Did Political Correctness Cause Oversight of Fort Hood Terrorist?

The FBI failed to intercede against Fort Hood terrorist Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan as a result of its politically correct strategy of reaching out to suspect Islamic groups and clerics instead of combating head-on the Muslim radicalization movement in the United States.

Hasan grew more radical — and devout — this decade, attending a Mosque where an al Qaeda-friendly cleric preached, posting extremist blogs and spreading anti-Americanism among Army soldiers.

"I have no doubt that he was a jihadist," Steve Emerson, a leading terrorism expert, told HUMAN EVENTS. "He fits in in terms of someone who hated America and was willing to carry out violence to further his cause. He doesn’t follow the traditional route of somebody who grows up on a staple of anti-American propaganda ….. He definitely belongs as part of the spectrum of terrorism at one end of it."

Yet, to date, there is no evidence the FBI intervened.

Perhaps this is why:

The FBI launched a two-prong strategy after the September 11 attacks to deal with the U.S. Muslim community.

One: penetrate and stop planned terrorists attacks on the homeland.

Two: begin a comprehensive nation-wide program to reach out to Islamic groups, Mosques and individual Muslims with a message that the FBI respects their civil liberties and needs their input.

Critics says the FBI went overboard on No. 2.

For example, FBI field offices forged close ties with the Council on American Islamic Relations. CAIR is a self-styled civil liberties group that consistently criticized the Bush administration for arresting Islamic terror suspects — even the guilty ones. CAIR officials appeared with FBI officials at conferences and tutored agents on understanding Islam.

Later, law enforcement agents raided a suspect’s home in Northern Virginia and unearthed volumes of documents. They detailed the planning of the Muslim Brotherhood, a shadowy worldwide fraternity dedicated to methodically bringing down democratic governments and replacing them with Islamic Sharia law.

The Justice Department named CAIR as an unindicted co-conspirator in the successful prosecution last summer of a Dallas charity that acted as a front to funnel money to Hamas, a Palestinian terror group. Embarrassed, the FBI reluctantly severed its years of ties with CAIR.

The FBI outreach program goes a lot further than just CAIR. HUMAN EVENTS obtained an eight-page memo written by agents inside the Washington D.C. field office. The memo celebrated the "partnerships" cemented with Muslim Brotherhood groups.

"The FBI leadership is relying on the Muslim leaders, who are known Muslim Brotherhood, to give them direction on how to go after the enemy in the community," an ex-agent told Human Events. "These are the very people who have advocated overthrowing the American government."

The FBI memo stated, in part: "This relationship is designed to share cultural, linguistic and contextual expertise between the FBI and community members for the greater protection of our country and our civil liberties …The collaboration between the Arab, Muslim and Sikh Advisory Council and the FBI Washington Field Office has developed into a meaningful relationship of mutual trust and understanding and has provided significant progress regarding local religious centers."

What does this have to do with intervening with Nidal Hasan, who killed 13 at Fort Hood after attending morning prayers?

The FBI community relations blitz is blinding agents to its real mission: identify radicalized Muslims in this country and stop them from killing.

Hasan attended a mosque in Falls Church also frequented by two of the 19 September 11 hijackers. Package that with his extreme writings and anti-American statements, and Hasan became a prime target for aggressive monitoring.

"He should have been monitored but I don’t know whether he was being monitored," Emerson said. "If he wasn’t being monitored for some of this stuff that he wrote, then there was a major derelection of duty by the FBI and by the Department of Defense."

He added, "There’s debate going on [within the FBI] about who should and shouldn’t be talked to. Though they severed their relationship with CAIR, they still talk to other Muslim Brotherhood groups and I don’t think it is FBI policy yet that the Muslim Brotherhood is a bad group.

"I think that there is fear of offending, of appearing to be politically incorrect and so they adopt a politically correct approach in terms of outreach and in terms of making appearances at Muslim Brotherhood conventions ….Yet there are those in the FBI and counter-terrorism who totally recognize the dangers and counter-productivity of talking to and legitimizing Muslim Brotherhood groups. They are against it, but they haven’t won the debate."

Rep. Pete Hoekstra, senior Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, yesterday put the Obama administration on notice about disclosing what  it may have known about Hasan. After numerous conversations with National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair, Hoekstra released a statement calling on all intelligence agencies to preserve any documents related to the killer.

"President Obama said people should not jump to conclusions about what happened at Fort Hood, but the administration is in possession of critical information related to the attack that they are refusing to release to Congress or the American people," Hoekstra said. "I intend to push for intense review of this and other issues related to the performance of the intelligence community and whether or not information necessary for military, state and local officials to provide for the security of the post was provided to them."

ABC News reported that intelligence officials knew months ago that Hasan was trying to make contacts with al Qaeda.

Like in the September 11 attacks, it now falls to Congress, and maybe a special commission, to determine who knew what, and why the FBI did not act.