Skip to comments.DoD Not Hiding Fort Hood Shooting Details, Gates Says
Posted on 04/16/2010 4:25:28 PM PDT by SandRat
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, April 16, 2010 Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today disputed claims that the Defense Department was withholding information from the Senate Homeland Security Committee about the Nov. 5 Fort Hood, Texas, shooting incident.
We have no interest in hiding anything, said Gates, who earlier this week had traveled to Peru, Colombia and then Barbados to discuss regional security issues.
But what [is] most important, Gates told reporters here, is this prosecution, and we will cooperate with the committee in every way with that single caveat -- that whatever we provide does not impact the prosecution. That is the only thing in which we have an interest.
Our priority is in ensuring we dont do anything that would potentially impact the prosecution of Major [Nidal] Hasan, Gates said, referring to the alleged shooter.
Gates said the Defense Department is implementing changes to help prevent another attack like the one at Fort Hood, but he cautioned that such crimes cannot be completely prevented.
One would be foolish to say a similar incident could never happen again, he said, but noted steps are being taken to help reduce the likelihood.
Clearly one element of that is better sharing and information from post to post and commander to commander, he said.
Gates this week directed the Defense Department to implement 26 interim recommendations of an independent panel he appointed to look into events surrounding the shooting. Hasan, an Army officer, has been charged with 13 counts of murder and 32 counts of attempted murder.
The panel detailed 79 recommendations to improve force protection and tighten gaps in personnel policies, emergency response, mass casualty preparedness and support to Defense Department health care providers.
The secretary approved the 26 recommendations in their entirety while work continues on the other 53 recommendations. The panels full report is expected to be released in June.
Gates credited the department and the services for stepping up in the aftermath of the shootings and making changes that could prevent similar future incidents.
Robert M. Gates
I don’t believe one word that comes out of that political hack’s lying mouth.
If Gates said the sky was blue, I would have to go outside and check for myself. I couldn’t agree with you more!
Each are indications of deception.
We have no interest in hiding anything,
But what [is] most important,
One would be foolish to say....
Clearly one element of that is better sharing
Gates is lying.
Sounds like the Pentagon has more than one “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy to me. Sorry Gatesy old boy.
Gates channels Navin Johnson from The Jerk: "I'm providing everything ... well, I'm not providing that [turns to Biden then continues] ... come on, stupid."
Togo West avoided it completely too.
Where haven’t they infiltrated?
Who met with Hassan the night before the shooting??
Any pronouncement byMr. Gates carries zero to minus 100% weight with me, after observing his record in office!
In my book he is just as much a Commie as Obama is - he asked Congress to authorize deploying 400,000 troops on US soil in case of an “emergency”
While Hasan mostly got on well with his neighbors, the Thompsons said they never saw him receive visitors until Wednesday night, when he arrived home with a man who entered his apartment and left after about five minutes, they said.
This means, of course, they are hiding stuff... lots of stuff that incriminates high-ups who knew Hasan was an islamist jihadist. CYA is normal procedure, isn’t it, even when it places and has placed hundreds of thousands of troops in jeopardy. If these creeps don’t pay in this world, there is another one where they will pay.
"Major Nidal Malik Hasan, who allegedly killed 11 [count now 13, or 14 if you include the unborn child of the 21-year-old female soldier -etl] people before being shot and wounded by police at Fort Hood, had said Muslims should "rise up" and attack Americans in retaliation for the US war in Iraq, a former army colleague said."
"He said Muslims should stand up and fight the aggressor and that we should not be in the war in the first place." He said that Major Hasan said he was "happy" when a US soldier was killed in an attack on a military recruitment centre in Arkansas in June. An American convert to Islam was accused of the shootings.
Col Lee alleged that other officers had told him that Major Hasan had said "maybe people should strap bombs on themselves and go to Times Square" in New York."
"Soldiers reported that the gunman shouted "Allahu Akbar!" an Arabic phrase for "God is great!" before opening fire, said Lt. Gen. Robert Cone, the base commander."
Uh huh... gates... you have been so honest in the past... NOT!
Godless, wicked, evil, corrupt, anti-American, anti-Semitic, Marxist, communist, anti-Christian and anti-Christ... words fail in describing the utter degredation of this administration. Only God Himself can deliver us... see tagline.
I guess you do not remember much about military law which is explicit regarding the negative impact of real or perceived command influence.
There is a whole host of anti-American lawyers planning strategies to derail a trial. These pricks do not need any help from us.
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