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Lawmakers Determined to Override Obama’s ‘Workplace Violence’ Classification of Fort Hood

Despite the veto threat and snail's-pace prosecution of Hasan -- and the fact that the media "let this thing go."

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Bridget Johnson

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February 25, 2013 - 6:31 pm
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Wolf called the dragged-out prosecution of Hasan “ridiculous.”

“This is being dictated by the attorney general and the White House,” he said.

Carter said he understands why the defense is trying to keep Hasan from getting to trial as long as possible — “that’s their job; they delay as long as they can” — but said “it’s time to get this thing over with.”

Along with Wolf, co-sponsors to Carter’s bill are Texas GOP Reps. Bill Flores and Michael Burgess.

Similar legislation introduced by the Fort Hood representative days after the attack reaped 97 co-sponsors. Wolf said “the media let this thing go,” and there’s barely any heat on the administration as a result.

“Just what my mom would always say — just do the right thing — and they won’t do the right thing unless the media holds them accountable,” he said.

Last May, Carter lauded the inclusion of language from a bill by Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) granting Purple Hearts to Fort Hood victims in the National Defense Authorization Act. In dozens of concerns cited in the Office of Management and Budget’s veto threat was this language, which also included Purple Heart eligibility for the 2009 Little Rock military recruiting office shooting.

“The Administration objects to section 552, which would grant Purple Hearts to the victims of the shooting incidents in Fort Hood, Texas, and Little Rock, Arkansas,” the OMB wrote. “The criminal acts that occurred in Little Rock were tried by the State of Arkansas as violations of the State criminal code rather than as acts of terrorism; as a result, this provision could create appellate issues.”

Carter knows Obama will likely be poised with his veto pen if this long-overdue bill even gets to the Senate floor.

“I wouldn’t put anything past the president,” he said. “The right thing to do is award that medal to the people who were wounded in that particular skirmish.”

The Texan has another bill this Congress that would amend Title X of the U.S. Code “to extend whistleblower protections to a member of the Armed Forces who alerts Department of Defense investigation or law enforcement organizations, a person or organization in the member’s chain of command, and certain other persons or entities about the potentially dangerous ideologically based threats or actions of another member against United States interests or security.”

Carter said he wants members of the military to feel they can report extremism regardless of rank, without fear of a black mark on their records.

Hundreds have reported witnessing bizarre behavior or hearing questionable Islamist statements from Hasan, yet congressional probes since the Fort Hood shooting determined that political correctness was a factor that stood in the way of addressing the threat.

Hasan completed his psychiatric residency at Walter Reed, where he told Army physicians in a senior-year presentation “it’s getting harder and harder for Muslims in the service to morally justify being in a military that seems constantly engaged against fellow Muslims.”

In the slideshow presentation, called “The Koranic World View As It Relates to Muslims in the U.S. Military,” he warned of “adverse events” if Muslim soldiers didn’t have the option of being released as conscientious objectors.

“If we’d have known that, maybe we wouldn’t have spent all that money on his medical training,” Carter said.

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Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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So what if this jihadist soldier had blown up the President's limo, would that be "work place violence" given the Fraud in Chief is our Commander in Chief. Just part of the risk in being Commander in Chief.
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Hasan is in no way an anomaly ... Islam has infiltrated our military and our WH.
PC has allowed Islam and this administration to further their common goal of destroying the U.S.A. from within. NASA is doing Muslim outreach for crying out loud! How serially nutzoid is THAT!!!!???????
1 year ago
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Enemy fire, dead Americans, on sovereign territory, and Obama's despicable denial of terrorist violence. The blood of these citizens at Benghazi and Fort Hood is most assuredly on our corrupt Commander in Chief.
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If any good shall arise from this travesty, let it be that the officers and men will be less inclined to follow the unlawful orders of the President and more inclined to support and defend the Constitution.
1 year ago
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Political Correctness be damned. Major Hasan committed a terrorist attack at Ft. Hood. The Obama administrations labeling of the Little Rock and Ft. Hood terrorist attacks as "workplace violence" is a complete travesty of justice to the victims and the American people.
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Hey Zeke. This is not only terrorism but treason. Nidal took up arms against his fellow soldiers in uniform on the behalf of a foreign organization that formally declared war against the United States. That by the way is also a Capital Crime. The location of the violence (the Workplace) is incidental to the crimes of treason and terrorism.
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Hey Jack. In the United States we don't arbitrarily redefine the constitution or statutory laws on a case by case basis. Motive is NOT a chargable offense in the United States under the constitution or statutory law. Now, if you have 'evidence' that the governments multi agency intelligence and criminal investigators don't have that shows Hasan was acting directly at the direction of any defined enemy combatant or organizational leadership then you by all means should take that information to the government. If you don't have such information then the case proceeds as a domestic crime and the jurisdiction remains that of the UCMJ and the military court systems. Our domestic juris prudence and judicial process is very precise based upon evidence and jurisdiction and I'm pretty certain you will not find either the Geneva or UN coventions apply in this case.

