Skip to comments.Lieberman: Fort Hood Massacre Could Have Been Prevented; Government Officials Guilty of ‘Negligence'
Posted on 02/03/2011 11:02:10 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
(CNSNews.com) - Senate Homeland Security Chairman Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) said on Thursday that his committee's review of the Fort Hood massacre that left 13 dead and 32 wounded demonstrated that the killings could have been prevented if the Defense Department and FBI had acted in an appropriate and timely manner, but that instead government officials had been guilty of "negligence."
Throughout our investigation the victims of this attack and their families have weighed heavily in our minds because our reports painful conclusion is that the Ft. Hood massacre could have and should have been prevented, Lieberman said as he and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), the ranking member of the committee, unveiled a report on the Nov. 5, 2009 Ft. Hood killings.
We have reached that conclusion, said Lieberman, because our investigation found that employees of the Department of Defense and the FBI had compelling evidence of Nidal Hasans growing embrace of violent Islamist extremism in the years before the attack that should have caused them to discharge him from the U.S. military and make him the subject of an aggressive counter-terrorism investigation
In response to a question from CNSNews.com about whether any one in the government had been held accountable for the way they dealt with Hasan, Lieberman said he was not aware that anyone had been held accountable and that the handling of Hasan was an example of negligence
I dont believe anyone has been disciplined or terminated because of the failures mentioned in this report and thats something that I want to hear about from both the Department of Defense and the FBI and the others who were sending the report to, said Lieberman. Look, it wasnt evil intent on people in the federal government, it was just what I would call negligence, failure to perform the duties as we have the right to expect federal employees will do, and as of yet no one has been held accountable.
Collins said it was very disturbing that no one has been yet held accountable.
The Department of Defense has told us that they are waiting until after the legal proceedings against Maj. Hasan are completed and I expect and hope that well see action at that time, but its a long time, said Collins.
According to the Homeland Security Committees report, both the Defense Department and the FBI had evidence of Hasans radicalization and embrace of violent extremism, but that the agencies failed both to understand and to act on it.
The FBI and DOD together failed to recognize and to link the information that they possessed about Hasan: (I) Hasan was a military officer who lived under a regimented system with strict officership and security standards, standards which his behavior during his military medical training violated; and (2) the government had [REDACTED] communications from Hasan to a suspected terrorist, [REDACTED], who was involved in anti-American activities and the subject of an unrelated FBI terrorism investigation, said the report.
Lieberman said he had been asked by the FBI not to release the name of the suspected terrorist with whom Hasan had been communicating. However, Lieberman did note that media reports suggest the suspected terrorist was Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen who has ties with al-Qaeda
The government failed to discipline or discharge Hasan after two of his colleagues warned that he was a ticking time bomb, according to the report. Instead, the Defense Department saw his obsession with violent Islamist extremism as praiseworthy research on counterterrorism.
On the issue of Hasans communications with a suspected terrorist, the report said the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force failed to identify the totality of Hasan's communications and to inform Hasan's military chain of command and Army security officials of the fact that he was communicating with a suspected violent Islamist extremist--a shocking course of conduct for a U.S. military officer.
Instead, the report said, the FBI relied on Hasan's erroneous Officer Evaluation Reports and ultimately dismissed his communications as legitimate research.
The issue of Hasans communications was never referred to FBI headquarters therefore the FBI's inquiry into Hasan ended prematurely, said the report.
The report also said that the Defense Department had compelling evidence that Hasan had embraced violent Islamist extremis, but failed to take action against him.
It is clear from this failure that DOD lacks the institutional culture, through updated policies and training, sufficient to inform commanders and all levels of service members how to identify radicalization to violent Islamist extremism and to distinguish this ideology from the peaceful practice of Islam, said the report.
Lieberman said the Hasan case demonstrates that even after the 9/11 terrorist attacks the federal government still has not adequately defined the roles and responsibilities of agencies of our government and other institutions of our society that must effectively counter radicalization to violent Islamist extremism in our country.
We will do everything we can to push the relevant federal government agencies to do everything they can urgently to make sure that nothing like this ever happens again, later added Sen. Lieberman.
Despite Hasan's overt displays of radicalization to violent Islamist extremism, Hasan's superiors failed to discipline him, refer him to counterintelligence officials, or seek to discharge him, said the report.
One of the officers who reported Hasan to superiors opined that Hasan was permitted to remain in service because of political correctness and ignorance of religious practices, said the report. That officer added that he believed that concern about potential discrimination complaints stopped some individuals from challenging Hasan. We are concerned that exactly such worries about political correctness inhibited Hasan's superiors and colleagues who were deeply troubled by his behavior from taking the actions against him that could have prevented the attack at Fort Hood. However, none of the superiors cited political correctness as the reason for not acting against Hasan.
We knew here very soon it was PC BS that got those people murdered.
And PC BS may very well deliver a dirty bomb or worse to this nation.
Nothing has been solved. Nothing.
This goes to the top.
Obama.. don’t jump to conclusions.
Lieberman, huh. Who else was in on this shocking exercise in hate speech?
There are 2 sets of laws in America,one for the sheep and none for the people in government.
Lieberman - he’s like a Republican mini-me. Every once in a while he just kinda says something that makes sense.
If all Democrats were Liebermans and all Republicans were Tea Party, we’d have somethin’.
So how does the DoD respond? By welcoming queers into the military.
Lieberman and Collins.... Two “moderates” who continue to do their part to usher in the progressive movement’s political correctness that’s getting people killed.
Any legal eagles know whether this opens up the government to claims of damages filed under the Federal Tort Claims Act?
It seems that negligence has already been established. Socking the Feds with a big bux damages suit by all the many victims would do a great deal to raise the cost of using political correctness as the standard of practice.
The Muslim Brotherhood, through CAIR, has already infiltrated our government.
During the cold war, the British had so many problems with homosexual MI-6 agents being either recruited or blackmailed by Moscow that the CIA was very hesitant to share information with the Brits.
The families of the 13 need to sue the DNC for wrongful death.
Any opening under FTCA exists independently of Lieberman and Collins remarks. Their remarks might be useful to persuade a judge in a trial against the government, but the claim itself doesn't really get any stronger or weaker on account of off-hand congressional remarks.
I don't know the answer to your question, been scanning FTCA Handbook, a 1.3Mb PDF collection of FTCA case citations.
An interesting take at The Fort Hood Attack: Terrorist Act or Tort?, which presents a thumbnail view of the Feres Doctrine, "the United States government is immune from suit under the Federal Tort Claims Act for injuries sustained by members of the armed forces due to the negligence of others in the armed forces," but then concluding this generality is not the final word; for one thing, some of the injured people are civilians.
“That’s nice, Joe, but first a shout out to my homies on the res.” - 0bowdown