Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Ft. Hood Victims Sue Obama Administration

Families and victims of the jihad attack in 2009 at the Fort Hood military base in Texas have filed a wrongful death suit against the U.S. government, the accused killer Major Nidal Hasan and the estate of Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born imam who was part of al-Qaeda's Yemen operation. Anwar al-Awlaki was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen last year.

Since the Army under ordes from the Obama Administration has dubbed this 'workplace violence' rather than a terrorist attack, the victims and their families have had trouble accessing benefits they're entitled to:

Survivors have expressed frustration about repeated delays over the past three years in bringing Hasan to trial. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces indefinitely postponed Hasan's court-martial last month pending further review.

The suit filed in U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia alleges that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and other officials disregarded the safety of soldiers and civilians at Fort Hood. It also alleges that they allowed Hasan to be in a position to open fire on the troops despite knowing he was a "radical extremist."

"The government seems to have gone out of its way to give the stiff arm to these victims. They have made their lives miserable," said attorney Neal Shur, who is the lead counsel in the case.

The lead plaintiff is Shawn Manning, who was an Army staff sergeant three years ago and was shot six times.

"The Army has refused to acknowledge this was a terrorist attack, and I have exhausted all other options," he said.{....}

The lawsuit includes allegations of civil conspiracy, gross negligence, assault and battery, due process violations and intentional misrepresentations.

Anwar al-Awlaki's estate is involved because an independent review headed by former FBI Director William Webster found that Hasan had exchanged e-mails with Awlaki, who encouraged him to fire on his fellow soldiers...and because he apparently may own some assets that can be attached and liquidated, I'd guess.

Amazing that the Obama Administration would go to these lengths to spare Muslim 'sensibilities' and hide its head in the sand.

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