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November 9th, 2009
05:00 PM ET

Do you think Ft. Hood shootings were an act of terrorism?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The Army might have had a terrorist in its midst and not even known it. As the days pass, there are more and more signs that Army Major and psychiatrist Nidal Hasan - who slaughtered 13 people and wounded 42 others - was an Islamic extremist who was sympathetic to al Qaeda and had strong objections to U.S. policy in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the suspect in last week's Fort Hood mass shooting.

Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the suspect in last week's Fort Hood mass shooting.

Independent Senator Joe Lieberman says the shootings could have been a terrorist attack; and that he'll launch an investigation into whether the military could have stopped it.

Lieberman, who chairs the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, says there's evidence Hasan was a "self-radicalized, home-grown terrorist." If that's true, last week's killings could be the worst terror attack on U.S. soil since 9/11.

Witnesses say at the time of the shootings Hasan shouted "Allahu Akbar" - Arabic for "God is great" - something terrorists have used as a battle cry.

Then there's this: Hasan apparently attended the same Virginia mosque as two of the 9/11 hijackers in 2001 - at a time when a radical spiritual leader preached there.

And, ABC News reports U.S. intelligence agencies knew for months that Hasan was trying to contact people associated with al Qaeda.

Finally, former classmates complained repeatedly about what they saw as Hasan's anti-American views. One says Hasan gave a presentation that justified suicide bombing and talked about how Islamic law trumped the U.S. Constitution.

The Army isn't ruling out terrorism - but is concerned about a possible backlash against Muslim soldiers.

Here’s my question to you: Do you think the Fort Hood shootings were an act of terrorism?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Ed from Texas writes:
It's too early to speculate and those doing so had better be right. There are 300 million Americans and 1.3 billion Muslims in the world, however less than one-percent are committing violent acts against us. Let's not get the remaining 99-percent mad at us for no reason.

Charles from Lawrence, New Jersey writes:
It was terrorism of the worst kind, from within, insidious because the Army facilitated it. How many more Islamic soldiers are wondering what side they’re on? We thank the good American Muslim soldiers but politically correct tip-toeing allowed Hasan to fester and explode. Religious tolerance could become a smokescreen that we regret providing, like the airliners we provided on 9/11.

Mode from Oregon writes:
It was obviously an act of terrorism, but I don't think there was a state sponsor for what Nidal Hasan did – so it’s not terrorism of al Qaeda caliber. I think Hasan simply went nuts when he realized he would be forced to do something he really could not justify, ethically.

Robert writes:
This question here is irrelevant, when the answer is obvious. The real question is why now are Muslims serving in the U.S. military? How can a faithful Muslim have peace of mind about what the military is doing in the Middle East? It's obvious not all do, such is the case: Army Major and psychiatrist Nidal Hasan. In my opinion, while this war wages on, no Muslim should be allowed to serve in a military against other kinds of Muslims.

Ken from Pinon Hills, California writes:
Don't know. I do know the constant re-deployment back to hell (war) over and over has turned our volunteer military into a bunch of mental cripples. This is cruel and unusual punishment for those who serve and for the families who wait. Next time we do war, get the nation on board, have a war tax and a draft and rationing, like gasoline. Maybe there would be some reluctance to gamble lives on the battlefield if we all were involved.


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soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    It was the act of a single, increasingly frustrated individual who was harassed by his fellow soldiers over his religion. I believe he was driven to it by this harassment and hearing his patients retelling the horrors of a needless pair of wars.

    November 9, 2009 at 2:23 pm |
  2. Lou from North Carolina

    It was terrorism because of the nature of it. I think this guy was hooked up with all kinds of anti-American groups and he knew exactly where to go to make the heaviest casualties.

    November 9, 2009 at 2:29 pm |
  3. Ann C from Nashville

    Domestic Terrorism...workplace violence, yes. 911 connected NO! This guy obviously had conflicts that he could not handle within himself over the wars in the middle east. His religion, his love of the US, his committment to the armed services I think he just went off the deep end...similar to the man the next day who shot innocent people as well. By the way what religion was that guy? No one seems to talk about that unless of course he was Muslim.

    November 9, 2009 at 2:34 pm |
  4. pat

    I believe they were and act of war and treason against the united states of america.As such the soldier in question who committed these murders is guilty of treason and should be hanged. no insanity plea, no O.J. circus. a military tribunal find him guilty and hang him.

    November 9, 2009 at 2:35 pm |
  5. Jackie in Dallas

    Define terrorism, Jack. Do I think that Hasan set out to seriously injure the U.S. Army through his acts? No. Do I think he caused terror? Of course. But I don't think that the terror he caused was his goal.

    I think he is a man who has been seriously disturbed by the stories of the patients he has treated for Post Tramatic Stress Disorder, and I think he has taken too much flak from both military and civilian authorities for his Islamic faith. His family is as shocked as most of his fellow soldiers. 99.9% of Muslims are law-abiding, peaceful people (and I'm Christian, not Islamic myself). But especially since 9/11, people in this country have painted all Muslims with the same brush of fanaticism, and that was bound to drive someone already unbalanced to acts of horror they normally wouldn't consider. He wanted out of the military, he definitely did NOT want to be deployed to Afghanistan where he could have been doubly a target, and he was emotionally unbalanced. Voila, acts of horror.

    November 9, 2009 at 2:36 pm |
  6. Hubie lee

    Jack I don't think so

    BartonMS 38611

    November 9, 2009 at 2:45 pm |
  7. Jayne

    Of course, but what kind of terrorism? Because of his name and religion, people jump to the conclusion he is a "Muslim terrorist." Was Tim McVeigh a "Christian terrorist?"

    November 9, 2009 at 2:46 pm |
  8. Paul, Austin, Texas

    Jack only time will tell if it was a full act of terrorism. But Jack yes it was a terrorism attack by an American who was born here. Someone with twisted thoughts and what is most shameful is his acts against his peers and against his faith. True Islam faith is faith in Peace. He shamed himself for his actions and all Islamic people should not be judged by so few odd thiniking individuals. It is time to look into his actions and dealings prior to this act and time for him to face judgement as an individual that seems to have acted in hate against the ones that helped him achive his goals through education and training what a waste of a life he made for himself.

    November 9, 2009 at 2:49 pm |
  9. bob frompa

    yes what else would you call it

    November 9, 2009 at 2:52 pm |
  10. Harold, in ANCHORAGE, AK

    The Army will never tell; furthermore Major Hasad will never suffer a richly-deserved death penalty. There is a different system of justice for officers and enlisted men, despite the so-called "Uniform" Code of Military Justice.

    November 9, 2009 at 2:55 pm |
  11. Willow, Iowa

    That Imam from the mosque that the shooter's family goes to has announced that he is proud of him. Maybe he only went into the service for the free education, and realized that he now was going to have to go fight against Muslims. As tragic as the shooting at Ft,. Hood was, he could kill thousands if he were forced to go to Afghanistan and secretly work for the other side. I think he was and has always been a terrorist, he just saw his chance.

    November 9, 2009 at 2:58 pm |
  12. Susan Frost

    I doubt it. I think the guy just went nuts. If he really wanted out of the military, he should have just told them he was gay.

    Susan
    Tuscaloosa, AL

    November 9, 2009 at 2:58 pm |
  13. Lisa, San Jose CA

    I've actually worked with some schizophrenics. When they're having a psychotic episode (which doesn't mean 'psycho-killer' but means a period of time with hallucinations and such), I've noticed their hallucinations and delusions tend to follow a theme of their usual interests. A person who is heavily religious will tend to have religious themes in their psychosis, a person into fantasy might perceive fairies and elves, a person into sci-fi might perceive aliens everywhere, etc.

    I think this is a religious man who had a psychotic break. Maybe it was stress, maybe it was due to a drug or toxin exposure, or a virus, or a parasite (eg: cistercicosis). I think he shouted "god is great" because his psychosis had religious themes, not because he was a terrorist. If he had been fannish on Dune instead of the Koran he might equally have shouted 'fear is the mindkiller'.

    He needs to be detained, probably forever, because he is a threat to everyone, regardless of the cause of his rampage. But it might need to be in a hospital instead of a prison.

    November 9, 2009 at 2:59 pm |
  14. Charles, Lansing, MI

    There is absolutely no difference between the Fort Hood shootings and a suicide bomber. Therefore this was an act of terrorism.

    November 9, 2009 at 3:00 pm |
  15. David in Raleigh, NC

    The Fort Hood attack was a terrorist attack. I knew it was when the FBI was quick to say it wasn't before they even got on site to investigate what happened.

    November 9, 2009 at 3:01 pm |
  16. Dennis North Carolina

    no but the government is at fault for not monitoring activities.

    November 9, 2009 at 3:03 pm |
  17. David in Raleigh, NC

    It was a terrorist attack. It was interesting hearing our Kenyan born Muslim President telling us not to jump to conclusions and blame his Muslim brothers.

    November 9, 2009 at 3:04 pm |
  18. David in Raleigh, NC

    It was disconcerting to see him on TV after the attack being less than somber when he spoke. He did much better on Saturday when he spoke about the Muslim attack again after his speechwriters had a chance to load an appropriate speech into the teleprompter.

    November 9, 2009 at 3:05 pm |
  19. Penny Muleshoe, Texas

    No Jack I do not. I think this was one man who twisted off and shot other members of the same profession. That profession was solider. It does however show some weak links in military security and just how vulnerable military bases are to those that want to infiltrate and cause either death, disruption or destruction. I do not think most Americans knew that military personnel had no weapons or ammunition immediately available to defend themselves should something like this happen. That makes them sitting ducks be it terrorist or not.

    November 9, 2009 at 3:08 pm |
  20. Joe CE

    I think that the individual acted alone, using religous pedjuice as an excuse for personal, mindless, revenge. Unfornuately, US muslims will have a lot of pedjucice to content with as long as hate organizationa like Al Queda beat the drums.

    November 9, 2009 at 3:09 pm |
  21. Randy from Salt Lake City

    Since most of what the main stream media reports are outright lies, I cannot form an oppinion on this incident. I require actual facts to form an opinion.

    November 9, 2009 at 3:11 pm |
  22. JWC in Atlanta

    Any shooting, whether justified or not, whether defensive or offensive, is by definition terror. However we seem to have become desensitized. No draft, so our kids aren't in the fray. Change the channel from war news to a sit com so we don't have to see the carnage. Video games makes us all victorious generals of our own army. In real life somebody else takes the bullets, so what the hey, why should we care if the blood is let someplace else. Thus the definition of TERROR is whether or not WE are personally involved.

    November 9, 2009 at 3:11 pm |
  23. Talitha

    No I think this guy did not want to go and to Afghanistan and kill his own people. I believe that he was affected by all of the stories that were told to him by his patients suffering from PTSD. I think that all of the harassment from other soldiers took a toll on him.

    November 9, 2009 at 3:13 pm |
  24. Matt

    Murder and other forms of violence terrorize their victims. Yes it is an act of terrorism.

    Matt
    Rockford

    November 9, 2009 at 3:15 pm |
  25. Ron Temecula

    Hi Jack:

    This was a satanic act. This person has planned and executed this on his own. Anyone who prpetrates this type of crime against humanity and the US Army, then claims it is for God. That individual is serving an EVIL God. They should lock him up, and dispose of the key to his cell ubtil his execution day comes.

    Ron Temecula, Ca

    November 9, 2009 at 3:19 pm |
  26. Harry Havens

    Look at the death toll on an army base. That is terrifying. The perpetrator therefore can be safely called a terrorist.

    Every time one of these tragedies occur, we are able to look back and see warning signs that prompt action may have prevented the tragedy.

    The real question should be... where is the fine line that divides our right to express ourselves and/or our being deemed a danger to society?

    Harry
    Millersburg, Ky

    November 9, 2009 at 3:22 pm |
  27. Rick Medina,OH

    Jack,

    We will know soon enough if this was an act of terrorism ... either self-initiated or with the aid of others. What is clear is the absurdity of allowing someone with known leanings on a military base. What were they thinking?

    Rick, Medina, OH

    November 9, 2009 at 3:22 pm |
  28. roger

    Definately! And the intelligence(???) agencies that were aware of his beliefs and statements were at the least complicit in his attack! After all, he was allowed to purchase the weapons at a gunshop near the post! And evidently without their knowledge! Our tax dollars at work. After 8 years of supposed intense scrutiny of U.S. citizens with foreign sounding names, some as young as a year old, invasion of phone conversations, email, etc., they allowed him to buy the weapons legally! Gov. Intelligence is the classic Oxy-moron! Just look at congress for a classic example of incompetency!

    November 9, 2009 at 3:23 pm |
  29. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Absolutely. Unfortunately political correctness is so out of control we can't can't call this what it is. How many Americans must die before we realize who the enemy is?

