November 23rd, 2009
02:00 PM ET
5 years ago

Defense Dept. releases objectives of Fort Hood review

Washington (CNN) - A Defense Department review in the wake of the shootings at Fort Hood, Texas, is aimed at determining whether weaknesses in programs or procedures put service members and their families at risk, the military said.

The Pentagon Monday released the objectives of the 45-day review, announced last week by Defense Secretary Robert Gates. The review began Friday, and a report will be provided to Gates by January 15, 2010.

Authorities say Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, a U.S. Army psychiatrist, opened fire at a military processing center at the Fort Hood Army Post on November 5. Thirteen people were killed and dozens of others wounded.

Hasan has been charged with 13 preliminary counts of premeditated murder, the Army has said. Hasan, who was wounded in the incident, remains hospitalized.

In announcing the policy review last week, Gates said the incident raised questions that "demand complete but prompt answers."
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Filed under: Fort Hood • Robert Gates
November 19th, 2009
03:17 PM ET
5 years ago

Gates launches Pentagon review of Fort Hood killings

Washington (CNN) – Defense Secretary Robert Gates Thursday announced a 45-day review of military policies in response to the Fort Hood killings, telling reporters the November 5 massacre raised questions that "demand complete but prompt answers."

The review will examine whether Pentagon policies fall short in identifying service members who pose "credible threats to others," or in personnel screening programs and security and emergency response at U.S. bases.

Gates said the investigation won't ease the pain of the families of the 13 people killed, but said the Pentagon must do "everything in our power to prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future."

"In all of these, I promise the Department of Defense's full and open disclosure," he said.


Filed under: Fort Hood • Pentagon • Robert Gates
November 19th, 2009
01:16 PM ET
5 years ago

Congress opens investigation into Fort Hood massacre

Congress opens investigation into Fort Hood massacre  .
Congress opens investigation into Fort Hood massacre .

WASHINGTON (CNN) – A key congressional committee opened its investigation Thursday into the November 5 Fort Hood shootings with a pledge to find out if authorities failed to "connect the dots" and could have prevented the attack.

The head of the committee promised the inquiry would not interfere with a separate investigation into the shootings being conducted by Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Attorney General Eric Holder.

"Their investigation looks backward and is punitive. Ours looks forward and is preventive," said Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman, I-Connecticut,

Authorities say Nidal Malik Hasan, a U.S. Army psychiatrist, opened fire at a military processing center at Fort Hood Army Post, killing 13 people. Dozens of others were wounded.

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Filed under: Fort Hood • Joe Lieberman
November 19th, 2009
07:00 AM ET
5 years ago

CNN Poll: Could authorities have prevented Ft. Hood shootings?

 A fallen soldiers memorial is seen in front of the podium where President Obama spoke at the memorial service for victims of the Fort Hood shootings.
A fallen soldiers memorial is seen in front of the podium where President Obama spoke at the memorial service for victims of the Fort Hood shootings.

Washington (CNN) – A majority of Americans think that authorities could have prevented the deadly attack at Fort Hood, Texas, according to a new national poll.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey indicates that 64 percent of the public believes that federal law enforcement agencies or the U.S. military should have been able to prevent the shootings, with 31 percent saying the incident couldn't have been prevented.

Authorities say Nidal Hasan, a U.S. Army psychiatrist, opened fire at a military processing center at the Fort Hood army post, killing 13 people. Dozens of others were wounded.

"All major demographic groups seem to believe that the attack at Fort Hood was preventable," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "A majority of men and women, old and young, Democrats and Republicans - all think Hasan could have been stopped."

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Filed under: CNN poll • Fort Hood
November 12th, 2009
02:14 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama orders review of intelligence relating to Fort Hood

Obama orders review of intelligence relating to Fort Hood.
Obama orders review of intelligence relating to Fort Hood.

Washington (CNN) – President Obama has directed a review of all intelligence in the federal government's files relating to last week's shootings at Fort Hood, especially any intelligence relating to the alleged shooter Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, according to the presidential memorandum released by the White House Thursday.

Obama has also directed that an immediate review be done of how "any such intelligence was handled, shared, and acted upon within individual departments and agencies and what intelligence was shared with others," the presidential memorandum said.

In the memorandum, Obama also directs that the preliminary results of the review be provided by November 30.

The memo is addressed to the Secretary of Defense, the Director of National Intelligence, and the Director of the FBI. Obama asked for the inventory and review on November 6, the day after the Fort Hood shootings, but the president's memo was not released by the White House until Thursday.

Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan has been charged with 13 preliminary counts of premeditated murder stemming from last week's shooting at Fort Hood Army Post, an Army investigator said Thursday.


Filed under: Fort Hood • Homeland Security • President Obama
November 11th, 2009
01:46 AM ET
5 years ago

Gates: 'America's family is in mourning' over Fort Hood

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The investigation into last week's shooting rampage at Fort Hood will be a "thorough accounting," Defense Secretary Robert Gates pledged.

"The president and I are committed to a thorough accounting of what happened, and to seeing that the shooting victims and their families have everything they need to recover from this ordeal," Gates said Tuesday at a Library of Congress event honoring President Ronald Reagan's contribution to the fall of the Berlin Wall.

"Tomorrow is Veterans Day, when we paused to remember the contributions and the sacrifices of all who have worn America's uniform," Gates said, adding that "America's family remains in mourning" over last week's rampage. He called for a moment of silence "for those so ruthlessly attacked at Fort Hood last week, and their families, and out of gratitude (for) veterans who have served in defense of their country."

He participated in a memorial service Tuesday at Fort Hood, honoring the 13 who died during the rampage, but he did not speak.

On Monday night, he visited Fort Hood to meet with the victims' families, as well as Fort Hood police Sgt. Kimberly Munley, who disabled the gunman as they shot at each other.

Gates also was slated to meet with military officials at the Army base, including Fort Hood's commanding general, Lt. Gen. Robert Cone, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen.


Filed under: Fort Hood • Robert Gates
November 9th, 2009
04:17 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama to speak at Fort Hood memorial, meet with victims' families

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Barack Obama will speak at Tuesday's memorial service for the shooting victims at Fort Hood Army Post in Texas, and will meet with victims' families, his spokesman said.

"The president will meet with families of those that lost a loved one last week, as well as speak to the larger memorial that will take place at the base," White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said in his daily briefing Monday.

First lady Michelle Obama will accompany the president on the trip, Gibbs said.


Filed under: Fort Hood • Michelle Obama • President Obama
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