Sources: Pentagon worker investigated Hasan last year, found nothing amiss

posted at 6:17 pm on November 10, 2009 by Allahpundit

I think this is new information, but honestly, the sheer volume of missed red flags has led me to lose track. We already knew that the FBI shrugged off Hasan’s e-mails to jihadbot preacher Aulaqi, but did we know that a Pentagon investigator operating as part of the joint terrorism task force did the same thing?

If we didn’t, we do now.

Two officials speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case on the record said the Washington-based joint terrorism task force overseen by the FBI was notified of communications between Hasan and a radical imam overseas, and the information was turned over to a Defense Criminal Investigative Service employee assigned to the task force.

That worker wrote up an assessment of Hasan after reviewing the Army major’s personnel file and the communications. The assessment concluded Hasan did not merit further investigation, in large part because his communications with the imam were centered on a research paper he was writing at the time, and the investigator had concluded Hasan was in fact working on such a paper, the officials said…

Within hours after the role of the defense investigator on the task force was disclosed, a senior defense official said “based on what we know now, neither the U.S. Army nor any other organization within the Department of Defense knew of Maj. Hasan’s contacts with any Muslim extremists.”

In other words, because the JTTF found nothing of concern, the information about Aulaqi was never shared with the military. Here’s a krazy kwestion for you: Supposedly, the e-mails between Hasan and Aulaqi dealt with simple religious matters, in which case, why wasn’t Hasan ever so much as notified that his correspondence had turned up in JTTF surveillance? If their read on him at the time was that he was harmless and merely seeking spiritual guidance, why wouldn’t they pull him aside and ask if he happened to know that his new mentor was wanted for terrorism? If he answered yes, there’s another giant red flag right there; if he answered no, then he’s been placed on notice and they could watch to see if he tried to contact Aulaqi again notwithstanding. Either way, why not probe him a little to see if their suspicions that he was innocent were well founded? Or is the answer to that question too obvious to even ask?

Mueller has now ordered an FBI inquiry into the case of the missing red flags, you’ll be pleased to know. Meanwhile, here’s a snippet from The One’s interview with Tapper last night in which he speculates that Hasan might simply have “cracked” while emphasizing that he’s withholding judgment. Nixon once got into trouble by commenting on Charles Manson’s guilt while the trial was still going on so doubtless part of this answer is due to Obama not wanting to prejudice the case by embracing a theory of the crime. Although even so, a simple “no comment” would have gone a long way, wouldn’t it? Exit question: How long, pray tell, did it take Hasan to “crack” per The One’s theory? Two years? Click the image to watch.

Update: One further thought. For all the warranted grief the feds are getting for not catching the warning signs and discharging him, what exactly was the plan if they did discharge him? He’s a possible terrorist threat, so … they’re going to kick him off the base and leave him to mingle in the general civilian population? The bigger issue here is what to do about guys whom you have strong reason to suspect will do something crazy but who haven’t done anything illegal (yet). In the case of Najibullah Zazi, that’s easy: You know he’s part of a cell, you know he’s been to the training camps, so you surveil him constantly and eventually try to take down the whole network. With a lone-wolf type like Hasan, it’s harder. Without any links to anyone else suggesting he might be ready to go off, he’s potentially a dead-end lead for years. I don’t know what the answer is.

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Barry kept us safe for 10 months.

bloggless on November 10, 2009 at 6:18 PM

So, was the pentagon worker a muslim too?

Cybergeezer on November 10, 2009 at 6:19 PM

“pentagon worker”; could be a janitor.

Cybergeezer on November 10, 2009 at 6:22 PM

Although even so, a simple “no comment” would have gone a long way, wouldn’t it?

it’s all about the O getting some face time

cmsinaz on November 10, 2009 at 6:22 PM

Barry kept us safe for 10 months.

bloggless on November 10, 2009 at 6:18 PM

If Republicans are willing to gran this message and run with it during 2012, it could be absolutely devastating.

TheUnrepentantGeek on November 10, 2009 at 6:22 PM

Did Hasan ever meet Hesham Islam or either of his two sons? Y’all remember Stephen Coughlin vs. Hesham Islam?

Christien on November 10, 2009 at 6:22 PM

I think the new president IS cracked. What, exactly, does it take to be a terrorist to these jokers? Oh, yeah, I forgot, anyone who doesn’t think like they do or believes in God.

