Lawmaker: New Fort Hood Report Shows FBI Missteps

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Texas congressman says political correctness prevented the FBI from investigating an Army psychiatrist who was later charged with killing 13 people at Fort Hood, Texas, despite warning signs that he was an Islamic extremist bent on killing civilians.

Rep. Michael McCaul was briefed on the findings of an independent review by former FBI Director William Webster.

McCaul says that in emails to a known terrorist, Army Maj. Nidal Hasan had expressed his support for suicide bombings and killing civilians, while the terrorist encouraged Hasan to keep in touch.

McCaul says Webster's report shows that the FBI saw the emails almost a year before the shooting rampage, but was reluctant to investigate an American Muslim in the military.

Hasan is currently being tried in a military court.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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