Major Nidal Malik Hasan's odd behavior – telling colleagues that the United States was at war with Islam, justifying suicide bombing and saying his religious loyalties outweighed his oath to protect America – provided ample justification to kick him out of the Army under existing policies.
But a Senate committee report issued Thursday faults a culture of timidity toward violent Islamist extremism within the Department of Defense (DoD). That culture not only allowed Hasan to continue to serve as an Army psychiatrist, but contributed to glowing performance evaluations that helped the DoD and the FBI miss critical signs that Hasan was a "ticking time bomb."
That bomb went off Nov. 5, 2009, when Hasan is accused of opening fire inside a Fort Hood processing center, killing 13 people and wounding 32 others. The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs report lists "a string of failures" which allowed "the deadliest terrorist attack within the United States since September 11 ,2001" to take place.