Does anyone but me see this as the precursor to a really, really ugly day in the near future? I don’t want that to happen, but I can see the train wreck coming.

I hope this country wakes up soon…

Mad Mad Monica on November 10, 2009 at 6:22 PM

Shouldn’t it have been an issue that he was e-mailing a terrorist, no matter what the content of the e-mails was?

Picture someone e-mailing North Korea about whatever, or the Soviet Union about mundane stuff. I’m pretty sure that guy would have someone knocking on his door looking to talk.

BadgerHawk on November 10, 2009 at 6:22 PM

Obama: Present!!!

Maybe he just acted stupidly….or something.

BigWyo on November 10, 2009 at 6:23 PM

Mueller has now ordered an FBI inquiry into the case of the missing red flags, you’ll be pleased to know.

i’m afraid it will be another ‘connect the dots’ moment with alot of talk and little action?

cmsinaz on November 10, 2009 at 6:24 PM

“I think he just cracked.”

Translation: If a jury of Hasan’s peers gives him the death penalty, I’ll commute the sentence instead of signing the death warrant.

Wethal on November 10, 2009 at 6:24 PM

Obama: “He didn’t shout Allah Ackbar before he started shooting,…he said Where’s the Snack Bar?” /s

The excuses for this Muslin terrorist from the very start is unnerving. It makes me feel that things are WAY worse than we think.

portlandon on November 10, 2009 at 6:24 PM

WSJ is reporting Pentagon WAS NOT TOLD AT ALL about the intelligence investigation of Hassan

ginaswo on November 10, 2009 at 6:25 PM

please. The “research paper” is a great was cover to peruse radical ideas. T

rob verdi on November 10, 2009 at 6:25 PM

please, the paper was cover. pardon the earlier misspelling.

rob verdi on November 10, 2009 at 6:26 PM

So very transparent. I don’t feel safer than I did 4 years ago! The POTUS is the first child president.

BHO Jonestown on November 10, 2009 at 6:26 PM

Instead of giving a medical presentation, He gave a presentation on Islam and suicide bombers.

HELLO. MCFLY! Anybody home?!

Enoxo on November 10, 2009 at 6:26 PM

“My Muslim Faith….” Barry Obama 2008 interview ABC with George Stephanopolus.

portlandon on November 10, 2009 at 6:26 PM

Maybe he just “cracked,” says Obama.

Duh One jumping to conclusions?

ICBM on November 10, 2009 at 6:26 PM

It just seems odd to me that everything that has come out recently, is putting this investigation under George Bushes’ watch. I read December 2008. I would really like to know not when it started, but when it was ended. My guess is that it was stopped under Obama.This push, especially today, to put it back under GW seems suspicious to me. What did Obama know and when did he know it?

sandee on November 10, 2009 at 6:27 PM

Weak

clorensen on November 10, 2009 at 6:27 PM

“Just cracked” . . . I can’t believe it, this entire administration is insane.

rplat on November 10, 2009 at 6:28 PM

Enoxo on November 10, 2009 at 6:26 PM

That Major Hasan, such a kidder.

Cindy Munford on November 10, 2009 at 6:28 PM

Pookie is keeping the moobtastic man child updated on the “incident” – they are both very clean and articulate, so we peasants need not worry about this “outburst” of violence.

Ris4victory on November 10, 2009 at 6:28 PM

WSJ is reporting Pentagon WAS NOT TOLD AT ALL about the intelligence investigation of Hassan

ginaswo on November 10, 2009 at 6:25 PM

Jamie Gorelick would be proud.

portlandon on November 10, 2009 at 6:29 PM

It happened on his watch!!!!Remember all that crap?

MES401067 on November 10, 2009 at 6:29 PM

These are not the jihadi’s you are looking for.

Octavia on November 10, 2009 at 6:29 PM

Jamie Gorelick would be proud.

portlandon on November 10, 2009 at 6:29 PM

ya got that right :-)

cmsinaz on November 10, 2009 at 6:29 PM

Someone better decide what a terrorist is pretty soon, all the lies, deceptions and PC bs is getting people killed.

fourdeucer on November 10, 2009 at 6:30 PM

I heard a discussion that anything he says about the case can be used by the defense coming up.

