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Rep. McCaul: Federal gov't accountable for Fort Hood attack

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Nearly two years after Army Major Nidal Hasan is said to have opened fired at the Fort Hood Army Post, killing 13 and wounding 32 others, lawmakers in Washington continue to call for someone to take responsibility.

In the latest of several hearings on Capitol Hill examining what some call the FBI's failure to prevent the 2009 Fort Hood shooting, Texas Representative Michael McCaul, chair of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight, says it's time now to focus on the families of the 13 killed and the 32 surviving victims.

"I think the Federal government should give a formal apology as to what happened and should call this what it actually was," Rep. McCaul said.

The final report from an FBI commission investigation into the shooting released this July includes several recommendations which could help prevent future attacks, but stops short of calling the tragedy an act of terrorism.

"We saw evidence, but we did not have the opportunity to investigate on a criminal basis,” Douglas Winter, Webster Commission Deputy Chair. “We refused to reach a finding on that and I have to say the reason. We don't have the evidence sufficient."

McCaul argues that Hasan's email exchanges between a known terrorist leader and his yell of "Allah Akbar" before pulling the trigger is evidence enough. He says for the victims and families, the distinction must be made.

"If it is an act of terrorism it's a different level of compensation. That's why the definition of what happened that day is very important,” he said.

Congresssman McCaul said it shouldn't stop with a formal apology and compensation for the victims, he wants to see the FBI take responsibility.

"The victims deserve to have somebody in the Federal government held accountable for this,” he said.

The FBI commission report found that while mistakes were made, agents involved acted with good intent.

"They were not individually responsible for some of the decisions that occurred because of the lack of policy," Winter said.

Hasan meanwhile, has been investigated by the U-S military and is currently under trail for the 2009 shooting.

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