The trial of the Fort Hood shooter, Major Nidal Hasan, begins today.
Almost four years ago, Hasan opened fire at the military base in Fort Hood, killing 13 people and wounding 32 others. It was the worst non-combat attack on a military base in US history.
The shooting remains disheartening and controversial for many reasons, one of which being the fact that the Obama administration insists on labeling the shooting as nothing more than “workplace violence.” However, there is plenty of evidence to show that this was more than that: This was an act of terrorism in the name of radical Islam. The Obama administration doesn't want to recognize this fact, even though we know the following.
- At the time of the attack, Hasan allegedly shouted “Allahu Akbar”
- The FBI office in Washington was aware that Hasan had exchanged emails with Anwar al-Awlaki, the radical Islamic cleric who was later killed by the US in a drone strike
- Hasan, a Muslim, has declared the United States an enemy to Islam.
- He wanted to use the “defense of others” defense, claiming that his shooting was merely a justified reaction to the United States killing Muslims abroad, particularly in Afghanistan.
- Excerpts from Hasan's Sanity Board evaluation were released to the Fox News, where he appears to be quoted as saying: “We are imperfect Muslims, trying to establish the perfect religion of all-mighty Allah as supreme on the land.”
In other words, the motivations of Hasan are pretty darn evident. He hasn't hid his reasoning as to why he shot American soldiers. Yet the Obama administration still considers this an incident of “workplace violence.” This is an outrage to many. In fact, more than 130 people, including victims of the shooting, have joined in a lawsuit to sue the federal government for damages. They argue that Hasan's radicalization was known but ignored because of “political correctness.”
This administration has a history of ignoring facts in the face of political correctness and radical Islam. It seems willing to deny truth and facts at the expense of American lives. Just look at the belabored attempt by this administration to convince us that al Qaeda has been decimated and is on the run, only to leave four Americans to die in Benghazi.
What's also infuriating to many, particularly the victims, is the willingness of the government to coddle Hasan. For example, he has been allowed to grow a beard, even though the Army forbids it. A local NBC affiliate points out that Hasan has received extraordinary treatment while in jail, including helicopter rides to and from the jail thanks to taxpayer dollars. He has also continued to receive his military salary, collecting close to $300,000 since the shooting. While this is military protocol, some have pointed out that if civilians work for the defense department and are accused of a crime for which a sentence of imprisonment may be imposed, they could see their pay suspended after just seven days. Why not consider that in this case?
The real injustice lies in the fact that while Hasan collects his salary, the victims and the families of the victims of his shooting are denied certain benefits and military decorations because of the Obama administration's insistence that this was not an act of terrorism.
Hasan will be representing himself at the trial and given the chance to cross-examine victims of his own shooting. In his opening statement, he said the evidence will show that he is the shooter. He also apologized for any “mistakes” he's made as an imperfect Muslim, but did not apologize for filling American soldiers.