AnninCA on November 10, 2009 at 6:30 PM

This push, especially today, to put it back under GW seems suspicious to me. What did Obama know and when did he know it?

sandee on November 10, 2009 at 6:27 PM

The important thing here is when was the investigation called off not when it started.

thomasaur on November 10, 2009 at 6:31 PM

Hey Odumbo, get your head out of the sand. Throw away the keys to Air Force One and get to work.

rjoco1 on November 10, 2009 at 6:31 PM

I lean towards my doctor-on-a-pedestal theory. They didn’t spot the seriousness because it seemed unthinkable that a psychiatrist was actually signalling seriously.

AnninCA on November 10, 2009 at 6:32 PM

I heard a discussion that anything he says about the case can be used by the defense coming up.

AnninCA on November 10, 2009 at 6:30 PM

Then he should’ve kept his mouth shut rather than coloring it as “just cracking”.

Weight of Glory on November 10, 2009 at 6:32 PM

thomasaur, I agree that when it was ended and by whom ,is the most important. Seeing Obama today made me so sad. I miss W.!

sandee on November 10, 2009 at 6:32 PM

I’m not sure how to take all these red flags. Are they all legitimate flags that would lead somebody with common sense to say that there is something that should be investigated or is it only in the aftermath that “red flags” appear?

I’m afraid that the Army and administration will “solve” the problem by over-reacting in much the way they did stupid stuff in the wake of the 9/11/01 hijackers getting on planes.

highhopes on November 10, 2009 at 6:33 PM

Rosie O’Donnell assures me that mental doesn’t melt at that temperature

John the Libertarian on November 10, 2009 at 6:33 PM

….”Cracked”??

……”CRACKED”???

WTF???????

This “soldier of allah” DID EXACTLY what he was commanded to do by his deranged 7th century murdering, slave-owning, thief, rapist, child-molester “prophet”.

The 13 murdered and the 29 injured WERE INFIDELS!

He was just “following orders”.

bannedbyhuffpo on November 10, 2009 at 6:33 PM

Obama praisesthe Qur’an and Islam:
http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=tCAffMSWSzY#t=28

Cybergeezer on November 10, 2009 at 6:34 PM

Well I guess it won’t be a problem then when kids start inviting Osama or Kim Jong Il to show and tell.

Erich66 on November 10, 2009 at 6:34 PM

It is what it is: a domestic terrorist attack on Barry’s watch.

BHO Jonestown on November 10, 2009 at 6:35 PM

Pentagon worker with 3 diversity OLCs.

Fletch54 on November 10, 2009 at 6:35 PM

You see lots of Documented information is already coming out about Hasan. Every time the Red Flag was thrown out, the PC flag followed. Many folks in the Intel world knew his name and knew the danger. Many folks in the political world knew his name and knew what was PC.

13 soldiers died due to the PC flag, the Intel community will no longer see the PC flag. You will see many more documents in the coming weeks and months until politician address the dangers of Political Correctness.

Sanmon on November 10, 2009 at 6:36 PM

They didn’t spot the seriousness because it seemed unthinkable that a psychiatrist was actually signalling seriously.

AnninCA on November 10, 2009 at 6:32 PM

I think you are crediting a level of scrutiny that simply wasn’t there. They find out he’s an American-born Army officer working at Walter Reed, they really don’t take any of the indications seriously. It had less to do with his career than the fact that he didn’t fit any of their profiles. Had Hasan been an enlisted naturalized citizen with explosives training, there would have been an entirely different level of interest from whatever drone at the Pentagon who got this case.

highhopes on November 10, 2009 at 6:37 PM

Are we girding our loins?

Americannodash on November 10, 2009 at 6:37 PM

AnninCA on November 10, 2009 at 6:32 PM

I think you are crediting a level of scrutiny that simply wasn’t there. They find out he’s an American-born Army officer working at Walter Reed, they really don’t take any of the indications seriously. It had less to do with his career than the fact that he didn’t fit any of their profiles. Had Hasan been an enlisted naturalized citizen with explosives training, there would have been an entirely different level of interest from whatever drone at the Pentagon who got this case.

That makes sense, too.

AnninCA on November 10, 2009 at 6:38 PM

I’m not sure how to take all these red flags. Are they all legitimate flags that would lead somebody with common sense to say that there is something that should be investigated or is it only in the aftermath that “red flags” appear?

