Officials: Jihadi literature found in arrested soldier's backpack
Pfc. Naser Abdo is seen here in a screengrab from a 2010 interview CNN conducted with him.
July 28th, 2011
12:58 PM ET

Officials: Jihadi literature found in arrested soldier's backpack

[Updated at 1:34 p.m.] Jihadi literature was found in a backpack belonging to Army Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo, who said he wanted to attack soldiers at Fort Hood, two law enforcement officials said.

[Updated at 12:58 p.m.] A soldier arrested near Fort Hood, Texas told investigators that he wanted to attack Army soldiers outside Fort Hood, a law-enforcement official said.

[Updated at 12:06 p.m.] Read a full story on the incident at Fort Hood here.

[Updated at 11:16 a.m.] The soldier suspected of having bomb-making materials near Fort Hood, Texas, is expected to face federal charges, possibly as early as Thursday afternoon, a federal law-enforcement official said.

[Updated at 11:13 a.m.] A statement on the Fort Hood website acknowledged Pfc. Naser Abdo's arrest but said it had no connection to the base.

"We are aware at this time that Killeen Police Department arrested a soldier yesterday. The incident leading to the arrest did not occur on Fort Hood and the soldier was not a Fort Hood based soldier," the statement said.

Abdo was assigned to Fort Campbell in Kentucky.

Abdo refused to deploy to Afghanistan on grounds of his religion and had put in the paperwork to be discharged as a conscientious objector. The Army approved his request, but he was then charged with child pornography and went AWOL, the official said.

"We have two things that I believe make us American, and that's freedom of religion and freedom of choice," he said in an interview last year.

He said he had to remain true to Islam.

"I've come to the conclusion that the consequences I would face by refusing deployment are a lot less than the consequences I would face should I go. I don't think I would be able to live with myself if I deployed," he said.

Abdo had put in the paperwork to be discharged as a conscientious objector at Fort Campbell. The Army approved his request, but he was then charged with child pornography and went AWOL, the official said.

CNN spoke with Abdo in 2010 when he was trying to be discharged as a conscientious objector.

Watch what he had to say about the issue:

[Updated at 11:00 a.m.] Texas police arrested a U.S. soldier who went AWOL this month after being charged with possessing child pornography, a Defense Department official told CNN Thursday.

Pfc. Naser Abdo was assigned to Fort Campbell in Kentucky but was arrested in Killeen, Texas, near Fort Hood, the military base where a 2009 shooting spree left 13 people dead and 32 others wounded.

Killeen police received a call from a gun shop owner about a suspicious man in the store who was asking questions about 40-caliber ammunition and then bought three boxes of 12-gauge ammunition and a magazine for a pistol, the defense official said. He paid cash and left in a cab. He then went to a surplus store and allegedly bought a military uniform.

FBI agents searching the soldier's hotel room found gunpowder, shotgun shells, a pressure cooker, 18 pounds of sugar, four magazines and ammunition, the defense official said. The FBI is investigating the case.

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  1. Roy

    Why is CNN not reporting that Islamist literature was found in his room? Trying to cover this up?

    July 28, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rosanne Smithe

      It has to do with their major investor (same guy owns a big chunk of News Corp, CBS,ABC,NBC

      July 28, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • cteem

      Maybe because that could not be substantiated. Maybe the didn't want to make the assumptions like they, and so many other news agencies, did with the Oslo bombing that were incorrect.

      July 28, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry

      Great question Roy.

      July 28, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buddy R

      Because they'll "stretch" facts to try to say the Norway shooter was a Christian terrorist but always they will be the last ones to report anything carried out by the many people who are actually motivated by the religion that preaches jihad.

      July 28, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Fry

    Please don't be muslim. Please don't be muslim, Please don't be muslim..... damnit

    July 28, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • caseysloins

      Gee didn't see that one coming huh?

      July 28, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. karlheiz

    "FBI agents searching the soldier's hotel room found gunpowder, shotgun shells, a pressure cooker, 18 pounds of sugar, four magazines and ammunition." It could happen to anybody, I often take these items along when I go camping. LOL

    July 28, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • caseysloins

      They also found child p0rn on his government issued computer. The sugar isn't getting him sent to Leavenworth but the explicit pics will. Enjoy your sentence Hadji

      July 28, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. matrix09

    Hmmm. seems as if the terrorism business is geting to be a far more mult-cultural endevor. Muslims, right wing Christians, Tea Party economic terrorists, No discrimination in this country.

    July 28, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • sharky

      And radical Atheists, and Socialist Liberals. Good glad we had role call of the crazies.

