Fort Hood gunman Nidal Hasan 'is a hero': Imam who preached to 9/11 hijackers in Va. praises attack
Originally Published:Monday, November 9th 2009, 12:05 PM
Updated: Monday, November 9th 2009, 12:36 PM
FALLS CHURCH, Va. - A Muslim imam who once preached at a suburban Washington mosque and befriended several 9/11 hijackers appeared to gloat about Army Maj. Nidal Hasan's killing spree at Fort Hood on his blog Monday.
A message posted on Awlaki's blog was titled, "Nidal Hassan Did the Right Thing."
"Nidal Hassan is a hero," Awlaki wrote. "He is 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."
The blog entry surfaced on the same day as an ABC News report that American intelligence agencies knew months ago that the Fort Hood gunman had tried to contact people linked to Al Qaeda.
The Dar al-Hijrah mosque is directly across the street from a residence where a half-dozen Turkmen Muslims known as Uighurs were slated to be relocated from Guantanamo Bay, according to a law enforcement source. Lawmakers scuttled the plan.
Federal agents may be trying to connect Hasan to Awlaki.
"We share that suspicion, given the remarkable coincidence of Awlaki's prior relationship with al-Hazmi," the commission said in its 2004 report.
Awlaki did not say in his blog posting whether he had known or communicated with Hasan, who killed 13 people in a shooting spree at Fort Hood on Thursday -- but he referred to him repeatedly by his first name.
"Nidal opened fire on soldiers who were on their way to be deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. How can there be any dispute about the virtue of what he has done?" Awlaki wrote of the Army officer's "heroic act."
PHOTOS FROM THE SCENE
The nation's largest Army base was the scene of bloodshed and chaos as a disgruntled major shot his fellow soldiers, killing 13.
The massacre claimed the lives of 13 men and women, a diverse group united by their commitment to serving their nation.
A new Gallup poll will strike fear into the hearts of Democrats.
WARNING: GRAPHIC PHOTO. Sandra Herold reveals her face, shows her bravery and strength.
Even the Luv Gov's former madam thinks it's a dumb move.
PHOTOS. Singer squeezes into Herve Leger's skin-tight bandage dress.
It seems the "Twilight" actors have fallen under the city's spell.
Sammy Sosa says he does not suffer from a skin disorder.
MORE FROM NYDN
"Things are getting better day by day," she said, breaking her silence.
What other A-list couples are no more? Check out our PHOTOS....
She could barely speak after seeing Juda tumble through the air outside their apartment.
Taped phone conversation between starlet's parents reveals she cut herself.
Anwar al-Awalki is a U.S.-born imam currently living in Yemen.
Supermodel, 41, shows age ain't nothin' but a number.