19 October 2010

Washington, DC News Roundup: Pentagon Shot,.USMC Museum Shot, Brick Throwing Muslim, Palestinian-American Army Trial, and more!

One story to link them all: Terror threat to restaurants as Al Qaeda calls for attacks on government workers in D.C.

Pentagon Struck by Gunfire (19 October 2010)
ARLINGTON, Va. -- Pentagon officials say that gunfire hit the Pentagon Tuesday morning and are investigating parts of adjacent I-395 that face the south entrance. An 11:30am press briefing is scheduled with the Pentagon Force Protection Agency.
At 4:55 am the Pentagon received reports of "shots fired" and closed off access to the entire building. Officials conducted two sweeps of the area, according to Col. David Lapan, Pentagon spokesman. The building was reopened at 5:40am.
Some news outlets report that two shots hit the building.  One on the third floor and one on the fifth.

US Marine Corps Museum Hit by Gunfire (18 October 2010)
Investigators are looking for the person or people who opened fire on the United States Marine Corps Heritage Museum over the weekend, causing $20,000 in damage.
No one was hurt. The museum was empty at the time.
The museum, shaped to evoke the famous flag-raising on Mount Suribachi at Iwo Jima, was struck by several bullets, which penetrated upper-floor windows. Investigators counted five bullet holes in the glass.
The museum is located off I-95, situated on a 135-acre site adjacent to Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, and under the command of Marine Corps University.

Fairfax County Madrassa Seeks to Renew Lease
Virginia Anti-Shariah Task Force
Alexandria, Virginia
(703) 931-2324
Fairfax Hearing on Islamic Saudi Academy Lease – Tuesday, Oct.19
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will hold a hearing on the lease for the controversial, Saudi-owned Islamic Saudi Academy (Route 1) at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 19 at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. Members of the Virginia Anti-Shariah Task Force (VAST) and other community groups will testify against renewing the Saudi government’s lease. Contact: James Lafferty, 703-931-2324

The madrassa operates on property leased from Fairfax County, Virginia.  Many of their students have been caught plotting or engaging in acts of terror.

Muslim Man,  Armed With Bricks and Breaking Windows,  Dies After Struggle.  Those Who Apprehended Him Charged With Assault.

Palestinian-American, Army Major Malik Nadal Hasan's Article 32 Investigation Continues.  Followup to earlier story about the devout follower of New Mexico's very own Anwar Al-Awlaki.

The Christian Science Monitor piece gives some insight into the politically correct environment that lead to the destruction of some video evidence of Hasan's terrorist acts:
But even as the trial may be short on Hasan's reasoning, two video accounts of the massacre that may have shown Hasan's demeanor during the shooting will not be seen and judged by the jury or the American public. One soldier testified Friday that a non-commissioned officer ordered him to erase two cellphone videos of the attack. While a "mystifying" and possibly illegal request, says Rosen, he hypothesized that it could have been intended to protect the privacy of Hasan's victims.
But some critics saw the order as evidence that the government, including the Army, is more concerned about protecting Muslims from backlash from angry Americans than revealing the truth behind how modern jihadi terrorism works. They point to the lack of words like "jihad" or "Muslim" in the Pentagon's official report on the Fort Hood massacre as proof that what they see as watered-down assumptions and hedged judgments about the Islamic threat to the US are hurting, not helping, national security.
"This rush to remove from our enemy's actions any suggestion of a possible Islamic religious motive reflects this administration's unwillingness to name our Islamist adversaries," writes a blogger at PipeLineNews, a consortium of conservative investigative journalists. "This is a critically serious threat to national security in that it places blinders on a defense establishment whose job it is to prevent further attacks."
Still, it is a good thing that MAJ Hasan is being tried in a military court, rather than in a New Mexico, San Francisco or Manhattan criminal court.

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