Report: Political Correctness Prevented FBI, DoD from Stopping Maj. Hasan

posted at 9:39 pm on February 3, 2011 by John Sexton

Today the Senate Homeland Security Committee released an independent report on the Ft. Hood shootings. The 91 page report is titled A Ticking Time Bomb: Counterterrorism Lessons from the US Government’s Failure to Prevent the Fort Hood Attack. The gist of it is that the FBI and Hasan’s superiors had more than enough information to prevent the shootings and likely would have done so if not for political correctness.

You may recall that the FBI was aware that Hasan was in contact with al Qaeda recruiter Anwar al-Awlaki prior to the shootings. Unfortunately, a confusion between two competing FBI Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTF’s) resulted in neither one taking action:

The JTTF that had reviewed the initial [REDACTED] communications dismissed the second JTTF’s work as “slim” but eventually dropped the matter rather than cause a bureaucratic confrontation. The JTTFs now even dispute the extent to which they were in contact with each other in this case. Nonetheless, the JTTFs never raised the dispute to FBI headquarters for resolution, and entities in FBI headquarters responsible for coordination among field offices never acted. As a result, the FBI’s inquiry into Hasan ended prematurely.

But the most stunning portion of the report is the section that offers details about the nature of Hasan’s radicalization as witnessed by his fellow officers:

Hasan advanced to a two-year fellowship at USUHS…Less than a month into the fellowship, in August 2007, Hasan gave another off-topic presentation on a violent Islamist extremist subject instead of on a health care subject. This time, Hasan’s presentation was so controversial that the instructor had to stop it after just two minutes when the class erupted in protest to Hasan’s views. The presentation was entitled, Is the War on Terror a War on Islam: An Islamic Perspective? Hasan’s proposal for this presentation promoted this troubling thesis: that U.S. military operations are a war against lslam rather than based on non-religious security considerations. Hasan’s presentation accorded with the narrative of violent Islamist extremism that the West is at war with Islam. Hasan’s paper was full of empathetic and supportive recitation of other violent Islamist extremist views, including defense of Osama bin Laden, slanted historical accounts blaming the United States for problems in the Middle East, and arguments that anger at the United States is justifiable…The instructor who stopped the presentation said that Hasan was sweating, quite nervous, and agitated after being confronted by the class.

Hasan’s promotion of violent Islamist extremist beliefs continued after the presentation. One classmate said that Hasan supported suicide bombings in another class. He told several classmates that his religion took precedence over the U.S. Constitution he swore to support and defend as a U.S. military officer.

It’s pretty hard to understand how anyone could miss signals that amounted to yelling “Bomb!” in an airport. The report suggests that the real underlying problem was political correctness:

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. 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.

This same concern for political correctness likely explains the tremendous gap between Hasan’s actual performance and his official performance reviews:

Hasan was a chronic poor performer during his residency and fe llowship. The program directors overseeing him at Walter Reed and USUHS both ranked him in the bottom 25 percent…Yet Hasan received evaluations that flatly misstated his actual performance. Hasan was described in the evaluations as a star officer, recommended for promotion to major, whose research on violent Islamist extremism would ass ist U.S. counterterrorism efforts.

One report said “His unique interests have captured the interest and attention of peers and mentors alike.” That’s certainly true, though not in the way it sounds. Another review listed “Islamic studies” as a “unique skill” that Hasan possessed. The only criticism of him made in any review involved his failure to take a PT test.

To bring this full circle, it was in part Hasan’s positive performance reviews that helped convince the FBI’s JTTF that Hasan’s contacts with al-Awlaki were legitimate research and not signs of radicalization. Had the reviews contained any hint of concern about his behavior, it’s far more likely the FBI would have acted prior to the shootings. As it was, it was moments after word of the shootings hit the airwaves that the FBI connected the dots:

Shortly after the media began reporting on Hasan’s attack at Fort Hood, the FBI agent told his DClS colleaguc in San Diego, “You know who that is? That’s our boy!”

This report by Joe Lieberman and Susan Collins makes clear that there has been a very dear price paid by the United States in the name of political correctness toward Islam.


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Careerist officers effing up, as usual.

catmman on February 3, 2011 at 9:42 PM

Hey, Don’t Jump to Conclusions!

Geochelone on February 3, 2011 at 9:43 PM

PC got people killed and secrets leaked…

Gohawgs on February 3, 2011 at 9:44 PM

No doubt the FBI will put new procedures in place to prevent any future blame coming their way. Grandmothers and toddlers to be hardest hit.

pedestrian on February 3, 2011 at 9:45 PM

And what does stopping him mean exactly? Kicking him out of the military?

