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. Carlton

    The whole world and the media wants to focus on the one incident in Norway while these ignorant Islamic followers keep doing this crap every day. This is what needs leadership and media attention, not one incident. As usual we are seeing the decption and spin and agenda of the media!!!

    July 28, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • KLS

      Extremists love folks with tunnel vision. Norway's case is linked in foundational ways to this one. By telling us where to look we're bound to miss things. But 68 dead children in any country deserves more respect than you show.

      July 28, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joshua Ludd

      Really? You are really faulting the media for covering the massacre of dozens of people including children? I'll tell you what... you find me incidents of similar or more drastic violence done by muslims on the day the event in norway occurred. Now, why would the media focus more on non-Islamic terrorism? Because non-muslims and especially Christians have carried out more terrorist attacks in the US than Islamic terrorists.

      July 28, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doug

      Joshua, you need to do your own research instead of being gullible believing other idiots. Challenge you to provide proof of your statement (within last 20 yrs).

      July 28, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff S

      ummm. Bad people are always plotting to destroy the world. I think we should just focus on the few times someone actually does something...you know actions...as oppose to going after everyone who just thinks it.

      July 28, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. iduna

    we are still at war. He should be executed.

    July 28, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • USArmyOverLord

      Agreed and the soldiers should be allowed to carry out the execution. 😉

      July 28, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff S

      Right. God forbid he have a bad thought. Let's kill him now before he can have another bad thought. Screw the part about thoughts and actions are not the same. We should start executing people for their thoughts.

      July 28, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Florence Mendelbaum

    What happened to innocent until proven guilty? Anyone can plant evidence.

    July 28, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck Steak

      Agreed Florence; but if he's found guilty then he should be executed and it would be nice if the soldiers he planned on killing got to do it!

      July 28, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • USArmyOverLord

      That notion is only for the courts, out here in the court of public opinion he is guilty as sin. Plus he admitted it. Let's kill now and save the tax payers some cash. 😉

      July 28, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chas in AZ

      Since he is guilty of being AWOL during War time, he can be executed now.

      July 28, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff S

      While I agree with that, there are two things that run counter to that in this situation. First, the military has their own law. Second, the majority of Americans these days do not value freedom as long as they feel like they are safe and that means rounded up everyone regardless of whether they have been accused of a crime in a court of law or been convicted of a crime. All you need is to be suspected of a crime and we can skip the whole technical part of needing a trial to find that you are guilty.

      July 28, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Florence Mendelbaum

    This guy looks Norwegian too.

    July 28, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • caseysloins

      Huh??? Need to take a trip to the eye doctor or do some traveling.

      July 28, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. moebar

    i dont think AL Qaeda considers pedophilia a tenant in islam...

    July 28, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. rightwingrad

    Muslims should not be allowed in the U.S. military period!

    July 28, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • jonathan

      only cowardice would say that.... 🙁

      July 28, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ismet

    I can sometimes be fund with writings of Karl Marx, does that make me a marxist or a student of history and political science?

    July 28, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chas in AZ

      That's the silliest comparison I've seen. You must be some kind of liberal sympathizer.

      July 28, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. citizenUSA

    18 pounds of sugar? A terrorist with a big sweet tooth?

    July 28, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bob

    At the risk of sounding xenophobic, what do you expect when you let someone with a name like that join the service? Not everyone with such a name is a terrorist, but most people who are terrorists have names like that. Sounds to me there's a simple solution: don't let people with names like that join.

    July 28, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • moebar

      if you take into account all acts of terrorism....islamic terrorism is just a small minority

      July 28, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • C'mon

      You mean names like McVeigh an Nichols?

      July 28, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • moebar

      was that a question for me or for the main guy

      July 28, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Maybe I shouldn't have said "names like that". Maybe I should have said "Muslims". Would devout communists be allowed to join during the cold war? How is this different?

      July 28, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • michael

      is this "the most ignorant comments made by Americans" forum?

      July 28, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • moebar

      devout????? ....what about all the stuff the army found on his computer.....that definitely means he isnt a devout muslim

      July 28, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. SconnieGuz

    Hope there are no muslim Americans in the military anywhere near our nuclear facilities.

    July 28, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. TheBuckStopsHere

    We've been involved in these wars long enough that a recruit can't possibly consider it likely that they won't deploy during their career. At this point, conscientious objector statuses are a joke.

    I'm sure Ft. Hood loves having this happen in their territory after the shooting there.

    July 28, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • MomOf3

      That's what I was thinking...how could he join the Army and not think he was going to be deployed, especially when we are in two wars?

      July 28, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. reader10

    No Moslim Senators and Congres men.PLEASE. Look what's happening in Europe.They are dividing countries.

    July 28, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. miche

    Great call by the gun shop owner! He probably saved a lot of lives!!!

    July 28, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • C'mon

      ...and then he went back to selling guns.

      July 28, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. mynamewas

    "Abdo refused to deploy to Afghanistan on grounds of his religion "

    So, if he were deployed to kill christians, jews, buddhists, he would gladly deploy on the gounds of religion?! You are either a soldier in the US army fighting all enemies of the country or primarily a soldier fighting those allowed by Islam (and only secondarily a US soldier).

    July 28, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • USArmyOverLord

      he's not a real soldier anyway. Plenty of fakes try to dodge deployments. he should have been thrown out on his a$$ then.

      July 28, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. mynamewas

    So, if he were deployed to kill christians, jews, buddhists, he would gladly deploy on the gounds of religion?! You are either a soldier in the US army fighting all enemies of the country or primarily a soldier fighting those allowed by Islam (and only secondarily a US soldier).

    July 28, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
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