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    Congress to overrule Pentagon on Ft Hood Shooting

    Congress to overrule Pentagon on Ft Hood Shooting
    By: Steven H Ahle
    Texas lawmakers are about to introduce the "Honoring the Fort Hood Heroes Act." (HFHHA) The HFHHA would change the "workplace violence" label the Obama administration put on it and change it to an act of terror. That would give the victims the same benefits any other soldier gets when he is killed or wounded in battle.
    It's bad enough when you are victimized by someone who would not have been there if their government wasn't so inept that they didn't stop Hassan a full 2 years before the Ft Hood shooting but it's doubly bad when your country turns its back on you. The HFHHA will make amends for that.
    Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas; Rep. John Carter, R-Texas; and Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, plan to announce the legislation in Killeen, Texas. Rep John Carter, was quoted as saying, "Now that Hasan is convicted and has been sentenced, I promise to pursue every avenue to promote the cause of our soldiers and their families. As the federal representative for Fort Hood, I will not abandon this fight until it is won."
    Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee said:
    "Hasan yelled 'Allahu Akbar' as he attacked Americans and claimed his rampage was in defense of the Taliban. His attack was an act of terrorism, not simply workplace violence, and we must continue to pursue justice for those wounded and the families of those killed by not only seeing this sentence carried out, but also by ensuring they receive the full benefits they deserve."
    Hasan had said several times that he killed the soldiers to save the lives of Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters. The change in designation makes a huge difference in both money and benefits. Staff Sgt. Shawn Manning, who was wounded in the attack said he and his fellow soldiers were still "fighting the government and the Army to call this an act of terrorism."
    "It's like a slap in the face."
    A similar bill was defeated by the democrats in an earlier vote.
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    I hope they win. It will correct at least one of the long string of atrocities the Obama administration has committed.
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  5. Lets us hope that those who voted this down earlier, now after the trial will see the error of their ways and give they brave miltary soldiers and their families the respect they deserve by honoring them as victims of a terror attack.

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    Only seven co-sponsors at this time, has been referred to the Armed Services committee, chaired by Carl Levin - which means the bill is DOA.

    However, it can't hurt for all of us to contact the members of the committees in both the senate and house to try to get action on it.

    Here are the names of the members of the senate committee:

    Levin, Carl (MI) , Chairman
    Reed, Jack (RI)
    Nelson, Bill (FL)
    McCaskill, Claire (MO)
    Udall, Mark (CO)
    Hagan, Kay R. (NC)
    Manchin, Joe (WV)
    Shaheen, Jeanne (NH)
    Gillibrand, Kirsten E. (NY)
    Blumenthal, Richard (CT)
    Donnelly, Joe (IN)
    Hirono, Mazie K. (HI)
    Kaine, Tim (VA)
    King, Angus S. (ME)
    Inhofe, James M. (OK), Ranking Member
    McCain, John (AZ)
    Sessions, Jeff (AL)
    Chambliss, Saxby (GA)
    Wicker, Roger F. (MS)
    Ayotte, Kelly (NH)
    Fischer, Deb (NE)
    Graham, Lindsey (SC)
    Vitter, David (LA)
    Blunt, Roy (MO)
    Lee, Mike (UT)
    Cruz, Ted (TX)

    Similar bill was introduced in the house, and it has 119 co-sponsors. Referred to the house armed services committee and house oversight and gov't reform committees - two committees, both have to approve the bill before it can be referred to the full House. They don't want this bill to survive. These links will take you to the pages of each committee so you can contact the members:

    House Committee on Armed Services - GovTrack.us
    House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform - GovTrack.us

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    ezkl2230 Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by nosreme View Post
    The bill is for show and will deservedly fail. The Ft Hood murders were tragic but it wasn't combat and Hassan wasn't an enemy combatant. Both are military and legal terms of art with huge implications in both domestic and international law, and for military operations. Diluting what "combat" means would be an exceptionally ill-advised thing to do. This entire area is not one where the country wants to be experimenting with the boundaries of the law of unintended consequences. "Workplace violence" vs "terrorism" is a red herring.
    It has already failed at least once.

  8. Quote Originally Posted by ezkl2230 View Post
    It has already failed at least once.
    Yeah, I could have done a better job clarifying that's in part what I was referring to in the first sentence. Thanks.

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