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Not all conscientious objectors arrested in plot to attack Ft. Hood

First, let’s take a look back to August 2010. Here’s CNN Headline News interviewing Army Pfc. Naser Abdo, an American soldier who didn’t want to be deployed to Afghanistan because he’s a Muslim:

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Abdo was finally granted conscientious objector status a month ago, but then he ran into a bit of trouble when child pornography was found on his computer. He’s been AWOL for the last few weeks.

Guess what happened then? Fox News reports:

At least one U.S. military serviceman has been arrested in connection with an alleged plot to attack Fort Hood nearly two years after a deadly shooting rampage at the base, Fox News has learned exclusively.

Pvt. Naser Jason Abdo, an AWOL soldier from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, was arrested by the Killeen Police Department near Fort Hood and remains in custody there.

Abdo, 21, was found with weapons, explosives and jihadist materials at the time of his arrest, a senior Army source confirms to Fox News. He was arrested at around 2 p.m. Wednesday after someone called authorities to report a suspicious individual.

Eric Vasys, a spokesman with the FBI’s San Antonio Office, said authorities found firearms and bomb making components, which he described as smokeless gun powder, inside Abdo’s motel room. Sources also say Abdo was attempting to make a purchase at Guns Galore in Killeen, the same ammunition store where Major Nidal Hasan purchased weapons that were allegedly used to gun down 13 people and wound 30 others on Nov. 5, 2009.

Law enforcement officials suspect Abdo was planning an attack in or around Ft. Hood, though they say the exact target is not clear.

As tempting as it might be to point fingers, we all owe it to ourselves as Americans to avoid casting blame on the conscientious-objector community at large. We’re better than that, people.

(Hat tip: Hot Air)