SoulGlo on February 3, 2011 at 9:46 PM

I approve this message-Holder

artist on February 3, 2011 at 9:46 PM

Let’s roll all our law enforcement agencies into 1 big bureaucratic agency and call it Home Land Security.

They’ll be able to catch shoe bombers, and pat us all down at airports, and catch crotch bombers, and, and …

It’ll be the perfect bureaucracy.

BowHuntingTexas on February 3, 2011 at 9:48 PM

It all began with Geaorge W. Bush in the days after 9/11 when he lied about the nature of Islam and gave it a free pass to terrorize to this day.

Start on such a fatally-wrong estimation of a marching deathcult and you cannot progress beyond self-gelded P.C. lunacy.

If Bush had said nothing, rather tan lying, we would have fared better.

profitsbeard on February 3, 2011 at 9:48 PM

Own it democrats.

Inanemergencydial on February 3, 2011 at 9:51 PM

PC enabled a danger to democracy like Obama to skip needing qualifications en route to Pennsylvania Avenue.

viking01 on February 3, 2011 at 9:51 PM

It led to 9/11 also.

darwin-t on February 3, 2011 at 9:51 PM

It will lead to more death before it’s cured.

darwin-t on February 3, 2011 at 9:53 PM

Tell me something I did not suspect.

F15Mech on February 3, 2011 at 9:54 PM

And nothing will be done to change a thing.
Same with zero tolerance in schools. It’s all the same.
Heck, we already know that political correctness prevented people from stopping the 911 hijackers. I forget the exact details, but wasn’t there a security person at the airport that was suspicious of some of the hijackers but did nothing bout of fear of appearing to discriminate? Wasn’t there a flight instructor who was suspicious of one of the hijackers but did nothing out of fear of appearing a bigot?
PC kills. But we continue to do nothing.
I remember way back in the late 70′s, reading how some Japanese or German General said you can never catch the Americans making the same mistake twice. They always learn from their mistakes.
Well, times have changed. We will cling to our political correctness all the way to our graves, like Gollum clinging to the ring on his way down to the flames. It will not matter how many reports or investigations show how stupid or dangerous PC is, we’ll keep right on being PC.

Unless…. unless there is a massive Christian revival in America. One so sweeping that even the churches get saved.

JellyToast on February 3, 2011 at 9:55 PM

Bush bought the line of Grover Norquist, a trusted advisor. Norquest has long-term associations with Muslims (some of whom have terrorist ties). He is married to a Muslim and many believe he is a Muslim convert.

Norquist is involved in CPAC management and is a director for the American Conservative Union and the National Rifle Association.

bw222 on February 3, 2011 at 9:57 PM

Death by PC

Heckuva job

cmsinaz on February 3, 2011 at 9:57 PM

The gist of it is that the FBI and Hasan’s superiors had more than enough information to prevent the shootings and likely would have done so if not for political correctness.

And SOMEONE will be held ACCOUNTABLE when?

………crickets chirping………………..

GarandFan on February 3, 2011 at 9:58 PM

Yes but all of this will end when we get DADT policies replaced with something more realistic.

Skandia Recluse on February 3, 2011 at 9:58 PM

In regards to the headline: NO S**T!
Ya THINK?

annoyinglittletwerp on February 3, 2011 at 10:01 PM

Sickening… but even if they uncovered an email from Hasan stating “All glory be to Allah! I cannot wait to kill American soliders. It will be easy because the American government refuses to acknowledge any threats or treasonous statements so long as such statements are made in the name of Islam and accuse the US of some crime or offense against the Muslim people!”

Even if they found that, the Left and the government would find some way to excuse Islam, blame “xenophobia” for driving him to allow… and worst of all… allow it to happen again.

It’s kinda like if they found that AGW data was faked and glorified scientists were hiding temperature declines… but that’s crazy… they wouldn’t continue the charade if that happened… would they?

mankai on February 3, 2011 at 10:04 PM

As long as we hold to myths that Muslims are ‘like everybody else”‘

we will die

1 In ambushes
2 In terrorist bombings of railroads, train stations, crowded city squares and streets, bridges, tunnels and buildings.
3 In plane hijackings, bombings and by fanatics using aircraft as guided bombs.
4 And eventually in WMD attacks utilizing ABC (atomic, biological and chemical) warfare.

Politically will lose Egypt, Tunisia, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Morocco and Iraq (again) and of course, Israel will will be annihilated. But, hey, being PC is more important than our own survival, right?

MaiDee on February 3, 2011 at 10:09 PM

Color me surprised! /s

bluemarlin on February 3, 2011 at 10:10 PM

Not the first or the last innocents who will have to die because of leftists and their naive kumbaya bullshiite. This blood is on your hands, douchebags.

