Fort Hood Tragedy Sparks Islamophobic Response - by Stephen Lendman
A personal note. This writer was stationed at Fort Hood in summer 1956, a quiet time, post-Korea and pre-Vietnam, when terrorism and Islamophbia weren't issues, and shooting only happened on firing ranges to learn and improve marksmanship.
On November 5, The New Times headlined, "Mass Shooting at Fort Hood, saying:
"the Army confirms that the gunman (thought to be killed) was Army Major Malik Nadal Hasan. Reports said 12 were dead (raised to 13, including one civilian) and 31 others wounded from an incident at the base Readiness Processing Center where troops prepare for deployment. Two other soldiers were detained as suspects. Another was believed at large. The shooting began about 1:30PM after which Fort Hood was locked down."
CNN reported over 100 rounds fired. Some military retirees were skeptical, calling it bogus. An unidentified Army captain said it's impossible for a non-combatant like Hasan to fire that much with two pistols without being subdued. He'd have had to reload giving someone a chance to do it. Others said the same thing.
Sergeant Donald Buswell called the official story illegitimate saying a room full of combat veterans wouldn't let one shooter do this kind of damage. "Multiple shooters is the only plausible scenario. This sounds like Major Hasan has been used, and perhaps is a patsy." Vietnam veteran Michael Gaddy said the Army's version doesn't compute. "People on the ground have told me cell phone towers were jammed to prevent unauthorized dissemination of information after the shooting."
Citizens for Legitimate Government (legitgov.org) said "Hasan's neighbors, medical trainers, colleagues, friends, cousin, uncle, grandfather - even the store owner where he bought his food - all....praise(d his) temperament. This appears to be a psy-ops, six ways to Sunday." His grandfather called the act "impossible. He is a doctor and loves the US. America made him what he is."
Early November 5, the day of the incident, "he showed no signs of worry or stress when he stopped at (a) 7-Eleven for his daily breakfast of hash browns, said Jeannie Strickland, the store's manager....(there was) nothing weird, nothing out of the ordinary."