Below is a list of some of the reports, investigations and stories which we referenced during the episode “Broken Heart.” Wherever possible, we’ve included a link to the original source document so that you can examine it for yourself.
The 14 victims of the Fort Hood massacre, including an unborn baby.
The Webster Report: Commissioned by the FBI, this committee examined how investigators missed clues about Nidal Hasan’s radicalization before the attack. The report also includes copies of emails sent between Hasan and Anwar al-Awlaki.
- Page 41 includes the initial reporting that “Hasan tripped the wire” by contacting Anwar al-Awlaki.
- Page 58 includes the San Diego FBI agent’s thought that the Washington office was treating the case so strangely that Hasan must have been a confidential source for them.
- Page 60 includes the FBI Washington Field Office “did not assess this guy as a terrorist threat” just five months before the attack and that the Hasan investigation was “politically sensitive” for the Washington Field Office.
Gen. William Casey’s assessment that “What happened at Fort Hood was a tragedy, but I believe it would be an even greater tragedy if our diversity became a casualty here” came on the ABC News program “This Week” on November 9, 2009.
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said, “in the Hasan matter, he was a terrorist,” in testimony before the House Committee on Homeland Security on February 9, 2011. The video of her statement comes 1:06:30 into this clip.
President Obama’s explanation about “that pull toward extremism” leading to the Fort Hood attack and being the future of terrorism came during a speech at the National Defense University on May 23, 2013.
Sen. Joseph Lieberman’s statement about the Defense Department’s “vague, politically-correct terms” came from a press conference on the Fort Hood shootings report on February 3, 2011. It starts 12:30 into the hearing.
Sen. Susan Collins’ statement came from the same event. It starts 8:15 into the hearing.
Rep. John Carter’s statement about “Two of the most important agencies” came from a hearing on the Fort Hood shootings on August 1, 2012. It comes 1:23:12 into that clip.
The National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) classified Fort Hood as a terrorist attack in its 2009 Report on Terrorism. It appears on page 61 of that document.
The Department of Defense issued the “Protecting The Force” report in January 2010. Nidal Hasan’s name does not appear in the entire document. The only reference to Islam or Islamic extremism comes in the title of a report mentioned in a footnote on page 18. The phrase “workplace violence” appears 17 times.
The Senate investigation into the Fort Hood attack was commissioned by Sens. Joseph Lieberman and Susan Collins. It faulted both the Department of Defense and the FBI for failing to recognize the threat posed by Hasan before the attack.
The emails from Hasan to al-Awlaki expressing a desire to transfer money to him can be found in the Webster Commission report. The email from Hasan that offered to send money appears on page 54.
The terrorism case against the Arab Bank of Palestine is scheduled to start in April.
Hasan’s business card featured the acronym “SoA (SWT).” SoA is an acronym for “Soldier of Allah,” which is a term used on Jihadist websites. SWT stands for “Subhanahu Wa Taala” which is a phrase commonly used after mentioning Allah and roughly translates to “Glory to God.”
A “senior Obama administration official” referred to the Fort Hood attack as “an act of terrorism” in January 2010.
The Army’s guidelines on awarding the Purple Heart are found on page 20.
The Department of Defense position paper opposing the awarding of Purple Hearts to the victims of Fort Hood is here: DoD Fort Hood Purple Heart
Rep. John Carter has introduced several pieces of legislation to help the victims of the Fort Hood attacks. The most recent was in September 2013: BILLS-113hr3111ih
The Secretary of the Army’s letter to Rep. Joe Wilson is here: Rep-Wilson-letter. We contacted Rep. Wilson’s office before this story aired. The Army has not given them any update on how the “thorough review” of the trial record is proceeding.
The Army refused an on-camera interview for this story, but they did send us this response (we have redacted certain contact information for privacy reasons): Army Letter January 30
We followed up, asking for further clarification on how certain evidence fails to meet the standard for awarding the Purple Heart: Response to Army. We have yet to hear back from the Army. When we do, we will update this story.