That of course didn't happen and the rest, as we've heard all too often, is history. So what lessons have America's security and intelligence forces learned since the attacks of 9/11? As it turns out... not a goddamn one.
Read on, in shock and dismay... These articles were taken from ABC online.
The Private Life of Nidal Hasan
Inside the Accused Fort Hood Shooter's Apartment -- Medication, a Prayer Rug, a Paper Shredder and Packaging for a Gun Sight
By Josepf Rhee, Rehab El-Buri and Mark Schone
Accused Fort Hood shooter Nidal Malik Hasan may have exchanged e-mails with a radical, jihadist cleric in Yemen, but the devout Muslim also tried to be nice to the neighbors in his Killeen, Texas apartment complex -- including one who allegedly vandalized his car.
Hasan was charged Thursday with 13 counts of premeditated murder under Article 118 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which can carry a sentence up to death or life imprisonment.
In the days before the Fort Hood shooting, Hasan tried to get rid of his few belongings. As one neighbor in the Casa del Norte apartment complex told ABC News, Hasan – a "soft-spoken guy" who was happy to do favors -- gave some of his furniture to another neighbor free of charge. But when ABC News toured Hasan's one-bedroom, $350-per-month apartment on Tuesday, traces of his conflicted private life remained.
In Hasan's living room, a crumpled prayer rug shared the floor with a paper-shredding machine. When he moved into the apartment in July, he'd put a bed in the bedroom, but he had gotten rid of the bed prior to the shooting.
In a closet, near the washer and dryer and wads of Hasan's clothing, including fatigues, was a box of pill bottles. The medications included a 2001 prescription for Combivir, a drug often prescribed for doctors who may have come in contact with HIV, as well as the antibiotic Clarithromycin, a cough reliever and an antihistamine.
On a card table in the kitchen were coins from various countries, including Israel, and an empty package for a LaserMax gun sight, with a $229.99 pricetag. There was also a book about Islamic dream interpretation, "Dreams and Interpretations," by Allamah Muhammad Bin Sireen. Anwar al Awlaki, the radical cleric in Yemen to whom Hasan had sent e-mails, has produced a lecture series on dream interpretation.
On the kitchen counter were some documents, including a 2003 psychiatry exam and an insurance report for his car. According to neighbor Kim Rosenthal, another neighbor had used a key to scratch Hasan's car and had also scratched a sticker saying "Allah is Love" off the vehicle. The resident was asked to leave, said Rosenthal. When she asked Hasan if he planned to do anything about the incident, Hasan said no. Reported Rosenthal, "He said, 'It's Ramadan, I've forgiven him.' And that was it."
Said Thompson, "You ask him how he's doing and he'd always tell you he's blessed and he was a good guy, as far as we could tell, you know? Never imagine anything like this happening."
Thompson said Hasan had never had much furniture in the apartment. "There was just like a coffee table in here and his prayer rug laying down and then just ah, I think he had a bed in there and some shelves and that's basically all he had."
"People live different ways," said Thompson. "You just never know. Everybody's different."
Major Hasan: Soldier of Allah; Many Ties to Jihad Web Sites
Officials Say Accused Fort Hood Shooter Used Multiple Hotmail, AOL Accounts for Overseas Contacts
By Richerd Esposito, Mary-Rose Abraham and Rhonda SchwartzNov. 12, 2009
United States Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan proclaimed himself a "soldier of Allah" on private business cards he obtained over the Internet and kept in a box at his apartment near Fort Hood, Texas.
Major Nidal Hasan's private business card, which he obtained over the Internet and kept in a box at his apartment near Fort Hood, Texas.(ABC News)
Hasan, the alleged perpetrator of last week's fatal shootings in Fort Hood, TX, was charged Thursday with 13 counts of premeditated murder under Article 118 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which can carry a sentence up to death or life imprisonment.
The cards make no mention of his military affiliation, but underneath his name he listed himself as SoA (SWT). SoA is commonly used on jihadist Web sites as the acronym for Soldier of Allah, according to investigators and experts who have studied such sites. SWT is commonly used by Muslims as an acronym for Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala, Glory to God.
"He was making no secret of allegiances," said former FBI agent Brad Garrett, an ABC News consultant.
"It's one more piece of evidence that might have come out if investigators had taken a hard look at Hasan," said Garrett. "It doesn't say he's about to go out and shoot a bunch of people, but there's something not quite right for an Army major to self-identify that way."
