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Obama calls anew for thorough investigation of Fort Hood shootings

By Michael A. Fletcher
President Obama reiterated Saturday his call for a thorough investigation of the massacre at Fort Hood, saying that government agencies that did not respond appropriately to warning signs of the tragedy will be held accountable.

Speaking in his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama said that he wants investigators to conduct a careful review of last week's shooting, which left 13 dead and more than 40 wounded at the sprawling Army installation in central Texas.

In the months before the rampage, Nidal M. Hasan, who has been charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder, reportedly tried to communicate with someone overseas whom U.S. authorities were monitoring. The communication was characterized as benign and said to involve e-mail addresses available on extremist Web sites.

Separately, a former U.S. official familiar with military operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan said there is evidence that Hasan had been in contact with someone on a "kill or capture" list of al-Qaeda and Taliban targets in those two nations.

"Given the potential warning signs that may have been known prior to these shootings, we must uncover what steps - if any - could have been taken to avert this tragedy," Obama said.

Members of Congress have also called for investigations into whether government intelligence agencies failed to recognize clues that Hasan had fallen under the thrall of extremist ideology.

Despite those inquiries, Obama said he wants his own accounting of how government agencies responded to any warning signs.

"If there was a failure to take appropriate action before the shootings, there must be accountability," the president said. "Beyond that - and most importantly - we must quickly and thoroughly evaluate and address any flaws in the system, so that we can prevent a similar breach from happening again. Our government must be able to act swiftly and surely when it has threatening information."

By Post Editor  |  November 14, 2009; 6:00 AM ET
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Obama's public announcement that he wants a thorough review is a bunch of baloney. As the commander-in-chief, all he has to do is send an order down the military chain of command to do it. The public announcement is a public relation ploy typical of his administration.

Posted by: Paaa | November 16, 2009 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Obama's public announcement that he wants a thorough review is a bunch of baloney. As the commander-in-chief, all he has to do is send an order down the military chain of command to do it. The public announcement is a public relation ploy typical of his administration.

Posted by: Paaa | November 16, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

American soldier shoots five others dead at Iraq stress clinic

May 11 2009

AN American soldier ran amok, shooting dead five colleagues at a combat stress counselling clinic in Iraq today.

The killings were at Camp Liberty, a sprawling US base on the western edge of Baghdad near the city's airport.
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The American soldier in Iraq was not a muslim.

A over extended military did not prevent this tragedy.

Wake up and stop expecting miracles from the military when they are pressed with repeated tours to Afghanistan and Iraq and they are short of psychiatrists.

Yes changes have to made, but the American public should consider changing and return of the draft if it expects the military to be over extended and continuously short of staff.

This latest case was simply a military that is short of psychiatrists in Iraq and Afghanistan that made a mistake.

Instead of conspiracy start thinking of a draft where the military would not be short of psychiatrists.

Posted by: bsallamack | November 15, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Just read some great related articles on this Ft.Hood incident :

http://www.lipmantimes.com/?cat=1

Posted by: dnrocket | November 15, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

He, who calls the police calls the police 'stupidly' when at the international podium for an unrelated subject.
He, who calls for a 'shout out' after the biggest violation of national security since the 9/11 terrorism killed 3,000 people in Manhattan and nation.
He, who has brought the brought the Presidency to 'World Wide Pants' will not be alone, Clinton has plowed that field. I am only talking about celebrity.

Posted by: RayOne | November 15, 2009 8:06 AM | Report abuse

For the security of the American People, Islam and muslim ideaology should be banned.

What this guy did isnt hard to figure out. He reloaded his weapon too many times to call it crazy. It is the Ideaology of there talk. If you ignore this fact of life, tell yourself lies like "Aw no, Reverand Wright isnt like that everyday" and Louis Farrakan only talks his stuff on sunday's. Then when your family members are being blown up at the market, i guess your gonna wonder why?

This is a Christian Nation, built on Christian Values. There is no room here for Islam or Sharia Law. The only thing those things have done is caused suffering and anguish amoung there own people. Religous Freedom has been taken way out of context!

Ask yourself, is there anytime in history where muslims and christians co inhabitated an area? Nope, one or the other always trys to rule.

Posted by: ccharles1 | November 15, 2009 3:03 AM | Report abuse

URGENT TO TEAM OBAMA, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS FROM JOURNALIST VICTOR LIVINGSTON:

Many victims of government-enabled "community stalking" harassment and silent microwave/laser torture believe the Fort Hood Shooter may have been driven or even programmed to kill by a secretive, extra-legal multi-agency coordinated action program that is committing a silent slow-kill genocide against unjustly and unconstitutionally "targeted" Americans.

