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Army Secretary Directs Fort Hood Accountability Review
American Forces Press Service ^ | Gerry J. Gilmore

Posted on 01/22/2010 4:27:29 PM PST by SandRat

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22, 2010 – The Army will conduct a review to determine if leaders were negligent in their supervision of accused Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, Defense Department officials announced yesterday.

Army Secretary John McHugh has directed Army Gen. Carter F. Ham, commander of U.S. Army Europe, “to conduct an accountability review to identify whether any personnel were responsible for failures or deficiencies in applying Army programs, policies, and procedures to the alleged assailant,” according to a Defense Department news release.

McHugh also has tasked Ham to provide personal observations he may have developed as a senior Army leader and as a member of the independent panel that investigated the shooting that he believes may be of help to the Army in charting a way ahead.

The independent panel -- co-chaired by former Army Secretary Togo D. West Jr. and retired Navy Adm. Vernon E. Clark, a former chief of naval operations -- provided its report to Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates on Jan. 15.

Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, is charged with killing 13 people, 12 military and one civilian, and wounding 43 others during a Nov. 5 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas. The alleged assailant was shot and disabled by a Fort Hood civilian police officer, who also was wounded in an exchange of gunfire.

Still hospitalized and under detention, Hasan has been charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 specifications of attempted premeditated murder under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The UCMJ is the U.S. military’s legal system for servicemembers.

Hasan, a Muslim, allegedly became radicalized and complained to colleagues about his role as a U.S. military officer when he was posted at Walter Reed Army Medical Center here before being assigned to Fort Hood in July 2009.

This week, West and Clark discussed the findings of their report with legislators on Capitol Hill. Gates directed the panel to review military personnel policies, procedures for force protection, and emergency response measures, West said during Jan. 20 testimony before the House Armed Services Committee, as well as policies that apply to those who provide medical care to servicemembers.

The panel also was tasked to “take a look at how the Army applied its policies and procedures to the alleged perpetrator,” West told House legislators.

The military, West told committee members, needs “to pay attention” to potential dangers as the war against global extremism continues.

“The fact is that we need to understand the forces that cause an individual to radicalize, commit violent acts and thereby to make us vulnerable from within,” West said.

It also is imperative, West said, that military leaders produce honest appraisals of their subordinates.

“Evaluations make a difference,” West told House committee members. “And we can’t do the job of leading or protecting against threats if honest evaluations are not done by those who have the duty, the information and the authority to do so.”

The Army is an organization based “on disciplined and established standards,” McHugh said in his statement.

“Leaders at every level are responsible for ensuring that our policies and regulations are followed and that appropriate action is taken if they are not,” McHugh added.

The Fort Hood incident, he said, is an opportunity for the Army “to reinforce the basics of leader involvement with soldiers.”

John M. McHugh
Army Gen. Carter F. Ham

Related Sites:
Defense Department News Release
Special Report: Tragedy at Fort Hood

Related Articles:
Evaluations Matter, Fort Hood Panel Says
Fort Hood Shooting Task Force Reports for Duty

TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; US: Texas; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: accountability; banglist; fallenheroes; forthood; fthood; hasan; jihad; killer; review
PCism Kills!

Looking for someone to blame.

1 posted on 01/22/2010 4:27:30 PM PST by SandRat
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To: SandRat
"alleged assailant"
2 posted on 01/22/2010 4:29:04 PM PST by Eagles6 ( Typical White Guy: Christian, Constitutionalist, Heterosexual, Redneck.)
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To: SandRat


How about letting members of the Armed Forces, actually be armed while on post or base?

3 posted on 01/22/2010 4:31:27 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: SandRat

Memo to Gen. Ham: It’s the islam, stupid!!

4 posted on 01/22/2010 4:31:29 PM PST by La Enchiladita (It's morning in Massachusetts: the Spirit of '76 has preserved Liberty, thanks be to God.)
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Mark for monday

5 posted on 01/22/2010 4:32:23 PM PST by Neets
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To: SandRat

Togo West as a Clinton wimp. Let’s see if he still is.

6 posted on 01/22/2010 4:35:17 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Jet Jaguar
Now that the AlQaida pukes know that the only thing they face are a couple of MPs at the gates armed only with pistols we can expect much more of this nonsense.

Hasan's value to them wasn't in killing a bunch of people but in demonstrating the pitiful level of defense our military bases present to the AlQaida cadre still in the United States.

7 posted on 01/22/2010 4:35:20 PM PST by muawiyah ("Git Out The Way")
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