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ANOTHER ISLAMIST SOLDIER TURNS TERRORIST IN TEXAS
By Dr. Daniel Pipes

THE CASE OF PRIVATE FIRST CLASS NASSER JASON ABDO, AN ISLAMIST IN THE U.S. ARMY:  THE VAST IMPLICATIONS FOR ISLAM IN AMERICA -- IS ISLAM INCOMPATIBLE WITH SERVING IN THE U.S. GOVERNMENT, WHETHER IN THE ARMED FORCES OR IN CIVILIAN OFFICES & AGENCIES?  DO MUSLIMS IN THE U.S.A. CONSTITUTE A FIFTH COLUMN & THEREFORE CANNOT BE LOYAL U.S. CITIZENS?  SHOULD U.S. IMMIGRATION LAW BE AMENDED TO PROHIBIT MUSLIM IMMIGRATION FROM FOREIGN COUNTRIES INTO THE U.S.A.?  DOES THE CURRENT SITUATION CALL FOR THOROUGHGOING SURVEILLANCE OF MUSLIMS RESIDING, WORKING, & TRAVELING IN THE U.S.A.?  WHAT ABOUT EMPLOYMENT OF MUSLIMS IN DEFENSE-RELATED PRIVATE INDUSTRY, EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS, & ORGANIZATIONS WHOSE ACTIVITIES AFFECT PUBLIC HEALTH & SAFETY?
FULL STORY:   U.S. Army Private First Class Nasser Jason Abdo, 21, first made the news last August when, arguing that his Islamic faith contradicts serving in the American military, he filed for conscientious objector (C.O.) status. Referring to current American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Abdo asserted that a Muslim --

    "is not allowed to participate in an Islamicly unjust war. Any Muslim who knows his religion ... should not participate in the U.S. military."

Further, he wrote: "I cannot be a soldier in the U.S. Army and continue to remain true to Islam."

Abdo also made anti-American statements during Pashto language class and listed the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) on his Facebook page as one of his "activities and interests." He announced his intent, on leaving the U.S. Army, to combat "Islamophobia" and --

    "to show Muslims how we can lead our lives. And to try and put a good positive spin out there that Islam is a good, peaceful religion. We're not all terrorists, you know?"

In May, 2011, Abdo won C.O. status. But he was also notified that, due to an investigation prompted by his anti-American statements, he would face an Article 32 hearing (the military equivalent of a grand jury) for downloading 34 child pornography pictures on his government-issued computer. Abdo vowed to fight this charge and impugned the Army's motives:

    "It has been nearly ten months since the investigation started, and I am only now being charged with child pornography, when my C.O. claim is approved. I think that all sounds pretty fishy."

On June 15, the Article 32 hearing recommended Abdo be court-martialed for the illegal pornography. On July 4, he went AWOL (absent without leave) from the 101st. Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. On July 27, he turned up at Guns Galore, a munitions shop in Killeen, Texas, near Ft. Hood, where he bought weapons, ammunition, and bomb-making materials. He also purchased a uniform with Fort Hood patches from a military surplus store.

When the police arrested him later that day, an FBI press release recounted:

    "Abdo was in possession of a .40 caliber handgun, ammunition, an article [from Inspire, al-Qa'ida's English-language magazine] entitled 'Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom,' as well as bomb-making components, including six bottles of smokeless gunpowder, shotgun shells, shotgun pellets, two clocks, two spools of auto wire, an electric drill and two pressure cookers."

Those materials in Abdo's possession corresponded precisely to the "ingredients" listed in the Inspire magazine article on bomb-making.

Abdo admitted to the FBI that he "planned to assemble two bombs in the hotel room using gun powder and shrapnel packed into pressure cookers to detonate inside an unspecified restaurant frequented by soldiers from Fort Hood."

What were his motives?