SECRET MULTI-AGENCY FED PROGRAM SILENTLY TORTURES, IMPAIRS, PERSECUTES U.S. CITIZENS WITH MICROWAVE/LASER RADIATION WEAPONS AND LOCAL VIGILANTISM, SAYS MAINSTREAM JOURNALIST

***

JOURNO TO FBI: TAKE CONTROL OF DHS-RUN FUSION CENTERS
TO STOP SILENT MICROWAVE / LASER ATTACKS ON U.S. CITIZENS

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america

http://nowpublic.com/world/govt-tortures-me-silent-microwave-weapons-ousted-s-prez

OR (if links are corrupted / disabled): http://NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "GESTAPO USA"

Posted by: scrivener50 | November 15, 2009 2:18 AM | Report abuse

New blog post: An Open Letter To President Obama: http://ow.ly/CjLh

Posted by: webmonkeydc | November 15, 2009 2:02 AM | Report abuse

First, I want to give a shout out. . .

Posted by: RayOne | November 14, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

eldergent you are such a moron.

Do you really think the our agency spooks who intercepted Hasan's messages to the radical sheik thought to themselves, "Gee, this looks really suspicious, but I better not say anything because Hasan is a Moslem and Obama is the President. But hey, if he were a Christian, I could nail him."

Are you really that dumb?
No you frikin cracker, they ignored this guy because he is an Army doctor.

Well doctors do not police themselves and they are not any more trustworthy than the engineers who did 9-11. So was it Bush Cheney's fault all the sign and signals the 9-11 people sent up were ignored? Did the guy who though it was strange his flight student did not want to learn how to land a jet think about who the President was?

You Republicans are so stupid, it never ceases to amaze me. And as I said before, trying to score political points while these innocent people are still being buried is a disgrace to their memory and this country.

Posted by: shrink2 | November 14, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Politicians forced political correctness upon the military and now President Obama wants to nail their hides to the wall for following it in regard to Hasan. Why not, our heroic troops don't earn enough to contribute to anyone's reelection campaign.

Posted by: eldergent | November 14, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

You can not make a silk purse out of a sows ear no matter how had you try....

Posted by: Immanurse | November 14, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Miss no opportunity to use stage management or photo opportunities.

The President is not dithering but simply using stage management.

The leaks indicate discussions where it will be 20,000 troops, 30,000 troops, or 40,000 troops.

It appears the administration has accepted the strategy of the general for American troops to occupy large areas of Afghanistan and hope the the Afghans will develop the desire to fight and defeat the Taliban.

" (The United States) must provide substantial assistance to Afghanistan until the Afghan people make the decision to support their government and are capable of providing for their own security."

" ,the Afghans must ultimately defeat the insurgents."

The President speaks of now reviewing possible exit strategies.

This is cover for the fact that the President has already accepted the strategy of the general, where either Americans troops leave in defeat, or leave when the Afghans decide to fight and defeat the insurgency.

These are the only exit policy of the plan of the general.

The plan of the general has been accepted and the President has no intentions of going back.

On Friday the President started his one week trip to Asia while here in the United States there was the announcement of the 9/11 show trials that will be held in New York City. This will be excellent cover to make a major speech on November 24th, and announce his decision to send 30,000 American troops to Afghanistan.

Timing is important as the President must accept his Nobel Peace Prize on December 10.

Close to the 30th anniversary on December 24 of the Soviets sending troops to occupy Afghanistan it appears the United States is willing to repeat the military strategy of the Soviets.

Quotes from General McChrystal’s 66-page report to Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates on Aug. 30 that was leaked to the Washington Post.
http://media.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/documents/Assessment_Redacted_092109.pdf

Posted by: bsallamack | November 14, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: edtroyhampton | November 14, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Was this doctor a terrorist?

http://www.yalealumnimagazine.com/blog/?p=719

Was Timothy McVeigh a terrorist?

Why does it even matter? This man Hasan was openly glorifying and justifying what he was going to do for YEARS. He was not part of some sleeper cell, he just wanted to kill innocent people and he developed a list of minor hurts and grievances to justify his intent to murder. He is a disgusting scumbag and I don't see what makes him different from McVeigh.

In any case, call him a terrorist, who cares, what is the difference to the people who are dead and what should have been done no matter what?

All of you, here is the lesson for the day: if anyone seems increasingly preoccupied with killing, glorifies death, admires killers and people whose ideas and acts scare the hell out of you then TURN THEM IN!

Posted by: shrink2 | November 14, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

I hope so. The very people who new of these warning signs are now anonymously and cowardly telling the media how worried hey were. They were supposed to stop this criminal and failed. Fire and prosecute them. I'm so tired of "mistakes were made' and move on crap argumentes.

Posted by: bluelagoon21 | November 14, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse


SECRET MULTI-AGENCY FED PROGRAM TORTURES, IMPAIRS, PERSECUTES THOUSANDS OF U.S. CITIZENS WITH NATIONWIDE SILENT MICROWAVE/LASER WEAPONS SYSTEMS, LOCAL VIGILANTISM:
JOURNALIST VICTOR LIVINGSTON

• Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan

• FEMA Director Craig Fugate

• NSA Director Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander

• DIA Director Maj. Gen. Michael Maples

• DOJ Asst. Atty. Gen./National Security David Kris

• CIA Deputy Director Stephen Kappes

• FBI Director Robert Mueller

TEAM OBAMA, CONGRESS MUST ASK:

What do they know -- and when did they know it?

JOURNO TO FBI: TAKE CONTROL OF DHS-RUN FUSION CENTERS
TO STOP SILENT MICROWAVE / LASER ATTACKS ON U.S. CITIZENS

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-ameria
OR http://NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "GESTAPO USA"

Posted by: scrivener50 | November 14, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Everyone in America except Obama and his ilk knows damnwell that this guy was another Muslim terrorist, the only reason to investigate is to try to find any possible means to distract the public from the truth. Muslims are our enemy.

Posted by: hillaryc1 | November 14, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

URGENT TO TEAM OBAMA:

Many victims of government-enabled "community stalking" and silent microwave/laser torture believe the Fort Hood Shooter was driven to kill by an evil, unconstitutional federal program:

SECRET MULTI-AGENCY FED PROGRAM SILENTLY TORTURES, IMPAIRS, PERSECUTES U.S. CITIZENS WITH MICROWAVE/LASER RADIATION AND LOCAL VIGILANTISM, SAYS MAINSTREAM JOURNALIST

* Thousands of Americans, deemed to be "dissidents" or undesirables, targeted by Bush legacy program for debilitating microwave/laser assault, held hostage in their own homes to fed-supported vigilante "community policing" stalking units, equipped with warrantless GPS devices, who vandalize and terrorize as local police look the other way.

* "Directed energy weapons," portable units and a nationwide installation employing cell towers and satellites, induce weakness, exhaustion, head and body aches, physical and neurological impairment, strokes, aneurysms, cancer -- and many victims do not realize what is making them sick.

* Regional Homeland Security- administered "fusion centers" reportedly serve as command centers for covert electromagnetic radiation attacks, pervasive surveillance, financial sabotage of those identified as "dissidents," "trouble-makers" or slandered as threats to society.

* Use of microwave weaponry to torture and impair political opponents recently confirmed by deposed Honduras President Manuel Zelaya.

* Pleas for justice, to local police and FBI, go unanswered -- as do demands for a Department of Justice Civil Rights Division investigation and congressional hearings.

"These are crimes against humanity and the Constitution, being perpetrated under the cover of national security and 'safe streets' by multiple federal and local agencies and commands -- an American genocide hiding in plain sight, enabled by the naivete of those who think 'it can't happen here.'" -- Victor Livingston, former reporter for WTXF-TV Philadelphia, Phila. Bulletin, N.Y. Daily News, St. Petersburg Times; producer/host, MSG Network Sports Business Report; columnist, NowPublic.com/scrivener.

JOURNO TO FBI: TAKE CONTROL OF DHS-RUN FUSION CENTERS
TO STOP SILENT MICROWAVE / LASER ATTACKS ON U.S. CITIZENS

http://nowpublic.com/world/govt-tortures-me-silent-microwave-weapons-ousted-s-prez
http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america OR (if links are corrupted / disabled): http://NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "GESTAPO USA"

Posted by: scrivener50 | November 14, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

No, actually 44, Obama has NOT called for a thorough investigation. Obama, from the safety of Japan, has told the US Congress to SHUT UP AND GET OUT OF THE WAY. But, hey, 44! Keep trying to put a good light on things, will ya?

Posted by: chatard | November 14, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

When is the White House going to stop pussy footing around and admit that was an act of terrorism.

Then let's talk about who we make the scapegoat................

Posted by: sandynh | November 14, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

One can only hope, if this so called investigation drags on for months on end, we can get closure, by a definitive definiton of terrorism. I can only recall, this is what we were told to expect. No straight line from a fundamentalist, to a superior. Just a subscriber to killing infidels, as a act of god, to be carried out, when opportune.

Posted by: dangreen3 | November 14, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Before anyone gets cast to the wolves we first - starting with the President of the United States - have to admit that this was an act of terrorism - Yes, I understand that in the Prez vocabulary - terrorists don't exist - well, think again.
Then start thinking about where the political correctness and bending over backwards not to offend Muslims came from - it came from the top - it has infiltrated every sector of government and the ACLU has sued everyone and anyone who looked cross eyed at one - all with the Government's blessing.
So until and if, starting at the top - people's heads roll - don't even think of making the military your scapegoats.

Posted by: sandynh | November 14, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse


Is Fort Hood shooter a murderer or a terrorist?

http://www.youpolls.com/details.asp?pid=6488

.

Posted by: usadblake | November 14, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Here's the problem Mr. President: Political correctness is so prevalent everywhere that it has now INFECTED our military to the point that everyone fears speaking up. This guy is a threat and has been from the get go. But he also is a Muslim and we don't want to offend Muslims now do we? The problem is; Muslims are intent on taking over the world, not to make it better, but to destroy freedom for all people. Political correctness forbids us to confront the enemy head on or to call it what we really are facing - a religious war. So where will you stand?

Posted by: TexRancher | November 14, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Obama is polite but obviously he is upset that he has to get involved. If the Military couldn't handle this madman Hassan then what are they really capable of. Worse though is that this Hassan has started a new suicide approach: rather than at random it will become more fashionable to go after people who trusted the killer. It will make life for the moslems here in the US living hell.

Posted by: ridagana | November 14, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Fear of being called a word like "racist" is not an excuse for failing to report a highly dangerous situation.

Of course, there's no reason to believe that a person would be called such a term for simply expressing concern about another person's behavior. And in fact, WaPo reporter Dana Priest did a story years back about a Muslim doctor at Walter Reed whose colleagues were concerned about his views.

Posted by: blasmaic | November 14, 2009 9:48 AM | Report abuse

There is little point in arguing with the Glen Beck's stooges, but there was discussion at Walter Reed among this man's colleagues and supervisors as to whether he was actually psychotic (crazy, is the word for you wing nuts).

No way anyone other than a doctor would have been allowed to behave this way for years. The hole in the Army's and perhaps HS' systems too has to do with the cloak of deference surrounding the medical profession. No such protection exists for Muslims in general, idiot.

Posted by: shrink2 | November 14, 2009 9:27 AM | Report abuse

who ever had made a issue with this would have been pegged as a racist, and anti Muslim nothing would have been done. the lib news would have put it on the front page on how the army is full of racist and would have used this killer as there poster boy maybe they will figure it out that there belief that only a straight white man can hate is wrong, hate sees no color

Posted by: getsix1 | November 14, 2009 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Darlene_Jr is an idiot.
Obama is responsible for this too?
Look, your hate speech is done for today, go back to sleep now, but you can leave Fox News on in the background, your brain is already dead.

Meanwhile, to the grownups, the problem here may have had to do with his doctor/Major status. I can't imagine someone throwing up this many red flags being ignored if he were a private or even an nco.

The uniformed services have to understand (1) the medical profession does not police itself and (2) being an MD does not protect your brain from evil.

This guy looks to me a lot like Timothy McVeigh, a professional hurt collector assembling excuses around what he wanted to do all along.

He strikes me as perhaps a little less evil than the Serb psychiatrist and mass murderer Radovan Karadzic. He had ~7,000 Muslims killed, allegedly, and regrets he didn't have "all" Muslims in his country killed.

This was a terrible disaster and though we don't know for sure, it looks like it could have been prevented had the people who saw what this guy was doing and saying brought their concerns forward. They chose not to and that is what we have to look at.

Idiotic political screeds disrespect the victims and their families.


Posted by: shrink2 | November 14, 2009 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Two words Obama uttered show, without a doubt, his mindset on the Ft. Hood massacre.

"We must uncover what steps - IF ANY (emphasis mine) - could have been taken to avert this tragedy."

IF ANY?

As if there is any question that action should have been taken.

Capitulating to the culture of political correctness perpetrated by Obama and Holder and their minions, the Army didn't fail to recognize the signs that Hassan is a Muslim terrorist.

The Army ignored them.

There is a big difference.

And it had horrific consequences.

Posted by: Darlene_Jr | November 14, 2009 6:52 AM | Report abuse

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