Research Paper: Fort Hood Shooting on November

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[. . .] When this plea was denied, defense attorneys acting for Hasan entered a plea of "not guilty." In October of 2012, Hasan sent letters to the Fox News television channel wherein he declared that he was renouncing his oaths of allegiance to the United States and renouncing his American citizenship because the laws of this country do not agree with the Islamic Shariah laws.

It has also been established that Hasan had ties to other extreme Islamists, most notably Anwar al-Awlaki with whom Hasan exchanged emails, which should have been a red flag to the Department of Homeland Security that there was a potential danger to the American citizenry, including training at a firing range and investigating jihad on computers located on the military base (Kenber 2013). Al-Awlkai was killed in a drone strike in 2011 while hiding in Yemen. Interactions with a known enemy of the United States should have alerted someone within the government. It was also found that Hasan had attended the same mosque as Nawaf al-Hazmi and Hani Hanjour, two of the men involved in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks (Hsu 2009). Had Hasan been investigated more thoroughly by the Department, it is likely that this tragedy could have been avoided, however since he was never identified as a potential terrorist threat, the government is now reluctant to label him as such. However, the official explanation for refusing to label the shooting an act of terror was that it would create an unfair bias against the accused during the trial (Crabtree 2012). It is probable that by relabeling Hasan's action as a terrorist attack, the government would be more liable for the crime, giving a political motive for the refusal to reclassify the shooting as an act of domestic or international terror. Speculation as to other political motives has been made by various parties, including the theory that the government is reluctant to label any acts of terror because of an attempt by the current regime to make people believe the United States is winning the War on Terror. Regardless of motive, it is evident that there is more than abundant evidence that Hasan is a militant Islamist and has been so for many years.

Despite the fact that the government has refused to classify the shooting as a terrorist attack, it is interesting to note that the military prosecutors used Hasan's radical Islamism as a motive and stressed this part of the case in order to help secure the conviction. During their closing arguments, prosecutors declared that Hasan was a radicalized Muslim who was enraged by the American military presence abroad, particularly in the recent wars against Islamist terrorists. According to the prosecution, it was because of his radicalism and his identification of the United States as an enemy of Islam that he perpetrated his crime. Nidal Hasan did not object to this, but rather verified that this was indeed his motive. From the information available, it is clear that the reason Nidal Hasan attacked Fort Hood was his political ideology. He hoped that by killing Americans, he could enact revenge for radical Islamists killed by the American military and coerce the government into a different course of action regarding these groups. This motive shows Hasan to be a terrorist and the attack on Fort Hood an act of terrorism.

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