Dem Rep Joins Call to Label Fort Hood Shooting Terrorism

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111309_hasanThree congressmen, two Republicans and one otherwise reliably liberal Democrat, fired off a letter to new Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel asking once again that the status of the 2009 Fort Hood shooting have its status changed from its current designation of “workplace violence” to a combat-related incident. The three congressmen pointed out that because of its currently classified as a case of workplace violence, the victims of the shooting have been given sub-standard care in VA hospitals, provided with sub-standard benefits, and in some cases have not been able to qualify for retirement benefits.

The three signatories of the letter to Hagel are: Rep. Frank Wolf, a Republican from Virginia, Rep. Thomas J. Rooney, a Republican from Florida, and Rep. Chaka Fattah, a Democrat from Pennsylvania. The letter begins with a dire warning that the current classification of workplace violence has had significant negative effects for many of the victims of the Fort Hood attack. The three congressmen hope that now that the Department of Defense (DoD) is under new leadership that this classification will change. The letter explains:

The Department of Defense and Army have designated the attack by Major Nidal Hasan as “workplace violence.” This designation has since resulted in an embarrassing lack of care and treatment by our military for the victims and their families. We understand this decision was not made under your [Hagel's] leadership. Therefore, we ask that you swiftly reclassify the victims’ deaths and injuries as “combat-related” so that they and their families may qualify for the full scope of benefits provided to service members of DoD civilian employees who are killed or injured in combat, and to ensure that they are treated with appropriate decency and respect from this point forward.

Further on in the letter, the congressmen list the specific benefits now lost because of this classification.

As the DoD and the Army are presumably aware, the current “workplace violence” designation denies the victims and their families cost-free VA health care for five years, cost-free counseling and critical mental health services, tax free disability benefits, and Combat-Related Special Compensation and makes them ineligible to receive Purple Heart and its associated benefits.

In a press release, Rooney took it a step further and called the designation of “workplace violence” to be an insult.

“Calling this terrorist attack ‘workplace violence’ is an insult to the victims and their families, and it denies them the benefits they deserve,” Rooney said. “The Department of Defense and the Army should be ashamed of the terrible care and service they’ve provided to these heroic American soldiers, and they should rectify this situation immediately by re-classifying their injuries and deaths as ‘combat-related.’”

In an interview with FrontPage, Congressman Frank Wolf said that along with sending the letter, Attorney General Eric Holder was asked in April about this situation before a hearing for the House Appropriations Sub-Committee on Commerce, Justice and Science, a sub-committee Wolf chairs. Wolf said he also arranged to have Eric Holder meet with some of the surviving victims so that the Attorney General could hear for himself how this designation has harmed them.

Fattah, the Democratic signatory, is normally a reliable liberal vote. He voted in favor of Obamacare, the stimulus and Dodd/Frank. He was against the invasion of Iraq, and according to the website On the Issues, he scores zero (0-100) on their immigration scorecard, making him one of the most pro-open borders congressman.

On November 5, 2009, Nidal Hasan walked into and opened fire in the Soldier Readiness Center of Fort Hood, located in Killeen, Texas, killing 13 people and wounding 29 others. He shouted “Allaha Akbar [God is Great]” as he carried out his terrorist attack.

In an investigation that followed, it was discovered that Hasan had carried out a long email correspondence with Anwar Al Awlaki for months prior to his attack. The US-born Al Awlaki became the face of Al Qaeda for a number of years before being killed in a drone strike months after the raid that killed Usama Bin Laden.

Wolf pointed out that originally it was Al-Awlaki that created, edited, and distributed the Al Qaeda publication, Inspire Magazine.  According to an Associated Press story from April, 2013, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon bomber, was an avid reader of Inspire Magazine. His widow has recently faced increased scrutiny after it was reported that material from Inspire was found on her computer.

The classification of the Fort Hoot terror attack as workplace violence is part of an ongoing campaign by the Obama administration to try and tamp down failures of its own anti-terror policy and tamp down the threat from Al Qaeda and its affiliated networks. In the same manner, the Obama administration tried for weeks to claim that the Benghazi attacks were also not the work of terrorists. The reality is that Islamic terrorists have pulled off tree attacks on the US during the Obama administration — the Fort Hood attack, the Benghazi attack, and the Boston Marathon bombing. With the Obama administration refusing to acknowledge the threat of jihad even for the sake of attack survivors, only more bloodshed can be expected.

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  • κατεργάζομαι

    Major Hasan, also known as Soldier of Allah, according to his OWN business card, mowed down thirteen INNOCENT U.S. soldiers while screaming "Allahu Akbar!!! on the Fort Hood military base in Texas on November 2009.

    Persons can parse the designation of “workplace violence” ten times to Sunday. Just remember to watch the other hand!