    November 9, 2009 at 3:23 pm |
  30. Fred R Deleon

    Of course that was an act of terrorism. Let us not look the other way thinking we might offend some Islamic people if we assert such crime as terrorist atack. Monitoring Muslims should be a must. American ingenuity is becoming American Stupidity. Does any one question why Hasan was permited to wear Muslim vestment at Fort Hood? Underground enemy is already HERE.

    November 9, 2009 at 3:25 pm |
  31. fred mann

    Terror comes from any weapon if it is used to kill or threaten a person.

    Fred Mann, Major, Infantry, US Army Reserve, Retired... McAllen, Texas

    November 9, 2009 at 3:25 pm |
  32. George-TN

    Jack, No...I don't think the shootings at Fort Hood was an act of terrorism. I think the Major wanted to commit suicide, but didn't have the nerve to do it. It was like suicide by cop...instead, he chose to inflict suffering on his comrades, knowing he would be taken out in the process. He hadn't planned on surviving. Now he has to face to shame and guilt his actions have caused.

    November 9, 2009 at 3:27 pm |
  33. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    A lot of people question our involvement in the Middle East, but they don't go out and start shooting people at random. I feel this was an act of madness, not an act of terrorism. Something had to have "snapped" in this man's mind for him to do what he did.

    November 9, 2009 at 3:29 pm |
  34. Michael Alexandria, VA

    It doesn't matter what any of us think, Jack. What matters is what can be proven. Ask the investigators who are examining the suspect's computer.

    November 9, 2009 at 3:30 pm |
  35. Sharon,Daniel Island

    i am not sure if it was terrorism or workplace violence. before the orlando shootings i was thinking terrorism but after the orlando shootings i believe if falls under the heading of home grown workplace violence

    November 9, 2009 at 3:32 pm |
  36. Sandra - Temecula, CA

    Yes, the evidence is pretty strong it was an act of terrorism. Shouting out "Allahu Akbar" before opening fire is a pretty good indication. He is on record defending the actions of the suicide bombers. Hasan should have been removed from the Military long ago, but in our overly politically correct world he remained.

    November 9, 2009 at 3:33 pm |
  37. Loren, Chicago

    If all the little facts you've presented prove true, then it was an act of terrorism. One fact that benefits us all is that Major Hasan did not die and we will have the benefit of learning more of what he was thinking when he committed this horrible act.

    One thing for certain, this act by Major Hasan will lead to more review of associations of Muslim soldiers. This faction of Islam has declared war on the US and we have allowed this message to be spread in the US. Those who serve and those who wish to serve who have had contact with those who spread this message of hate should be looked at carefully to decide whether they remain or are fit to serve our country.

    November 9, 2009 at 3:36 pm |
  38. Dennis

    You Know when Senator Lieberman opens his mouth his showing off his colors. Not every Muslim is against Zion. His comments about the Ft. Hood shootings, is only a tool for recruting judgement against Muslims. Other horrible shootings have taken place before, why is it that this time he wants to label this act as terrorism? sometimes I wonder why these guys are called leaders? be careful of whom you follow. Hate can only lead to hate crimes and revenge, and that should have no place in our government and the military.

    November 9, 2009 at 3:36 pm |
  39. Terry from North Carolina

    Jack
    Remember the movie " The Manchurian Canidate " people such as this guy are brain washed from a very young age, this is what terrorism is all about, these people will never stop and we will have to be vigillant forever.

    November 9, 2009 at 3:40 pm |
  40. Tom from Philly

    It is more a tribute to the devastation caused by strong religious beliefs, republicans included. By definition it is an act of terrorism, was it planned by bin laden? I dont know lets waterboard the dude when he wakes from the coma, see what he says.... Remember if it weren't for waterboarding Christianity might not exist. Do you accept the lord god jesus as your saviour the only begotten son of god (gurgle gurgle gurgle) YES YES!! Why do i think that is the method that got us into iraq in the first place. Is there a connection between sadam and bin laden?? (gurgle gurgle gurgle) YES YES YES! are there weapons of mass destruction (gurgle gurgle gurgle) YES YES YES

    Mr president we have good reliable intelligence that says sadam funded 9/11 and he has weapons of mass destruction and intends to use them...........

    November 9, 2009 at 3:44 pm |
  41. christa

    Yes, he was and is an unstable person. I hope he gets the death penalty. If the CIA knew about him, they should have told his commanders and kicked him out of the army. This is a disgrace for our country.

    November 9, 2009 at 3:45 pm |
  42. Tina Tx

    No just a terrible act of cowardness. This shows just how fragile our soldiers are from doing tour after tour into an unwinable war. Is it an act of terrorism when we kick in doors nightly in the war zone?

    November 9, 2009 at 3:46 pm |
  43. GWTripp, Mch'sburg, PA

    Why wasn't this guy tagged long before this happened? How could the military promote someone who boldly declares his intentions as Hasan did? I agree with Lieberman. There should be an investigation and the idiots that aided and abetted this jihadist should be dealt with severely.

    November 9, 2009 at 3:51 pm |
  44. william fitzwater

    No;
    I feel this man should have been evaluated this is standard practice in civilian medicine why was it not done in this case. He disgraced his own commission. now if he survives he will have to see the results of his own actions.
    However if one good thing can come out of this tragedy is to bring to the open the treatment of our troups who are Muslim .
    As a Christian I could understand why some would feel victimized since 911.

    November 9, 2009 at 3:51 pm |
  45. Dennis

    Are we going to shoot at every one that shouts out Allahu Akbar? That would be like getting shot at for shouting out, Praise the Lord.

    November 9, 2009 at 3:52 pm |
  46. Samir from Florida

    Well, he was a Muslim, right? So that rules out that he went crazy or was mentally challenged. Or that he genuinely lost it. Can't be any of those because he was Muslim. In case you can't tell, I'm being sarcastic. Funny that because he is a Muslim, his religion and nationality is discussed. By the way, does anyone know what nationality Timothy McVay was? Of course not, he wasn't an Muslim, so that's all that matters.

    November 9, 2009 at 3:54 pm |
  47. Gloria Steinberg

    Absolutely. Let's just say that if you are walking down the street and someone behind you yells "Allahu Akbar!!" I don't think you will smile broadly and continue walking on your way. It's more likely you will dive for cover. Now why is that? I guess most people are still afraid of calling a terrorist a terrorist. Being politically correct probably cost those 13 brave soldiers and a civilian, their lives. He was showing the symptoms, but being PC was more important than challenging this Muslim fanatic.

    November 9, 2009 at 3:54 pm |
  48. Ray Kinserlow

    Don't be absurd. The killings in Fort Hood were suicide by MP, not terrorism. Terrorism is a calculated act. This was the act of a desperate man.

    November 9, 2009 at 3:55 pm |
  49. Carl D.

    Jack,
    Yes ,this was an act of terrorism, I also feel this man should be put before a firing squad as soon as possible.

    November 9, 2009 at 3:55 pm |
  50. Anvar

    I do not know all the details. I think that it was something for him. They teased him and he decided to do something nuts.

    He has a great education, MD, good stable income. I do not know what else he missed? Probably his own family. but he could do that. I think he was lazy himself with so many opportunities to end it up like that.
    I know that MDs start to make $$$ by the middle or early 30-s. it is like costs with great rewards in the long run. They can start their own practices or continue to work as a contractor. But even in his 40-s he is a man.
    It is something extreme in my opinion. I am not sure what was the cause.

    November 9, 2009 at 3:57 pm |
  51. Bett Burton

    No I do not. Just another crazy in this world of crazieness!!!
    How sad it is all becoming Jack. Where are we safe??Super market?
    Movies?shopping malls??? Do we all need to start weariing bullet
    proof vests????

    Bett B
    Vancouver,B.c. Sadly it is the same here!!!!

    November 9, 2009 at 4:00 pm |
  52. Ryan, Galesburg, IL

    It was absolutely an act of terrorism, and would be no matter what the perpetrator's religion or ethnicity. Extending his actions to all Muslims however is neither practical or warranted, just as the actions of militia members don't reflect all of Christianity. It's time for calmer heads to prevail.

    November 9, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  53. Sherri-Illinois

    Of course not! Domestic terrorism would be synonymous to those "Good ole White boys McVey & Nichols and what they did to the Federal Building in OK and the 100's of people killed. America is a frightened country, afraid of her own shadow with a lot of racist people crawling around who just hear a non-American name and they freak out with the buzz word-terrorist and Muslim extremist, etc etc etc!. Very sad and I not proud of what I've been hearing with all the hate filled language, as usual just like when President Obama was elected.

    November 9, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  54. Audrey Fryer

    No more terrorism than "Christian" Americans killing and terrorizing people in Iraq – you have had other military people kill their own – but I guess they were Christians, therefore, it wasn't considered terrorism. Regardless, any killing or murder, no matter who it is done by, or under what circumstance, is an act of terrorism.

    Audrey
    Vancouver Island

    November 9, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  55. Leslie

    This was a vicious terrorist attack by one man that this war time environment created. If we were to do a better job at recognizing and reporting our problems at home before we start wars we might have save the lives of those thirteen incredible people. If the governmental agencies(military,CIA FBI etc) were aware of this man was trying to contact Al Qaeda and shouting Muslim war chants and did nothing about it, then they are guilty of terrorism on their own people for not taking action from the very moment they knew. If this was the case and it appears that it is. Then they are as responsible as he for the murders of those thirteen amazing individuals loosing their lives. I said at the start of the war in Afghanistan that we should clean up our own house first. That means securing our borders and shoring up our military before we go to war. This is the fault of our governments rush to judgement and appalling ability to protect and take care of the citizens within this country. The idea that a person can get on to military base and go on a shooting spree is not only unimaginable but unintelligible. That a doctor would be allowed to carry guns on to base without question goes to very lack in the responsibilities that they claim we are fighting for. Within this decade we have killed more people than those killed in the attacks of Sept 11. So I ask you how many more lives will we take from a mother, father, wife or husband in the name of national security when we are not securing our own country?

    November 9, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  56. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Jack,

    I prefer to leave the security authorities evaluate if this was a terrorist act. The way I look at this tragic event that took place it is clear this kind of act can only take place from a sick mind! This is where all citizens and institutions can have great impacts on denouncing such extreme behaviors as well as looking at a new reality of our world being more free in accessing more of all kind of informations and events from around the world that does have an impact on people from being connected constantly to every world event taking place. Every culture, language and religious beliefs are constantly being confronted to world events and it is important that support system exist in every community as well as creating better sharings of experiences between different community in our own country. President has expressed to extend the hand to the muslim world but every one of us as to extend our hand to other world different from our own life and be able to also denounce freely what in our own world needs to change to experience better relations and in no times does denouncing means existing less since it is the opposite that happens when one person or one community feels free to express what extreme value system or actions they do not connect with we actually improve our own lives in the process and if our own lives is improved than the people around us are experiencing the best from us and this can only move others to express their own best in return!

    November 9, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  57. Melissa

    No, just a crazy man. If it were terrorism, it would have been alot worse.

    November 9, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  58. Mark

    No matter what this guy's religion is....it was an act of cowardly terrorism of the worst kind. Hope his health improves so we can execute him.

    November 9, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  59. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Jack,

    I prefer to leave the security authorities evaluate if this was a terrorist act. The way I look at this tragic event that took place it is clear this kind of act can only take place from a sick mind! This is where all citizens and institutions can have great impacts on denouncing such extreme behaviors as well as looking at a new reality of our world being more free in accessing more of all kind of informations and events from around the world that does have an impact on people from being connected constantly to every world event taking place. Every culture, language and religious beliefs are constantly being confronted to world events and it is important that support system exist in every community as well as creating better sharings of experiences between different community in our own country. President Obama has expressed to extend the hand to the muslim world but every one of us has to extend our hand to other world different from our own life and be able to also denounce freely what in our own world needs to change to experience better relations and in no times does denouncing means existing less since it is the opposite that happens when one person or one community feels free to express what extreme value system or actions they do not connect with we actually improve our own lives in the process and if our own lives is improved than the people around us are experiencing the best from us and this can only move others to express their own best in return!

    November 9, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  60. southerncousin

    Yes, of course they were, and this idiot president we have and his stupid PC libertard supporters are tying to pretend that it isn't. With his election, the NEA is showcasing the success of its efforts to dumb down America and the likes of Khaddafi, Castro and Chavez are saying he should be president for life, like they are. Kinda gives you an idea of what Obama is. Obama, one and done.

    November 9, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  61. keith in ky.

    Yes it definetly was, of course now we are going to have to listen to the politicaly correct whine about he was bullied and blah,blah,blah.The man was a extremist islamic terrorist ,no other conclusion could be drawn, IF you look at the FACTS , the best thing that is going to happen to him is he will never be free again and he is going to a military prison!!!

    November 9, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  62. Richard Sternagel

    Whether it was a act of terrorism or not it gives the Senate another diversion from the issues of health care, the economy, energy, and education! I must be cynical to believe that the Senate cares about anything but it own agenda. Yeah it's great for the Senate to be grandstanding on terrorism domestic or foreign! Maybe if the Senate did the work that they were sent to Washington for they would have more credibility on terrorism!

