Nine Army officers reprimanded for failing to spot signs of radicalism in Fort Hood shooter – Elite Media Silent
Posted by iusbvision on March 13, 2011
[IUSB Vision Editor's Note - Even though I agree with the reprimands (a letter of reprimand (LOR) is a slap on the wrist), I also understand that these officers were put between a rock and a hard place. If they would have moved against Hasan he would have made a stink. Social Actions in the Army likely would have sided with him. How do I know this? I know this because I served two tours in the military and have seen Social Actions at work. If you are accused you are guilty unless you can prove otherwise. Even in basic training the Military Training Instructors (Drill Sergeants) feared the female recruits. The officers who feared speaking out were right to. Odds are it would have been bad for their careers. As far as giving Hasan an undeserved good performance review, it is no secret that in the military, your performance review is about anything and everything before your actual performance.
The military, just like the Federal Government, does not treat whistle-blowers well and that goes double if the whistle-blower is right. That is also something I have seen first hand.
Here is the rub, an LOR is MUCH preferred over a Social Actions investigation or an accusation of bigotry against what is perceived as a far left, PC protected group. So just giving these officers an LOR will encourage other officers faced with a similar circumstance another reason to behave exactly the same way. There are several levels of LOR. The "counciling letter", "admonition letter" and the standard "LOR". Each is considered more serious than the other and can be removed by a serviceman's sitting commander. For officers they can get a letter of censure which is still more serious and usually comes as a directive above that officer's immediate commander. A letter of censure sometimes means that future commands or promotions will be slower coming or not available. ]
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The Daily Mail UK:
Nine Army officers are being reprimanded for failing to spot signs of radicalism in the gunman who went on a shooting rampage at Fort Hood.
Major Nidal Malik Hasan allegedly killed 13 and injured 29 in the massacre at the Texas military base on November 5, 2009, and had a track record of mental instability as he moved along his medical career.
Saying that although no single event directly led to the tragedy, Army Secretary John McHugh found that certain officers failed to meet expected standards, an Army statement said yesterday.
The officers – all lieutenant or above – will receive punishments ranging from an oral reprimand to the far more serious written letter of censure that is considered a career-ender.
A Pentagon review last year found that 40-year-old Hasan’s supervisors at Walter Reed Army Medical Centre where he worked expressed serious concerns about his questionable behaviour and poor judgement but failed to heed their own warnings.
It said the Army psychiatrist’s supervisors continued to give him positive performance evaluations that kept him moving up through the ranks despite worries about his strident views on Islam and worries about his competence.
In one episode, Hasan reportedly gave a class presentation questioning whether the U.S.-led war on terror was actually a war on Islam.