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November 7th, 2009
05:33 AM ET

Fort Hood, Texas shootings: Your thoughts

The Fort Hood, Texas community is mourning the deaths of 12 soldiers and a government worker killed in a shooting rampage at the post on Thursday. Their flag-draped coffins were flown to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

Friday, President Obama ordered flags at federal buildings be flown at half staff in honor of the victims until Veterans Day.

If you'd like to share your thoughts on this story, you can leave your comments below. We may use some of them this morning in the CNN Newsroom.

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  1. robert hitchborn

    AFTER WATCHING CNN. IT APPEARS TO ME THAT IF THE ARMY WOULD HAVE JUST LET HIM OUT OF THE ARMY WHEN HE SAID HE WANTED OUT .THIS MAY NOT HAVE HAPPENED. AND IF THEY HAVE ANY OTHER PEOPLE THAT WANT OUT LET THEM GO.

    November 7, 2009 at 6:02 am |
  2. EM

    I believe this has absolutely nothing to do with Islam, and everything to do with mental illness. We have to dissolve our focus on his religion, and re-focus our attention on his mental and emotional challenges. This is the only way we can prevent such tragedies in the future.

    November 7, 2009 at 6:05 am |
  3. kelly t from bc canada

    i sat in front of the tv in shock at what had happened to the men and women of usa.my thoughts and prayers are with you all in this time of sorrow. this is amazing that as quickly as it had started the men and women took action and ended it just as quick,and still had their wits about them to tend to their wounded.
    I don't really think that the officers name should have been given out so quickly because I've heard that there has been a few people reacting to his name and handing out their own justice. I just hope it is'nt as bad as i hear. my mom always said it only takes one person to ruin it for others, this was done by one man and one man alone. its not a whole race..

    November 7, 2009 at 6:05 am |
  4. Mary McCauley

    As the photos of the brave men and women fill our screens, their stories of innocence and hope recited by journalists, our hearts are filled with sorrow for their senseless loss. Thursday's incomprehensible tragedy and the darkness in one man's heart may never be fully understood, but the bravery and patriotism of his victims is a foundation of the Army family and no one can or will ever diminish that. IRON HORSE!!

    November 7, 2009 at 6:17 am |
  5. Sergeant First Class Kimberly Townsend

    As a Soldier, Im appalled by the actions that took place at Fort Hood yesterday, its bad enough that we have to watch our backs when we deploy but have one of your own do something like this is sad. The shooter forgot about the Soldiers Creed, he forgot he was a Field Grade Officer, he basically forgot he was a Soldier. How could he?

    November 7, 2009 at 6:20 am |
  6. Ben

    Having spent 12 years in the military both USMC and US Army, I can think of nothing worse than what this officer has done to his own troops. Mission accomplishment and TROOP WELFARE are the two priorities that are taught in leadership courses.

    This attrocity begs the question: Does the Army still enforce the death penalty in the UCMJ in the form of firing squad?

    He's a likely candidate if that is the case.

    Thanks

    November 7, 2009 at 6:21 am |
  7. Ben

    Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ)

    Look up capitol punishment by means of Firing Squad.

    That would be the type of swift justice all military members should see happen in this case.

    November 7, 2009 at 6:24 am |
  8. Luis Ruiz

    Congress should give an opportunity for all military muslims that entered the military as a practicing muslim (not converted) to leave the military with an honorable discharge. Prorated benefits, minimal or no benefits.
    As a Marine Corps veteran , how can I go to war with a person who is supposed to be on my side and when I engage the enemy, this person decides to have convictions and turnsd his weapon on me. Hesitates and comprimises my life, or worse gets me captured.

    November 7, 2009 at 6:31 am |
  9. Debbie Connell

    I heard someone who had lost a son in violence say that the HORROR was that she had died inside. To have to go on living with the most important part of you dead – I can' t fathom it. I want the families to know we do deeply care. I am so so sorry.

    November 7, 2009 at 6:32 am |
  10. modell lewis

    my prayers are with every family and our wounded soliders. its so sad this had to happen and right at holidays coming up we all has something to be Thankful for and i thank all my troops for fighting for our country . modell/norfolk va

    November 7, 2009 at 6:42 am |
  11. Phillip Mc Callum

    I am a former soldier of Ft.Hood i left there 35 years ago and always considered it home. But we must truely remember that our troops are family,we are all a family of one(Americans). Let us all pray for our family at Ft. Hood.

    November 7, 2009 at 6:43 am |
  12. albendia

    As a clinical professional, we need those in this profession to evaluate staff to determine if they are in need of psychlogical assistance, before they continue to practice. This evaluation should be done annually, or on an as needed basis. This is especially true for those serving in our Military. This is too much for any human being, and just because we practice in this profession, does not mean we are above assistance. A special staff should be appointed to assess and eval (contractual) to make sure any evidence about an individual gives way to psychological assistance, would possibly avoid some of our tragic events that are occurring.

    November 7, 2009 at 6:57 am |
  13. robin

    dear cnn,
    i called the whitehouse the day before the fort hood tragedy to give my opinion on taking our troops out slowly in afganistan. i said this was is a holy war that can't be won.plus i want health reform.
    so the next day after the trgedy at fort hood and watching cnn and reading the newspaper i called back the white house comment line.
    i told the operator how upset i was and with the information on this doctor acting so bizaar and if he could'nt take listening to the soilders stories, does'nt that tell or show the people around him that he's disturbed. her reply was " SO YOU THINK THEY DESERVED IT".
    i screamed NO!!. i could not believe she said that. i hung up and waited a moment and called another operator and told her and she was appalled also that this volunteer would say this.i told her i was born at Homested Airfoce Base, where my father was stationed then my mother was transferred to the pentagon then to Fort Benjamin Harrison where she retired from. i wanted to join the Indiana National Guard to help people but my father who was killed by a drunk driver sended my plans because my mother needed me.
    so for this White House volunteer infer that i"m not a true patiot of my country madr my blood boil.
    i will find out who this woman is and ask for an apology. i just want to express my condolences to all the families of the Fort Hood community.
    i hope this is read.
    Even General Wesley Clark asked the same question on Larry King last night about why no one noticed any trobling signs. just saying if a citizen calls and ask that question, your questioned. she wouldn't say that to the General.
    Thank-you,
    sincerely,
    Robin of Virginia

    November 7, 2009 at 7:03 am |
  14. Joe Zeigler

    Good morning TJ.. I have to tell you how proud I am that we, as a nation have finally reached the point where a young very elegant black man can take your place on TV and show the world that "YES WE CAN." You see I will be 80 years old next Wednesday, Nov 11. I was raised in South Carolina where we were not suppose to even look a black kids as being close to equials.. I am so proud that I have lived long enough to see a black precident, who I voted for, and to see nice young black men like you who can also now say,"YES I DID IT." I must tell you that I only listen to you.. My eyes are on that DOLL called BETTY NGUYEN.. *L* She is a princess. Keep up the good work TL.

    Very Sincerely,

    Joe Zeigler.

    November 7, 2009 at 7:06 am |
  15. Shirl Rogers

    TJ/Betty:

    This major may have been American born but he was NOT American at heart – these victims just as well been in a middle eastern country, this just does not happen in the United States!!! Our Country mourns for the losses and the wounded and their families and fellow soldiers.

    Surf City, NC

    November 7, 2009 at 7:07 am |
  16. sharon

    Good Morning,
    I live in Canada and wanted to go to the States.I had to get a passport becuase your President didn't want anyone in your counrty without one. He thought everyone from other another country was a terriorist.Sorry but I think you should start looking at your own people that live in the States.The man that went on shooting spree was an American.

    Thank You for your time

    November 7, 2009 at 7:07 am |
  17. Stephania Clyde

    Good Morning Betty and TJ
    I'm from Alabama just south of ATL. I have live in Kileen Tx. and during my time there I was on the post of Ft. Hood alot. I can say that this is a highly secure post and I'm just shock this took place. My concern about the shooting is just heart breaking because this is at home for me. My hat goes off for the brave mens and womens that is in harm way daily. My husband is in the Army who will take his trip next year to Afghanistan, I have a brother that is on his third trip to Afghanistan now. Question after this "Do you American feel our troops are in more danger now? Second should we worry that shooter my have more relatives who might engage in the same behavior ?

    November 7, 2009 at 7:07 am |
  18. Dan Suttin

    Josh, What I want to know is how many of these shooting-spree guys were on anti-depressants or similar medications. I tend to think that is a key factor here; that these meds sometimes produce bizarre effects.. And, it would be interesting to know if this applies to the Ft. Hood psychiatrist who made have been self medicating.

    November 7, 2009 at 7:30 am |
  19. Todd P

    I was just wondering why the additional armed forces killings that occurred on the day of the Fort Hood massacre at Fort Campbell and Camp Legeuneare not being reported.

    Thank You

    November 7, 2009 at 7:32 am |
  20. Eric Shore

    Betty, possibly one of the CNN reporters can pose the question at one of the Fort Hood press conferences: Does it not seem strange that an Army doctor was so deadly accurate with a handgun? Especially with moving and running targets...did he have high sharpshooter scores on Army ranges, or tons of non-Army training? With this many killed and even more hit and wounded, appears strange, even to an N.R.A. rated sharpshooter, such as myself, that he actually was that good.
    Thanks.

    November 7, 2009 at 7:34 am |
  21. Brian Rychetsky

    My Heart goes out to my fellow soldiers and their families. It's a shame that this should happen on our own soil within the confines of a military installation. However, to all those screaming about stricter gun laws....wake up! Stricter gun laws aren't going to prevent horrific acts any more than drug laws prevent criminals from using and selling drugs. the only people that will be effected by stricter gun laws is the people that use them responsibly and within the confines of the law.

