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Report: Hasan Suggested Military Release of Conscientious Objectors


WASHINGTON (November 10, 2009)-A recent report says suspected Fort Hood gunman, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, had suggested allowing Muslim soldiers out of the military.

Hasan was shot by police during Thursday's attacks and he remains hospitalized today in San Antonio.

The Washington Post reports Tuesday that Hasan warned a year and a half ago that to "decrease adverse events" -- the U.S. military should let Muslim soldiers be released as conscientious objectors.

The report says Hasan said the release would help -- instead of having Muslim soldiers fighting in wars against other Muslims.

The Army psychiatrist made the recommendation to senior Army doctors at Walter Reed Medical Center, where he spent six years as an intern, resident and fellow before being transferred to Fort Hood.

The presentation says, quote: "It's getting harder and harder for Muslims in the service to morally justify being enlisted in a military that seems constantly engaged against fellow Muslims."

Meanwhile, the FBI is looking into whether it mishandled early information about Hasan.

Nearly a year ago, terrorism investigators conducted an "assessment" of the Army psychiatrist and decided then he didn't pose a threat.

Investigative officials say Hasan had once been under scrutiny from a joint terrorism task force because of the communications with an imam who encouraged Muslims to kill U.S. troops.

FBI Director Robert Mueller ordered the inquiry into his bureau's handling of the case.





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