Hasan’s secret Santa

November 28, 2009

Earlier this month the Dallas Morning News reported that Nidal Malik Hasan may have wired funds to Pakistan prior to his Ft. Hood rampage.  I had originally speculated in a comment over at Sharia Finance Watch’s blog that the recipient of Hasan’s largesse was Al Qaeda.  But the intrepid Times of India is reporting now that Hasan’s dance partner was actually Lashkar-e-Taiba:

NEW DELHI: Investigations into the Fort Hood massacre have begun to point to acccused Nidal Malik Hasan’s links with Lashkar-e-Toiba.

Sources aware of the FBI investigations into the killings by Hasan said the army psychiatrist, who went on a rampage killing US armed forces personnel, regularly wired money to LeT in Pakistan. Coming just after the arrests of two Lashkar jihadis — David Coleman Headley and Tahawwur Hussain Rana — the finding is seen as a manifestation of LeT’s growing clout in the US.

Congressman Peter Hoekstra had earlier claimed to have received information from independent sources that Hasan may have wired money to contacts in Pakistan suggesting that he had links with terror groups based in that country. Hoekstra, who is also a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said US agencies were probing Hasan’s links in Pakistan.

Investigations since, according to sources here, had identified recipients of Hasan’s money as Jamat-ud-Dawa — the front organisation of Lashkar. Sources said the accused, who regularly accessed Hafeez Mohammad Saeed’s speeches on JuD’s website — had wired thousands of dollars to contacts known to the LeT chief…

Meanwhile, the mainstream media still insist that LeT is solely interested in the Kashmir issue… If true, the report goes to show that jihadist organizations and sympathizers are jihadists first, and any regional focus is secondary to the broader jihad.

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