They never learn: DOD classifies Ft. Hood massacre as ‘workplace violence’

Posted by: ST on December 7, 2011 at 6:20 pm

Here we go again:

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.

Thirteen people were killed and dozens more wounded at Fort Hood in 2009, and the number of alleged plots targeting the military has grown significantly since then. Lawmakers said there have been 33 plots against the U.S. military since Sept. 11, 2001, and 70 percent of those threats have been since mid-2009.  Major Nidal Hasan, a former Army psychiatrist, who is being held for the attacks, allegedly was inspired by radical U.S.-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen in late September. The two men exchanged as many as 20 emails, according to U.S. officials, and Awlaki declared Hasan a hero.

The chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, Connecticut independent Sen. Joe Lieberman, said the military has become a “direct target of violent Islamist extremism” within the United States.

“The stark reality is that the American service member is increasingly in the terrorists’ scope and not just overseas in a traditional war setting,” Lieberman told Fox News before the start of Wednesday’s hearing.

As I noted back in February, you had to read between the lines of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee’s report on the Ft. Hood murders to find out that even they concluded forced political correctness in the US military was greatly enabled Major Nidal Hasan to rise within the ranks and eventually murder 13 and injure 32. all in the name of “Allah.”  At the time, Jon Ham put a finer point on the report’s conclusions:

And why did the FBI and the Army “fail” in their responsibilities to notify the relevant authorities that a Muslim nutjob was operating in their midsts? Because they would have been crucified on the cross of insensitivity and political incorrectness in an atmosphere encouraged by Congress and almost every other institution in American live over the past 30 years.

The real culprit in not identifying the danger of Hasan is the far left, which has preached multiculturalism and identity politics since the 1980s. Any criticism of one of their privileged minorities, racial or religious, has immediately been branded racism. The FBI and the Army, to their discredit, cowed to this insanity, and the loss of life by the likes of Hasan is the result.

I get it, he gets it, you get it, and the families of the victims get it, too:

Nov. 10, 2011: In what could be the first step toward a massive federal lawsuit, 83 people —victims of the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood and family members of those killed in the attack — have filed administrative claims against the U.S. government alleging willful negligence and seeking about $750 million in damages.

The claimants include family members of eight of the 13 people killed during the rampage, the worst shooting ever on an American military installation.

The claims allege that the federal agencies bowed to “political correctness” in ignoring warning signs regarding Maj. Nidal Hasan, the Army psychiatrist facing 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the shooting. Witnesses have said Hasan, who was scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan shortly after the shooting, shouted “Allahu Akbar” — an Arabic refrain meaning “God is greatest” and something of a war cry for Muslim terrorists — before opening fire inside Fort Hood’s Soldier Readiness Processing Center, killing 12 soldiers and one civilian and wounding more than 30.

The claims cite a February U.S. Senate report by Sens. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, which concluded that Hasan was a “ticking time bomb” and that federal agencies failed to take action against Hasan despite mounting evidence that the psychiatrist, born in Virginia to Palestinian parents, was embracing radical Islam.

According to officials, Hasan had been in email contact with al Qaeda leader Anwar Al-Awlaki, who was recently killed in a U.S. drone attack in Yemen. But FBI officials ultimately dismissed the communications as legitimate research and failed to inform Hasan’s superiors, the Senate report said.

“It is a sad commentary on our avowed war on terror that the government deliberately refused to take even minimal steps to neutralize the clear threat posed by Hasan,” New York attorney Neal Sher, who is representing the claimants, said in a statement. “It is a tragic irony that our government sought out and killed (Awlaki), while Hasan was promoted in the Army and put in a position to carry out his murderous terror attack.”

The question remains: When will our government get it?

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11 Responses to “They never learn: DOD classifies Ft. Hood massacre as ‘workplace violence’”


  1. Chris Bennett says:

    If Hasan had been a terrible shot or his gun had jammed, he’d have probably gotten sentenced to “sensitivity training”. Or his superiors and co-workers would have, for alienating him to such a violent extent.

