Levin: May be more troubling e-mails from Hasan

AP News
Posted: Nov 20, 2009 6:05 PM

A Democratic senator says there may be additional e-mails that could have tipped off law enforcement or military officials to the Fort Hood shooter before he went on his rampage.

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin said Friday after a briefing from Pentagon and Army officials that his committee will investigate whether those and other e-mails involving the alleged shooter, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, were handled properly.

The government intercepted at least 18 e-mails between Hasan and Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical American- born cleric. They were passed along to two terrorism task forces led by the FBI, but defense officials have said no one at the Defense Department knew about the messages until after the shootings.