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AP: Clear signs Ft Hood shooter had no place in the military. What do you think?

FORT HOOD, Texas – There was the classroom presentation that justified suicide bombings. Comments to colleagues about a climate of persecution faced by Muslims in the military. Conversations with a mosque leader that became incoherent.
As a student, some who knew Nidal Malik Hasan said they saw clear signs the young Army psychiatrist — who authorities say went on a shooting spree at Fort Hood that left 13 dead and 29 others wounded — had no place in the military. After arriving at Fort Hood, he was conflicted about what to tell fellow Muslim soldiers about the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, alarming an Islamic community leader from whom he sought counsel.
"I told him, `There's something wrong with you,'" Osman Danquah, co-founder of the Islamic Community of Greater Killeen, told The Associated Press on Saturday.

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grlygrlz2

Asked by grlygrlz2 at 8:19 AM on Nov. 8, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Danquah assumed the military's chain of command knew about Hasan's doubts, which had been known for more than a year to classmates in a graduate military medical program.


    His fellow students complained to the faculty about Hasan's "anti-American propaganda," but said a fear of appearing discriminatory against a Muslim student kept officers from filing a formal written complaint.


     "The system is not doing what it's supposed to do," said Dr. Val Finnell, who studied with Hasan from 2007-2008 in the master's program in public health at the military's Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. "He at least should have been confronted about these beliefs, told to cease and desist, and to shape up or ship out."


    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091107/ap_on_re_us/us_fort_hood_shooting

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 8:21 AM on Nov. 8, 2009

  • I don't have a clue how it "works" in the military...but it seems to me like there should be more stringent psychological tests done before people are sent overseas or maybe even remaining in the military altogether. Correct me if I'm wrong in thinking that, but that's just what I gathered from it all.
    caitxrawks

    Answer by caitxrawks at 8:24 AM on Nov. 8, 2009

  • I don't have a clue how it "works" in the military...but it seems to me like there should be more stringent psychological tests done before people are sent overseas or maybe even remaining in the military altogether.


    Good Point. But if people are concerned with reporting a person formally because he is a muslim and the emphasis is more on being PC than it is doing what is RIGHT?  This guy slipped through the cracks of an overly PC broken system. jmo

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 8:27 AM on Nov. 8, 2009

  • This is such a controversial issue. I mean on one hand we want the military to be tight and secure , but if we all know that if the military ups their screening and security or applicants that ppl will call foul play and say that they are discriminated against. However the FIRST sign of anti-Americanism should be grounds for any soldier to be let go. Then again we'd have to make a list of all the unpatriotic acts that are exceptable.


     (my father in-law is in Iraq training the soldiers, and lives near and usually works on the Fort Hood base)

    sugahmamma

    Answer by sugahmamma at 8:31 AM on Nov. 8, 2009

  • Political correctness will be one of the downfalls of this country, right behind libs. But yet the two go hand in hand,.
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 8:40 AM on Nov. 8, 2009

  • Pretty sure the nation and military heard loud and clear when there was a mass shooting where the muslim suspect yelled “Allahu akbar!” before killing 13 people and hurting 38 others.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:48 AM on Nov. 8, 2009

  • What the hell, Carpy. This has nothing to do with libs, why do you have to bring us into every single conversation and talk shit about us? This question doesn't mention liberals anywhere at all.
    caitxrawks

    Answer by caitxrawks at 8:48 AM on Nov. 8, 2009

  • political correctness is lib crap caitxrawks. get a clue.
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 8:49 AM on Nov. 8, 2009

  • liberals are the ones who stress being politically correct.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:49 AM on Nov. 8, 2009

  • all of this is truly speculation and folks talking .... really you think in this climate of terrorism that he would have not been exposed or at least looked into if he was talking anti american rhetoric especially being a military personnel? I hope that he answers our questions so that we don't have to guess and try to find anything anyone will say about him. That religious leader didn't say anything concrete and i find it baseless based on what he did say in the article i read. Alot of people not just muslims are opposed to fighting even those who are in the military. why he took it to the next level and decided to murder people instead of awoling or getting himself discharged, i would like to know. i wonder how much virginia tech shooting had to do with this horrendous act he decided to commit.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:58 AM on Nov. 8, 2009

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