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Tag: Fort Hood

Visitors to Military Bases Will Now Be Screened by FBI Database

Ford Hood Darnall Hospital

Ford Hood Darnall Hospital

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Anyone trying to enter a military base will have to be screened against the FBI’s criminal database, Nextgov.com reports.

The idea is to determine whether visitors have been arrested, have a  felony conviction or outstanding warrants. It comes in the wake of  the shootings at Fort Hood in Texas  and Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.

Troops, veterans, relatives and others with access have traditionally been checked against a Department of Defense database.

The DOD database will begin tapping into the FBI database on Friday.

Second Shooting Spree at Fort Hood Raises Question: Should Military Leaders Carry Guns at Bases?

Ford Hood Darnall HospitalSteve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

After two deadly shooting rampages at Ford Hood in Texas, some congressional members said military leaders should be permitted to carry firearms on the base, the New York Post reports.

Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mike McCaul called it “a common sense idea.”

“That would be a deterrent, No. 1 — and No. 2, a way to have a quick response to any shooter that comes on these bases,” McCaul said on “Fox News Sunday.”

But both the White House and Pentagon are opposed to changing bans on service members carrying personal firearms on bases.

 

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Investigators Trying to Figure Out Why U.S. Soldier Opened Fire at Fort Hood, Killing 3

Ford Hood Darnall HospitalSteve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Investigators are trying to determine what prompted an Iraq war veteran to open fire at Fort Hood on Wednesday, killing three soldiers and injuring 16 others before killing himself, the Washington Post reports.

Many questions remain: Did an argument precede the shooting? Was he properly treated for depression and anxiety?

The shooter, identified as Spec. Ivan Lopez, 34, also returned to the U.S. with a self-reported traumatic brain injury.

“We have to find all those witnesses, the witnesses to every one of those shootings, and find out what his actions were, and what was said to the victims,” said a federal law enforcement official who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Lopez opened fire around 4 p.m. Wednesday but he was soon confronted by a female military police officer.

The officer demanded Lopez surrender but he pulled out a .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun and shot himself fatally in the head.

Fort Hood Shooter Gets Death Sentence But Years of Appeals Will Stall Execution

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan, who killed 13 people and wounded more than 30, was sentenced to death Wednesday but likely will stay alive for years, if not decades, the Associated Press reports.

And it doesn’t matter if Nidal Hasan wants to be executed.

The military justice system requires years – even decades – of appeals before someone is executed, the AP wrote.

‘‘If he really wants the death penalty, the appeals process won’t let it happen for a very long time,’’ said Joseph Gutheinz, a Texas attorney licensed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. ‘‘The military is going to want to do everything at its own pace. They’re not going to want to let the system kill him, even if that’s what he wants.’’

Hasan sprayed bullets at soldiers who were heading overseas or returning from combat deployments in 2009.

Report: FBI Could Have Prevented Fort Hood Massacre Had It Acted on Alarming Messages

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI could have prevented the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood if agents acted on alarming messages between the shooter and a radical cleric with ties to the 9/11 hijackers, Mother Jones reports.

FBI agents intercepted the messages nearly a year before Nidal Hasan opened fire at Fort Hood, according to an unclassified report that suggests agents could have prevented the deadly rampage.

The messages, which the FBI maintained were “fairly benign,” were anything but, Mother Jones described.

After reviewing an unclassified report the shooting, Mother Jones reported that the messages “offer a chilling glimpse into the psyche of an Islamic radical.”

The report also reveals how the bureau bungled the investigation of Hsasan.

Royce Curtain Who Led Fort Hood Investigation is New Head of FBI’s Norfolk Office

Royce Curtin/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Royce E. Curtin, who led the FBI’s Fort Hood shooting investigation in 2009, has been tapped to head up the agency’s Norfolk Field Office.

Curtin last served as chief of staff and special assistant to a high-ranking executive who oversees all FBI criminal, cyber, crisis response, and international operations.

Curtin joined the FBI in 1996 and investigated complex financial crimes in the Dallas Field Office.

In 2001, he joined a security detail to protect Attorney General John Ashcroft.

Two years later, he was promoted to the Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG), where he served as a program coordinator responsible for the pre-deployment processing and training of all FBI and federal law enforcement personnel conducting investigative, intelligence, and force protection operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to an FBI press release.

In October 2005, Curtin reported to the Las Vegas Division to serve as the Technical and Surveillance program coordinator and squad supervisor.

In 2007, he was named program coordinator and squad supervisor of the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force programs.

In February 2009, he was named assistant special agent in charge of the Austin, Tex.

He served as on-scene commander and led the Fort Hood shooting investigation, and managed on-scene and bureau resources during the deliberate airplane attack into the IRS Building in Austin in February 2010, the FBI said in its release.

Before he joining he FBI, he served as a U.S. Army Aviation Officer; Apache attack helicopter pilot in command; Aviation Platoon Commander; Aviation Squadron Operations Officer; and Aviation Brigade Liaison Officer with the 1st and 3rd Infantry Divisi

FBI Failed to Investigate Fort Hood Shooter Despite Danger Signs

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 Despite strong evidence that U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Hasan wanted to kill civilians and supported suicide bombings before he killed 13 people in the 2009 attack on Fort Hood, Texas, the FBI never launched an investigation because of concerns over political correctness, The Associated Press reports, citing a lawmakers briefed on a new report about the terrorist attack.

Hasan was even communicating with terrorist  Anwar al-Awlaki, according to the AP.

The review by former FBI Director William Webster shows the agency was concerned over the fallout of investigating an American Muslim and never pursued the case.

Saying the issue was too sensitive, the agency never investigated Hasan, according to the AP.

FBI Faces Lawsuit in Ft. Hood Shooting

Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan/dod photo

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

The FBI could be in for a big legal battle — and a costly one at that —  as more than 80 claimants seek damages of $750 million from the bureau, the US Army, the Justice Department and the Department of Defense for a 2009 incident at Ft. Hood  that left 13 dead, reports Safety BLR.com.

Beside the deaths, dozens were left wounded when Major Nidal Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, opened fire at Fort Hood in Texas in November of 2009 in the Fort Hood Soldier Readiness Processing Center.

Despite “clear knowledge and warnings that Hasan posed a grave danger” to soldiers and civilians, claims the suit, government agencies did not respond accordingly. “On the contrary, bowing to ‘political correctness,’ the DOD, DOA, DOJ, and FBI in wanton disregard of the safety of military and civilian personnel, intentionally ignored the threat he presented,” says the suit.

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