    November 7, 2009 at 7:35 am |
  22. Ty Murphy

    Another crazy person, another huge tragedy. And another fine demonstration from the Religion of Peace.

    (Queue the "we need more gun control laws" comments. Go ahead, make me sick)

    Our thoughts and prayers should be focused on the families of the victims, period.

    November 7, 2009 at 7:38 am |
  23. Dawn S

    Betty,

    Stricter gun regulation would not have prevented this tradgedy in Ft. Hood as one viewer wrote!!!!! Nothing would have prevented this deranged individual from obtaining a gun and carrying out his mission. Afterall, he was breaking the law by carrying a gun on a military base. Isn't that a regulation?

    November 7, 2009 at 7:40 am |
  24. Jeff Sloane

    TJ, I don't mean to try and steal any honors away from woman officer...however, listening carefully between the lines in a number your interviews, even with the second male officer who fired, it appears as if the female officer was hit and down, as the male officer saw the shooter leaning calmly against a telephone poll when 'he' engaged the suspect and 'he' brought him down. He said in an interview that he had lost sight of the female officer (split up). At first the news was that the female officer fired and hit the suspect four times...now this morning police officers are saying she believes she fired twice. Seems to be some confusion there as to 'who' actually was the final hero there.

    November 7, 2009 at 7:41 am |
  25. RIP

    I think this clearly demonstrates that these dangerous semi-automatic weapons must be kept out of the hands of everyone, but especially the scary sort of person who has been trained in how to use it!

    Ban semi-autos for the military!

    November 7, 2009 at 7:44 am |
  26. vulfmann

    Nader Hasan said "He was mortified by the idea of having to deploy," "He had people telling him on a daily basis the horrors they saw over there."

    Cnn why are you not asking the basic Q's? Like who were these person's. Because either he was a terrorist or a crazy person

    November 7, 2009 at 7:51 am |
  27. Dennis C. Latham

    Nidal Malik Hasan – Be All You Can Be ?

    Seems like this man was trying to be a true AMERICAN to me.

    I believe the stress did get to him – but when your own ARMY brothers who are supposed to protect you – turn on you ?

    What kind of life is that ? They could have easily killed him once they were deployed.

    The government dropped the ball on this one. AMERICA dropped the ball. I dropped the ball for not pushing government to be held more accountable for it's mistakes.

    The man had too many warning signs and the government who we paid just ignored it .... and the problems they had with him in the past ...like talking against the was against Islam ?

    Government had it's arrogant nose too high in the air to see this as a problem and ignored it – and allowed ARMY Soldiers to be at risk.

    Hasan listening to AMERICAN Soldiers tell their tears and fears after possibly killing Hasan's – religious brothers and possible relatives is a bad idea for anyone.

    If he wanted out and was trying to buy his way out:? They should have re-leaved him of his duties – put him at another job but at least keep an eye on him.

    Forcing someone to stay where they don't want to stay – do you really think they are going to be all they can be ?

    AMERICANS paid Hasan's salary – we paid the government
    government failed us – more than Hasan should be going to jail.

    Those who racially harassed him should be tried for treason.

    My prayers go out to all of the families and loved ones of ALL involved.

    November 7, 2009 at 7:58 am |
  28. Ashley

    As a wife of a soldier who is deployed at the moment, also stationed at Ft. Hood I would first like to say we at Ft. Hood are much more than soldiers and their families we are ONE BIG FAMILY. I have not spent much time at Ft. Hood since being stationed there, but in the short time I witnessed a family of 40,000 plus s...oldiers and the families they have with them. I have also come to know some of the greatest and strongest people I have ever met and I am truly honored to have spent time getting to know them to a point I can call them not only friends but sisters in waiting. We will over come this act of hatred. He did not or will not break us for we are strong and stand as one. Our hearts cry out for the soldiers who were killed and wounded and their families. Although I was not at Ft. Hood at the time of this act. I still cry knowing that my sisters and their families were in harms way in a place we call home and consider our safe haven. I am truly saddened by this and by the words of soldiers who are deployed in reference of this horrific day. I have heard them say that it is sad to know this has happened and they can not be here to help their families through this. How sad and angered they are by the thought of them being in a war zone is safer than their wives and children at home. But. I have to add that I am saddened that it takes something of this nature to bring the United States together. We should stand strong and together no matter if it is in a time of war or a time of peace. Not just when we are so brutally attacked. No matter who the attacker is.

    November 7, 2009 at 8:18 am |
  29. B Williams

    It appears that some of the American public is so concerned about public health care covering abortion (a legal medical procedure). Why don't more people ask questions about covering Viagra with public health care dollars? Viagra is handed out like candy in America today, some might consider it quite a waste of money. I would like to hear a discussion on this topic.

    November 7, 2009 at 8:20 am |
  30. joe

    I am a retired psychologist
    Mr. Hasan may be sick, BUT not nearly as sick as his fellow Americans who believe they have the right to occupy any country and kill whomever they don't happen to like
    To understand Hasan's mind, lets go back to Vietnam
    Here we have a totally useless war . 60,000 Ameicians and over 2 million Vietnamese had their lives eliminated for absolutely nothing.
    Dr. Hasan believed that those responsible for Vietnam were the real criminals. He also believed that the war in Iraq and Afghanistan were equally immoral, irrational and essentially criminal.
    He was of much the same mind as von Staufenberg, though he attacked those at the bottom of the power structure rather than those at the top.
    He was simply trying his best to bring Americans to their senses and trying to get them to stop, what he believed was the senseless murder (directly and indirectly) of hundreds of thousands of his mostly innocent fellow Moslems.

    November 7, 2009 at 8:22 am |
  31. John Spalding

    We need to consider if this Army Major was a Jihadist. He dressed like one off duty. He prosletized others to become Muslim. He endorsed suicide bombing. He was a pychaitrist. Trained, vetted and a doctor for 10 years. Seemingly the liklihood of his being an insane mass murderer is somewhat remote.

    Soldiers have testified to being disciplined for joking about others religious beliefs. Why wouldn't the Army investigate the open statements of an Army Major indicating he believes in terrorist tactics?

    November 7, 2009 at 8:24 am |
  32. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Theres one thing about this shooting that bothers me alot and that is where was the MP's and where were the SP's when I was serving they were every wheres has our military become so depleted that we have to depend on civilian police to control the city and the military bases who's fault is it that there was no military police patroling when this happend .

    November 7, 2009 at 8:29 am |
  33. CW2(Ret) Ivan Ruiz

    I served at Ft Hood from 11/94 to 6/99 as a Personnel Warrant Officer and organized and conducted many soldier readiness processing(SRPs). It is a stressful time and adrenaline is high but the soldiers are ready and eager to defend against our enemies. It is very sad that they couldn't defend themselves against one of their own. May God help and bless the families of the innocent victims. Ft Hood is a great place to serve.

    November 7, 2009 at 8:32 am |
  34. robin

    GOD BLESS THOSE WHO COME FROM LARGE AND SMALL TOWNS ACROSS AMERICA WHO ARE WILLING TO SACRAFICE THEIR LIFE TO KEEP US SAFE.

    November 7, 2009 at 8:34 am |
  35. Carol

    I work at Walter Reed on the 5th floor where this Doctor worked. I recall seeing him in the hall. However, the question that I have is how did he get through a residency when he was so vocal according to his colleagues about Islam and the war. He could have easily went to Ward 57 and done the same thing to our Wounded Warriors. Why wasn't he weeded out of the Army and the residency??? If the Army is allowing traitors to remain in the ranks, this will only happen again.

    November 7, 2009 at 8:42 am |
  36. melissa

    to me it seems the new is trying to say that the military isn't trying to help our troops with mental health which isn't the case at all. They have the resources out there its a matter of the soldier wanting the help. Get over your pride everyone needs help sometime.

    November 7, 2009 at 8:43 am |
  37. Bob Smith

    With pay for Mental Health Professionals being completely unnacceptable ($16 an hour for a Masters Degree) around the country, I have a hard time believing people will enter or stay in the Mental Health Profession to help either the military or the general public with their mental health issues. The pay does not justify the amount of education one is required to have nor the stress and vicarious trauma that one experiences working in the mental health field.

    November 7, 2009 at 8:46 am |
  38. Susan Revak

    I am a Veteran. I am also a mental health counselor who can not get hired by the military because my credentials as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor do not match the governments criteria. To this day I don't know why nor do many other psychologists who are licensed by the State but did not complete the pre-docotoral internship at an American Psychological Association site who are trauma specialist. On line help as soldiers have explained to me is a way for soldiers and veterans to be eliminated from the military and for many on line help does not help.

    November 7, 2009 at 8:50 am |
  39. Grace

    The media needs to stop saying that this was mental health related. It was not. This was a planned terrorist attack on our US soldiers.

    1. This man bought a top of the line gun back in August.
    2. This man has stated that he didn't like the thought of Muslims being killed yet he sought and he did kill American citizens.
    3. His landlord stated that this man paid six months in advance for his rent.
    4. His landlord also stated that this man never had any visitors. But the day before the attack a man visited him.
    4. This man's neighbor claimed that this man came over and asked to use his computer. The neighbor let him. Why would a top military officer use someone else's computer? This doesn't make sense.

    So please, stop saying this man had mental issues. He did not. Stop being PC and tell it like it is.

    November 7, 2009 at 8:51 am |
  40. Tricia Earle

    This is not an excuse for the shooter, nor against the military where I grew up and love.
    The military did not want to listen to Hassan's complaints and because he OWED them for his education was going to send him to the middle east. The only way it was going to be stopped was what we saw.
    We call this a volunteer army and the pentegan does not want the draft because the quality of the personell would suffer. However, I question the word VOLUNTEER when people are brought out of retirement against their will, and people are sent for multiple deployments, which I consider criminal.
    What the answer is I can't imagine.

