On November 5, 2009, US Army Major Nidal Hasan fatally shot 12 persons and wounded about 30 others at the Fort Hood base. In August, he was found guilty of premeditated murder and received a death sentence. Hisan is now on death row at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Despite the military psychiatrist’s links to Al Qaeda, the Obama administration has inexplicably classified this mass attack as workplace violence rather than terrorism, which is preventing victims of the attack from accessing combat-related healthcare and financial benefits.
During CNN’s live coverage of the Navy Yard shooting, Carol Costello seemed unaware of the Hasan rampage, however. In an on-the-air exchange with producer Brian Todd, she stated the following: “I used to work in Washington, live in Washington. This seems so unusual to me that a gunman could create this kind of havoc at a U.S. military facility. Have you ever heard of this happening before, Brian?”
When he asked Costello to repeat the question, she continued that “I was just saying that this is so unusual, because this is such a heavily-secured military facility. I’ve worked in Washington for many years, I’ve never heard of such a thing happening.”
Producer Todd seemingly bailed her out, when he responded that “Well, we haven’t either in this area, Carol. This is the first time we’ve seen something like this, at least in many, many years. Now of course you remember the Fort Hood shooting in 2009, where that was a member of the service who was convicted eventually of doing that shooting.”
According to Mediaite, “Some have speculated that she was referring specifically to bases in the Washington D.C. area, but it was unclear why Costello did not reference the 2009 attack on Fort Hood by Maj. Nidal Hasan.”