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What about the Fort Hood jihadist? Update: New charges filed

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By Michelle Malkin  •  December 2, 2009 12:00 PM

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How quickly the Fort Hood jihadi massacre has faded from the public radar screen.

Don’t let it slide.

In Colorado, there’s a new development involving shooter Nidal Hasan and the jihadi imam Anwar al-Awlaki:

An arrest warrant for a radical Islamic cleric who has become an important figure in the Fort Hood shooting investigation was withdrawn in 2002 by the Colorado U.S. Attorney’s Office in Denver — possibly preventing his prosecution years before one of his followers killed 13.

An arrest warrant was issued for Anwar al-Awlaki in 2002 on charges from Denver’s federal court of making a false statement and passport fraud, court documents show. Those charges were withdrawn before al-Awlaki, who was living in Yemen, was served the arrest warrant.

When al-Awlaki passed through JFK airport in New York City in October 2002, he was briefly detained. But after authorities there saw that the federal warrant from Colorado had been withdrawn, they released him, according to ABC News.

After that, Awlaki eventually returned to Yemen, where he has advocated for jihad against the West and is now considered by law enforcement to be an inspiration for al-Qaeda. One of his followers, according to federal authorities, was Nidal Malik Hasan, the Army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 at Fort Hood, Texas. Numerous e-mail exchanges between Hasan and al-Awlaki were found on Hasan’s computer, authorities have said, and al-Awlaki, now in Yemen, has praised Hasan’s actions.

The Colorado U.S. Attorney’s Office is in the process of pulling the seven-year-old case they once built against al-Awlaki out of the archive warehouse and expects to get it today, said spokesman Jeff Dorschner.

…After 9/11, authorities learned that three of the hijackers visited al-Awlaki’s California and Virginia mosques, but the FBI did not have enough evidence to arrest or detain him. In early 2002, he left the U.S. and started preaching on the Internet and applauding Palestinian suicide bombers.

It was while he was away that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Denver sought the arrest warrant. ABC News said it was based on the fact that al-Awlaki had attended CSU on a foreign-student visa, claiming he was born in Yemen, not in New Mexico, where he was actually born.

Soon after he was briefly detained at JFK, he returned to Europe, and then Yemen. He was arrested there in 2006 with a group of suspected al-Qaeda militants but was released a year later.

Meanwhile, the Army has formed a “sanity board” to investigate Hasan’s mental state. Hasan remains hospitalized.

Too bad we can’t have a “sanity board” to investigate the deadly p.c. mindset that enables the Nidal Hasans of the world.

Two last items: A preliminary review of the Fort Hood attack on our soldiers is headed to the White House this week, reports the Washington Post.

And Evan Kohlmann spotlights more jihadi endorsements for Hasan’s murderous spree:

“We ask Allah to accept this great feat of yours and make you an example for others to follow.”

Remember: They love death more than we love life.

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Update: New charges against Hasan announced…

The US Army filed new charges Wednesday against the suspected gunman in the Fort Hood shootings, accusing him of attempted murder.

Army psychiatrist Major Nidal Hasan has already been charged with killing 13 people in the November 5 rampage at the sprawling military base in Texas.

Hasan now faces 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder, with the victims specified as 30 soldiers and two civilian police officers, the US Army said in a statement.

A total of 42 people were wounded in the attack.

Still missing a murder charge for the 14th unborn victim.

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