(UPDATED: See below.) We’ll say it before, and we’ll say it again: It’s not just that the U.S. military discriminates against gays that’s so offensive, it’s that the U.S. military does so while knowingly hiring, training, and deploying ABSOLUTE NUTJOBS. Like white supremacists. And, evidently, Ft. Hood gunman and Army Major Nidal Hasan, the man who killed 13 people and who the Army knew was suffering from extreme emotional problems — and who reached out to al-Qaida, which the Army reportedly knew about. KNEW ABOUT! As Darren Hutchinson so succinctly explains: “Apparently, the military retained a person who suffered from known (or reasonably discoverable) psychological problems and who attempted to contact an anti-U.S. terrorist group. Meanwhile, the military continues to enforce ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ and to discharge mentally fit and loyal gay and lesbian service members. No theory of military preparedness can justify this perverse outcome.”
UPDATE: We don’t delete much on this website, because what we publish is a matter of record, and hey, we’ll own what we say. But we do want to address some serious concerns about ABC News’s report that Hasan had been “attempting to make contact with an individual associated with al Qaeda.” The report — which carries the bylines of Richard Esposito, Matthew Cole, and Brian Ross — has since been, shall we say, “corrected” by other outlets including the New York Times, which says:
Major Hasan’s 10 to 20 messages to Anwar al-Awlaki, once a spiritual leader at a mosque in suburban Virginia where Major Hasan worshiped, indicate that the troubled military psychiatrist came to the attention of the authorities long before last Thursday’s shooting rampage at Fort Hood, but that the authorities left him in his post.
Counterterrorism and military officials said Monday night that the communications, first intercepted last December as part of an unrelated investigation, were consistent with a research project the psychiatrist was then conducting at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington on post-traumatic stress disorder.
“There was no indication that Major Hasan was planning an imminent attack at all, or that he was directed to do anything,” one senior investigator said. He and the other officials spoke on the condition of anonymity, saying the case was under investigation.
Ross, meanwhile, has a record of obfuscating facts to manufacture a better story. We regret any conclusion we may have drawn based on ABC News’s report.