Rep. King: Fort Hood probe a sober reminder

July 20, 2012 at 1:05 PM
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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.

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.

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

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