CRJ307 Averett University Fort Hood Attack Essay

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Terrorism Today (Spindlove)
  1. Edition: 6th (2018)
  2. ISBN: 9780134549163

On November 5, 2009, a mass shooting took place at Fort Hood, near Killeen, TX. Nidal Hasan, a U.S. Army major and psychiatrist, fatally shot 13 people and injured more than 30 others. It was the deadliest mass shooting on an American military base.

Days after the shooting, reports in the media revealed that a Joint Terrorism Task Force had been aware of a series of e-mails between Hasan and the Yemen-based Imam Anwar al-Awlaki, who had been monitored by the NSA as a security threat, and that Hasan's colleagues had been aware of his increasing behavioral for several years.

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Write a 4- to 5-page essay in which you address the following questions:

  • Was this a case of radicalization?
  • What was Nidal Hassan’s background and his relationship to the attack on 9-11?
  • Could this attack have been prevented?
  • Was this the only attack on Ft. Hood? Was Ft. Hood prepared for another attack?

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Format your essay consistent with APA guidelines.

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On November 5, 2009, a terrorist attack mass shooting happened at Fort Hood, near
Killen, Texas. 13 people were fatally shot and over 30 individual were injured by Nidal Hasan, a
U.S. major and psychiatrist (ABC News, 2009). It is termed as the deadliest attack mass shooting
on an American military base. Several days following the shooting, media reports revealed that a
Joint Terrorism Task Force had the knowledge of a series of communications between Hasan and
Yemen-based Imam Anwar al-Awlaki, who had been under NSA monitoring as a threat to
security. More so, Hasan’s colleagues were aware of his rising radicalization for a number of
years but actions were not taken to prevent the shootings. Thus, this paper explores why this case
can be a radicalization case through analyzing the background of Nidal Hassan and his
connection to the attack on 9-11. Furthermore, the Fort Hood could and should have been
prevented since both the FBI and the Army had the knowledge that Major Hasan as a potential
lone-actor terrorist.
Was Fort Hood Attack a Radicalization Case
Radicalization is defined as a process through which an individual or group comes to
assume increasingly extreme political, social, or religious aspirations and ideals that undermine
or reject the status quo and undermine contemporary inspirations and expressions of freedom of
choice (Gloucestershire, 2019). One element that can make the Fort Hood Attack a radicalization
case is the religion and ideology that shaped the worldview of Hasan that pushed him towards
the violent action. The ideology of Hasan was influenced by two factor that led to
comprehending his view of the world, first, his hell conventions, and secondly, obedience to
God. A big role was play by the overarching fear of hell as it determined the way Hasan acted,
and he has severally written and said that he had the faith that hell is a real, physical place and
his major motivation in committing violence was to avoid going to hell. Hasan had thus adopted


extreme religious ideals that a devout Muslim must obey the commands of God without
question, and that disobe...

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