19 April 2010

Congressional subpoenas issued regarding Fort Hood shooting

Last Friday I mentioned here that U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman (ID-Conn.) was planning to issue subpoenas to the Department of Defense if it did not turn over documents relating to the Fort Hood shooting. Today, a press release from the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, indicates that subpoenas have been issued to both the Department of Defense and to the Department of Justice.

The Congressional committee has waited five months for the Obama administration to turn over requested documentation but had no other option other than issuing the subpoenas. The Congressional subpoena to DoD can be found here and the DOJ here.

"The purpose of the Committee's investigation of the Fort Hood attack is to answer questions that are critical to our government's ability to counter homegrown terrorism," Senators Lieberman and Collins wrote in this covering letter which can be found here. "Given the warning signs of Major Nidal Malik Hasan's extremist radicalization and growing hostility toward the U.S. military and the United States in general, why was he not stopped before he took thirteen American lives, and how can we prevent such a tragedy from happening again? In order to answer those questions, we must assess the information the U.S. Goverment had prior to the attack and the action it took in response to that information."

DoD and DOJ must respond to the subpoenas by Monday, 26 April 2010 at 1000 hours.

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