Skip to comments.U.S. Won't Share Ft Hood Evidence With Senate - Gates
Posted on 04/17/2010 5:50:04 AM PDT by Zakeet
The Obama administration, facing a subpoena threat from Congress, will not share information that could compromise its prosecution of the suspected gunman in last year's Fort Hood shooting, Defence Secretary Robert Gates said on Friday.
Two U.S. senators vowed on Thursday to subpoena the Obama administration next week unless it produces information sought in a congressional investigation of last year's rampage at the Texas military base, which killed 13 soldiers.
They said the Justice and Defence departments had until Monday to provide the information or face legal action.
Gates, speaking to reporters after attending a Caribbean security conference in Barbados, said the U.S. government had no interest in hiding information from Congress but the legal case against Major Nidal Malik Hasan had to take priority.
"Anything that does not have any impact on that prosecution, we are more than willing to share," Gates said.
"But what's most important is this prosecution. And we will cooperate with the committee in every way -- with that single caveat, that whatever we provide doesn't compromise the prosecution."
Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman, an independent, and Susan Collins, the panel's top Republican, have been trying for months to obtain specific information about the rampage, which also left many wounded.
The senators said their committee wanted access to documents and witnesses regarding what the FBI and Defence Department knew about Hasan before the shootings. They have rejected administration claims the information could compromise the pending prosecution of Hasan.
Lieberman and Collins said the Pentagon and FBI had turned over some documents to their committee but they primarily involved background material.
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Gates already said the DoD was NOT hiding any details about the shooting, and more facts will just mislead the American public about the peaceful nature of Islam.
I say we compromise the SOB with a rope.
will not share information that could compromise its prosecution of the suspected gunman in last year's Fort Hood shootingThanks Zakeet.
What’s to compromise? This is an open and shut case. We know he did the shooting.
The prosecution of this particular individual doesn’t pose any problems at all. He was, after all, caught red handed with numerous witnesses.
Now, the interrogation of Hasan and investigating who his confederates were should be kept on the q.t. until the co-conspirators can be rounded up.
Subpoena zero's birth certificate, as well. IDIOTS!!!
A rope is good but I am in favor of turning him over to the enlisted at Ft. Hood and telling them to please take a week and show him the error of his ways.
This bassturd major should have been put up against a wall and shot months ago.
What is there to prosecute?
Of course, with a Muslim in the Oval Office, we wouldn’t want thes Congresscritters acting stupidly now, would we.
Why do liberals fear the truth so much?
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.
Very well could be.
Gates sounds exactly like Janet Reno. Everything is under investigation so I can’t tell you anything.
The real problem is OBAMA as Commander in Chief made the rules on how to deal with Muslims. He wants to distance himself from any responsibility...
Why does the Senate need anything and why are they even involved in this case? They are not going to reveal anything damaging to Obama anyway. Let them get to work reducing our taxes instead of wasting time on this. Just shoot this bastard and be done with it.
They know full well this guy was given a pass and promotion even though he was a danger to the corps. That is what Gates is afraid of having come out. Because then, our honorable men and women would have to really start reporting problems people like this guy.
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