As our flag flies at half mast at a U.S. Army base in Afghanistan (photo above), we are beginning to learn more about the shooter, Major Nidal Malik Hasan, including a report carried in UK's Daily Telegraph that he attempted to make contact with Al Qaeda prior to the massacre, and that he had attended the controversial Dar al-Hijrah mosque in Falls Church, Virginia, at the same time as two of the September 11 hijackers. At the time, that mosque was led by Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical American-born Yemeni imam. Awlaki left the US the following year, eventually going to Yemen, from where he targets Muslims in America with radical online lectures. It emerged on Monday that Hasan had been in contact with Awlak within the last year.
Thank goodness that the British press is investigating and reporting this story fully.