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Alleged Fort Hood Shooter to Be Arraigned

U.S. Government Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences via Getty Images(FORT HOOD, Texas) -- The Army psychiatrist accused of the 2009 massacre at Fort Hood that left over a dozen people dead will be back in a Texas courtroom Wednesday for his arraignment.

U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Hasan faces 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder for the terror attack. Hasan was found to have links to Yemen-based Al Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki, the former imam at the Virginia mosque where Nadal once worshipped, who became a leader of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. He ranks among the world's most-wanted terrorists.

After the attack, Awlaki confirmed the findings of an FBI investigation that showed the two men had been in contact before the shooting. Al-Awlaki said he'd advised the alleged shooter, calling him a "hero" for his actions. 

During Wednesday's court appearance -- Hasan's first since the Army announced two weeks ago that he would face the death penalty if convicted -- the circuit judge assigned to the military base will advise Hasan of his rights and the charges against him, and then ask the 40-year-old to enter a plea.  This will be done only as a formality since, under military law, Hasan cannot plead not guilty in a death penalty case.

The judge may also set a trial date at Wednesday's arraignment.  The defense has asked that it start in March.

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Alleged Fort Hood Shooter to Face Death Penalty for 2009 Rampage

Ben Sklar/Stringer/Getty Images(FORT HOOD) -- Maj. Nidal M. Hasan, 40, accused of killing 13 people in the Nov. 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage, will face the death penalty, the Army said Wednesday.

Although no specific date has been set, Hasan will be tried in a military court most likely within a year, and will face the death penalty if convicted.

Hasan, who was born and raised in Virginia to Palestinian-born parents, is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and faces another 32 specifications of attempted premeditated murder.

The Fort Hood Public Affairs Office will announce the arraignment date and location once it is set and the military judge authorizes its publication.

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Former Prisoners Planned Ft. Hood Style Assault, Feds Allege -- Two men who converted to Islam in prison have been arrested and charged by federal authorities with plotting a Ft. Hood-style assault on a Seattle military installation.

Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif, born Joseph Anthony Davis, and Walli Mujahidh, born Frederick Domingue Jr., are accused of planning to attack the Military Entrance Processing Station in Seattle with grenades and machine guns. Abdul-Latif, 33, and Mujahidh, 32, allegedly purchased machine guns from undercover agents to use in the assault. Their alleged objective was to deter further American military action in Islamic countries.

The defendants allegedly planned to attack Joint Base Lewis-McChord, a sprawling Army and Air Force installation south of Seattle that houses almost 20,000 military personnel and family members, but then changed targets. The Military Entrance Processing Station on East Marginal Way in Seattle is where enlistees report.

According to officials, both men were monitored and their weapons rendered inoperable so that they posed no danger to the public.

"The complaint alleges these men intended to carry out a deadly attack against our military here at home. The Seattle building targeted is shared by civilians and a day care," said U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan. "This is a sobering reminder of our need to be vigilant and that our first line of defense is the people who live in our community. We were able to disrupt the plot because a citizen stepped forward and reported it to authorities. I commend the joint efforts of the FBI, the Seattle Police Department, the Joint Terrorism Task Force who quickly recognized the seriousness of the threat and ensured the safety of the community."

According to officials, Abdul-Latif, of Seattle, and Mujahidh, of Los Angeles, met while in prison for earlier offenses. Both converted to Islam while incarcerated.

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Army to Punish Nine Officers for Fort Hood Shootings

File: Soldiers salute at a remembrance service for the 13 victims killed in the Ft. Hood attacks. Ben Sklar/Getty Images(FORT HOOD, Texas) -- The Army has begun administrative punishments against nine officers for what it calls "administrative and leadership failures relating to the career of Maj. Nidal Hasan," the alleged shooter in the Fort Hood, Texas shootings that killed 13.

Army Secretary John McHugh has initiated "adverse administrative action" against the officers, according to an Army statement released Thursday on the results of an accountability review to determine if Hasan's superior officers were negligent.

"Although no single event directly led to the tragedy at Fort Hood, certain officers clearly failed to meet the high standards expected of their profession," the Army statement said.

The officers were not identified by name or rank, and it seemed there would not be a uniform punishment.

"The severity of each action varies depending on case-specific facts and circumstances," the statement said.

As part of its broader investigation into the circumstances that led to the November 2009 Fort Hood shooting, the Army conducted an accountability review of the actions of the officers that supervised Hasan. Unlike the broader investigation's conclusions, which were made public this year, the results of the accountability review have not been made public -- until now.

In the days following the attacks, it came to light the FBI knew Hasan had contact with U.S.-Born Islamic radical Imam Anwar Al-Awlaki, a known Al Qaeda operative and recruiter. A report by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee released last month concluded that there were warning signs about Hasan's radicalization and antagonism to the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that raised concerns among his colleagues -- but some didn't report these for fear they would be accused of racial profiling.

Hasan has been charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder. He could face the death penalty if his case is recommended to a court martial.

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Hearing Resumes for Fort Hood Shooter; No New Evidence Found

Photo Courtesy - U.S. Government Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences via Getty Images(FORT HOOD, Texas) -- The Article 32 hearing for the man accused of the shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas is set to resume Monday.

Attorneys for U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Hasan were granted a delay in the proceedings to have their client analyzed by a psychiatrist and to receive information from the government about any ties between Hasan and Middle Eastern terrorists.

Nothing came out of the evaluation and search, so Hasan's lead attorney says he'll have nothing to add when the hearing resumes.

The hearing is only the first part of the process.  The presiding officer will decide whether Hasan should be court-martialed in connection to the shooting, which killed 13 people and wounded dozens more at the Texas military base.

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DOD Announces Fort Hood Reviews, Move Toward Increased Security

Photo Courtesy of Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Va.) – The U.S. Department of Defense has announced the release of reports from U.S. military branches that reflect how those entities implemented new procedures to improve safety following the Fort Hood shootings.

The Army, Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy addressed policies and procedures recommended by a DOD Independent Review Panel that followed the November 2009 breach.

“This tragedy caused us to take a hard look at ourselves over the last year," said Secretary of the Army John McHugh. “We are committed to ensuring the men and women and their families, who step forward and serve in these very challenging times, can rely upon us to take care of them in every way possible.”

The Army, along with other branches, announced several changes, such as the implementation of the Threat Awareness and Reporting Program that is meant to help emphasis soldier awareness in an effort to detect inside threats.

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Military Hearings Begin for Fort Hood Shooter

Photo Courtesy - U.S. Government Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences via Getty Images(KILLEEN, Texas) -- The man accused of the shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas will face a military court on Tuesday.

U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Hasan is accused of killing 13 people and wounding several others nearly a year ago on the Texas military base.  For the first time since the shooting, the victims involved will get a chance come face to face with Hasan.

His military hearing is expected to take weeks.  The fundamental question will be whether the incident was a workplace shooting or a terrorist attack.

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