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Fort Hood Shooter’s Supervisors Ignored “Worrisome Behavior”

The Pentagon recently released an internal review of Fort Hood shooting. The review shows that the Maj. Nidal M. Hasan, the accused Fort Hood shooter, displayed “erratic behavior” and displayed symptoms similar to that of a suicide bomber. Moreover, his supervisors were aware of his behavior and failed to properly report it to the FBI or other Pentagon officials. Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, stated in a press conference that the military must move from guarding against Cold War era moles to detecting religious radicals in its own ranks. Gates stated that the, “Failure to do so, or kicking the problem to the next unit or the next installation, may lead to damaging — if not devastating – consequences.”

The FBI released its own independent review detailing four areas for “immediate” improvement for information sharing between the Pentagon and the FBI. The FBI’s report, unlike the Pentagon’s, does not suggest there should be disciplinary action taken against ranking officials who could have better reported Hasan’s erratic behavior.

Read more at the Washington Post.

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