2009-11-19 / View From the Middle

View From The Middle

Sorry, But Incompetence Is Getting In The Way Of Justice
The Middle By Charles Rogers
The observance of mass incompetence around the scene bared itself as soon as the mind of Major Nidal Malik Hasan, apparently snapped in a rampage when he allegedly killed 13 and wounded at least 41 individuals at Fort Hood, Texas two weeks ago in the Army camp’s deployment center. He randomly fired at the victims, with two automatic handguns he had bought at a gun store a few days earlier, until he was severely wounded by two civilian cops in a face-off.

How could those so-called investigators surrounding him ever NOT see what was coming from this devout Muslim who went out and bought two modern weapons for the exact reason they were used?

Hasan was a military psychiatrist who had been dealing with the tentative, fragile minds of his fellow American soldiers, some of whom had just returned from battle in the barren world where battle is commonplace. They’d seen atrocities and been shot at too many times just as they’d seen their new comrades torn apart and, essentially, evaporate in front of them.

The devastation they’d witnessed had made a fissure within the deepest part of their minds and, now that they had returned, counseling by a professional psychiatrist was afforded them; counseling from someone who had not seen the war as they had; someone who was not war-weary, but was in the process of preparing to go to Afghanistan himself.

How could this happen? How could a psychiatrist who heals men’s minds be going overseas himself? It was a scary thought to Major Hasan, with a scarier answer.

We don’t know yet about how this jailed killer of 13 people has been coping, mentally. His physical condition is now described as “stable” by medical people, but he has not spoken with authorities yet, at least not with military authorities, although he has been officially charged with 13 counts (so far) of homicide.

Military intelligence investigators had been looking into his past ever since he joined the Army. After all, he is a Muslim and, keeping that in mind in these times was a natural tendency. It was said that the deaths of his parents in 1998 and 2000 affected him and turned him to practicing his faith more fervently and, in September of 2001, when the Twin Towers fell, he had been harassed by his fellow soldiers to a great degree.

In a published interview, one intelligence officer said he felt he would be “crucified” if certain parts an interview with Hasan had been disclosed, mainly regarding the Major’s series of e-mails with an imam in Yemen. “Crucified?” Perhaps if this investigator — plus others who were looking into the past of this killer — had searched a little deeper, the sick, warmongering Army officer would have been found out — before 13 people had been savagely killed and wounded — in what could have been the latest jihad perpetrated on American soil.

These military intelligence “detectives,” or investigators who were looking into Hasan’s background erred on the side of fear; fear of being reprimanded for not “telling it like it is.” They were obviously afraid they would be accused of not being politically correct in their assumptions about the Muslim Major Nidal Malik Hasan and those within the mosque which he belonged. They didn’t understand attachment he’d had with a Yemeni cleric apparently

for months and that that should have been enough disqualify him for deployment, if not a discharge from the United States Army. Is the apparent incompetence observed in investigations by those officers responsible for tragedy at Fort Hood? Or is it fear of repercussions from a political correctness standpoint?

If neither, then what? Just plain incompetence?

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