Army disciplines 9 for not flagging Fort Hood suspect
Army Maj. Nidal Hasan is shown on April 9 after being moved from an Army medical center in San Antonio to the Bell County Jail in Belton, Texas.
March 10th, 2011
06:04 PM ET

Army disciplines 9 for not flagging Fort Hood suspect

The secretary of the U.S. Army has disciplined nine officers for failing to warn of problems with Maj. Nidal Hasan - the officer accused of committing the 2009 Fort Hood shootings - before he was assigned to Fort Hood, Texas.

Secretary John McHugh's move comes after the service reviewed the circumstances leading up to the Fort Hood shootings, in which 13 people were killed and 43 others were wounded.

McHugh "initiated adverse administrative action against nine officers for administrative and leadership failures relating to the career" of Hasan, according to an Army statement released Thursday.

The officers were not identified. The Army statement said the severity of the discipline varied depending on the actions of each officer.

The Army report found no single factor led ultimately to the shooting but "certain officers clearly failed to meet the high standards expected of their profession."

In addition, the Army secretary has ordered a review of how evaluations of personnel are conducted and procedures for training and counseling

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  1. Brimstone

    Michael Raphael wrote:
    "How do we know this is a fair decision by the miiitary?"

    Fair? You're kidding, right? It's the @#$%ing ARMY. There is no @#$%ing "fair" in the army. Every heard of the UCMJ? It has a 93% conviction rate. There is no "fair". There's only what guys with power can do to other guys to get more power.

    This was a by-the-book knee-jerk blame-shift. Happens all the time. You seriously think these guys that got @#$% on should have called out Hassan for acting wacked out? You know how many guys are wacked out in the Army? Hell I think they should give a medal to anybody that ID's anyone who's NOT wacked out in the army.

    March 10, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottie238

      Really, really? Brimstone everyone in the military is "wacked out?" Do you happen to go to school at Columbia? OR do you realize the number of Americans you are talking about? Current = 25 MILLION are serving or have served in the military!

      March 10, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jamesr1976

    Those officers were in a lose/lose situation. If they had indicated that Hasan was a problem, they would have been accused of islamophobia or racism. Political correctness has placed us all in danger.

    March 10, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Christie

    If they would have tried to alert somebody they would have been slammed with discrimination. The military tries to be so politically correct that you just cant say a middle eastern is a terrorist until its to late. I dont blame the officers, I blame always having to be PC

    March 10, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dan

    These same officers would have been viewed as racist and prejudiced had they said anything. Political correctness has overridden common sense. Just ask the little old lady getting the pat down as the 25 year old Muslim man breezes through security.

    March 10, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Obama flag lapel

    What will people do to prove they are truly american? Join the n.r.a.. Run a militia? Harass a psychaitrist in or out of the army who understands the blatant bigotry of the politically correct? Meanwhile the american harem systems of more kids with no families need funding such as an army can provide. Who is the army? Just about anyone who is not good at anything..intellectually bankrupt lazy lower thans and they know it..grade c americans in a non war against women and children.. Wow ..see the big pretend lesbian gay human rights loser machine in action. Inferior in and more inferior coming out.

    March 10, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • trinamoe

      What??? I can't tell if you are being fecicious, or just a moron spouting idiocies. I am not stupid, lazy, or "lower than." It's harder to get in the military than work at McDonald's, Walmart, Wendy's, or some telecomm/internet hell desk. If you want to rant about stupidities in this nation, start with the education system that let you out in public.

      March 10, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Chalupa

    The obsession with political correction and the fear of possible litigation start at the top of the chain of command.

    March 10, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cesar

    @Chalupa: Que? I like my chalupa with beans, shredded beef, lettuce, tomato, and shredded cheddar with an ice cold Bud Lite.

    March 10, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Righty

    Well, we're not gonna' stand here while you bad mouth the U.S.A.!

    March 10, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mmmmm on behalf of the Officers

    Oh Mr. Secretary "No Rank" McHugh, I saw Major Nidal sucking his thumb one day around lunch, at the time, I'd thought he was just enjoying his hamburger, Sir! Yes! Sir!

    March 10, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jeff Frank - Ohio

    CNN – Old news. I have posted a commentary already. 😉

    March 11, 2011 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
  11. Sgt. Slaughter

    Get those damn Muslims out of the army before they likk someone else

    March 11, 2011 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  12. Sgt. Slaughter

    A Major... No less!

    We'll- I guess "Army Intelligence" is an oxy moron..... LOL

    March 11, 2011 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
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