Bishop on February 3, 2011 at 10:14 PM

PC led to Obama..

SouthernGent on February 3, 2011 at 10:15 PM

MaiDee on February 3, 2011 at 10:09 PM

Dr. Zuhdi Jasser of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy served as an officer in the USN. He’s an UBER patriot. There are several American muslims who were killed in the Sandbox who are buried at Arlington.
There ARE patriotic Muslims in the military-the trouble is separating them from the Hassans.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 3, 2011 at 10:16 PM

Some call it PC, some call it Afm”vAxtion.

GaltBlvnAtty on February 3, 2011 at 10:22 PM

Every single person involved in writing or approving positive reviews of this Islamic cockroach or covering up his dangerous Islamic disease should be drummed out of military service immediately, and spend their days wearing a dishonorable discharge.

This is the same military that has produced worthless liberal shitbirds like:

Colin Powell
Joe Sestak
Mike Mullen
Lindsay Graham
Wesley Clark
John Effing Kerry
Bob Kerrey
Jesse Ventura

Jaibones on February 3, 2011 at 10:27 PM

NO KIDDING

Daemonocracy on February 3, 2011 at 10:32 PM

Western civilization’s PC circle jerk will continue no matter how many people die.

Grayson on February 3, 2011 at 10:45 PM

This report by Joe Lieberman and Susan Collins…

It’s time to purge these dreadful, irresponsible Islamophobes from the Senate NOW!

eeyore on February 3, 2011 at 10:46 PM

Anyone think that the loss of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell will not end up having the same type of issues happen as the Islamic Fascist PC made here?

astonerii on February 3, 2011 at 10:49 PM

Jaibones on February 3, 2011 at 10:27 PM

Bob Kerrey was awarded the CMOH. That fact alone makes him not worthless.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 3, 2011 at 11:00 PM

Shocking!

Vera on February 3, 2011 at 11:06 PM

Maybe we just need to adopt a new slogan: Political Correctness Kills!

Then keep repeating it until it’s no longer possible to pretend otherwise.

Poltical Correctness Kills!

Because … it’s so very, very true.

There Goes The Neighborhood on February 3, 2011 at 11:52 PM

Guess that makes DoD and FBI complicit in the brazen murder of thirteen American soldiers. Maybe it’s time for the troops who see first hand how their ranks are being infested by this vermin to start taking matters into their own hands. That piece of filth Hasan should be skinned alive, buried up to his waist and stoned to death, with his stinking corpse fed to pigs. The commanders who let him get away with his charade for all those years deserve the same.

bannedbyhuffpo on February 4, 2011 at 12:06 AM

Is it political correctness that prevents the MSM from pointing out that Obama is facilitating an Islamist takeover of Egypt by demanding that Mubarak must leave now and the Muslim Brotherhood must play a part in the new government?

Or is it just plain stupidity?

Basilsbest on February 4, 2011 at 12:13 AM

Bob Kerrey was awarded the CMOH. That fact alone makes him not worthless.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 3, 2011 at 11:00 PM

He’s a lifetimeDemocrat and that fact alone trumps his CMOH.

darwin-t on February 4, 2011 at 12:27 AM

bannedbyhuffpo on February 4, 2011 at 12:06 AM

Now tell us how you really feel.

:-)

Bishop on February 4, 2011 at 12:32 AM

Guess that makes DoD and FBI complicit in the brazen murder of thirteen American soldiers. Maybe it’s time for the troops who see first hand how their ranks are being infested by this vermin to start taking matters into their own hands. That piece of filth Hasan should be skinned alive, buried up to his waist and stoned to death, with his stinking corpse fed to pigs. The commanders who let him get away with his charade for all those years deserve the same.

bannedbyhuffpo on February 4, 2011 at 12:06 AM

Do not pollute perfectly good pigs like that. Just drown him in pig piss, and feed him to hyenas.

Slowburn on February 4, 2011 at 12:51 AM

Amazing. A thread not hijacked by the spam-bot.

IYKWIMAITYD

viking01 on February 4, 2011 at 1:23 AM

The worry here is how many other Hasan’s are there in our military? How many other lunatic, anti-American, anti-military ravings have been dismissed because those who heard were too afraid to speak out?

That old adage of “then they came for me” rings very true.

Political correctness kills. Hate speech and Hate crime are just other words for political correctness.

Greyledge Gal on February 4, 2011 at 1:59 AM

I know this will have no effect on any “progressives” reading this statement, but this tragedy, and many more to come like it are and will be the direct result of the philosophy/religion of liberalism.

What can we do about it?

