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Published: 02/4/11

Opinion: Not Mental. Not Muslim. Just a Killer

By  not in system - AOL News
Opinion: Not Mental. Not Muslim. Just a Killer

Over a hundred years ago, President Theodore Roosevelt launched a profound concept of social justice by stating: "I shall see to it that every man has a square deal, no more and no less." And now with the release Thursday of a Senate report on Maj. Nidal Hasan and the Fort Hood shooting, and the tragic shootings in Tucson, Ariz., a month ago, it's time to address a deeper question: Why do we label one killer as "mental" and the other a "Muslim"? AP U.S. Maj. Nidal Hasan, left, is accused of killing 13 people at Fort Hood in November 2009; Jared Loughner, right, is accused of...

Published: 10/12/10

Evidence Hearing Delayed for Accused Fort Hood Killer

By  Lauren Frayer - AOL News
Evidence Hearing Delayed for Accused Fort Hood Killer

(Oct. 12) -- The evidence hearing in the case of an Army psychiatrist accused of murdering 13 people at Fort Hood last year has been put on hold for at least a day while defense lawyers prepare a request to have the proceedings delayed until next month. Col. James L. Pohl, the investigating officer in the case involving Maj. Nidal Hasan, said he will consider the request when both sides return to the Texas military base Wednesday morning, The Associated Press reported. Hasan is accused of opening fire on his comrades at Fort Hood last year in America's worst-ever military base shooting. His...

Published: 10/12/10

'Inspire' Title of Jihadist Magazine Not Very Inspired

By  Dana Chivvis - AOL News
'Inspire' Title of Jihadist Magazine Not Very Inspired

(Oct. 12) -- Al-Qaida of the Arabian Peninsula released the second edition of "Inspire," its online jihadist magazine, today. The English-language webzine made a splash when it was launched this summer with catchy headlines ("Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom") and exclusive interviews with Islamist superstars like Anwar Al-Awlaki, the American-born cleric whose online teachings were thought to be behind the Fort Hood shootings and failed underwear bomber last year. The publication is allegedly the work of 24-year-old Pakistani-American Samir Khan, who even penned an editorial in the new...

Published: 09/15/10

Opinion: Muslim Criticism Does Not Equal Bigotry

By  Michael Medved - AOL News
Opinion: Muslim Criticism Does Not Equal Bigotry

(Sept. 15) -- Does a negative opinion of Islam amount to conclusive evidence of bigotry? Those who warn of a raging frenzy of American "Islamophobia" base their case on the assumption that anything less than enthusiastic approval of The Religion of Peace automatically qualifies as hatemongering and ignorance. On ABC News, Christiane Amanpour pointed to recent survey figures on public uneasiness with Islam to prove that Muslim Americans faced an unprecedented tsunami of hostility and discrimination. OTHER VIEWS Frustration and mistrust are present on both sides of the debate says Jeffrey K....

Published: 08/20/10

Fort Hood Shooting Puts Focus on 'Internal Threat'

By  Sharon Weinberger - AOL News
Fort Hood Shooting Puts Focus on 'Internal Threat'

(Aug. 20) -- More than nine months after the Fort Hood, Texas, massacre, Defense Secretary Robert Gates has ordered a series of changes meant to prevent such incidents. In a 26-page memo released today and signed Aug. 18, Gates ordered a series of procedural and policy changes that focus on identifying, responding to and preventing potential workplace violence. On Nov. 5, 2009, Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, an American-born Muslim of Palestinian descent, allegedly shot and killed 13 people and wounded dozens more at the Texas base. Hasan, a psychiatrist, had been scheduled to be deployed to...

Published: 06/7/10

Add 2 NJ Men to List of Homegrown Terror Suspects

By  Lisa Flam - AOL News
Add 2 NJ Men to List of Homegrown Terror Suspects

(June 7) -- Two young New Jersey men have been charged with conspiring to seek terror training in Somalia, the latest Americans suspected in terrorism cases. Mohamed Mahmood Alessa, 20, of North Bergen, N.J., and Carlos Eduardo Almonte, 24, of Elmwood Park, N.J., were arrested Saturday night at New York's JFK airport, where they planned to fly separately to Somalia by way of Egypt, the FBI said. The pair reportedly wanted to join al-Shabaab, which the U.S. has considered a terrorist group since 2008, and wage violent jihad. The men appeared in federal court in Newark, N.J., today, saying...

Published: 06/6/10

Two New Jersey Men Arrested on Terrorism Charges Before Boarding Flight

By  Politics Daily Staff - Politics Daily
Two New Jersey Men Arrested on Terrorism Charges Before Boarding Flight

Teams of state and federal law enforcement agents on Saturday arrested two northern New Jersey men at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport before they boarded separate flights to Egypt allegedly as a first stop on their way to Somalia where they planned to link up a with a group tied to al Qaeda, according to reports in the Newark Star Ledger and New York Daily News. The men were identified as Mohamed Hamou Alessa, 20, of North Bergen, and Carlos Eduardo "Omar" Almonte, 24, of Elmwood Park. New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said the two had been under investigation since 2006 and...

Published: 04/27/10

Pentagon Defies Congress on Fort Hood Probe

By  David Knowles - AOL News
Pentagon Defies Congress on Fort Hood Probe

(April 27) -- The Obama administration said today the Pentagon will not provide all the information requested by a congressional committee investigating November's shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, by Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan. The announcement comes after Sens. Joe Lieberman and Susan Collins, members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, issued subpoenas to require the Pentagon to share information on the shooting -- including documents and access to witnesses -- by April 26. Uniformed Services UHS / AP The Pentagon will not share information requested by a...

Published: 01/19/10

Smart Bombers: Do Universities Breed Terrorists?

By  Delia Lloyd - Politics Daily
Smart Bombers: Do Universities Breed Terrorists?

LONDON -- In the aftermath of the Christmas Day bombing attempt, our nation is once again grappling with how best to protect itself against terrorist attacks. So far, the U.S. government has been directing its resources towards things like airport security and strengthening the government in Yemen, a new hotbed for al-Qaeda. But it's worth asking whether we'd be better served by focusing on what goes on inside universities....

Published: 01/15/10

Army Officers Could Be Disciplined Over Handling of Accused Ft. Hood Shooter

By  Christopher Weber - Politics Daily
Army Officers Could Be Disciplined Over Handling of Accused Ft. Hood Shooter

Up to eight Army officers could be disciplined for failing to properly handle the behavorial and professional problems of the accused Ft. Hood shooter, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, in the years leading up to the November rampage. A Defense Department review concluded that if Hasan had been dealt with correctly his career might have ended before the shooting spree at the Army base that left 13 people dead, according to a military official who spoke to the Los Angeles Times. Hasan's superiors allowed his psychiatry career to advance despite the fact that he repeatedly failed to meet basic officer...

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