So far, I’m seeing mostly things that are “after-the-fact” stuff, except right before the end.

AnninCA on November 10, 2009 at 6:40 PM

Someone crack Barry.

upinak on November 10, 2009 at 6:40 PM

You will see many more documents in the coming weeks and months until politician address the dangers of Political Correctness.

Sanmon on November 10, 2009 at 6:36 PM

PC is never going to go away as a driving force in these issues. No politician is going to err on the side of red flags over not insulting some constituency and CAIR will be right there to call any mention of Arabs and terrorists in the same sentence as a hate crime.

highhopes on November 10, 2009 at 6:41 PM

So far, I’m seeing mostly things that are “after-the-fact” stuff, except right before the end.

AnninCA on November 10, 2009 at 6:40 PM

I should have added, except for what the Army was told and knew. That absolutely should have been reason to discharge him.

AnninCA on November 10, 2009 at 6:41 PM

Are we girding our loins?

Americannodash on November 10, 2009 at 6:37 PM

Not under the current health care system. Your loins shall be girded if it passes.

Cybergeezer on November 10, 2009 at 6:42 PM

President Dumb-Fuck seemed to have a new version of this today at Fort Hood.

Jaibones on November 10, 2009 at 6:42 PM

That worker wrote up an assessment of Hasan after reviewing the Army major’s personnel file and the communications.

Too bad political correctness prevented his file from showing any red flags. His little speeches in the hospital over the past year would have been something good to make a note of.

multiuseless on November 10, 2009 at 6:42 PM

“I think he just cracked.”

Translation: If a jury of Hasan’s peers gives him the death penalty, I’ll commute the sentence instead of signing the death warrant.

Wethal on November 10, 2009 at 6:24 PM

He better not do that. Or he is going to know what opposition really is.

nyx on November 10, 2009 at 6:44 PM

Someone crack Barry.

upinak on November 10, 2009 at 6:40 PM

He is a crack! Vertical!

Cybergeezer on November 10, 2009 at 6:44 PM

Discharging him wouldn’t have eliminated the threat. As a civilian, he could have committed the same type acts, although not while in uniform and perhaps not on the same group of victims. Dude should have been arrested, not just thrown out of the service.

a capella on November 10, 2009 at 6:45 PM

PC is never going to go away as a driving force in these issues.
highhopes on November 10, 2009 at 6:41 PM

Then be ready to see all of Hasan and others lives that are Documented in the Media.

Sanmon on November 10, 2009 at 6:45 PM

Someone crack Barry.

upinak on November 10, 2009 at 6:40 PM

Maybe it has already happened. Have you seen the movie “Dave?” I still think that was an Obama impersonator in Texas today.

Americannodash on November 10, 2009 at 6:46 PM

Cracked? People don’t just “crack” or “snap.” If you go back and look at anyone who “just snapped” you’ll find a history. It’s just that no one wanted to be bothered dealing with the signs so when something really bad happens it’s easy to say, “Oh my gosh. They just snapped. Who knew?” This guy had a history of alarming signs that no one wanted to deal with, probably for many reasons – the most signifcant being political correctness.

kmarie on November 10, 2009 at 6:46 PM

I don’t know what the answer is.

Me neither, but the answer after Major Hasan had better be different than the answer before it happened. If not we are all fools!

petunia on November 10, 2009 at 6:48 PM

Not under the current health care system. Your loins shall be girded if it passes.

Cybergeezer on November 10, 2009 at 6:42 PM

It was supposed to be a reference to Obama being tested as in: http://mypetjawa.mu.nu/archives/194494.php

Americannodash on November 10, 2009 at 6:50 PM

Discharging him wouldn’t have eliminated the threat. As a civilian, he could have committed the same type acts, although not while in uniform and perhaps not on the same group of victims. Dude should have been arrested, not just thrown out of the service.

a capella on November 10, 2009 at 6:45 PM

That’s not necessarily true. Part of the tension in this case was allegedly his inability to leave the Army and the thought he was going to be sent overseas to fight other Muslims. Had he been permitted to resign his commission, he might have just been a nutcase blogger.

That being said, it misses a bigger point that Hassan’s apologists (including the filthy lying coward in the White House) ignore. He wasn’t being asked to take up arms against his fellow Muslims. He would have been deployed to help the troops with mental health issues. If Hasan was a good American, why would he find helping soldiers offensive?

highhopes on November 10, 2009 at 6:52 PM

Maybe Zero is smoking crack.

