November 6, 2009

Picture emerging of suspect in Fort Hood shooting

Posted: 08:55 AM ET

A picture began to emerge Thursday of the suspect in the Fort Hood shootings as a mental-health professional who had worked to help others in high-stress situations.

The alleged gunman was identified as Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, 39, military officials said. Hasan's office at the base's Darnall Army Medical Center is about a mile from where the shootings occurred.  Though it was previously reported he was dead, officials reported late Thursday he was alive, wounded and in stable condition.

Staff Sgt. Marc Molano, currently based at Fort Knox, Kentucky, told CNN he was treated by Hasan for post-traumatic stress disorder while at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington earlier this year.

"Dr. Hasan provided me with nothing but the best care," Molana said. "He was a very well-mannered, polite psychiatrist, and it's just a shock to know that Dr. Hasan could have done this. It's still kind of hard to believe."  Molano described him as "far and away one of the best psychiatrists I ever dealt with."

A soldier who served two tours in Iraq and is awaiting medical retirement for chronic PTSD and severe mental disorders called Hasan "a soldier's soldier who cared about our mental health."

But, he added, "Hasan hears nothing but these horror stories from soldiers who come back from Iraq and Afghanistan - just hearing it I'm pretty sure would have a profound effect."

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Rebecca Middleton   November 6th, 2009 10:21 am ET

I would love for Larry to replay last night's vehement reaction by Dr. Phil and Shoshanna (?) to the other guest's suggestion that they ought not to rule out possible Muslim extremism as a motive of the shooter. Then play this morning's CNN news about Hasan's yelling, "Allah akbar" as he shot and reports by fellow soldiers that he had discussed Muslims' need to rise up against "the aggressor." Perhaps the extreme PC of your programming would explain why CNN is so down in the ratings. Ordinary Americans have enough common sense to figure out that a single, well-educated Muslim American could have been radicalized and planned such an attack, even if your own anchors and guests don't. It was so much easier for your hosts to do a big story on post traumatic stress syndrome among soldiers than to THINK. It never seemed to occur to Dr. Phil or Larry or any other of your evening hosts that this man had never seen combat and that PTSD probably had nothing to do with it.

A. Smith   November 6th, 2009 11:50 am ET

Greetings Larry, I love your show!

The psychological training given and learned by a psychiatric medical doctor endows them with layer upon layer of skill sets to deal with deep emotional trauma.

The same is true of the support staff which often forms among the medical staff.

And yet, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan appears to react as if he has no options, and desperation he lashes out at his perceived tormentors.

A Farsi speaking mental health doctor that grew up in the middle east would be a true asset to the Army's Mental Health Staff. This is precisely why Nidal Malik Hasan was given the opportunity by the US Army.

Something is largely missing between a Medical Doctor who is a highly trained and skilled mental health specialist and a frightened man that perceives he has no options and commits an horrific crime.

I urge the readers not to jump from A to Z simply because this man's name is Nidal Malik Hasan. I feel there is much more to the background on this story than Hasan suddenly goes postal.

Normally, the US Military inspectors have full responsibility in a criminal case committed on a military base. However, in cases where there is murder (capital offenses), the FBI takes over. Hopefully, the FBI can dig up what transpired prior to Major Nidal Hasan MD committing a horrific crime. The FBI is said to have performed a investigative sweep of Hasan's residence and likely have seized his computer equipment and any paperwork that might be relevant to this case.

I hope the FBI interviews the Fort Hood Base Commander and Major Nidal Hasan's immediate commanding officer in their search for any and all reports and statements given by Major Nidal Hasan to either of them in regards to his perceived feelings of being hazed, harassed and threatened.

Alot of viewers remember what really happened to Pat Tillman and the Army repeatedly denying and foot-dragging the report of fratricide which took that brave soldiers life.

With the FBI in charge of the investigation as to what led Major Nidal Hasan to take the lives of his fellow soldiers, many of whom he had personally treated, perhaps the public stands a chance of finding out as well.

