Have nothing to do with the [evil] things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light... [For] when all things are brought out into the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed...

-Ephesians 5:11-13

Tag Archives: Fort Hood

Was the Circuit Court Judge in the Travel Ban Lawsuit “Shopped?”

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, February 6, 2017:

James Robart, Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, may have been pre-selected to rule in lawsuits brought by the state of Washington (later joined by Minnesota) against Trump’s so-called “Muslim ban.” Adam Winkler, a Constitutional scholar at UCLA, explained the concept: “The idea is that you pick a judge that’s friendly, go to court, and stop a big government program before there’s been a trial, or before the judge even has an evidentiary record.”

Consider the evidence.

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East Coast Bomber’s Father Warned Police About His Son in 2014

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, September 20, 2016:  

In 2014, the East Coast bomber’s father told FBI agents that his son was a terrorist. The father, Mohammad Rahami, told the New York Times:

Two years ago I go to the FBI because my son [Ahmad Khan Rahami, shown] was doing really bad, O.K.? But they check almost two months [and] they say: “He’s O.K., he’s clean, he’s not a terrorist.”

I say O.K.

It’s not OK.

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Ohio National Guard Centers No Longer “Gun-Free Zones”

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, December 30, 2015:  

English: U.S. Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan, na...

Nidal Malik Hasan,

On the Friday before Christmas, Major General Mark Bartman, adjutant general of the Ohio National Guard, restored some common sense by announcing that all 72 of the state’s guard facilities will allow members to carry firearms. According to the Columbus Dispatch, the shift to common sense followed a “security review” ordered by Governor John Kasich following the July 16 shooting at a Naval Reserve center in Chattanooga.

In that incident Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez committed a drive-by shooting at a recruiting center and then drove seven miles to a U.S. Naval Reserve center to continue his attack. Four marines were killed before the attack was stopped by local police.

In a staggering understatement, General Bartman admitted that “We must take necessary action to protect our members.”

Because members of the Ohio National Guard work on state property, they were not allowed to carry firearms under state law. But now, thanks to Kasich, they are.

The cultural shift towards sanity started perhaps with the November 5, 2009 Fort Hood, Texas, shooting by Major Nidal Hasan, who shot and killed 13 soldiers and injured more than 30 others, none of whom was armed. The concept that soldiers trained to defend freedom were not allowed (by laws passed during the Clinton administration) to defend themselves was, and remains, ludicrous.

Even more unbelievable is the fact that though the shooter was sentenced to death more than three years after his attack, he remains alive today. On August 23, 2013, Hasan was found guilty on 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder, and was sentenced to death on August 28, 2013.

But, thanks to the intricacies and political motivations of the military service, Hasan remains confined to the Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, where he is likely to remain, at taxpayers’ expense, until he dies of natural causes.

Those barracks also house five other soldiers on Death Row waiting out their sentences. But the military hasn’t executed anyone since 1961, and it isn’t likely to make an exception for Hasan. As Christopher Swift, an adjunct professor of national security studies at Georgetown University, explained: “Hasan will probably spend his life on death row because there’s no incentive [to carry out his sentence]. I haven’t seen any indication that the Army posture is such that they want to expedite this one.”

The reason? The Army doesn’t want to make him a martyr: “Executing him … [would suggest] that someone who engages in this kind of self-mobilizing criminal act for terrorist motives can become a soldier for Islam, and it’s not something [they] want, creating propaganda opportunities.”

On the other hand, absent the Clinton administration ruling that military bases are now “gun free zones,” if just one of Hasan’s victims had been armed, it’s reasonable to assume that the massacre would have been nipped in the bud. But thanks to those gun-free zones, taxpayers enjoyed the privilege not only of continuing to pay Major Hasan his salary while he was appealing his sentence (estimated at some $300,000), but also of providing housing, nutrition, and medical support (he lives in a wheelchair, having suffered permanent damage when the police finally intervened to end the massacre) for him for the rest of his life.

That gun-free zones don’t work has now been established beyond all doubt, thanks to the work of John Lott, founder of the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC). In July 2014 Lott published The Myths about Mass Public Shootings, in which he revealed the results of his study: “Since 2009, only 8 percent of mass public shootings have occurred in places where civilians are allowed to defend themselves.”

Translation: 92 percent of mass shootings take place in “gun-free zones.

Ohio Governor John Kasich is to be commended for allowing National Guardsmen in his state to carry while on duty. May this be the first olive out of the bottle, and other governors awaken to their responsibilities to protect those who are trained to protect them.

What they’re likely to find is that the more guns are allowed to be carried, the less likely any of them will be needed.

Doing the Right Thing – and Paying the Price

This article was published at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, August 5, 2015:

English: Slide 49/50 of The Koranic World View...

English: Slide 49/50 of The Koranic World View As It Relates to Muslims in the U.S. Military, a presentation made by Nidal Malik Hasan during a symposium of U.S. Army physicians at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Lt. Cmdr. Timothy White knew exactly what he was doing. After 13 years in the Navy, being responsible for those under his command and knowing the increasing threat from jihadis who have increasingly targeted US military personnel and facilities, he decided it was more important to do what was right even if doing it might jeopardize his career.

That’s why he was carrying a personal firearm on duty as commander of the Naval service center in Chattanooga at 10:30am on Thursday, July 16, when jihadi terrorist Muhammad Abdulazeez (referred to from here on either as the “attacker” or as “MA”) rammed his rented silver Mustang through the gates and starting shooting.

