Thursday, February 3, 2011

Maybe both of these could have been prevented

Fort Hood Shooter:

'Our basic conclusion is as follows: Although neither Dod nor the FBI had specific

information concerning the time, place, or nature of the attack, they collecti vely had suffic ient

information to have detected Hasan's radica lization to violent Islamist extremism but failed both

to understand and to act on it. Our investigat ion found specific and systemic fai lures in the

government's handling of the Hasan case and raises additional concerns about what may be

broader systemic issues.

Both the FB I and DoD possessed information indicating Hasan's rad icalization to vio lent

Islamist extremism. And, to the FB I's credit, it flagged Hasan from among the chaff of intelligence

collection for additional scrutin y. However, the FBI and DoD together fai led to

recognize and to link the information that they possessed about Hasan: ( I) Hasan was a military

officer who lived under a regimented system with strict officership and security standards,

standards which his behav ior during his military medical train ing violated; and (2) the

government had [REDACTED] communicat ions from Hasan to a suspected terrorist,

[REDACTED], who was in volved in ant iwAmerican activities and the subject of an unrelated FBI

terrorism in vestigation.'

Wiki Leaks Bradley Manning:

'The United States Army private accused of downloading classified materials while serving as an intelligence analyst in Baghdad and passing them to WikiLeaks should never have been deployed to Iraq in the first place because he was mentally unfit, a soon-to-be-released Pentagon report will conclude.

Bradley Manning, 23, who is facing eight charges of breaking federal law in connection with the WikiLeaks affair, was serving at Fort Drum in New York when mental specialists advised against his deployment to Iraq. But his immediate superiors ignored the advice, according to an internal Army investigation . The report, which will be delivered formally to Robert Gates, the US Defense Secretary, later this month, also faults officers at the intelligence analysis facility in Baghdad for failing properly to supervise the soldier and to maintain a proper degree of security to protect secrets. '

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