By Daniel Zwerdling
January 21, 2010
The Army has told some of the psychiatrists who supervised Fort Hood shooting suspect Nidal Hasan that it’s investigating them — and they could face punishments from letters of reprimand to court martial.
The Army said it’s going to decide if the doctors at Walter Reed “failed to take appropriate action” against Hasan and were “derelict” in their duties.
Evidence shows a lot of doctors were worried about Hasan — some for years. Evidence also shows that only one supervisor, Scott Moran, actively tried to kick Hasan out of the psychiatry program. Now sources involved in the investigation say Moran is one of the officers who’s in big trouble. Moran wouldn’t comment, but the sources say the supervisors under investigation are fairly low level officers like Moran, who is a major.
“They’re attacking the wrong target,” says Gary Myers, a lawyer who’s representing Col. Charles Engel, another psychiatrist whom Myers says is under investigation.
Engel was Hasan’s main supervisor in the fellowship program at the military’s medical school, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Myers says the Army is trying to find scapegoats and that everybody knows officials in the nation’s intelligence agencies bear at least some responsibility for what happened at Fort Hood.
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