Maquis on November 10, 2009 at 6:53 PM

Liberals George W. Bush – 9/11 attack – “HE KNEW, THEY INVESTIGATED THIS GROUP AND CLAIMED THEY SAW NO THREAT. HE INTENTIONALLY DID NOTHING! HE LET IT HAPPEN TO SCARE US ALL”

Liberals on Barack Hussein Obama – Fort Hood attack 11/5 – “Well, first it wasn’t an attack and then it was just a misunderstanding and besides, they investigated him and saw no threat. That’s a perfectly rational position…”

mmmmm mmmmm mmmmm

Skywise on November 10, 2009 at 6:54 PM

“I think he just cracked.”

Translation: If a jury of Hasan’s peers gives him the death penalty, I’ll commute the sentence instead of signing the death warrant.

Wethal on November 10, 2009 at 6:24 PM

OH, JESUS; CAN YOU IMAGINE THE PRESIDENTIAL PARDONS COMING FROM THIS GENIUS?

Cybergeezer on November 10, 2009 at 6:55 PM

“Let me be perfectly clear”
“Let’s not Jump to judgement”

So crazy Hussein, should we act like the 14 are not really dead dead?

seven on November 10, 2009 at 6:56 PM

The Army psychiatrist believed to have killed 13 people at Fort Hood…..

Seven Percent Solution on November 10, 2009 at 6:51 PM

I nearly gagged when I saw this line in the WaPo this morning. Believed to have killed? What is the Post suggesting, this might have been the worst case of mass suicide since those nutjobs in Arizona thought the mother ship left without them?

highhopes on November 10, 2009 at 6:56 PM

PRESIDENT OBAMA: “Well, look, we — we have seen, in the past, rampages of this sort. And in a country of 300 million people, there are going to be acts of violence that are inexplicable.

And they always seem to happen in those stupid “Gun-free” zones – you know, where people are utterly defenseless against someone who isn’t going to.. ahh .. ummm .. ahhh
..umm. Follow the stupid law.

*Scratching my head*

Can’t really figure out why

Juno77 on November 10, 2009 at 6:57 PM

Somebody in Congress has the balls to act:
http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/66981-hoekstra-to-launch-investigation-into-ft-hood-shooting-dubs-it-homegrown-jihadism-

Cybergeezer on November 10, 2009 at 6:50 PM

Pete Hoekstra is not going to let this go, God Bless him for having the guts.

fourdeucer on November 10, 2009 at 6:58 PM

The DHS report on right wing extremists:
(From Michelle’s site)

Rightwing extremism in the United States can be broadly divided into those groups, movements, and adherents that are primarily hate-oriented (based on hatred of particular religious, racial or ethnic groups), and those that are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely. It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration.

Many rightwing extremists are antagonistic toward the new presidential administration and its perceived stance on a range of issues, including immigration and citizenship, the expansion of social programs to minorities, and restrictions on firearms ownership and use.

Debates over appropriate immigration levels and enforcement policy generally fall within the realm of protected political speech under the First Amendment, but in some cases, anti-immigration or strident pro-enforcement fervor has been directed against specific groups and has the potential to turn violent.

Now how is it the DHS seemed to come up with so called red flags for groups where there were no red flags, such as libertarians, pro-lifers, Vets and so forth,,, yet here was a radical true to life card carrying extremist (SoA-Soldier of Allah) and yet no concern at all. Nothing!
Just how is that???

JellyToast on November 10, 2009 at 6:58 PM

Me neither, but the answer after Major Hasan had better be different than the answer before it happened. If not we are all fools!

petunia on November 10, 2009 at 6:48 PM

In all seriousness, this needs to be about more than just Major Hasan and the Fort Hood massacre. It needs to be about the attack on the recruiting station in Arkansas. It needs to be about the grenade thrown into the mess hall. It needs to be about the whole pattern of supposedly “Good Americans” killing off troops, not just Hasan. He is a part of a much bigger pattern and we forget that at our peril.

highhopes on November 10, 2009 at 6:59 PM

Pete Hoekstra is not going to let this go, God Bless him for having the guts.

fourdeucer on November 10, 2009 at 6:58 PM

He’s also leaving Congress. He is running for Governor of Michigan in 2010. America’s loss, Michigan’s gain.

highhopes on November 10, 2009 at 7:00 PM

The Army psychiatrist believed to have killed 13 people at Fort Hood…..

