U.S. intelligence agencies were aware months ago that Army Major Nidal Hasan was attempting to make contact with people associated with al Qaeda, two American officials briefed on classified material in the case told ABC News.
It is not known whether the intelligence agencies informed the Army that one of its officers was seeking to connect with suspected al Qaeda figures, the officials said.
One senior lawmaker said the CIA had, so far, refused to brief the intelligence committees on what, if any, knowledge they had about Hasan's efforts.
Number one: if they didn't inform the Army, why the hell not? Second, they 'refuse' to brief them? Really. I can think of several responses to that that do not involve violent conduct(think there's be a problem finding someone to swing a flagrum right now?), so I'd say at least one of them needs to be done. At least first.
Second, while the speaker for IVAW is throwing out bullshit like this:
Selena Coppa, an activist for Iraq Veterans Against the War, said: “This man was a psychiatrist and was working with other psychiatrists every day and they failed to notice how deeply disturbed someone right in their midst was.”
their little 'nobody noticed' is kind of contradicted by things like
One Army doctor who knew him said a fear of appearing discriminatory against a Muslim soldier had stopped fellow officers from filing formal complaints.
Another, Dr Val Finnell, who took a course with him in 2007 at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Maryland, did complain about Hasan’s “anti-American rants.” He said: “The system is not doing what it’s supposed to do. He at least should have been confronted about these beliefs, told to cease and desist, and to shape up or ship out. I really questioned his loyalty.”
So while General Casey is saying thing like ...the Army’s Chief of Staff, said it was “speculation” that military authorities failed to pick up on warning signs. “I don’t want to say that we missed it,” he said.
(Oh, God, you REALLY don't want to say you missed it; but you did), we're dealing with the fact that a good number of people who did notice the problems with this murderer refused to make an official report because they knew the Diversity Police would quite possibly ruin their career for doing so.
“It’s too early to draw conclusions but we will ask ourselves the hard questions about what we are doing and the changes we should make as a result of this.”
How about making sure that devotion to political correctness and 'diversity' does NOT trump intelligence and good sense? Seems like that might be a change to make, General. So we don't have to read things like this:
Danquah assumed the military’s chain of command knew about Hasan’s doubts, which had been known for more than a year to classmates in a graduate military medical program. His fellow students complained to the faculty about Hasan’s "anti-American propaganda," but said a fear of appearing discriminatory against a Muslim student kept officers from filing a formal written complaint.
AFTER a terrorist murders American troops.