Monday, November 09, 2009

Can we now drop the pre-PTSD bullshit?

From the WaPo;
Fort Hood suspect was reportedly e-mailing al-Qaeda supporter

Nidal Hasan sent 10 to 20 messages to former Falls Church preacher, congressman says

By Philip Rucker, Ellen Nakashima and Carrie Johnson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, November 9, 2009 7:41 PM

FORT HOOD, Tex. -- The Army psychiatrist suspected of killing 12 soldiers and a civilian here last week was in e-mail contact earlier this year with a radical cleric in Yemen who has decried what he calls America's war against Islam, a federal law enforcement official said Monday.

U.S. intelligence agencies intercepted between 10 and 20 e-mails from Maj. Nidal M. Hasan to Anwar al-Aulaqi, a U.S. citizen who once was a spiritual leader at the suburban Virginia mosque where Hasan had worshipped, Rep. Peter Hoekstra (Mich.), the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, said later Monday. Aulaqi responded to Hasan at least twice, Hoekstra said, but he described the responses as "innocent."

The FBI dropped an inquiry into the matter after determining that the e-mails did not warrant further investigation, according to a law enforcement official, who spoke under the condition of anonymity.

"For me, the number of times that this guy tried to reach out to the imam was significant," Hoekstra said in an interview.

The revelations came as Hoekstra and other congressional leaders complained about a lack of information from the intelligence community in the days since Thursday's shooting and raised questions about the adequacy of the surveillance of Hasan in the month's leading up to the massacre.

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