Jonah Goldberg

Hasan went a different way. He opted to give a bizarre PowerPoint presentation in which he defended suicide bombing and explained that nonbelievers should be beheaded, burned alive and have boiling oil poured down their throats (presumably not in that order). He argued that all Muslims should be discharged from the military.

One slide concluded: "We love death more then (sic) you love life!"

According to the Post, the medical staff in attendance was deeply disturbed by the incident. But there's apparently no record of anyone reporting it to authorities. That would have been insensitive and discriminatory.

The following year, intelligence officials discovered that Hasan had been sending e-mail to Anwar al-Aulaqi, a prominent American-born radical cleric now based in Yemen with ties to al-Qaida.

The FBI concluded it was no big deal and dropped the matter. "Investigators," reports the Post, "said Hasan's e-mails were consistent with the topic of his academic research and involved some social chatter and religious discourse."

Ah yes, his "academic research," which was laid out so rigorously in his PowerPoint presentation.

Hasan also reportedly expressed joy over the murder of an Army recruiter in Arkansas and moral support for suicide bombers. His views were not a secret to his colleagues, nor apparently to his patients, whom he tried to proselytize.

Maybe the e-mails seemed innocuous enough. Maybe.

But you know, I've been interviewed by the FBI a few times as part of routine background checks for friends and colleagues seeking government jobs. The G-Men ask all sorts of probing questions. If a friend of mine supported suicide bombings and attacks on American soil, I think it would have come up.

When my wife was up for a job at the Justice Department, her background checker grilled her relentlessly over the fact that she once had a reduction in her rent by $100 a month. It was as if this proved she had a gambling problem, or credit issues, or was a sleeper agent for the Bulgarian KGB or something.

Apparently, the FBI's investigation of Hasan was not even that thorough. When the FBI "investigated," it seems they went looking for a reason not to investigate -- and they found it.

No dots there. Johnell Bryants everywhere.


Jonah Goldberg

Jonah Goldberg is editor-at-large of National Review Online,and the author of the forthcoming book The Tyranny of Clichés. You can reach him via Twitter @JonahNRO.
 
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