Fort Hood Probe: “Troubling Questions”

Daniel Zwerdling, of National Public Radio, once again with his outstanding investigative journalism is getting information, some damning again, that are clearing up the many questions raised especially after the round of first initial reports and seeming changing stories of those being asked the questions in those many reports.

He joins this short discussion at the PBS News Hour on some of what he’s found.  

Gates: Fort Hood Probe Raises ‘Troubling Questions’ on Warning Signs

As a Senate Committee began the first hearing into the shooting attack at Fort Hood, Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced the launch of a Pentagon review of the circumstances around the shootings. Judy Woodruff speaks with two reporters for an update.

JIM LEHRER: Next tonight: the Fort Hood story.

Defense Secretary Gates today announced the Pentagon would launch several investigations into the killing of 13 soldiers and civilians two weeks ago. An Army psychiatrist has been charged in the murders.

ROBERT GATES, U.S. Secretary of Defense: The shootings at Fort Hood raise a number of troubling questions that demand complete but prompt answers.

We do not enter this process with any preconceived notions. However, it is prudent to determine immediately whether there are internal weaknesses or procedural shortcomings in the department that could make us vulnerable in the future.

JIM LEHRER: Gates said the investigations could last six months. And he cautioned Pentagon officials not to talk publicly about the case against Major Nidal Hasan.

Judy Woodruff has more on the story….Rest of Transcript Here

Video of this Report

Added to an Indepth, Hopefully, Military Investigation we have a Senator who hopefully isn’t jumping on a Very Tragic Incident for political points and camera time by launching the first investigation into the Fort Hood tragedy. For many this congressional investigative hearing is not only coming to early but may cause problems with the Pentagon Investigation, lets hope the committee, Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, that Lieberman is chairman of doesn’t cause one, let alone many, problems with the Pentagon and Justice investigations, Lets Hope!

Gates names West, Clark to lead Fort Hood review

Defense Secretary Robert Gates is putting former Army Secretary Togo West and former Navy chief Vernon Clark in charge of a broad Pentagon review of the circumstances surrounding the Fort Hood shootings.

Gates says the 45-day review will look into gaps in how the military identifies service members who might be a threat to others. It also will look at personnel and medical programs, and at how well U.S. bases are able to respond to mass casualty incidents.

West was Army secretary in the mid-1990s and later became secretary of veterans affairs. Clark was the chief of naval operations from 2000 to 2005….>>>>>


    • jimstaro on November 20, 2009 at 14:54

    But I don’t expect even a mention from the Senate Hearings, but do from the Pentagon Inquiries that much more be investigated, especially as to what went on during the previous administration and in the military because of the nature of the last decade, the two occupations engaged in and with the hateful rhetoric towards a whole group of people, around the world, who believe in a certain religious ideology and are being condemned because of the actions of a few.

    This is a cute of a previous post I placed:

    People are leaving out one extremely important issue while going after, once again, one ideology, and a whole group of people, most don’t even care to understand. That issue is the christian? fundamentalism being preached to many in our military and has been especially since both Afghanistan and Iraq began.

    The fear and rhetoric of were already against the Muslim religion, remember who they were directly looking for after the Oklahoma city bombing. If memory serves they even arrested a couple of middle eastern looking men before catching the one who masterminded that bombing, one Timothy McVeigh, all American boy and veteran of Gulf War I. McVeigh being radicalized after the David Koresh Waco tragedy of his religious? followers and the FBI.

    The so called cold war ended, the hawks need an enemy of fear, the christian? right had growing power, they were pushing the military evangelism deeper as they pushed the United States as a christian? nation.

    And only touches what many had been finding out about and some reporting on.

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