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Fort Hood attack: Did Army ignore red flags out of political correctness?

A Senate report on the Fort Hood attack suggests that the Army failed to heed warnings about the prime suspect because it was wary of singling out a devout Muslim.

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Fort Hood attack: Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Joseph Lieberman accompanied by the committee's ranking Republican Sen. Susan Collins speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, to discuss a Senate report on the Fort Hood shooting.

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The Defense Department and the FBI should have recognized that Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan had become an adherent of “violent Islamist extremism” before he went on a shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, that killed 13 people, two US senators said Thursday in a special report.

The attack on Nov. 5, 2009, in which another 32 people were wounded, is considered by some the worst terrorist attack on US soil since 9/11.

According to the report by Sen. Joe Lieberman (I) of Connecticut, chairman of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, and Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, the committee’s top Republican, some Army officials had raised concerns about Major Hasan’s extremist behavior at Fort Hood and even referred to him as “a ticking time bomb.”

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