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Friday, November 4, 2016

Death on Base: The Fort Hood Massacre

“Death on Base: The Fort Hood Massacre” by Texas writers Anita Belles Porterfield and John Porterfield, is an intense, transfixing look into events surrounding the worst mass shooting on a military base on American soil.



Fort Hood, home to two full-armored divisions with more than 41,000 infantrymen, cavalrymen and tankers, is the largest active-duty military post in the United States.

But even an installation with a storied history and a mission designed to rapidly deploy and conduct operations to “seize, retain and exploit” the initiative to defeat any adversary around the world can fall victim to the whim of a lone gunman in its own backyard.

“Death on Base: The Fort Hood Massacre” by Texas writers Anita Belles Porterfield and John Porterfield, is an intense, transfixing look into events surrounding the worst mass shooting on a military base on American soil.


When Major Nidal Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, walked into the Fort Hood Soldier Readiness Processing Center in November 2009 and murdered 12 soldiers and a civilian medic and wounded 43 others, he set into motion national debates on myriad topics ranging from the definition of home-grown terrorism to acceptance of religious freedom and the perennial discourse on the death penalty.

The Porterfields succinctly cover all the salient points of events leading up to the catastrophic hour of the attack and painstakingly dissect the anatomy of the massacre. They also provide tangible comparisons to other mass shootings and reveal missed opportunities with which the Army could have required Hasan to master techniques related to his profession instead of allowing him to be passed along to the next level of responsibility.

In one telling passage, the authors note that one of Hasan’s advisers recognized that over time his views on the military and the Iraq and Afghanistan wars were becoming increasingly extreme. The adviser offered Hasan the opportunity to resign his commission, but unless Hasan could be assured that he would get an honorable discharge, he insisted he wanted to remain in school and in the Army.

Incredibly, during this same time period, his official Army rating described his performance as outstanding with the recommendation “must promote.”

With sensitivity and haunting rhetoric, the book details the terror, chaos and despair the 300 soldiers packed into a crowded processing center felt as they heard a fellow soldier shout “Allahu Akbar!” — Arabic for “God is great!” — and the shooting began. In the end, after more than 55 people lay dead, dying or wounded, the last person shot was the gunman himself.

The authors take us through the gantlet of Hasan’s legal maneuvers and continued comparisons to other high-profile cases involving mass murders.

The Porterfields detail how the Department of Defense and the Army initially classified Hasan’s shooting rampage as workplace violence, thus denying war zone benefits.

“Death on Base” is a well-researched look into a fateful day in November when Fort Hood, also known as “The Great Place,” was delivered an incomprehensible deadly blow by one of its own.



US Military Main Nidal Malik Hasan shot and killed thirteen folks and wounded 30 others in a violent assault at a Texas Military base this previous week. He reportedly opened hearth on the Fort Hood military base with none explicit motive or motivation. In reality, as a psychiatrist, he had endorsed many different troopers on how to deal with the results of utmost violence (dropping limbs, psychological anguish, and so forth.).
As a military psychiatrist, he was additionally allowed to prescribe highly effective psychiatric medication to each his sufferers and himself. Many psychiatrists self-medicate, and Hasan was extraordinarily anxious about the opportunity of being despatched abroad by the military, in accordance with statements from relations (Reuters, under). Though official affirmation will in all probability by no means be made, it appears altogether doubtless that Hasan was treating himself with highly effective psychotropic medicines.
The mainstream media, not surprisingly, has totally failed to boost this query. But it surely’s being raised by unbiased media like Jail Planet (http://www.prisonplanet.com/was-fort-hood-ki…), the place author Paul Joseph Watson says, “Psychiatrists have a historical past of ‘self-remedy’ due to the straightforward entry they should psychotropic medication. In nearly each main mass capturing over the previous 20 years, since anti-depressant medicine grew to become well-liked, the killer has been on SSRI’s – serotonin reuptake inhibitors.”
An informative article in The Examiner additionally asks the identical query: Was Main Hasan on thoughts-altering prescription drugs when he opened hearth? (http://www.nottheexaminer.com/x-8358-Detroit…).
In the meantime, a examine within the journal Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics reveals that sixteen% of psychiatrists self-medicate (http://www.cchrint.org/2009/eleven/05/was-fort-h…).
Given all of the psych medication linked to such acts in earlier shootings, such a hyperlink appears not solely in all probability, however probably.

It has been a busy week for violent, drug-induced outbursts within the USA. Orlando shooter Jason Rodriguez is now confirmed to have been on psychiatric drugs when he went on a capturing spree in an Orlando workplace constructing final week, killing one individual and wounding 5 others.
In a televised interview with Fox Information, the previous mom-in-regulation of Rodriguez goes on the document saying, “He was beneath remedy …for management of the mind.” 

Orlando shooter, US military Fort Hood shooter each linked to psychiatric medicine 14.06.2016


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