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Texas attack reverberates in D.C.

By Ben Pershing
The major political debates of the moment suddenly appeared small Thursday, after an army psychiatrist walked into a medical building at Fort Hood and opened fire, killing at least 13 and wounding 30.

The Texas army base is roughly 1,500 miles from Washington, but the reverberations were quickly felt in the nation's capital. Statements poured forth from members of Congress, the Pentagon became a vital source of information and reporters worked the local angle, as the suspect hailed from Virginia, worked at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and attended mosque in Silver Spring. Nidal Malik Hasan "began having second thoughts about a military career a few years ago after other soldiers harassed him for being a Muslim, he told relatives in Virginia," the New York Times reports. "He had also more recently expressed deep concerns about being sent to Iraq or Afghanistan." The Washington Post writes that Ft. Hood "has been hard hit by the growing strain on the Army from multiple combat deployments" and that "Army personnel are experiencing record rates of suicide, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and other mental health problems, as well as worsening alcohol and drug abuse." The New York Daily News reports that "Arab and Muslim groups were quick to condemn the Fort Hood massacre on Thursday - and to warn against anti-Muslim retribution."

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Posted at 8:39 AM ET on Nov 6, 2009  | Category:  The Rundown
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As a Fort Hood resident who lives under four minutes away from the shooting site, I must say that inside the gates that day was terrible, and my heart goes out to those affected.

Posted by: elissareynolds | November 10, 2009 11:08 AM

Another shooting, this time in office building in Orlando, Florida.

Posted by: JakeD | November 6, 2009 2:04 PM

I fear a backlash against the muslim community. Hopefully people will set aside bigotry and prejudice in light of this terrible event.

Posted by: srg1 | November 6, 2009 10:32 AM


It's early yet, but the amazing coincidences surrounding the Fort Hood massacre start to mount up.

The gunman was an Arab-American Muslim, U.S. Army major, about 40 years old, a medical doctor, a psychiatrist involved with mental health (mind control, anyone?). (He's first reported to be among the dead, then a few hours later, he's declared alive. A mix-up, we're told, and a possible sign that one of the other dead (just ONE?) was a victim of friendly fire.)

The next morning, MSNBC is reporting that the gunman shouted out, "God is great" in Arabic -- that from a general at Foot Hood, according to the news channel.

This lone gunman, reportedly armed with two handguns, one of them a semi-automatic, somehow manages to kill 13 people and wound 30 before he's subdued. This is in a room full of soldiers, unarmed but presumably trained to defend themselves under a variety of circumstances.

If true, this fact set would stir up some powerful emotions as the Pentagon is pressuring the Obama administration to widen the war in Afghanistan.

How could Obama possibly do anything but follow the recommendations of the Pentagon after a tragic incident like this?

Why do the numbers "9-11" pop into one's head at this point? Or Gulf of Tonkin. Remember the Maine?

And Sen. Dianne Feinstein comes on CNN, asking aloud if there is an effort to "INFILTRATE OUR MILITARY"...

"Infiltrate our military." An Arab-American mass murderer of fellow soldiers.

Oh. My. God. Here we go again? Another ginned up crisis coming in the wake of a tragic turn of events?

Feinstein is the chairperson of the Select Senate Committee on Intelligence. Wouldn't she choose her words carefully? With deliberation aforethought?

She is also married to a defense contractor, so she's got another line into the Pentagon's current thinking.

What's the next boot to drop?

Why does that line from TV's N.C.I.S. Special Agent Jethro Gibbs come to mind?

"I don't believe in coincidences," he's fond of saying.



• Deposed Honduras President Manuel Zelaya confirms the essence what unjustly targeted citizens worldwide -- including this journalist -- have been reporting for years...

...MILITARY, SECRET SERVICES, AND INTEL AGENCIES of many nations, including the U.S., silently assault and torture "targeted individuals," including those regarded as "dissenters" or slandered as undesirables, with debilitating, health-degrading, "slow-kill" electromagnetic microwave and laser radiation weapons systems -- reported to include a nationwide installation camouflaged as cell towers, along with satellites and portable weaponry. OR (if links are corrupted / disabled): RE: "GESTAPO USA"

Posted by: scrivener50 | November 6, 2009 10:26 AM

This is shocking to all of us who are digesting this awful tragedy. The war apparently is taking its toll in a serious way at home and abroad.

The big question: is a volunteer army the way to go given all that's being discussed as we talk levels of stress among service men? This is a time for deep deliberation.

Posted by: Victoria5 | November 6, 2009 9:14 AM

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