Third Anniversary of the Fort Hood Shooting

Fort Hood Memorial

November 5th marks the third anniversary of the tragedy at Fort Hood in which a single suspect, Major Nidal Malik Hasan, is accused of killing 13 Soldiers and civilian employees and wounding a further 29. This attack is still officially considered by the Department of Defense as an act of workplace violence, although some research organizations include it and the 2009 Little Rock recruiting office shootings as acts of terrorism. See, for example, the Bipartisan Policy Center’s 2010 report entitled, “Assessing the Terrorist Threat”. One of the main points in the push to have the attack classified as an act of terrorism is that Hassan allegedly had been in contact with al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki between December 2008 and June 2009, and he had reportedly asked for religious clarification such as whether one who “died while attacking fellow soldiers” would qualify for martyrdom. The Senate’s Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs conducted hearings into the relationship between Hasan and al-Awlaki in February 2011. An in-depth profile of al-Awlaki from the Naval Postgraduate School can be accessed here.

The following select documents related to the shooting are available via the Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL):
1. Protecting the Force: Lessons from Fort Hood
2. Fort Hood Army Internal Review Team: Final Report
3. Air Force Follow-On Review: Protecting the Force: Lessons from Fort Hood
4. United States Marine Corps Fort Hood Follow-On Internal Review (IR) Final Report
5. Department of Navy Fort Hood Internal Review Report
6. Target America: The Massacre at Fort Hood
7. ‘Homegrown Terrorism: The Threat to Military Communities Inside the United States’: Written Statement of the American Civil Liberties Union Before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and the House Committee on Homeland Security, December 7, 2011
8. Lessons From Fort Hood: Improving Our Ability to Connect the Dots: Hearing Before the United States House of Representatives, Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Management, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, Second Session, September 14, 2012
9. Final Report of the William H. Webster Commission on the FBI, Counterterrorism Intelligence, and the Events at Fort Hood, Texas on November 5, 2009: Hearing Before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, Second Session, August 1, 2012
10. H.A.S.C. No. 111-115: Findings of the Department of Defense Independent Review Relating to Fort Hood, Hearing before the Full Committee of the Committee on Armed Services, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, Second Session, January 20, 2010

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