Nearly two years after the tragic Ft. Hood shooting, an arrest earlier today has authorities worried about another potential incident at the military post.
This morning, The Blaze reported on Pfc. Nasser Jason Abdo, an AWOL U.S. serviceman from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, who was arrested for allegedly planning an attack in or around the Ft. Hood area. In addition to his detainment for the purported attack plan, a Ft. Hood spokesperson claims that Abdo was also being investigated for having child pornography on his government computer.
Abdo, who went AWOL on July 4, has been working diligently to escape deployment to Afghanistan. Thus, this isn't the first time he's appeared in major media outlets. Back in August 2010, he appeared on CNN to discuss why his Muslim faith makes it impossible for him to serve the American military.
In the interview, he claims that he initially saw no conflict in enlisting in the military: "I was under the impression that I could serve both the U.S. Army and my God simultaneously."
Then, he claims he began to question whether Allah would want him taking part in war and whether such an action would be going against "the peace that Islam preaches." He repeated these claims to ABC News:
"A Muslim is not allowed to participate in an Islamicly unjust war," the Texan told ABCNews.com. "Any Muslim who knows his religion or maybe takes into account what his religion says can find out very clearly why he should not participate in the U.S. military."
He went on to say that he initially felt that joining the military would be a challenge to both his mind and body. Additionally, he said he thought God would be proud of him: "I felt I was doing something good for the Muslim nation." Below, watch him explain his opposition to CNN:
In addition to this coverage, Abdo was also recently given airtime on Al-Jazeera:
While the 21-year-old soldier preached peace in his CNN and ABC interviews, authorities worry that he was planning a violent attack. Law enforcement officials claim that they were tipped off on Wednesday by a gun dealer. According to the source, Abdo arrived at Guns Galore (the same gun shop Major Nidal Malik Hasan used when attacking the base nearly two years ago) in a taxi and allegedly asked suspicious questions about smokeless powder (a common component in pipe bombs). According to KCENTV.com:
The police located the cab driver, who told them the name of the motel where Abdo was staying. They questioned him at his room and placed him under arrest.
Explosives were found, a federal officials says, in the room and in a backpack there.
Abdo was never deployed to either Iraq of Afghanistan. In fact, he applied for conscientious objector status (which would have allowed him to escape military service). While his request was approved, his discharge was placed on hold after a child pornography charge was waged.
Ft. Hood has acknowledged Abdo's arrest, but claims that it has no connection to the base, saying that no incident occurred at the post and that the soldier is not based there.