Your 'theory' would in fact find many peoples anti government commenting on the internet to be chargable under subversive activities statutes and I'm pretty certain you would then make haste in 'reversing' your opinion.
1 year ago
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Taking instructions from criminals or discussing strategy to committ murder is called Conspiracy, not "Motive".
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Last time I looked, Nidal was being charged for actual mulltiple murders. I'm pretty sure there is more than enough evidence to support that charge. Concerning motive, they have multiple e-mails between him and various Al-Quaida operatives. That would be the same Al-Quaida organization which did declare war on the United States. You have only to Google Osama'a taped speech from Afghanistan where he made that declaration. Nidal was heard screaming Allah-huakbar while he was seen shooting his victims. Besides, whether this case is tried as "Work Place Violence" or Treason is not really the point, is it! The point is that there is more than enough evidence to convict and the Constitution provides for a "Speedy Trial" but is is continuously being delayed by weasel wording lawyers acting on behalf of a political agenda which is fully supported by the current ocupant of the White House and his sock puppet Eric.
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"they have multiple e-mails between him and various Al-Quaida operatives. That would be the same Al-Quaida organization which did declare war on the United States."

That matter has been publically addressed by the FBI and you should read their conclusions regarding same. Many of the 5,00 face book followers were amerrican citizens and routinely communicated via face book and emails with al-Awlaki.

The point of topic was one of workplace violence vs. terrorist act.

Other than that I agree with you there is sufficient evidence and he will be connvicted at the appropriate time.
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The appropriate time was years ago. Why are we messing around with the length of his beard and his claims to be a "Soldier of Allah". He is a soldier in the United States Army. He must comply with the rules and regulations of the UCMJ. He is not allowed to wear a beard under Army Regulations. His case is becoming a farce so that Obama and Holder can further their agenda. He was killing innocent American soldiers and civilians on behalf of a foreign entity. That makes him not only a terrorist but a traitor. If this were a declared war with another country, he would have been put against a wall and shot a long time ago. But our enemy is multinational. So this all becomes a case of semantics. And typical of most lawyers, justice becomes what they can get away with and not what is right or moral. In the case of the ACLU it becomes what ever will advance their political agenda (which conveniently coincides with that of the administration). There is a saying that "Justice Deferred is Justice Denied". In this case, justice has been denied far too long just to Obama can feel good about gaming the system.
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Our divider in chief's actions toward our military are nothing more than a disgrace. On one hand (the photo op) he praises them. Behind closed doors in meetings with his advisers/czars, he continues to deride them and enact more "executive decisions"/legislation aimed at destroying their effectiveness and morale. Determining this terrorist attack at Fort Hood to be nothing more than workplace violence is just one more example.
1 year ago
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Kuwait 2003 -- President Bush

Army Sgt Hasan Akbar (Muslim) while in 'combat theater' threw a hand grenade in fellow soldiers tent killing one captain and injuring serval others. You can research that one to determine it it was handled any differently by a GOP administration then the Hasan case in spite of being in a combat theater.
1 year ago
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Hasan is in no way an anomaly ... Islam has infiltrated our military and our WH.
PC has allowed Islam and this administration to further their common goal of destroying the U.S.A. from within. NASA is doing Muslim outreach for crying out loud! How serially nutzoid is THAT!!!!???????
1 year ago
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"Carter just introduced yet again legislation to ensure that the victims and victims’ families in the Fort Hood attack are eligible for the same treatment, benefits, and honors as Americans killed or wounded in an overseas combat zone."

Such a bill is nothing more than 'political' patronizing and political hackery! It is a 'domestic' case in a domestic workplace -- period! Until such time as the U.S. is invaded by an enemy on our soil, ALL war theaters of combat remain outside the CONUS. Those people down in Texas attemptiong to 'game' the federal government and military for self serving benefit should be ashamed of themselves. Military on military homicides occur rather routinely CONUS and to date, I know of no other such attempt to have them classified as combat theater related homicides.

The nation has greived and vented on the loss of life and injuries at Hood and its time to move on and let the judicial process proceed to its finality and be the end of the story.
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To willfully and knowingly misrepresent the intentions and actions of the TRAITOR Hasan, is to look into the Abyss, take in the view and send a postcard to the lost, telling them, "Wish you were here."
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M on M homocides that include documented E/M transmittals to a declared Enemy of America [that Barry Hisself saw fit to put down,via HellFire ] are way past the intent or meaning of what you're discussing here.
If Ft. Hood was in any way 'routine', please enlighten us on all the others that are documented.
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Fortunately, the laws are not something you and others are free to self servingly interpret as you wish to justify your opinions. I'm pretty sure that the government knows the full extent of the email exchanges and -- you don't! In fact, the FBI concluded that his commuunications was related to his authorized professional research. Counter-terror officials concluded earlier this year that Hasan’s communications with the terror suspect were “protected” by “free speech” and did not warrant opening up a criminal investigation of him, the investigators said." (http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2009/11/major-muslim-hasans-imam-anwar-al-awlakis-facebook-page.html) There were about 5,000 followers of al Awlaki facebook page and most of them were americans. Just out of curiosity, what charge(s) did you have in mind for his email communications with al Awlaki ?