In my opinion, both the Fort Hood Base Commander and Major Nidal Hasan's direct commanding officer are both culpable in this horrific crime and had fore-knowledge of the events leading up to this terrible tragedy.

A. Smith

Dodie ~ California   November 6th, 2009 12:01 pm ET

What a tragic situation. Psychiatrists often cannot discuss their inner feelings and fears with others due to their occupation. Most often and very sad, people with high educational levels just do not see themselves expressing their fears to others. This situation is not only traumatic to the families that experienced the loss; it is also traumatic for everyone on the base, as the base was considered a “safe place” for all military members.

Ric   November 6th, 2009 12:20 pm ET

Just my thoughts about the shooting, I'll bet there are going to be people that make this an issue about religon, maybe they should look at the man himself and leave his belifes out of it. It seems to me that he had problems in his head and not with his religon.

Ashton H   November 6th, 2009 1:53 pm ET

I have never been so dissappointed in a man as I am now in Dr. Phil. His outrage that we would dare besmirch the muslim religion made me sick to my stomach. The JAG officer was 100 percent correct. Dr. Phil should untuck his tail from between his legs and stand up for Americans. Muslims blow up their own mosques and our churches (9/11) without a single word of apology or any sign of regret. In most cases they celebrate when the can destroy any thing of religious value to the "infidels". And Dr. Phil is afraid to even consider that religion played a part in the Fort Hood massacre for fear of offending muslims? Sickening...deport him to Iran or Syria; he would fit right in.
Bet this opinion won't be publicized.

americancit   November 6th, 2009 2:36 pm ET

Was appalled by Dr. Phil's comments toward LK's male guest last night. My first thought about this attack was this was in fact terrorists. The I read the accused's NAME and I believed it was a terrorist act. How dare Dr. Phil downplay the fact that we are all on alert for terrorists? I agreed 100% with the male guests' opinion. I am so over Dr. Phil. Is he even a doctor????? And guess what? Are we sure this was not a terrorist attack???? Read he shouted praise to a "god" before the shootings......

Marine Mom   November 6th, 2009 2:54 pm ET

The very thing I thought when I heard the man's name was terrorist attack. I knew Dr. Phil had to see it as a mental health issue because that's what he does...BUT when I heard the man's name, then heard he was under investigation for website posts supporting suicide bombings...I knew he did this to take out as many soldiers as he could who had been ordered to go to an Islamic country for war.

Ms. Johnson was completely out of line....she should never be interviewed for anything other than for her POW experience...she has nothing to intelligently offer other than that.

I simply do not believe ANY Muslim religion person should be working in our military when in another Muslim religion country. They cannot in their minds see the difference between good guy and bad guy. If there are Muslim's in our military, they should remain stateside in support positions and STILL be watched carefully.

Mazen   November 6th, 2009 2:56 pm ET


Toronto Observer   November 6th, 2009 3:19 pm ET

Of course it is a premeditated terrorist attack. Only nutwitts would go into this psychiatric mambo jumbo. Larry and his dr. Nut and this rolling eyes black cow can stick their heads in a sand and pretend that all is well. After all they are well protected from muslim jihad, for now.
Israel military does not have any muslim soldiers in its ranks, nor are muslims allow to bear arms in Israel.
Larry King should be ashamed of this program, were selected nitwitt tried to intimidate one honest American by preachig political correctness. What terror act will take for the Americans to wake up from these lies?

A. Smith   November 6th, 2009 4:02 pm ET

The Army Commander clearly wants people to leap to the answer that this man suddenly lashed out in a Islamic extremist manner.

The FBI is attempting to uncover and discover what occurred previously which led Maj. Nidal Hasan MD to such a tragic and horrific act.

A pregnant female soldier had just returned from her near -east tour 3 days ago, and appears to have been among those killed.

The Family's of the Victims and the Public at Large deserve to learn the truth on any and all attempts by Maj. Nidal Hasan to report his perceptions of hazing, abuse or threats to his Army commanders before this great tragedy occurred.