    November 9, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  63. Tom Mytoocents Fort Lauderdale Florida

    Cafertty

    Why is it that we have no problem terminating Jews and Christians in battle ,but when it comes to Muslims then another standard emerges. It's not ethnic cleansing shooting a Muslim with a gun. When you declare war and arm yourself, religon becomes a very distant second

    November 9, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  64. Ken in Pinon Hills, California

    Don't know. I do know the constant re-deployment back to hell (War) over and over has turned our volunteer Military into a bunch of mental cripples. This is cruel and unusual punishment for those who serve and for the family's that wait.
    Next time we do war get the nation on board, have a war tax and a draft and rationing, like gasoline. Maybe there would be some reluctance to gamble lives on the battlefield if we all were involved.

    November 9, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  65. Terry, Chandler AZ

    If this was an act of terrorism it was performed in a manner that is not congruant with conventional acts of terrorism. Numerous rounds fired from hand held weapons as opposed to suicide bombings. Perhaps this is a new strategy we should prepare to guard against.

    November 9, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  66. Muhammed J. Bawany

    I fail to understand that there are many incidents everyday in America where people from different nationalities were involved in shooting and killing even in schools and it is not publicized but if a Muslim is involved then its terrorism and for others it’s called post traumatic syndrome and are treated normally. Why different rules?

    November 9, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  67. Paulette from Dallas,PA

    Not organized terrorism but the act itself was terroristic. The army should have gotten rid of him when they suspected his behavbiors as not 100% backing American policy.

    November 9, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  68. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    Yes it was Jack. Our society is filled with terrorists in the U.S. just like the viet cong that worked for my dad in Viet Nam, or the Oklahoma City bombing, or Colombine and the list goes on and on. We just don't take the action on the information that is provided to the FBI. We better wake up or our country will become so afraid to do anything. Send these people to other countries if they don't want to be here.

    November 9, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  69. Larry, Ohio

    Jack,it's pretty simple he is either a terrorist or a nut!Case closed!!!

    November 9, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  70. Tom in Desoto, Tx

    There's no real difference if a person uses a bomb or a gun, the victims are dead. Yelling "Allahu Akbar" like terrorists puts him in that company. If it quacks like a duck it probably is.

    November 9, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  71. TERRY DELOUGHARY

    Only to Fox Noise and the Republicans. If they can make it terrorism, they can say, "See, Obama let the terrorists attack us, but Bush protected us, Nyaah, Nyaah, Nyaah."
    Wait, what about 9/11?
    "We'll give Bush a Mulligan for that!"
    Okay, but what about the Anthrax attacks under Bush's watch?
    "Everybody knows that wasn't terrorists. That was Republicans trying to assassinate Democrat leaders in the Senate so we could get the majority. That was just politics."
    Terry DeLoughary
    Bark River, Michigan

    November 9, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  72. Jack Carlson

    Absolutely ! Prior to the name being released our family already knew wherefrom the attack came.
    In fact our family said 15 yrs ago the lenient fashion of the Clinton ADM would bring this upon us. There have been others in the last year as well, not to be speak of the Muhammed who killed 20 people 7 yrs ago & being put to death tomorrow- who was endoctrinated in prison (and Obama wants to bring Gitmo Detainees to our prisons). Stupid is as stupid does.
    Jack C
    WA

    November 9, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  73. Bud Rupert, Reston, VA

    DO YOU HAVE THE NERVE TO READ THIS ON AIR?
    Anytime some idiot goes in with weapons and kills people at random it's an act of terror.

    The thing that frosts my rear-end though Jack is that when you introduce religion into the mix you not only have terror but hatred as well. It's based on nothing more then made-up stories (by old men thousands of years ago) about goin to heaven or hell and dealing with the super natural. It's pathetic!

    Religion should be outlawed and deemed as child abuse when parents fill childrens heads with mythological non-sense. My father who was a fundamentalist christian use to ask me why I did not believe in god. I told him – I grew up and started thinking for myself. That I use to believe in Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer too – But I don't anymore...I'm convinced the sooner homo sapiean throws away these religious trappings the happier and more tolerant he will be. Then their will be less terrorism and hatred

    November 9, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  74. JENNA

    Do you think the Fort Hood shootings were an act of terrorism?

    NO.

    I think it was the misguided actions of a man who snapped after YEARS of listening to the horrors of war in Afghanistan and Iraq – day in and day out.. (Who cares for the caregiver?)

    Add to that, the fact that he was a practicing Muslim who requested to be deployed anywhere else but Afghanistan or Iraq because of his faith and was denied. (He could have been sent elsewhere)

    Plus he was the victim of acts of religious hate on the base. (Which was never addressed by the base commander – not even investigated)

    Couple these all together and you end up with tragedy.

    Look, he was as much a victim as those he shot..

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    November 9, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  75. Gary H. Boyd

    Terrorism, I don't think so Jack. Radicalism - absolutely. And it seems Muslims have a corner on radicalism. The Muslim at Fort Hood killed and wounded many. Out here in Arizona recently another Muslim ran over and killed his 20 year old daughter for becoming too "westernized". It was supposedly an "Honor Killing". I call both, acts of brutal murder by radical monsters.

    November 9, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  76. aref dee

    "The calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear."

    Going by that def Jack it only partially can be considered terrorism. It's more a case of one of your own being "turned" and working for the enemy "kamikaze" style. The problem with the way the US is fighting Islamic Terrorism is that it is turning regular Moslems into "terrorists". America is fighting a conventional war against an unconventional enemy and there is no serious propaganda efforts on the American side to mitigate the effect on "civilian" Moslems.

    November 9, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  77. Mike in Greeley, CO

    Hasan's actions weren't an act of terrorism. Terrorists mean to strike fear into the hearts of the people. Hasan was mentally unstable and committed the murders as an act of desperation and insanity (do not confuse it though, he should get the death penalty, clinically insane or not...you just don't massacre soldiers like that). The fact that he attended the same Mosque as a few of the 9/11 terrorists means that he probably got the same ideas and social influences as them, but I highly doubt that this was some attempt to scare Americans...

    ...because you cannot scare true soldiers.

    November 9, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  78. chaney, La.

    Yes Jack to me this was an act of terrorism, just like "the Oklahoma City bombing".. the Virginia Tech shootings........we have had many instances of domestic terrorism.....and we will more, its a sign of the times.

    November 9, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  79. jyll from TX

    I imagine that anyone who was there when all this started was terrorized...yes it was an act of terrorism in my opinion

    November 9, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  80. Gary H. Boyd

    Terrorism, I don't think so Jack. Radicalism - absolutely. And it seems Muslims have a corner on radicalism. The Muslim at Fort Hood killed and wounded many. Out here in Arizona recently another Muslim ran over and killed his 20 year old daughter for becoming too "westernized". It was supposedly an "Honor Killing". I call both, acts of brutal murder by radical monsters.

    Gary H. Boyd, Scottsdale, Arizona

    November 9, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  81. BOB WHITE, Kansas

    Yes the Fort Hood incident was terrorism exactly like the terroist acts at Columbine High School and Virgina Tech UniVersity, and others.

    November 9, 2009 at 4:41 pm |
  82. Jane (Minnesota)

    I think this is more a product of all the "fear mongering" and bad military decisions that started in the previous Administration plus the ever present threat of lawsuits if action is taken that contributed to this trajedy. I think the consertive media talking heads have done a good job of creating an atmosphere that is capable of creating another Timothy McVeigh from the extreme fringes. It's unfortunate that this happened in a military establishment this time. It also makes me wonder just how much the military is watching for and treating the stress in troops that we've asked an awful lot out of since the wars started. Wars that are very hard to justify in my opinion.

    November 9, 2009 at 4:41 pm |
  83. Alex in Seattle

    No, he was just another crazy guy with a gun, Jack. A coward who took an expensive education and a regular paycheck from the Army for years and then freaked out when he received orders to deploy. He was just a mediocre shrink who snapped when it was time to step up as expected by his oath and commitment for his education.

    November 9, 2009 at 4:41 pm |
  84. Eric G

    Conjecture one way or the other seems a bit dangerous but, if the witness acounts can be believed they speak for themselves. I have to wonder how a soldier could kill so many of his fellow soldiers. I myself was a Marine and I have to say, I found that personal beliefs have very little to do with the sense of brotherhood that pervades the Marine Corps. I can't say for certain the same exists in the Army but I suspect it does.

    November 9, 2009 at 4:41 pm |
  85. Barbara

    Why on earth do we always jump on the band wagon and look for all Muslim eccentricities? This man probably had a serious personal problem. He couldn't get out of the military because he owed the Army money for his education. He did not have stellar fitness reports - that in itself should have been a red flag. Our military is so adept at covering their mistakes or pointing fingers, sadly they need to look at themselves and fess up for a change. This man was a neon light.

    Barbara
    Virginia Beach, Virginia

    November 9, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  86. Pablo in Arlington Texas

    Jack
    No, it was not terrorism. It was the act of an individual in a fragile mental state who felt imposed upon by his superiors and who was scared out of his gourd about being sent into an active war zone.
    Panic and not religion is at the root of this attack.

    Pablo
    Arlington Texas

    November 9, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  87. Gary from Penna.

    Unfortunately, I now believe that the Major committed an act of terrorism on his fellow soldiers.

    November 9, 2009 at 4:47 pm |
  88. Janice From NJ

    I am not sure yet. Must hear motive from shooter. I think he was mentally ill. You know, as a society, we have done this to ourselves. Why did people have to harass him because of his ethnicity and religious beliefs? He was born an American and he chose to serve his country. We can expect more of this if we do not change the way we treat Muslims.

    November 9, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  89. george

    Any way you look at it this act was definately an act of terriorism. Maybe not planned out to be a part of the larger picture, but never the lass, it had the same effect. People died.

    November 9, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  90. Jay

    No. Just because a Muslim guy does something insane doesn’t automatically make him a terrorist. If it had been a Japanese woman or a Mexican man who did this horror at Fort Hood, you wouldn't have even asked this question. Sometimes a lunatic is just a lunatic.

    November 9, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  91. Peg from NY

    I cannot help but wonder if this was a terrorist attack.

    November 9, 2009 at 4:54 pm |
  92. Maria

    It doesn't matter if this murderer was sympathetic to the Taliban or to little green men. This was an unadultered act of terrorism. And it shows once again that the Army is still operating under the old counseling adage...tell someone on your base you're seeing a counselor , and the info zips into your file and your career is over. Counseling wasn't going to help this person but the Army must get their act together or we'll have a third rate country w/ acitizens afraid of our own military...thus giving them enormous power to begin routine terrorism on our soil.

    Maria
    Brunswick,MD

    November 9, 2009 at 4:54 pm |
  93. Doris Lauter

    I don't believe that he planned a terrorist attack. I believe that he was not willing to go to war because he didn't want to fight his brothers, so he decided to make sure he didn't have to face it by being killed , thinking he was a martyr.
    Doris
    Ojai, California.

    November 9, 2009 at 5:04 pm |
  94. Lance, Ridgecrest, Ca

    Jack, No, I don't believe they were. It is, however, a very sad statement when one's religion becomes a driving reason to commit murder. I believe this is just another example of someone who thought making the military a career was an easy way to pay for college, training, or something else. When came right down to committing to the mission of the military, they folded, broke, and let their comrades down. The decision he made, not to commit to the Army mission, should have been made before he decided to join. As a retired military person, I personally, have witnessed the results that come about because of the 1-2% of military people who are not suited physically or mentally to be warriors. Unfortunately, most of these end in tragedy.

    November 9, 2009 at 5:04 pm |
  95. Judas

    Yes.

    November 9, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  96. dave

    Yes just like any other mass killing is.

    November 9, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  97. KG, Twin Cities, MN

    Hello Jack,

    No, the Fort Hood shootings were not terrorism, at least not true terrorism. This was an action of a mentally ill person, nothing more, nothing less. It's no different than the shootings that happened the next day in Florida. Sometimes isues such as religion can get wrapped in the matter but the root problem is again mental illness.

    November 9, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  98. Thomas in Tx.

    How are they not?However, the military is sure being politically correct- in public anyway. I'll bet (hope?) they already know the answer to that and are taking appropriate actions to protect our men and women in uniform on bases worldwide.

    November 9, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  99. A Southern Lady - Raleigh

    Senator Lieberman should not be launching a probe into this disasterous situation. His actions towards the President makes him suspect on anything he does. Let the Army handle an Army matter. We do not need a hysteria like Lieberman stirring up the county against those who are Muslims and that is what I fear will happen if he gets involved.

    November 9, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  100. Linda in Arizona

    An act of terrorism as opposed to what? An act of kindness? Whatever his motives, the man created terror. I don't see why it's in dispute. Of course it was an act of terrorism.

