Fort Hood: How Nidal Malik Hasan's path turned more radical
New details suggest the alleged Fort Hood shooter, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, was a misfit who was self-radicalized. The Army is looking into how red flags raised by his earlier behavior were missed.
As the Army prepares an exhaustive probe into whether any red flags were missed in the lead-up to the Fort Hood rampage, a clearer portrait is emerging of Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the alleged shooter facing 13 charges of murder and a possible death sentence.
Early speculation has given way to reports suggesting a carefully planned plot by a lonely, middle-aged Army psychiatrist who apparently "self-radicalized" as he grew increasingly at odds with colleagues over politics and religion.
What drove his radicalization may be related to his statement to colleagues that the US was battling not against security threats in Iraq and Afghanistan, but Islam itself. Media reports indicate that Hasan even tried to have some of his patients charged with war crimes after hearing their stories from the battlefield. The Army rebuffed those charges.
"In my mind, there's enough evidence to say that, to a certain extent, you have a homegrown American of Jordanian descent who became radicalized enough to commit this heinous crime," says terrorism expert Joe Ruffini, a retired Army lieutenant colonel and author of "When Terror Comes to Main Street." "Whether he took it upon himself to do this for a religious or anti-American purpose or whether he was encouraged by a formal terror cell structure ... I think the jury is still out on that."
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