Abdo apparently bought an army uniform with Fort Hood patches, but the key to thwarting the plot was a suspicious gun shop employee who noticed that Abdo was asking about the use of smokeless powder even as he was intending on buying several canisters.
In his first court appearance since his arrest, Abdo was defiant.
Federal prosecutors charged 21-year-old Pfc. Naser Abdo (AB'-doh) with possessing an illegal firearm during his court hearing on Friday.Other reports indicate that he shouted more than Nidal Hasan's name; they indicate that he shouted the name of a girl, Abeer Quassim al Janvi, a 12-year-old girl that was raped in Iraq in 2006 by soldiers in the 101 Airborne Division from Fort Campbell.
As Abdo left the courtroom, he yelled "Nidal Hasan Fort Hood 2009." Hasan is charged with killing 13 people in the worst mass shooting ever on a U.S. military installation.
Abdo was arrested on Wednesday. Authorities say weapons and bomb-making materials were stashed in a motel room where Abdo was staying near the main gate of Fort Hood.
Then he yelled, "Nidal Hasan, Fort Hood 2009."
So, he's justifying his plot to murder soldiers, their families, and other civilians based on a 2006 case in Iraq and somehow Nidal Hasan's attack that killed 12 of his fellow soldiers at Fort Hood. Lovely.
The affidavit notes that at the time of his arrest, he had the following:
had two clocks, two spools of auto wire, Winchester .40 caliber ammunition, a Springfield .40 caliber handgun and printed article entitled "Make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom."How Abdo goes from being a claimed conscientious objector who sought to be separated from the Army to being a terrorist is going to get quite a bit a scrutiny. The Army apparently rejected his conscientious objector status but was going to grant him separation from the Army on that basis but the action was put on hold once the child porn charges came to light.
Abdo, agents said, also had a handwritten list in a composition notebook of the following items: "red black green wire, 9v bat, Christmas lights, pressure cooker, power drill, 160 gunpowder, gorilla tape, epoxy glue, one small box of shotgun shells, a cardboard box, gloves and honeycomb linses [sic] for Bino's."
During an interview with the FBI, the affidavit said, Abdo "admitted that he planned to assemble two bombs in the hotel room using gun powder and shrapnel packed into pressure cookers to detonate inside an unspecified restaurant frequented by soldiers from Fort Hood.
His next court appearance is August 4 at the federal courthouse in Waco.
Meanwhile, Abdo's background is going to scour his background and every aspect of his life, including who he contacted, whether he had help, and other details that may be relevant:
To provide some context to comments above, Abeer Qassim al-Janabi Iraq 2006 refers to the case where US soldiers were accused of raping and murdering a 14 year-old girl, and the murder of her parents and sister. Two soldiers were convicted of murder and 3 others entered guilty pleas. The soldiers were from Fort Campbell (Abdo's former base when he went AWOL).