A screw-up of colossal proportions

Why was this man still in the Army?

Officials: U.S. Aware of Hasan Efforts to Contact al Qaeda

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)

LINKS: Hot Air, Sister Toldjah.

4 Responses to A screw-up of colossal proportions

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  2. archer52 says:

    I’ve seen this all my professional career. When the politics of the job get in the way of the job. Here is an example of the push down from above changing how career law enforcement officers see their job. You have to understand, they want to eat, feed their families, end up with a good retirement and a few dollars in their pocket just like everybody else. So, they’ll not file a report, not forward a report, or just keep their mouths shut and close their eyes hoping nothing happens. Usually, 99% of the time it doesn’t. That is the game everyone plays.

    The people on top will never suffer the injuries caused by the acts of street level terrorists. This is because if the threat were aimed towards them, the reward for discovering it would be immediate, probably a promotion, respect, etc. Lord knows we don’t want anything happening to Pelosi, or Frank, or BO. But if the threat is general and violates the PC standards, well let’s just let the lowly class take their chances. It is a better action weighed against the chance of our leaders getting labeled bigots.

    See, simple. Here is one of my links.


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