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Senate Report Rebukes Law Enforcement for Ignoring Warning Signs with Fort Hood Killer

Posted by Steve Markowitz on February 10, 2011

A bipartisan Senate report released earlier this month concluded that both the Department of Defense (DOD) and FBI had enough information about Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan prior to the Fort Hood massacre to have acted before he was able to kill 13 soldiers and wound over 30 others.  The report, authored by Senators Joe Lieberman and Susan Collins, concluded that the DOD and FBI knew of Hasan’s Islamist radicalization “but failed both to understand and to act on it” and further stated that:

  • Although both the public and the private signs of Hasan’s radicalization to violent Islamist extremism while on active duty were known to government officials, a string of failures prevented these officials from intervening against him prior to the attack.”
  • Hasan’s move into Islamist extremism “was on full display to his superiors and colleagues during his military medical training.”
  • The report also found that a DOD instructor called Hasan “a ticking time bomb.”
  • Not only was no action taken to discipline or discharge him, but also his Officer Evaluation Reports sanitized his obsession with violent Islamist extremism into praiseworthy research on counterterrorism.”
  • DOD possessed compelling evidence that Hasan embraced views so extreme that it should have disciplined him or discharged him from the military, but DoD failed to take action against him.”

The FBI responded to the Senate’s rebuke by saying:  “The FBI recognizes the value of congressional oversight and agrees with much in the report and many of its recommendations.  During the internal FBI review undertaken immediately after the attack at Fort Hood, we identified several of the areas of concern outlined in the report, and, as noted in the report, have implemented changes to our systems and processes to address them.  We will review each of the report’s recommendations and adopt them, as appropriate.”  Such words/excuses are of little consolation to those that lost love ones in the massacre.

It is clear that the Fort Hood killings were avoidable.  The dead were not only victims of radical Islam, also of political correctness and government incompetence.  The errors and resulting deaths demand that those responsible up to the Attorney General be fired.  They also demand that political correctness be understood as a clear and present danger to democracy.

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Fort Hood Massacre Details Withheld by Obama Administration – Part II

Posted by Steve Markowitz on April 26, 2010

On April 21 this Blog posted concern about the Obama Administration’s lack of transparency and withholding of details relating to the Fort Hood massacre.  On April 26 the ranking Democrat, Joseph Lieberman, and Republican, Susan Collins, of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee took the unusual step of publically criticizing the President in the Wall Street Journal for this lack of cooperation. Following are highlights from Senators Lieberman and Collins:

  • “No administration should be the sole investigator or judge and jury of its own actions.”
  • “The rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, on Nov. 5, 2009-after which U.S. Army Major Nidal Hasan was charged with 13 counts of murder and 32 counts of attempted murder-has been reviewed by the administration and its group of handpicked outsiders, who were all formerly with either the Department of Defense or the Department of Justice. But the administration continues to withhold much of the crucial information from the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, of which we are chairman and ranking member.”
  • “We know through press reports, for example, that Hasan’s associates and superiors in the Army had for years noticed signs of his growing Islamist radicalization.  We also know through press reports that the FBI and Defense Department were aware of emails he exchanged with radical Yemeni-American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.”
  • “We first requested information on the incident in writing on Nov. 13.  We followed that with three other written requests plus numerous follow-up conversations.  The administration has refused to provide the key information we need to establish the facts of what happened and carry out our constitutional responsibility of oversight, and so on April 19 we subpoenaed it.”
  • “The administration has also denied our request to receive transcripts of the prosecution’s interviews with Maj. Hasan’s associates and superiors that were given to the Defense Department’s internal review of the incident.”

It is very troubling that President Obama has refused to be transparent with the Senate and the American people on the Fort Hood massacre.  We have the right to know.  There are but two credible reasons for the stonewalling.  Either: 1) the President is hiding facts from the American people for reasons unknown, or 2) the President has become consumed with power and believes he answers to no one.  Neither scenario is comforting.  Both are reminiscent of Nixon’s approach to the presidency and the American people.

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Gates Refuses to Release Fort Hood Massacre Details

Posted by Steve Markowitz on April 21, 2010

The Wall Street Journal reported that the Obama Administration has refused to release details about the Fort Hood shootings even though they occurred some five months ago.  The information has been requested by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee who claims the Administration is stonewalling them.  The Administration’s excuses for this foot-dragging are two-fold according to the Journal:

  • We have no interest in hiding anything, but what’s most important is this prosecution,” Defense Secretary Robert Gates has said.
  • The typical “national security” claim has been made with the White House indicating that they want to avoid public disclosure of the electronic intelligence about Anwar al-Awlaki, the militant Yemenis cleric who Maj. Nidal Hasan communicated with.

Both excuses seem lame.  Senator Joseph Lieberman, who requested the information, stated that “clearly has no bearing on the prosecution” and called the administration’s arguments “baseless“.  As for the national security claim, we heard this excuse from the Bush Administration.  This is yet another example of Obama breaking his often made campaign promise of transparency.

President Obama has shown a disturbing tendency of “protecting” acts of violence carried out by those connected with Islam.  The American public has a right to know what happened in Fort Hood and why.  It is time for this Administration to come clean on this horrific act of terrorism.  Where is the supposed independent media?

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Obama’s Fort Hood Dithering

Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 15, 2009

President Obama has urged recently Congress to hold off on any investigations relating to the Fort Hood massacre until the law enforcement authorities and military finish their investigations.  The President stated:

  • For lawmakers to “resist the temptations to turn this tragic event in to political theater.”
  • The stakes are too high.” and,
  • That investigation will look at the motives of the alleged gunman, including his views and contacts.”

These statements indicate that President Obama does not see the need to treat terrorism differently from other criminal behavior.  This follows the Clinton Administration’s failed strategy that treated terrorism as a law enforcement issue.  Clinton’s policies resulted in the bombings of various American targets and culminated in the 9/11 tragedy.

HasanThere is a more insidious reason for Obama’s desire to hold off on independent investigations into the Fort Hood massacre.  The perpetrator, Major Nidal Malik Hasan, had known contacts with radical Muslim clerics and also expressed jihadist views.  It is therefore likely that an independent study would conclude that the massacre was avoidable with a preemptive view for potential acts of terrorism.  However, preemptive action goes against what President Obama campaigned for and has since implemented.  A conclusion now that preemptive action is required to protect Americans would be politically damaging to the President and take the country back closer to the policies of George W. Bush. Read the rest of this entry »

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