Right in line with the Wash. Po. believing it is an paragon of journalism.

Cybergeezer on November 10, 2009 at 7:01 PM

Believed to have killed?

I saw that, too. Weird.

AnninCA on November 10, 2009 at 7:04 PM

This administration sees a terrorist behind every Bible, behind every pro-life bumper sticker and below every Don’t Tread on Me flag,,,, yet here comes a man practically shouting Death to America within their own ranks and, what’s their response? “Gosh,, Who would have known?!”

JellyToast on November 10, 2009 at 7:05 PM

Regardless of what ever he thinks or considers , GWB got it right that as he is CIC, he has to remain neutral and not comment on investigations / prosecutions in progress or it can be used as a technicality to scuttle the military trial.

On another note if there is not a full review of every case that has even crossed the desk of intel agencies that relate to a similar set of parameters then heads ought to roll.

CommentGuy on November 10, 2009 at 7:05 PM

I’ll tell you what I want to know. What is Obama going to do if he’s in office when it comes time to throw the switch on “Old Sparky” for Hassan, so to speak?

BuckeyeSam on November 10, 2009 at 7:06 PM

He’s also leaving Congress. He is running for Governor of Michigan in 2010. America’s loss, Michigan’s gain.

highhopes on November 10, 2009 at 7:00 PM

Good God; He certainly doesn’t mind taking on impossible missions; Michigan is a disaster zone due to this economy.
This looks like a man to watch!

Cybergeezer on November 10, 2009 at 7:07 PM

JellyToast on November 10, 2009 at 7:05 PM

So; Anything “We the People” do for the Republic can succeed if we make sure to holler “allahu akbar” during the commission.
I’m game!

Cybergeezer on November 10, 2009 at 7:10 PM

yet here comes a man practically shouting Death to America within their own ranks and, what’s their response? “Gosh,, Who would have known?!”

JellyToast on November 10, 2009 at 7:05 PM

Point of order. He was not practically shouting Death to America. He was yelling Allah Ahkbar!

highhopes on November 10, 2009 at 7:11 PM

I’ll tell you what I want to know. What is Obama going to do if he’s in office when it comes time to throw the switch on “Old Sparky” for Hassan, so to speak?

BuckeyeSam on November 10, 2009 at 7:06 PM

Even with two terms (God forbid) the filthy lying coward will not have to deal with putting a fellow Muslim to death. It’s taken six years for John Allen Mahammad six years to get to tonight and the federal process is longer.

highhopes on November 10, 2009 at 7:15 PM

I don’t know what the answer is.

Well, obviously, DOD needs to hire some precogs, and DOJ needs to set up a pre crime bureau.

Skandia Recluse on November 10, 2009 at 7:17 PM

This administration sees a terrorist behind every Bible, behind every pro-life bumper sticker and below every Don’t Tread on Me flag,,,, yet here comes a man practically shouting Death to America within their own ranks and, what’s their response? “Gosh,, Who would have known?!”

JellyToast on November 10, 2009 at 7:05 PM

The dark side of Political Correctness…it’s scary and sad.

visions on November 10, 2009 at 7:17 PM

What’s weird about the “believed to have shot” deal is it is so hyper-neutral. Yet, today’s writing in all the newspapers is rarely neutral. They choose all kinds of verbs and nouns these days that reveal a clear bias.

So the lead sentence was downright prissy.

AnninCA on November 10, 2009 at 7:19 PM

With a lone-wolf type like Hasan, it’s harder. Without any links to anyone else suggesting he might be ready to go off, he’s potentially a dead-end lead for years. I don’t know what the answer is.

You just have the FBI keep tabs on him. I do not like a police state, but when someone has demonstrated he’s a potential threat — such as corresponding with a pro-terror radical Muslim Imam — then I think you can go to court and get a surveillance warrant (or whatever it is).

rbj on November 10, 2009 at 7:20 PM

I just spent the afternoon in a room full of liberals who were just so agast that the media has the nerve to mention his muslim faith at all…”like it matters.”

These people are completely clueless.

