be labelled racist.

    Political correctness will be the death of us all.


    "Danquah assumed the military's chain of command knew about Hasan's doubts, which had been known for more than a year to Hasan's classmates at a Maryland graduate military medical program. There, students complained to faculty about Hasan's "anti-American propaganda," but said a fear of appearing discriminatory against a Muslim student kept officers from filing a formal complaint."
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    don't know, but whatever he says I'm sure you will believe hymn. :eusa_whistle:
     
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    Exactly. Screw the PC crowd. It's time to see and speak to things as they are no matter whom objects to it.
     
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    These three things really stand out to me in the OP:

    I believe this person who visited Hassan will ultimately prove to be the link to organized Islamic Terrorism that so many Hassan apologists say does not exist.

    I suspect (but have no way to confirm) Hassan "piggybacked" on his neighbor's internet connection often.

    Perhaps he did this every time he accessed the internet--as a way to operate online "in disguise"? Doing so, he didn't call attention to himself or his associations with terrorists and/or the terrorist organization he was aligned with.

    Pretty clever--and a VERY good warning to whose with wireless internet.

    MAKE SURE your router and internet connection is secured and locked down tight. No tellling if you've got a terrorist for a neighbor using YOUR connection to conduct illegal/terrorist activities.

    Lock 'em out. You don't need the Feds showing up at your door one day accusing you of terrorist activity.

    Why is it that whenever terrorists strike, they usually visit a Mosque in the hours beforehand, and those they encounter at Mosque invariably describe their shock and surprise at the person's murderous actions? Why are they surprised?

    This whole "I never suspected a thing" seems to be at odds with the fact that clues were liekly all over the place and nobody picked up on them.

    These witnesses also invariably describe the murderer/terrorist as being "relaxed", "at peace", "happy", "not troubled" in the hours before they take out innocents.

    I wonder why? :eusa_eh:
     
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    Not much.

    From what I can gather, he is on a ventilator, which would render him unable to speak.

    He is also reportedly paralyzed. To what extent, I haven't been able to ascertain in any online coverage I have seen so far.

    Suffice to say, it may be a while before we get any kind of account from Hassan. Although he is reportedly expected to survive the GSWs he sustained the day of his terrorist attack.
     
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    gee , I don't know , I wonder what skinhead redneck outfit McVeigh visited before he blew that hell out of that building in OKL
     

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