    November 9, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  101. Gigi Oregon

    Yes, just like the bombing in Oklahoma City was a terrorist bombing. And the shooting at Thurston high school in Oregon. Not every German is a Nazi. It's time the people became educated and realize not everyone is a carbon copy of their parent, country, religion or race. As far as I understand we have always had good relations with those from Jordan. And many Arabs our valuable assets to our country. Let's not risk our country with those prejudice comments and anger these individuals that are in the service. And we become unworthy of being helped.
    And by the way when Republicans call Democrats liberal and wasteful. I call them generous and spending the money on "We the People" instead of on the rich and unwise. And the Democrat calls the Republican stingy and they say conservative. Is that un-American for one party to call they other degrading names. I think so. It makes me less free when I'm called un American because I care about the poor and the foreigner. What about that group who support the killing of those who give abortions. Is that not terrorism? It's all in the eye of the beholder.
    America has a lot of problems and a lot of changing needs to be done. But it takes patience and the American people live as if there is no tomorrow. And greed seems to be the road that most with power want to take no matter the cost. There is all kinds of terroism and corporate greed is my biggest fear.

    November 9, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  102. mike

    jack–most certainly this was an act of terrorism–ot was also an act of insanity and the act of a sociopath–mental illness rears it's ugly head in many ways. unfortunately, -because of his nationality, people will be quick to brand this as terrorism to which i say –do you remember timothy mcveigh?

    November 9, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  103. Jim from Chicago

    No, Jack. I believe that they were the desperate act of a confused and deranged man that was brought to the breaking point by his twisted combination of religious zeal and the post tramatic stress he had to deal with on a daily basis. Somebody should have seen this one coming.

    November 9, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  104. Michael H. in Albuquerque,NM

    Murder is murder. Define the intent as you want. Major Hassan was not a member of any terrorist organization out side the U.S. military. He was a highly educated psychiatrist that was medicated with pharmaceuticals that have sent people over the edge in the past. I think that is where the motivation for his actions came from. He was drugged and stressed.

    November 9, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  105. Michelle

    HELL YES!!! And damn scary....

    November 9, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  106. Marion/Alabama

    Jack ,...I think it is time some one read the Koran and noticed it contains language that tells Muslims to kill infidels and we are the infidels.Yes it was an act of terrorism of sorts a religious type war,were the religion the muslims believe in have a right to kill infidels. That is why no Muslim groups will condemn Muslims that kill infidels,they believe they are right in doing so. Time we woke the Hell up to the how the other side thinks.

    November 9, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  107. maureen

    Yes I do think it was a act of terrorism. We also have to worry about the thoudsands of arab military men that are still in the US Arm Force!!

    November 9, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  108. Cheryl

    I think he was a nut job – like the wingnut who killed the abortion doctor or the one that walked into the museum and murdered. Crazy people come in all flavors – it is wrong to group the American nuts that are Muslim and say they are different. People who do that are ALL terrorists.
    Cheryl
    Houston

    November 9, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  109. indydee

    He's Muslim isn't he?
    He wears a dress doesn't he? (I'd never trust a man who wears a dress nor a woman whose face I can not see when I'm talking to her.)
    No matter how benevolent Americans want to be...these peoples morals, ethics & way of thinking are so diffrent from ours they could never get along with us. NOR SHOULD WE EVEN TRY!
    GET 'EM ALL THE HELL OUT OF THE U.S.!

    November 9, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  110. ROD Chicago

    Yes, obviously they were.

    November 9, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  111. Jeff in E. Lyme, CT

    Not having heard all the facts, I'd say it was more an act of psychosis than extremism.

    November 9, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  112. Adam Simi Valley, CA

    There is no other way to characterize these attacks. It was a personal jihad and it is no different here than it had been in Iraq. What is terrible is the failure of our government. Intelligence Agencies knew he was trying to contact Al Qaeda, attended a radical Islamist church, openly showed his disgust for America's effort in the war and sypathized with suicide bombers, yet they did nothing to prevent the attack. He was not being monitored close enough and now more than likely there will be a law protecting other serving Muslims than any change in the Government to root out these bad seeds. Nothing is being done to prevent future attacks.

    November 9, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  113. DON IN WESTPORT, MASS.

    Yes, and it was done right in the backyard of our military. How about that. Do we even realize what kind of precident has been set as far as our vulnerability goes.
    You can bet your bottom dollar that Al-Queda will be looking at this to see if it can recruit more American soldiers who happen to be Muslim. If Malik, being a Muslim, went over the edge, why can't other Muslims in our nations armed forces.
    Infitration of our armed forces of this kind would be a great advantage for our enemy with dire circumstances.

    November 9, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  114. Don in Grand Rapids , MI

    Is pig Pork? of course this was an act of terrorism! To quote Oduma. "You can put lipstick on a piog, but it's still a pig"

    November 9, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  115. Mari Fernandez, Utah

    No, Jack, it was an act of insanity by a deranged man. A tragedy, but not an act of terrorism.

    What's is also tragic is how the rightwingnuts immediately tried to pin this on the Muslim-American community.

    Could the far-right be more hateful?

    November 9, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  116. Donna Colorado Springs,Co

    I take no credence in anything that Joe Leiberman says, but that aside, he could very well be a terrorist from a sleeper cell in this country. They need to get credible proof before they start calling him a terrorist, though. Cooler heads must prevail.

    November 9, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  117. GWTripp, Mch'sburg, PA

    Of course Hasan is a terrorist. I agree with Senator Joe Lieberman that an investigation needs to be mounted. How could the military embrace this man to declare him an officer, send him to med school, and give him the tools to do this? From recruiter right up to his present CO should explain how a man espousing Jihad can be placed in such a position of honor and responsibility. I know many men have served honorably and have given their all to our country. Tell me then, how could this have taken place in today’s military?

    November 9, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  118. Jackie in Dallas

    Define terrorism, Jack. Do I think that Hasan set out to seriously injure the U.S. Army through his acts? No. Do I think he caused terror? Of course. But I don't think that the terror he caused was his goal. As for him being an al Qaeda sympathizer, unless it was rather recent, I doubt it.

    I think he is a man who has been seriously disturbed by the stories of the patients he has treated for Post Tramatic Stress Disorder, and I think he has taken too much flak from both military and civilian authorities for his Islamic faith. His family is as shocked as most of his fellow soldiers. 99.9% of Muslims are law-abiding, peaceful people (and I'm Christian, not Islamic myself). But especially since 9/11, people in this country have painted all Muslims with the same brush of fanaticism, and that was bound to drive someone already unbalanced to acts of horror they normally wouldn't consider. He wanted out of the military, he definitely did NOT want to be deployed to Afghanistan where he could have been doubly a target, and he was emotionally unbalanced. Voila, acts of horror, but not necessarily an act of terrorism.

    November 9, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  119. Anita from Tennessee

    I don't know if Hasan is a terrorist or not but the way Joe LIEberman is talking and acting, maybe it is time the government investigate him! He is a good example of what is wrong with this country!

    November 9, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  120. Colt

    A man yells "God is Great" while killing American soldiers. Last time I checked that would be terrorism. We need to put the facts before being politically correct, it's ruining our society.

    November 9, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  121. Paul New Port Richey, Fl

    Absolutely. These terrorist time bombs have been planted ever since Jimmy Carter. Only a craven coward would deny it.

    November 9, 2009 at 5:38 pm |
  122. Andy in Vancouver, BC

    The problem I have with labeling it as "terrorism" is that people seem to only think acts like this perpetrated by radical Islam constitute "terrorism." I think we need to reassess what our definition of "terrorism" is – after all, if we use this narrow (and possibly racist) view, then what do we call the Oklahoma City bombing? People get so up in arms with Islam that they forget that terrorism can be committed by other people. I'm not saying that we wouldn't use the term "terrorism" if the shooter wasn't Islamic, but I never heard the Virginia Tech shooting or Columbine being called terrorism.

    November 9, 2009 at 5:38 pm |
  123. Jerry Johns Creek, GA

    My first reaction is that he is a nut case. But,why not wait until all of the evidence is gathered before making a final conclusion. Giving presentations of a counter view of the status quo is a way of making good grades or trying to impress someone with your skills at debate and oratory, it does not mean you believe what you are saying. The media in this country is all too quick to jump to conclusions, back off for awhile. My big hope is that he will be given a military trial and not a civil one. I would hate to see a lineup of O. J. Simpson type jurist.

    November 9, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  124. Matthew from Orange,CA

    Jack, I'm sure glad I'm not Muslim.

    If an old lady tripped over my feet while sitting at a bus stop, and I was Muslim, someone somewhere would make the case I did it for Islamic Fundamentalism.

    In point of fact, if this man WASN'T Muslim, would his action suddenly NOT be an Act of Terror? Is Terrorism only a religious action? Do racial, polictical and even enviromental acts of murder or destruction not count as terrorism?

    His action was terrifying, even if he was Abraham Lincoln.

    November 9, 2009 at 5:42 pm |
  125. Homeless D

    I think ALL such shootings are acts of terrorism! Isn't terrorism, by definition, attacks like this that take place without warning, and in places that should be safe and that many people frequent?

    What you are really asking is, do we think the Ft. Hood shooting is an act of ISLAMIC EXTREMIST terrorism. Perhaps. The shooter is Islamic, and surely causer terror in the hearts of his victims.

    Is it specifically because of any teachings of radical Islamic people? We don't know and may never know.

    What concerns me the most is, how did this guy get in the position he was in, especially since some of those you guys have interviewed said he was extreme long ago?

    I know one thing, this does not give me a lot of confidence in my government's ability to weed out possible terrorists. If they couldn't find this guy how successful do you think they are at the airport?

    November 9, 2009 at 5:42 pm |
  126. Theresa Delp

    You better warn everyone that what they write may get them in trouble. They just passed that new Hate Crime Bill.

    November 9, 2009 at 5:44 pm |
  127. Allan Horn - St. Petersburg, FL

    Personally, I believe the Ft. Hood shootings were the act of an angry and very frustrated madman.

    Whether it can be considered an act of terrorism or not is a matter of semantics ideally suited to debate on the 24 hour news outlets in order to fill time.

    November 9, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  128. Steve

    Who let in all of these Muslims into our country? Was it Bill Clinton? I understand that we have over 7.5 million Muslims in our country. They are always going to be loyal to their birth country.
    They have a hard time blanding into our society. If they don't want to be Americans , don't let them in. That should be a rule for any other nationality. Why is our immigration policy so screwed up.
    Look at the prfesional atheletes, they play here in the states for big money, become naturalized citicens, and when they play in the Olympics they leave here and play for their birth country. Obedience is
    always where you were born. Learn from this.

    November 9, 2009 at 5:46 pm |
  129. John Ca

    Yes, it was an act of terrorism because he kill people for his own nation and people he service with in the U. S. Army an attack on one of our sisters states is an attack made on all of us! My heart still goes to the family members who loss servicemen at FT> HOOD!

    November 9, 2009 at 5:47 pm |
  130. Ken Jack

    With an average of 10 soldiers committing suicide per month at Fort Hood, there is obviously a problem in the military. The fact that a man breaks down and allegedly kills and injures his fellows in no way indicates terrorism.
    The terrorism comes in the form of news reports emphasizing the fact that the alleged shooter was - not a soldier– but a muslim.
    Let us hope that McCarthyism does not once again raise it's ugly head

    November 9, 2009 at 5:48 pm |
  131. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    If it quacks like a duck, walks like a duck, the chances are that it is a duck. When are people going to wake up and realize that religion to a muslin is more important than his family, friends, coworkers or anyone else, what does it tell you when someone will strap on a bomb and blow themselves and anyone close to them all to hell. What is the difference from using a gun to kill as many people as you can and hope that the police kill you. The end results are the same. The people that are in charge had better study the muslins and their religion and put plans in place to deal with these sicko's. They are the reason that you will never win a war in Afghan, they don't mind blowing themselves up and anyone close.

    November 9, 2009 at 5:48 pm |
  132. Rusty Lerch

    The shootings were a form of "Indirect terrisism" that were influenced by that element of the Islam religion that professes terrorism, just like some christian elements have! IF it is shown that the Imams, contacts, and freinds were pushing our allleged killer to do his act, then they are also guilty and should be execituted also!

    November 9, 2009 at 5:51 pm |
  133. will

    I think such madness is just a sign to show how tired many people are with the ongoing of the two so call wars. It has nothing to do with terrorism just many people are tired of the wars for many reason. It has been proven stress will bring the worst out of people. On the other hand this madness is related to our right to bare arms. If we didn’t have the right to walk around with guns then it would be very difficult for anyone to commit such madness.

    November 9, 2009 at 5:52 pm |
  134. Jason

    Jack – YES! This was absolutely a terrorist act. The US Government isn't calling it that because how could they justify spending billions overseas when they can't keep us safe here at home. Unfortunately terrorism and Al Qaeda have become secondary to the amount of money being made by companies overseas in the war zones...who pays? Our soldiers, bring them home and let them protect us here on our own shores!!!

