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May 7, 2013 - 11:35 am
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“The Army’s preferential treatment of Major Hasan – notwithstanding his open extremism and support for religious violence – and the FBI’s refusal to interview Hasan or notify his superiors of his multiple communications with the notorious terrorist leader Anwar al-Awlaki, apparently because of political sensitivities in the Washington Field Office, led to the Fort Hood attack. Frankly, we are deeply concerned that the same considerations of ‘political correctness’ that caused the horrible toll of deaths and injuries at Fort Hood have also informed the Army’s decision to deem his attack an act of ‘workplace violence.’”

The two Republicans and Democrat called the “workplace violence” classification “an irresponsible, indefensible breach of our nation’s sacred pledge to our service members.”

That designation not only makes the victims ineligible for Purple Hearts but puts a host of healthcare and counseling services out of the reach of victims and family members.

“At this stage, designating the victims’ deaths and injuries as ‘combat-related’ is a necessary and appropriate first step of good faith by your Department. Such a designation would be tangible evidence that our government keeps its promises, albeit years after the fact. Furthermore, a ‘combat-related’ designation is a necessary condition for the heroes of that day, and their families who survive them, to finally begin the process of healing,” the lawmakers wrote.

“Therefore, we respectfully request that you reclassify the terrorist attack at Fort Hood as ‘combat-related’ in support of the victims, survivors and their families who have to suffer the effects of this horrifying incident every day. The current ‘workplace violence’ designation is a distortion of the truth that discredits our military, and it should be overturned immediately.”

If you want to tweet thanks to Fattah for standing up for Fort Hood victims, he’s @chakafattah.

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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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That is good background, and the point is taken. Nevertheless some people are capable of learning and I plan to acknowledge those who take steps in the right direction.
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Major Hassan was a enemy soldier in hiding and was acting as a 'Spy within our forces'. He should be charged and tried in a Military Court and when found guilty be marched out and executed by firing squad.
Work Place Violence, only the Obama Administration could dream up this Cr#P.
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It was NOT an act of terrorism. The traitor to his country did NOT attack noncombatants. It was an act of treason and an act of Jihad, but not all acts of violent Jihad constitute terrorism. Some are just ordinary warfare. The Fort Hood killer engaged in warfare against his own country.
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BS
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Major Hasan's act, schooled and inspired by Anwar al-Awlaki among others into killing 13 and wounding 30 at Ft. Hood in 2009, certainly qualifies as a terrorist act.

Despite this administration, for purposes of optics & preferred personal philosophy, striving to its utmost to avoid calling it what it was.

The UN has been working up its definition of terrorism for over 10 years and still that disparate group of self-serving bureaucrats hasn't been able to agree on one.

When American soldiers are booby-trapped and slaughtered in Afghanistan by Taliban combatants, these are terrorist acts.
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There are two angles to doing the right thing for the victims of Hassan's attack.

(1) It was not workplace violence, it was a planned ambush of unarmed U.S. soldiers for religious/political [Islamist] reasons. That is the simple truth, the kind of truth the Demunists fear the most.
(2) It should be noted that the Dem in this case seems to be mostly concerned with the distribution of government benefits. That's what the Dems are most interested in, so it is no shock to see this Dem interested.
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I'm glad some democrats are joining in the "slamming".

But the outrage over Ft. Hood, from letting the idiot of known Islamist sympathies stay in the army and even get in a position to do the horrendous deed to the stupid word inventions like "workplace violence" and everything in between should have had every single member of the federal government screaming from the rafters from the get-go.
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A soldier's workplace is the field of battle; how does "workplace violence" not qualify as "combat"?
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I think it was General Casey wh made a point of admiring "diversity" when he gave a speech at the memorial service for those killed or injured. It was disgusting. Americans have done fine accepting and absorbing various nationalities for many years. Some of the immigrants were the most patriotic Americans I've known.....none of us needed constant reminders that some were a little different. I personally, would like to witness a good old fashioned court martial of that general, complete with ripping off his buttons and medals.
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Well, I've been waiting for Benghazi to be re-labeled an incident of work place violence committed by those indigenous contract security people on the American dole--sort of like the Afghan green on blue violence. Apparently American forts and consulates are now multicultural hostile working environments. The forts are weapons free zones and the consulates are not guarded by marines. It's not your fathers army or foreign service anymore when soldiers and diplomats can be raped and killed on the job by the same sex getting the same pay check.
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Political Correctness is one of the most insidious maladies that a man can be afflicted with.
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This is a big "get" considering he probably didnt enter the world named Chaka Fattah.
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I believe the reason for the classification of work place violence is to deny the benefits afforded by combat casualties.

As in all the government, follow the money.
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