November 05, 2010

Fort Hood Massacre, One Year Later

One year ago today, 13 patriotic Americans were murdered at Fort Hood, TX.

The shooter was identified by witnesses as Major Nidal Malik Hasan, a Muslim fundamentalist wearing an Army combat uniform and shouting "Allahu Akabar", while firing and reloading.   

The 13:

Chief Warrant Officer Michael Grant Cahill (Ret.)(62), Cameron, TX

Maj. Libardo Eduardo Caraveo (52), Woodbridge, VA

Army Staff Sgt. Justin DeCrow (32), Plymouth, IN

Capt. John Gaffaney (56), San Diego, CA

Spc. Frederick Greene (29), Mountain City, TN

Spc. Jason Dean Hunt (22), Tipton, OK

Sgt. Amy Krueger (29), Kiel, WI

Pfc. Aaron Thomas Nemelka (19), West Jordan, UT

Pfc. Michael Pearson (22), Bolingbrook, IL

Capt. Russell Seager (51), Racine, WI

Pvt. Francheska Velez (21), Chicago, IL

Lt. Col. Juanita L. Warman (55), Havre De Grace, MD

Spc. Kham Xiong (23), St. Paul, MN

 Requietum en Pace, Soldiers

1 comment:

John Byrnes said...

One year later since that horrific shooting at Fort Hood and still the current systems in place to foresee and prevent the violence of individuals like Major Nidal Malik Hasan, whose massacre took the lives of 13 soldiers and wounded 29 others, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Christmas Day Bomber and Faisal Shahzad, the Times Square Bomber are not working!
The Government has put a number of systems in place, yet they leave significant gaps permitting terrorist like Major Hasan, Abdulmutallab and Shahzad the means to pass through. The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) conducted a review of TSA’s behavior detection program, known as SPOT (“Screening Passengers by Observation Techniques”). The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee web site states, “GAO’s report confirms that TSA has bungled the development and deployment of a potentially important layer of aviation security.” Why is TSA having such difficulty preventing these incidents? Because they are looking for the wrong person! According to the report, “Since the SPOT program’s inception, 17 known terrorists have traveled through eight SPOT airports on 23 different occasions. This includes Faisal Shahzad, the Times Square Bomber.”
Stop Reacting And Start Preventing!
Only when we isolate “aggressive behavior” specifically and judge it on its merits, we will be able to foresee, engage and prevent any level of emerging aggressive behavior. According to the U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Department of Education’s report on Targeted Violence in Schools, there is a significant difference between “profiling” and foreseeing emerging aggression; their study concluded, “The use of profiles is not effective either for identifying students who may pose a risk for targeted violence at school or – once a student has been identified – for assessing the risk that a particular student may pose for school-based targeted violence.” It continues; “An inquiry should focus instead on a student’s behaviors and communications to determine if the student appears to be planning or preparing for an attack.” Assessing objective, culturally neutral, distinct body language, behavioral and communication indicators of emerging aggression is the only effective means to foresee and prevent the threat posed by any aggressor who intends harm to others, whether the perpetrators are students or terrorists.
Learn how to prevent these shootings in the future, read Moving from Reacting to Preventing Acts of Terrorism