A. Smith

D Stinson   November 6th, 2009 4:30 pm ET

November 6th, 2009 4:21 pm ET
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CNN and Larry King put shock value above discretion last night when they allowed that idiot to suggest to the rest of the world that the horrific act in Texas was an act of terrorism because the shooter had an Islamic name.

You even gave him more time than either the woman (former PO"W) who probably would have cast more reason to the situation.

CNN, go to the corner and consider your actions. Be prepared to hear that your act has ignited more fires of hate and revenge.

Marine Mom   November 6th, 2009 5:33 pm ET

I am outraged to read more detail about this man. Not only should he have been removed from the psychiatric field long ago, he should never have been promoted for God's sake! If there were any question about his 'bedside manner' with patients, and if he indeed argued with others about his feelings about the war...he had no business being iin the position he was in let alone a major.

Had I lost someone in this massacre I would certainly blame the Army folks who supervised this man AND anyone who knew his personal feelings were unpatriotic and/or unsympathetic for the USA. I am simly horrified he was not outed earlier and it makes me very angry at the Army.

Connie ~ IL   November 6th, 2009 6:24 pm ET

Something slipped through the cracks here. Our government is a disgrace and has been for years. I don't feel any safer with their "pretend efforts" of safety after 9/11. In fact, they've made everything worse.

Bless the families and I'm sorry for their loss. This should not have happened.

SuzieCanada   November 6th, 2009 6:36 pm ET

To the posters attacking Dr. Phil, and convinced that this man did what he did because he is a moslem and of Jordanian descent, not because he is sick in the head, please answer this question: had this monster been a white christian american, would you have immediately jumped to the conclusion that he did this because he's a white christian American?

Meret   November 6th, 2009 10:43 pm ET

I was at a retreat for veterans with PTSD and have worked in an Ivy League School of Social Work. Secondary trauma is real and this doctor had it. The soldiers after mutliple tours of duty have it. This is the tip of the iceberg. We MUST address this now and stop these involuntary multiple deployments immediately before we see more of this.

"Vicarious traumatization is also referred to as a secondary trauma. It can be experienced by a clinician who works with traumatized individuals, whether they work with victims of child maltreatment, domestic violence, victims of torture, or victims of large-scale disasters. Pearlman and Saakvitne (1995) emphasize the need for the therapist to be aware of vicarious traumatization and its impact on the therapist.

"Vicarious traumatization is the process through which the therapist’s inner experience is negatively transformed through empathic engagement with clients’ trauma material" (p. 279). For example, a therapist may experience nightmares related to events in which they have heard graphic details. They may experience fear, may have concerns about their own safety, or they may feel compelled to question own their life experiences or their own vulnerabilities after hearing the stories of survivors.

Pearlman and Mac Ian (1995) reported that therapists who work with trauma victims and who have a personal trauma history show more negative effects from their work than those therapists without a personal trauma history. McCann and Pearlman (1990) suggested that vicarious traumatization among professionals working with victims result from the inability of the therapists to process the traumatic clinical material in which they hear. Brady, Guy, Poelstra, and Brokaw (1999) reported that vicarious traumatization has symptoms which are similar to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and may disrupt the cognitive schemas reported by the therapist.

In a study of international relief and developmental personnel (Erisson, Vadne Kemp, Gorsuch, Hoke, & Foy, 2001) reported that 10% of returning staff who worked in the field with trauma survivors met full criteria for PTSD, reporting at least moderate symptoms such as re-experiencing the event, hyperarousal, as well as avoidance."