    November 7, 2009 at 8:52 am |
  41. Doris Obremski

    Dear Josh,
    My heart cries for the families who lost loved ones in another military-on-military murder. I understand some of their pain.
    General Casey's mental health program may help some, but would this week's shooter have actually sought this help?
    My son-in-law, Frist Lt. Louis Allen and Capt. Phillip Esposito were murdered by Staff Sgt. Alberto Martinez on June 13, 2005 in Tekrit, Iraq. Lou left my daughter and four young boys – Phil left his wife and a beautiful daughter. CNN carried the story right after the event.
    3 1/2 years later, in Dec. of 2009, Martinez was acquitted in a military court martial- he is a free man even though he confessed to the murders by claymore mine about 2 years ago –
    Witness after witness testified to hearing him threaten to "frag" Capt. Esposito who had tried to help him and eventually gave him poor performance reports and was probably going to recommend dismissal from the Army as soon as my son-in law Lou arrived to clean up the mess the Sgt had made of supplies at FOB Danger. Three days later Phil and Lou were blown up by a claymore mine set by Martinez and designed to mimic a mortar attack by also throwing some grenades.
    Martinez's behavior was erratic and threatening before the murders- I cannot imagine him seeking serious help –
    Our Army needs to have a process of some kind of confidential reporting alert by those around these troubled soldiers when these behaviors are manifested.
    I believe the Army would also like to forget about Lou and Phil – Martinez was also accused of other small crimes that would lead to motive such as illegally selling or giving Army equipment to Iraqis and the Army chose not to pursue these charges.

    November 7, 2009 at 8:57 am |
  42. stan smith

    I was watching you news show this morning and I think you implied that this incident occured because of a mental health issue. I hope I am thinking wrong because the shooter was in no more need of mental health care then our BRAVE and DEDICATED soldiers do when we go to other countries and do what we have to do to preserve our way of life. The man did what we do when we kill OUR enemy.

    November 7, 2009 at 8:57 am |
  43. Caleb Hinton

    major hasan did a very terrible thing and can't be justified,but I don't understand why it took him over twelve years to be promoted to the rank of major.Why was he still in the Army,why can't we see this pink elephant in the room

    November 7, 2009 at 9:01 am |
  44. Soldier at Fort Hood

    I am a Soldier at Fort Hood, TX. I viewed the news brief by General Casey. The one comment that caught my attention was when the General stated "We have added 70,000 soldiers to the Army force in the past years". As a Senior Non-Commissioned Officer who have observed the mental ability of Soldiers in the ranks. If I could ask a question to the General I would ask, how many of 70,000 added to the ranks of the Army had mental illness prior to joining the Army? I would like to suggest that the General not only count the number of Soldiers who were added to the ranks, but also count the number of Soldiers who were chaptered (discharged) out of the Army for mental illness within the first year of enlistment. I am speaking of Soldiers who have never deployed.

    Today is a sad day for the Army and the military as a whole.

    November 7, 2009 at 9:01 am |
  45. Richie LaRock

    This comment is for the dope who said that what we need is stricter gun laws in this country.No Stupid!
    What we really need is to purge this country of people like
    you. What makes you think that stricter gun laws will stop tragedys like the one in florida? Just in case you havent noticed this country is out of control and its because we have people that think like you in control.
    So let me tell you what we really need.This country needs
    a complete enima starting with people that think just like you do. That includes all of your corrupt politicans who real fonction is to line there pockets at the expence of the american public, and to pay special attention to what ther friends need. Did you notice i didnt say what the american people need? The next thing we need is to put all the ceos that stold the americn tax payers money and still are, money in jail where they belong.
    Did i forget to mentio that people like you make me sick.

    November 7, 2009 at 9:02 am |
  46. Tricia Earle

    I don't know why the NRA cab't seperate hunting riffles from "Cop Killers" and uzzis. They are not the same and have no place outside of the military or law enforcement.

    November 7, 2009 at 9:03 am |
  47. chell

    I'm sorry to inform all non military personnel, that crime on bases are not uncommon. There are alot of walking mental people among us wearing military uniforms. Yes, and some entered the military crazy.I over hear soldiers talking all the time with such dirty,trashy mouths in front of my kids.It's so much I could say about the military but I'll let you guys keep your romantic thoughts,and unrealistic beliefs about the military.I've been living on bases for 18 years, and there isn't any crime a soldier do shocks me .This was a horrible terrorist act ,but there are so many nut jobs on our installations your not going to stop all of them.Joining our forces should be elite,not a unemployment office.

    November 7, 2009 at 9:12 am |
  48. Frank Valente

    What is so sacred about guns to some Americans? Guns are for killing, and only killing, especially handguns. Contrary to what the NRA preaches criminals are not the ones that are perpetrating mass murder, mass shooting are being done with LEGALLY owned guns. Why? Simply because guns and ammunition is so easy to get, why ? because there is not enough regulation. Thanks to the NRA and all the gun worshipers we now have 13 soldiers dead and 31 crippled. We need to get the guns out of circulation, Americans have to be growing weary of walking around with targets on their backs just so immature little boys can have their lethal toys to play with. We should just ban the ownership of guns or face a future of even more senseless death and destruction.

    November 7, 2009 at 9:16 am |
  49. Michelle

    A couple of thoughts:

    – I've been listening to the national discussion since the incident occurred, on several news channels and within blogs, all of which are doing a good job trying to sort this out, and one of the most insightful interviews was done this morning about 8am on CNN with Army Sgt. Kamal at Ft Hood. Kudos to the reporter who got that interview. CNN, please replay and replay that interview. Viewers please search for that interview. It revealed several really critical points to be made. 1) How critically important and incredibly dedicated most Moslems in American uniforms are, 2) How little merit there is to the supposition that Major Hassan was pushed into this because of harrassment, 3) To what extremes the Army goes to to protect Muslims from harrassment, meaning folks rushing to show empathy for Major Hassan might examine if the the Major provoked the "reported" harrassment. You will have all those questions answered by watching that interview.

    -The media needs to stop spinning this as being caused by PTSD. When an individual has been under surveillance by the FBI months before the shooting spree for making comments showing sympathy for suicide bombers, when the few revealed facts are enough to clearly show this act was planned out, and when while shooting 44 people you yell Allah Akbar, you are clearly engaged in a religous terrorist act. It could also be true Hassan was suffering mental issues, but that does not excuse the obvious act of terrorism. Most terrorists who blow up innocent people ON PURPOSE do have mental issues. Whether it was a lone terrorist event or more than one is not known yet, but stop trying to pretend it wasn't. Some have made good points about the stress ANY psychiatrist treating PTSD would be under, however, it has got to stop being used as the excuse for a terrorist act.

    -There will be many innocent Muslim Americans who will now be on the receiving end of harrassment, bullying, perhaps even life-threatening acts by people with displaced anger about Hassan's actions. Fellow Americans, please do not succumb to it or allow others to succumb to it. There are plenty of Muslims trying to speak out against Hassan's actions who in addition to being horrified for the victims and their familiies, are additionally horrified it was done in the name of their peaceful religion. Go to earlier blogs to see some of those.

    November 7, 2009 at 9:19 am |
  50. john scharff

    As someone who works with victims and perpetrators of violence and currently focusing my career on the issue I'd like to share some of what the current mental health findings are. Mental health "helpers" must be constantly self-aware that they are not experiencing counter-transference or vicarious trauma (empatheticly hearing then living other's tragedies). It is thought that PTSD is a result of being exposed to trauma and not processing the experience or the feelings. It is also thought that the school shootings are a result of young boys being bullied and our culture norms saying "toughen up, be a man." It is through catharsis that a healthy world view can be constructed with the help of people who are trained to help. Our country has been experiencing many horrible acts that are making many lash out in helplessness, anger, and fear. I would hope people would seek help, learn what victims go through and how to break the cycle of violence. Trauma disorders came into the public spotlight long ago but was only incorporated in the DSM in 1980. The understanding of it has grown; some universities now have Crisis Intervention classes (such as mime) and it is now known the neuro-chemical releases cause changes in brain structure. There have been great leaps forward in how to treat people; there is hope, but it will take people helping each other to find help. I could go on and on about this but crisis hot lines can fill people in on where to get support for themselves or others. It is a sign of strength to seek help I hope people will heed.

    November 7, 2009 at 9:32 am |
  51. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Look guys this is a military base with army tanks and bazookas and rockets and this guy was a major add it up remember what happend in San Diego when the soldier took the army tank why are you talking about the N.R.A.

    November 7, 2009 at 9:36 am |
  52. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    { Ben } Are you kidding the fireing squad with Nancy Palosi and the rights activist running the military and the C.I.A. you might as well forget that untill we have another republican president.

