US Army Private Naser Abdo Arrested in Terror Plot
Private First Class Naser Abdo has reportedly been arrested by Texas police near Fort Hood, Texas. Abdo wasn’t assigned to Fort Hood; he was assigned to Fort Campbell in Kentucky. The Army said Abdo was AWOL from Fort Campbell.
Local police indicated they had interrupted a “terror plot” in their arrest of PFC Abdo. He was reportedly found with guns, gunpowder, and the makings of a backpack bomb. The arrest was made possible by a tip from local gundealer Guns Galore. Clerk Greg Ebert said the staff of the store was concerned because Abdo was purchasing large quantities of gunpowder — while asking questions about how to use it. Guns Galore is reportedly the same store where Maj Nidal Malik Hasan purchased his firearm.
According to AP reports, Abdo has admitted to planning an attack at Fort Hood to “get even,” and chose Fort Hood because of the attack in 2009 by Hasan. He reportedly said he planned to blow up a restaurant frequented by Fort Hood Soldiers and shoot the survivors as they came out.
Abdo had applied for conscientious objector status, and it had been approved — despite criticisms from a Muslim group that he was a “traitor” for using his Islamic faith to get out of the military. Among other comments, Abdo had said
“Any Muslim who knows his religion or maybe takes into account what his religion says can find out very clearly why he should not participate in the US military.”
His discharge was subsequently put on hold pending his referral to a General Court Martial on child pornography charges. The pictures were apparently found during an investigation following “anti-American comments” during a language class.
While PFC Abdo has been named in many articles alongside Army Specialist Zachari Klawonn, who was “represented” by Michael Weinstein’s MRFF, it does not appear Weinstein has had any public relationship with Abdo (beyond Abdo “liking” him on Facebook).