Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Fort Hood 2.0 – FBI fails to prevent another terrorist attack

On April 2, 2014 Spc. Ivan Lopez opened fire at the Fort Hood military base, killing 3 and seriously injuring 14 members of the military, then killing himself. At least 6 victims are reported to be in critical condition. The FBI was previously warned that individuals were planning a "Ft. Hood-inspired jihad" against fellow soldiers and warned it was "imminent."

There are inescapable parallels between Fort Hood 2.0 and the previous Fort Hood shooting in November 2009, when U.S. Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan opened fire at the base, killing 13 and wounding more than 30 people.

In both instances, the FBI was aware of the imminent danger, but chose to downplay it.On March 31, 2014 FBI spokesman said: “We have interviewed this individual… There is not a manhunt and there never was one. There is no imminent threat to public safety, nor should the public be concerned that this threat exists from an individual at large." On April 2, 2014 this careless approach resulted in deadly consequences.