On November 17th 2009, Texas Senator John Cornyn introduced a bill to the Senate that would authorize awarding the Purple Heart Medal to those military victims. It would also award the civilian equivilent, the Secretary of Defense Medal for the Defense of Freedom, to the civilian victims. The bill wa
In an article on Novembere 17th, 2009, CNN quoted Congressman Carter as saying "As far as I'm concerned, this was an attack by an enemy upon American troops on American soil," Carter said Tuesday at a Capitol Hill news conference. The 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."
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." If the 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.:"
This follows the same narrative of refusing to call the attack in Benghazi, Libya a terrorist attack. In that instance, the administration initially blamed the attack on our consulate that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans on a spontaneous uprising caused by an anti-Islam video.
In his speech to the UN General Assembly on 25 September, Obama mentioned this video six times. Never did he call the attack on U.S. soverreign soil that killed four Americans an act of terror.
A provision was added to the 2012 Defense Appropriations Act that would authorize the Purple Heart Medal for the victims of both the Fort Hood attack and the attack on Soldiers in Arkansas in 2009.
That was one of 32 provisions in the bill that president rejected. In a report from the Office of Management and Budget, keeping the provision for the Purple Hearts would cause the president to veto the bill.
“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 veto threat states. “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” (http://bit.ly/K8otuM).
On June 1, 2009, Muslim convert Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, who had spent time in Yemen and was an avowed jihadist, killed one soldier and wounded another in a drive-by shooting on a military recruiting office in Little Rock. He pleaded guilty to murder, avoiding trial and the death penalty, and was sentenced to life in prison.
If these Soldiers were in Iraq or Afghanistan and were shot and killed simply because of the uniforms they wore, there would be no question they would receive the Purple Heart. These Soldiers were standing in Texas and Arkansas, but were still killed by a Muslim extremist simply because of the uniform they wore and what that uniform represented.
According to Army Regulation 600-8-22, among the conditions for which the Purple Heart Medal is authorized reads:
"The Purple Heart is awarded in the name of the President of the United States and per 10 USC 1131, effective 19 May 1998, is limited to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who, while serving under component authority in any capacity with one of the U.S. Armed Services after 5 April 1917, has been wounded or killed, or who has died or may hereafter die after being wounded.
A member described in this subsection is a member who is killed or wounded in action by weapon fire while directly engaged in armed conflict, other than as the result of an act of an enemy of the United States, unless (in the case of a wound) the wound is the result of willful misconduct of the member."
The regulation continues..."It is not intended that such a strict interpretation of the requirement for the wound or injury to be caused by direct result of hostile action be taken that it would preclude the award being made to deserving personnel. Commanders must also take into consideration the circumstances surrounding an injury, even if it appears to meet the criteria."
Unfortunately for these brave Soldiers, the circumstances surrounding their deaths and wounds were that they ran didn't fit into President Obama's narrative that terrorism perpetrated by Muslim extremists doesn't exist.
The Associated Press
FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2009, file photo, a memorial to victims of the Fort Hood shooting is shown before the start of a memorial service, to be attended by President Barack Obama, at Fort Hood, Texas.
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JIHAD IN AMERICA
Obama betrays victims of Fort Hood terror
Exclusive: William Murray hopes a President Romney would award Purple Heartsby William Murray
Will Gov. Mitt Romney reverse the decision of President Barack Hussein Obama and issue the Purple Heart to the victims of the jihad attack on Fort Hood in 2009?
The day before the general election, Nov 5, is the third anniversary of the jihad attack by Maj. Nidal Hasan at Fort Hood, Texas. Thirteen of our service members, as well as one unborn baby, died under Hasan’s gunfire. None of our service personnel was armed, making them easy targets as Hasan screamed “Allah Akbar!” and began shooting.
Barack Obama and his Department of Defense insist Hasan’s attack was mere “workplace violence” and was “isolated” and therefore not terrorism or combat. Yet President Obama ordered the assassination of Hasan’s jihadist partner and instructor in the attack, American-born al-Qaida collaborator Anwar al-Awlaki. A CIA drone killed al-Awlaki and several others in Yemen in September 2011. It was the first execution ever of a U.S. citizen without trial by our government.
If Maj. Nidal Hasan acted alone and the jihad attack at Fort Hood was mere “workplace violence,” why was retribution required on al-Awlaki? Because the killing wasn’t retribution at all; it was because Obama needed to shut al-Awlaki up and stop his bragging about the attack on Fort Hood. With al-Awlaki taking credit for the shooting, Obama could not classify it as “workplace violence.” All those involved other than Hasan had to be eliminated.
The Joint Chiefs of the military wanted al-Awlaki dead as well, not because of the current threat he posed, but because of how embarrassed they were for having welcomed him as an honored guest and speaker at the Pentagon shortly after the 9/11 jihad attack.
Although three of the hijackers of American Airlines Flight 77 that slammed into the Pentagon were associated with al-Awlaki, the red carpet was rolled out to him and other radical Muslims in Virginia shortly after the attack, in a striking example of political correctness. It would have been akin to Franklin Roosevelt asking the Japanese ambassador to lunch at the White House the day after Pearl Harbor.
The families of the dead and the living victims are so furious with the “workplace violence” designation and resulting reduced compensation that they have filed a $750 million lawsuit against the federal government. The lawsuit is more about the refusal of the Purple Hearts and the stealing of honor than about money, but compensation is an issue as well.
The living victims and the families of the dead have formed an organization called The Truth About Fort Hood and have produced a striking video in which those who were there, including the officer who was in a final gunfight with Hasan, speak out.
The video is located at the organization’s website.
Mitt Romney needs to make it clear before Nov. 6 that he will order the Department of Defense to change the designation of the jihad attack against Fort Hood from “workplace violence” to what it actually was, Islamic terror. Voters who care about those who serve our nation in the military and who believe our government should be truthful about terror rather than politically correct are watching the two candidates on this issue. Fort Hood matters!
It was there, surrounded by our heroes that US Army Major Nidal Hasan opened fire. Eye witness reports state that he was shouting "Allah Akbar" as he gunned down and killed 13 Soldiers and civilians, including a pregnant woman and wounded another 31.