Sunday, May 9, 2010

Ft. Hood

Some old news we are gettin caught up on:

The Obama administration said Tuesday it would provide more information to Congress about the Fort Hood shootings but continued to defy a subpoena request for witness statements and other documents.

After days of negotiations, the Pentagon and Justice Department informed a Senate committee that they would not comply with congressional subpoenas to share investigative records from the Nov. 5 shootings at Fort Hood, Tex., which killed 13 people. The agencies said that divulging the material could jeopardize their prosecution of Army Maj. Nidal M. Hasan, the accused gunman.

The Pentagon did budge in other areas, however, saying it had agreed to give the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs access to Hasan's personnel file, as well as part of an Army report that scrutinized why superiors failed to intervene in Hasan's career as an Army psychiatrist, despite signs of his religious radicalization and shortcomings as a soldier.

Charge us with oversimplifying the matter in order to make a point, if you will, but what's the big deal here? Hasan, who was known to have had communications with a radical Yemeni cleric, murdered 13 of his fellow soldiers in the name of Islamic jihad at Ft. Hood. Hasan's blatant outward signs that he could possibly go rogue were routinely ignored by his superiors yet he was given the equivalent of public schooling social promotions by these same superiors for fear of crossing the boundaries of political correctness. This ia all public knowledge.

End of story. Beyond what we know already, what exactly is it that these subpoenas are going to reveal?

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