Well, it might be political correctness with a dollop of bureaucratic protectiveness, but whatever the cause ABC’s article today is a blockbuster: Fort Hood Shooter Tried to Contact al Qaeda. There’s more in the ABC piece that takes the Fort Hood mass murders well beyond a you-know-what-happens accident into the realm of malfeasance by the military and/or our intelligence agencies. Sen. Joseph Lieberman is calling for an investigation:
On Sunday, Senator Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) called for an investigation into whether the Army missed signs as to whether Hasan was an Islamic extremist.
“If Hasan was showing signs, saying to people that he had become an Islamist extremist, the U.S. Army has to have a zero tolerance,” Lieberman told Fox News Sunday.
Zero minus one, I should think. Meanwhile, what did the CIA know and why didn’t they tell the military of Hasan’s efforts to contact al Qaeda (or did they?):
One senior lawmaker said the CIA had, so far, refused to brief the intelligence committees on what, if any, knowledge they had about Hasan’s efforts.
CIA director Leon Panetta and the Director of National Intelligence, Dennis Blair, have been asked by Congress “to preserve” all documents and intelligence files that relate to Hasan, according to the lawmaker.
Whoa. My post of Friday night is proving more accurate than I would have liked.