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Political Correctness Protected Hasan

From an unfazed Associated Press:

In Hasan case, superiors ignored their own worries

By Richard Lardner, Associated Press Writer

January 11, 2010

WASHINGTON – A Defense Department review of the shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, has found the doctors overseeing Maj. Nidal Hasan’s medical training repeatedly voiced concerns over his strident views on Islam and his inappropriate behavior, yet continued to give him positive performance evaluations that kept him moving through the ranks.

The picture emerging from the review ordered by Defense Secretary Robert Gates is one of supervisors who failed to heed their own warnings about an officer ill-suited to be an Army psychiatrist, according to information gathered during the internal Pentagon investigation and obtained by The Associated Press. The review has not been publicly released

What remains unclear is why Hasan would be advanced in spite of all the worries over his competence. That is likely to be the subject of a more detailed accounting by the department

Nothing could be more clear.

He was advanced precisely because he is a Muslim.

And his superiors were rightly afraid that if they objected to his anti-American, anti-infidel sentiments, their own careers would be summarily destroyed.

Hasan showed no signs of being violent or a threat…

Really?

Major Hasan told his military colleagues that “infidels should be beheaded.”

That isn’t a sign of being violent? That isn’t a threat?

In telling episodes from the latter stages of Hasan’s lengthy medical education in the Washington, D.C., area, he gave a class presentation questioning whether the U.S.-led war on terror was actually a war on Islam. And fellow students said he suggested that Shariah or Islamic law, trumped the Constitution and he attempted to justify suicide bombings.

Yet no one in Hasan’s chain of command appears to have challenged his eligibility to hold a secret security clearance even though they could have because the statements raised doubt about his loyalty to the United States. Had they, Hasan’s fitness to serve as an Army officer may have been called into question long before he reported to Fort Hood

And once again, everyone in Mr. Hasan’s chain of command appears to have been afraid to question his fitness, lest theirs be questioned.

Hasan’s superiors had a full picture of him, developed over his 12-year career as a military officer, medical student and psychiatrist, according to the information reviewed by AP.

While in medical school at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences from 1997 to 2003, Hasan received a string of below average and failing grades, was put on academic probation and showed little motivation to learn.

He took six years to graduate from the university in Bethesda, Md., instead of the customary four, according to the school. The delays were due in part to the deaths of his father in 1998 and his mother in 2001. Yet the information about his academic probation and bad grades wasn’t included in his military personnel file, leaving the impression he was ready for more intense instruction.

In June 2003, Hasan started a four-year psychiatry internship and residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and he was counseled frequently for deficiencies in his performance. Teachers and colleagues described him as a below average student.

Between 2003 and 2007, Hasan’s supervisors expressed their concerns with him in memos, meeting notes and counseling sessions. He needed steady monitoring, especially in the emergency room, had difficulty communicating and working with colleagues, his attendance was spotty and he saw few patients.

Mr. Hasan’s writings show that he was barely literate.

But such is the power of affirmative action.

In one incident already made public, a patient of Hasan’s with suicidal and homicidal tendencies walked out of the hospital without permission.

Still, Hasan’s officer evaluation reports were consistently more positive, usually describing his performance as satisfactory and at least twice as outstanding. Known as "OERs," the reports are used to determine promotions and assignments. The Army promoted Hasan to captain in 2003 and to major in 2009.

At Walter Reed, Hasan’s conflict with his Islamic faith and his military service became more apparent to superiors and colleagues, according to the information. He made a pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia, a trip expected of all Muslims at least once. But he was also cited for inappropriately engaging patients in discussions about religious issues.

Early in 2007, Maj. Scott Moran became director of psychiatry residency and took a much firmer line with Hasan. Moran reprimanded him for not being reachable when he was supposed to be on-call, developed a plan to improve his performance, and informed him his research project about the internal conflicts of Muslim soldiers was inappropriate.

