Staring into the face of evil. “Mom of soldier says Fort Hood doctor Nidal Malik Hasan scared her,” by Joanna Molloy for the New York Daily News, November 9:
He was supposed to help her hero son – but all she saw in Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan’s eyes was evil.
The mom of a soldier who received psychiatric treatment from the accused Fort Hood gunman said she was frightened of the psychiatrist from the very beginning of her son’s stay at Walter Reed Medical Center.
“I looked into his eyes, and he scared me,” Cindy Gagnier told the Daily News. “He made some comments to me that made me feel very uncomfortable, and I don’t become uncomfortable very easily.”
The New York-born mother of four was at her son Christian’s bedside constantly after he suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2005 while fighting in Iraq.
The young veteran, who also is dealing with posttraumatic stress disorder, spent 18 months at Walter Reed, where Hasan spent six years on staff….
Gagnier virtually lived at Walter Reed during a difficult stretch of her oldest son’s care.
During that time, she recalls Hasan as “not very empathetic.”
“[Hasan] said it was all right for my son to leave the hospital, but it wasn’t,” Gagnier said….
She doesn’t buy reports that Hasan simply woke up one day and snapped.
“I don’t think he flipped out,” she said. “I think what he did was an act of terrorism.”