FBI Knew Fort Hood Shooter Was Islamist

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Texas Rep. Michael McCaul claimed political correctness stopped the FBI from launching what may've been a lifesaving investigation into Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, almost a year before his deadly shooting rampage at Fort Hood.

After reviewing an independent report by former FBI Director William Webster, McCaul revealed the department knew about disturbing emails between Hasan and a known terrorist, but was reluctant to act. Hasan's 2009 shooting spree left 13 people dead.

McCaul, a Texas Republican, said Hasan e-mailed al Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki 18 times and expressed support for suicide bombings and killing civilians.

McCaul claimed the report shows the FBI was hesitant to investigate an American Muslim in the military.

The report said the emails between Hasan and al-Awlaki should have been forwarded by the FBI to Defense Department leaders that Hasan worked for.

The FBI, however, said it saw no evidence of terrorist activities in his case, and Hasan's computer activity was not enough to take action.

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