Thursday, March 10, 2011

TO BLAME OR NOT TO BLAME, THAT IS THE QUESTION

Army to Punish Nine Officers in Connection With Fort Hood Shootings

The Army announced Thursday it will punish nine officers in connection with the Fort Hood shootings for "leadership failures relating to the career of Maj. Hasan."

Army doctor Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan is accused of killing 13 people and wounding 29 others on November 5, 2009, at Fort Hood in Texas.

The Army does not identify the officers who will be punished nor does it reveal their specific punishments. A press release from the Army reads:

"The severity of each action varies depending on case-specific facts and circumstances. In certain cases, it may take several weeks to ensure that each officer is accorded appropriate due process and to take final action. In order to protect the due process rights of the officers involved, the Army will not identify them or provide details of the administrative actions at this time. Upon the completion of all cases, the Army will review whether the release of additional information would be appropriate."

Army Secretary Peter McHugh has sent a comprehensive review of the incident to Secretary Gates.

NINE OFFICERS! That's HUGE...thing is... I'm sure Hasan was given OER's that would allow the chain of command to pass him along with a secret sigh of 'good riddance' - because to write on his OER that his commander suspected Hasan was a radical islamist would have been a career killer for the senior officer writing the report. Wonder what the court marshall punishment is for political correctness....

4 comments:

  1. This could be a big mess real fast

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  2. I don't suppose they will actually press charges against the one that declared that trained military personnel could not carry on base eh?

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  3. WOW - excellent point!
    The head of the Walter Reed psychiatric residency program, Maj. Scott Moran, said Hasan was seeing less than one patient a week, acting unprofessionally and conducting research that was unfocused and loaded with Koran verses. Also, he was nearly 20 pounds overweight.

    But Moran later wrote to the certifying American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology that the hospital had "no documented evidence of unethical or unprofessional behavior, nor any serious question regarding clinical competence." Moran also gave him an "outstanding performance" rating.

    I'm guessing Moran is one of the nine, if he's still in service.

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  4. Political correctness was to blame and if we are REALLY lucky, I mean REALLY LUCKY, the trials will be focused on that. This is a reflection not on the officers that passed Nidal on to someone else, but the system that encouraged them to do so. If we do not have the stones to at least name the enemy, we can never defeat that enemy.

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