Fort Hood Report Doesn't Mention Islam

And barely mentions shooter; critics cry political correctness
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 20, 2010 2:16 PM CST
Fort Hood Report Doesn't Mention Islam
A copy of the Quran and a business card that Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan gave to his neighbor a day before going on a shooting spree at the Fort Hood Army Base are seen in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Jack Plunkett)

The military’s new report on the Fort Hood shooting only once names alleged shooter Nidal Hasan and never discusses his religion, which has critics howling. Several lawmakers want an explanation for those omissions, including Homeland Security Committee chair Joe Lieberman. Lieberman tells Time he’s “disappointed” because the inquiry “does not adequately recognize the specific threat posed by violent Islamist extremism to our military.”

Though the report is titled Protecting the Force: Lessons from Fort Hood, only one page is devoted to “Oversight of the Alleged Perpetrator.” Most of the report is devoted to personnel policies, and emergency shooting response procedures. “Our concern is with actions and effects, not necessarily with motivations,” said one leader of the review. But critics argue that the motives led to the murders, and ought to be examined—whatever the political correctness implications. (More Fort Hood stories.)

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