Fort Hood Massacre May Have Been Prevented, Report Finds
February 4, 2011
(ChattahBox U.S. News)—An Army psychiatrist who opened fire in a crowded deployment center in 2009, killing 13 and wounding 32, was known in the military as a “ticking time bomb” but was never dismissed from his position, a new Senate report indicates. FBI agents and the military knew that Major Nidal Hasan studied under a radicalized Islamist extremist and was becoming increasingly sympathetic to the extremists’ plight, the L.A. Times reports.
Hasan, an American of Palestinian descent, allegedly opened fire in the Soldier Readiness Center at Fort Hood in Texas after yelling “Allahu Akbar,” which in Arabic means “God is great,” the Times notes. Hasan suffered paralysis from the chest down after being shot as he walked out of the center, and now faces a court martial and the possibility of the death penalty.
The Senate report concluded that although the FBI and Defense Department did not have specific information indicating that Hasan might cause an attack, they both had enough data to know that Hasan was a radical. Prior to the attacks, the FBI dismissed evidence of Hasan’s communication with radicals as potential research and did not furlough or confront him, the Times reports.