Lawmakers demand answers from FBI regarding Fort Hood shooting
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Lawmakers on Capitol Hill called on the FBI for more answers after a Wednesday hearing regarding possible shortcomings which may have led to the shootings at Fort Hood.
Congressman John Carter, whose district includes Fort Hood, took part in a House hearing to review a final report on the FBI's handling of the November 2009 Fort Hood shooting. He was among several lawmakers who demanded more explanation why the FBI failed to assess U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Hasan as a threat.
Maj. Hasan is the man charged with killing 13 and wounding 32 others on the Army post.
"More and more I have people asking me who's going to take responsibility for this instead of just telling us 'Oh it's really not our responsibility, it's just our procedures were bad.'” Congressman Carter said. “If your procedures were bad and you wrote them, you're responsible."
The report issued by a special commission found it was shortcomings in the FBI's policy, information sharing with the Pentagon and agent training which allowed Maj. Hasan to slip through the cracks without so much as a face-to-face interview.
"We have to be right every time—100 percent of the time,” FBI National Security Branch Exec. Assistant Director Mark Giuliano said. “When we're not, the consequences are dire. I make no excuses. Our goal is to figure out what could have been done better."
Giuliano says the Bureau has already begun to implement all of the commissions 18 recommendations.
"I believe we have the tools available to do what we need to do," he said.
Committee members also expressed concern that a culture of political correctness within the FBI may have hindered a more thorough investigation of Maj. Nidal Hasan.
"The Washington field office indicated the subject is ‘politically sensitive,’" Republican Rep. John Abney Culberson said.
But the FBI official says otherwise.
"I personally do not believe that political correctness had anything to do with this determination," Giuliano said.
Carter says the government and involved agencies have more work to do to address the needs of those affected by the tragic shooting.