The U.S. Army has concluded that nine of its officers failed to derail the alleged Islamic fundamental madness that led Maj. Nidal Hasan to kill 13 people at Fort Hood, Texas, in November 2009. They are likely to face administrative, but not criminal, punishment.
“Although no single event directly led to the tragedy at Fort Hood, certain officers clearly failed to meet the high standards expected of their profession,” the Army said in a statement late Thursday. Those involved, Army officials say, were among those supervising or teaching Hasan during his stints at the Army’s Walter Reed medical center and the Pentagon’s medical school in Washington, D.C., before Hasan was shipped out to Fort Hood.
The officers were not identified by either rank or name, following the Army’s path since the event of not blaming anything – including radical Islamic beliefs – for the shootings, nor holding anyone responsible, by naming those allegedly responsible for allowing Hasan to continue his Arny career.
Accountability, for deaths of Michael Grant Cahill, 62, of Cameron, Texas; Maj. L. Eduardo Caraveo, 52, of Woodbridge, Va.; Staff Sgt. Justin M. DeCrow, 32, of Plymouth, Ind.; Capt. John P. Gaffaney, 54, of San Diego, Calif.; Spc. Frederick Greene, 29, of Mountain City, Tenn.; Spc. Jason Dean Hunt, 22, of Tillman, Okla.; Sgt. Amy Krueger, 29, of Kiel, Wis.; Pfc. Aaron Thomas Nemelka, 19, of West Jordan, Utah; Pfc. Michael Pearson, 22, of Bolingbrook, Ill.; Capt. Russell Seager, 41, of Racine, Wis.; Pvt. Francheska Velez, 21, of Chicago; Lt. Col. Juanita Warman, 55, of Havre de Grace, Md.; and Spc. Kham Xiong, 23, of St. Paul, Minn. by one of their alleged own, still seems to be MIA. Bottom line: it seems strange that we know the name of the alleged killer, and his victims, but not the name of those who made their fateful meeting possible.