WE MUST NOT FORGET THIS – AT 8:44 A.M. ET: A Senate committee has now given its report on the Fort Hood massacre, conveniently swept under the rug by the Pentagon, and it's devastating. Our soldiers, killed on American soil, were failed by the Army and by the FBI, and at the core of the failure was the disgrace of political correctness. From the Washington Post:
A Senate investigation of the Fort Hood shootings faults the Army and FBI with missing warning signs and not exchanging information that could have prevented the massacre.
The report, released Thursday, concludes that systemic and cultural problems caused military officials to miss signs that the suspect, Maj. Nidal M. Hasan, was becoming increasingly radical before the 2009 attack.
It also concludes that the FBI did not share information with the Army - notably, e-mails that Hasan, an Army psychiatrist and practicing Muslim, exchanged with a "suspected terrorist," a likely reference to Anwar al-Aulaqi, an Islamic cleric known for his extremist views. The report says the agency may have dismissed such clues to avoid "a bureaucratic confrontation."
At a news conference Thursday, Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) said the probe's "painful conclusion is that the Fort Hood massacre could have and should have been prevented."
In particular, Lieberman said the report, issued by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, indicates that the FBI had compelling evidence of extremism that should have led to Hasan's military discharge and made him the subject of a counterterrorism investigation.
And the bureaucrats answer:
The Army and FBI said in separate statements that they have implemented numerous preventative steps since the shootings. The military, for example, has begun requiring troops to report behavior by fellow service members that might indicate extremism.
Douglas MacArthur said that all military disasters begin with two words: Too late.
I'm sure the families of those murdered GI's and civilians at Fort Hood take comfort in knowing that the government is now taking "numerous" steps to prevent a recurrence. We recall that agencies weren't exchanging much information before 9-11 either.
Read the whole story. Well worth it.
February 4, 2011