(Writer’s note- As you likely know, the Fort Hood Shooting Report came out last week.  I prefer to read the actual document for myself.  Thus, as I do so, I will post a series of articles (over the next week or so?) of the information I find important.  That said, I naturally view the world through a certain prism just as the mainstream media does.  I hope my posts save you some time BUT I strongly suggest reading the report for yourself.)

Introduction- Timeline

December 17, 2008– Army Major Nidal Hassan views Islamic Cleric Anwar al-Aulaqi’s website AND sends a message to Aulaqi (FBI acquires message this & next meassage)

January 1, 2009– Hassan sends a 2nd message

Late Spring/early Summer 2009– FBI begins “assessment”  of Hassan.  In the interim, Hassan has sent 16 additional messages to Aulaqi

June 16, 2009– Hassan sends last message to Aulaqi

July 15, 2009– Hassan assigned to Fort Hood Texas

October 2009– Hassan notified he will be deployed to Afghanistan in November

November 5, 2009– Hassan enters deployment center armed with2 pistols, shouts “Allahua Akbar” and opens fire; 12 soldeiers and 1 Dod employees are killed, 42 are injured.

FBI conducts internal review of its handling of Hassan communications and as a result takes remedial measures to improve ability to detect/deter Hassan-like threats.

FBI Director orders independent investigation of FBI is warranted (leading to this Fort Hood “Webster Commission” report)


Among purview of this independent investigation are whether actions taken by FBI were reasonable under known circumstances then known; whether FBI can improve its ability to detect/deter future threats; and whether FBI should propose legislative action to improve ability to deter/detect threats “while still respecting privacy and civil-liberty interests.”

While this “Report reviews the specifics of one tragic event, it also speaks to transcendent issues that are crucial to the FBI’s ability to combat terrorism in the electronic age.”


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