Fort Hood: Lieberman and Collins Issue Subpoenas To Attorney General, Defense Secretary

The Homeland Security Committee has compiled a timeline on its attempts to secure information, beginning with a request on Nov. 13, eight days after the shooting, for the Defense Department to release its policies on how it "handles extremist personnel and information-sharing with other agencies."

On March 23, the Committee sent a letter to the Defense Department and the Justice Department warning that subpoenas would be issued if the Committee did not receive access to FBI and Defense personnel and documents from Hasan's personnel file and performance evaluations by Monday, April 19. Earlier Sen. Lieberman had criticized an 86-page report on the Ft. Hood incident released by the Defense Department in January, saying it did "not adequately recognize the specific threat posed by violent Islamist extremism to our military."

Said Lieberman, "I believe firmly that if DoD educates its personnel about violent Islamist extremism -- and how terrorists distort the Islamic faith to promote violence -- we will increase trust between the thousands of Muslim-Americans serving honorably in the military and their colleagues."

Hasan faces 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder for the Nov. 5 shooting at the Texas Army base. The 39-year-old major, the Virginia-born son of Palestinian immigrants, had exchanged numerous e-mails with Anwar Awlaki, described by American intelligence officials as a recruiter for al Qaeda, in the year prior to the shootings. According to an American official with access to the emails, Hasan asked Awlaki about jihad, whether it was acceptable to kill American soldiers, and whether it is acceptable if there are innocents killed in a suicide attack. Hasan was scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan when the Fort Hood shooting occurred.

Hasan, who was also wounded during the November shooting, was moved from the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio to the Bell County Texas jail on April 9. He remains paralyzed from the waist down. Hasan is set to be tried in military court.

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