Muslim US Soldier Convicted in Terrorist Bomb Plot
A federal jury Thursday convicted Abdo, a Muslim soldier, on six charges in connection with his failed plot to blow up a Texas restaurant full of Fort Hood troops, his religious mission to get “justice” for the people of Iraq and Afghanistan.
His confessed motivation? Religion.
A recorded jailhouse conversation showed his incredulous mother asking whether he was set up. “It’s all true, mom,” Abdo said.
“I can’t wrap my head around this; there must be a reason,” his mother continued. “The reason is religion, mom, there is no other reason,” Abdo responded.
Abdo’s defense attorneys had the unenviable task of trying to convince jurors that saying you wanted to kill Americans with a bomb, and buying the materials to make such a weapon, were not technically illegal acts.
Abdo’s attempted attack is one of 12 recent attacks or attempted attacks on the US military by people motivated by their Islamic faith. Of those 12, Abdo was one of four US military members to turn on his comrades.
In an interesting comparison, Abdo has been convicted after being arrested just last summer. The person he emulated, US Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan, has yet to begin his trial for the Fort Hood massacre that occurred nearly three years ago.
Michael Weinstein, who claims to represent more than 10% of all Muslims in the US military, has remained uncharacteristically quiet on the Abdo case, despite having had a personal conversation with him before his attempted bombing and claiming loudly that the Fort Hood massacre was the result of Christianity in the US military.