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Fort Hood Report Omits Hasan’s Name

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The long awaited report on the Fort Hood shooting has been released. Two of the first questions that arise are; Who? Why?

The U.S. military pulled its head out of the sand long enough to release the  86 page report, Protecting the Force: Lessons From Fort Hood. Absent in the report is Major Nidal Hasan’s name, and his connections with Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical cleric in Yemen. No mention of radical Islam, terrorism is mentioned once.      

The report reads like an action novel, without characters. How can our military protect us from an enemy that is nonexistent to them? Recently Sec. Napolitano was referring to terrorist attacks as man caused events, from this report one would assume Fort Hood was an event. No man, no cause. What would have happened if we failed to confront Hitler?

The FBI was aware of Hasan’s contact with al-Awlaki. They believed the 20 emails to al-Awlaki were part of Hasan’s research into the mind-set of Muslim soldiers who turn on their comrades. At the same time, Hasan’s colleagues at Walter Reed raised concerns with their superiors about his mental stability. Where did the FBI receive its information about Hasan’s research? How many military officers are in direct contact with known terrorists to write research papers? Isn’t that an act of terrorism?

John Lehman, 9/11 commission member, believes the reports silence on Islamic extremism “shows you how deeply entrenched the values of political correctness have become. It’s definitely getting worse, and is now so ingrained that people no longer smirk when it happens.”

The two leaders of the Pentagon review, former Army Secretary Togo West, and   Admiral, Vernon Clark seemed to avoid Hasan’s motives, as did Hasan’s superiors leading up to his attack on Nov. 5 that killed 13 and wounded 32.  Maj. Hasan didn’t   avoid his views about holding Shari’a laws above the Constitution or his  antiwar views  to his  patients.

Is this political correctness or suicide? Are we more concerned for others views, that we ignore our own values?

After every attack, we review, hold hearings, and enact laws against Americans. Maybe we need to think outside the box. We keep asking the same people the same questions. As the saying goes “if we keep doing what we did, we keep getting what we got.”


Written by gtmustang

January 22, 2010 at 9:30 am