Monday, November 9, 2009

Officials: U.S. Army Told of Hasan's Contacts with al Qaeda

You don't really think the Army knew this guy was a ticking time bomb and purposely did nothing about it so they could exploit the whole thing after he snapped, do you? Nah...not our government.

    ABC News -

    U.S. intelligence agencies were aware months ago that Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan was attempting to make contact with people associated with al Qaeda, two American officials briefed on classified material in the case told ABC News.

    Army knew suspected Fort Hood gunman had contact with al Qaeda recruiter.

    According to the officials, the Army was informed of Hasan's contact, but it is unclear what, if anything, the Army did in response.

    Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-MI), the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, said that he requested the CIA and other intelligence agencies brief the committee on what was known, if anything, about Hasan by the U.S. intelligence community, only to be refused.

    In response, Hoekstra issued a document preservation request to four intelligence agencies. The letter, dated November 7th, was sent to directors Dennis Blair (DNI), Robert Mueller (FBI), Lt. Gen Keith Alexander (NSA) and Leon Panetta (CIA).

    Hoekstra said he is "absolutely furious" that the house intel committee has been refused an intelligence briefing by the DNI or CIA on Hasan's attempt to reach out to al Qaeda, as first reported by ABC News.