It amazes me that the military still has not learned the dangers of having Muslims within the armed forces. Instead of treating this as an isolated incident, the ideology of Islam, as a whole, needs to be taken into account. Here is an article on the sentencing, and on the terrorist himself:
WACO — Shortly after quietly vowing in court to continue to wage jihad against Americans, Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo was sentenced Friday to two consecutive life sentences, plus 60 years in prison, for plotting to bomb and shoot Fort Hood soldiers in 2011.
Abdo, 22, will not be eligible for parole.
Wearing black-and-gray striped jail clothes with his arms and legs shackled, Abdo told U.S. District Judge Walter Smith that his plans for violence were motivated by “crimes committed by this country” and its military against Muslims and by his treatment when he struggled to obtain conscientious objector status as a Muslim facing deployment to Afghanistan.
“I have continued to answer the call of jihad and will continue to the day I am called to account for my deeds,” Abdo said, adding that he traveled to Fort Hood last year in “discharge of my imminently clear responsibility to Islam.”
Jihad is an Arabic word meaning struggle and, in some Islamic contexts, can mean holy war.
“I don’t ask the court for mercy because Allah is the one who gives me mercy,” Abdo said.
Smith imposed the sentence without comment.
According to testimony at his three-day trial in May, Abdo, who was AWOL from Fort Campbell, Ky., planned to detonate a homemade bomb inside a Killeen restaurant popular with Fort Hood soldiers, then shoot the survivors.
He was arrested in July 2011 at a motel outside Fort Hood after a Killeen gun store clerk called police to report that Abdo had been acting suspiciously — wearing dark sunglasses, acting aggressively and seeming to know little about the items he was purchasing, including 6 pounds of gunpowder and shotgun ammunition.
A search of his room and backpack found bomb-making equipment — including pressure cookers, clocks and electrical tape — a pistol and an article on assembling bombs from an English-language al Qaeda magazine.
Abdo later told investigators that “he was to the point of building and detonating a device that day or the following day,” lead prosecutor Mark Frazier said.
Jurors deliberated little more than an hour in May before finding Abdo guilty of six charges, including attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.
On Friday, Abdo was sentenced to two consecutive life terms for the weapon of mass destruction charge and for possession of a weapon to commit violence. Smith added consecutive prison terms totaling 60 years for attempted murder of federal officers or employees and other weapons charges.
Outside of court, prosecutors and law enforcement officials praised the combined efforts of civilians and investigators in thwarting Abdo’s planned attack.
If not for the police call from a suspicious gun store clerk, Killeen Police Chief Dennis Baldwin said, Abdo’s planned attack may have succeeded.
“He didn’t get what he was looking for, (and) it all started with a simple phone call,” Baldwin said. “A citizen can make a big difference. Obviously, we should not live in fear, but we should be aware of our surroundings.”
U.S. Attorney Robert Pitman — noting the irony of Abdo’s decision to pursue violence over perceived mistreatment in his bid to become a conscientious objector — said the former Garland resident will have no opportunity to make good on his vow of continued violence.
“We were going to make sure he goes somewhere he cannot impose the harm that he would do to the public. He’s going to spend the rest of his life in federal prison, where he belongs,” Pitman said.
Abdo, who dismissed his court-appointed lawyers last month, sat alone at the defense table Friday as a court official occasionally arranged documents on the table that the shackled defendant wanted to read but could not reach.
Abdo’s head was swathed in a wrap-around, neck-to-nose gauze mask to prevent a repeat of attacks in which he spat blood in the faces of a deputy U.S. marshal and prison guards.
Frazier, chief of the U.S. attorney’s office in Waco, asked Smith to remember the attacks as he weighed Abdo’s sentence.
In a letter intercepted by jail officials, Frazier said, Abdo claimed that he had infected himself with HIV so he could continue his program of jihad in case he was not martyred. Tests later found Abdo to be free of HIV.
Taking advantage of his right to speak before his sentence was imposed, Abdo spent 30 minutes explaining how he became frustrated by “spurious” charges that child pornography had been found on his Army-issued computer.
Abdo said the charge was fabricated in retaliation for his efforts to become a conscientious objector, which would have freed him from military service in opposition to his religious beliefs.
The charges were eventually dropped when the military said it could not verify that the images on Abdo’s computer contained underage subjects.
Speaking softly and occasionally employing Arabic phrases, Abdo also referred to Maj. Nidal Hasan, saying he was overshadowed by the Army psychiatrist who is accused in the 2009 shooting rampage that killed 13 at Fort Hood.
According to testimony in May, Abdo told an Austin-based FBI agent that he chose Killeen to remind people of Hasan.
Testimony also revealed that Abdo had planned to kidnap and videotape the execution of a Fort Campbell soldier. Those plans also were foiled when a clerk reported Abdo’s suspicious behavior in a nearby gun store.
Abdo immediately went absent without leave, traveling to Tennessee and Dallas before arriving in Killeen.
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