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Brainwashed - New Generation of American Terrorists

Updated on May 30, 2012

Two men took leap of faith to be trained by al-Qaida jihadists

It seems as though Major Nidal Hasan has sparked a new breed of revolutionary terrorists when he went on a rampage, killing 13 Americans in the murderous killings that has become known as the Fort Hood shootings.

Two young American men from New Jersey, who were identified as Mohamed Mahmood Alessa, 20, and Carlos Eduardo Almonte, 24, had no known connections to terrorist groups, were on their way to Somalia in an effort to seek terror training from al-Qaida jihadists to attack other Americans were arrested at Kennedy Airport in New York.

What is known of these two young men is that they were not very knowledgeable about the serious endeavor of becoming a member of an al-Qaida terrorist operation. The only preparations they made consisted of lifting weights, buying military-style pants and water bottles, playing violent video games and watching terrorist videos online. They had no connections in Somalia and they couldn’t speak the language, but nevertheless, they were intent on becoming terrorists and killing Americans.

Obsessed with becoming a better terrorist than Nidal Hasan, the army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people at Fort Hood, Texas, authorities say that Alessa and Almonte were recorded having conversations about attacking Americans and Alessa was recorded saying of Major Nidal Hasan, “He’s not better than me. I’ll do twice what he did.”

What could possibly generate so much hatred for America by an American that one would be willing to kill innocent people, trading freedom for terrorism?

It is believed that Alessa and Almonte are just two men among many want-to-be terrorists who were inspired by two well-known U.S. citizens who have recruited terrorists through the Internet. Anwar al-Awlaki and IAdam Gadahn, both radical al-Qaida members who are believed to have helped inspire recent attacks on America, which include the Fort Hood shootings, the Times Square bombings attempt and the failed Christmas Day airline bombing.

Being on the lookout for foreign terrorist is one thing, but to have to identify other brainwashed Americans as terrorist threats is a bit farfetched. Like it or not, this new generation of American self-made terrorists is fast becoming a reality.

Could it be possible that there is some type of brainwashing technique at work among Americans who fall for the foolishness of Islamic radicals? How are radical jihadist terrorists able to influence people of free democracy with such impact? Last November, Alessa was recorded telling Almonte that lots of people needed to be killed. He said, “My soul cannot rest until I shed blood. I wanna like, be the world’s known terrorist.”

People choose to believe whatever they want to believe and since religion is based on belief, or faith, there is a lot of room for ignorance. What I mean is much of religion, any religion, cannot be proven; it must be accepted by faith. 72 virgins for killing an innocent human, I find that mind boggling and I would have to be brainwashed to even want 72 virgins; one wife is enough for me.

Three years ago Alessa and Almonte traveled to Jordan and tried to get into Iraq, but they were rejected by jihadists. The two men were obviously under the influence of some brainwashing power to believe that they would be accepted as terrorists by jihad extremists; added to the fact that they continued in their plan even though they knew law enforcement was on to them, as if to say, we’re going to do this anyway.

My take on this whole episode boils down to hate. If you hate your own people you really don’t love yourself. It is true that America has problems, and lots of them, but that’s what makes us family. Only a person who is not thinking clearly will hate family enough to kill them.

Authorities say Alessa told an officer as early as last year, “I leave this time. God willing, I never come back. Only way I would come back here is if I was in the land of jihad and the leader ordered me to come back here and do something here. Ah, I love that.”

It is stories like this one that encourage jihadists to recruit Americans to kill Americans. Sadly, government cannot control whether or not we will love each other as an American family, but if we had stricter laws that would address such crimes, perhaps we would be able to discourage Americans from desiring to kill other Americans.


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      8 years ago

      Eri, thank you for this heartfelt piece on these outcasts who hate just to hate. I think they are just another segment of society known as psychopaths. They have given themselves a new name and a new pathology, but they are not much different then the serial rapist and muderers who get pleasure from killing... their subject matter is different and their reasoning equally as psychotic.


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