The PJ Tatler

We're Still Paying Nidal Hasan's Salary

Maj. Nidal Hasan’s 2009 act of “workplace violence” — in which 13 died and 32 were wounded at Ft. Hood, Texas — hasn’t stopped the paychecks from hitting his bank account. Chances are, the terrorist has made more money than you have in those years.

The Department of Defense confirms to NBC 5 Investigates that accused Fort Hood shooter Major Nidal Hasan has now been paid more than $278,000 since the Nov. 5, 2009 shooting that left 13 dead 32 injured. The Army said under the Military Code of Justice, Hasan’s salary cannot be suspended unless he is proven guilty.

If Hasan had been a civilian defense department employee, NBC 5 Investigates has learned, the Army could have suspended his pay after just seven days.

Personnel rules for most civilian government workers allow for “indefinite suspensions” in cases “when the agency has reasonable cause to believe that the employee has committed a crime for which a sentence of imprisonment may be imposed.”

Meanwhile, more than three years later soldiers wounded in the mass shooting are fighting to receive the same pay and medical benefits given to those wounded in combat.

They were wounded in combat in a terrorist attack on US soil, and deserve that pay and those benefits. Barack Obama’s Pentagon is denying them those things by classifying Hasan’s terrorism as “workplace violence” akin to someone going postal. People who go postal, though, tend not to have motivational speakers behind them, who later get droned on the president’s orders.

Hasan’s total salary breaks out to about $69,000 per year. The median US salary is about $42,979.61 according to the Social Security Administration.