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Hasan Wrote Cleric About Cash Transfers

Some actual journalism from the Washington Post:

Hasan had intensified contact with cleric

Fort Hood suspect raised prospect of financial transfers

By Carrie Johnson, Spencer S. Hsu and Ellen Nakashima
Saturday, November 21, 2009

In the months before the deadly shootings at Fort Hood, Army Maj. Nidal M. Hasan intensified his communications with a radical Yemeni American cleric and began to discuss surreptitious financial transfers and other steps that could translate his thoughts into action, according to two sources briefed on a collection of secret e-mails between the two.

The e-mails were obtained by an FBI-led task force in San Diego between late last year and June but were not forwarded to the military, according to government and congressional sources. Some were sent to the FBI’s Washington field office, triggering an assessment into whether they raised national security concerns, but those intercepted later were not, the sources said.

Hasan’s contacts with extremist imam Anwar al-Aulaqi began as religious queries but took on a more specific and concrete tone before he moved to Texas, where he allegedly unleashed the Nov. 5 attack that killed 13 people and wounded nearly three dozen, said the sources who were briefed on the e-mails, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the case is sensitive and unfolding. One of those sources said the two discussed in "cryptic and coded exchanges" the transfer of money overseas in ways that would not attract law enforcement attention.

"He [Hasan] clearly became more radicalized toward the end, and was having discussions related to the transfer of money and finances . . .," said the source, who spoke at length in part because he was concerned the public accounting of the events has been incomplete. "It became very clear toward the end of those e-mails he was interested in taking action."

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl M. Levin (D-Mich.) said Friday that he would investigate the handling of the e-mails — 18 or 19 in all — and why military officials were not aware of them before the deadly attack. Levin told reporters after a briefing from Pentagon staff members that "there are some who are reluctant to call it terrorism, but there is significant evidence that it is." …

In the months before the shootings, the two discussed how Hasan could make several transactions of less than $10,000, a threshold for reporting to U.S. authorities, according to the source who spoke extensively. Hasan did not explicitly vow to fund terrorist activities or evade tax and reporting laws for contributions, the source said.

"I believe they were interested in the money for operational-type aspects, and knowing that he had funds and wouldn’t be around to use them, they were very eager to get those funds," he said.

To date, investigators have not unearthed evidence that Hasan sent money to charities with strong or suspected ties to Islamist militant groups, but they are continuing to probe his financial dealings as one aspect of a many-pronged case, other sources cautioned.

The FBI obtained the e-mails pursuant to court-ordered wiretaps, according to a former intelligence official. After receiving a wiretap order, Internet providers generally set up accounts that allow cloned copies of e-mails to go to the government agency in real time. Stored e-mails also may be provided with a search warrant.

In this case, a first batch of Hasan’s e-mails was sent by agents in San Diego to the bureau’s Washington field office, where a terrorism task force began to assess them in December. But months later, additional messages emerged, according to government and congressional sources. Those e-mails were reviewed only in San Diego, where authorities determined they did not pose a national security risk. The FBI said last week, without going into details about the process, that "all of the e-mails were known."

In several of their applications for search warrants, authorities are approaching the matter as a regular criminal investigation rather than invoking special legal authority available in terrorism cases, the sources said

Given the modest way he lived, one really has to wonder where the bulk of Mr. Hasan’s $90,000 a year salary went. We suspect it went to Pakistan.

But how on earth did these emails not raise flags?

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, November 21st, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Hasan Wrote Cleric About Cash Transfers”

  1. canary says:

    AP’s nuts & bolts may be too loose. Carl Levin may be calling Ft. Hood a terrorist act. Maybe. (needs to bring his own thermos to work)

    AP: Levin: could be more e-mails from Ft. Hood suspect
    By Pamela Hess & Anne Gearan Nov 21 2009

    WASHINGTON — …Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich.,…also said he considers Hasan’s shooting spree, which killed 13 and wounded more than 30, an act of terrorism.

    “There are some who are reluctant to call it terrorism but there is significant evidence that it is. I’m not at all uneasy saying it sure looks like that,” he said….

    The Washington Post, citing two anonymous sources, reported Saturday that in the months leading up to the attacks Hasan stepped up his contacts with al-Awlaki to discuss transferring money.

    One of the sources told the Post the two men considered how to transfer funds abroad without coming to the attention of law enforcers.

