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Subject: President Issues Preservation Order for Intelligence on Fort Hood Shooting

Apparently Obama has issued the preservation order that Hoekstra asked for back on the 9th.  This is going the rounds:

November 10, 2009

MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE

THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE

THE DIRECTOR OF THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION

SUBJECT: Inventory of Files Related to Fort Hood Shooting

On November 6, 2009, I directed that an immediate inventory be conducted of all intelligence in U.S. Government files that existed prior to November 6, 2009, relevant to the tragic shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, especially anything having to do with the alleged shooter, Major Nidal Malik Hasan, U.S. Army. In addition, I directed an immediate review be initiated to determine how any such intelligence was handled, shared, and acted upon within individual departments and agencies and what intelligence was shared with others. This inventory and review shall be conducted in a manner that does not interfere with the ongoing criminal investigations of the Fort Hood shooting. The results of this inventory and review, as well as any recommendations for improvements to procedures and practices, shall be provided to John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, who will serve as the principal point of contact on this matter for the White House. Preliminary results of this review shall be provided by November 30, 2009.

BARACK OBAMA

Rich Lowry is the editor of National Review. He can be reached via email: comments.lowry@nationalreview.com. 

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