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A source close to the Army investigation said Maj. Hasan was counseled about his substandard high body-fat reading. The source said he thinks Maj. Hasan lost weight, but the fact an officer had to be told to slim down is not consistent with good officership.

In addition to the weight issue, another development could have slowed or stopped Maj. Hasan’s advancement.

“There is another twist,” Maj. Moran wrote on May 11, 2007. He told a second superior that Maj. Hasan did not have sufficient months in a psychiatric clinic to complete his residency.

“I am not trying to hose this guy, but keep everything on the up and up,” Maj. Moran wrote.

This superior dismissed Maj. Moran’s concerns. “We discussed his situation or one like it at the time and decided that the distinction between year levels was arbitrary as long as he got the requisite number of months doing the necessary things,” the superior wrote.

Then came Maj. Hasan’s research project that was required for completing the residency. Walter Reed calls the practice, “Psychiatry Scholarly Activity Oral Presentation at the Psychiatry Regularly Scheduled Conference.” Maj. Hasan chose not a psychiatric topic, per se, but one titled, “Koranic World View as it Relates to Muslims in the U.S. Military.” The slide presentation promoted Islamic law over the U.S. Constitution.

At first, Maj. Moran was appalled. “This is not scholarly project level,” he e-mailed other staff members. “[We] are going to meet with him this AM and counsel him.”

A Moran colleague e-mailed Maj. Hasan to say, “Can you tie this presentation more fully into the GWOT [global war on terrorism]? Your last few slides begin that process. Maybe you could rebalance this presentation with more on how the religion and sectarian violence develops.”

Maj. Hasan e-mailed back, “Here are some revision [sic].” He eventually delivered the slide show June 20, and graduated 10 days later.

One staff supervisor was ecstatic. “Dr. Hasan does an excellent job speaking without ‘reading’ slides!” he wrote on a “resident evaluation.”

“His balance of academic knowledge and personal awareness is remarkable.”

But there was a dissenter among the graders.

“I must admit that I am confused as to how this is acceptable as a scholarly activity,” the supervisor wrote. “While information about Islam, this seems to be a history/religious class report rather than a psychiatric scholarly activity. I would expect better academic efforts from a graduating resident.”

Charles Gittins, attorney for Maj. Moran, said the e-mails show his client was trying to hold Maj. Hasan to Army standards.

“He did everything he could to hold the guy to standards, and he was only with the guy for 14 weeks before Hasan graduated from the residency program,” Mr. Gittins said.

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