"A Ticking Time Bomb"

 
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"A Ticking Time Bomb"

“Although neither DoD nor the FBI had specific information concerning the time, place, or nature of the attack, they collectively had sufficient information to have detected Hasan’s radicalization to violent Islamist extremism but failed both to understand and to act all it. Our investigation found specific and systemic failures in the government’s handling of the Hasan case and raises additional concerns about what may be broader systemic issues.”

Unsurprisingly, there were a host of errors that were unveiled by this report from the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. The report was a bipartisan product led by Senator Lieberman of Connecticut, and my birth-state Senator Susan Collins of Maine. Apparently everyone just looked the other way to avoid a PC problem. Well done that I’d say….

Here are some key excerpts:

Major Nidal Hasan’s public displays of radicalization toward violent Islamist extremism during his medical residency and post-residency fellowship were clear and led two officers to describe him as a “ticking time bomb.”

During his medical residency and post-residency fellowship, his vicws were no secret to his superiors and colleagues, and he showed clear evidencc of escalating radicalization to violent Islamist extremism. Witnesses reported that Hasan expressed support in open class presentations for many of the principles of violent lslamist extremism, and this support is reflected in written academic papers Hasan prepared during this time frame.

That conduct disturbed many of his superiors and colleagues, yet no action was taken against him. In fact, his Officer Evaluation Reports were uniformly positive – and even described his exploration of violent lslamist cxtremism as something praiseworthy and useful to U.S. counterterrorism efforts. Notwithstanding his manifestations of violent Islamist extremism and his concomitant poor performance as a psychiatrist, Hasan was not removed from the military but instead was promoted to the rank of major in May 2009 and eventually ordered to be deployed to Afghanistan in the fall of 2009.

Apparently there was one guy that got it:

While Hasan’s evident radicalization to violent Islamist extremism occurred gradually and escalated over time, the fact that he obviously had strong religious views that created conflicts with his military service manifested during the early part of his residency (2003-2006). One classmate told investigators that Hasan openly questioned whether he could engage in combat against other Muslims.

During the third year of his residency, Hasan’s conflicts with service obligations ripened to the point that one of his supervisors tried twice to convince him to leave the military. The first time, Hasan’s superior told him, “I don’t think you and the military will fit,” and offered Hasan “a way out” to “just say goodbye.” Later, after that adviser and Hasan unsuccessfully explored whether Hasan qualified for conscientious objector status, that supervisor again tried to convince Hasan to resign.

Just how obvious was it that this guy was fruitier than bat guano? You judge:

The next two years were the final year of Hasan’s Walter Reed residency and the first year of his USUHS fellowship (2006-2008), and it was then that his radicalization to violent Islamist extremism came into plain view. In the last month of his residency, he chose to fulfill an academic requirement to make a scholarly presentation on psychiatric issues by giving an off-topic lecture on violent Islamist extremism. The presentation was a requirement for graduation from the residency, commonly referred to at Walter Reed as “Grand Rounds.” Hasan’s draft presentation consisted almost entirely of refernces to the Koran, without a single mention of a medical or psychiatric term. Hasan’s draft also presented extremist interpretations of the Koran as supporting grave physical harm and killing of non-Muslims. He even suggested that revenge might be a defense for the terrorist attacks of September I I, 2001. Hasan’s superiors warned him that he needed to revise the presentation if he wanted to graduate and concluded that it was “not scientific,” “not scholarly,” and a mere “recitation of the Koran” that “might be perceived as proselytizing.”

Might be? Wonder what they thought about this:

The most chilling feature of both the draft and final presentation was that Hasan stated that one of the risks of having Muslim-Americans in the military was the possibility of fratricidal murder of fellow servicemembers.

In case the subtlety (or lack thereof) of Hasan’s statements is lost on anyone, the report details the following:

In sum, Hasan engaged in the following conduct in front of or as reported to his superiors within little more than one year:

• Making three off-topic presentations on violent Islamist extremist topics instead of medical subjects.

• Giving a class presentation perceived as so supportive of violent Islamist extremist conflict against the United States that it was almost immediately stopped by an instructor after classmates erupted in opposition to Hasan’s views.

• Justifying suicide bombings in class at least twice, according to the accounts of classmates.

• Suggesting in writing in his proposals lor presentations that some actions of Osama bin Laden may be justified.

