The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is being criticized for failing to share intelligence information about the Ft. Hood shooter Major Hassan.
According to one report the information about Hasan's contacts with the American-born ultra -radical extremist Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki was reportedly “known to the FBI but never shared with Army investigators prior to the massacre” (see article: Independent report on 2009 Fort Hood massacre recommends wide-ranging changes to FBI http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-
Hasan was investigated by the FBI after intelligence agencies (NSA) intercepted 18 emails between Hasan and al-Awlaki between December 2008 and June 2009.
According to U.S. officials, al-Awlaki was promoted to the rank of "regional commander" within al-Qaeda in 2009.
In the months before the attacks, Hasan increased his contacts with al-Awlaki to discuss how to transfer funds abroad without coming to the attention of law authorities .
Soon after the attack, Anwar al-Awlaki posted praise for Hasan for the shooting on his website, and encouraged other Muslims serving in the military to "follow in the footsteps of men like Nidal."
“Clearly the FBI dropped the ball by not following up and sharing critical information with the Army”, said one Congressional aide, who declined to be named in this report. “This was just one of the critical failures found during the Webster investigation”, the aide said.
The Fort Hood shooting was classified as a non-state terrorist attack that took place on November 5, 2009, at Fort Hood, the most populous U.S. military installation in the world, located just outside Killeen, Texas.
In the course of the shooting, a single gunman, Major Hasan murdered 13 people and wounded 29 others (see video: President Obama's Remarks on Fort Hood Shooting http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XnZOmZzP
It is the worst shooting incident ever to take place on an American military base.