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Missed Clues Before Fort Hood Shootings

1:00 PM, Jul 26, 2012 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
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Incredibly, the FBI was not alone in concluding that Hasan’s jihadist beliefs were “consistent” with his research. Hasan had given a troubling presentation to his colleagues at Walter Reed Medical Center. During that presentation Hasan justified suicide bombings and warned of dire consequences if the U.S. military did not exempt Muslims from serving overseas in wars that Hasan portrayed as an assault on their fellow Muslims. Hasan also echoed the martyr’s call to action: “We love death more then [sic] you love life!” This is a common jihadist refrain.

The Defense Department never caught on. In one Officer Evaluation Report, the Webster Commission found, the "Department Chair of Psychiatry at Walter Reed wrote that Hasan's research on Islamic beliefs regarding military service during the Global War on Terror 'has extraordinary potential to inform national policy and military strategy.' “ (emphasis added)

Instead, Hasan killed 13 people and wounded dozens more. And the U.S. government has spent much of its time after the fact pretending that his ideology had nothing to do with it.

Thomas Joscelyn is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies

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