Ft. Hood killer linked to “facilitator” of 9/11 terrorists

By Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

8 November 2009: As noted by this author in the initial background profile published just hours after the Ft. Hood massacre here, Nidal Malik HASAN was an active member of the Dar al-Hijrah Mosque and Islamic Center in Falls Church, Virginia while stationed in the area in 2001. HASAN participated in mosque activities during the summer of 2001, at the same time as Nawaf al-Hamzi and Hani Hanjour, two of the 9/11 hijackers, were active members. The infamous Dar al-Hijrah Mosque has been on the radar of federal investigators and counter-terrorism investigators long before the 9/11 attacks, and has been described as a “hotbed of terrorist activity” by an daralhijrahFBI agent who has been involved in terrorism investigations that specifically included that mosque.[1]

Other terrorist luminaries, including Sheikh Mohammed al-Hanooti, an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, previously served as a prayer leader at Dar la-Hijrah. Other notable former mosque members include HAMAS leader Mousa Abu Marzook, Abdurahman Alamoudi, Randall “Ismail”  Royer  (former officials of the Council on American Islamic Relations), Ismail Elbarasse, al Qaeda operative Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, and Abdullah bin Laden, Osama bin Laden’s nephew.

It’s Imam at the time of HASAN’S attendance was Anwar Nasser Aulaqi (a/k/a al-Awlaki), who aided and privately counseled at least three of the 9/11 terrorists in the months prior to the attacks, at the same time HASAN was a member there. The imam is suspected of being a key facilitator and advisor, and possibly even a surviving field commander for the 9/11 [terrorist] cell that hit the Pentagon.[2] Investigation of 9/11 related documents indicate that at least one other 9/11 hijacker was also counseled by Al-Aulaqi while he served as a prayer leader at a San Diego, California mosque.

A federal investigator close to the HASAN investigation, interviewed by this author late yesterday, stated that there is substantial evidence that HASAN “received significant and ongoing spiritual and life counseling” from the imam and terrorist facilitator “at and about the time of the death of his [HASAN"S] mother in May 2001. It is at the time of the extensive interaction with al Aulaqi that HASAN’S colleagues, friends and acquaintances began to notice a difference in HASAN’S behavior and outlook. He became a more devout Muslim, and even more antagonistic to American and Western values.

Meanwhile, former Dar al Hijrah leader, also the subject of a separate federal investigation related to terrorism and money laundering known as Operation Green Quest, remains at large and currently residing in Yemen.

It was revealed that Nidal Malik HASAN was on the radar of authorities at least six months prior to Thursday’s shooting, as a result of his published writings advocating the strategic importance of homicide bombings. While those missives alone should have been sufficient to remove HASAN from his position within the U.S. military, the most basic of background investigations would have revealed HASAN’s direct connection to a key terrorist facilitator and interaction with at least two of the 9/11 hijackers.

The question is why nothing was done.


[1] Gaubatz, P. David, and Sperry, Paul. Muslim Mafia WND Books, 2009.

[2] Ibid page 62; Paul Sperry in-person interview with agent 19 April 2005.