Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Defense Department Classifies Ft. Hood Massacre As 'Workplace Violence'

Unbelievable. Obviously, they got direct orders from the White House on this one:

Sen. Susan Collins on Wednesday blasted the Defense Department for classifying the Fort Hood massacre as workplace violence and suggested political correctness is being placed above the security of the nation's Armed Forces at home.

During a joint session of the Senate and House Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday, the Maine Republican referenced a letter from the Defense Department depicting the Fort Hood shootings as workplace violence. She criticized the Obama administration for failing to identify the threat as radical Islam.

13 people were murdered along with an unborn child and dozens were wounded at the Ft. Hood base in 2009 by jihadi Major Nidal Hasan, an Army psychiatrist and self described 'Palestinian' who was promoted through the ranks even after his superiors noted various outbursts of his in favor of jihad and Islamism.

And the Defense Department makes no mention of jihad or Islam and classifies it as 'workplace violence' like a shoving match out in a corporate parking lot?

Senator Collins is a reliably Liberal voice in the Senate, and even she couldn't stomach this.

This dovetails interestingly with Rep. Peter King's (R-NY) fourth series of Congressional hearings on Radical Islam.

"There is a serious threat within the military from people who have enlisted who are radical jihadists," King said. "The Defense Department is very concerned about them. They feel they're a threat to the military both for what they can do within the military itself and also because of the weapons skills they acquire while they're in the military."

According to Rep. King's report, 6,024 servicemen of Muslim faith have served honorably since 9/11 and 14 of them have been killed in action, all in Iraq:

Of course, while we should honor the thousands of Muslim Americans who have served honorably – and the 14 who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country – that doesn’t mean we can ignore the very real threat of homegrown terror in the military. As Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan and Army Pvt. Naser Abdo have shown, radicalization puts all of our troops at risk – including Muslim American service members. According to the committee report, “The Committee’s Majority Staff has reason to believe that the actual number of radicalized troops is far more than publicly realized or acknowledged.”

The report continues:

But a particularly insidious aspect of the homegrown terror threat remains radicalized troops who target their fellow brothers and sisters in arms, without regard to their faith. The Committee’s Majority Staff has determined that nine or more Muslim-Americans who are current, former or would-be military insiders have been convicted since 2001 or stand charged with national security crimes. An additional two Muslim-Americans convicted of planning terrorist attacks against military targets inside the U.S. had earlier tried and failed to join police departments or the FBI and CIA.

Yet our own Defense Department continues to ignore the obvious.

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