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Tuesday, November 10, 2009     GET REAL

Actual number of Muslims in the U.S. military believed much higher than records show

WASHINGTON — The U.S. military plans to begin a review of the rising number of Muslims in its ranks.   

Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, born in the United States and alleged to have killed 13 soldiers in the army base at Fort Hood, Texas, did not identify himself as a Muslim when he enlisted. Officials said Hasan was recruited as part of a U.S. military drive to reach out to the Muslim community. Officials said the Defense Department and Joint Chiefs of Staff plan to discuss an examination of the Muslim presence in the U.S. military and the threat of Al Qaida influence. They said the Congress was pressing for such a review in wake of the Nov. 5 killing of 13 U.S. troops by a Muslim officer.

"We have to go back and look at ourselves and ask ourselves the hard questions," U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey said. "Are we doing the right things? We will learn from this."


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Officials said the review would focus on the exact number of Muslims in the U.S. military, which has encouraged such enrollment. The Defense Department reported 3,409 Muslims on active military duty as of April 2008, but officials said the number could be at least three times higher.

"We believe there are many more Muslims who when recruited did not list their religion," an official said. "Some of these people simply wanted to avoid harassment; others might have had a sinister agenda."

Over the last decade, the military has intensified its recruitment of Arabic-, Farsi- and Pashtun-speaking soldiers for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Middle East Newsline reported.

Officials said the Pentagon has been receiving reports of Muslim soldiers who expressed opposition to the U.S. military campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq. They said the opposition was encouraged by Islamic clerics as well as Muslim officers such as Hasan, who warned Muslims against harming co-religionists.

In 2003, U.S. Army Sgt. Hasan Akbar, said to have opposed the U.S. invasion of Iraq, killed two officers and injured 14 others in a grenade attack. Akbar, a convert to Islam, was sentenced to death.

Officials said the U.S. military has sought to shield Muslims from retaliation in Afghanistan and Iraq. In many cases, they said, Muslim soldiers were ordered to use fake family names to prevent reprisals against their families abroad.

Some in Congress have called for clear guidelines on allowing soldiers to express political views in the military. They said Hasan's pro-jihad views were tolerated by officers concerned over charges of discrimination.

"I want to say very quickly we don't know enough to say now, but there are very, very strong warning signs here that Dr. Hasan had become an Islamist extremist and, therefore, that this was a terrorist act," Sen. Joseph Liberman, a Connecticut independent and chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said.

Lieberman said his committee would investigate the Hasan shooting, particularly the motive for the attack. He said a focus would be whether the U.S. Army ignored warning signs that Hasan was heading for an attack.

Officials acknowledged that Hasan underwent an investigation in April 2009 on suspicion that he had adopted Al Qaida doctrine of holy war against the West. They said Hasan was suspected of trying to contact Al Qaida via the Internet.

"I am intending to begin a congressional investigation of my homeland security committee into what were the motives, what were the motives of Hasan in carrying out this brutal mass murder and to ask whether the army missed warning signs that should have led them to essentially discharge him," Lieberman said.

"If Hasan was showing signs, saying to people that he had become an Islamist extremist, the U.S. Army has to have zero tolerance. He should have been gone."




Comments


We are at WAR and given the rise of radical Islam in the American Muslim community, a thorough investigation should be conducted of any enlistee thought to be Muslim (whether they admit it or not) to determine whether or not they have any links to radical Islam. Those who would oppose that as "profiling" need to understand that national security issues and the safety of Americans far outweigh such nebulous, politically correct concepts as "profiling". Serving your country is not a right, it is a privelege and those not willing to endure a rigorous background check need not apply!! Why should such a critical job as serving in the military not have background investigations at least as rigorous as any other position of responsibility in the private sector? No matter what the short-sighted General Casey might say, political correctness and obsession with "diversity" cannot be allowed to outweigh national security concerns or the safety of Americans both in and outside the military!!

Don Carnahan      2:30 a.m. / Thursday, November 12, 2009


We are at WAR,and any person who voluntered for military service should not give up their religon, but they have the obligation to fight for our country, and keep this Republic free from within our borders and outside.

tracy young      9:55 p.m. / Tuesday, November 10, 2009

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