Daily Archives: November 5, 2009

Shooting Spree on Ft. Hood 14 are dead and 40 injured

UPDATE:  9:15 EST The  shooter Major Malik Nadal Hasan is not deceased. He being treated for his wounds hospitalized tonight and in custody.  12 people are dead and 31 people wounded.  LT. Col.  Robert Cone said tonight. Hasan has been taken to Scott and White Hospital in Temple. Hasan is the lone gunman.

14 people were killed and 40 others injured when a gunman open fire at deployment center at Ft. Hood,TX in Killeen,TX area,on Thursday. The shooting happened approximately  1:30p.m. There is no motive for the shooting spree.

Ft. Hood, 60 miles north of Austin and 160 south of Dallas.

The Pentagon has identified  the assailant as  Major Malik Nadal Hasan an Army psychiatrist who was set to be deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan. Hasan was shot and killed by Military Police.

Soldiers Readiness Processing Center on the west side of the base. A spokesman for the base, Sgt. Major Jamie Posten, said the processing center was where soldiers “cycle through as they prepare to deploy.”

Two other people were detained by MP’s but have been released.
President Obama has been notified.  Later the president spoke at an event in Washington, D.C. Obama called the shootings a “horrific incident.”

“It’s difficult enough when we lose these great Americans in battles overseas,” Obama said at the Interior Department. “It’s horrifying that they should come under fire at an Army base on American soil.”

The nation’s leading Muslim-American civil rights organization CAIR , Council of American-Islamic Relations spoke out and condemned the shooting. “this cowardly attack in the strongest terms possible and ask that the perpetrators be punished to the full extent of the law.”

”No political or religious ideology could ever justify or excuse such wanton and indiscriminate violence,” the council said in a statement. “The attack was particularly heinous in that it targeted the all-volunteer army that protects our nation. American Muslims stand with our fellow citizens in offering both prayers for the victims and sincere condolences to the families of those killed or injured.”

The victims were  taken to to area hospitals. Ft. Hood was on lock down for several hours.

One of the witness was Retired Army Col. Greg Schannep  an aid to Rep. John Carter(R-TX) was a Ft. Hood to attend a services told the FT. Hood Sentinel that he heard at least“three or four volleys of shots, with eight to 12 shots in each volley.”

“Initially, I thought it was a training exercise,” he said. But then, “a soldier came running past me and said, ‘Sir, there is someone shooting.’

“As he ran past me, I saw blood on his back,” Schannep told the base paper. “I don’t think he even knew he had been shot.”

Staff Sgt. Fanuaee Vea, 32, had just left  the solider readiness center and was and was at home when the shooting took place. Vea was there an hour before the shooting took place. Vea drove back to Ft. Hood.

Some of the victims were taken to Scott & White Hospital in Temple, Tx according to The Waco Herald-Tribune. Four are operating tables the others  six others were in the emergency rooms under evaluation.

Scott and White is the only hospital is the central Texas that is a Level one trauma center between Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex and Austin.

Scott and White Hospital has made accommodations for the victims families.

All doctors at Scott and White were called in. Scott and White Hospital were placed on location.

Scott and White has asked the public to donate blood. The response was overwhelming.  They had been turned away.

One person who has able to donate was John Hamilton a salesman from Austin, heed the call for blood. Hamilton went to Scott and White in Temple. Hamilton listened to radio while driving on Interstate 35.

“I figured that it was the least I could do,” Hamilton said.

The Temple VA center in Temple, Texas offered assistance and set aside 14 beds.

Killeen Independent School District was placed on locked down including schools located on the base.  Temple Independent Schools were also placed on lock down.

“Temple Police Department requested Temple ISD place all campuses and district buildings in a soft lockdown, due to a situation at Fort Hood, TISD spokesperson Regina Corley told News 10 by news release.

“We have been directed to follow our regular dismissal schedule,” Corley said in a follow-up release.

Central Texas College was locked down until 5 P.M.

Texas A&M canceled classes for the remainder of the day.

Lt. Col. Robert Cone the Commanding officer at Ft. Hood.  Lt. Cone   said One person is dead and two others were arrested. All three was US soldiers.

Maj. Hasan 39  was recently transfer to Ft. Hood from Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington D.C. Hasan was stationed at Walter Reed for six years.  Officials say Hasan had received poor marks at Walter Reed. The person spoke on anonymity.

Our thoughts and prayers are with  victims and families at Ft. Hood.

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Gold is Racing Toward 11,000 as India’s Central Bank buys 200 Tons

Gold continued is impressive run on Wednesday crashing the 11,000 barrier before retreating to closed at 10, 086.70 after India’s central bank bought 200 tons of the shiny stuff worth $6.7 billion and it’s head saying the US and European markets “collapsed”

The news show Asian markets are quickly moving away from the US dollar.

The purchase by the New Delhi Reserve Bank  form the International Monetary Fund may spur other Central banks across Asia to join India to buy gold and drop the dollar.

Inida’s Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee says the purchase by India show how strong the Indian economy compared to the west. “We have money to buy gold. We have enough foreign exchange reserves.”

Mukerjee points out India’s strength versus west. “Europe collapsed and North America collapsed.”

“This is a landmark trade,” said Jonathan Spall a director at Barclays Capital and a gold ­specialist. “Central banks are conservative institutions and India’s move is a sign for other central banks and sovereign wealth funds that were contemplating buying gold.”

India gold purchases come after the People’s Republic of China bought their fail share of  golden commodity  over the last six years.

Traders and miners  believed that China and Middle East soverigen wealth funds will  buy more gold.

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California’s Immigration Medical Scandal

A scandal has rocked the medical industry here in Los Angeles as a doctor has allegedly faked medical  exams for immigrants seeking entry to the  US.

Levon Tebelekian, 72, has been accused of falsifying medical records of immigrants seeking US Visas.  Tebelekian  put on phony medical exam results lab tests according the Los Angeles Times.

For instance, Tebelekian allegedly to an ICE officer is a he wasn’t going to disturbed “disturb his blood” he “did not look like he had AIDS,” according to an affidavit.

Immigrations authorities  are not sure of how many other victims  of Tebelekian are out there. Also they are not sure of the number of immigrants who was given visual AIDS exam.

“Aspiring immigrants are required to undergo a medical exam as part of the application process to ensure they don’t have any medical conditions or diseases that might pose a public health threat,” Miguel Unzueta, of ICE in Los Angeles, told the Associated Press.

“By allegedly giving some of his patients a clean bill of health without even examining them, this physician potentially put our communities at risk,” Unzueta said.

If Tebelekian is found guilty he could serve 80 years in prison.

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