Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo, the AWOL soldier who tried to invoke a bomb plot at Fort Hood in Texas, has been indicted on 3 chargers. The indictments came from a federal grand jury in Waco on Tuesday. He’s charged with possession of an unregistered destructive device, possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition by a fugitive from justice.
Abdo told ABC News in 2010 that he was Muslim and should not have to participate in what he called an “unjust war” in the Middle East. “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 U.S. military,” he said. Abdo originally joined the military because he believed he would be fighting a “just” war that would help protect the freedoms of Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan. Months later, however, he said he realized he “wasn’t supposed to be here.”
Abdo was approved as a conscientious objector this year after citing his Muslim beliefs. However, that status was put on hold after he was charged with possessing child pornography. He then went AWOL on the 4th of Kuly weekend.
Abdo said he was “seeking retaliation” against the Army and indicated that he was planning attacks against the City of Killeen and Fort Hood, the same Texas Army post where 13 people were killed in a 2009 shooting rampage blamed on an Army psychiatrist named Nidal Hasan.
He said he had chosen Fort Hood because of the previous attack at the base. He was going to detonate 2 bombs in the area then shoot as many survivors as he could with a pistol he had bought from a local gun shop. The suspicious owner of the gun shop led to Abdo’s arrest after authorities were alerted.
During one of his early court appearances, Abdo yelled out “Iraq 2006″ and the name of the 14-year-old Iraqi girl who was raped and murdered in 2006 by a U.S. soldier. He then shouted: “Nidal Hasan Fort Hood 2009.” If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison on each charge.Stay Connected
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