Ticking Time Bomb: Counterterrorism Lessons from the U.S. Government's Failure to Prevent the Fort Hood Attack, Hearing Before the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate of the One Hundred Twelfth Congress, First Session, February 15, 2011   [open pdf - 7MB]

From the opening statement of Joseph I. Lieberman: "Two weeks ago, Senator Collins and I issued this report based on our bipartisan staff investigation. It was, as we have indicated, into the Fort Hood massacre that left 13 innocent people dead and 32 others, including Sergeant Lunsford, wounded. Our report--titled 'A Ticking Time Bomb: Counterterrorism Lessons from the U.S. Government's Failure to Prevent the Fort Hood Attack'--concluded, painfully, that the attack at Fort Hood was preventable. The Department of Defense (DOD) missed several opportunities to reprimand and discharge Army Major Nidal Hasan for his growing and surprisingly open embrace of violent Islamist extremism, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) neglected to investigate him thoroughly after it learned that Hasan, a member of the U.S. Armed Forces, after all, was communicating with a suspected terrorist already the subject of a major FBI counterterrorism investigation. More broadly, our investigation uncovered a troubling lack of awareness among some U.S. Government officials about violent Islamist extremism, the ideology that inspires it, its manifestations, and how best we can prevent and confront it. Today we are going to hear reactions to our report's findings and recommendations and discuss how our government must proceed if it is to prevent future homegrown terrorism broadly and the loss of innocent American life at the hands of violent Islamist extremists." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Joseph I. Lieberman, Charles E. Allen, John M. Keane, J. Philip Mudd, Samuel J. Rascoff, Susan Collins, and Ron Johnson.

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S. Hrg. 112-151; Senate Hearing 112-151
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