    FBI officials have said a military investigator on the task force saw the e-mails and looked up Hasan’s record, but finding nothing particularly worrisome, …

    The rules prohibit membership or participation in “organizations that espouse supremacist causes,” seek to discriminate based on race, religion or other factors or advocate force or violence. Commanders can investigate and can discipline or fire people who “actively participate in such groups.”

    The rules also cover the distribution and possession of “printed materials,” and gatherings held outside military posts.

    The language appears to loosely cover some of the activity law enforcement sources have ascribed to Hasan.


  2. proreason says:

    In the months before the deadly shootings at Fort Hood, Army Maj. Nidal M. Hasan intensified his communications ”

    “The e-mails were obtained by an FBI-led task force in San Diego between late last year and June ” and from other sources we know that “late last year was December”. “late last year” is used to imply it started under Bush. In December, Bush may have been in office, but in name only.

    “It became very clear toward the end of those e-mails he was interested in taking action.”

    “He [Hasan] clearly became more radicalized toward the end

    In the months before the shootings, the two discussed ”

    Strraight from WaPo, which is trying to be unspecific but feels compelled to reveal the general timeline.

    So what is the elephant in the room?

    It’s on Obamy’s watch. Pure and simple.

    Now, what do the FBI, the CIA, the NSA, and the armed forces do? Are they by nature panty-waists who turn away from threats to this country? Are they historically Chamberlainesque, maintaining a pollyanna-like approach to national security?

    What they DO is the bidding of the chief executive of the country. With the i’s dotted and the t’s crossed. Yes sir.

    Obama ordered the agencies to back off. Because, of course, he has stated there is no War on Terror.

    Obama probably was briefed about Hasan this year. If not Obama, certainly Holder was briefed.

    No agency leader would ever sit on information as explosive as the information they had about Hasan in 2009. Not only would it be a career-ending move, those agency and military leaders are actually patriotic Americans (except perhaps Podestra). And those agencies are trained by life to send information up the chain-of-command. It’s second-nature to those guys. They can’t NOT do that and survive.

  3. canary says:

    But how on earth did these emails not raise flags?

    Because they weren’t sent by tea baggers, anti-taxers, non-denominational Christians, Jews, or anti-abortionist Catholics, or radicals for the Constitution, or U.S. soldiers returning from over-seas. Ya know the long list on Homeland’s Security extremist report, that Hasan was a part of creating.

    • proreason says:

      Canary, The flags were raised.

      The Obamistration ordered the agencies to ignore the signs.

      We aren’t in Bush’s silly War on Terror anymore and Hasan hadn’t committed a crime. As Chris Matthews said a couple of days ago, it isn’t a crime to call Al Queda.

      Inevevitably, more Americans will die.

      But it’s ok. The world likes us now. If 14, or even a few thousand deadbeat soldiers or red-staters die, it’s worth the price.

  4. canary says:

    ProReason/I think this ADC link (at bottom) is evidence that Obama is hiring extremist “DEVOUT MUSLIMS” to watch over ‘DEVOUT AMERICANS”. This is why Obama wants inside investigation.

    Speaking of Senator Carl Levin (D) who is from Michigan and is totally against the General’s of the Army’s plan, has just had a ‘devout mulsim assigned to the Chamber of Commerce.

    ADC sight brags of devout muslims. Their site is so radical it’s scary. Who is more “devout American” than our soldiers.

    The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is proud to announce that the DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano swore-in Kareem Shora, a devout Muslim, who was born in Damascus, Syria as ADC National Executive Director as a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC).

    Obama and Janet Napolitano Appoint Arif Alikhan, a devout Muslim as Assistant Secretary for Policy Development Source announcement: Homeland Security Press Room.

    A glimps of whose running this country with Obama. Sick Sick Sick

    • proreason says:

      Well, as Obamy lied so famously, the USA is one of the largest Muslim countries in the world.

      According to Wikipedia, 54th largest actually. Right behind that well-known super-power, Albania.

      So it’s appropriate to have hundreds of “devout Muslim’s” running our government, isn’t it? Why, they are up to 8/10th of 1% of our population. GIVE THEM THE POWER!! GIVE THEM THE WEALTH!!

      If all Muslims were concentrated in one spot, they would be our 22nd largest metropolitan area. Awesome.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      We have are enemies closer than we think!
      Don’t we?

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