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    The suspect, Naser Abdo

    KILLEEN, Texas (AP) An AWOL infantry soldier caught with weapons and a bomb inside a backpack admitted planning what would have been Fort Hood's second terrorist attack in less than two years, the Army said Thursday. He might have succeeded at carrying it out, police said, if a gun-store clerk hadn't alerted them to the man's suspicious activity.
    "We would probably be here today, giving you a different briefing, had he not been stopped," Killeen Police Chief Dennis Baldwin said, calling the plan a "terror plot."
    The 21-year-old suspect, Pfc. Naser Abdo, was arrested Wednesday at a motel about three miles from Fort Hood's main gate. He had spoken out against the 2009 Fort Hood shootings last year as he made a public plea to be granted conscientious objector status to avoid serving in Iraq or Afghanistan.
    Like the soldier charged with killing 13 people in the shootings, Abdo is Muslim, but he said in an essay obtained by The Associated Press the attacks ran against his beliefs and were "an act of aggression by a man and not by Islam."
    Abdo was approved as a conscientious objector this year, but that status was put on hold after he was charged with possessing child pornography. He went absent without leave from Fort Campbell, Ky., during the July 4 weekend.
    On July 3, he tried to purchase a gun at a store near the Kentucky post, according to the company that owns the store. Abdo told an AP reporter a week later that he was concerned about his safety and had considered purchasing a gun for protection, but had not yet done so.
    Police in Killeen said their break in the case came from Guns Galore LLC the same gun store where Maj. Nidal Hasan bought a pistol used in the 2009 attack. Store clerk Greg Ebert said the man arrived by taxi Tuesday and bought 6 pounds of smokeless gunpowder, three boxes of shotgun ammunition and a magazine for a semi-automatic pistol.
    Ebert said he called authorities because he and his co-workers "felt uncomfortable with his overall demeanor and the fact he didn't know what the hell he was buying."
    Army: AWOL soldier admits to Fort Hood attack plan - Yahoo! News

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    He had 34 counts of child pornography against him.
    They said on news here, he sent hs wife back to Canada last year. Poor woman.
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    Didn't know he had a wife. I did hear about the charges of child porn. I saw one of his interviews, and he told them that the military framed him. Even before he admitted to those plans, there was something very off about this guy.

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    Really! All his former neighbors say he was antiscocial, while his sister was very nice.
    I think this one is more crazy than serious terrorist. Of course, he could have done serious harm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by McJag View Post
    He had 34 counts of child pornography against him.
    They said on news here, he sent hs wife back to Canada last year. Poor woman.
    No wonder everyone thought he was weird and creepy back in his high school days.

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    Someone give that store owner a freaking medal! All too often adults totally ignore their gut instincts on things because they don't want to get involved in someone else's business.
    He totally could have brushed this guy off as a weirdo and went back to business as usual, but instead, made a phone call. I don't doubt that he saved quite a few lives!

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    More news. Apparently both of his parents have a criminal record. The mom has previously been charged for drug possession three times, and the dad is a sex offender.

    Court records show criminal history of Fort Hood suspect’s parents - BostonHerald.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by DAP View Post
    More news. Apparently both of his parents have a criminal record. The mom has previously been charged for drug possession three times, and the dad is a sex offender.

    Court records show criminal history of Fort Hood suspect’s parents - BostonHerald.com
    OMG! Comes from a long line of crazy.
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    The 21-year-old suspect, Pfc. Naser Abdo, was arrested Wednesday at a motel about three miles from Fort Hood's main gate. He had spoken out against the 2009 Fort Hood shootings last year as he made a public plea to be granted conscientious objector status to avoid serving in Iraq or Afghanistan.

    If you're already in the military - why can you be a conscientious objector? Don't you kind of have to do what they want you to once you enlist?

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    I don't understand how anyone can voluntarily join the military, especially in the last 10 years, and not think they might go to war or at least be part of the support team in a war zone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quazar View Post
    The 21-year-old suspect, Pfc. Naser Abdo, was arrested Wednesday at a motel about three miles from Fort Hood's main gate. He had spoken out against the 2009 Fort Hood shootings last year as he made a public plea to be granted conscientious objector status to avoid serving in Iraq or Afghanistan.

    If you're already in the military - why can you be a conscientious objector? Don't you kind of have to do what they want you to once you enlist?
    They do hand them out in the military. There have been three conscientious objectors in the U.S. military who have received the Medal of Honor, all were medics who objected to combat roles.

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    The 21-year-old suspect, Pfc. Naser Abdo, was arrested Wednesday at a motel about three miles from Fort Hood's main gate. He had spoken out against the 2009 Fort Hood shootings last year as he made a public plea to be granted conscientious objector status to avoid serving in Iraq or Afghanistan.
    That struck me as an odd request. As it's an all volunteer military it's difficult to get CO status, and that status is usually reserved for those philosophically or religiously opposed to all war, not just certain wars.
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    Why even go into the military if you want to be a conscientious objector?

    Glad someone was paying attention and this guy was caught! The store owner saved many lives.

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