A Pentagon advisor and military strategist finds it unfortunate
that the Obama administration has refused to declare the November
5, 2009 Fort Hood massacre a terrorist act -- denying the victims
and their families benefits.
About 160 people, including victims and their families, recently released a video expressing their
frustration with Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta's decision
to call the horrific act "workplace violence." Thirteen people were
killed and 32 were wounded when Major Nidal Hasan, a Muslim, opened
fire while shouting "Allahu Akbar," which translates "god is great"
Now the victims are ineligible to receive Purple Hearts and
are being denied other special benefits afforded soldiers who are
severely wounded on the battlefield.
Lt. Col. Bob Maginnis
(USA-Ret.), senior fellow for national security at the Family Research
Council, says it is unfortunately a judgment call.
"Most people would say a guy standing up in the middle of a
military dispensary, shooting indiscriminately at innocent
bystanders and declaring 'god is great' -- that's certainly a
terrorist action as far as I'm concerned," he comments.
"It's truly a judgment call, and it's unfortunate for those
families and those personnel who aren't going to receive the
benefits. Of course the new administration, if there is one, can
overturn this particular position."
Meanwhile, Texas Congressman John Carter (R), whose district
includes Fort Hood, has sponsored a bill to make those benefits
available to the Fort Hood victims.
Federal prosecutors earlier this week deemed the shooting at the
headquarters of the Family Research Council an act of terrorism.
Floyd Lee Corkins II was arrested two months ago for opening fire at the
Washington, DC-based organization, injuring a security guard.