Here is a link to the first of what we are sure will be many leaks before the West-Clark internal review of DoD’s handling of Maj. Hasan’s career, so to speak, is completed. Here is one excerpt from the story:
[Hasan] gave a class presentation questioning whether the U.S.-led war on terror was actually a war on Islam. And fellow students said he suggested that Shariah (shah-REE’-yuh), or Islamic law, trumped the Constitution and he attempted to justify suicide bombings.
Yet no one in Hasan’s chain of command appears to have challenged his eligibility to hold a secret security clearance even though they could have because the statements raised doubt about his loyalty to the United States. Had they, Hasan’s fitness to serve as an Army officer may have been called into question long before he reported to Fort Hood.
Instead, in July 2009, Hasan arrived in central Texas, his secret clearance intact, his reputation as a weak performer well known, and Army authorities believing that posting him at such a large facility would mask his shortcomings.
If the story pans out, this won’t be the last such anecdote. The West-Clark inquiry is not looking at intelligence failures or connections between Hasan and those connected to terrorist organizations.