Nonetheless, Hasan presented the project, entitled "Koranic World View as It Relates to Muslims in the U.S. Military," and it was approved as meeting a residency program requirement, according to the information.

Hasan graduated from the Walter Reed residency program and began a two-year fellowship in preventive and disaster psychiatry. Despite his earlier reservations, Moran wrote a solid reference letter for Hasan that said he was a competent doctor

It can now be said without any fear of contradiction: political correctness kills.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, January 11th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “Political Correctness Protected Hasan”

  1. canary says:

    Update: The “accused” Hasan’s medical treatment, his belief Sharia Law trumped the constitution and never should become a doctor or military.
    A fine example of government health care.

    AP: In Hasan case, superiors ignored their own worries
    By Richard Lardner Jan 1011

    WASHINGTON – …Hasan, 39, is accused of murdering 13 people on Nov. 5 at Fort Hood, the worst killing spree on a U.S. military base.

    … And students said he suggested that Shariah (shah-REE’-yuh), or Islamic law, trumped the Constitution…

    Yet no one in Hasan’s chain of command appears to have challenged his eligibility to hold a secret security clearance even though they could have because the statements raised doubt about his loyalty to the United States.

    Instead, in July 2009, Hasan arrived in central Texas, his secret clearance intact, his reputation as a weak performer well known,…

    Hasan …remains at a San Antonio military hospital, undergoing rehabilitation for paralysis….

    Hasan’s superiors had a full picture of him, developed over his 12-year career…

    While in medical school…Hasan received a string of below average and failing grades, was put on academic probation and showed little motivation to learn.

    He took six years to graduate from the university in Bethesda, Md., instead of the customary four, according to the school.

    Teachers and colleagues described him as a below average student.

    …He needed steady monitoring, especially in the emergency room, had difficulty communicating and working with colleagues, his attendance was spotty and he saw few patients…

    He made a pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia, a trip expected of all Muslims at least once…. engaging patients in discussions about religious issues.

    Early in 2007, Maj. Scott Moran….reprimanded him for not being reachable when he was supposed to be on-call, …

    and informed him his research project about the internal conflicts of Muslim soldiers was inappropriate…
    Nonetheless, Hasan presented the project, entitled “Koranic World View as It Relates to Muslims in the U.S. Military,” .. it was approved as meeting a residency program requirement…

    …Moran wrote a solid reference letter for Hasan that said he was a competent doctor.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100111/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/us_fort_hood_pentagon_review;_ylt=Aq3fRditRXjaHV5NQS_uB15H2ocA;_ylu=X3oDMTNoc2gzYjYxBGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMTAwMTExL3VzX2ZvcnRfaG9vZF9wZW50YWdvbl9yZXZpZXcEY2NvZGUDbW9zdHBvcHVsYXIEY3BvcwM3BHBvcwM3BHNlYwN5bl90b3Bfc3RvcmllcwRzbGsDaW5oYXNhbmNhc2Vz

  2. U NO HOO says:

    “no signs of being violent”

    He was a Mohamadan!

  3. proreason says:

    The legacy of Obama.

    It wouldn’t have happened under Bush.

  4. Petronius says:

    “Known as “OERs,” the reports are used to determine promotions and assignments. The Army promoted Hasan to captain in 2003 and to major in 2009.”

    OERs are used not only for promotion of the officer under review. The commanding officer who writes the OER can, in effect, promote himself by giving high ratings to his nonwhite subordinates. He can also kill his own career by giving low ratings to nonwhites or “minorities” under his command. This is because one of the chief evaluation factors in the advancement and promotion of every Army officer is the extent of his efforts to advance the nonwhite personnel under his command.

    Thus PC and affirmative action are deeply embedded into the Army management system. 
Once the advancement and promotion of “minorities” became a key criterion in every Army officer’s annual OER, there was no turning back.


    As a result, the US Army is today without doubt the most PC and affirmative-actionized organization in the world.
Even allowing for that, however, there seem to be three inexcusable and unspeakable acts that have been committed here.