Helen   November 6th, 2009 11:11 pm ET

This should be a lesson to all of America, They will find out that this man went into the Army to especialy train in the Chemistry field they will find out that he is part of a bigger terrioist plot to harm our nation,he was upset about going to Iraq because he was planning a much bigger harm to our nation, why is our gov so stupid and they don't see what's happening from within our nation.He wanted to stay here to do further harm,and probably has other friends that were planning a much bigger strike.He studied bio chemistry and was able to have assess just like he needed to carry out a much bigger plan.They will find out that there is much more desturbing information that the FBI will never let out to the public.This is how they work from the inside out.I'll bet he was very quiet and friendly and blended in like everyone else just like the other terriorists that attacked in 911.Oh well this is the new America,always looking into the wrong people and protecting the criminals,and attacking our very security to keep the peace.The muslims hate America and will stop at nothing to get at the heart of our nation.We live in a nation founded under God and our very president says this country is not a Christian country what on earth is going on?Where people are put in jail for mentioning Jesus ,but we are not politically correct if we speak out against the terriorists.

John M.   November 7th, 2009 6:05 am ET

All this babble about PTSD, political correctness, and stress aside, at the end of the day we will discover that this man’s allegiance was not to his country, not to his fellow soldiers, not to his job, but to a distorted view of his religion. I wonder how Ms. Johnson was ever selected to be a guest and Dr. Phil not much better.

Dedicated Soldier   November 7th, 2009 11:03 am ET

America wake up! Al-Quida has reached out recruited soldiers from our very own military, they want to destroy us and they will not stop at nothing to do it. Any devout muslim will answer the call of Jihad, they have taken up key positions within our society, they're doctors, lawyers, policemen, service members, etc. and they are just waiting to spring an attack who knows what the next attack is going to be. THEY CAN NOT BE TRUSTED.

sally   November 7th, 2009 1:09 pm ET

hi larry, i was pretty shocked the way you told that guy tom kenniff that he was singleing out arabs and muslims, and dr. phil jumped on the band wagon, when mr. kenniff was the only one who made any clear sense of the fort hood tragedy. we all know that it was a terrorist attack and if major nadil had his way, we would have 50 plus of our sons and husbands taken from us, you need to show more compassion for the families and respect. as a military mom, this is very painful for me, i feel for thoses mothers and families. you need to bring that guy tom kenniff back on so we can hear what he has to say without the bigot bashing, i liked him. he seems genuine. i want to hear what he has to say, he obviously can teach you what's really going on in our military and the government, i like your show, but you're closing your mind, please bring people with knowlege to educate us and we shouldn't bash them for sharing their experience. tell dr. phil to shut up and get a life.

Terry, TX   November 7th, 2009 5:33 pm ET

The military has now been infiltrated by these Islamic psychopaths.... Muslim Islamics have infiltrated our schools, our internet blogging pretending to be Americans/democrats, mosques, getting free educations, killing and plotting in the name of Allah and Jihad.....wake up America...we are being infiltrated by the enemy.

This should now be proof that the ACLU political correctness of it all....needs to be transformed to .....EVER VIGILANT..... REPORT ANYTHING prepared to stand up an draw a line in the sand.

Observer   November 7th, 2009 6:44 pm ET

It is time to remove all muslims from North America and Europe. They may not all be terrorists or sympatizers, but they have no right to be here. Muslims, thanks to liberal immigration policy, steal our country and make every atempt to kill civilized people on account of their hateful religion. It is hard to fight terrorists among us. In our military they have ideal opportunity to shoot our soldriers in the back. Homosexuals were excluded from army for ever and they were no direct risk to military safety. Muslims are incorrectable enemies, it is time to remove them from our society and put a stop to their acts of terrorism in our countries.

Observer   November 7th, 2009 6:58 pm ET

Terry TX, I agree, but the best way is deal with this teror is to kick them out. After that we will not have to look over our sholder every time we travel, gather, visit, etc. Furthermore, they have no right to be here and to colonize our land and spead ther hateful religion. In fact it is not a religion, it is a way of life and they want to impose it on all of us.

Ted   November 8th, 2009 1:42 pm ET

@ Observer,
I hate to disappoint you, however they have exactly the same rights as you have. They were born here, are american citizens and we do not limit rights to certain religions.
However, it would serve the interests of our country to get read of you and Terry, Tx, because your comments are discusting and under the minimum decency we have to show eachother.

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