People are starting to ask out loud, why Hasan was still in the Army, in light of numerous red flags that should have alerted Army officials throughout the years that they were dealing with an unstable individual. Why was he still in position to get deployed into a war zone?
There were apparently concerns early on:
Hasan was put on probation early in his postgraduate work at the Uniformed Service University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md. He was disciplined for proselytizing about his Muslim faith with patients and colleagues, according to the source, who worked with him at the time.
While an intern at Walter Reed, Hasan had some “difficulties” that required counseling and extra supervision, said Dr. Thomas Grieger, who was the training director at the time.
He received a poor performance evaluation while a Walter Reed.
During that period, Hasan attended prayers regularly at a mosque in Silver Spring, Md.
On a form filled out by those seeking spouses through a program at the mosque, Hasan listed his birthplace as Arlington, Va., but his nationality as Palestinian, Khan said.
He was conspicuously vocal in his opposition to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and had actually praised Muslims who attacked US troops in the US, according to Colonel Terry Lee (Retired), a former coworker who served with Hasan at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC.
“‘We shouldn’t be over there,’” Hasan told other officers, Lee said during an interview with FOX News. “‘Muslims should stand up and fight against the aggressors,’” Hasan would continue, according to Lee, referring to US forces.
Hasan also praised the murder of two US soldiers who were killed outside of a recruitment center in Little Rock, Arkansas.
“‘This is what Muslims should do, stand up to the aggressors,’” Hasan said, according to Lee. “‘Maybe we should have more of these, people should strap bombs on themselves and go into Times Square.’”
…for statements purportedly made by him on the Scribd website that equated suicide bombers with a US soldier who sacrificed himself to save his fellow soldiers:
“He inentionally [sic] took his life (suicide) for a noble cause i.e. saving the lives of his soldier. To say that this soldier committed suicide is inappropriate. Its [sic] more appropriate to say he is a brave hero that sacrificed his life for a more noble cause. Scholars have paralled [sic] this to suicide bombers whose intention, by sacrificing their lives, is to help save Muslims by killing enemy soldiers. If one suicide bomber can kill 100 enemy soldiers because they were caught off guard that would be considered a strategic victory. Their intention is not to die because of some despair. The same can be said for the Kamikazees [sic] in Japan. They died (via crashing their planes into ships) to kill the enemies for the homeland. You can call them crazy i [sic] you want but their act was not one of suicide that is despised by Islam.
It’s now been reported that Hasan shouted “Allahu Akbar!” during the attack.
He didn’t believe in the mission, was sympathetic to the enemy, and was telling people that he was not happy about being transferred to Afghanistan or Iraq.
Why didn’t anyone listen?