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Tort Claims Allege Army Ignored Warning Signs About Psychiatrist Before Fort Hood Attacks

Posted Nov 11, 2011 12:35 PM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Administrative claims seeking $750 million in compensation for the Fort Hood attacks allege the federal government put political correctness over safety by failing to take pre-emptive action against the Army psychiatrist later accused in the mass shooting.

Eighty-three people—including survivors and family members of victims—have filed claims under the Federal Tort Claims Act, the Austin American-Statesman reports. They say the government ignored warning signs about the psychiatrist, Maj. Nidal Hasan, who was embracing radical Islam before the 2009 attack. He is accused of killing 13 people and wounding more than 30 others.

The story says the filings could be the precursor to a lawsuit.

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