Speak up when we see bad behavior, even if due to the non pc nature of it our very livelihoods are at stake. At least we won’t have people dead because of our inaction.

scotash on February 4, 2011 at 2:52 AM

I bet this took a lot to figure out. probably took more than to figure out the Muslim Brotherhood was behind the Egyptian freedom shame.

Seems like duh-bamma is just asking for attacks to happen. I wonder why.

tarpon on February 4, 2011 at 2:55 AM

Oh, well. At least they got rid of CAPT Honors right away. Isn’t that what really counts?

DrMagnolias on February 4, 2011 at 4:55 AM

I’ve long noted that after Columbine and Oklahoma City wild horses couldn’t stop the MSM from aggressively investigating the alleged terror threat from gun shows and militia groups. Yet since 9/11 almost monthly Islamic terror acts and plots can’t induce the MSM to investigate domestic Islamic extremists. The reason, of course, is diversity fetishism. Gun shows & militia groups mostly involve native-born whites. Islamic extremists are invariably wondrously diverse, brown-skinned immigrants.

kd6rxl on February 4, 2011 at 7:29 AM

Well, let’s all give a nice, big round of “Duh” to the committee. I suppose that we should be grateful that they were able to come to the clear and obvious answer.

MJBrutus on February 4, 2011 at 7:30 AM

Political correctness is just a word for the fantasy world liberals have made for themselves. Do not disturb their fantasy or their will be hell to pay. In their world Islam is peace and your facts showing otherwise do not matter. It continues today with their nice talk about the Muslim Brotherhood.

GardenGnome on February 4, 2011 at 7:40 AM

But God help ‘ya if you so much as call a Dem congressman an idiot. The FBI will be on your doorstep in record time.

Mr. Grump on February 4, 2011 at 7:43 AM

But, but, but, he was just a disturbed individual with no political agenda, right?

Not like that right-winger in Tuscon.

iurockhead on February 4, 2011 at 8:45 AM

Let us not forget the most important thing here:

Good people died at Ft. Hood because of Poltical Correctness.

That is all.

pseudonominus on February 4, 2011 at 10:12 AM

‘The beaurocracy is the friend of my enemy’…or maybe it is ‘the friend of your beaurocracy is my enemy’ ..or is it ‘the enemy of your beurocracy is my friend’…

This all so confusing…

percysunshine on February 4, 2011 at 10:39 AM

I’m going to fix all this after everyone elects me King.

BruceB on February 4, 2011 at 10:54 AM

Notice how the word “Obama” almost never appears in these bombshell reports, or in the media when screwups are discused. Contrast how now it’s “The DOJ”, but it used to ALWAYS be “The Bush DOJ”.

Listened to NPR this morning for an hour and heard about the HC rulings, Egypt, unemployment numbers, how awful the Democrats feel about the Republicans shutting down the government, and how Reagan was actually a tax-raiser, and I never heard the words “Obama” or “President” – not even once!

Seems like when there is trouble, he just vanishes from sight, to pop up the next time he needs to get hoseannas for something.

drunyan8315 on February 4, 2011 at 11:14 AM

Do not pollute perfectly good pigs like that. Just drown him in pig piss, and feed him to hyenas.

Thank you. Pigs are actually very intelligent animals who possess a degree of loyalty. That’s more than I can say for a DeathCult which likes to abuse women and children.

oldleprechaun on February 4, 2011 at 12:44 PM

Yes, the suicide pact is almost completed in DC. If Egypt is taken over by Islamists, that might be the final chapter needed.

amr on February 4, 2011 at 1:43 PM

Maybe we just need to adopt a new slogan: Political Correctness Kills!

Then keep repeating it until it’s no longer possible to pretend otherwise.

Poltical Correctness Kills!

Because … it’s so very, very true.

There Goes The Neighborhood on February 3, 2011 at 11:52 PM

That’s a good idea. Even better would be to have a t-shirt with that slogan and a picture of Hason above it. Maybe one of those t-shirt places that advertise here will take that up.

Sterling Holobyte on February 4, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Yeah, and political correctness allows cults like the Westboro Church to disgrace our Fallen Heroes’ funerals and traumatize their grieving families.

Yep, there’s a whole lot of political correctness out there. I fail to see how myself nor anyone I actually know have benefited from political correctness.

I suppose the idea is not to help others, but to make oneself feel good about oneself.

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 4, 2011 at 6:18 PM

I can tell you, as a retired military man just two years ago, you don’t dare point out a “minority” for being suspect. You will automatically be called on the carpet for discrimination and blow any chance of further advancement. There is way too much PC in the military these days. So much so that it now has a body count.

Big John on February 4, 2011 at 9:14 PM