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Obama Inc. Worries Giving Purple Hearts to Hasan’s Victims Might Hurt His Case

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On March 30, 2013 @ 11:09 pm In The Point | 20 Comments

Isn’t it great how Obama Inc. keeps reminding us where its priorities lie? First Obama Inc. removed a mean judge who made a terrorist mass murderer shave his beard. Then it replaced him with a caring and nurturing judge who not only lets Hasan grow his Islamic facial hair, but won’t even let him plead guilty.

Now it’s worried that recognizing the wounded soldiers he shot at might hurt his case. Why does Hasan even need a lawyer when Barry is his attorney at law?

Legislation that would award the injured from the 2009 Fort Hood shooting the Purple Heart would adversely affect the trial of Maj. Nidal Hasan by labeling the attack terrorism, according to a Defense Department document obtained by Fox News.

“The Army objects to (the proposal) because it would undermine the prosecution of Major Nidal Hasan by materially and directly compromising Major Hasan’s ability to receive a fair trial. This provision will be viewed as setting the stage for a formal declaration that Major Hasan is a terrorist, on what is now the eve of trial. Such a situation, prior to trial, would fundamentally compromise the fairness and due process of the pending trial,” the document said.

What’s wrong with such a formal declaration? Is the kindly judge who is bending over backward for Hasan really going to be affected by some Purple Hearts for his victims?

Plenty of American soldiers involved in the capture of terrorists have gotten medals without those medals being delayed for decades until their Gitmo cases were resolved. Is DOD willing to award Purple Hearts after the trial is over? I don’t think so.

Police officers are routinely honored before and during trials. If the civilian court system that Barack Hussein Obama loves sending terrorists into can handle the impossible challenge of telling 12 jurors gathered from the civilian population and not trained by anything more than Law and Order episodes that they should disregard the NYPD honoring an officer involved in the case, then somehow the military justice system composed of trained professionals should be able to do the same.

But don’t worry. This isn’t about Hasan at all. Hagel/Hussein really just care about the victims.

It continues: “Moreover, the effect of such an act by Congress would be to deprive the victims of these crimes the right to see justice done.”

The victims though want to be recognized as casualties of war, not as the DOD’s victims of workplace violence.

Neal Sher, counsel for the Fort Hood families involved in a federal lawsuit against the department, told Fox News that the document — an “official Army response” to the request for Purple Heart status — is “an utter outrage” and that it was not surprising given it comes from the same department which labeled the attack “workplace violence.”

Then we get to the actual point. Obama refuses to recognize the War on Terror as an actual war, but as a series of random crimes.

The Defense Department document says that to expand the Purple Heart criteria to include “domestic criminal acts or domestic terror attacks would be a dramatic departure” from traditional criteria.

“U.S. military personnel are organized, trained and equipped to combat foreign, not domestic, forces or threats,” the Army wrote. “To expand the Purple Heart award criteria to include domestic criminal acts or domestic terror attacks would be a dramatic departure from the traditional Purple Heart award criteria.”

So this really isn’t about fairness to Hasan by Hussein, it’s not about the trial at all.

But Nidal Hasan conspired with Anwar Al-Awlaki, an international Al Qaeda terrorist who was the subject of a kill order. So if Anwar Al-Awlaki is an international terrorist who can be blown away, how is Nidal Hasan a domestic criminal engaged in workplace violence?

There’s a basic inconsistency here. Either Anwar Al-Awlaki was a purely domestic criminal threat or Nidal Hasan wasn’t.

A source with knowledge of the position paper told Fox News that DOD is putting on a full-court press by sending senior officials, including generals, to meet with lawmakers in an effort to block support.

The same old. “If you help the troops, you’re really hurting the troops” routine.


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