      July 28, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. WVLady63

    Hey all of you bleeding heart liberals, here is another one of your foreigners that you make sure get preferential treatment over Americans. These people SHOULD NEVER BE ALLOWED in this country much less become naturalized!!! WHEN is America ever going to learn??????????????

    July 28, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • therealhawkman

      Doesn't say anything about him being an immigrant. Doesn't say anything about him being US or Foreign born. Typical CNN lack of reporting pertinent facts about anything. Might as well read the funnies. Oh, yeah. Sorry. CNN is the funnies.

      July 28, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. George

    I just hope for the future of America that we place a ban on Muslim immigration, at least until the war is over. I just don't think the U.S. allowed for Nazi immigration during WW2. Maybe after the war, yes, but not during.

    July 28, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • therealhawkman

      Until the war is over? It will never be over as far as radical Islam is concerned.

      July 28, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |

    The Norweigan shooter/ terrorist (76 dead) was a Muslim too–darn bad Muslim...oh, sorry this just in-Norweigan shooter is a right wing Christian fundamentalist who HATES bad. So both these religous fantatical groups can't stand each other and both recruit psychopaths to use in harming the other. Man it's complicated stuff...wouldn't it just be easier to live and let live? God must be VERY impressed with all of us.

    2000 years ago there was a long haired dude wearing sandals preaching love and generosity–treat your neighbors and family right. Give when you can. His teachings got hijacked by greedy, self serving, bigoted maniacs. He must be REALLY impressed as well. Excellent job People–do a victory lap.

    July 28, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • therealhawkman

      Like your wit and sarcasm. Unfortunately, I doubt many readers/listeners of CNN would get the connection.

      July 28, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. tibs

    That's a lot of sugar... the pressure cooker and sugar would seem to indicate he was going to make smoke bombs, which also require potassium nitrate (tree stump remover, easily obtained)

    Either way it's clear he didn't have peaceful intentions...

    July 28, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. s kel

    i commeted and spoke out on that right wing christen trash,in norway, now here we go again with muslium garbage trying to kill more people, damn i hate terriosts.

    July 28, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • bduce

      I hate all religions and cults. nothing good ever came from them and they give nuts an excuse to kill innocent people. How many millions have been killed in the name of some god.... sick...

      July 28, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. sharky

    And strangely enough half the country just cannot see a pattern.

    July 28, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. trish

    Hey, will you guys visit HelpFaye.ORG a friend of mine is fighting for her life..... Thank you

    July 28, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Larry

    This guy wanted all the things a military career would give him–housing, food, a free education and so forth, but refuses to serve the country he promised to protect. As a taxpayer I am angry that we make it so easy for people like him to scam the system and essentially steal from us, while plotting who knows what against the hand that feeds him. It is hard not to think about Major Hasan, the Fort Hood shooter who carried a business card that said "soldier of Allah" and eventually attacked US soldiers with disastrous consequences when he opened fire in a room full of new recruits. How could we have missed his intentions? He made them crystal clear after all. We had better get a handle on who we accept into our military including questioning any problem they may have with fulfilling their obligation to the military, and specifically asking them if their religion (or anything else) prohibits them from doing whatever is required of them. If they do not answer truthfully in writing when applying to serve–as this guy didn't–we should not allow them to continue to serve. When we do know, and if they did manage to get in by lying, we should try them for lying about their willingness to serve in a military trial. They should also be forced to pay for the training and equipment they received in such a case. We cannot allow people access to weapons and intelligence that can then be used against us based on their (often radical) religious beliefs. Political correctness is running amok and must be stopped.

    July 28, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. bduce

    We do not need to look to the middle east to find combatants and enemies of the US. They are enlisting them daily. The government actively seeks middle eastern Islamic militants to bring into this country. They then allow them to enlist and train them in fighting and weapons. We do not have leader in this country nor do we have anyone in government who care about America or it's people. Unless they can make a personal buck on any legislation, this deadly risk will continue. They are also spending billions in US tax money on rebuilding mosques in the middle east so they can continue to recruit for Jihad. Our biggest enemy is seated in DC and we keep allowing them to stay and make deadly decisions.

    July 28, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. James C. L'Angelle

    PFC ABDO–US ARMY–AWOL–Conscientious objector status, photos, twitterfeed, newsreel:


    July 28, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jack johnson

    I beleive any military personal involved it terriost activities should by tried as traitors, and excuted by firing squad, and creamated so no shrine can be honored. The other thing he could be buried with pig blood.

    July 28, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
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