The Fort Hood Shooting (could it have been prevented)?
Lester W Reed
This paper explores three online articles that concerning the Fort Hood Shoot and SGT Hassan sentenced to death for killing fellow Soldiers. These articles substantiate that Soldiers who are radicalized to Islamist extremist’s beliefs are a danger to all of us. Once these signs have been identified, it should not be overlooked brushed under the carpet or taken lightly. Lives have be lost, families torn from their love ones all because negligent supervisors and friends of the accused overlooked blatant extremist views. The people we speak of were not born in another country and immigrated here. They did not sneak into our country to conduct an attack on us. No one force them to serve their country. These men raised there right hand gave an oath to support and defend this country from all enemies foreign and domestic.
MAJ Malik Nadal Hanson was an Army Officer, born and grew up in Arlington, Virginia. A good ole red blooded American or so we all thought until Thursday 05 November 2009. Hasan served eight years as an enlisted soldier before becoming an officer in the U.S. Army. Military records show he also served in the ROTC as an undergraduate at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg and received a bachelor's degree in biochemistry there in 1997(Boyce, para. 4).
Where did this story go wrong what was the trigger? For six years, Hasan worked at Walter Reed Army Medical Center before he reported to Fort Hood July 2009. While serving as an intern at Walter Reed Hasan had what they called difficulties. He required extra supervision and counseling at the time. These difficulties because of privacy laws haven’t been brought to light. If there was a chance to stop or help Hasan it would have been in this moment. This was the conception of the problem and all the personnel involved are equally to blame. Hasan was under surveillance for at...