    November 9, 2009 at 5:55 pm |
  135. john ..........................marlton, nj

    No, of course not... The two real issues are; the failure of leadership, namely the commander-in-chief and second; the reality is that we aren't protecting OUR country we are out there killing Muslims and other Isreali enemies.

    As far as terrorism, the acts of people like Lieberman and AIPAC supporters are more damaging to our country then some military officer that goes postal. Now is the time for Sen Lieberman to pledge his alliance to the USA and renounce any and all alligences he has to foreign powers, namely Isreal. . Will he commit to renouncing his Isreal alligence. Yes or no?

    November 9, 2009 at 5:56 pm |
  136. Gail, Plano,Texas

    Yes, Jack, sad to say, but I do believe that the Fort Hood shootings were terrorist in nature. The second I heard that a Muslim was the shooter, I said oh why did he have to be Muslim? Now we'll have to go thru the hate again. I guess I can answer your next question here. It is time for he to leave both Iraq and Afghanistan. We certainly are not containing the terrorists to those countries. Terrorists can be home grown, too!

    November 9, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  137. Meg from Troy, Ohio

    Jack–
    Not an act of terrorism–an act of desperation. I think this man was at the end of his rope and unable to hang on. He assumed, I think, he would have suicide by police, and he almost made it. I think that this situation strongly invites the military, and our government, to look at our policies in Iraq and Afghanistan. We need to learn some lessons and make some improvements from these awful things that happen. It doesn't help to see a terrorist plot in every situation.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:01 pm |
  138. Peggy

    I don't think the shootings were any kind of organized group plan but the work of a lone terrorist.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:02 pm |
  139. Arthur Coogan

    Yes, his act was that of a terrorist. A sucide bomber, but using his OWN weapons...How did he get PERSONAL weapons on the base? What was the security doing at the gates!! Of all the stories about suicide, you know this was going to happen. An Officer, dressing in traditional Muslem attire is not correct. Chanting...wow, we need to stop these wars and get our men and women back from places that we do not have to be in force. Covert actions, that is the way to get things done. Make bad people wonder if today is their day to die if they do not work towards peace.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:04 pm |
  140. Henya CA,

    Defiantly Yes

    November 9, 2009 at 6:04 pm |
  141. Lynn, Columbia, Mo.

    What difference does it make why he did it? The fact remains that he alone did it and nothing can change that.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:05 pm |
  142. Harry from New York

    Jesus Christ Jack, why don't you go ahead and ask us if the Japanese Americans at the end of WWII were spies from Imperial Japan?

    What's the next step in your concatenation of circumstancial facts, that we should kick the tens of thousands of Muslims out of the Armed Forces?

    When a Christian kills people, do reporters make absurd allegations that risk having a backlash on all christians? AT LEAST let authorities finish their investigation before making such dangerous speculation.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:06 pm |
  143. Mike

    He is a wolf in sheep's clothing-a terrorist dressed as an Army doctor.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:07 pm |
  144. millz

    i dont think it was an act of terrorism, i think the real truth of fort hood needs to be told. this is a place where soldiers warnings dont get heard, no cares about u at that base because its so huge and your voice will go unheard,. i am sick and tired about people talking highly of fort hood when everyone really knows it need a real and extreme overhaul!

    November 9, 2009 at 6:07 pm |
  145. Joelli1

    Can you Jack publish this one please.
    The issue of double standard get me sick of what is happening especially in the western media.
    When a Muslim commits a crime like the one that happened at Fort Hood then he is being branded as a " TERRORIST".
    But if that has been done by non-Muslim then wont be considered as Terrorist just like what happened at Virginia Tech and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum shooting.
    During Atlanta Games bombings everybody in America jumped into conclusion that the terrorist ( which they aimed at Muslim attacks) until when McVeigh was indicted. If the shooting has been done by a Muslim then he is terrorist but if has been done by someone else then its just a shooting like Virginia Tech shooting.
    When will this double standard ends?
    Does terrorism only means that the act of terror by Muslim only?
    Can we define what terrorism means? Why is it only branded to Muslim doers and not otherwise?

    November 9, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  146. Ed

    It's too early to speculate and those doing so had better be right. There are 300 million Americans and 1.3 billion muslims in the world; however, less than 1% are committing violent acts against us. Let's not get the remaining 99% mad at us for no reason.

    Ed
    Texas

    November 9, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  147. Thom Richer

    What terrifies me, Jack, is the way religion is creeping into our politics especially when wars are involved. We will be governed by religion in the very near future unless we regain seperation of church and state. Our resemblance to Mid-East politics is not only terrifying but real. The far right and growing numbers of fundamentlists influencing our Congress and elections puts us right in the lap of religious wars that have no end and serve only to divide peoples.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    November 9, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  148. Charles in Lawrence, NJ

    It was terrorism of the worst kind, from within, insidious because the Army facilitated it. How many more Islamic soldiers are wondering what side they’re on? We thank the good American Muslim soldiers but politically correct tip-toeing allowed Hasan to fester and explode. Religious tolerance could become a smokescreen that we regret providing, like the airliners we provided on 9/11.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  149. Dan, Chantilly VA

    Race aside, this was a violent act meant to inflict terror, therefore terrorism. All that mounting evidence you pointed out makes this scary, because there could be a dozen more ticking time bombs ready to go off. I'm sure there are a few soldiers who feel that we should be killing Arabs because they don't believe in Jesus. What happens with those radicals when we fight a Christian nation?

    November 9, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  150. Mode (PDX, OR)

    It was obviously an act of terrorism, but I don't think there was a state sponsor for what Nidal Hasan did–so its not terrorism of Al Queda caliber.

    I think Hasan simply went nuts when he realized he would be forced to do something he really could not justify, ethically. I doubt Hasan's sanity was of much help to him, considering how he ended up blaming his fellow soldiers for the incompetence of American policy makers. Its a tragic situation.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  151. Sean from Columbus, New Jersey

    If you think that causing considerable damage to our country is terrorism, then yes Hasan is a terrorist. But so are quite a few lawmakers.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  152. Agnes from Scottsdale, AZ

    Jack: We in America have the tendency to put a label on things in order to understand them. Clearly, the major's leadership passed along a problem soldier instead of taking action on unusual behavior. Jack, this was a single individual acting on his own who had a very troubled mind. Let's be more concerned about identifying members of our military and civilian population who are exhibiting abherent behavior and doing something about it, rather than labeling it.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  153. Annie, Atlanta

    Mass murderer, yes, but until there is valid proof to the contrary, it seems he was just someone with deep-rooted psychological problems more than an anti-American American. Time will tell.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  154. Jeremy in Albuquerque

    It's too early to make such a distinction. Was the office shooting in Orlando the following day an act of terrorism? We do not yet know what inspired Major Hasan to commit this terribly violent act.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  155. Robert LaRusic

    Q: Do you think the Fort Hood shootings were an act of terrorism?

    A: This question here is irrelevant, when the answer is obvious. The real question is why NOW are Muslims serving in the U.S. Military? How can a faithful Muslim have peace of mind about what the military is doing in the Middle East? It's obvious not all do, such is the case: Army Major and psychiatrist Nidal Hasan.

    In my opinion, while this war wages on, no Muslim should be allowed to serve in a military against other kinds of Muslims. That in it self in a whole other level of indecency.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  156. Ken in NC

    I have no desire to judge this man but I do think his act was a terrorist act. At the same time I hope that people will realize that not all Muslims are terrorist just as not all Blacks are Panthers and not all Whites are KKK.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  157. CK Honolulu

    It doesn't matter what anyone thinks at this point. Let's get all the facts first!

    November 9, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  158. Jimmy Meyer

    are you kidding me? it certainly wasnt an act of heroism by the Maj. of course terrorist's will think so

    November 9, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  159. Mike

    Definitely is terrorism the shooting up of Ft. Hood. So is the gruesome shootings done by American's everyday as well in this country.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  160. lynne from nc

    Nope. I think it is all rumor and innuendo. I think he just snapped. If we don't get a handle on folk who are suffering from mentally issues, especially the soldiers, it may be worse. Mental health is a serious illness and it needs to be treated as such.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  161. Keith

    This is crazy. Just because someone shoots at a military post, they call it a 'terrorist' attack. I wish people would grow up and learn that everything is not terrorism. Politicians and officials always use 'terrorism' as a scape goat to create fear and panic among the American people. Am I the only American who is awake in this crazy dream?

    November 9, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  162. Sully Hulin

    Jack,
    If this had been a white supremacist and had done the same thing this would have already been called terrorism. Let's stop the political correct attitudes and call terrorism when it is.

    Sully Hulin
    St. Martinville, LA

    November 9, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  163. bruce mccoy

    As terrorism is the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, esp. for political purposes, it sure it. It matters little if there are others involved or alone.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  164. MK

    Absolutely. Radical ideology, which leads to violent acts, are just as deadly whether enacted by one or 19.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  165. Lucy

    No, I don't think it was an act of terrorism, I think it was a desperate act by a desperate man. If he had a terrorist act in mind, I think he would have plotted something more destructive. The "take a gun and start shooting at a place of work/school" mentality seems to always be done by borderline psychotic, obviously depressed, and somehow feeling oppressed people.
    Lucy
    SF, CA

    November 9, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  166. michael

    Anyone who plans an ambush on unarmed men, posing as one of them, and shouting ALLAH and some other gibberish is committing an act of terroirsm... if it acts like a duck, quacks like a duck... it probably is a terrorist duck!

    November 9, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  167. Amy

    We've started confusing "terrorism" for "organized terrorism." 9/11 was organized terrorism. The DC snipers, the Fort Hood shooting, and all workplace and school shootings are also terrorism but not organized terrorism. So is domestic violence, stalking, and schoolyard bullying. The intent is to do harm and intimidate others. It's just a matter of degree.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  168. Jacque D (Oregon)

    It all depends on what we define as terrorism. In the way it is implemented in Iraq and Afghanistan – yes. Here I would call it more a huge omission in our own intellegence abilities to protect our people here within out own country. So it's both.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  169. richard

    of course it is a terrorist act. we need to WAKEUP!!! and realize this third jihad to force the world under islam is real. stop all muslim immigration and ban islam. Geert Wilders has it right.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  170. jigglybones

    If you are a murdering Islamic Muslim terrorist we will not rush to judgment. Our own president says "not to rush to judgment" when only 4 months ago he was rushing to judgment stating that the police "acted stupidly" when they arrested the arrogant Harvard law professor.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  171. Quin

    We should not give him what he seeks, classification as an almost martyr. It would only encourage others. He is a Soldier who killed his own and he should be tried and punsished as such.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  172. thewavemakers

    It was no more an act of terror than Columbine was. He was a disturbed man that latched on to radical Islam, but it could have been any other ideology, or none at all. It was not a terror attack to anyone but the radical right or the ones that see a terrorist in every muslim anyway. Unfortunately, hysteria trumps common sense. Mikal – Tallahassee, FL

    November 9, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  173. William Siegel, Scarsdale NY

    Absolutly it was based from terrorism. Terrorism from others around him. I believe we terrorized him to the point that he became confused. A muslim, helping americans that are destroying his "land" Being terrorized by his fellow soldiers. Its no wonder this man snapped eventually.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  174. Tom Wahl

    It's almost certain this was a terrorist attack. If it is true, that the gunman (terrorist) cried out Allahu Ackbar, then I'm almost 100% convinced it was the first major terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11. Allahu Akbar is used as a battle cry in many terrorist propaganda videos. The fact he was muslim and had in the past written somewhat anti-American pieces of writing, should be enough to convince anyone. This man is a terrorist, homegrown perhaps, but I'm sure he was radicalized by people in the mosques, internet and other types of information.

    Tom W. Ottawa, Canada

    November 9, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  175. Pat Clark

    No I do not think he was a terrorist. I think he was an out and out yellow-bellied coward who didn't want to fight. He took all he could get from the military, but when they were going to send him to war, the yellow came to the top. I hope he lives a very long time in prison. He is a nation's shame.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  176. Miguel Sanchez

    Ask the families of those who were slaughtered if they feel terrorized by what this murderer did. Regardless of "islamic extremist" or any other label related to the assasin's ethnic or religious ties, the act itself was an act of terrorism. The results define it as such.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  177. concern denver Co

    Jack if when the KKK use christainy as an excuse for attacking those usa citizens they are against is terroism then what Hasan done is terroism too

    November 9, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  178. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    Why is it we must always use the label terrorism?

    If this was an opposition act done on a military installation, it is combat.

    Are we considered terrorists when we often bomb innocents in Iraq and Afghanistan? No, we label that collateral damage. How pristine.

    War is evil, period. Therefore in war when evil meets evil, guess what? Evil always wins.

    You would think after millenniums of humans waging war we would today have a greater imagination in how to prevent and extinguish all war.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  179. Lazer

    This is Obamas first act of terrorism on US soil. Why doesn't he admit it.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  180. Kenneth

    Jack,

    You do not have to be an expert to know that this guy clearly had an agenda against America. Let's not yield to the politically correct stance and call a duck a duck.