    November 7, 2009 at 9:47 am |
  53. mrs dejes

    I agree with those that believe this is a mental health issue and not only base on religious belief. It should be evaluated if all veterans with education on mental health specialties are ready to work with veterans or other service members. Veterans Administration gives them on their job application, 10-point preference (mental health technicians) but are we sure that they have work through their own personal issues and possible traumas before sending them to work with individuals with their same issues to work through. My brother is a veteran, he has served for 16 years and the Army was his life. He became injured (spinal cord injury and TBI), he started receiving mental health care and he felt that the provided who was also a veteran didn’t support him and also told him that he had a somatization disorder even when his symptoms can be fully explained by a known medical condition and he doesn’t met the criteria for this diagnosis (the attending veteran was in a wheel chair). Service members should have the best mental health providers in the nation that are willing to work with them, the requirement for an APA internship should be reconsider for the job openings at Veterans Administration. The American Psychological Association and Appic have stated that there are not enough APA approved Internship for applicants and not all that complete one consider veterans administration as their first job options. Are we loosing the opportunity to have great professional work with service member’s base only on this requirement? My brother sure thinks so; he had seen many friends commit suicide and many children’s (son and daughters) of service members fall into substance abuse. If service members are willing to risk their life for our safety the least we own them is to give them the best medical and mental health treatment available. Veterans with mental health specialties that are not ready to work with service member or who don’t want to have this as their first job options should have the opportunity to work in other settings and work through their own personal situation with other mental health provider.

    November 7, 2009 at 10:03 am |
  54. Tekoa Walker

    My name is Airman Walker & I'm in the United States Navy. I'm stationed on the USS GEORGE H W BUSH & I'm from Killeen, Texas. I just wanted to say that I'm not the only one on the bush from Killeen. When I found out about what happened I didn't know what to do. I was getting phone calls from my mom left & right. I got a text message from my sister saying someone was shooting less than a mile away from her, my brother said he heard gun shots & saw people running from the sports dome. I was so worried about them but there was nothing I could do. My ship had a moment of silence for the soldiers & I really appreciated it. I feel as though no place is safe anymore. The only reason central Texas is known is for negative things. My heart & prayers go out to the individuals affected by this tragic event. ACAN WALKER...US NAVY

    November 7, 2009 at 10:03 am |
  55. daryl

    Having served 20 years in the military, 10 on active duty and 10 in the national guard with two deployments. One to the Sinai and one to Iraqi. It hurts me deeply to hear of the what happened at Ft. Hood. Those soldiers and civilians did not deserve what happened to them. But people need to understand the stress of deployment. Your deployment does not start when you get off the plane in a war zone, it actually starts the day you get the notification that you are being deployed. That is when the stress begins. What that doctor did has nothing to do with his religion. I served in Iraqi with american soldiers who are muslim and they are just as dedicated as all other soldiers and love america just as much as anyone else.

    November 7, 2009 at 10:25 am |
  56. Elaine Garcia

    This shooter did not have a mental issue ....he knew exactly what he was doing. But I can already see where this will be going....and it's a total cop-out. I hope the military gets wiser and is more carful who is serving right up under them. It's sad that the enemy slipped through the cracks and whats sadder is there were red flags prior to this tradegy and nothing was done. So tell me how many more episodes have to happen before this Country gets the idea.

    November 7, 2009 at 10:33 am |
  57. Donald Weatherwax

    I am absolutely appalled by what I am watching on CNN today.
    I am not a Muslim, but I am still horrified by the persecution they face on your network.
    When Timothy McVeigh blew up the Federal Building in Oklahoma City, no-one on your network questioned his religious beliefs or used the story to report on Christian Extremists in the south.
    And when the "tea-baggers" march on Washington, D.C., and decry the government, calling for the assassination of the president; your network does not label them as "Christians", rather you focus on their political beliefs.
    But when a Muslim performs an act of terrorism or homicide, you choose to focus on their religion, and attack that religion, rather than focusing other obvious factors influencing their decisions. One of these most likely being the general unpopularity of their religion, and the attacks they receive every day from non-Muslims.

    November 7, 2009 at 10:54 am |
  58. trish

    bull he was being harassed and under pressure! I was deployed more times than I should've. I've been to war, I put my daughter and the rest of my family thru hell, serious events occurred at home while I was deployed, I lost my husband while I was in Irak! I have bad memories and nightmares still, I don't sleep and I cry or get angry for no reason..You dont see me shooting anyone, do you?? None of us in the military have a normal life be it after or before a deployment.. just being in the service is stressfull enough. However; regardless of our background, color, race, education, we are a family, we look out for eachother, we look out for our soldiers. Some of us soldiers, males or females dont confide in no one, we don't talk about our issues, and our loved ones and friends and pretty much anyone at home or at a store, a bar, even while driving..they are the ones who suffer the consequences of us being stressed or messed up in the head about something that happened overseas or back at home while we were deployed .. We justify our actions by saying we were provoked, well sometimes we are and sometimes we are not..our thoughts or memories just get too be too much sometimes and we look for that excuse to vent on someone.. However we NEVER attack a fellow soldier. we don't get up and say: today I'm gonna go shoot me some soldiers". This guy is not a soldier of our army. He's not one of us, whether he was born here or not. And another thing, saying that to listen to all the stories from the soldiers gave him PTSD, made him so stressed that he felt that he had to go on a shooting spree its bull!! Name one psychiatrist that went shooting all of his clients because it got too much.. come on!! As for the incidents overseas, there is no comparison, we are in a hostile enviroment out there, always armed, always under fire,.. we have to deal with trying to make it thru another day plus whatever is going on at home, we attack and are being attack day in and day out...yes there is stress while you are being shot at.. those are casualties, senseless, unacceptable and unexcusable but casualties nontheless.. No one was attacking this man, and using his impeding deployment as an excuse is BULL!!
    Also, muslims are not to be blamed for the actions of one crazy individual (a muslim is a believer in or follower of Islam) I'm catholic, and I know there are many terrorists, killers, rapists, priests that are of the same religion. Does me being a catholic makes me one of them???

    November 7, 2009 at 12:04 pm |
  59. trish

    We do have good muslims in our military, just like we have bad catholics or whatever other denomination if you like, there is good and there is bad in this world.. we cant blame or use our religion as an excuse to kill others.. he's nothing but a terrorist and his religion has nothing to do with what he did.

    November 7, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  60. kumpta shankar

    All animals live by instincts or physical drives.That is why bread is considered important.Man is a rational animal and he too is governed by the natural propensities.But there are individual among humans who consider though wrongly the almighty is far more important.Simply because he is the sole authority who opens gates of heaven.Hasan is one such educated individual who has unshakable faith in this idea.When he was asked to go to Afganistan,a country ihhabited by brothers and not infidels,though not to kill them but as a counsellor to his adopted brothers in uniform,he was panicked.He believed that God would shut doors of paradise to him if he accepts his assignment in Afganisthan,and directly or indirectly be responsible for the deats of his god blessed brothers.To kill infidels is not a sin and is the commands of God.He pleased the almighty by committing this carnage.It is told that he has survived the bullets which struck him.He will certainly sad that he is alive to see the suffering of victims who are alive and the families who lost their members.What proves is a fanatic educated or not will act according to comands of holy book and not by interest of nation which nurtured him and cared.He conveniently forgets that God blessed Talibans have killed their brothers in thousands all over the world.Hasan is one among many who consder holy book and God is above the patriotic duties and gratitude to nation and people who nurture and care the.God bless America.

    November 7, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  61. Romeo Giovani

    SPREAD THE WORD!!!

    It is considered high treason on our country if you shoot a military man, so justice according to the UCMJ is Death by Firing squad. We need this to happen here. If we were to put Hasan, a person who doesn't deserve the title Major, in a cell our tax dollars will have to be used. Instead of 1000's how about 50 dollars for the ammunition and enact the death by firing squad because we are still in war.

    November 7, 2009 at 12:18 pm |
  62. Imran

    I just wanted to ask Ted Rowlands what did he mean by, "The gentlemen who came to meet the suspected shooter a night before the shooting was wearing Islamic clothing"... what is Islamic clothing?? I am a Muslim and I don't know of any particular Islamic clothing, Ive got my jeans on... did he mean Arabic clothing or Egyptian clothing or African clothing.. because every guy wearing a black suit and a hat is not Jewish. I thought Ted was a journalist but he's got his facts wrong.

    November 7, 2009 at 12:30 pm |
  63. Hasan Abdul-Azziz

    What did Hasan's faith have to do with the shootings. Why wasn't the man involved in the Orlando, FL shooting faith brought up? Not one CNN reporter said he was a Christian, Jew or Hindu, went to his place of worship, or interviewed his worship leader, bias reporting.

    November 7, 2009 at 1:19 pm |
  64. dennis linville

    First let me say my heart goes out to all the fallen soldiers and their families. This is yet another horrible attack on America and i can only begin to feel the pain you must be feeling.
    I realize we are dealing with some complex issues here and mainly the guidelines laid out in the freedom of religion in our constitution but i have a very simple question. In Waco Tx, the branch dividians were murdered,by our government, because they had weapons intended to be used for their own protection in times like what i feel we are in now. Our government not only found a way around the constitution but made justifications for the mass murder committed there. they went to great lengths to define the difference between a religion and a cult. I am in no way condoning or condeming what the branh dividians were doing but I do know they didnt attack US citizens.The quaran tells muslims to kill all non muslims.they are doing not only that but have so little respect for life they even kill their own to do so. I am not saying every muslim is capable of such horrific crimes but to be a part of a religion like this at the very least condones this behavior.
    I dont agree with Bush going into Iraq and have stated i feel he should be brought up on war crimes because of the great loss of life to many nations including our own because of him but i do strongly support going after bin laden and the terrorist network. The terrorist have bragged of having 3,500 cells in this country ready to act at any time.Like it or not we are in a holy war and the terrorist are recruiting on American streets right in front of us.We heard them praising bin laden and the mass murder of Americans on 9-11 but refuse to face the facts they are in this country,in your cities and very likely in your neighborhoods.A muslim man just murdered his own daughter and in so many muslim countries this act of senceless murder happens so often they call it an honor killing!
    Some are saying mental illness.do you think? Do you really think that a mind so sick with hate as to committ any of these and other violent crimes are not mentally ill ? mental illness may very well be a reason but it to often is used as an excuse. This attack was obviously pre planned and carried out just as are the bombings going on around the world . The terrorist have said this is only the begining and we will see far worse than 9-11 in this country.
    Now for my question.What is our government waiting for? Secure our borders ,eliminate the terrorist threats here and get America back to being a productive country for its citizens.

