"Al Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula has a particularly strong extremist bent, as well as a dedication to carrying out terrorist acts. So any interaction with these extremist elements and terrorist elements in Yemen cause me great concern," this official said. ""Motivation is always a difficult thing to determine as far as what was actually behind a decision to commit an act."
This official said it was difficult to say whether there could have been steps taken by the government to prevent the Fort Hood shootings.
Sen. Joe Lieberman, ID.-Conn., chair of the Senate's Homeland Security Committe, criticized the Ft. Hood report, saying it "does 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."