We are very fortunate that an alert gun shop owner and local police stopped Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo from carrying out his attack at Fort Hood that was apparently scheduled for today.
In court, the would be terrorist screamed out the name of the Fort Hood shooter Major Nidal Hasan who murdered 13 in a 2009 attack.
When Army Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo, accused of plotting planning a deadly bombing and shooting attack on soldiers at Fort Hood, made his first appearance in court in Waco, Texas, today, he yelled the name of accused Fort Hood shooter Major Nidal Hasan.
Like Hasan, Abdo may have taken some of his inspiration from Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical American-born Islamic cleric who is among the leaders of the Yemen-based al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). One senior U.S. official told ABC News that after Abdo was arrested at a Killeen, Texas hotel Wednesday, Abdo mentioned the name of al-Awlaki.
Nidal Hasan had exchanged emails with Awlaki, according to U.S. authorities. Al-Awlaki is believed to have inspired several other terror plots in the U.S. as well, including the bungled Christmas Day underwear bombing of Northwest flight 253.
According to senior law enforcement officials, when police searched Abdo's hotel room, in addition to firearms, ammunition and bomb-making materials, they also found an article from a jihadi magazine produced by al-Awlaki's organization, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
The officials told ABC News Abdo had apparently stashed in the room an article from the first issue of al Qaeda's "Inspire" magazine called "How to Build a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom."
It's good that we are using drones to seek out and destroy al-Awlaki and his organization, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen. You really have to wonder how many more individuals or cells al-Awlaki inspires or controls in the US and elsewhere.
Once again, vigilance and a spot of good luck have saved us.