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    Senators Accuse Obama Admin of Stonewalling Fort Hood Probe

    Senators Accuse Obama Administration of Stonewalling Ft. Hood Probe - Declassified Blog - Newsweek.com

    Leaders of the Senate’s principal oversight committee are accusing the Obama administration of stonewalling an investigation they have been conducting into the background to the deadly shootings at the Ft. Hood military base last Nov. 5, for which Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan was arrested and charged.

    Sen. Joseph Lieberman, the independent Democrat from Connecticut who chairs the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and the panel’s ranking Republican, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, are expected on Thursday to release correspondence with the administration requesting documents and witnesses who have information about how Defense and law- enforcement agencies, including the FBI, handled information about Hasan’s alleged erratic behavior and contacts with an Islamic extremist preacher in the months before his shooting rampage. The senators are expected to declare that unless the administration complies with their committee’s request for documentation and witnesses by next Monday (April 19), the committee will issue a subpoena to force the administration to turn over the evidence.

    In a letter they sent on March 23 to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, the contents of which were made available to NEWSWEEK, Lieberman and Collins complained that they had been trying for more than three months to persuade the Pentagon to cooperate with their Ft. Hood investigation. Among the evidence they say they requested: Hassan’s personnel file, and witnesses and documents regarding Hasan’s alleged communications with Anwar al-Awlaki, a notorious American-born jihadist preacher who is currently hiding out in Yemen. Awlaki, who recently became what is believed to be the first American citizen whose name has been placed on a list of terrorist operatives whom the CIA is authorized to kill (if they can find him), has said publicly that he exchanged e-mail correspondence with Hasan over period of about a year before the Ft. Hood shootings. (As we reported here Awlaki claimed that in one of Hasan’s messages, he had asked the imam for religious advice on a Muslim soldier killing his colleagues who serve with him in the American army.)

    In their letter to Gates, Sens. Lieberman and Collins complain that even though their committee has “clear authority” to investigate the background to the Ft. Hood shootings, the Pentagon “continues to refuse to provide us with the material we need to do our job.” All the Defense Department has done in response to the senators’ inquiries, they say, is to give the committee one secret briefing, an out-of-date report on Islamic extremists in the military the contents of which, the senators allege, had already been leaked to the media, a videotape of a presentation that Hasan had made at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (where he was once assigned) and several hundred pages of documents on Pentagon policies, many of which, say the senators, are readily available to the public. All of this material, the senators say, adds up to little more than “a portion of what we requested.” The senators also complain that the Pentagon blacked out the names of Defense personnel from some documents, even though Congress is legally entitled to receive the redacted information.

    The senators complain that the Pentagon has asserted “no basis, legal or otherwise” for refusing to turn over background documents on Hasan, and that it recently asserted that it “does not possess any [relevant] documents … related to Major Hasan’s contacts with violent extremists.” The senators say they find it hard to believe this Pentagon claim.

    “It is growing difficult not to reach the conclusion that the Department simply does not want to cooperate with our investigation.”

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    Re: Senators Accuse Obama Admin of Stonewalling Fort Hood Probe

    1. What's Obama afraid of uncovering?

    2. Absolutely bizarre behavior.

    3. Why not turn over Hasan's emails?

    4. The Fort Hood Hitman actually asked Al Awlaki for GUIDANCE concerning some hypothetical assassination of fellow workers?

    5. At the same time the Mad Mullah from Yemen was mentoring his murderer in Texas, he was as well motivating, also via email, Mr Mutallab, the Jingle Bells Jihadist.

    6. Had our Intel done its job after Hood it would have stumbled unmistakably onto correspondence leading directly from Awlaki to Mutallab.

    7. Why is Obama so obsessed with obstructing?

    8. What does he NOT want observed?

    9. Why did he move KSM to Manhattan?

    10. Why provide the hairy backed butcher his platform?

    11. Why mirandize Mutallab?

    12. Why excise "Islamic extremism" from our lexicon?

    13. Why "man made disasters" and "overseas contingency operations?"

    14. Why the special prosecution of the CIA?

    15. Where are the president's sympathies?

    16. Ask Netanyahu.

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    Re: Senators Accuse Obama Admin of Stonewalling Fort Hood Probe

    Obama is afraid to insult Muslims....He won't even admit what happened at Ft Hood is Islamic terrorism..........
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    Re: Senators Accuse Obama Admin of Stonewalling Fort Hood Probe

    Quote Originally Posted by Navy Pride View Post
    Obama is afraid to insult Muslims....He won't even admit what happened at Ft Hood is Islamic terrorism..........
    NP we're at war with terrorists, remember? Ft. Hood was an Islamic extremist shooting at soldiers. Attacking soldiers isn't terrorism, it's war.
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    We’ll say what? Something like “nothing happened” ... Yeah, we might say something like that.

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    Re: Senators Accuse Obama Admin of Stonewalling Fort Hood Probe

    “We have no interest in hiding anything, but what's most important is this prosecution.” — Defense Secretary Robert Gates

    My sense is in this case that it is better to successfully prosecute the S.O.B. who murdered our soldiers than it is to hold Senate hearings. Sometimes the decision goes the other way, but, for this one, swift justice trumps immediate public inquiry.

    Excerpted from “Gates Rejects Call for Fort Hood Details” By YOCHI J. DREAZEN, The Wall Street Journal, APRIL 16, 2010, 10:27 P.M. ET
    The Pentagon will continue to limit the information about the Fort Hood shooting it provides to lawmakers to avoid jeopardizing the suspect's prosecution, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday, brushing off a subpoena threat from a Senate panel. …

    Administration officials say the prosecution's case would be threatened if military officials who had worked with Maj. Hasan or Federal Bureau of Investigation officials who are leading the continuing investigation of the suspected gunman were compelled to testify before Mr. Lieberman's panel.

    White House officials say they also want to avoid public disclosure of the electronic intelligence that has been collected about Anwar al-Awlaki, the militant cleric in Yemen who traded emails with Maj. Hasan in the run-up to the Fort Hood assault. …
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    Re: Senators Accuse Obama Admin of Stonewalling Fort Hood Probe

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    Attacking soldiers isn't terrorism, it's war.
    unless he killed em in the cafeteria

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    Re: Senators Accuse Obama Admin of Stonewalling Fort Hood Probe

    Quote Originally Posted by Chappy View Post
    My sense is in this case that it is better to successfully prosecute the S.O.B. who murdered our soldiers than it is to hold Senate hearings. Sometimes the decision goes the other way, but, for this one, swift justice trumps immediate public inquiry.
    Fort Hood Report: No Mention of Islam, Hasan Not Named - TIME

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