Senators Say Administration Stalling Fort Hood Probe(Reposted from US News and World Report)
The Pentagon on Thursday announced its post-Fort Hood security upgrades, and Sens. Joe Lieberman and Susan Collins separately held a press conference accusing the Administration of stonewalling the Senate probe into the shootings, and media reports combined coverage of the two events. The Washington Post reports Lieberman and Collins "accused the Obama administration...of impeding an investigation into whether the government missed warning signs leading up to the" Fort Hood shootings. The senators threatened "to subpoena documents from the FBI and Pentagon if they are not delivered by Monday," saying that "they requested, among other documents, the personnel file of the alleged shooter, Army Maj. Nidal M. Hasan, and his communications with Yemeni cleric and suspected terrorist Anwar al-Aulaqi." Meanwhile, the AP reports, "The Pentagon will adopt a broad policy governing how privately owned guns can be carried or stored at military installations following" the Fort Hood shootings. The new policy, ordered this week by Defense Secretary Robert Gates, "would replace or buttress a patchwork of regulations adopted by each service or individual military installation." The San Antonio Express-News reports that the Pentagon changes include "improved sharing of information on security threats and a unified policy on personal gun ownership at military installations. The policies were announced as" Lieberman told reporters, "We have been met with much foot-dragging, very limited assistance and changing reasons why the administration cannot provide us with the information." However, McClatchy reports, "None of the 26 actions...Gates has authorized as a result of the investigation, however, directly addresses why the Army sent a disgruntled Army doctor to Fort Hood to deal with the mental health of soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan even as fellow Army doctors questioned his abilities as a doctor and charged he was aggressively urging patients and fellow doctors to convert to Islam."