U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) today released the following statements regarding the release of the Generic bipartisan report by Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman (ID- CT) and Ranking Member Susan Collins (R-ME) on the failures of the U. S. government to prevent the November 5, 2009 shooting at the Fort Hood Army base:
“This report makes clear that the FBI and the DoD, between them, had enough pieces of the puzzle to prevent Major Nidal Hasan from committing this atrocity, but failed to do so. It also confirms that military leaders failed to confront the threat of homegrown Islamic terrorism within their own ranks,” said Senator Cornyn. “We must never allow the safety of t
hose who defend our freedom to play second fiddle to political correctness. It is unacceptable that the DoD and FBI failed so miserably to protect the brave Americans who were killed and wounded at Fort Hood that day and this report should serve as a call to action for Congress. The time for these reforms is now, before more innocent lives are taken. The Fort Hood community is still healing, but it is highly resilient and will continue to play a key role in ensuring our national security.”
“I commend the work of the committee to deepen our understanding of how the worst act of domestic terrorism since 9/11 unfolded. The report reveals what many of us feared – there were clear and troubling warning signs that were ignored. We must learn from the violent attack at Fort Hood so we can prevent future tragedies,” said Senator Hutchison.
Senator Cornyn serves on the Finance, Judiciary, Armed Services, and Budget Committees. He serves as the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee’s Immigration, Refugees and Border Security subcommittee. He served previously as Texas Attorney General, Texas Supreme Court Justice, and Bexar County District Judge.