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Investigators Seek Motive in Fort Hood Rampage

Gwen Ifill speaks with Spencer Hsu of the Washington Post about the investigation into last week's shooting rampage at Fort Hood.

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  • GWEN IFILL:

    Joining us to discuss the status of the investigation into shooting suspect Nidal Malik Hasan is Spencer Hsu, who covers homeland security for the Washington Post. Welcome, Spencer.

  • SPENCER HSU:

    Hi, Gwen. Thank you.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    So, as far as we know, what are the investigators focusing on right now?

  • SPENCER HSU:

    Well, they're about to give a briefing in Washington later tonight. We're — we're expecting additional details. But they're work — interested most in piecing together a mosaic of Dr. Hasan's mind, trying to understand to what extent, if he did commit the shootings, as alleged, they may have been motivated by personal, emotional problems, by unhappiness with the war, unhappiness with the military, all the way to perhaps ideological disagreements with American policy and perhaps influence from foreign terrorist groups. It's a wide range of leads that are being run down.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Spencer, we heard today that Major Hasan is conscious is and talking. Do we know whether any of the investigators have been able to speak to him so far?

  • SPENCER HSU:

    Not so far. He does have a lawyer, a military lawyer, who has asked, first of all, for the investigation to be moved, saying he can't get a fair trial there, given the publicity. And President Obama is going down to Fort Hood tomorrow.

    He's also indicated that, the lawyer has, that he doesn't want to make his client available for investigators.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    There has been much reporting and much commentary about potential links in — between Major Hasan and people who link themselves to terrorism. What can you tell us about that, based on your reporting?