• Telling several classmates that his religion took precedence over the U.S. Constitution he swore a military oath to support and defend.

• Stating three times in writing that Muslim-Americans in the military could be prone to fratricide.

Remember, this guy didn’t just graduate, he was advanced to the rank of Major. I can’t even imagine signing off on this guy being promoted to PFC, but they just kept moving him through the ranks.

I was overjoyed when I was judged in the middle of my peers on my NCOER, since I had a habit of disagreeing with my CO and 1SG. Not Hasan, or, atleast according to his rater:

• His Officer Evaluation Report for July 2007 to June 2008 described Hasan as “among the better disaster and psychiatry fellows to have completed the MPH at the Uniformed Services University.” The report described how Hasan had “focused his efforts on illuminating the role of culture and Islamic faith within the Global War on Terrorism” and that his “work in this area has extraordinary potential to inform national policy and military strategy.” The report also stated, “His unique interests have captured the interest and attention of peers and mentors alike.”

• His Officer Evaluation Report for July 2008 to June 2009 gave him passing marks for all seven Army Values and all 15 Leadership Attributes. “Islamic studies” was listed under the category or “unique skills” Hasan possessed. The evaluation commented on Hasan’s “keen interest in Islamic culture and Jaith and his shown capacity to contribute to our psychological understanding of Islamic nationalism and how it may relate to events of national security and Army interest in the Middle East and Asia.”

I remember seeing a joke thing sent around about sentences from OERs, and one of the funniest I read said:

This Lieutenant is of two minds: one is lost and the other is out looking for it.

Apparently Hasan was of two minds as well, one was a military officer, and the other was trying to blow it up.

My dopey underground newspaper I wrote while in my unit probably didn’t help my NCOER, but it did help with morale, or so I am led to believe. And what did these positive OERs do for Hasan?

In sum, the officers who kept Hasan in the military and moved him steadily along knew full well of his problematic behavior. As the officer who assigned Hasan to Fort Hood (and later decided to deploy Hasan to Afghanistan) admitted to an officer at Fort Hood, “you’re getting our worst. On November 5, 2009, 12 servicemembers and one civilian employee of DoD lost their lives because Hasan was still in the U.S. military.

Just thinking about Hasan makes me mad. The Army’s non-reaction made me even more angry. I still leave the room every time my wife has Dr. Phil on, and I can’t take anything that “Veterans for Common Sense” says seriously. If everyone is going to pad the OERs to just keep crappy officers in service, why even bother doing them? He has an OER that says he is among the best and brightest, and then another officer says “you are getting our worst”? How on Earth does that make any sense?

You can read the entire report here.

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This is political correctness at work! Hands off Muslims, have you been to Dearborn MI lately?

ONWARD CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS!!!!

I was involved in a big discussion of this subject on my favorite comment forum just 2 nights ago. All the older vets were all in agreement about almost word for word what I just read here. How in the hell could this happen in our U S Military in the USA?? It leaves you breathless with a huge empty feeling.

he should be giving the death pen. by a fire sq. and it should be on the TV so all can see it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Army employs unqualified medical personnel working in optometery and opthamaolgy. Scripture records, Where there is no vision the people perish. Have we developed a society that lives with blinders on ? Those who observed irratic behavior had not
enough spine to stand up and speak up. I am embarrassed for America that we have people in uniform who cannot see, cannot
speak and will not stand for moral principles.

remember what they did to patton in ww2..........pc is nothing new.....the army praised pershing in ww1..he ordered a the usa army to fight all the way to the end even when the armistice had already been signed to go into effect at noon...in the last hour of ww1 over 3000 americans died for absolutely no reason...another form of brainlock

Liberals love the Muslims, no matter what they do. That's not PC, that is insane.

Muslims in the Services of our nation are but a small example of the efforts to abolish our freedoms. Next it will be the outlawing of Bibles handed out for years by the Gideons and carried by many service men. After all, Holy Scripture condems these strange gods as well as the homesexual behaviour of those supporting "don't ask don't tell".

I am a veteran of the United States Army, only making Corporal in my two years in the states and in Germany. The superior officers who were responsible to this man's promotions up to the rank of Major, had to be guilty of derelection of duty, and bear a terrible responsibility for the murders of 13 soldiers. How can we hope to survive as a nation if "political correctness" negates common sense and disipline?

