Dozens of investigators at Fort Hood are building a psychological profile of the suspect, Nidal Malik Hasan, as they try to understand the motive. Belligerent fanaticism, deepening anger over the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and fear about deployment may have played a role.
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Fort Hood, Texas
If a larger plot wasn't being carried out, then what was the motive?
Military officials have not yet declared an intent or motivation. But even though the investigation is still in the early stages, a more focused portrait is emerging of Hasan, who is recovering in a San Antonio hospital. Security and criminal analysts are hinting that belligerent fanaticism, deepening anger over the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and fear about his own impending deployment to Afghanistan may have played a role in the rampage.
Dozens of investigators are building a psychological profile of Hasan as they try to understand the motive. This profile probably won't be completed until Hasan is able to, and agrees to, talk. (He is now in stable condition, according to a US Army spokesman, and is breathing on his own.)
On Sunday, the US Army's chief of staff cautioned against drawing hasty conclusions about Hasan's faith. Focusing on the Islamic roots of Hasan could "heighten the backlash" against all Muslims in the military, said Gen. George Casey, appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press."
Hasan grew up as a US-born son of Palestinian parents. He had sought deeper sanctuary in his Muslim faith since the death of his parents, his cousins have reported. His psychological work with traumatized US soldiers had disturbed him.