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Fort Hood Ramps Up Security After Rampage

By Matthew Harwood

The U.S. Army installation at Fort Hood, Texas, has strengthened its security policies and procedures after the shooting rampage that killed 12 soldiers and a civilian, reports CNN.com.

Steps have been taken to tighten restrictions on who gets onto the post, to position armed guards in key locations including behavioral health facilities, and to carry out random inspections of containers, said Col. Bill Hill, garrison commander.

"Relaxed entry will cease," he told post personnel in a televised town hall meeting.

All vehicles entering the post will be required to display a Department of Defense sticker or a secure pass, and some buildings will require badge access, he said.

Security at both the fort's airfields also will be tightened, with guards and patrols on site, he said.

Soldiers assigned to Fort Hood will have to register their personal firearms with the director of emergency services, he added. Fort Hood is home to some 50,000 active-duty soldiers and 18,000 of the soldiers' family members.

The alleged shooter Maj. Nidal Hassan, an Army psychiatrist stationed at Fort Hood and who is currently in the hospital recovering from gunshot wounds inflicted by a civilian police officer, has been charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder underneath the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). (Time has more on the UCMJ and what it means for Hassan.)

But for all these security measures, they probably wouldn't have stopped the rampage from occurring, the installation's commanding general Lt. Gen. Robert Cone told CNN.com.

"I don't think necessarily they would have had an effect on this event."


♦ Photo of flag at half-staff at Fort Hood by U.S. Army

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