    November 7, 2009 at 1:34 pm |
  65. Prettylegs

    The victims may have been unarmed at the time, but how many times was he he unarmed when he was discriminated against and attacked by his religious beliefs by those in the military. The whole story isn't being told, but he is protrayed as a terrorist now, something that is condraditary as what people said about him in the past. The miliary isn't telling all of what drove him to do this. This is not the first case of something like this happening, it is the first that it happened here on a military base, but there are numerous such incidents in the past 5 years. THe military needs to do an overhaul of it's enlisted men, and those who wish to be discharged from the service, discharge them, don't make them stay. Had that happened in this case, 12 poeople would be alive, and 30 people uninjured. I want to know how are the famiies of the victims are going to be compensated since they were not killed in war??? They ( the vitims) should be compensated to the fullest as though they were killed in war. How bout that!

    November 7, 2009 at 1:50 pm |
  66. Dee

    How sad that this news shares a smaller space on your home page than TAILGATING!!!!!

    November 7, 2009 at 2:11 pm |
  67. Troy Staley

    why does everyone insist that his guy had ptsd I have ptsd I had IEDS blow up in front of my truck I am the one who lost friends this guy was never deployed give me a break this guy was a ISLAMIC EXTREMIST plain and simple or he was a loner ether way I am sad for the army the pore soldiers that were killed and there families god bless you TROY M STALEY(STAY STRONG)

    November 7, 2009 at 2:21 pm |
  68. RuthAnn Holmes

    I'm sick of seeing Major Hasan's pic blastered all over the tv. I would like to see pics of the heroes of Fort Hood or those who gave their lives.(if their family allows this)

    November 7, 2009 at 2:32 pm |
  69. Ann

    Thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friend at frot hood...What is this world coming to.... now we have to hear about the shooting at fort campbell near the base

    Fort Campbell soldier and her civilian husband are dead in an apparent murder-suicide

    November 7, 2009 at 2:39 pm |
  70. Gregg Hendrix

    The alleged shooter reportedly was armed with weapons he purchased recently. I am assuming he met all the legal qualifications needed to make the purchase. What if he hadn't been able to arm himself with those weapons? Would there have been so many casualties if he didn't have firearms? Firearms are a casualty multiple when people decide to commit violence. I'd like to hear the NRA's thoughts on why it's such a great deal for people in America to be able to purchase weapons so freely.

    November 7, 2009 at 2:39 pm |
  71. J.Son Dinant

    My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone at Fort Hood.

    I was moved to starts a facebook prayer group for Fort Hood and it has received over 60,000 prayers and counting.

    You may visit the page and view all the comments, photos and other items posted for the families of Fort Hood.

    God Bless America!

    November 7, 2009 at 3:16 pm |
  72. GH

    I worked as a clinical social worker at Walter Reed’s Ward 53 intensive outpatient unit about a year and a half ago. While conducting individual psychotherapy with active-duty military personnel, the majority of my work was with soldiers suffering from combat-related PTSD. On my treatment team, our psychiatrist, who was originally from India, experienced significant racist bigotry from patients coming back OEF and OIF. Much of the racism and othering directed at this psychiatrist was deemed semi-acceptable because of our clinical and empathic understanding that ‘demonizing the enemy’ functions as an adaptive behavior while in combat (i.e., viewing an enemy as ‘evil’ or a ‘second-class citizen’ removes some of the guilt inherent to killing). We know this mindset has historically occurred in other wars, as well. The overwhelming challenge facing our military men and women with Middle Eastern ancestry—or simply possess stereotyped physicalities native to that region—is that they are frequently denigrated by their fellow soldiers even when providing compassionate care via psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. In turn, this dynamic can act as a prime catalyst instigating deep feelings of betrayal to one’s sense that s/he is part of a military family. Furthermore, while empathic attunement can enhance treatment success with heavily traumatized individuals, over time it takes an emotional toll on one’s psychic stability and emotional functioning. I hope this tragedy calls attention to some of the institutional dilemmas facing individuals in our military ranks. As we consistently saw at Walter Reed, relying solely on the mantra, “bite your lip and soldier-on” is a far cry from supporting our troops and fellow soldiers. My statement by no means rationalizes Dr. Hasan’s indefensible atrocities. It does, however, illuminate some of the nuances to this tragedy.

    November 7, 2009 at 3:21 pm |
  73. Lynn

    I would like to comment on the emphasis being directed toward the female officer that helped to take the gunman down, lets not forget there were 2 officers that took the gunman down and they should both be equally recognized as heros not just 1.

    November 7, 2009 at 3:24 pm |
  74. pokies

    November 7th, 2009 3:26 pm ET
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    it is time to get a good old fashioned march on the pentgon protest against all the wars and get rid of the algieda or however the heck it is spelled, hezbollah, hamas and whatever muslim operatives are allowed to run free and be in our military to do what this thing sorry can not call him a person did – president oba...ma must go – i recall in his as all politicians do empty promise of ending the wars quickly – now he wants everything government controlled unfortunaley vp biden seems to be useless this nonsense now WE MUST GET OUT NOW – why should parents, sons daughters husbands, wives ordinary people have to go through this terror – i beginning to have paranoid thoughts the govt is behind it somehow wars are profitable i can not imagine how these are – MUST GET OUT OF ALL WARS NOW!!! PRESIDENT OBAMA VP BIDEN MUST GO!!!!!Read More

    November 7, 2009 at 3:32 pm |
  75. George H. Foster

    The key to understanding Fort Hood on Thursday and Orlando on Friday is this:

    THE OTHER/DARK SIDE HAS A SAY.

    In both cases, the shooters had objectives and goals that were not what the "rules" said where valid.

    Assuming the rules about having weapons in a location – much stricter in Fort Hood than in Orlando – will provide permanent protection from injury assumes that the perpetrator will abide by them.

    I live in Orlando, and have some knowledge about the building there. There was no screening for entry at any time, and no capability in the building layout to provide it, if it was attempted. During normal business hours it had to be open to the public, from both the street and the parking garage.

    Jason Rodriguez had worked in the building, knew its layout and how the security functioned, and knew the layout of the suite he had worked in. He also knew the people there, the rules on weapons established by the organization, and the possibility that any of the workers were armed with anything.

    He had a point to make about the firm, and he made it. The only thing that could have either stopped Rodriguez from trying to make the statement he made or stopping him in the act was if people there were packing heat, so to speak.

    Florida has nearly 600,000 permits to carry concealed weapons issued to residents as of 31 October 2009 (nearly 68,000 non-residents, and literially millions more in the 33 states with reciprocity agreements). If the persons sitting in the reception area had had guns in their purse (over 107,000 female residents in Florida have these permits), Jason Rodriguez may have failed just as he started, and Otis Beckford would still be alive.

    People are responsible for their own personal security. No building security or police, as hard as they try, can not be there to to preempt an attack.

    November 7, 2009 at 3:38 pm |
  76. Shelly Searcy

    My son is serving in the US Army. He is my only child. I did not fully understand how this commitment would change his life until I visited him after basic and met so many other parents, siblings, and soldiers. I have come to realize what a true priviledge it is to be a member of our military. The military is the US's largest family–we are one and I am proud to be a part of it. Tolerance and respect for a huge part of the military – almost to a fault as demonstrated with Hasan. I was present when my son made his commitment to the Army–make no mistake anyone who takes that oath does. Hasan did to. Nothing is harder to understand when a family member kills another family member, but he did and there is nothing that makes the act excusable. No amount tolerance makes the healing process any easier – justice needs to be swift and prudent – and this needs to be done for the fellow family members of those killed. Hasan made a decision, followed through on the decision and must now be responsible for his actions. I trust the upcoming military tribunal will do the job for which they responsible.

    November 7, 2009 at 3:40 pm |
  77. Dori of FL

    What happen on Thursday, the horror of it all, united us again. When will terrorist learn this! It furthers our resolves instead of wishing to hide.. I strongly feel that this coward did this with full knowledge. His reward was a selfish goal, a cowardly goal, and I feel, not that one of that of suffering from mental illness. All the planning premade supports my conclusion. Sadly, from the personal experience of dealing with a relative of PTSD only reaffirms my opinion. The change it too apparent. And when you have it, you cannot mask or hide that!

    If the coward of unarmed killer survives, he should be tried for an act of treason! Period. But let us not torment but support our fellow Muslim soldiers/heroes. Of course, insuring there may be a few placed for religious gain, overall from what my son, a former vet has stated, they serve with honor and valor

    . Religion, whether Baptist, Catholic, Muslim or Buddha, etc have one thing in common. Our love for a higher power. Of course, like with all above, there have been fanatics that distort and destroy that goal. Whether we call them God, Yahweh, or Allah, when Hasin meets his maker he will learn the shame in the name of his higher power he committed and then sent to hell for his sins. Hasin, thanks for restoring our unity and shame on you for shaming those of your same birth background.

    May the families who lost so much know the appreciation of this country and our gratitude. For their love ones did not die in vain, nor harmed in vain. Though the reality of a fellow comrade, one trusted and loved as a brother, is a bitter reality. We already know that many in Iraq, Jordon, Afghanistan are grateful for our rescue. And another rotten apple/aka Muslim wanna be in the barrel cannot and will not destroy us but strengthen us.