    Thanks Jack; you and Wolf rock!!

    November 9, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  181. Ken Betser

    Jack.............there is no doubt this was an act of terrorism by a radical muslim that some how managed to get thru the checks and balances in the armed forces......most likely was overlooked because of his needed specialty...........no matter if it was or not....I'm sure that the military will somehow change the details to preclude any backlash within its ranks....................

    November 9, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  182. Huma

    No, not of terrorism. What native American in their right mind joins the military for 20 or so years in the name of terrorism? He planned this out at the last minute considering he was giving away all of his possession the days leading up to the assaults. Just another nut with a gun who just happens to be a soldier in our military.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  183. D. Strouse

    Yes it was terriorism. It is time to bring back waterboarding and all other effective interriogation techniques and run him through them all to see wat connections he has andwhat else might be in the works!!!

    November 9, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  184. Ann Perry Garland Tx

    Yes yes he is.I don't under the Army letting him be in the service.He has been like this all along.We educated the idiot and spent money for him to hate us.The army should have known this.They must be asleep.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  185. Jhinson

    This is beyond the shadows of doubt. The shootings are an obvious act of terroism...period! This man should be treated like the terrorist he truly is and deserves nothing less than death!

    November 9, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  186. Doug Shokes

    The man is obviously a dangerous extremist. However, I believe Lieberman's concern about whether or not this event constitutes an act of terrorism is purely political. He wants to be able to say that an act of terrorism on home soil occurred on Obama's watch. All of this concern about whether this can be considered an act of terrorism or just lunacy (and what's the difference, really?) is ridiculous.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  187. Justin edmon

    No they were not! This man was dealing with internal conflicts between religion, nationalism, and depression. Our military should have seen the signs and not let him stay in his position. However, im sure he helped a lot of our soldiers in his carreer. Its too bad we could not have helped him before his lost his mind and killed the people he was trying to help.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  188. Sam Barkley

    Of course it was terrorism. I'm sick of everyone trying to make up excuses for this loser. There is no excuse for killing 13 people and wounding 40 others.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  189. Maria in Texas

    HELL YES! it was an act of terroism AND Cowardice! I already see many in the media, networks, muslim supporters...coming up with excuses for 'poor Hasan'. Even the Army cautions everyone on possible backlash against Muslims in the miliary. Good! I don't want any Muslims in the miliary to begin with because they'll follow Alah and Islamic extremist views against our own citizens and solders. Get them out now before they infiltrate our military even more of their spies and cowardice!

    November 9, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  190. Heather Nasr

    I think he wouldn't do it, if his commanders listened to him and didn't send him. However, I think the army shouldn't send muslim soliders to any muslim country this time. Otherwise, it wouldn't be Nedal only!!!!
    Thanks,
    Heather

    November 9, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  191. Ray Victory

    Vero Beach, FL
    Of course the Ft. Hood shootings were an act of terrorism. What is not clear is whether the motivation was Islamic Jihad or that of a diseased mind. This is not clear and no good service is done to the Army, our country, the dead or the injured by irresponsible speculation.
    In good time the investigations will come up with actionable conclusions and that will be the time to speculate. Not now.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  192. TJ Tampa

    Jack, stop making a catagory for any mass murderer.. Serial Kill, Mass Murderer, terroist lump them together because they all terrorize there victims. This nut, the nut in Clevland, DC Sniper or Jack the Ripper they all get off on terror.. Kill the bastards slowly and let them feel what the victims go through.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  193. DeeAnna

    Yes, his act was an act of terrorism. I can't believe the Army could be so blind or ignored all the red flags this guy sent up............how was he allowed to stay in the military doing the things he was doing, and all the complaints against him were ignored ??

    November 9, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  194. Ed Fern

    The words and tone of your question suggest that you believe that the US Constitution, created by humans, "trumps" any and all religious or other basis for moral behavior. So, all we must do is what we are told by our government and we are assured that we are both moral and ethical? I don't agree.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  195. Joe Nelson

    I think someplace in his mind he was very much anti-war not really anti-American but just anti -war. His ... Simply took as much as it could and snap, crackle, and pop he started shooting folks. HE would have went loony no matter his religion. I don't care he he would have been Wiccan, Christan, Buddhist or whatever this dude would have flipped out like this any way.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  196. Nathan - Miami, Florida

    I really don't think it was a terrorist attack. It was just a another one of our service men gone nuts. The real question is should we be in the Middle-east anyway?

    November 9, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  197. Mark from Selden NY

    Jack,
    Not yet. Let's give the investigation time to sort this issue out. If it turns out to be terrorism Americans will deal with it.
    Regards,

    November 9, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  198. Godley

    I believe it was an act of terrorism, many facts such as him attending the same mosque as two of the hijackers could link him to that. Radical Ideas might have been spread and taught by that Radical teacher at the mosque who has left the country. There may be many more people who are kind of like sleeper cells waiting to do damage. We should investigate anyone that has any relations to terrorist or family or of any relation to the middle east or muslim countries. It is interesting to see that these attacks are carried out by muslims and they still claim that Islam is a peaceful religion.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  199. Nancy Caviness

    From the facts you've just reported, I think it may be possible. Unfortunately, I think it is more likely that it was a massacre perpetrated by a radical - sadly, not unlike some of the tragedies we have experienced domestically. People who are disenfranchised will believe whatever despicable rhetoric has the highest volume. I think everyone should take a moment to reflect on the outcomes of extremism. My grasp of history tells me that the outcomes have almost always been negative.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  200. Tumbleweed

    It was definately an act of terrorism. It is unbelivable that he was allowed to stay in the service after making his views known.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  201. Jim VanNest

    Jack –

    There's terrorism and then there's organized terrorism.

    It's hard to say exactly what the Major's motives were, it sure seems like he wanted to get out of the Army and was saying and doing anything he could think of to accomplish that.

    Was he a Muslim? No doubt. Was he a member of a group that was actively planning organized acts of terrorism? That is not apparent at this point.

    Let's not make this murderer someone other than he is – a sick man who killed innocent people because he wasn't getting what he wanted. Yeah, religion appears to have played some part in his motivation, but it apparently did for Eric Rudolph and other non-Muslims as well...

    November 9, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  202. Dan

    Terrorism – yes. Religious based terrorism – we do not know yet. Timothy McVay was a terrorist. So is of course Osama Bin Laden.

    We need to be real careful here to understand the motivations of this individual and anyone else who might or might not have been involved.

    It is unfair to judge this person based on what he was wearing or what he said. We say "God Bless You" all the time when someone sneezes and i don't imagine that if I commit a murder after saying that they would say it is a Christian based crime.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  203. Monty Stewart

    Let's see: a Muslim runs into a room with a gun yelling Allahu Akbar and starts killing people. Is that an act of terrorism? Are you kidding?

    November 9, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  204. ConspiracyForTruth in TX

    No, Jack. It wasn't terrorism but I have to question the way that the media is spinning that so quickly. It makes it crystal clear that the policy of FEAR is still alive and well in our government. I'm sure that with enough spin, it will allow Americans to agree a bit more with sending more troops to Afghanistan to fight terrorists that AREN'T there. The terrorists are as much in Afghanistan and Pakistan as the WMD's were in Iraq. People in America need to wake up and smell the BS. There are oil pipelines and oil reserves in critical areas around Afghanistan and that's the REAL reason we're there.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  205. janice

    Wake up America! It's in your face. I know that it's horrrible to believe, but not only was it terrrorism, he planned it out and even gave a speach as to his true intentions. death for deaths, I say. Is anything else really suitable?

    November 9, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  206. Drew from Philly

    This guy, motivated by religion and politics, bursts into a room and starts shooting up the place! If that's not a terrorist act, what the hell is!!???!!

    November 9, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  207. ruth

    I dont think it was terrorism (although the teabager types will run with this theory). I did hear that he was not treated very warmly by some of his fellow soldiers because of his faith. It might be time to offer soldiers who are practicing moslems the option of an honorable discharge if they feel they will be harrassed.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  208. Robert Nelson

    Jack,

    Of course this was terrorism. A Major officer in the US Army is allowed to lecture on pro-terrorism doctrine. This is a furtherance of the terrorist agenda. Action aiding the enemy, as illustrated by the actions of the Major. Who else will now follow in his footsteps?

    Robert Nelson
    Richmond, CA

    November 9, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  209. Robert

    This guys act was definitely an act of terrorism! Whether organized like Al Queda or simply the lone terrorist... He is definitely a terrorist! And pictures of him in a United States Military uniform (like the one posted on your site) should be banned! The real sad part is that it almost makes u think the terrorist won another battle. They captured the mind of one our own guys and made him internally self destruct. We should pay attention to all these venues by which the enemy tries to spread their tyrrany! Now, CNN a question for you... is telling every single detail that u can find out on the inner workings of our government prudent???

    November 9, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  210. Steve Nieman

    The major starting going places in a military town wearing full muslim garb. That's going to alarm people. Does he have the right to dress like that ? Absolutely. However, he should have expected a changed environment when he later arrived on base. They were going to want to know if something was happening with him. Probably the situation quickly escalated once he began to realize he was being treated differently on and off the base. Terrorism. No.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  211. Stephi, Los Angeles, CA

    "A Rose by any other name"?
    Well this one stinks!
    Terrorism is such a broad concept. Lunacy is more like it!
    America has to wake up to the fact that no matter what we do, there will always be the "nut" in the mix.
    The influence of extremists and their radical dogma is a poison there is no antidote for.
    There are many fine people, Muslims included, but we need to be vigilant.
    Keep an open mind, but keep our eyes just as open.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  212. Patrick

    Yes it was an act of terrorism he was sympathetic to suicide bombers and shouted allu akhbar before he started shooting

    November 9, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  213. Dave Atkins

    Absolutely. This individual acted out on a set of beliefs that he had been openly sharing with anyone who would listen.

    Shame on the U.S. Army for passing this disturbed individual around like a cheese sandwich until he went off like a time bomb.

    Dave – Torrance CA.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  214. Dennis_linville

    yes it was pre planned.He had made several comments praising the bombings and defending the terrorist.How could there be any other conclusion ?
    The real question here is with his record and obvious admoration for the other terrorist how did the military not catch it ? I have great admoration for our troops but some of our leaders definatly let their guard down on this guy.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  215. Frank

    I think that Hasan was deeply panicked by his upcoming deployment and planned to die by cop shooting. He tried to get out of the army, then sought religious advice and faced going to Afghanistan. His final act of desperation could not be suicide which is against Muslim teachings, so he devised his final plan and prayed to Allah at his last desperate moment. I don't believe he was a radical killer.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  216. michel

    yes,defenitely ,an act of terror ..as the quran states quite clearly,strike terror inthe heart your enemies...islam drives some men insane,all those lovely virgins waiting to serve the mujahadeen.Protect yourself america.The infidel and his belongings are fair game to muhammedins.
    islam is stealthy and warmongering..

    November 9, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  217. Mona Guercia

    Of course it was terrorism. It's time for us to pull their heads out of the sand and call the attack at Fort Hood what is really was. The fear of a backlash isn't political correctness run amok; it's insanity!

    November 9, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  218. Mark in Tacoma WA.

    It was terrorism Jack. Regardless of motivations the shooter desired to inflict terror onto the populace at hand. As for acting out in support of some political or religeous agenda, I think it's a little early to tell just yet. It certainly appears that some red flags need to be investigated however.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  219. Greg

    Clearly an act of terrorism. He was a radical Islamic extremist, confirmed by follow soldier, classmates, and family. As an officer in training, I'm taught to value the lives of the personnel under my command, this "so called" soldier clearly did not care he was shooting the people he had been entrusted to guide and defend. He wanted to kill those soldiers to make a statement, and that makes him no better than the arabs killing our soldiers on the front lines.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  220. Nancy L. Aldrich

    If he really said "God is Great" before opening fire, then it is indeed terrorism.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  221. Kelvin in Canada

    Hi Jack, I won’t want to jump into conclusion without the investigation; however, base on few reports we have, I will say it’s “an act of Terrorism” driven by a sick state of mind, which anyone irrespective of religion can find themselves when driven to the extreme side of their religion which I call “deceit of the highest order”.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  222. Amarissa

    Absolutely, what more proof do you want? Everything that's come out about his whereabouts and shouts of discontent is more than enough to believe this was an act of terrorism. It is shameful that knowing what they knew, our government didn't stop this fanatic and prevented this masacre.

