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Monday, March 05, 2007

Walter Reed Hearings Get Underway Today

From AP:

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's national security panel, headed by Rep. John Tierney, D-Mass., scheduled a hearing at the hospital's auditorium Monday morning. The list of Army officials, hospital staff and patients invited to speak includes the medical center's previous commander, Maj. Gen. George Weightman. The defense subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee also scheduled a hearing on Walter Reed for Monday. ...

The White House said the president would name a bipartisan commission to assess whether the problems at Walter Reed exist at other facilities. Last week, Gates created an outside panel to review the situation at Walter Reed and the other major military hospital in the Washington area, the National Naval Medical Center at Bethesda, Md. Gates also dismissed Army Secretary Francis J. Harvey, who had fired Weightman and replaced him with Lt. Gen. Kevin Kiley, the Army's surgeon general and a former commander of Walter Reed. Gates said Harvey's response was not aggressive enough.

The Army announced that Maj. Gen. Eric B. Schoomaker will be the new commander of Walter Reed, which is in Washington. In addition, the Army took disciplinary action against several lower-level soldiers at Walter Reed.

Coverage at C-Span.org. YouTube videos below the fold.

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Dana Priest MS-NBC interview as hearing preparations got underway:



Early preview of the Walter Reed hearings by CBS News First Look senior producer Jim McGlinchy and producer Mary Walsh:



A snippet from Staff Sgt. John Shannon's testimony today:




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