FOXNews.com - November 11, 2009
Free Speech Rights Prevented Probe Into Hasan E-Mails, Investigator Says
The claim comes as officials in different branches of law enforcement and the military squabble over who knew what when about Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan’s leanings toward faith-inspired violence, and as charges fly that ‘political correctness’ prevented officials from taking action and is still being used as a crutch in explaining the rampage after the fact.
Investigators would have been “crucified” over First Amendment rights had they launched a full-scale probe into e-mails allegedly sent to a radical imam by Fort Hood massacre suspect Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, a government investigator told Fox News.
The claim comes as the squabble grows among officials in different branches of law enforcement and the military over who knew what when about Hasan’s leanings toward faith-inspired violence, and charges that “political correctness” prevented officials from taking preemptive action.
The government counterterrorism investigator familiar with the FBI’s review of the Fort Hood case told Fox News that they simply did not have enough evidence to launch an investigation. Though officials discovered Hasan’s e-mails to the imam, the investigator said the e-mails suggested he was seeking “spiritual and religious guidance.”
“Had we launched an investigation of Hasan we’d have been crucified,” the investigator said, adding that the communications were shared with the “appropriate chains.”