Fort Hood shooter: 'It would be an honor... to be a citizen' of the Islamic State

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Former Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan wrote in a letter that "it would be an honor" to become a "citizen" of the Islamic State.
HARKER HEIGHTS, TX - APRIL 3: Memorial scribbles on the front door of the apartment of Carlos Lazaney, one of the deceased victims of the latest Fort Hood shooting, on Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Harker Heights, TX. Soldier Ivan Lopez killed three people and injured 16 others before turning the gun on himself on Wednesday. (Photo by Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
This undated photo provided by Glidden Lopez shows Army Spc. Ivan Lopez. Authorities said Lopez killed three people and wounded 16 others in a shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, before killing himself. Investigators believe his unstable mental health contributed to the rampage. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Glidden Lopez)
This undated image provided by the Texas Department of Public Safety shows Army Spc. Ivan Lopez. Authorities said Lopez killed three people and wounded 16 others in a shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, before killing himself. Investigators believe his unstable mental health contributed to the rampage. (AP Photo/Texas Department of Public Safety)
This photo provided by Glidden Lopez shows Army Spc. Ivan Lopez. Authorities said Lopez killed three people and wounded 16 others in a shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, before killing himself. Investigators believe his unstable mental health contributed to the rampage. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Glidden Lopez)
This undated photo provided by Glidden Lopez shows Army Spc. Ivan Lopez. Authorities said Lopez killed three people and wounded 16 others in a shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, before killing himself. Investigators believe his unstable mental health contributed to the rampage. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Glidden Lopez)
Lucy Hamlin and her husband, Spc. Timothy Hamlin, wait for permission to re-enter the Fort Hood military base, where they live, following a shooting on the base, Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in Fort Hood, Texas. (AP Photo/ Tamir Kalifa)
FORT HOOD, TX - APRIL 2, 2014: General Mark Milley, III Corps and Fort Hood Commanding General, speaks to media during a press conference about a shooting that occurred earlier in the day at Fort Hood Military Base on April 2, 2014 in Fort Hood, Texas. Milley confirmed that four people were dead in the shooting, including the gunman himself. (Photo by Drew Anthony Smith/Getty Images)
FORT HOOD, TX - APRIL 2, 2014: General Mark Milley, III Corps and Fort Hood Commanding General, speaks to media during a press conference about a shooting that occurred earlier in the day at Fort Hood Military Base on April 2, 2014 in Fort Hood, Texas. Milley confirmed that four people were dead in the shooting, including the gunman himself. (Photo by Drew Anthony Smith/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama makes a statement to the press on April 2, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois, on the shooting at the Fort Hood military base in Texas. One person was killed and 14 others wounded April 2, 2014 in a shooting incident at Fort Hood, a US official said. AFP PHOTO / Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
FORT HOOD, TX - APRIL 2, 2014: A soldier watches over media as they prepare to hear General Mark Milley, III Corps and Fort Hood Commanding General, speak during a press conference about a shooting that occurred earlier in the day at Fort Hood Military Base on April 2, 2014 in Fort Hood, Texas. Milley confirmed that four people were dead in the shooting, including the gunman himself. (Photo by Drew Anthony Smith/Getty Images)
Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, the senior officer on base, speaks with the media outside of an entrance to the Fort Hood military base following a shooting that occurred inside, Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in Fort Hood, Texas. Four people were killed, including the gunman, and 16 were wounded in the attack, authorities said. (AP Photo/Tamir Kalifa)
Members of the media wait outside of the Bernie Beck Gate, an entrance to the Fort Hood military base, for updates on a shooting that occurred inside on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in Fort Hood, Texas. (AP Photo/Tamir Kalifa)
Members of the media wait outside of the Bernie Beck Gate, an entrance to the Fort Hood military base, for updates on a shooting that occurred inside on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 in Fort Hood, Texas. (AP Photo/ Tamir Kalifa)
President Barack Obama arrives on Air Force One, Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., as he returns from Chicago where he attended Democratic National Committee (DNC) events and the University of Michigan where he spoke about his proposal to raise the national minimum wage. He also spoke about the Fort Hood shooting. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel speaks about the shooting at Fort Hood during a news conference on the flight deck of the USS Anchorage (LPD-23), an amphibious transport dock ship, after a tour with his counterparts from Southeast Asia April 2, 2014 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu, Hawaii. Secretary Hagel is in Hawaii to host a meeting of defense ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). A MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor V/STOL aircraft is in the background, (AP Photo/Alex Wong, Pool)
Local and Military police direct traffic outside of an entrance to Fort Hood following reports of an active shooting on the military base in Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in Fort Hood, Texas. (AP Photo/Tamir Kalifa)
Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, commanding general of III Corps and Fort Hood, speaks with the media outside of an entrance to the Fort Hood military base following a shooting that occurred inside on April 2, 2014 in Fort Hood, TX. Four people died, including the gunman, and 16 were wounded in the attack. (AP Photo/ Tamir Kalifa)
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By RYAN GORMAN

It would be an honor to be a "citizen" of the Islamic State caliphate, the convicted Fort Hood shooter reportedly wrote in a chilling letter to the terror group.

Nidal Hassan, the former Army psychiatrist currently sitting on death row for killing 13 and injuring 30 Army personnel, addressed the letter to the terror group's leader and signed it SoA – Soldier of Allah.

"I formally and humbly request to be made a citizen of the Islamic State," Hasan writes in the undated letter addressed to "Ameer, Mujahid Dr. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi," according to Fox News, which obtained the document.

"It would be an honor for any believer to be an obedient citizen soldier to a people and its leader who don't compromise the religion of All-Mighty Allah to get along with the disbelievers," says the two-page handwritten correspondence.

Authorities have officially categorized Hassan's actions in the 2009 rampage as "workplace violence," but this latest revelation casts doubt on that assertion.

Fort Hood Shooter Wants To Become A 'Citizen' Of ISIS

John Galligan, Hassan's attorney, told the network the letter "underscores how much of his life, actions and mental thought process are driven by religious zeal.

"It also reinforces my belief that the military judge committed reversible error by prohibiting Major Hasan from both testifying and arguing...how his religious beliefs" led to the shooting spree.

Hassan has company among disenfranchised American Muslims wanting to be a part of the Islamic State.

Earlier this week, NBC News revealed that Douglas McCain, a Muslim rapper from Minneapolis, died recently while fighting for ISIS.

Wednesday then brought news that a second American also from Minneapolis, Abdirahmaan Muhumed, died fighting alongside McCain.

McCain and Muhumed reportedly grew up together and had known each other since at least high school.

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This 2005 photo released by the Hennepin County, Minn., Sheriff’s Office shows Troy Kastigar. Officials have said that Kastigar, a friend of Douglas McAuthur McCain, was killed in Somalia in September 2009 while fighting with the terror group al-Shabab. In August 2014, U.S. officials confirmed that the 33-year-old McCain was killed in Syria while fighting with the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Hennepin County, Minn., Sheriff’s Office)
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A source told Fox News that "at least 10 young men" have traveled from Minnesota to Syria to take up the mujahedeen cause.

The State Department has yet to confirm either death, but at least one Congressman, Republican Peter King, from New York, fears there may be a growing threat from the Twin Cities.

"People in the community knew about it and that people in the community were covering it up."

Obama said Thursday in comments to the press that the U.S. government recognizes ISIS as a growing problem, but admitted no strategy has yet been conceived to deal with the threat.

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