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Final report on killing of US soldiers by fellow Muslim soldier at Foot Hood made public

Published: 23/07/2012 05:14:00 PM GMT
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Washington: The final report by an independent commission on killing of 12 US soldiers by their fellow Muslim soldier in 2009 has been made public in which no government official has been found guilty for not taking any action at the time of incident.

By Farhan Iqbal


Washington: The final report by an independent commission on killing of 12 US soldiers by their fellow Muslim soldier in 2009 has been made public in which no government official has been found guilty for not taking any action at the time of incident.

The final report of the independent panel, consists of 150 pages, said that no government officials should be penalized for their inaction while they watched an online Al-Qaida organizer persuade US Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan to murder twelve of his fellow soldiers at Foot Hood in 2009.

The title of the report is “Final Report of the William H. Webster Commission.” The third-last paragraph of the report stated, “Although we are critical of certain actions and omissions, we do not regard any of those actions to be misconduct that would warrant administrative or disciplinary action.”

“Some missteps occurred because there was no stated policy or binding directive in place that would have required different actions … [but] absent formal policy guidance on the assignment and resolution of Routine leads, the delay cannot be said to involve misconduct,” the paragraph added.

William Webster supervised the investigation process and making of the report who has been the head of FBI from 1978 to 1987.

The report was made public on 20th of this month and the panel also announced that Republican Rep. Frank Wolfe will hold a committee hearing on the report on August 1st. The witness will include an FBI official, Mark Giuliano, who is the Executive Assistant Director of the FBI’s National Security Branch.

According to the report, Hasan yelled the Islamic slogan of war “Allahu Akbar!” which means “Allah is supreme” and opened fire on his fellow American soldiers in Fort Hood and killed 12 of them.

Hasan described himself as a “Soldier of Allah” means soldier of God on his business card.

In place of Islamic texts, the report blames Hasan’s self-described religious motivation on a non-religious psychological process of “violent radicalization.”

The report declares on page 7 that “most terrorists are psychologically normal as individuals, and do not fit a medical diagnostic category.”

However, the report argues that “radicalization occurs when followers submit to the collective identity and leaders identify a shared enemy as a target for violent behavior.”

The report highlighted, “Radicalization — whether based on religious, political, social, or other causes — challenges the capability and capacity of the FBI and other members of the U.S. Intelligence Community to identify, collect, analyze, and act on accurate intelligence in time to detect and deter those who would commit violence.”

FBI has been advised in the report to increase information sharing, buy better computers and better protect suspects’ privacy for combating “radicalization.”

The report also quoted Hasan’s letters about Islamic laws written to the American-born Al-Qaida organizer, Anwar Al-Awlaki, in 2009 who was killed by a drone-launched missile in 2011.

The report recommended FBI officials as saying, “We recommend [officials] conduct compliance reviews and audits on a regular basis as experience indicates is necessary to ensure FBI compliance with all policies applicable to … race, ethnicity, national origin, or religion as a basis for investigative activity.”



Nidal Malik Hasan

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