But, like I tell everybody else, if you have evidence that Hasan was acting directly or in a conspiracy with an enemy combatant or organization deemed as enemy combatants, you should waste no time in getting such evidence in the hand of the government prosecutors and investigators.
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"the FBI concluded that his commuunications was related to his authorized professional research. Counter-terror officials concluded earlier this year that Hasan’s communications with the terror suspect were “protected” by “free speech” and did not warrant opening up a criminal investigation of him, the investigators said."

I rest my case! Weasel wording to promote an agenda. You say that we don't know what we don't know the full extent of his e-mails. Well, I submit that you don't either. Could it be that you are "interpreting them as you wish to justify your opinions"?

By the way, laws are something that many people interpret to self servingly justify their opinions. Sometimes in direct counterpoint to what is clearly written in the Constitution. Witness Roberts interpretation of the covenent that the Federal Government cannot force someone to buy something. He did a 180 on that one with regard to Obamacare. Also Kagan's refusal to recuse herself from ruling on something that she had part in creating when she worked directly for the Administration. Couldn't be that those "Counter Terror Officials" were rendering an "opinion" that supported their bosse's agenda either, could it!?

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"...the covenent that the Federal Government cannot force someone to buy something."

I'll assume you're referencing the ACA and the ruling of the supreme court. Do you have any idea the origin of legislating mandatory purchase of healtcare insurance by everybody? I can assure you that it was not orginated by Obama nor any democrat! I can also assure you that its orgin was not post 2000 nor even during the 90s! I can further assure you that much of whats in the ACA had its origin from the same two entities, 1) a private sector entity and 2) a political party.
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You assume correctly. I am referring to the laughably titled "Affordable Care Act". I am well aware of the origin of these types of ill advised ideas, whether they were Hillary's crash and burn during the "Co-Presidency" or instituted by Mitt Romney when he was Governor of Massachusetts. You seem to be laboring under the misconception that I only find fault with this idea if it comes from a Democrat. I assure you that is not the case. A bad idea is a bad idea no matter who promotes it. And your whole post misses my main point. The Constitution does not permit the Federal Government to mandate that somebody must buy something. Please don't trot out car insurance. Thats a state regulation, not a Federal one. In my humble opinion, Justice Roberts caved to Obama's political agenda and provided the swing vote in favor of allowing this train wreck of an idea.
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The man was an enemy combatant and an infiltrator. There shouldn't even be a trail. They should just hang him and give the dead and wounded Purple Hearts.
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If 'you' have any evidence that Hasad was an enemy combatant who infiltrated the military you should make haste in sending such evidence to the governments multi agency investigators.
1 year ago
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Lets clear the air first, Barry Soetoro (aka Barack H. Obama; Harrison J. Bounel; Barack Obama Soebarackah) is a fraud and criminal on three counts. He has been using a SS# that has been flagged several times as fraudulent by the government E-Verify system for years now. He had to register fraudulently with the Selective Service to be eligible to run for political office. He has been flaunting an April 27th, 2011 document he calls his "long form birth certificate" which was proven to be a forgery during a criminal investigation conducted by Sheriff Joe Arpaio. If this were any Republican they would have been sent packing years ago for the fraud and criminal activity. The media has their head buried where no light ever shines.

There were 14 murdered at Fort Hood. When an unborn baby is killed during the murder of its mother under federal law the baby was murdered also. Someone at the DOJ got their dirty little hands on this one.
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Don't worry folks, there is going to be a lot more moon god worshiping terrorists inside these United States in the coming years. It is part of an agenda to destroy American culture. Sort of like millions of illegal alien Marxists on the voter rolls.

See Dearborn, MI., and CAIR.
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It seems clear that many Americans of African, Hispanic, and Moslem descent are uniting and preparing for war against white Americans and the traditional American values they represent. This cultural / economic degradation and power-mongering is simply setting things up for something more ambitious.
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At this point maybe its better if the trial keeps getting delayed.
Then the current occupant won't be able to pardon him unless he leaps in and does it before he is even convicted.
1 year ago
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General Casey here! Stand at attention! No mater how tragic the untimely death of a few Americans might be to some, abroad or at home, Benghazi or Fort Hood, we must not let this affect the diversity of those who watch our embassies and consulates, or serve in our ranks, as if we did, that would be a much greater tragedy.
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Did nobody at Fort Hood have a gun?
1 year ago
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Except for MP's - guns verboten.
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