    Miami, Florida

    November 9, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  223. Jo

    I wish that everyone would stop using the term "terrorism". This guy wanted to get out of the army because he did not want to be sent to Iraq/Afganistan. I do not think it was fair of the army to simply dismiss his request without investigating his reasons. He was between a rock and a hard place which caused him to last out. I just hope that Americans do not overreact to those of Muslim faith because of this one incident.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  224. Tom, Avon, Me, The Heart of Democracy

    Like the invasion of Iraq, an act of insanity.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  225. Proud Redneck

    everybody is claiming that this is not a terrorist attack
    and maybe i'm being narrow minded, but the guys name is Maj. Malik Nadal Hasan.
    i'm not trying to say that its all some conspiracy, but i'm sure the taliban have plenty of moles in our army.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  226. Dana H. from Bay Area

    It sure does sound like a terrorist attack from everything CNN has been digging up. But I do ask the question, how strong with this persons mental state? If he spent his days listening to veterans talk about the horrors they experienced in the war and the things they did and then was told he was gonna go live that horror himself, did this have an influence in the decisions he made?

    November 9, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  227. Carol Rawert Trainer

    It is not important whether or not we think the recent Ft. Hood was a terrorist attack or not. We must wait for all the info to come out after investigation. It would be wrong for us to comment until we learn more. As for the killer yelling out "Allah Akhbar" before he shot, that phrase is a well used Muslim phrase simply praising God.

    Carol Rawert Trainer
    USAF vet, Vietnam era

    November 9, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  228. MarkK

    wow. people in this country are really not smart if they are thinking to themeselves "he said Allahu Akbar - so therefore it was an act of a terrorist". sorry people, but it's said by every single muslim all the time. it's like thinking our President is equal to Tim McVeigh just b/c they both have said "may God bless us all".

    November 9, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  229. Jim Green, TX, www.Inclusivism.org

    Jack–if we are going to declare Hasan a "terrorist" how do we distinguish him from Timothty McVey? Both, were born and raised in the United States–and both killed innocent people–"terrorism" is a "political" term and incites our unstable–particularly when liked to an Islamic name–so we should be chary is using the term–regardless both are nut case–so why don't call them that and not wander into a political mindfield.....THX

    November 9, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  230. al

    Someone comes to work, shoots up the place, kills 13 people, wounds a bunch more. Doesn't that qualify as terrorism? Not so fast. Actually there are definitions that define it as the use of violence to achieve political means, against civilians. There are others that do not define it so narrowly. The mostly agreed upon definitions all include the words "for political gain" or "coercion".

    The 9/11 mas murderers were terrorists because they had a defined mission for political coercion. Yelling "Allah Akbar" while murdering people does not constitute a terrorist–just a nutjob mass murderer. So what was this guy? WHO CARES. He murdered a bunch of folks trying to feed their families. Why does a definition even matter?

    My question–who is going to investigate and try this idiot? Neat factoid–he can be prosecuted by civilian authorities in TX, and if the military does not like the outcome (ie death penalty), he can be prosecuted again under the UCMJ and it is not considered double-jeopardy. Neat huh!

    November 9, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  231. Brian Holmer

    If he isn't charged with terrorism, he is at the very least a traitor and should be charged for his acts against the victims as well as the US military.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  232. Marilyn

    All mass murders are acts of terrorism. As to whether the killings at Fort Hood were acts of Islamic terrorism has not been determined.
    I think that Maj. Hasan just snapped due to other pressures. Most people who know him have said that he is amiable and one person said that after someone trashed his car because of a bumper sticker, Maj. Hasan just said "It is Ramadan so I shall not retaliate." This does not sound like what we would normally call a terrorist mentality.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  233. Bob the Builder

    Of course it is terrorisim. To anyone who thinks not, may I suggest a websters dictionary.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  234. Catherine of Easley, S.C.

    Yes! An act of terrorism involves a whole lot of stuff we know not of. This is only the beginning. Turn back to God!

    November 9, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  235. Kathleen

    Yes, I think this was an act of domestic terrorism by a Muslim zealot with Hasan's fully planned deliberate knowledge of what the target and murderous outcome would be.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  236. Adam Simi Valley, CA

    If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, Jack. Any guy anywhere attackign defenseless people and yelling God is Great"is a terrorist. Calling it anything else is just PC nonesense to keep from further inflaming the Islamic extremists or a political move to deny a terrorist attack has occurred on US soil. If they continue to treat him as a "crazy" lone gunman then they are doing a great disservice to our country.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  237. Bob In Florida

    OF COURSE, it was an act of terrorism. And that assessment is BEFORE I knew he was a Muslim. ANYONE who opens fire in a crowd of people with the intent of randomly killing people IS AN ACT OF TERRORISM.

    Terrorism does NOT have the requirement of the person being a religious fanatic of any kind.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  238. Judy

    It seems apparent that this was an act of terrorism.
    The question remaining is why, with all of the red flags the shooter was waving for months, he wasn't, at the very least, questioned by the authorities.
    The Army dropped the ball and I believe it was done in the name of political correctness so as not to appear profiling a Muslim and angering their community.
    A high price was paid in blood for the failure of the Army to act when it became known the shooter had radical leanings.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  239. Butch Krichmar

    Yes, though shock and awe was also an act of terror

    November 9, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  240. Jennifer Higgins

    Of course, the Ft. Hood attacks were an act of terroism. All indications were that he was an extermist by what he said and his actions towards Americans in the Army. When are we as
    Americans going to wake up and do some intense screening on
    people on our U.S. soil?

    Jennifer
    Tucson, Az.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  241. leon

    Whether it was or wasn't, the results are the same, and the unsuspected Public are wide open for similar attacks in the future. Don't forget there are possibly many more that are capable of these type of acts coming into the Country through the H1B Program.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  242. Marion Neves

    Of course it was an act of terrorism! Someone needs to be responsible for this happening on our Army base. This is 911 all over again. He is not the only one imbedded among our troops. This man had all the warning signs that were not heeded just like 911. My
    Grandaughter is in the regular Army as a combat medic, two duties
    in Iraq. This is so scary!!!!

    November 9, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  243. Bryan, Tampa

    We never know who is who, which is why we are losing this war. we dont know who he could have been involved with or how because he looks so innocent. perfect example of how they are using our own system against us.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  244. Gregg Slick MD

    This is the largest terrorist attack on US soil since 911! This individual reaped all the benefits of living in this country including a taxpayer paid education, freedom to pursue his career all at our expense. Yet when asked to begin to pay up on his IOU he chose a cowards way out. Too bad the first reports of his demise were not accurate. I live near Shanksville, Pa. and all i can say to the prosecutors in this case is "LETS ROLL!" !!

    November 9, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  245. harold

    Yes, I think his fellow serviceman terrorized him for being Muslim until he snapped. I think this is the 800 pound gorilla in the corner, and no one is talking about it. Thx.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  246. Jason Qualls, Bloomington, IN

    Define terrorism, Jack. While you're doing that, the American people can try to pick up the pieces of this mess. 13 people are dead, dozens more are wounded, and we're talking about semantics? He terrorized us all, regardless of his motivations–so what good is it to argue about this? Ultimately that word aims to indict an entire ethnic or religious group, plain and simple.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  247. john

    of course he was a terrorist, the goodie goodies will say " oh the poor man was deranged" but arent all terrorists deranged?

    November 9, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  248. Les

    Yes it is terrorism if what he said about this country is true ie. the Koran trumps the U.S Constitution, and suicide bombings are acceptable behavior. What else could it be?

    November 9, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  249. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Call it terrorism, pure evil or insanity, all exist in our society today under disguise.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  250. Murray

    Yes, as much as the Centennial Park bomber in 1996(Atlanta Olympics) Rudolph and those who tolerated his existence when Rudolph was in hiding for those many years before he was captured.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  251. Laurence Bussey - York, Maine

    Jack, this horrific incident was clearly an act of abject, pre-meditated terrorism. It was instigated by a man who's brain had been satiated with the ultra radicalism of an otherwise docile religion. Of course we cannot judge an entire religious idiology through the acts of a single extremest believer, yet the only other mass-terriorist act on US soil, was of course 9-11, and their ethnicity was identical. This will go down in US history as 11-5. ~Laurence CDR, USN (Ret).

    November 9, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  252. Jon

    It’s far too early for anyone to make a judgment of whether or not it was terrorism. The first thought is that obviously it seems to have been some form of serious mental illness that was partly a contributor to this tragedy. It could just as easily have been a Christian gone mad or a person of any other faith or cult gone mad. Also, remember the spike in suicides in the military since 2003. There are many soldiers of other faiths who deeply struggle with killing another human being, regardless of their cause or faith. It is a terrible tragedy, but there have been so-called Christians of the extreme right in this country that are no less extremist in their views or rhetoric than those they preach against. The media have tried to tie the term ‘terrorist’ with the word Muslim or Islam over the past decade in particular. Terrorists can be Christians or Jews, or of any faith or cult.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  253. joe benge

    When I awakened on Friday I realized this was simply a suicide bomber attack. Only thing missing-a bomb. So use guns on massed number of t unarmed troops.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  254. Loretta Grant

    No Jack, The Army is famous for cover ups, remember Pat Tillman. This guy serve this country for 25yrs. He wanted to get out and they would not let him out. Sounds like the Army needs to be investagated.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  255. Drew from Philly

    If THAT'S not terrorism, what is???

    November 9, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  256. Peter Tarrytown , N.Y.

    It certainly was to those he killed.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  257. Jerry - Toronto

    In a word, yes. Is it that hard to fathom that a terrorist could infiltrate the U.S. Military? It only takes one to wreak havoc, and in this case, that’s all it took. The so called Islamic religion has never really been a religion; it is and always has been political. How many more innocent people have to die because of these terrorist before everyone wakes up.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  258. Alan

    Hi Jack,

    I say this after much cogitation, I do believe that this attack is an act of terrorism.

    There is no evidence that Major Hasan was experiencing any psychological duress due to his duties as an army psychiatrist, treating troops with PTSD and other issues.

    I believe that Major Hasan is conflcted between his oath as a US soldier and his religion. It appears his religion won out.

    The majority of US muslims and US muslim soldiers do not experience the same mental conflicts as Major Hasan, but, somewhere, somehow, Major Hasan fell through the cracks.

    The bottom line is: Major Hasan was not only an observant muslim, but he held extremist views (investigation will bear this out). Sadly for all the victims and the families of the Forth Worth massacre, Major Hasan's extremist views drove him to carry out the horrific acts, in the name of Allah.

    Alan

    November 9, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  259. Micheline

    Jack,
    Sure, it was a terrorism attack. He got his order from this male visitor, the day before the attack. And, beware, this means that others are waiting for same orders. Such a waste!
    Myrtle Beach, SC

    November 9, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  260. George Leverenz

    Wake up America, the enemy is within our borders, but our media is more concerned with an Muslim backlash than pointing out this vital fact

    November 9, 2009 at 6:36 pm |
  261. RJ

    Yes, it was terrorism. If an Islamic/Palestinian man worked with me and made radical anti-American statements and one day he jumped on a desk and yelled "Allah Akbar" before shooting/killing 40 co-workers, I would then conclude he was an Islamic extremist terriorist. No brainer.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:36 pm |
  262. David P Vernon

    Tucson, AZ – Yes, Jack, the Fort Hood shootings were committed by a jihadi, at the time on "the other side" in our "war" with Bin Laden. There are two bigger questions: 1) Given what information we now know was in official hands, why was this nothing done to prevent this outcome? 2) What are we doing wrong that makes a loyal American-born soldier turn into a jihadi from his experience as an Army psychiatrist? We have two few Army resources with native Arabiuc language skills; we cannot afford policies that turn them against us. Major Hassan has been on leave since Mr Obama was sworn in – the effect we see is from Bush Administration policy and tactics. We have to change the psycholoigy of the situation on the ground if we want to win.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:36 pm |
  263. Chad from WI

    Definitely yes. People were terrorized on that day and will have to live with it for the rest of thier lives. I don't believe the Obama administration will call it that because it would mean that there was a terrorist attack on his watch, and he can't have that now can he? Maybe instead they will refer to the attack as a misguided, one-time act by a disturbed, medically ill loner and we should not be concerned about a repeat occurence. What really may be disturbing is where he got the idea in his head to do such a terrible act. I for one do not believe he came up with the idea on his own.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:37 pm |
  264. Joey Sabin

    Can you imagine being born in a muslim country, raised and only knowing a US life and being hated by all those around you? I'll bet there are a few Japanese americans from the 1940's who do. This is a major reason why gangs look so good to our young, being outcasts and clinging to the first once of care & respect that gets within reach. That being said, Murder is NEVER the answer be it an outcast or a gang member yet it seems to be thier norm.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:38 pm |
  265. Joy

    Terrorism, by definition, is an act of violence against random civilian populations designed to evoke fear. I think Maj Hassan was more of a disgruntled employee who went "postal" and took out some of his co-workers.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:38 pm |
  266. Carla Martin-Wood, AL

    Anyone who shoots and kills 13 people and injures 42 others has committed terrorism. If you doubt it, go and ask the people who were there if they were terrified. If they were, this was terrorism. You don't have to be a Muslim to be a terrorist.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:38 pm |
  267. Gordon Miller

    Obviously, this was one man's horrible attempt to be a terroristic suicide bomber with guns instead of bombs. It apparently was the result of a mix of anti-war beliefs and cowardice to go to war himself, so he decided to make a statement in the most terrible way. It boggles the mind that the Army kept promoting and "helping" him despite his statements against America's efforts in Iraq and
    Afghanistan, his expressed belief that suicide bombers serve a useful purpose, and that he wanted out of the Army. Once he had said all of this, the Army should have been less concerned about the money spent on educating him and more worried about what this conflicted person might do to accomplish his goals. Unfortunately, he succeeded and the Army failed.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:39 pm |
  268. Sharon

    In a word-YES that was an act of terrorism. Why is it that we have to be SO "politically" correct, that we see a duck, trip over the duck, but cannot, will not call the damn thing a duck?