  2. Carlos says:

    In other news, a new report from the FAA concludes that the damages to the WTC Twin Towers and to the Pentagon on 9/11/01 were obviously due to “pilot error,” while the wreck of a fourth airliner in an isolated field in Pennsylvania was due to passengers interfering with the activities of the pilot and his crew.

    The President, his administration, the Lame Stream media and all leftists/statists welcome this change in the government’s official position, citing “extreme insensitivity” to the muslims who happened to be piloting each airliner noted above.


  3. Great White Rat says:

    Chris, just be happy that the victims’ families aren’t being dragged off to sensitivity training – yet – for daring to notice the obvious.

    As for the central question:

    When will our government get it?

    That will happen when we get an administration that is committed to wiping out political correctness in favor of objective reality, is willing to go through the records of the various agencies and fire every single PC devotee, and is ready to post clear and unambiguous rules that only the FACTS matter in all cases for all government agencies, and if anyone is offended by the facts, it’s too damned bad.

  4. Carlos says:

    The problem is, GWR, that “facts” as recognized by the left-leaning statists that run most government agencies now (federal through local) are what fits with the liberal mindset.

    How else do you think the “fact” of AGW could be grasp in a death-hug by the left? No scientific evidence, no empirical evidence on which to base their conclusions, only statistics that can be, have been and will be used to trumpet the coming New Ice Age just as easily as they have used them to promote the fear of AGW. The only “facts” government bureaucracies recognize are those that “promote the general welfare” (i.e.- promote them keeping and expanding their jobs and authority.)

  5. Neo says:

    “They were giving themselves a license to legally lie,” Senator Grassley deadpanned. “This was supposed to be the most transparent administration we’ve ever seen. Well, they’re not.”

    This Administration is at least as rotten as that of Richard Nixon.

  6. John Bibb says:

    More people died in the 9/11/2001 Jihadi attack on the Twin Towers than died at Pearl Harbor 70 years ago. The response long ago was to find and kill the murderers and their Ilk / enablers no matter how long or how many lives it took. Payback was complete 5 years later.
    And the Jihadis we catch are still living large at GITMO. It should have been done in the way FDR handled the Nazi saboteurs who landed on our shores in 1942. Within 2 months they had been interrogated, tried by a military tribunal, and all but 2 executed in the electric chair.
    Freedom and Liberty are not a suicide pact with our enemies. The only rights the Jihadis should have is a speedy trial and quick death if found guilty. The U.S.A. is an international joke thanks to Comrade Obama and His liberal / socialist / statist / marxist / communist Regime. He treats our countries enemies better than He treats the American Taxpayers and victims of the murderers.

  7. Jay Stevens says:

    A side issue:
    Anyone else notice that Sen. Collins is moving back toward the center to prepare for her reelction campaign in a couple of years?

  8. Drew the Infidel says:

    This administration is transparent alright. I have been able to see right through them from day one.

  9. Carlos says:

    Why is it that every administration since the beginning of Teddy R’s has been convinced that they have to protect the turf because they’re the only ones capable of fighting whatever monster it is that has been created by them or by circumstance? And descending to that level of thinking has created more problems than would ever be seen if the administrations had just gone about doing their constitutional duty instead of covering up whatever nefarious criminality they’ve gotten themselves into.

  10. Miroco says:

    My friends, and you are MY friends, I fear you missed the actual worthy of note point. The commie administration actually became so ridiculous they annoyed Susan Collins, next thing you know they will motivate Olympia to cast a conservative vote—the pinkos were doing so well today, finding a Newtie girlfriend from thirty two years ago—(if somebody accused ME of having an affair thirty two years ago I could only reply “Thanks for the Memories”.

  11. Carlos says:

    Thirty-two years ago? Wasn’t that when casual sex was not only expected by the reigning soft-hearts/soft-heads, but was demanded?

    My, how political correctness changes, day-to-day and year-to-year.