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Joe Lieberman says the Fort Hood shooter may have been a terrorist

November 8, 2009

  One of the aspects in the aftermath of the Fort Hood killings that I find extremely frustrating is the fact that nobody in the government or in the media seems willing to call this massacre what is seems obvious to me that it was– a terrorist attack. I am not going to go into the reasons why this was obviously a terrorist attack , I have already written my opinion on that matter here.

  That has changed as Joe Lieberman has expressed the opinion that Nidal  Hasan may in fact be a “self-radicalized, home-grown terrorist.” Finally someone has said what needs to be said regarding the Fort Hood terrorist attack. The fact that Hasan was acting alone and was not a member of al Qaeda or involved in a plot with other terrorists does not make this any less of a terrorist attack.

Mr. Lieberman said that if news reports were true that Mr. Hasan had turned to Islamic extremism, “the murder of these 13 people was a terrorist act and, in fact, it was the most-destructive terrorist act to be committed on American soil since 9/11.”

  Harsh words to be sure, but true. Although he did say that we must wait until the investigation is over before we make that judgement.

We don’t know enough to say now, but there are very, very strong warning signs here that Dr. Hasan had become an Islamist extremist and, therefore, that this was a terrorist act

 And he may not be alone on the island, Gen. George Casey says that terrorism remains a possibility but that the investigation needs to be completed before that call can be made as well.

  Joe Lieberman is going to open an investigation into the motives for the attack as well as an investigation into the military to see if the military missed any warning signs. I would suggest that the scope of this investigation be expanded into the FBI if the reports are true that they had been watching Hasan for six months and failed to act in time. I would also investigate the policies of the Obama administration and Homeland Security to see if their policies handcuffed the FBI and their investigation of  Hasan before the attack. The very policies that may have helped Obama win the Nobel Peace Prize could have led directly to the Fort Hood attack.

  It is good to know that at least one person in the government isn’t as willing as the FBI was to discount the very notion that the Fort Hood massacre was a terrorist act.

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