    November 9, 2009 at 6:39 pm |
  269. JJ - Dallas

    His former Imam says he's proud of his act, as does the crackpot in NY, he shouts "God is Great" in Arabic while committing the murder, he has posted online supporting suicide bombings in the middle east and elsewhere, and recently frequented strip clubs and the like, in the same manner that the 9/11 terrorists did right before they committed their acts of murder.

    If that's not terrorism I don't know what is!

    November 9, 2009 at 6:39 pm |
  270. Dan, St. Louis

    No, Ft. Hood tragedy was not terrorism; the man simply went insane.
    Why do people jump to a conclusion there was some conspiracy or organized terror network behind this, especially when they hear the guy was a Moslem? How did these same people react to the news from Orlando the next day?
    Most importantly: does the media do a disservice to the public by fanning these flames with speculation and incomplete facts?

    November 9, 2009 at 6:40 pm |
  271. KG, Twin Cities, MN

    Why are questions of terrorism only brought up if the attacker is Muslim? You never hear anyone say Episcopal terrorist. Just Muslim. Tell me, what's the difference between a radical Muslim and a radical Catholic?

    November 9, 2009 at 6:40 pm |
  272. Steve - southern Illinois

    Yes I think it was terrorism. But I'm optimistic that our new POTUS won't tremble in fear and throw the Constitution out the window along with America's moral authority like his predecessors did with all the torturing and unjustified killing of Muslims and such.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:41 pm |
  273. Laura Roberts

    If this wasn't terrorism then I don't know what is

    November 9, 2009 at 6:42 pm |
  274. Carlos from NC

    Jack I have never bloggedbefore but my heart is heavy over the issue. As an immigrant I served this country proudly. As a young Marine I wept when my feloLow MarineS were killed in Iran duringThe bombing at the Embassy, and I mourne the loss of our soldiers. But please remember that many immigrant such as myself are proud to be AMERICANS AND ARE WILLING TO GIVE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE FOR OUR COUNTRY THE USA. SEMPER FI. CARLOS

    November 9, 2009 at 6:42 pm |
  275. Rick Panama City, Florida

    I believe the Ft. Hood shooting rampage WAS an act of terrorism, and I see where a radical Imam has praised it. A message to radical Islam: these acts – suicide bombings, shooting unarmed people, etc. – are not the acts of heroes. They are the acts of cowards.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:42 pm |
  276. Mary

    Yes. He became radicalized long ago. Somewhere along the line, he forgot his oath to defend and protect the Constitution and instead swore obedience to a religion instead.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:43 pm |
  277. Mark J

    If this act was committed due to a mental illness or frustrations due to battle fatigue or a inability to get his voice heard due to army regulations on deployment and his religious beliefs maybe not, but if it was due to a sympathetic reaction to radical islam and killing americans in their point of view is the duty of all practicing muslims then there is no question at all that his crimes are to be recorded as an act of terrorism.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:43 pm |
  278. Donald in CA

    This is domestic terrorism the same as killing abortion doctors and the carnage Timothy Vcveigh created. Its all a result of twisted thinking.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:44 pm |
  279. becky sublette

    Yes. The truth. He is a terorist, this was an act of terror .
    It was premeditated and intentional, because of his terrorist beliefs.

    Is he crazy? Yeh. that too. A crazy muslim extremist in our midst.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:44 pm |
  280. Manny

    Major Hassan is an Al Qaeda "sleeper" who got his final go ahead from that Muslim visitor the day before he committed his atrocity. Unfortunately, this Hassan, the Al Qaeda "sleeper" terrorist, succeeded because the FBI seems to be asleep at the switch when it comes to ferreting out sleeper terrorists hanging out in American Mosques, even when they're spouting off Jihadist propoganda while in the American military. Go figure!

    November 9, 2009 at 6:46 pm |
  281. lilli gibson

    Of course it is an act of terrorism! .What else would you define it as being?This man claims to have been harrassed for his religion yet it appears he brought much of it on himself as his outspoken hate mongering comments against his own country and in obvious support of radicals. If he didnt want to serve in Iraq etc. he should have gotten out of the military. He used this as the ultimate opportunity to prove his hatred and prejudice. How did he know whether or not he was killing any of his own brothers on that dreadful day. Obviously 2 of his associates and hate mongers were on the streets of new york of all places working their hate influence on others outside a peaceful mosque.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:47 pm |
  282. gary sublette

    yes. an act of terrorism by a terrorist.

    Call it what it is and stop being "politically correct"

    He is not a victim, but a killer. Remember the victims.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:47 pm |
  283. Kenneth E. Hilliard

    This was a terrorist act,plain and simple.Unfortunately, this terrorist business, is a learn as you go process.Our past view of security as a nation, is just that, past. It should be at least a federal regulation to have video cameras present at all publice gathering areas, and facilities where large number of people assemble.Our new concept of security should be to not leave any stones unturned..

    Kenneth Hilliard
    Talladega,Al

    November 9, 2009 at 6:47 pm |
  284. Richard McDermott

    A man sympathetic to extreme muslim ideology walks into an army base, kills twelve and wounds thirty more; what else would you call it?
    Ask the army if they think it was a terroist type attack?
    They are hurrying to improve security and intelligence about their own people as we speak.
    Of course its terrorism.
    We shouldn't hide under a rock and pretend otherwise.
    The army isn't.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:49 pm |
  285. Dave

    Yes Indeed... He spoke out about being against the war, planned this out by as proven buying the guns and giving away his furniture, and picked a populated area. He did this because he didn't want to be deployed to Afghanistan or even simply because he was opposed to the war

    Websters Dictionary
    Terrorism: the systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion

    He achieved his agenda by the use of terror, therefore it is Terrorism!!!

    plain and simple

    November 9, 2009 at 6:49 pm |
  286. richard

    “Islam wishes to destroy all States and Governments anywhere on the face of the earth which are opposed to the ideology and programme of Islam regardless of the country or the Nation which rules it. Islam requires the earth—not just a portion, but the whole planet. Towards this end, Islam wishes to press into service all forces which can bring about a revolution and a composite term for the use of all these forces is ‘Jihad’.

    Pamphlet: “Jihad in Islam”, pages 9-10. Syed Abul A’al Maududi (founder of JI terrorist organization)

    November 9, 2009 at 6:50 pm |
  287. SandH - Pekin, Il.

    No, I think he was just worn down like so many in the service. Bush should have to go alone to both country's and train the people from Iraq and Afghan wars that he started for his daddy.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:52 pm |
  288. b sublette

    yes. Terrorism in its purest form-by a muslim extremist.

    thats who we are supposed to be fighting , and history shows
    muslims are ones promoting and killing the "infidels".

    Peaceful muslims –is that an oxymoron?

    I pray it is not. but it takes discernment to know the peaceful
    from the pretenders.

    crazy? yeh. that too. a crazy muslim extremist.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:53 pm |
  289. Bev from Canada

    No, simply an act of a delusional individual who called on Alqueda and all his minions as an excuse for his pscyhotic breakdown. It rather highlights the weakness in the army who cannot provide a safe enviornment for all its diverse military personnel, thereby making it easy for the "weak in spirit" to have catastrophic meltdowns. I feel for those other credible muslims in the military who genuinely love the country of their birth USA. They are better off in future to do a "Dont ask dont tell" to feel safe in the military.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:54 pm |
  290. Joe in Massachusetts

    Jack,

    It may not be an act of terrorism, but it ceratainly should qualify as a "hate crime". His hate is for all non-Muslims, as his initial cry of "Allah is great" makes it quite obvious.

    Regards,
    Joe from Massachusetts

    November 9, 2009 at 6:55 pm |
  291. Kristina

    The term you're looking for is domestic terrorist. This man is a domestic terrorist just like Timothy McVeigh was a domestic terrorist. Did he have ties to outside groups? Possibly but it is to early to jump to any further conclusions.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:56 pm |
  292. Jane Berger

    I think it must be incredibly difficult to counsel so many service men and women who are traumatized by their participation in these wars as well as having an opposing view and living with the knowledge of your own deployment. How does one handle that?

    I think Dr. Hasan may have had a breakdown and although, I cannot justify, in any way at all what he did, he might be considered a casualty of war.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:58 pm |
  293. SSG Steve

    I do believe this was an act of terrorism. However it was not facilitated by any faction, but terrorism from within his own mind. I believe this act of terrorism at Ft. Hood was an act of desperation by a man who concluded he had no other way out. I believe we (The Army) need to think about focusing more counseling for Muslim soldiers, but take measures not to segregate them. As a Jewish soldier, I am proud to say that I have many Muslim friends within the Iraqi people after being deployed there 3 times already. We as Americans need to all understand that it's not the religion or the people as a whole that are evil, just a misguided few.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:59 pm |
  294. Debbie D

    when the military is more concerned about political correctness,than they are the safety of their fellow soldiers,and the American population, as a whole, particularly after 911, this is a serious violation of public trust in the protections expected by those charged to do so. If those air line pilots were fired those men and or women who disregarded the red flags sent up by this killer definately should lose their positions. As a lay person I would have at least asked some one to check this guy out! MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO ALL OF THE FAMILIES IMPACTED BY THIS TRAITOR.
    ;

    November 9, 2009 at 6:59 pm |
  295. b sublette

    dont worry about a backlash. we should be smarter than that.

    this killer wasnt disciplined for what he was saying and doing
    that were clearly (in hindsight especially) dangerous and
    obvious warning signs.....

    so clearly, those muslims who do not raise suspicion, should
    receive nothing less than kindness and good will. just like
    everyone else we meet.

    Look for the good in people first. Use wisdom and common sense
    in choosing friends, and identifying enemies.

    November 9, 2009 at 7:00 pm |
  296. Sue from Redwood City

    Any form of shooting up innocent people is an act of terrorism. It doesn't matter if the shooter is representing any kind of group or not.

    November 9, 2009 at 7:00 pm |
  297. Frank, East Hampton, NY

    Absolutely not! The Major was a 40 year old guy without a woman, wife or family. He was aware of his future, or lack of one, trying to live a normal life in a not so normal environment, The prospect of loneliness was way too much for the Major, and so, just as others have caused much pain and suffering, as in "Going Postal," it appears woman and family life are lacking. Being taunted and picked on also played in his bizarre act, just as the Colombine guys were picked on. Maybe if he had a good woman, he would have called in sick and been making love last Thursday...

    November 9, 2009 at 7:00 pm |
  298. Robert E Vaughn

    I recently read The Blood of Lambs by Kamal Saleem. The author Saleem is a former terrorist with the PLO and other groups. His was heavily involved int terrorist activities in Lebanon, Syria and Israel from the time he was 7 yrs. old. His last job as a terrorist was to recruit and train "sleeper" terrorists in this country. He has since converted from being a Muslim to Christianity and travels the county speaking at universities, Sevice Academies and to military organizations. His purpose is to warn the military and the rest of the folks in this country of the existing danger of these "sleeper" terrorist. With the advent of the Denver "alledged terroist/bomb builder" and the young "terrorist" in Dallas who was going to blow up a high rise, I think Mr. Saleem is dead on in his predictions and warnings with the recent killings at Ft. Hood. It is a shame Mr. Saleem has not received more attention. I found out about his book from my Marine son who suggested I read it.

    November 9, 2009 at 7:00 pm |
  299. Larry Lueder

    I was not surprised when I heard about the killing of innocent people at Fort Hood by a Muslim. The news reporters are to blame for reporting way too much about the ills of the Catholic Church, while never reporting anything negative about the evils that Muslims do in this country and around the world.
    Anyone is free to slam all other religions with jokes, and contradictions, but no one speaks negatively about Islam for fear of death. If I recall, were not the Japanese rounded up and placed into concentration camps during the War with Japan? No Americans were harmed or killed by any Japanese American citizen when that happened. Now compare that with how many Americans have died or been threatened in this country by American Muslim citizens. There have been way too many incidents of Muslims killing or trying to kill innocent American citizens to call them isolated cases. When is this country going to wake up to Islamic cults?

    This was posted in the Gloucester County Times, NJ Today

    November 9, 2009 at 7:01 pm |
  300. beverly

    Doesn't anyone remember Bin Ladin's remark "Those that heal you will harm you." Well! They are everywhere and the sooner we realize this the safer we will be. Stop being so nice and protect our country.

    November 9, 2009 at 7:02 pm |