Sunday, July 31, 2011

Fort Hood, Part II

Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo was arrested on July 27th for possession of explosive materials, in what was apparently an attempted attack on Fort Hood. Upon leaving court, Pfc. Abdo explicitly referred to the murderous attack by Maj. Nidal Hasan at Fort Hood two years ago.

A few days ago I heard a news announcer refer to the fact that Pfc. Abdo had had “Islamic terrorist materials” in his possession. That particular media outlet had obviously failed to receive the policy memo warning against the use of the word “terrorist”, especially in conjunction with the words “Islamic” or “Muslim”.

No one in the federal government or the Pentagon would have made the same mistake — the protocol forbidding the use of “terrorist” and “Islamic” is in effect at all levels. The preferred phrase would have been “extremist materials”.

In the Fox News report below, one of Naser Abdo’s fellow soldiers is interviewed about the warning signs displayed by the accused “extremist”. Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for uploading this video: