Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Fort Hood murderer mess just gets better

and better.
"Put it this way," says one official familiar with the conversations that took place. "Everybody felt that if you were deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, you would not want Nidal Hasan in your foxhole."
One official involved in the conversations had reportedly told colleagues that he worried that if Hasan deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, he might leak secret military information to Islamic extremists. Another official reportedly wondered aloud to colleagues whether Hasan might be capable of committing fratricide, like the Muslim U.S. Army sergeant who, in 2003, killed two fellow soldiers and injured 14 others by setting off grenades at a base in Kuwait.

So why nothing done? "It would be too difficult and expensive", "We might be discriminating against him if we act", ...were not aware, as some top Walter Reed officials were, that intelligence analysts had been tracking Hasan's e-mails with at least one suspected Islamic extremist since December 2008. And then we come to the finale:
And finally, Hasan was about to leave Walter Reed and USUHS for good and transfer to Fort Hood, in Texas. Fort Hood has more psychiatrists and other mental specialists than some other Army bases, so officials figured there would be plenty of co-workers who would support Hasan — and monitor him.

So. They didn't want to deal with the trouble of taking action against a guy who scared hell out of them, they didn't want to be seen as being nasty toward a muslim, nobody bothered to point out that along with the other stuff he was contacting the enemy and- kind of the crowning glory of this bullshit- "When he transfers he won't be our problem any more." Isn't this just the kind of reasoning you want from doctors who'll be dealing with wounded and troubled soldiers?

Hope these useless bastards feel real damned good about their cowardice now.

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