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Lawmakers Debate the FBI's Fort Hood Report

Washington, DC
Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The FBI’s National Security Branch Executive Assistant Director agrees with an independent report on the Fort Hood shootings that the agency could’ve done things better in handling the intelligence related to the accused, Army Major Nidal Hasan. Mark Giuliano testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee Wednesday.

According to the report, issues included poor information sharing with the military and disagreements between field offices.Giuliani says appropriate action has been taken to address several of the problems. He added that the agency strives to improve operations every day in order to protect the American public from terror activities and plots.

The final report was released in mid-July. Hasan is awaiting a military court marshal set to begin August 20th.

According to the FBI report, the commission researching Fort Hood incident did not find enough intent to identify the alleged shooter, Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, as a terrorist threat.  However,  the report did find "shortcomings in FBI policy guidance, technology, information review protocols, and training, and made 18 important recommendations for corrective and enhancing measures in those areas."  The FBI also states that the agency has already taken action to implement the reports recommendations.

The commission also found that Fort Hood personnel made mistakes handling of intelligence information.  The findings conclude that "the mistakes did not result from intentional misconduct or the disregard of duties. Indeed, we find that each special agent, intelligence analyst, and task force officer who handled the [intelligence] information acted with good intent.”

Major Nidal Malik Hasan now stands accused of killed 13 people in the Fort Hood, TX shooting on November 5, 2009.

Updated: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 3:50pm (ET)

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