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November 10th, 2009
07:13 AM ET

Missed clues sought in Ft. Hood inquiry

Fort Hood, Texas (CNN) - Investigators believe the suspected gunman in last week's massacre at Fort Hood acted alone, but his communications had been flagged by U.S. intelligence agencies in late 2008, the FBI said Monday.

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Army Spc. Ryan Hill and daughter, Emma, 3, light a candle Saturday near the main gate of Fort Hood in Texas."]

The suspect, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, remained in intensive care at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. In a statement issued Monday night, the FBI said its investigation so far "indicates that the alleged gunman acted alone and was not part of a broader terrorist plot."

Thursday's shooting left 13 dead, 12 of them U.S. soldiers, and 42 wounded.

Hasan, a U.S.-born citizen of Palestinian descent, was a licensed psychiatrist who joined the Army in 1997. He was promoted to major in May and was scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan sometime soon, but had been telling his family since 2001 that he wanted to get out of the military.

A Muslim, he had told his family he had been taunted after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. In August, he reported to police that his car was keyed and a bumper sticker that read "Allah is Love" was torn off. A neighbor was charged with criminal mischief after that complaint.

But the FBI disclosed that Hasan came to its attention as part of an unrelated terrorism probe in December 2008, when agents reviewed "certain communications between Maj. Hasan and the subject of that investigation."

The intercepts "raised no red flags," with no mention of threats or violence that would have triggered a U.S. terrorism investigation, senior investigative officials said Monday.

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Michelle

    Deepak Chopra, as good as his books are, showed cluelessness on your morning show when he said "this has nothing to do with terrorism" despite dozens and dozens of "potential" pieces of information that suggest otherwise. This Ft Hood event is going to be looked back on as the turning point in America where people have finally had it with the liberal "excuse-making for everything" mentality, and prediliction toward showing more concern about the perpetrators in this world than the multitudes of innocents that they harm. Hitler was mistreated as a child and had mental issues as well, and I'd bet if todays liberals were around during WWII, they'd be doing the same upside down thinking as well.

    November 11, 2009 at 9:23 am |
  2. Linda

    How did this killer/army major earn his title "Major"? How does a soldier become a Major without seeing active duty?

    November 10, 2009 at 8:39 am |
  3. LRuth

    To compare Hasan to Tim McVee is a real lack of knowledge on both individuals, their motives and mental make up. McVee was a criminal, Hasan is a criminal terrorist. Terrorist want to kill all of us, not a few. I wonder what CNNs mush brains would report if the Hasans attack CNN? McVee would not attack CNN, the Terrorist Hasans will attack all Americans.

    It is no wonder that your rateings are so low!

    November 10, 2009 at 7:35 am |