Friday, December 23, 2011

Major Hasan's Ft. Hood shooting rampage -

Terrorist attack, or 'workplace violence'?

Part of a three-pronged effort to detect and prevent Islamic theats, Rep. John Carter introduced a resolution to give recognition to the November, 2009, shooting attack on unarmed soldiers and civilians as a terrorist attack.

The Obama Administration last week wrote to the Senate Homeland Security Committee that "the Department (of Defense) has advanced several initiatives to deter, detect, and respond to violent extremism in the force. The documents attached illustrate how the Department is dealing with the threat of violent Islamist extremism in the context of a broader threat of workplace violence."

"This is a blatant case of political correctness denying reality to the detriment of the victims and families of those who were killed and wounded in the attack on Fort Hood," said Rep. Carter. "There is no justification for denying these casualties the same combat status as those at the Pentagon on 9-11, other than to deny that a radical Islamic terrorist with connections to Al Qaeda attacked our soldiers at Fort Hood." Mr. Carter represents the district that encompasses Killeen and the Ft. Hood area.

Mr. Carter also introduced amendments to the Defense Authorization Act to give added protection to whistle blowers who report violent activity or threats of violence by Islamic adherents and to provide an “Active Shooter” program for active duty personnel who may need to respond to a similar attack in the future.

Military personnel serve under general orders to carry no firearms, ammunition, or unauthorized weapons while on board military installations.

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