US Republican lawmakers question gov't on Ft. Hood massacre

By REUTERS
March 18, 2013 23:28

SAN ANTONIO - Three Republican members of Congress have asked Attorney General Eric Holder if the Justice Department pressured the military to charge the suspect in the 2009 Fort Hood massacre as a criminal instead of as a foreign terrorist.

Texas Republicans Michael McCaul and John Carter and Virginia Republican Frank Wolf sent a letter to Holder on Friday, saying they were concerned about intelligence failures leading up to the massacre "as well as the Obama Administration's response to the attack -- particularly the misguided decision not to charge Maj. Nidal Hasan as a terrorist for his brutal, al-Qaida-inspired assault on Fort Hood."

A Justice Department spokesman declined on Monday to comment.

The members of Congress asked for names of any staffers responsible for creating or reviewing communications or policy statements after the attack.

Hasan, the Army psychiatrist accused of being the lone gunman in the Nov. 5, 2009 massacre, was charged as a criminal defendant in a military court in March 2010. Thirteen were killed and 31 were wounded in the massacre, the worst shooting ever at a US military facility.


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