    A real look at security loopholes is far over due. Those arrogant leaders in the Pentagon must start to respect the first hand knowledge foot soldiers, those who care, risk and give the most are aware of. Let them advise you instead of someone not familiar with daily operations. What has been practiced to date with so called experts in high rank is like having an archeitect design a restuarant though they never worked one and do not know how to be efficient in that task, for example.

    Change the attitude or clean out your ears DOD and remember all have something to contribute to our success and let those living, experiencing become the guides to helping correct the oversights I do no post for the safety of love ones on base, like my granddaughter.

    November 7, 2009 at 3:42 pm |
  78. John Ciavarella

    Something does not add up!

    It has been reported by many news sources that the shooter (Major-MD, not one to be very proficient with firearms) killed 13 and wounded as many as 35-38 others.

    It has been reported that the shooter used an semi-auto pistol of 5.7MM caliber ( a ballistic tip cartridge that may be used in a hand gun or a small carbine rifle with very high muzzle velocity), to kill and wound as many as reported. The shooter(s) would have to have fired the hand gun rapidly which would empty the magazine, and another full magazine slammed into the gun and recharged to chamber a new round in the weapon. This takes most proficient shooters several seconds and two hands to acomplish (making the shooter very vulnerable during the process). The shooter(s) would have had to repeat this 8-10 times or more in order to get off the number of rounds reported (over 100 expended caseings).

    In addition to this, the killed and wounded were probably shot multiple times-not just one well placed round.

    This type of sooting action would be difficult for even Audie Murphy!!

    Preliminary reports was that an M-16 or M-4 (fully automatic) was utilized by the shooter(s). This would make more sense given the number of killed and wounded casualties.

    Whatever the case may be, this shooter(s) knew what they were doing and went about it in a very specific procedural manner (trained to do this).

    Is there a spin on these facts (use of hand-gun, etc...) to make the situation look as if it were something other than a domestic terrorism act that possibly has foreign terrorism roots?

    November 7, 2009 at 3:48 pm |
  79. Shelly Searcy

    for the post from joe....Hitler didn't think he was crazy either

    November 7, 2009 at 3:49 pm |
  80. Cris

    Josh/Fred
    In my humble opinion: this 'person' was first: an American; a Major in the Army, a psychiatrist in the Army. This 'person' was a Muslim, conspirator, terrorist. The only thing I can say softly enough is this: He needs to be tried for "Treason", and to be hanged at the base for all our service people to see. This will also let the World know: do not mess with us or pay the ultimate price!
    We cannot keep coddling criminals – shootings of the Philly police; shootings and killings at our colleges, high schools, places of business; NOW our soldier's homes/bases? Let's get tougher on criminals, guns and people that commit the most heinous crimes in America. Hear her? She's crying for her people! Listen up!

    November 7, 2009 at 3:52 pm |
  81. Jacob Cayo

    Not to take ANYTHING away from our military or civilian police. However, why was the SWAT team and civilian police the ones to secure the situation and not the Military Police?

    November 7, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  82. Robin

    The statement is heard on your channel dozens of soldiers lives have changed. That is incorrect. There are spouses, children, civilian contractors that live here that have been affected by the shootings. This was an act or terrorism, I am not saying he was a terrorist but what he did was cause terror in many thousands of people that day. Army people are strong and will move on but our lives were all affected that day. My husband is Iraq protecting our freedom while families feel like we were left unprotected at home.

    November 7, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  83. Laura

    We, as Americans, should all be ashamed that both this administration and the last has let us down to this lowest of points because of the "political correctness" that exists today! As Michelle Obama said it was the first time she was proud to be an American, this is the first time, I am ashamed to be an American. Our bases should be a safe haven for our young men and women. We can't even count on that anymore! Shame, shame on our government. Stop questioning this as to what it is!! It was a terrorist attack plain and simple. He had no PTSD. You are insulting our soldiers by suggesting this.

    November 7, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  84. billhoner

    Major Hassan was reportedly a deeply religious man who was offended by anti-Moslem remarks made by fellow soldiers. The United States Military is populated by many soldiers between the ages of 18 and 24, an age group that is significantly overrepresented in the commission of hate crimes involving race, religion and ethnicity. clearly, the military has a heady task in reducing racial and and ethnic hatred among the troops.

    He was reportedly disturbed at the prospect of supporting, through his presence in Iraq or Afghanistan, the killing of Moslems. The murders occurred in a deployment readiness center at FortHood containing preparing to go to war in these regions. This choice of locations suggests a violent and also symbolic act of terrorism against the United States military. He reportedly yelled “God is great!” the phrase invariably uttered by suicide bombers. he must be held responsible for rejecting nonviolent methods of addressing his concerns and slaughtering his fellow soldiers.

    An American born soldier has committed an act of terror against fellow soldiers; it is likely that the Defense Department will now make every effort to reduce this terrorist act to the irrational actions of a mentally unstable person. The alternative would simply be too great an embarrassment. Bill Honer

    November 7, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  85. James

    This man was a terrorist. He had anti-American blogs posted on the Internet about suicide bombings. He is an Islamic extremist who was pushed over the edge by not being able to withdraw from the army. It doesn't take a genius to connect the dots.

    November 7, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  86. MSgt Josh Hulshizer

    I can not believe that this happened how could he be there that long and make friends and then do this. people like him are the reason for racial profiling. I think that we should ban Muslims from the us military because of the tie this religion has to terrorism. i am not saying that all Muslims are terrorists but i am saying that the US needs to protect them selves before being politically correct

    November 7, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  87. marvin

    Everyone speeks of gun control, but if you think hard and close if you take away the 2nd amendment rights you take away all rights in the amendments. I served in the army and have no reason to do harm to anyone. This is a case of someone being overwhelmed with the job and there beliefs.

    November 7, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  88. James Hussher

    I think we will eventually find that Hasan was a discontent, and by turning to radical Muslim blogs to vent his own frustrations, he made contact with those radicals and was recruited and subtly encouraged to use his position as a psychiatrist to try to influence soldiers in his care. Himself unsatisfied with that small "contribution", he decided to strike a more impressive blow for his fellow radicals by his action in Ft Hood this past week.

    November 7, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  89. Patricia from Georgia

    All this stirring up of racist with the tea bags and birth group is coming back to haunt us. Though most of the republican politicians are trying to distract folk from their determination to keep doing nothing to benefit their corporate sponsors they aren't considering these people are looking for a real fight. When you start encouraging racial hatred you are at the beginning of a country divided. Since the queen of racial stirring Sarah arrived hate crimes have increased. So, somebody might want to tell our politicians that when you play with fire you risk getting burned.

    November 7, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  90. JESUS ROJAS

    This is just an example of more to come...unfortunately.
    Armies are prepared for fight (for what ever reason) and war creates war...specially in the mind of this young people. Weapons, armies and violence only brings more violence. This incident is just an example of an "implode" effect.....I am not surprise AT ALL. And then we ask WHY?

    November 7, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  91. James

    please note that you do not need to be a member of a terrorist organization to be a terrorist

    November 7, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  92. ck Evans

    I cannot understand how this officer, with at least two semi-automatic firearms (Beretta M9s?) and several spare magazines, could walk into a roomful of unarmed soldiers and sit at a table without anyone taking notice or reacting. Did he carry his guns & ammo in a medical bag or the like?

    November 7, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  93. Alan Caviness

    I've been following the Ft. Hood shootings. First of all, take the killer's picture off television. He's had his 15 minutes of fame. Do not keep flashing his picture on television as Muslim extremeist will delight every time they seem. This will also deter anyone else getting the idea they will get attention if they decide to follow this lunatic's path.

    Second, I am sure anyone reading this has been bullied at some point in their life – in grade school – high school – college – in t he workplace. It happens! But we do not start shooting people on account of it. His family is already making nosie about being harrassed for his beliefs. What a croc! If an American would go to Jordan, they too would probably be harrassed by someone there, not all. I can Obama and his bleeidng heard liberals comming down on the military now for not being sensitive to muslims.

    IWe are at war. if a muslim get his feelings stepped on – tough! There are other ways to get out of the military instead of killing fellow soldiers.

    Take the guys picture on televison. If the media was to sensationalize, do it on the victims, but don't give this guy any more limelight.

    Alan Caviness,
    Fishersville, Virginia

    November 7, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  94. Alan

    My heart goes out to the vicrtims and their families in the aftermath of the Fort Hood shootings.

    To be honest, I jumped to the conclusion that it was perperated by an Islamic individual. Sadly, this was confirmed.

    My opinion is that, if the US continues with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, both unpopular in the US and in the Middle East, insurgencies will emanate against the US occupation of muslim nations, as opposed to hard-core Al Qaeda terrorists, which exists, but in the minority.

    The reality is, in pursuit of the killers who pepertrated the 9/11 attacks on the US, the US has occupied Iraq and Afghanistan, where Al Qaeda does not exist! Where they do exist is in the lawless regions of North West Pakistan, where the US has no controil! Dpoes this make sense? The US having occupied Uraq and Afghanistan, should abandon these countries and invade the lawless areas of NW Pakistan,

    Unitil the US abandons its occupation of muslim nations, there will be acts of terrorism by mis-guided muslims in the US against civilians and army.

    Alan

    November 7, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  95. Bernie of Lowell, MA

    The military has been using a 'stop loss' policy to attempt to retain troops, even for additional re-enlistments.

    The Major, according to what I've read, had requested to be discharged – an even stronger sign of his feelings about the military.

    Also, this man was labeled as a (terrorist,. insane...) Islamic. To what extent did this verbal – and possibly physical – abuse affect him?

    I seem to recall that a much earlier killing just after we invaded Iraq was prompted by similar remarks reportedly made to the killer by his superiors.

    Was his tirade a sign of his frustration about either the 'stop loss' or a fierce religious bias?