Vera on November 10, 2009 at 7:22 PM

“Maybe he just “cracked,” says Obama.

… and JFK was killed by a “Magic Bullet”.

Seven Percent Solution on November 10, 2009 at 7:23 PM

Obama: “Oh, you meant safe-safe?”

faraway on November 10, 2009 at 7:23 PM

Well, obviously, DOD needs to hire some precogs, and DOJ needs to set up a pre crime bureau.

Skandia Recluse on November 10, 2009 at 7:17 PM

Why? I’m guessing that this is just the incident the filthy lying coward was hoping for in order to come out after the Second Amendment. He’ll do it in memory of the Ft. Hood 13.

highhopes on November 10, 2009 at 7:25 PM

I don’t get too excited about all these ‘red flags’. Whenever an incident like this or 911 happen hindsight is always 20/20.

But, given the fact that Hasan is an American citizen and with the flak Bush and the CIA have caught for ‘spying on Americans’ I can’t really say there was anything too outstanding.

The other thing is, now everyone is looking at his life and what he said here and there but, again like 911, nobody had all the info and was able to ‘connect the dots’. The agency that can do that doesn’t exist and probably wouldn’t survive the first Congressional hearing if it did.

schmuck281 on November 10, 2009 at 7:25 PM

The bigger issue here is what to do about guys whom you have strong reason to suspect will do something crazy but who haven’t done anything illegal (yet).

That’s a good question.

It’s obvious what shouldn’t have been done: don the diversity blinders, ignore the problem, and put the guy in a pressure-cooker situation pending deployment to a Muslim war zone.

It’s not as if he didn’t bitch and moan about it for over a year, before and after he got his orders, to anyone within ear shot. If that behavior is run-of-the-mill for Muslims in the military, than the military has a bigger problem than I thought.

Nichevo on November 10, 2009 at 7:25 PM

I just spent the afternoon in a room full of liberals who were just so agast that the media has the nerve to mention his muslim faith at all…”like it matters.”

These people are completely clueless.

Vera on November 10, 2009 at 7:22 PM

That is truly hillarious. Perhaps this is a liberal version of white guilt. If we were to put up a poll about what our first thoughts were when we heard of the massacre, how many of us immediately thought that it was done by a Muslim extremist? 80% would be a good guess. Then when the shooters name was heard that shot up to 90-95%. At no point did anybody think that this was an unhinged Quaker. It must kill liberals when the stereotypes prove to be true.

highhopes on November 10, 2009 at 7:29 PM

Perhaps these 13 shall not have died in vain, if the investigations and hearings into Maj. Hasan could finally focus public attention on the cancer of Political Correctness and its pernicious effects on our ability to detect and preempt evil like this. When our own military is too afraid to offend muslims, when our cops are too afraid to profile criminals, and when our own GOP is too afraid to call out the democrat socialists, radicals and communists for what they are, we are all sitting ducks. TAKE OFF THE GLOVES, DAMMIT! Or else, pretty soon there\’ll be nothing left to salvage and we\’ll be burying a lot more bodies.

Fishoutofwater on November 10, 2009 at 7:29 PM

14 died

faraway on November 10, 2009 at 7:30 PM

When this happened, the story JUST broke, the FBI was on the scene, and immediately assessed it was NOT terrorism. Now we hear the Pentagon knew, and didn’t move on this, because the task force was under the FBI. We also know the FBI was aware of Hasan.

It doesn’t take Einstein to put this together. I don’t like making rash judgements, but the FBI seems to be scrambling to get their stories straight, and was behind all of this never making it to the light of day, until Hasan decided to take matters in his own hands.

Unbelievable, and disgusting.

capejasmine on November 10, 2009 at 7:32 PM

The agency that can do that doesn’t exist and probably wouldn’t survive the first Congressional hearing if it did.

schmuck281 on November 10, 2009 at 7:25 PM

That’s true and it isn’t. An Army officer getting e-mails from an Imam of several of the 9/11/01 hijackers should have been a trigger. It would have been enough for me to lose my security clearance.

Furthermore, Hasan was apparently politically unprofessional at Walter Reed. There is no agency that can connect the dots but several different agencies should have done more about the dots that they saw.

highhopes on November 10, 2009 at 7:33 PM

Obama had been briefed and he told us “don’t jump to any conclusions”

faraway on November 10, 2009 at 7:34 PM

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