U.S. Knew Fort Hood Suspect Emailed with Radical Imam
The Army major suspected in the slaughter at Fort Hood reached out to a radical Muslim imam overseas - a cleric whose teachings had served as inspiration to the Fort Dix terrorists, law enforcement and congressional sources tell NBCNew york.com.
That email traffic between Army psychologist Nidal Hasan and that overseas imam was monitored by U.S. intelligence at the time, investigators said.
Hasan allegedly sent emails to Imam Anwar Aulaqi in Yemen months before last week’s rampage that left 13 dead and dozens more injured. Aulaqi’s website is now praising the attack.
Aulaqi had preached at Virginia and San Diego mosques attended by several of the 9-11 hijackers but was never charged with any crime.
He later moved to Yemen where he engaged in radical preaching.
Congressional officials are now calling for an investigation