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Rep. King: Fort Hood probe a sober reminder

Rep. King: Fort Hood probe a sober reminder
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the memorial service for the 12 soldiers and one civilian killed at Fort Hood U.S Army Post near Killeen, Texas, November 10, 2009. UPI/Tannen Maury/Pool | License Photo

WASHINGTON, July 20 (UPI) -- A report on the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, is a reminder that the U.S. homeland is vulnerable to domestic terror threats, a lawmaker said.

U.S.-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki was killed in an airstrike in Yemen in August. He was the key spokesman and ideologue for al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula and was accused of being the ideological mind behind the Fort Hood attack, allegedly carried out by U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan.

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A report by former FBI Director William Webster said there were a series of mistakes made in evaluating Hasan's discussions with Awlaki.

U.S. Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, said the report uncovered "serious lapses" in the way the FBI monitored Hasan before the attack.

"The report is a stark reminder that the domestic radicalization by al-Qaida and its affiliates is a serious threat to the homeland that absolutely must be addressed head-on by the federal government without concern for political correctness," he said in a statement.

Counter-terrorism officials testified last year that potential domestic attacks were "persistent" threats now that many of al-Qaida's leaders overseas have been either captured or killed.

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Terrorism was ruled out in a deadly shooting Friday at a cinema in Colorado.

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