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News Wrap: Fort Hood Report Could Lead to Discipline

January 15, 2010 at 12:00 AM EDT
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In other news, an independent report blamed several military officers for failing to prevent the Fort Hood massacre in November, and the man accused of planning to bomb Bali in 2002 may be tried in Washington D.C.
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HARI SREENIVASAN: An independent report today blamed a series of Army officers for failing to prevent the massacre at Fort Hood. Last November, Major Nidal Hasan allegedly killed 13 people and wounded 43 at the Texas military base. It turned out he had a history of erratic behavior and making troubling statements. Former Army Secretary Togo West and retired Admiral Vernon Clark investigated. West said today commanders should have been more aware of problems with Hasan.

TOGO WEST: Do we want commanders in the mosques? No. Do we want anybody there? No. But what we want is commanders’ awareness of what’s happening in their units and what’s happening to their people.

HARI SREENIVASAN: At a separate briefing, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the military must confront the wider issue of threats within its own ranks.

ROBERT GATES: We have not done enough to adapt to the evolving domestic internal security threat to American troops and military facilities that has emerged over the past decade. In this area, as in so many others, this department is burdened by 20th century processes and attitudes, mostly rooted in the Cold War.

HARI SREENIVASAN: As many as eight Army officers could face disciplinary action as a result of the findings.

The man accused of planning the Bali bombing in 2002 may be tried in Washington. It was widely reported today the Obama administration is moving Riduan Isamuddin from Guantanamo Bay. He was believed to be al-Qaida’s link to Jemaah Islamiyah. That Indonesian group was blamed for the nightclub bombings on the island of Bali in 2002. More than 200 people were killed, many of them foreign tourists.

Wall Street had a rough day, after a private index of consumer sentiment came in weaker than expected. The Dow Jones industrial average lost more than 100 points to close at 10,609. The Nasdaq fell more than 28 points to close just under 2,288. For the week, the Dow lost a fraction of 1 percent. The Nasdaq fell more than 1 percent.