Officers May Take Hit for Base Rampage

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

WASHINGTON (AP) - A US official says a Pentagon inquiry into the case of the alleged Fort Hood shooter could lead to punishment of up to eight Army officers.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates is expected to refer findings on the officers to the Army for further inquiry and possible punishment.

An official familiar with a Pentagon inquiry says it finds fault with five to eight supervisors who knew or should have known about shortcomings and erratic behavior of the shooting suspect, Maj. Nidal Hasan. He is accused of killing 13 people in the rampage at the Texas Army base in November.

The officers supervised Hasan when he was a medical student and during his early work as an Army psychiatrist at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

The official described the confidential report on condition of anonymity because it has not been made public.

Senator Cornyn's Response:

“As the report indicates, the Fort Hood community’s immediate response to the event was commendable, and the actions of leaders on the ground were critical to preventing further casualties,” Sen. Cornyn said. “However, it is clear that federal agencies must do a better job of sharing information. The Fort Hood tragedy, much like the Christmas Day bombing attempt over Detroit, clearly demonstrates shortcomings.”

Sen. Cornyn added, “In response to this report, I call upon our senior military leaders to take immediate action to address deficiencies in a personnel system that apparently enabled Maj. Nidal Hasan to progress through the ranks despite serious concerns by his military supervisors. We go to great lengths to keep our troops safe in overseas theaters of combat; when they return home, we cannot let our guard down.”

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