Administration ‘Just Not Responding’ to Questions on Fort Hood, Said Vice Chair of Senate Intel Committee

Terence P. Jeffrey

Sen. Kit Bond (R.-Mo.), the vice chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, told bloggers on a conference call on Wednesday, Feb. 3, that the Obama administration still had not provided his committee with all the information it had requested on the November terrorist attack at Fort Hood in Texas.

“They still haven’t come through with all the information that we need,” Sen. Bond said.

Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R.-Mich.), the ranking Republican on the House intelligence committee, issued two statements in January complaining that the administration had not been forthcoming on information about the Fort Hood attack. Hoekstra also pointed to parallels between the Fort Hood attack and the attempted bombing of Northwest Flight 253 on Christmas Day.

On Nov. 5, Maj Nidal Malik Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, allegedly killed 13 people at a facility at Fort Hood. Hasan reportedly sent numerous emails to Anwar al-Awlaki, an American-born Muslim cleric now in Yemen who is believed to be affiliated with al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula…

…“There appears to be a lack of urgency on part of this Administration,” said Rep. Hoekstra. “We need to be forward leaning in trying to figure out al-Qa’ida, and we can’t stop at the Fort Hood attack or the Flight 253 attack. This is about detecting, disrupting, and preventing the next attack.

“In the first time ever, a U.S. Ambassador, the U.S. Ambassador to Yemen, stated he was directed by the Administration not to brief me on specific intelligence operations,”said Rep. Hoekstra. “Other embassy officials were given similar instructions.” …

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