On April 1st, Fox News leaked an FBI alert:
The alert is titled, “Planned Fort Hood-inspired Jihad against US Soldiers by Army Recruit” and was issued “to inform and protect officers who may encounter this individual or others exhibiting the same aspirations.” The source of the information contained in the alert was listed as “An FBI agent.”
From the alert:
“On 20 March 2014, the Kansas City Division FBI became aware of an individual named BOOKER aka Muhammad Abdullah Hassan who had publicly stated his intention to commit jihad, bidding farewell to his friends and making comments indicating his jihad was imminent. BOOKER had been recruited by the US Army in Kansas City, Mo., in February 2014 and was scheduled to report for Basic Training on 7 April 2014. Kansas City Division Agents interviewed BOOKER on 20 March 2014.”
However, Booker was “discharged last week, apparently after law enforcement authorities learned of his alleged plan.”
Let me get this straight. The FBI and the military learn that a recruit is going to commit murder so they fire him and forget about it until someone decides that may not have been a good idea? Now, “both the FBI and the 902d Military Intelligence Group at Fort Leavenworth are involved in the hunt.” And they’re also looking for others who may be planning similar events.
Law enforcement sources familiar with the alert said it appeared to suggest that there may be others in addition to Booker who also might have expressed similar intentions to commit jihad against U.S. military installations.
Marine Corps spokesman Capt. Ty Balzer confirmed the alert’s legitimacy, but referred questions to the FBI. A spokeswoman with the Kansas City Division of the FBI — the same division responsible for sending out the alert and who, according to the alert, spoke with Booker on March 20 — said she did “not have any information to provide in regards to your inquiry.”
The public was not to be given any information on the alleged plotter. Or, is it that the public was not supposed to know about this at all?
Anyway, the next day there is the great coincidence of Ivan Lopez shooting people at Fort Hood. Fox News was unusually reticent in its reporting of the event until the official press conferences began. Their lack of incessant coverage is quite unusual. What isn’t unusual is the anti-gun propaganda, including arguments for banning mentally-ill individuals from having guns.
As reasonable as that may seem, it opens a wide door for defining gun ownership as a mental illness.