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Finding Terrorists Within the Military

According to the Military Times, in the wake of the deadly shootings at Fort Hood, Texas, last year, the Pentagon is devising new methods to identify terrorists or other dangerous people working inside the military community, according to a new report.

The 23-page report details the Pentagon's response to the mass shooting in November 2009 when Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, an American-born Muslim who was serving as a psychiatrist, allegedly shot and killed 13 people and wounded 43 others after becoming a radicalized Muslim with extremist anti-American views.

Hasan traded e-mails with Anwar Awlaki, a radical Muslim cleric and former San Diegan who led a San Diego-area mosque and had close ties to three of the 9/11 hijackers who lived in San Diego.


The new methods include revising mental health screening tests to add factors correlated with violence, such as 'work, home, financial, legal and interpersonal stressors,' according to the Defense Department report.

In addition, commanders will soon receive better instructions on how to 'distinguish appropriate religious practices from those that might indicate a potential for violence or self-radicalization,' the report said.