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.
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."
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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
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)
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