    The additional crime is against the American Justice system that this Islamic supremacist slime should have been executed by now.

    In addition, all his superiors held to account! – Especially OBAMA & HOLDER!

    Even worse, in October 2010, a soldier at Fort Hood who caught Hasan's jihad murders in two videos on his cell phone camera was ordered by his commanding officer to delete both videos.

    This is unacceptable.
    An army officer ordered the destruction of evidence in a jihadist attack on American soldiers?

    OBAMA, HOLDER & The officer should be on trial for obstruction of justice.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    It is through an Omerta, re Islam plus its linkage to terror, that jihad morphs into "workplace" violence. As such, urban jihad will become "normal", if a volte face is not summarily executed – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/08/14/when-is-a-ter

    Lexicon matters!
    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

    • KarshiKhanabad

      It is ver-r-r-r-r-y interesting that Rep. Chaka Fattah, the former Arthur Davenport, is calling for reclassifying the Fort Hood Massacre as combat related terrorism. This is the same guy who opposed the war in Iraq & has called for freeing the cop-killer Mumia Abu Jamal. His sister is now known as Queen Mother Falaka Fattah.

      No wonder El Rushbo refers to him as "Congressman Chaka Full-O-Nuts".

      Oh, well, he's on the side of the angels this time.

  • Chezwick

    It's important that the victims of the Fort Hood massacre receive justice. It's even more important that we contextualize this event and reveal for the record its political/religious dimension, particularly in lieu of the cover-up of the event by the DoD, the repeated warnings the military had of Nidal Hasan's dangerously fanatical views, and the fact that these warnings went entirely unheeded due to the fear and apathy wrought by political correctness..

    • ObamaYoMoma

      To the contrary, major Nidal Hasan's views may have been dangerous but they weren't fanatical views in the least as they are shared by all mainstream orthodox Muslims the world over. Indeed, Hasan's views couldn't have been anymore orthodox and mainstream in the Islamic community. Of course, you are one of those moonbats that out of ignorance also loves to conflate what is really jihad as somehow being terrorism, which unfortunately stymies the USA and the West from putting up an adequate defense against Islam and jihad.

      Moreover, the first and foremost requirement of Islam is the total, complete, and unconditional submission to the will of Allah where blasphemy and apostasy are capital offenses. Indeed, those that speak out against Islam are executed and those that leave Islam are also executed. Hence, what exactly according to you makes Islam a legitimate religion as opposed to a cult and a rabid form of totalitarianism that masquerades as being a religion to dupe its gullible victims?

      • Chezwick

        I never suggested for a minute that Nidal Hasan's views were not representative of Islam. But YOU have just stated that they "weren't fanatical." An interesting revelation. Just as you believe Muslims are incapable of terrorism, so it appears you believe a Jihadist's views are NOT fanatical. You seem desperate to absolve Muslims from disparaging descriptions.

        Moreover, even the esteemed Robert Spencer has acknowledged that Islam is a religion. The problem is, it is MORE than a religion. It is an all-encompassing religious/political/social/military construct.

        But I don't expect you to understand, Skippy. You're not capable of grasping nuance of any kind whatsoever. Your need to see the world in explicit, neatly delineated compartments is all part of your mental illness.

        So in Darul Skippy,, Robert Spencer and everyone else HAS to be wrong….and you HAVE to be right….because we've all read it with our own eyes, you've stated unequivocally that you are NEVER WRONG (what kind of rational person would ever make such an assertion?). It's truly a form of psychosis….and explains the extent of your arrogance and total absence of social skills….not to mention your juvenile inventions of being an "executive" with "nothing but straight A's" in school, claims so readily undermined by your turgid, stunted writing style.

        I trounce you every time we have an exchange, but you keep coming back for more. My guess is that you're either a masochist….or you're just so pathetically desperate for attention that ANYTHING, even refutation, is better than nothing.

        Anyway, YOU are the one who is now instigating these exchanges, not me. Take note, Webmaster.

        • Chezwick

          Therapy Skippy….therapy.

        • Chezwick

          SKIPPY: "Moreover, unlike terrorism, which is always only violent, jihad, on the other hand, manifests both violently and non-violently, but primarily non-violently relative to violently."

          RESPONSE: When I say your ability is sophomoric, I mean high-school, not college. Truly reflects the writing ability of an "executive"….(remember that one, Skip?). How interesting that you felt compelled to manufacture such a lie. it reveals an acute insecurity.

          SKIPPY: "Finally, excuse me if I don't give a damn about your sensitivity or your feminized feelings,…"

          RESPONSE: Interesting choice of words, Skip. I was remembering the joke you made back in 2011, when you claimed to be a woman. It occurred to me then that you might suffer from an acute case of sexual identity confusion. The above comment just reinforces as much. Even your nic here at FPM – ObamayoMAMA – expresses a feminine identity.

