The gunman who killed 12 people today at Ft. Hood appears, based on current media reports, to be Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan who was listed as a participant in a Homeland Security Policy Institute’s presidential transition task force last year. …
According to the task force’s May 2009 report [pdf], a “Nidal Hasan” from the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine was a task force event participant.
Here’s the image of Hassan’s name listed in the report:
According to the institute’s spokesman, Hasan was only there as an “audience member:”
Daniel Kaniewski, the institute’s deputy director, confirms that Hasan attended task force meetings as an audience member, and stresses that he was not a member of the task force. “All of our events are open to the public,” Kaniewski says, “and when someone RSVPs we put their name in the [report] so everyone knows who was in the room.” He says institute staffers recall Hasan attending at least one task force event, and that he RSVP’d for several. “We do recall him speaking at one of our events as an audience member,” he says, “but none of us recall what he actually said. Generally, our events are attended by people in the homeland security community, and Hasan had a very legitimate reason to be there.
I don’t think the Obama administration did anything wrong in inviting/allowing Hasan to attend. As is noted above, he clearly had a legitimate reason to attend. That being said, it is an indication of just how high up a man with Hasan’s obvious problems had risen.
Which leads me back to this question: Did political correctness allow Hasan to climb in the ranks despite question marks about his mental stability?