The green and white business cards include the title Behavior Heatlh (sic) Mental Health and Life Skills.
Hasan listed a Maryland area mobile phone number and an aol.com e-mail address.
U.S. officials and analysts told ABCNews.com today that Hasan used multiple e-mail addresses and screen names as he contacted several jihadist web sites around the world.
In addition to his contacts with suspected al Qaeda recruiter Anwar al Awlaki in Yemen, authorities said there is evidence he contacted other radical sites and individuals, including some in Europe.
On Hasan's official Army personnel record, obtained by ABCNews.com., Hasan lists his e-mail address using the first name of Abduwall, instead of Nidal. Abduwalli, in Arabic, means "slave of" the great protector, or God.
Al Qaeda Recruiter New Focus in Fort Hood Killings Investigation
Army Major Nidal Hasan Was In Contact With Imam Anwar Awlaki, Officials Say
By Megan Chuchmach and Brian RossNov. 10, 2009
As officials advance the investigation into the Army Major who allegedly perpetrated last week's massacre at Fort Hood, attention is turning to Anwar al Awlaki, a top al Qaeda recruiter who was in contact with Major Nidal Malik Hasan before last week's shootings.
Awlaki, a charismatic American Muslim imam, now operates a jihadist web site out of Yemen that calls on all Muslims to wage war against the U.S. Officials say Hasan had between 10 and 20 contacts with Awlaki beginning late last year.
U.S. intelligence agencies were aware months ago that Hasan was attempting to make contact with Awlaki, two American officials briefed on classified material in the case told ABC News.
According to the officials, the Army was informed of Hasan's contact, but it is unclear what, if anything, the Army did in response.
"Awlaki is known as a senior recruiter for al Qaeda," former FBI agent Brad Garrett, now an ABC News consultant, told Nightline. "He would be the spiritual motivator. Almost like someone you would go to and say, 'this is what I'm thinking about doing.' And they join in and encourage you and basically help you rationalize your behavior."
On Wednesday, a new blog entry on Awlaki's site praised Hasan as a "hero" and a "man of conscience who could not bear living the contradiction of being a Muslim and serving in an army that is fighting against his own people."
Before moving to Yemen, Awlaki was the imam of a Falls Church, Virginia mosque that was attended by Hasan and two of the 9/11 hijackers.
Much of his writings now glorify violence and suicide, issues members of Congress say should have been identified early on.
"If this guy is in contact with American citizens, it is something that should have raised major red flags," said Congressman Peter Hoekstra, (R-MI), the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee.
According to his site, Awlaki served as an imam in Denver, San Diego and Falls Church, Virginia.
The Associated Press reported Sunday that Major Hasan attended the Falls Church mosque when Awlaki was there.
The Telegraph of London reported that Awlaki had made contact with two of the 9/11 hijackers when he was in San Diego.
He denied any knowledge of the hijacking plot and was never charged with any crime. After an intensive investigation by the FBI, Awlaki moved to Yemen. He was imprisoned in Yemen in 2006, and after his release his message became more radical.
"A Muslim first"
People who knew or worked with Maj. Hasan say he seemed to have gradually become more radical in his disapproval of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan.
A fellow Army doctor who studied with Hasan, Val Finell, told ABC News, "He would frequently say he was a Muslim first and an American second. And that came out in just about everything he did at the University."
Finell said he and other Army doctors complained to superiors about Hasan's statements.
"And we questioned how somebody could take an oath of office…be an officer in the military and swear allegiance to the constitution and to defend America against all enemies, foreign and domestic and have that type of conflict," Finell told ABC News.
The Army Chief of Staff, General George Casey, raised concerns over the weekend that innocent Muslim soldiers could suffer as a result of the shooting at Fort Hood.
"I think the speculation (on Hasan's Islamic roots) could potentially heighten backlash against some of our Muslim soldiers," he said on ABC's "This Week."
NOTE: 12 military personnel and one civilian are gunned down, in cold blood, inside America's largest Army base, in broad daylight, and the most salient point this man General George Casey takes away from this catastrophy is that: "I think the speculation (on Hasan's Islamic roots) could potentially heighten backlash against some of our Muslim soldiers"???????"
Motherfucker, if it doesn't, then your military has the survival instincts of a Nova Scotia porcupine and you are all doomed.
You know who the enemy is, get them the fuck out of your ranks. We're not talking "equal opportunity" bullshit here, we're talking about the fucking survival of the North American continent as a non-Muslim country. Get with the program or stop whining about large scale killings such as this. In fact, you had better get used to them, and on even larger scales.
ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME??????????????
This man (General Casey) is a fucking disgrace to the uniform he wears. He might be suited as a HR representative in some civilian-run, navel-gazing commune somewhere in the Nappa Valley, but he has no place in the military of any country, much less the military of the United States of America and certainly not as a General. His words are like so much piss on the graves of every American soldier, sailor and airman, who have died in combat since 9/11.
Is his concern for the troops? For the safety and security of the men and women under his command in their own goddamn country? No!!! He's worried about how people might perceive HIM, if he makes the tough but logical call on this one. I'd like to tell this fucker that there is in fact a NSN (NATO Stock Number, for you civilians...) for a spine, but unfortunately, there isn't... He's obviously "equipped for, but not with...". - Crypt.)
From Yemen, Anwar Awlaki Helped Inspire Fort Dix, Toronto Plots
Despite Terror Connections, E-mails with Major Hasan Did Not Raise Red Flags
By Richard Esposito, Rehab El-Buri and Brian Ross Nov. 11, 2009
In addition to his contacts with Major Nidal Hasan, the radical American cleric, Anwar al Awlaki, served as an inspiration for men convicted in terror plots in Toronto and Fort Dix, New Jersey, according to government officials and court records reviewed by ABCNews.com.
This SITE Intelligence Group handout photo obtained November 10, 2009 shows Anwar al-Awlaki, a former US resident living in Yemen and accused al-Qaeda supporter, who commented on his website on November 9, 2009, that the attack at Fort Hood perpetrated by the alleged gunman, Major Nidal Hasan, is a "heroic act." As officials advance the investigation into the Army Major who allegedly perpetrated last week's massacre at Fort Hood, attention is turning to Anwar Awlaki, a top al Qaeda recruiter who was in contact with Major Nidal Hasan before last week's shootings.
Despite his ties to other plots, including the one against the Army post at Fort Dix, some 20 e-mails between Awlaki and Major Hasan were dismissed as "innocent" by a military investigator working on the FBI's Joint Terror Task Force in Washington, D.C.
(Fucking D-Uh-hhh!!! - Crypt.)
Awlaki left the United States and moved to Yemen in 2002 after questions were raised about his ties to two of the 9/11 hijackers. He established an English-language web site that appears to have thousands of followers around the world. In a post this week on his blog, Awlaki praised Major Hasan as a "hero" and "a man of conscience." He asked, "How can there be any dispute about the virtue of what he has done?"
American officials say Awlaki, has gone into hiding since his e-mail exchanges with the accused Fort Hood shooter became public. Phone calls to a relative's home in Yemen were not returned.
"He is not just a proselytizer but someone who is operational, with deep and longstanding connections to al Qaeda and has been for some time," said a former senior American intelligence official who had access to classified information.
Awlaki was characterized in court testimony as an inspiration by two of six Muslim immigrants convicted on conspiracy and other charges in a plot to kill U.S. military personnel at Fort Dix.
The cleric, who says it is the duty of all Muslims to fight the United States was cited as a source of wisdom by the two men.
In Toronto, members of the so-called Toronto 18 watched videos of Awlaki at a makeshift training camp where they allegedly planned an attack on the Canadian parliament and prime minister.
"He's a big star attraction as a recruiter to young Americans and Canadians," said the former U.S. intelligence official.
Anwar Awlaki's Ties to Nidal Hasan
Awlaki has more than 5,100 fans on a Facebook fan page. "For every person who hates Anwar al Awlaki," said one fan in London on the page's discussion board Tuesday. "I can promise you that there are at least a hundred or so people who love him, respect him and admire him."
Before he left for Yemen, many in America's Muslim community saw him as a mainstream, moderate whose youth, storytelling ability and articulate presentations made him popular.
Awlaki was born in New Mexico to parents of Yemeni descent. According to the 9/11 Commission Report Awlaki had ties to two of the hijackers, Nawaf al Hamzi and Khalid al Mihdhar, in San Diego and then later at a mosque in Falls Church, Virginia. A Congressional joint inquiry said the meetings "may have not been coincidental."
Around the same time, Nidal Hasan was also attending Awlaki's mosque in Falls Church.
A newspaper report in Roanoke said Awlaki presided over funeral services for Hasan's mother at the mosque.
