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November 12th, 2009
06:37 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Hasan Warning Signs Missed?

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Tonight on 360°, We’re digging deeper into the Fort Hood massacre. Suspected gunman Major Nadil Hasan was charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder.  Were the warning signs missed?

Over the last two years Maj. Hasan's superiors were reportedly worried he might be psychotic. Why didn't they take action? Instead he was recently promoted to the rank of Major. Some who knew him say political correctness played a role. Brian Todd reports on the new developments.

Also tonight, a priest's secret revealed. For years he's kept hidden the truth he fathered a son. The child's mother says church officials agreed to pay child support if she kept quiet. But when he got sick, she claims they largely abandoned them.

And, we have a special treat for you tonight. Oscar the Grouch of 'Sesame Street' fame will stop by to take part in tonight's shot.

Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10pm E.T. See you then!


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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. LM

    I am disturbed to the level in which the term “political correctness” is being usurped and used to describe an “internal hindrance” to outward discrimination as something negative. Consideration for others who are dissimilar to a perceived majority is an inclusive necessity for a pluralist society. That being said, the reality is that in general the military clearly needs to have criteria for ALL not for some. This idea of a double standard is the “real” problem; I see here, that is different than sacrificing inclusivity. Hind sight being 20/20, Major Hasan should have been held to the same standards as other soldiers and doctors in his field, if he was unable to fulfill what was required of him, which is what seems to be evident at this point, then there should have been an intervention based off of those facts and assessments. If there was an inability to asses him, that someone who had more knowledge should have been sought out. I really feel that the issue is using “double standards” not “political correctness”!

    November 12, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  2. Caroline

    I'm concerned about a Muslim holding a high rank in the US military, period. I'm sure many other Americans are not comfortable with this either. Can you imagine an American in a Iranian or Iraqi military? I think having a Muslim in a high ranking position in the US military is very concerning in this era of global terror.

    November 12, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  3. Stan

    Would we even be having this discussion, if it weren't for his Muslim roots? Or are we trying so hard to excuse the exculpatory facts, for fear of further backlash?

    November 12, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  4. Justin

    The tragic events that unfurrled at Ft. Hood prove second to none that any implications that Maj. Hasan was a threat to himself or others went completely ignored by his superiors and anyone else gathering any kind of personal information related to Hasan, his beliefs or his motives. Its hard to say this but The United States Army should take some responsiblity in not closely monitoring the mental well-being of its service men and women. Our soldiers are trained for fighting wars not coping with them.

    November 12, 2009 at 9:50 pm |
  5. Annie Kate

    Oscar will be on the show? Great! Let him be the anchor tonight and Anderson can be his assistant – it will be a once in a lifetime show and the talk of the news world.

    November 12, 2009 at 9:41 pm |