As a veteran and as a citizen, I believe that this man's superior officers who recommended him for promotions up to Major, bear a
terrible burden of guilt for the deaths of his 13 victims. How can we hope to survive as a nation if we allow "political correctness" to override common sense and military discipline?

My hat's off to the Legion for printing this... and I am passing it on!

It looks like a good time to follow the chain of command up to the office of accountability for this atrocity.... and we need justice served.

This is a good example that the higher the rank the more concern for personal and professional promotion over the concern to do the right thing. Really, does anyone have any confidence in the Pentagon, the FBI or any other Washington bureaucrat when it comes to putting this country or the safty of individual's first over self concern? The responsibility will fall on the lowest person the upper echelon can push it down to when it should fall on the highest level of incompetence. This would surely rise to someone in Washington.

WHO IN THE US ARMY/PENTAGON IS DOING ANY INVESTIGATION OF BACKGROUND, AND SECURITY OF INCOMING PERSONNEL???????????????

As a Vietnam veteran I am upset that this case has not yet moved for the death penalty for Hasan. What this man did was inexcusible and the military should have forseen the potential threat and acted. That is water over the dam that hopoefully will have been addressed to prevent a repeat performance. Now, there should be a public military trial, not civilian, and a public execution by firing squad. A strong message needs to be sent. No temporary insanity plea, no lengthy drawn out expensive appeals, no waiting on death row. If you shoot other people in this manner, you move to the head of the line for the firing squad. Because of political correctness we seem to be afraid to carry out justice and the families of those affected need closure. I have no sympathy for this person.

This anti American scumbag needs to not be refered to as Major .... he is a terrorist. There should be and investigation and any of the socialist democrats that did not have the balls to address the fact that this man was a threat and just kept giving him rank to make him happy and to look P/C, well those socialist democrats should be arrested and put on trial for treason and accessory to murder. We need Patriots, not pussys. We need a Commander in Chief not an Anti American commander in Thief that is and sides with the muslims. obozo has no right to be in the white house, he was born in Kenya. Look what he and all the other socialist democrats are and have done to a once great country.... We are alone now.... what has he sold to russia that we don't know about.....

Gerald Ellis' linking a murderer's action with Don't Ask Don't Tell and free Bibles is stupid at best, ignorant at worst. That is the problem with these postings sites--writers wander in all directions failing to limit comments to the issue at hand....in this case the failure of the military to move against the terrorist Major prior to his action. Stick to the issue boys!

JOe D just fell in the ignorant category as well

Ya know, the more I read and learn about the actions of this creature before the incident happened make me seriously consider backing an Americans for America "guerilla" platoon whose sole mission is to "seak and destroy" others like this guy.....really makes me sick.

Does the term SNAFU still have any meaning ? The military screwed up plain and simple . I assume the thinking was promote this
individual and let him be someone else's problem . As a vetean I've seen it happen in the past . Promote move them out to another
unit .Wash you hands of them . Yes the military screwed up !! And yes a death sentence should follow the trial . That and all the officers that passed this individual on in rank should lose theirs !!

he not fit to be confined even in "yong dong po" monkey house. he should have imediate military commission trial ,,one quick apeal and then to firing squad ,,no easy injection for him .and publisise it and hopefully video it . and spread around . should be no long drawn out imprisonment in relative luxury. he not civilian ,,smoke him.

It is bad when they knew about him and that he was linked to the 911 Trade Center attacks and they just sat on their hands and did not do anything about it. I hope they sleep well knowing that this could of not happened. And they just changed his post to let someone else take care of the problem. I am a vet and this is sad and never should of happened. How many more are there running around the U.S. that the govt. knows about and are doing not a thing to them. And more of Service People being killed. The ones that let this happen should be out of the service. If they do not care to take care of a problem and want to pass the problem on and say o well that is sad.

HIS OFFISER EVALUATION REPORTS WERE UNIFORMLY POSITIVE? HAVING MUSLIN-AMERICANS IN THE MILITARY WAS THEPOSSIBILITY OF FRATICIDAL MURDER OF FELLOW SERVICEMEMBER. THIS IS INSANE.

i seen him before in walter reed army medical center he was very quiet shocking how u can look the devil rte in the face

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