    1. The terrorist mass murders committed by MAJ Nidal Malik Hasan on Thurs. 5 Nov 09.


    2. The complicity of the Army chain of command who sent our wounded heroes to this monster for care and comfort.


    3. The ongoing coverup of all of the above by the US Army, Nerobama, and the Liberal media.

  5. wardmama4 says:

    Read this again and again – and then realize that this is exactly what Obamacare will produce for you and yours – government doctors passed on despite failing grades, given good ‘reviews’ despite concerns and red flags and promoted despite religious proselytizing (which I thought that the liberals/government wags hated in America) and violent threats.

    And don’t forget – We (the Army soldiers/families) can not sue these people in 99% of the cases – no matter how they act, what they say or what they do –

    And it’s all coming to you – on your trillion dollar dime thanks to Obama! Enjoy.

    • proreason says:

      Affirmative Action Medicine…..Obamy’s gift to your family.

      Because even incompetant fumble thumbs deserve the same opportunity to operate on your brain as racist white men.

  6. jobeth says:

    “Major Hasan told his military colleagues that “infidels should be beheaded.”

    “That isn’t a sign of being violent? That isn’t a threat

    Is there any doubt that this comment would be considered a threat if it was directed by a non muslim at any of our political officials?

    Replace ‘infidels’ with any politicians name. Let’s watch what would happen then.

    But then he was muslim and we are are all just ordinary so called infidels.

    BTW I am NOT an infidel…they are. I hate hearing Americans repeat that we are infidels. Muslim pronouncements don’t mean a thing to me as a Christian other than a heads up warning

  7. canary says:

    Hasan could have been arrested & charges pressed for comment he made that Shariah law should replace the Constitution. According to Maj Gen Spider Marks, the military officer’s oath is to defend the Constitution.

    • wardmama4 says:

      You are so correct Canary – but alas it appears many in the Armed Forces and Congress no longer remember the very oath they swore to – and We The People are the ones going to be killed because of it.

      Where is a good treason trial when you need it?!?

  8. Tater Salad says:

    Another item of concern: Seems the British are finally starting to get their act together. To bad America is so Politically correct and has no balls to enact the same.

    Wootton Bassett protest group Islam4UK to be banned
    Islam4UK, the Islamist group which provoked outrage with its plan to march through Wootton Bassett will be banned under counter-terrorism laws, Home Secretary Alan Johnson has announced.

    Published: 8:24AM GMT 12 Jan 2010

    The groups leader Shajjadar Choudhury (2nd from left) arriving at Luton Magistrates Court Photo: SOUTH BEDS NEWS AGENCY
    The order will come into effect on Thursday and make it a criminal offence to be a member, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

    Mr Johnson said the group had tried to escape proscription simply by changing its name.

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    “I have today laid an order which will proscribe Al Muhajiroun, Islam4UK, and a number of the other names the organisation goes by,” he said.

    “It is already proscribed under two other names – Al Ghurabaa and The Saved Sect.

    “Proscription is a tough but necessary power to tackle terrorism and is not a course we take lightly.

    “We are clear that an organisation should not be able to circumvent proscription by simply changing its name.”

    The law to ban the group is made in a parliamentary order which was laid in the House of Commons today.

    Islam4UK is lead by Anjem Choudary, who founded Al Muhajiroun in the 1980s with radical cleric Omar Bakri Mohammad.

    Choudary’s announcement of a planned march through Wootton Bassett caused dismay.

    The Wiltshire town, near to RAF Lyneham where fallen servicemen are repatriated, has come to symbolise the country’s commitment to its war dead.

    Critics called for police to ban the march in advance, but Choudary dropped the idea on Sunday.

    The ban is an extension of an existing order made under the Terrorism Act 2000 that bans the group under the name Al Ghurabaa and The Saved Sect.

    From Thursday it will be banned under the names Call to Submission, Islam4UK, Islamic Path, and London School of Sharia.


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