Two stand out: He confessed to planning to kill soldiers to "get even" with the military, presumably because of the court martial. But his larger goal was Islamist, to strike at kafirs (non-Muslims). He made anti-American statements, read al-Qa'ida's magazine, commended CAIR, spouted off about "Islamophobia," and declared that he could not fight fellow Muslims. Guns Galore is the same store where Major Nidal Hasan bought the weapons he used to kill 14 at Fort Hood in November, 2009. In court, Abdo yelled out "Nidal Hasan Fort Hood 2009" and "Anwar al-Awlaki" (Hasan's al-Qa'ida spiritual guide). He also screamed "Abeer Qasim al-Janabi Iraq, 2006" the name of a girl gang-raped and murdered that year by soldiers from the 101st. Airborn Division.

This case highlights a profound issue: Is Islam incompatible with serving in the U.S. government? Abdo's C.O. claim and his would-be terrorism, in opposite but complementary ways, support an argument for their incompatibility. The U.S. Army tacitly accepted his point by granting him C.O. status, a decision perhaps influenced by repeated Muslim attacks on the U.S. military, including Sargent Hasan Akbar's fragging attack in Kuwait, Hasan's Fort Hood rampage, and Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad's assault on a military-recruiting center in Arkansas.

This Abdo-Army consensus has vast implications for Islam in America, suggesting that Muslims constitute a fifth column and cannot be loyal citizens. I disagree: Muslims can be patriotic Americans and exemplary soldiers. That said, the Abdo case once again points to the need for additional scrutiny of Muslims, whether serving in government or boarding aircraft. It's unfortunate, it's distasteful, but the common security demands no less.

AUTHOR'S NOTE (August 2, 2011):
The foregoing version of my article includes minor changes in the Washington Times version.

I provide what appears to be the fullest account available of the Nasser Abdo case in Nasser Abdo: The Full Story, a 2,500-word weblog entry started a year ago.


Daniel Pipes 2011
Originally Published in Washington Times, Aug 2, 2011
Republished with the Permission of Daniel Pipes
Reprinted from the Daniel Pipes Mailing List, Aug 1, 2011
URL: http://www.danielpipes.org/10024/nasser-jason-abdo-islamist-terrorist


LINKS TO RELATED TOPICS:
The Islamist Fifth Column -- America's Internal Enemies:
Disloyalty, Subversion, Sedition, & Treason

Islamism & Jihadism -- The Threat of Radical Islam
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Middle East -- Arabs, Arab States,
& Their Middle Eastern Neighbors

American Foreign Policy -- The Middle East

International Politics & World Disorder:
War, Peace, & Geopolitics in the Real World:
Foreign Affairs & U.S. National Security

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Islamist Terrorist Attacks on the U.S.A.

Osama bin Laden & the Islamist Declaration of War
Against the U.S.A. & Western Civilization

Islamist International Terrorism &
U.S. Intelligence Agencies

Counterterrorism & U.S. National Security

U.S. National Security Strategy



Dr. Daniel Pipes, a Ph.D. in Islamic History (Harvard University, 1978), is Founder and President of the Middle East Forum, Publisher of Middle East Quarterly, Founder of Campus Watch, Taube Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University, a signatory of the Project for the New American Century, a former board member of the U.S. Institute of Peace, a former adjunct scholar at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a Golden Circle supporter of the U.S. Committee for a Free Lebanon, a former member of the U.S. Department of Defense Special Task Force on Terrorism and Technology, and a former lecturer at the U.S. Naval War College, Harvard University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Pipes was the Director of the Foreign Policy Research Institute from 1986 to 1993.

Author or co-author of eighteen books, Dr. Pipes is a regular columnist for National Review Online, Front Page Magazine, the New York Sun, and the Jerusalem Post. His analyses of world trends and of forces and developments in the Middle East have appeared in numerous North American newspapers, including the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. He frequently appears on American network television, as well as at universities and think tanks, to discuss the Middle East, Islam, and the Islamist threat to the U.S.A. and the West. He also has appeared on BBC and Al Jazeera, and has lectured in approximately twenty-five countries.

Dr. Pipes is a Polish-American Jew whose parents fled Poland in 1939, immigrated to the U.S.A., and assimilated well into American society and culture. His father is Richard Pipes, an American historian specializing in Russian and Soviet history and serving as Professor of History at Harvard University from 1950 until his retirement in 1996. During the Cold War, the worldview of Richard Pipes was strongly anti-Soviet and anti-Communist.




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