          Good luck with all that Skippy.

  • Asher

    Hassan was openly calling for Jihad online, he should have been stopped before his murderous attacks on our soldiers!

  • kafir4life

    Senator Cheesy Chuck (you) Schumer insists that the Fort Hood shooting isn't terrorism……he says (are you ready for this?) that it's a GUN CONTROL problem!!!!!! Gun control……..by a Major…………on an Army base.
    Is he for real? A call to his office a couple of years ago confirmed that Cheesy is vying for his lover George Soros old job of confiscating the property of condemned Jews. An aide of the Senator admitted that Chuck would be "very good at it".

  • jacob

    With all due respect and if my memory doesn't betray me, I could swear I read somewhere it was the
    Commander in Chief of the US Armed Forces who qualified the Fort Hood massacre as "workplace violence" …..
    Something is very wrong with this pick of Presidents twice by a significant sector of Americans….
    I don't know whether I'm in line with my inventory but…..
    First he apologizes for American "misdeeds" to the Muslim world at their Cairo conference.
    Then he flies off the handle on the "treatment" of his professor by the Cambridge, Mass. police…..
    Then he "suggests" his abjectly servile media to refer to Muslim terrorists as "Insurgents"….
    Then he goes on stating America is indebted to Muslims for its independence….
    More recently, he calls the Fort Hood massacre a "workplace violence"….
    Then he goes behind the back of Congress and gives the Brotherhood money, planes and tanks….
    And recently, the surviving Boston massacre terrorist (insurgent ?) is given his Moranda rights…!!!!!!
    We must keep in mind that President Barak Hussein Obama was born Muslim and raised Muslim,
    which accounts for his openly backing of his coreligionists, moreover since once a Muslim, always
    Muslim or else…..
    And as to conversion to Christianity, well, the holy Koran advises the "faithful" to hide or deny their
    true religion whenever dangerous or inconvenient…..which is something I can personally attest to…

  • Andy

    Jacob's post above is the only one that is getting the ''who did the characterization" of this act of terrorism, as ''work place violence." I recall it was Army Chief of Staff General George Casey, who called this outrage WPV. And I believe he was backed by SecDef. Casey further said words to the effect that ''the greatest tragedy of this situation, would be if the Army's 'diversity programs' were damaged by this incident.'' What a little, despicable POS he was and still is.

    • Looking4Sanity

      Who does Casey WORK FOR? Do you really think that Generals make policy? Do you think they don't follow orders?

  • Ken Baskin

    Why is it overlooked that Hasan is still collecting $6,000 a month ( do the math – $216,000 over 3 years ) because we can't bring him to trial? We have in this country the presumption of innocence so until he is found guilty he cannot be stripped of his position of Major. As such, he is entitled to $6,000 per month. With 32 eyewitnesses ( survivors of his attempted murders ) why the delay in bringing this to trial? It's because he has the best lawyers that our tax dollars can afford and this legal team has no incentive to bring this case to trial. They have 2 mandates – rack up billable hours for their law firm and give Hasan the best defense possible. By the time he is found guilty and has exhausted all appeals, he will still be collecting $6,000 a month while you, dear reader, are soiling the sheets in a nursing home.

  • Tom

    Eric Holder sent a judge to Boston to mirandize the surviving brother . A black on trial for murder
    would get a Legal Aid attorney while the best lawyers are defending a Jihadist .
    Lots of luck with relabling Hassan's actions for what they truelly are – Jihad.

  • RiverFred

    Our government, by orders from the White House , refuses to acknowledge who the enemy is, in fact any reference to Muslim extremism, Jihad, Muslim terrorist, etc. has been eliminated from all government training manuals, government employees are not allowed to mention or discuss these words. That is why the Fort Hood Muslim terrorist (who yelled Allah Akbar while killing 13 marines) was called workplace violence and the Boston Muslim terrorist has not been called a Muslim terrorist, etc. by our government. What is really unbelievable is our government (by orders from the White House) is recruiting Muslims with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood (a known terrorist group) to serve in the State Department.
    THIS IS NOT THE AMERICA I GREW UP WITH AND ONCE LOVED, SOMETHING SMELLS IN THE WHITE HOUSE.

    • kaz

      what is worse than having a muslim mole in the white house is that we have suffered from an unbroken succession of muslim sympathizing dhimmis of both parties in the white house. dear leader calling violent jihad at fort hood "workplace violence" because of his own undying emnity for america and his love of his muslim faith is really not different in effect from the stupidity of george w "islam is a great religion of peace" bush. what bush did due to ignorance and stupidity, obama does due to malice and treachery