Army psychiatrist, Major Nidal Malik Hasan, authorities said, killed 13 people and wounded 29 others at the Fort Hood Army Base. There were many signs pointing to Hasan as a threat within the Fort Hood Psychiatrist Department. A fellow officer said he fought his deployment to Iraq and argued with soldiers who supported U.S. wars. He was required to go to counseling as a medical student because of problems with patients. With facts such as these, you have to wonder how he was allowed to enlist in the Army and if others were aware of his actions.
While Hasan was an intern, Dr. Thomas Grieger said there were problems with the way Hasan interacted with patients. He recalled Hasan as a “mostly very quiet” person who never spoke ill of the military or his country. At least six months before his shootings at Fort Hood, authorities became aware of Hasan’s internet postings about suicide bombings and other threats; this included posts that associated suicide bombers to soldiers who throw themselves on a grenade to save the lives of their comrades. Hasan practices the religion of Muslim and has ties with Al Qaeda, and the CIA revealed Hasan emailed Al Qaeda before the shootings.
It is scary to think that terrorists are already in the Unites States, but it is even scarier to know that we might have terrorists in our own military service. After all the controversy dealing with the United States Military and now the Fort Hood tragedy, the military’s public relations department has a lot of work ahead of them. What happen to background checks and handling a problem employee right when the problem occurs? The American people want to feel safe, especially soldiers coming back to their home from war.