INVESTIGATION

Was Ft. Hood a Terrorist Plot?

Despite early reassurances that suspected Ft. Hood shooter Nidal Hasan acted as a lone gunman and was not part of a terrorist conspiracy, the Washington Post reports that e-mails between Hasan and a radical Yemeni cleric may make the situation more complicated. According to FBI sources interviewed by the Post, Hasan's interactions online with imam Anwar al-Aulaqi became more radical and frequent in the run up to the attack and included some discussion of transferring money. Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) has pledged to investigate the 18 or 19 emails and why the Pentgon missed them and recently told reporters that "there are some who are reluctant to call it terrorism, but there is significant evidence that it is." Hasan will have his first court hearing in his hospital room Saturday, his attorney said, where it will be determined whether the Army psychiatrist will be put in pre-trial confinement.