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Dempsey: Fort Hood Lessons Led to ‘Less Horrific Outcome’ at Navy Yard

Chairman stands by 2008 decision to alter mental health question on security clearance form, says sufferers "shouldn't be stigmatized."

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September 18, 2013 - 8:11 pm
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WASHINGTON — The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff declared at the Pentagon today that lessons learned from the Fort Hood massacre lessened the potential death toll at the Navy Yard mass shooting Monday.

The Fort Hood shooting prompted the Defense Department to “thoroughly review its approach to force protection and to broaden its force protection policies, programs, and procedures to go beyond their traditional focus on hostile external threats,” according to the Aug. 18, 2010, final recommendations memo from then-Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

That memo pledged the department would “strengthen its policies, programs, and procedures in the following areas: addressing workplace violence, ensuring commander and supervisor access to appropriate information in personnel records, improving information sharing with partner agencies and among installations, expanding installations’ emergency response capabilities, integrating force protection policy and clarifying force protection roles and responsibilities, and ensuring that we provide top quality health care to both our service members and our healthcare providers.”

“Force protection, although critical, is not a substitute for leadership,” Gates continued. “…The Department will continue to enable military leaders with the tools and discretion they need to take appropriate action to prevent and respond to potential problems, whatever their cause.”

At the first Pentagon press briefing since former Navy reservist and contractor Aaron Alexis opened fire at the Navy Yard, killing 12, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel acknowledged “obviously, something went wrong.”

“The fact is, starting with the tragedy of what happened Monday — and you mentioned other tragedies — we don’t live in a risk-free society. And every day, all the millions of DOD employees, whether they’re uniformed or civilian, that come to work, help this country, contribute to the security and safety of this country, there’s always some risk to that. And that isn’t a good answer. That’s not good enough. They deserve the security of a safe environment,” he added. “We will find those gaps, as I said, and we will fix those gaps.”

Hagel ordered two reviews — one of security and access procedures at DoD installations worldwide and the other focusing on the DoD’s security clearance practices — to be led by Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter. Hagel also directed that an independent review panel be established to “strengthen Secretary Carter’s efforts, and they will provide their findings directly to me.”

“The Department of Defense will carefully examine the assessments, the conclusions, and recommendations of these reviews, and we will effectively implement them. As you know, the Navy is also conducting its own review, and those results will feed into the broader DOD review worldwide,” Hagel said.

“Where there are gaps, we will close them. Where there are inadequacies, we will address them. And where there are failures, we will correct them.”

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey said that changes made after the Bradley Manning leaks and Nidal Hasan’s killing of 13 people at Fort Hood helped.

“Early indications” that changes led “to a less horrific outcome” include “alert notices, coordination in advance of crises with other agencies of government, training for employees and law enforcement on active shooter scenarios,” Dempsey said.

“So, I mean, some of the things we did as a result of those earlier incidents, we believe, actually reaped the benefit we intended,” the general added. “The clearance piece of this is one I think we very clearly have to take another look at, and the secretary’s directed us to do so.”

Hagel said the “quick answer” of whether the Navy has explained Alexis’ security clearance despite problems with the police is “no.”

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This and the Ft. Hood massacre are the results of PC gone wild. The bureaucrats are so entrenched in the political correctness mantra that they cannot take steps even when the signs are obvious. If this killer had been a white guy with TEA party membership and wearing an NRA hat he would have been hauled in for an evaluation. But this guy was in the a protected class of minorities that cannot be insulted or humiliated no matter the reason. Major Hassan was so over the top that a fifth grader would have had doubts about him. But not his superiors in the US Army. It now turns out this Navy Yard shooter had four or five MAJOR run ins with law enforcement personnel. What does it take to evaluate a person with this many issues?
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"House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mike McCaul (R-Texas) said Tuesday that “eight disciplinary actions that were swept under the rug sounds a little familiar to me.”

“I mean, the political correctness. We saw the same thing with Major Hasan in the Fort Hood shooting. He was promoted. He was passed along. There were signs along the way and no action was taken, and that’s precisely the kind of case we want to stop here,” McCaul said.

