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Fort Hood update: 13 murder charges, Obama orders investigation

Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan faces 13 murder charges in connection with the Fort Hood attack. Also, President Obama ordered a review of how intelligence gathered on Hasan was handled and acted upon.

In this Nov. 10 photo, John Galligan speaks to a reporter in Belton, Texas. Galligan has been hired by Maj. Nidal Hasan's family in Hasan's defense related to the Fort Hood killings.

Alberto Martinez/Austin American-Statesman/AP

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Military prosecutors started the court martial process against Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan Thursday, charging the Army psychiatrist with 13 counts of premeditated murder for the Nov. 5 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Tex.

Army spokesman Chris Grey said that more charges could follow as the military is "looking at every possible angle in this case." If convicted, Hasan faces the death penalty.

Also on Thursday President Obama ordered a review of all the intelligence gathered on Hasan prior to last week's base shooting "to determine how any such intelligence was handled, shared, and acted upon."

John Brennan, the president's assistant for homeland security and counterterrorism, will head up the inquiry that should have preliminary results by Nov. 30.

Some congressional lawmakers are also calling for an investigation to determine whether authorities failed to act on information that Hasan exchanged e-mails with Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical imam in Yemen, or overlooked other early warning signs.

According to Rep. Peter Hoekstra of Michigan, the leading Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, the government was aware of some 20 e-mails between Hasan and Mr. Awlaki, who intelligence analysts say is a key Al Qaeda asset in recruiting young Muslims to fight against the West.


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