Fort Hood Suspect Nidal Hasan Was An Advisor In Obama's Homeland Security Team-Fiction!

Fort Hood Suspect Nidal Hasan Attended One or More Homeland Security Policy Institute Conferences-Truth!

Fort Hood Suspect Nidal Hasan Was An Advisor In Obama’s Homeland Security Team-Fiction!

Summary of eRumor:

This is a forwarded email that includes a link to a Department of Homeland Security Policy Institute report called “Thinking Anew—Security Priorities for the Next Administration” that was hosted at George Washington University.  The report lists accused shooter U.S. Army Major Nidal Hassan as a “Task Force Participant.”  The eRumor says that Hassan was in President Obama’s Homeland Security Transition Team and this is the reason that the President warned us not to jump to conclusions about Major Hassan, suggested  a delay in the congressional investigation and why Congress was not briefed before the press leak.

The Truth:

This eRumor is misleading and according to an official statement posted on the Homeland Security Policy Institute (HSPI) website, U. S. Army Major Nidal Hassan attended the conference but only participated as a spectator.  On November 5, 2009 there was an attack at Fort Hood in Texas that ended 13 deaths and 29 wounded.  U.S. Army Major Nidal Malik has been charged in the killings.  Click for HSPI statement.

The statement said that names of registered attendees were listed on the back of the report as participants and that Hassan attended the conference in “his capacity as Disaster & Preventive Psychiatry Fellow at the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine.”   The statement went on to say that, “At no time has Nidal Hasan been affiliated with HSPI or The George Washington University. He has never served as an HSPI Task Force Member, briefer, or featured speaker at an HSPI event.”

This report describes the team as a think tank for policy procedure that was created prior to Obama’s election and it was not affiliated with any administration. 

updated 11/24/09