In a report by Harvard University, Luft, a former Israeli military
intelligence officer who has been living in the United States, traced the
November 2009 killing of 13 U.S. soldiers by a Muslim officer to a Saudi
indoctrination campaign. He said the Saudi campaign resulted in the spread
of Wahabi doctrine, which stresses Islamic war.
"While Muslim soldiers have served in uniforms loyally for decades, it
is the rising number of Wahabi-trained and converted Muslims that is a
relatively recent phenomenon," the report, "How the Saudis radicalized U.S.
troops," said. "Since Wahabism is one of the most radical and puritan
strands of Islam, the penetration of Wahabi thinking into the ranks of the
military must be treated with care."
The report, released on Nov. 10, said the spread of Wahabi influence has
endangered U.S. soldiers. A recurring prospect has been that of
Wahabi-indoctrinated soldiers turning on their colleagues.
[On Nov. 12, federal prosecutors filed a civil complaint against an
alleged Iranian-aligned foundation that controls mosques, schools and an
office tower in several U.S. cities. Under the motion, the federal
government would seize more than $500 million from the Alavi Foundation.]
Luft, quoting former U.S. officers, said Saudi military personnel were
identify and missionize their American counterparts. He said the Saudi
campaign was a "well-orchestrated and generously funded effort sponsored by
the Saudi government to convert as many American military members as
possible to Islam."
At one point, Saudi commander and now deputy defense minister, Prince
Khaled Bin Sultan, bragged that more than 2,000 U.S. troops converted to
Islam in 1991. Some of the U.S. officers were said to have been given as
much as $30,000 to convert.
"These Muslim troops are now the messengers of Islam in the U.S.
forces," Dr. Abu Ameena Bilal Phillips, an Islamic convert who missionizes
in the military, was quoted by the report as saying.
The report said the shooting by Maj. Nidal Hasan at Fort Hood, Texas
represented an Islamic attack. Luft quoted Hasan as shouting to fellow
soldiers, "You guys are coming into our countries and you’re going to rape
our women and kill our children."
"It is time to investigate what exactly happened back then in the desert
and assess how serious and deep-rooted the damage is," the report said.