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A new Senate report says the Fort Hood tragedy could have -- and SHOULD have -- been prevented. The report slams the FBI and the Army, and their failure to pass along information that the shooter -- Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan -- was an Islamic extremist that needed to be watched. First -- to Senator Joe Lieberman -- who is chairman of the committee that released that report
“To me, it's infuriating that a member of our armed services who expressed such radical opinions to other members of our military was not discharged. Frankly, to me, Hasan's words made him not just a ticking time bomb, but a traitor.”
In the report’s 80+ pages, it details just what the government missed. In summary, the FBI and the Army each had their concerns about Hasan, but did not communicate between each other. Here’s how different media are breaking down the document:
Politico says, “Commanders had the authority to discipline or discharge Hasan but... the Defense Department did not teach them how to differentiate between soldiers practicing peaceful Islam and those who, like Hasan, had become radicalized."
And from NPR: “[The report] stress[es] the FBI's move to become more intelligence-driven has been hampered by internal conflicts that must be addressed [and] the bureau's failure to use its analysts well contributed to it overlooking the significance of communications with known terrorists transmitted by Hasan.”
Another find: Hasan had extensive communication with a dangerous Islamic cleric. Fox News focused on that relationship:
“The FBI’s joint terrorism task force -- or JTTF -- failed to tell the military that Major Hassan exchanged at least 18 mails -- emails, rather -- with American born Anwar al-Awlaki, who was the first American on the CIA’s kill or capture list. And Awlaki is linked to every major attack or attempted attack on the US over the last 18 months.”
But, the Houston Chronicle looks forward, and lists how the government wants to prevent getting duped again:
“The report urged the Pentagon to develop policies that would enable service members to identify and warn superiors about evidence of ‘violent Islamist extremism’ emerging in the ranks. The panel also urged FBI headquarters to more fully integrate the 56 field offices so that tips and evaluations are more quickly and widely shared.”
But before this report was ever released, on Rachel Maddow -- New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg used the Fort Hood situation as an example for gun control debate. Comparing it to the Tuscon shooting, and the danger when the government’s left hand doesn’t know what its right hand is doing.
“If you remember that guy in Fort Hood, that case was exactly the reverse. The FBI knew the guy had a problem, but didn’t tell the army. After 9-11 we always talk about -- I love the phrase, connect the dots. Well this, dots are pretty big. This isn't hard to do.”
So what do you think of the report? Should the government have picked Hasan out sooner?
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