The recent revelation that Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the lone shooter behind the Fort Hood massacre, was that attended the same Mosque that the 9/11 terrorists. This new fact has prompted Sen. Joe Lieberman to launch a Congressional investigation to look into whether there is connection that ties these terrorists together.
While Senator Lieberman should investigate to see if such a link exists, the Fort Hood massacre raises a related issue that absolutely demands a congressional investigation.
"U.S. authorities have disclosed at least 10 domestic terrorism investigations in the past year, the most since 2001. A number of them involved plots or attacks against U.S. military personnel within the United States.
In September, federal prosecutors charged two North Carolina men with conspiring to kill personnel at the U.S. Marine Corps base at Quantico. In June, Abdul Hakim Mujahid Muhammad, an American Muslim convert, allegedly shot and killed a soldier and wounded another at a military recruiting center at Little Rock in what he said was retaliation for U.S. counterterrorism policies worldwide.In April, the last of five men convicted of planning to kill soldiers at Fort Dix, N.J., a plot inspired by foreign terrorist groups, was sentenced to 33 years in prison."
The military is well aware of this issue and foresaw that this would be a problem in the future. In 1984, US Navy Seal named Richard Marcinko, (now retired) at the request of the U.S. Navy, created a special unit, known as Red Cell. This counter-terrorist unit was designed test to see how vulnerable Navy bases were to terrorist attacks. Red Cell tested the security of Navy bases around the world and was able to infiltrate supposedly impenetrable, highly secured bases, nuclear submarines, ships and other “secure areas”, including the Presidential plane Air Force One. The US Navy later disbanded Red Cell.
In 1992, Richard Marcinko wrote a book called Rouge Warrior in which he discusses his experiences of testing security at military bases and how vulnerable they are to Islamic terrorist attacks.
It is now 2009. The idea of military bases in the United States being under a terrorist attack is no longer a theoretical military exercise. It is now a present reality because they are increasingly becoming targets by homegrown radical jihadists.
Perhaps the real disturbing fact isn't whether or not there is a connection between Maj. Nidal Malik and the September 11th terrorists, but that our military institutions are not just vulnerable to external threats but are now vulnerable to internal threats as well.
And that is a matter for Senator Lieberman to look into.
UPDATE: Joe Gandelman at the Moderate Voice asks an important question:
If American intelligence agencies missed the signs pre-911 and they missed a big hint pre-Fort Hood, exactly what are they missing now, as you read this post?If that is true, this fact raises another serious security concern for our military. This means homegrown jihadists are willing to be turncoats to terrorists and kill soldiers on bases U.S. bases. This raises an even scarier question: Is there a real possibility of terrorists infiltrating our military and intelligence agencies?
That is a MAJOR security concern also worth an Congressional investigation.