Associated Press reports that a Senate report blames the FBI and the Pentagon for the terrorist act committed by Nidal Hasan at Fort Hood a year and a half ago;
A Senate report on the Fort Hood shooting is sharply critical of the FBI and its failure to adequately share information with the military about the alleged shooter’s extremist views.
And it says the Pentagon has failed to make necessary changes to identify violent Islamic extremism as a danger so that commanders will more readily watch for it and discharge service members who express those views.
But the report, which was being released Thursday, said the Defense Department did not inform or train commanders about how to recognize someone radicalized to Islamic extremism or how to distinguish that from the peaceful practice of Islam.
Yeah, I blame the FBI for not telling the Army about Hasan’s associations with Islamic extremists, however, I’m pretty sure if the Army had tried to do something about Hasan, like booting him from the Army, some member of Congress would have been crawling up the Army’s ass with a microscope and charging them with being bigots or something.
The problem is that the US government is afraid of calling a spade a spade and that translates into bad personnel management decisions. Yeah, it’s easy to point at the FBI in retrospect, but the problem is that the whole culture needs to change. People who have the potential to do evil must be named as such without the fingerpointers, whether it’s the FBI, the Army or the EPA, having their motives questioned.
The US culture is such that treason and plotting to do harm with extremists isn’t considered criminal…or even suspect.