Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Obama Denies Fort Hood Attack Was Terrorism !

Victims of the 2009 shooting at Fort Hood in Texas that killed 13 people and wounded dozens more are outraged that the Obama administration refuses to classify it a act of terrorism. The Department of Defence has ruled the November 5th shooting was a case of workplace violence. Unfortunately for these brave Soldiers, the circumstances surrounding their deaths and wounds they experienced didn't fit into President Obama's narrative that terrorism perpetrated by Muslim extremists doesn't exist.

The reality is that on the fateful morning, Major Nidal Hasan was standing among his fellow Soldiers at the Personnel Processing Center. The center is a hub of post where Soldiers do necessary paperwork before and after a combat deployment. Its here that they complete wills and powers of attorney and the myriad of other personal details that need to be addressed before they ship out into harm's way, leaving their worried wives, husbands and children at home. It was here, surrounded by Soldiers and civilian persons that Hasan opened fire. Eye witness reports state that was shouting ''Allah Akbar'' as he gunned down and killed the 13 victims, including a pregnant woman and wounded another 31.

It was later found that Hasan consulted by email with top al-Qaid leader Anwar al-Awlaki about whether an attack against American soldiers was justified ''to protect our brothers,'' according to Stars and Stripes. Awlaki, who was based in Yemen, was considered a top enemy by the U.S. He was thankfully killed in an airstrike last year. For Hasan, the shooting ''was his jihad,'' Staff Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford said. He was shot five times in the incident. Shawn Manning, another victim, said that the soldiers ''were killed and wounded by a domestic enemy, someone who was there that day to kill soldiers to prevent them from deploying. If that's not an act of war or an at of terrorism, I don't know what is."

On November 17th, 2009, Texas Senator John Cornyn introduced a bill to the Senate that would authorize awarding the Purple Heart Medal for the Defence of Freedom to those military victims. It would award the civilian equivalent Defence Medal to the civilian victims as well. On the same day, CNN quoted Congressman John Carter as saying, ''As far as I'm concerned, this was an attack by an enemy upon American troops on American  soil. This bill is about giving soldiers the benefits that other soldiers get when they are unfortunate enough to be killed or wounded in a combat zone.'' Classifying the shooting as terrorism will allow the victims to receive combat-related special compensation that provides disability pay for medically retired service members.

To further this effort, a provision was added to the 2012 Defense Appropriations Act that would finally authorize the Purple Heart Medal for the victims of the attack. Unfortunately in a report from the Office of Management and Budget, it was stated that keeping the provision for the Purple Hearts would cause the president to veto the bill. It read, ''The Administration objects to the section which would grant Purple Hearts to the victims of the shooting incidents in Fort Hood, Texas and Little Rock, Arkansas.'' (this eludes to a Muslim convert who spent time in Yemen and was an avowed jihadist, killing one soldier and wounding another in a drive-by shooting at a recruiting office,in Little Rock and was tried and sentenced to life in prison.)

The Way I See It.....the debate is whether or not the person shooting them was an enemy combatant. The Obama administration has called the shooting an incident of ''workplace violence.'' This is no disgruntled Postal Worker getting even for some slight but a man on a ''mission'' to kill for his religion. You see, if this cynical president acknowledges the Fort Hood shooting an act of terror and Nidal Hassan as an enemy combatant, that would run contrary to his campaign talking points that al-Qaida specifically and terror in general is ''on the run.''

Meanwhile, a military appeals court judge has ruled that Hasan, who remains hospitalized from gunshot wounds received from two police officers who responded to the shooting, can have his beard forcibly shaved before the trial. The trial has been delayed for months over this stupid issue of Hasan's facial hair, which he said he grew for religious reasons (after the shooting). But thankfully the judge this decided with the military court rules requiring defendants to appear in court in uniform and clean-shaven. If I were the judge I'd have every family member of the killed and wounded show up at his bedside and with tweezers and each one have a go at pulling out this Muslim deadshit's  beard hair very slowly. Then go for the chest and genital hairs.....that's closure for you!

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