White saw him coming, pulled his firearm, and returned fire. The autopsy report to be released shortly will show whether or not any of his rounds hit MA. But one thing is certain:

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Chattanooga Shooting: Lieutenant Who Returned Fire to be Charged

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, August 3, 2015:  

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Allen West, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida, waited to learn whether Lieutenant Commander Timothy White would be charged with violating Navy rules by carrying a personal firearm on federal property and then discharging it to defend himself and his fellow officers in the Chattanooga shooting on July 19. On Saturday, he got the news:

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Behind Chattanooga: Radicalization, Gun-free Zones, and U.S. Foreign Policy

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, July 17, 2015:  

The "black flag of jihad" as used by...

The “black flag of jihad” as used by various Islamic terrorist organizations (since the late 1990s)

Narratives that Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez was a nice, polite, well-behaved, friendly, and funny young man of 24 appeared all across the mainstream media following his murderous attack on a military recruiting center in Chattanooga on Thursday that left four dead and three wounded. According to the media and the president, he was “acting alone” as a “lone wolf.”

Precious little was being said about the possibility of him being influenced by radical elements of his faith calling for Muslims to wage war against unbelievers. The media focused instead on his background:

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Channeling Sisyphus or: How to Get It Wrong Every Single Time by Fundamentally Misunderstanding Human Nature

Taking part in a Nov. 10, 2009, memorial servi...

Taking part in a Nov. 10, 2009, memorial service on Fort Hood, Texas, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama look at the photograph of one of the victims of the Nov. 5 shooting rampage that left 13 dead and 38 wounded. See more at www.army.mil (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, April 4, 2014:

The president thinks he can keep something like the Fort Hood shooting that took place on Wednesday afternoon from happening again. As a starting point, he called out his troops to find out what happened:

My security team is … working … to determine exactly what happened….

We want to assure [everyone that] we are going to get to the bottom of what happened…. We don’t yet know what happened, but obviously that sense of security has been broken once again. We need to find out exactly what happened.

The underlying assumption is the same one he made back in 2009 when Major Hasan murdered 13 soldiers at Fort Hood:

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Using “Mental Health” to take away guns

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No Guns (Photo credit: krazydad / jbum)

Following the second Fort Hood massacre in five years, the post’s commanding general, Lt. General Mark Milley, told reporters on Thursday that the root cause of the attack was attacker Ivan Lopez’s mental illness:

We have very strong evidence that [Lopez] had a medical history that indicates an unstable psychiatric or psychological condition. We’re going through all records to ensure that is, in fact, correct. But we believe that to be the fundamental underlying causal factor [in the massacre].

Lopez was undergoing a number of treatments for depression, anxiety and sleeplessness, including being prescribed

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Two Fort Hood Shootings: Similarities and Differences

The American flag on Fort Hood, Texas, rests a...

The American flag on Fort Hood, Texas, rests at half-staff on Nov. 10, 2009, during a memorial ceremony honoring the victims of the Nov. 5, shooting rampage that left 13 dead and 38 wounded. See more at www.army.mil (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The parallels between the massacre of 13 soldiers by Major Malik Hasan at Fort Hood in 2009 and 3 soldiers there by Spec. Ivan Lopez on Thursday afternoon are disturbingly similar. Despite promises from the president on down that nothing like this would happen again, it happened again.

At about 4:30PM, Specialist 4th Class Ivan Lopez entered a building on the Fort Hood campus where he apparently

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Costs, Frustrations Mount as Fort Hood Shooter Trial Opens

After nearly four years of delays, the military trial of Nidal Malik Hasan, the accused Fort Hood Shooter, begins today with Hasan representing himself against charges of 13 counts of premeditated murder and another 32 counts of attempted murder stemming from the attack on November 5th, 2009.

The costs, estimated to be $5 million and counting, are compounded by the

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The Real Reason Gun Control Failed

In Gabrielle Giffords’ editorial in the New York Times on Wednesday about the failure of Senators to pass the so-called Toomey-Manchin compromise amendment that doomed Senate Bill 649, she expressed her frustration through vituperation without understanding why the amendment, and consequently the bill, failed to pass the Senate on Wednesday. She wrote:

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Federal gun control legislation is dead for the rest of Obama’s reign

This is unalloyed good news: the Senate blocked any further consideration of gun control legislation and that vote should end the matter at least until 2014 and probably until 2016. The reasoning is spelled out convincingly here by two attorneys (no, not that kind) who make abundant sense in their conclusion:

On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate voted 54-46 to defeat an amendment that would have required broader background checks on gun purchases. The amendment, sponsored by Pennsylvania Republican Senator Pat Toomey and West Virginia Democrat Senator Joe Manchin and pushed by the White House and its supporters, was the last hope for any kind of gun control bill in this Congress, and probably for President Obama’s presidency.

They excoriate the president for his galling attempt to play on peoples’ emotions by flying in kids from Newtown and using them as swords to eviscerate the constitution. They remind readers of the president’s hypocrisy when he ignored the Fort Hood shooting and the Giffords shooting and instead selected “a better opportunity”  – Newtown – as the best chance to ram gun control down peoples’ throats.

But the authors note that the people aren’t buying it anymore. They’re tired of having

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