The federal government “could have prevented the massacre at Fort Hood allegedly perpetrated by Nadal Hasan if it had recognized signals of his radicalization prior to the attack, a special report issued by members of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs concluded,” Talking Points Memo reports.
Committee Chairman Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) told reporters Thursday that the report unfortunately reached the "painful conclusion" that several signs of radicalization were missed leading up to the Nov. 5, 2009 terrorist attack that killed 13 people.
Lieberman and Ranking Member Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) unveiled their report on the at a news conference, where they said they engaged in a three-month process of negotiations with federal law enforcement and the military over what could and couldn’t be included in the report.
Strangely, Lieberman noted, the FBI refused to allow the report to mention that Hasan had been in communication with an unnamed overseas terrorist, even though widespread media reports said that individual was Anwar al Awlaki, who years ago was an imam at a mosque where Hasan worshiped in the D.C. area.
Lieberman told reporters that several of the redactions were unjustified in his view, but they issued the report anyway because they wanted to get it out in a timely manner.
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