WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. officials say a Pentagon worker on a
terrorism task force looked into Fort Hood shooting suspect Nidal
Hasan's background months ago, and concluded he did not merit
Two officials say the Washington-based task force was notified
of communications between Hasan and a radical imam overseas, and
the information was turned over to a Defense Criminal Investigative
Service employee assigned to the task force.
That worker wrote up an assessment of Hasan after reviewing the
Army major's personnel file and the communications.
The disclosure is important because it shows the Defense
Department was aware since late last year of Hasan's contacts with
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were
not authorized to discuss the investigation.