Awlaki was arrested in Yemen and held for a year and a half in a prison where he said he was tortured. He was never charged with a crime and has blamed the FBI for his detention. Since being released from prison, his tone and approach have become strikingly more radical, according to people who have followed his career.
After last November's U.S. elections, Awlaki said in a blog post that American Muslims who voted were fools who had "humiliated themselves by voting for candidates who have no serious concern for their issues."
"The American culture will destroy their families," he continued. "It will deprive their children and grandchildren of their identity. Time will be the witness."
Senior Official: More Hasan Ties to People Under Investigation by FBI
Alleged Shooter Had "Unexplained Connections" to Others Besides Jihadist Cleric Awlaki
By Martha Raddatz, Brian Ross, Mary-Rose Abraham, and Rehab El-BuriNov. 10, 2009
A senior government official tells ABC News that investigators have found that alleged Fort Hood shooter Nidal Malik Hasan had "more unexplained connections to people being tracked by the FBI" than just radical cleric Anwar al Awlaki. The official declined to name the individuals but Congressional sources said their names and countries of origin were likely to emerge soon.
Brian Ross investigates possible missed signals leading to Fort Hood massacre.
Questions already surround Major Hasan's contact with Awlaki, a radical cleric based in Yemen whom authorities consider a recruiter for al Qaeda. U.S. officials now confirm Hasan sent as many as 20 e-mails to Awlaki. Authorities intercepted the e-mails but later deemed them innocent or protected by the first amendment.
The FBI said it turned over the information to the Army, but Defense Department officials today denied that. One military investigator on a joint terror task force with the FBI was shown the e-mails, but they were never forwarded in a formal way to more senior officials at the Pentagon, and the Army did not learn of the contacts until after the shootings.
In Texas, an hour before a memorial service for the Fort Hood victims, four FBI agents showed up at the Killeen mosque where Hasan prayed and searched a trash bin outside. The mosque president was clearly upset when he had to return from traveling to the service to sign a document handed to him by agents, apparently authorizing the search.
The FBI would not comment on what the agents were looking for at the mosque a full five days after the shooting, but motivation remains the focus.
"Obviously, the key is did he act alone," former senior FBI official Brad Garrett told ABC News. "And secondarily is, what evidence might potentially be in the dumpsters or at the mosque."
"We're concerned any time a house of worship is searched in this fashion," said Ibrahim Hooper, national communications director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Washington, D.C.-based civil rights group. "And we would follow up to see if there was probable cause for the search and if it was carried out in the appropriate and legal manner."
Agents had already seized Hasan's computer in a search of this apartment last Thursday night, and all of his internet contacts and writings are under examination.
The Washington Post reported Tuesday that Hasan gave a PowerPoint presentation to fellow Army doctors in 2007 in which he said, "It's getting harder and harder for Muslims in the service to morally justify being in a military that seems constantly engaged against fellow Muslims." He recommended that Muslim soldiers be given the option of being released from the military as conscientious objectors to decrease what he called "adverse events." Under "comments," he wrote, "We love death more than you love life."
So... again, in the final analysis, what do we find here? We find that since the attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon, some 8 years gone by now... the American intelligence community HAS NOT LEARNED A GODDAMN THING FROM THEIR PREVIOUS FUCK-UPS!!!
Plenty of people knew what was going on, there were any numbers of indications that were observed and many people had actually voiced their concerns to those whom they perceived as being 'in authority". And guess what??? That's right... Not a goddamn finger was lifted to prevent this eminently-preventable catastrophy from occurring.
Those who actually stumble upon the intel do not share it with other agencies that really ought to be kept in the loop. It's like a bunch of 2nd graders that find a salamander and refuse to show it to the other kids.
As sad as this is and for as bone-headedly, retardedly stupid this makes every decision making body look, when it comes to the security of the US of A, that's not the worst of it. Not by a long shot...
The very worst of all of this, besides the needless carnage and the irrevocable agony into which have been plunged the families, friends and loved ones of the victims themselves, is the total lack of well-merited moral outrage over the imbecility which has allowed this event to happen. And it's not over yet...
This same blinkered, philistine, pig-ignorance which is so firmly entrenched in your so-called leaders,
will ensure that these types of situations keep occuring again and again.
Why? Because it is far more important to be considered "politically correct" and "culturally sensitive", than it is to be militarily expedient and cull whom you know is the enemy from your ranks. There was a time when the USA could look after it's own interests and protect it's citizens. At least on their own goddamn soil.
Those days would seem to be all but gone...