    November 7, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  96. Cris

    JOSH:

    After reading all the previous comments, and my own previous comment, I must say now: the "clue" is with this other person (Muslim)that came to the Major's apt THE DAY BEFORE this incident! Was the Major a 'player' for the ENEMY? Why did a Major Psychiatrist NEED that type of gun and why did he carry it on the base with him? He knew these soldiers did not 'carry' so he would have no problems 'taking out' as many soldiers as he could! To me, that is all Pre-Meditated so he cannot say he was 'depressed'! They better keep an eye on his entire family for a while to see what may transpire. If he was a muslim, fine! But FIRST he was an American Major in our Army and that should always come first! No dressing like a muslim on an Army base, it just drew attention to him. What did he expect when our soldiers come back from looking at muslims all those years of war? Also: if this 'doctor' was so troubled, what did he tell our soldiers that returned from war?

    Was he in any way "responsible" for so many of our returning soldiers committing suicide? I wonder? I hope the 'press' digs out this story as far as it goes and to the end. Did he 'counsel' any of our returning soldiers that committed suicide or came home to murder their wives?

    Maybe he was a psychiatrist but he was not bright. He was NOT depressed – his problem was that he was torn between his muslim beliefs and what was expected of him as an AMERICAN OFFICER. There is NO WAY to sugar coat this! IT IS WHAT IT IS!

    This person needs to be tried for TREASON and hanged at the base! The only conclusion that can be accepted by America!!!!!

    November 7, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  97. Carol Hilkey

    There is no way to be a Muslim and a terrorist at the same time. You have to be either one or the other. It is the same with Christianity. You cannot be a Christian and a terrorist at the same time. Both religions believe in peace and love. Killing and hate are not part of these religions. So obviously this guy was going through the motions of being a Muslim or just picking out certain things in the Muslim beliefs that he could believe in. It is just too bad that God ends up getting a bad rap over these people that crack.

    November 7, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  98. Anna

    The suggestion was just made on CNN that perhaps we should not be deploying soldiers from Ft. Hood due to the stress the shooting has placed on them. This could have happened at any Military compound with any branch of the armed services. Why now think of just the Ft. Hood soldiers. I am not discounting the pain there only saying the affect will be felt throughout the military and the private sector.
    The above discussion regarding gun laws...how about just the way people are raised or raising children? I have stopped watching tv because of the violance and the sexual tone of most programs. Even the commercials are sending the wrong messages. WAKE UP Media mogals and Corporate America to see what you are planting in the minds of people. Perhaps instead of trying to take down all references to religion we should be posting the golden rule EVERYWHERE and living it.

    November 7, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  99. William Siegel, Scarsdale NY

    I think this man was very lonely. He needed a way to express his feelings, and unfortunately he felt his feelings and his actions were not being heard or felt. His religion, I feel has not played a role in his decisions, except that his religion was being attacked by his so called friends. This is most unfortunate. The way he felt he needed to express his beliefs was through this massive shooting spree. When depressed and stressed the mind can turn to rage. Love is the answer. It is time to break down the barriers we all claim are bad. There is no reason to add Muslim to this man. It is not appropriate to say a Muslim Psychatrist. He was an American psychiatrist too. In fact he was a psychiatrist, a person, an animal. Without love, people do strange things. Unfortunatly, this man thought he needed to kill, which should not ever happened. I think alot about everything. I think people sometimes need a reality check. I have written this poem, hoping I can inspire people to help, and bring this world together as one.

    I am an animal; my job is to be a man. As part of being a man, I will support my wife and honor her should I choose to marry. That is part of my job. As a man I will support and honor my offspring should I have any. That is part of my job. As a man, I will respect other people’s values at the very least by harming them physically. That is part of my job. I have fun sex with my wife. That is part of my job.

    I am an animal; my job is to be a woman. As part of being a woman, I will support my husband and honor him should I choose to marry. That is part of my job. As a woman I will support and honor my offspring should I have any. That is part of my job. As a woman I will respect an other animal’s values at the very least by not harming them physically. That is part of my job. I have fun sex with my husband. That is part of my job.

    I am an animal; my job is to be a homosexual. As part of being a homosexual, I will support my partner and honor my partner should I choose to marry. That is part of my job. As a homosexual I will support and honor any child I adopt should I decide to do so. As a homosexual I will respect an other animal’s values at the very least by not harming them physically. That is part of my job. I have fun sex with my partner. That is part of my job.

    I am an animal. I will take care of myself for there is no god helping me.

    I am an animal. I will help other animals as well as I can.

    I am an animal. I help create what we have.

    I am an animal. I will perform my duties as an animal because it hurts
    others if I do not.

    I am an animal. I will not destroy another animal.

    I am an animal. I will not destroy myself.

    November 7, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  100. jack g. dufur

    what on Gods green earth is wrong with our media news sometimes. too much information, waaaay toooooo much. you showed an ariel shot of all fort hood acres and then where the shooter lived in the city of tillman?????????????????/ why. we had an idiot in fort hood, an american muslim , an american soldier go completely berzerk.. what makes our news media think that there is not more idiots out there that will take this ariel shot of fort hood and use it to there evil advantage????????? i enjoy watching cnn, however why do you, you give that much info to the public????. i do not neeeeeed to know what an ariel shot of fort hood looks like.. my thoughts are of the enemy, the terriosts out there, our enemys are here in america. we need to bring back our troops home and spend the billions of $$$$$ here on our own home grounds. fort hood is proof>>> thank you for listenning.... j g dufur, viet nam vet................

    November 7, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  101. Peter

    A man yells out "God is Great" while killing American soldiers. This is my definition of terrorism. Blogs about justified suicide bombings and Anti-America are just icing on the cake.

    November 7, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  102. Maria

    As an army wife and a teacher that works on Ft. Hood, Thursday was a nightmare. Around 1:45pm we were advised that we were under lockdown for unknown reasons. Once we turned on our TVs we started to see what was unfolding in our beloved Ft. Hood. This place is our home and sanctuary where our heroes and their families live. As teacher I can see how the Army live affects our students and how deployments have increasingly have been changing the kids perspective on how the world is. Our job is not only to teach but to provide the sense of security that many times they lack due to the nature of army life. Kids know that "daddy or mommy" might never come back when they deploy, and they understand that death is a great possibility because they've experienced it in their neighborhoods, friends, and family. But they have never, in their short lives, imagined that this was going to happen in their little fortress where they can see their heroes be part of their daily lives without using a riffle.
    On Friday morning when we headed back to work I found myself in a warlike zone. Humvees and Army trucks were parked in our visitors parking lot with soldiers wearing their full gear. This heroes were there to protect us all day walking around our hallways. Once the kids started to arrived they were terrified to see soldiers wondering in our campus. We had to comfort them and reassure them that these were the good guys. Kids did not understand that a man that was wearing the same uniform as their daddy's could be so mean and at this point they could not differentiate who was who.
    Personally, I felt in a war zone like we see on TV all the time on the other side of the world, not ours. That's when I asked myself that whatever we are teaching our kiddos should be directed towards respect and integrity. We have to let them know that even though there are bad guys, our soldiers are soldiers of peace that sometimes need to use a riffle to protect us. At the end of the day these young soldiers that walked our hallways throughout the day had made new little friends that looked at them with hope and admiration of what they do for them and for their country.
    God Bless the USA, our soldiers, and Ft. Hood.

    November 7, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  103. Jacob Cayo

    I am so sick of people blaming everyone else but the Major who committed the crime. He killed innocent unarmed soldiers, who in a time of war, would have given their life for him. He knew what he was doing and the act he was committing. Murder ONE. On top of this, the worst offense of treason is to be added on. There was no sickness that this guy had, so dont try to make one up.

    November 7, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  104. Don Roberts

    im a former US Army Sgt disabled viet nam veteran even as a sgt i learned the signs of a troulbled troop and took action.
    it is very clear this major had problems that was truly ignored.
    it is very hard for me to believe that he was being harrased by troops,if he was it was from a higher rank than he,otherwise he could write them up for insubordination.so that is really hard for me to believe.
    it it happened then the officers of higher rank needs a good tongue lashing.

    Don Roberts
    former US Army Sgt
    101st airborne div.

    November 7, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  105. Karla

    It's too early to form an opinion, and all this speculation is just fueling a misinformed emotional cesspool.

    November 7, 2009 at 5:03 pm |
  106. Amir Motamedinia

    It’s a story about a man that did not fit in his work place. Perhaps a mentally sick person who tried many times to leave but he was stopped due to technicality. My question is this. Who is his superior? Why no body listened to his plea. They are indeed the co conspirator. They unintentionally helped a terrorist to be born. I strongly feel that the army should take the blame for this non sense loss of human live. I do not see this as a Muslim VS other "NEWS" as it is growing to become one. My heart goes out to the families of the deceased solders and prays for the injured ones.

    November 7, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  107. Julia Mclean

    I think the Phyciatrist snapped because he had to go back. As much as the medical profession is scrutinized, it is hard to believe they too are human and need help.

    November 7, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  108. Major Claudia Jefferson

    Hasan was to deploy with the 467th.

    November 7, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  109. Joan Perry

    What is the problem, as a Canadian I am so tired of hearing the scare tactics about health coverage...We have a government run health care system, and guess what it works! Any canadian the needs care receives care and they do not have to mortgage their home to do so, From a cut finger to cancer treatment everyone is looked after. So wake up America and stop letting them mislead and scare you!

    November 7, 2009 at 7:27 pm |
  110. Bev

    I whole-heartedly agree with you, Grace. CNN and the other liberal networks are so into PC that they can't see straight. (One of the reasons Fox News has been trouncing everyone else in the ratings. Fox reports the news, BOTH SIDES), and does not editorialize!

