Celebrating diversity. No, he is not Norwegian. No Christian to see here, move on….
Last year,Â Abdo condemned the Fort Hood jihad massacre: “Abdo’s words in court were a sharp contrast to an essay he wrote last year as the first anniversary of the Fort Hood shootings approached and as he petitioned for conscientious objector status. In the essay, obtained by The Associated Press, Abdo said the attacks ran against his beliefs as a Muslim and were ‘an act of aggression by a man and not by Islam.'”
A U.S. soldier who is accused of planning to attack troops near Fort Hood, Tex., shouted out “Nidal Hasan Fort Hood 2009” as he left a federal courtroom in Waco on Friday.Pfc. Naser Abdo, 21, had told investigators after his arrest Thursday that he was acting in support of Hasan, the Army psychiatrist who has been charged in the killing of 13 people at the base in 2009, according to congressional and federal officials.
Abdo was charged Friday with possession of an unregistered destructive device in connection with a bomb plot and faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted, according to federal prosecutors. Abdo made a brief initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Waco.
Abdo was arrested in Killeen, Tex., after authorities said they discovered bombmaking materials in his backpack and in a motel room, as well as a copy of an article from the al-Qaeda magazine Inspire, which is produced by the terrorist group’s Yemen affiliate. The article was titled “Make a bomb in the kitchen of your Mom.”
In a criminal complaint, investigators listed some of what they found in Abdo’s possession: a .40 caliber handgun, ammunition, smokeless gunpowder, shotgun shells, shotgun pellets, two clocks, two spools of auto wire, an electric drill and two pressure cookers.
The officials said Abdo was planning to set off bombs at locations outside the base where soldiers gather and to follow the explosions with gunfire.
“I would classify this as a terror plot,” Police Chief Dennis Baldwin told reporters in Killeen. Law enforcement officials said Abdo would be charged in federal court with possession of bombmaking materials, among other offenses….
A U.S. counterterrorism official said authorities have not discovered any direct communication between Abdo and foreign Islamist extremists.
Abdo, attached to the the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Ky., recently sought conscientious objector status because he felt that as a Muslim he could not be deployed to fight in a war zone.
In May, on the same day his status was granted, he was charged with possession of child pornography on a computer he used. Abdo then left Fort Campbell without permission on about the July Fourth holiday and returned to Texas. His home town is listed as Garland.
James Branum, an Oklahoma City lawyer who represented Abdo in his conscientious objector and child pornography cases, described Abdo as gracious, hospitable andÂ “very devoutly religious,” saying he prayed five times a day.
Abdo denied the pornography allegations and said he thought the military was retaliating against him for trying to leave the service.
To review: he obtained conscientious objector status against being deployed to Iraq after saying “his Muslim beliefs prevented him from fighting.” But he was willing and able to travel to Texas to attempt to pick up where Nidal Malik Hasan left off and slaughter more soldiers at Fort Hood.
AnÂ AWOLÂ soldier who had weapons stashed in a motel room near Fort Hood admitted planning an attack on the Texas post, where 13 people died in 2009 in the worst mass shooting ever on aÂ U.S.Â military installation, the Army said in an alert issued Thursday.
Double standardsÂ abound in the vague, hands-off treatment of the suspect’s identity in the headline and opening paragraph.
Pfc. Naser Abdo, a 21-year-old soldier who was granted conscientious objector status this year afterÂ he said his Muslim beliefs prevented him from fighting,Â was arrested Wednesday. Agents found firearms and “items that could be identified as bomb-making components, including gunpowder,” in his motel room, according toÂ FBIÂ spokesman Erik Vasys. Â Â continue: plans for massacre at Fort Hood