“I think there’s just a tendency to want to not deal with the problem. It’s real easy to just pass it along. Pass the buck along to another military base, or in this instance to a defense contractor. And just to get that problem out of my office and move it on without looking at the bigger picture here.”


This guy gets it. And when he says "political correctness" he's, of course, not talking about any un-political correctness in getting rid of a white Christian. How many more have to die for political correctness/"affirmative action"/"affirmative retention"? What a sick "god" to make human sacrifices to.
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Dempsey has learned nothing. It's was still "Diversity is or greatest strength".

"Force protection, although critical, is not a substitute for leadership,” Gates continued. “…The Department will continue to enable military leaders with the tools and discretion they need to take appropriate action to prevent and respond to potential problems, whatever their cause.”

Unless the cause is the Holy Doctrines of "affirmative action" and "affirmative retention" which means no matter how many warning signs a Muslim or an "African American" gives off they better not get rid of him or there will be hell to pay.

These people are sick clowns.
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I am very unimpressed with General Dempsey and with General Casey who spoke at the the memorial service at Ft. Hood.I guess it takes a sapecial typpe to rise as a political general buy the last generalsI found impressive were Schwartzkopt and that national guard general in New Orleans. In addition to rebuilding the country, the next president will hace to rebuild the military
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Saying that the slaughter at the Washington Navy Yard is "less horrific" because of lessons learned from Ft. Hood is sort of like saying that Pol Pot slaughtering 2 million of his own people is less horrific then Joseph Stalin slaughtering 20 million of his own people. The point is that innocent people were killed and although the killers used different weapons they were remarkably similar in their mental state. Isn't it obvious by now? Even to Progressives who walk the land with their heads firmly inserted in their posteriors? The issue is not gun control it's mental health, violent video games and "gun free zones" which should really be called "Free Fire Zones".
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One less person dead. They haven't learned anything yet. Gun Free Zones are easy pickings. Let the American Citizens carry their guns and be on alert and maybe no one is murdered. Is that so hard to understand. The middle east lunatics have declared war on us.
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Too bad all the Nam vets are retired otherwise Dempsey could look forward to a fraggin' blanket party!
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Good thing Washington DC and military bases are already gun-free zones. Otherwise somebody coulda got hurt.

;-)
48 weeks ago
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Just were do these "FOOLS" get their stars?
48 weeks ago
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They are Obama's "YES" Men. They will be rewarded for going along with the "One's" agenda. Stuff the people !
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Signs of the times.
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"Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey said that changes made after the Bradley Manning leaks and Nidal Hasan’s killing of 13 people at Fort Hood helped."
Yes, General Dempsey, we cut the death toll by one, quite an accomplishment.
There are no real generals left in the military. The real leaders have been "purged" by the Obama administration, and replace by yes men and PC officers, who will not question the President, and do anything he requests.


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Getting rid of all the Generals that have been to war.I guess you know that Stalin did this prior to WW2 because he was afraid he would be assassinated. Well Obama has done it in America , and all the top brass are yes men who know little of war.....Sorry America , you voted for him.
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There is something terribly wrong when the security to board an airplane is greater than the security to get onto a military base. There is also something terribly wrong when our own service members cannot be trusted to be armed while they are on duty (or off duty if they so choose) and on base. There IS an easy fix to this. Allow our service members to carry their sidearms 24/7 if they so choose. This would have limited the fallout from the security lapse of giving this guy clearance to be on base in the first place. the rest of this pontificating is a joke.
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A new fact and a thought:
-I just saw (via NR) that Alexis sought treatment at the VA for insomnia, not mental illness, and was given sleeping pills. So possibly he was never in the mental health treatment system at all.
-Why was there no metal detector at the door? I've had to routinely go through metal detectors at government office buildings just to go to the DMV.
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With all due respect to the uniform you wear General Dempsey, you are a blithering idiot! You didn't want Alexis to be "stigmatized"? Thats why all his previous scitzophrenic episodes were swept under the rug? Really?? I weep for this country that we have degenerated to the point that we make morons like Dempsey responsible for the preparedness and well being of our military.
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General Dempsey is not a "blithering idiot" by any means. No, he's much worse. He has sold his integrity to Obama for job security.

If you're going to be a "perfumed prince" at the highest levels, you must please the Master.
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