Why was this man still in the Army?
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.
It is not known whether the intelligence agencies informed the Army that one of its officers was seeking to connect with suspected al Qaeda figures, the officials said.
Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI) said the CIA had, so far, refused to brief the intelligence committees on what, if any, knowledge they had about Hasan’s efforts.
This is infuriating. If indeed no one in intelligence told the Army they had a potential jihadi in their midst, then this is the same kind of boneheaded, mindboggling, stupid lack of communication that lead to 9-11. The one major lesson that should have been learned from that atrocity was the need for constant communication and information-sharing between the security services. Instead, we got a new and unnecessary cabinet department in Homeland Security, a reshuffled bureaucracy, and crucial information that sits in some desk-jockey’s inbox gathering dust.
And 12 people are dead because of it; twelve families have had gaping holes ripped in their lives that will never close.
Congressman Hoekstra has every reason to be angry at CIA Director Panetta and DNI Blair for refusing to provide a briefing on what their agencies knew. I should hope Congressman Reyes, the House Intelligence Committee Chairman, is angry, too. It’s time for subpoenas to start flying. If this report is true, or if Intelligence passed on the information and the Army did nothing, then heads should roll and careers be ended.
My God. Will we ever learn? And how many more have to die before we do?
(hat tip: Exurban League)