    This horrific act was plain terrorism and nothing else. Hasan had cleaned out his residence completely! Was he planning on it being a suicide mission, or did he really think he might escape? Witnesses said he said, "Allahu Akbar" before he began shooting!

    This tragedy was not the result of "teasing" or harassment, as has been hinted by the liberal media. It was cold-blooded murder.

    I wonder how long it will take CNN's journalists (including Maddow), to see the complete picture on this story!

    November 7, 2009 at 7:39 pm |
  111. Carmen

    What happened at Fort Hood is horrible and we must look at the whole picture. Something had to trigger this action. We need a thorough investigation. I feel horrible for the parents that sent their children to the Armed Forces to get them back in a casket. We need to learn to respect people regardless of their religion and we must look after one another. In every religion there is extremism: remember Timothy Mcvey, Scott R.(Dr. Tiller's killer), etc. only to name a few. We need an investigation into how the Army is protecting the men and women who are out there protecting our country.

    November 7, 2009 at 7:54 pm |
  112. Jack

    Hassan could not be stressed, he had never been to war! He was or is a Terrorist, it's a shame that reporters are no longer reporting what is true. He was not sick, he planned everything. He sold or gave away his stuff and he purchased two hand guns. People wake up.

    November 7, 2009 at 8:55 pm |
  113. Johann

    Im so mad knowing that some of the wounded soldiers are out of the hospital and on their barracks, but the army confiscate all his ID, cards and keys and now he dont have even no money cus he dont have his stuff and the army just put them aside with no help,,,If the army want good soldiers they need to start taking care of the soldiers.

    November 7, 2009 at 9:07 pm |
  114. Dodie ~ California

    Why did he kill his fellow solders????

    I suspect he was harassed, called a terrorist, was always on the outside because of his heritage all of his life! This act seems from personal rage of how he was treated in the USA. We did the same thing to the American Japanese during the second world war. Just like people now screaming terrorist ....terrorist... terrorist!

    I suspect, and this is only my hypothesis, he was enraged with the military probably still treated as an outsider and experienced prejudice due to his last name. He tried to pay back for his education and get out with no avail. He must have felt there were no options causing even more frustration and rage at the military. Many psychiatrist's have no one to talk to, When you are at the "top" who do you confide in and express your fears and internal conflicts???

    “The military” is a word… the only way he could enact his rage towards the “military” is to kill those on base in military uniform. As they represent the target of his rage!!!

    November 7, 2009 at 11:02 pm |
  115. Napolyanna

    with out a doubt this guy will be executed when determined guilty.
    The only way he might just get life in prison is if he pleads insanity.
    My questions are what could have pushed him over the edge. He dealt with PTSS for a living. I wondered if he was being forced to take the H1N1 vaccine. Maybe that was against his religious beliefs.I heard it's required for all military. Whatever something sent this guy into a frenzy. No excuse can ever justify this irrational act. I just hope we can learn how to see the warning signs and prevent any future tragedies. God bless the military.

    November 8, 2009 at 2:01 am |
  116. Cecilia Smith

    Hasan probably wanted to commit suicide. Either it was forbidden in his religion...or he didn't have the 'guts'. So he did what others before him have done...put himself in a situation where armed officers would be forced to 'shoot to kill'. Ah, but the best laid plans...

    November 8, 2009 at 6:24 am |
  117. Johann

    I agree with you Cecilia, I live in Fort Hood and my husband is in the army, 6 of my husband friends are dead and 2 on the hospital, Hassan plan everything, he was trying to get out of the army cus he want to be part os the islamic regimen, He said that suicide bomers was a vistory strategic, before start shooting he said some words in arab and he dint agree with the US fighting with Iraq and Afganistan. I get mad cus the news dont want to say the thruth even knowing that they have the facts in their own noses, this guys was a terrorist in the army, We hope he get what he deserve, Cus here theres a lot of soldiers angry.,,,Hope justice make justice this time,,Cus u know justice is ussually unjustice.

    November 8, 2009 at 8:17 am |
  118. Johann

    Napolyanna I think that he been a muslim knowing that he would fight against his own people and knowing he was trying to get out of the army to join the islamic regimen, he just got tired and he knew that all the soldiers that are going to war have to go first to the building to gets their shots he went to the place were the soldiers that were going to fights his fellows muslam were there. And he thought that his act was a strategic victory,for me he was the perfect terrorist, being in the army no body will suspect that one of their own will changed his mind and betrayed them

    November 8, 2009 at 8:32 am |
  119. Johann

    And the people saying that he did it because how people said stuff to him cus he is a muslim, that just an excuse so they dont have to say he was just a terrorist, cus I havent see my husband getting angry when some people say stuff about him cus he is from puerto rico, and I havent see his friends getting mad cus they mexican, by the way they all joke with that and no one gets angry. And in the army theres a lot of chaplains in case u dont want to talk to ur superior, So he had someone to talk

    November 8, 2009 at 8:37 am |
  120. imtiazkhan

    a horrific crime to have happened.W e grieve with the victims' families.Our prayers are with them.
    This is what war does to those who are in the midst of one.Rising suicide rates in the military,soldier turning against soldier. We cannot even imagine the stress our brave soldiers have to endure in their tours of duty to wars abroad.And this happens at home.
    I think religion or ethnicity has nothing to do with mass murders,serial killings & other heinous crimes,it is the individual & his demons.

    November 8, 2009 at 1:14 pm |
  121. Reserve Soldier wife

    appreciate that the Ft Hood community has embraced the Soldiers involved. I just want to tell you that these were mainly Reserve and National Soldiers. I think that thier actions were so heroic. Most folks thought that these were Active Duty-but as reservists don't forget those communities they come from.

    November 8, 2009 at 6:39 pm |
  122. riolama

    What's surprising is not that this happened but that everyone is surprised that this happened. Military culture is to look the other way when bullying takes place, even when there is rape.

    November 8, 2009 at 7:38 pm |
  123. L Hawthorne

    I am a former 1Cav Div soldier disabled 100% from the 1st Gulf War. I worked with a lot of soldiers of Islamic decent. They got razzed at times, but served honorably. My concern is that we don't condemn everyone in retaliation over the actions of one idiot. That includes the attitudes of troops in the field, soldiers at home, and everyone else that wants to get revenge. We know better than that. Till things are sorted out, let's just pray for all involved and keep our cool. AMEN

    November 8, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  124. Diane

    As a veteran previously stationed at Ft Hood and as a spouse of an active duty soldier I am disgusted by what this person has done. He not only took the lives of our soldiers and those who support them, but he took away the security that soldiers need coming back from theater so they can recover. I would like to know if there is anything that can be done to help the families of those effected by this maniac? Especially now that it is the holiday season.

    November 10, 2009 at 9:40 am |
  125. Robin

    I attended the memorial today. I was awed. Then I was watching the news when I finally made it home and heard a reporter at 5pm saying the reason it was so loud it was the siren for 'call to chow'

    WHERE did he get that? This is called Retreat. Here is the definition:

    Definition: The retiring of an army or body of men from the face of an enemy, or from any ground occupied to a greater distance from the enemy, or from an advanced position.

    And another definition: The retreat ceremony serves a twofold purpose. It signals the end of the official duty day and serves as a ceremony for paying respect to the flag.

    This a very important ritual that is observed and DOES NOT mean they are all going to eat!!

    I didn't know where else to put a comment as I couldn't find a contact link. I apologize for posting it here but when you are reporting on such a tragedy don't belittle Army tradition.

    November 10, 2009 at 8:08 pm |
  126. Adam Windsor

    Put a needle in his arm. Death penalty, plain and simple.

    November 11, 2009 at 10:14 am |
  127. Byron Gordon

    As a Vietnam vet I can certainly appreciate the grief caused by the deaths of our GIs at Ft. Hood. I wonder though if the lack of a military draft to include all segments of society in the Iraq and Afghan wars has stirred a collective guilt in many Americans. Maybe it's easier for them to accept the maiming of "volunteers" , thankful that their own kids are safe at home in 9-5 jobs.

    Has the American military become a foreign legion subject perhaps too heavily to the whims of non-veteran politicians ? I seem to remember Vietnam ended to a great degree on rebellion against the "Draft".. and not solely to revulsion of the war.

    To those advocating more troops be sent, would you be prepared to restart the "draft" to give those now serving a break ? I fear not...

    November 11, 2009 at 1:01 pm |
  128. Laura

    Adam-no, no, no....let him live a long long life. They love death remember. Don't give that to him. Let him stay alive and suffer with what he has done!

    November 11, 2009 at 1:03 pm |
  129. Dori of FL

    I forgot to stress, the cowardly killer of unarm people was a American born and raised traitor that should be left to the military justice system.

    November 11, 2009 at 7:26 pm |
  130. Jordan

    is this murderer getting all the attention because he is a muslim?
    what about the other soldier who killed his felow soldiers in Baghdad few months ago! that did not get any attention did it?
    thank you media for making it obvious that we hate muslims!

    November 12, 2009 at 10:15 am |
  131. Stephanie Chapin

    I recently was sent an e-mail regarding the shooter at Fort Hood.
    The writer felt we should be aware that Islamic people are our enemy.

    I wish I could write to this man. Do you know, how many women are killed, and hurt by men each year? Using his logic, and being a victim of violence, which required medical attention myself, should I make men my enemy?

    I refuse to judge ALL men by the actions of some.

    In the civil war, did not brother fight agains brother, in some cases?
    I do believe there is no excuse for what he did, and he should be punished under the law.

    November 12, 2009 at 1:48 pm |