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Fort Hood Was a Large-Scale Attack on the United States by The Elephant's Child


Major Nidal Malik Hasan proposes to defend himself in the trial where he stands accused of murdering 13 people at Fort Hood, Texas in 2009. He plans to argue that he acted in defense of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan — the Taliban.  He will defend not only himself, but the leadership of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as a “Soldier of Allah” when he opened fire on dozens of American citizens and soldiers, killing and maiming as many as he could while shouting “Allahu Akbar.” He killed 13, including a pregnant soldier, and wounded 32 others in his rampage against soldiers being processed to be deployed to Afghanistan. In other words, he committed an act of terror on behalf of an enemy of the United States.

Sort of puts paid to that bit about it being only “workplace violence” doesn’t it?

On May 23, in a major national security speech, just a month after the April 15  Boston Marathon bombing, President Obama credited his administration for “(changing) the course of the war against al Qaeda.”He added “There have been no large-scale attacks on the United States and our homeland is more secure.”

Because the administration insisted on calling this “incident” workplace violence, those wounded have been denied the benefits that would accrue to a soldier injured in an act of terror or a battle overseas. Staff Sergeant Shawn Manning was shot six times by Hassan. The “workplace violence” designation has cost him almost $70,000 in benefits.

Kimberly Munley was one of two police officers who confronted Hasan when he opened fire, and was shot 3 times. Her partner Sgt. Mark Todd fired the five bullets that brought Hassan down. She was invited to sit next to First Lady Michelle Obama at the 2010 State of the Union speech, but that sort of thing is just for show. She said “betrayed is a good word” to describe her feelings after being laid off from her job with the base’s civilian police force.  The victims have been neglected. Major Hasan, on the other hand, has received all of his pay as a military psychiatrist, while in prison.

President Barack O’Blameless ended the threat of terrorism by authorizing the Seals to go after Osama bin Laden. They even made a movie about his triumph. But dang, these unpleasant things like Benghazi and Boston and now Syria keep popping up and are really hard to completely ignore. “Workplace Violence” just doesn’t cover it.


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How can he be paid when he is not performing his work? So if I shoot the dentist I work for (which is obviously a work place violence because he really gets under my skin) and go to prison I will still be receiving my full pay?


Comment by Zuzana Dratovnikova Livingstone

Unfortunately, you are probably out of luck. Major Hasan is still officially in the military, until he is tried and convicted or court-martialed. I think he even got a raise. It has been 4 years, I don’t know why it takes so long for the trial.


Comment by The Elephant's Child

He shouldn’t be receiving ALL his pay… since he is under charge, he should be just getting his base pay for his rate (O-4, with no special add-ons for his medical specialty or housing; also, as an officer awaiting courts-martial, he is getting no credit for years served – meaning he is at base. True, that still comes to around $4350.00 a month, but if convicted, the Army will take back about 2/3 of that.)


Comment by Lon Mead

I didn’t know the Army would take back part of it. The amount reported that he was still receiving was startling, and didn’t I hear that he also got a medal of some kind? I do understand that the military is a vast bureaucracy, but how come it has taken four years to even get close to bringing him to trial. Oh, I remember, it was the beard. It does seem shameful that the catastrophe was labeled a “workplace violence” incident and depriving those injured and killed of their rights.


Comment by The Elephant's Child

Part of the reason it’s taken so long is that it WAS labelled “Workplace violence”. If it had been called an act of terror, Hasan would have been stripped of his rank immediately. As it is, he is still accorded the deference to his rank as required by the UCMJ.


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