October 18, 2012
Fort Hood and the ElectionBy Lee DeCovnick
My liberal friends and family often ask what's the source of my passion to see Mitt Romney defeat Barack Obama. They never like the answer.
Pvt. Francheska Velez.
Pvt. Francheska Velez, 21, an Army bomb disposal specialist who served in Iraq was three months pregnant when Major Nidal Hasan deliberately shot her in the abdomen during the murderous rampage at Ft. Hood. Screaming in agony, her final words were "My baby, my baby."
Witnesses in the Article 32 hearing in 2010 testified that a man in an Army combat uniform stood by a front counter, shouted "Allahu Akbar!"("God is great!") and started shooting. Major Hasan also had 20 "email communications with senior al-Qaeda recruiter and Yemen-based cleric Anwar al-Awlaki."
It has been 153 weeks, or almost three years, since the Ft. Hood murders on November 5, 2009 and Major Hasan's court-martial has still not begun. Justice for the victims and their families has not only been criminally delayed, but the integrity of the UCMJ (Uniform Code of Military Justice) and its processes have been damaged. Don't expect any MSM coverage on the three-year anniversary of the shootings, a day before the presidential election.
(Did Major Hasan specifically choose November 5th, 2009 to memorialize terrorism just prior to the 2012 election? Remember the Madrid bombings?)
From Time magazine, November 13, 2009,
From the moment Major Nidal Malik Hasan was recognized as the alleged assailant in the killings of 13 soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas, a complex, keenly balanced legal process kicked in: the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). The code demands both speed and balance, experts say, and sets up the process for a court-martial that would have the 39-year-old Army psychiatrist judged by a jury of his fellow officers not for what motivated him but simply for what he did.
Justice is likely to be speedy. The UCMJ has no provision for bail and the prosecution is required to bring its case to trial in 120 days. Hasan has probably already been notified of his rights under Article 12 of the UCMJ, which is similar to the Miranda warning given to civilians. Article 12, however, preceded Miranda by 11 years and is more restrictive.
Obviously, just weeks after the shooting Time had not yet gotten the memo telling the Obama media, Democrats with a byline, to bury the story, ignore the delays and frivolous appeals, and continue to fill their pages with Kim Kardashian photos and "American Idol" results. Any admitted incidents of domestic (Islamic) terrorism were a non-starter if Obama was to be re-elected in 2012.
Before leaving for the Memorial Day  recess, the House set up a showdown with President Obama and the Senate with Friday's passage of the National Defense Authorization Act.
Three days before the $642.5 billion spending bill passed 299-120, the Office of Management and Budget released a statement of administration policy on the bill, threatening a veto if numerous provisions remained in the legislation.
"If the cumulative effects of the bill impede the ability of the Administration to execute the new defense strategy and to properly direct scarce resources, the President's senior advisors would recommend to the President that he veto the bill," the OMB warned, stressing this with underlined text.
The statement then outlined some of "a number" of "concerns" -- 32, to be exact -- including limitations on nuclear force reduction and a provision to block repatriated Guantanamo detainees from traveling to the U.S. No. 26 on the list of veto-worthy offenses is objection to awarding Purple Hearts to the victims of the Fort Hood and Little Rock shootings.
"The Administration objects to section 552, which would grant Purple Hearts to the victims of the shooting incidents in Fort Hood, Texas, and Little Rock, Arkansas," the veto threat states. "The criminal acts that occurred in Little Rock were tried by the State of Arkansas as violations of the State criminal code rather than as acts of terrorism; as a result, this provision could create appellate issues."
On June 1, 2009, Muslim convert Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, who had spent time in Yemen and was an avowed jihadist, killed one soldier and wounded another in a drive-by shooting on a military recruiting office in Little Rock. He pleaded guilty to murder, avoiding trial and the death penalty, and was sentenced to life in prison.
What utter rubbish! We can clearly see the deceitful politics coming from this allegedly caring Administration. How delightfully charming that B.H. Obama is so concerned about upholding some unspecified law regarding appellate issues in a lethal terrorist... er... "man-caused disaster."
From Truth Before Dishonor:
....the Secretary of the Army has the authority, upon written evaluation, to determine that the attack at Fort Hood meets the criteria for an "international terrorist attack." He has not yet done so.
....... "In the wake of the brutal September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, the Federal Government set a historical precedent when it awarded the victims of those attacks who were members of the Armed Forces with the Purple Heart medal and the victims of those attacks who were civilian employees of the Department of Defense with the Secretary of Defense Medal for the Defense of Freedom." [Emphasis added] But, thus far, the Department of Defense has not classified the Fort Hood massacre as enemy action which would qualify the dead and wounded for the Purple Heart. (maybe they're still trying to figure out if Major Hasan, who was wounded by security personnel, is eligible.)
Not an enemy action? Really? Unbelievable, that military victims of 9/11 got Purple Hearts and the soldiers at Ft. Hood didn't.
This president and his political lapdogs currently use the term "workplace violence" in regards to the murders at Ft. Hood. "Workplace violence," is such a banal and Orwellian phrase. Banal and Orwellian are also the quintessential metaphors of this Administration's inner thoughts and goals.
Actually there were 14 dead at Ft. Hood. Take a moment to read Ken Blackwell's exhaustively researched American Thinker article on this subject.
From Fox News:
Lawmakers Blast Administration For Calling Fort Hood Massacre 'Workplace Violence"
Sen. Susan Collins on Wednesday [December 7th, 2011] 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.
"The documents attached illustrate how the Department is dealing with the threat of violent Islamist extremism in the context of a broader threat of workplace violence," read the letter, which was obtained by Fox News.
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.
Asymmetric warfare refers to the military strategy behind these low level attacks. Islamic jihadists, in America, have killed thousands of Americans. We simply cannot wish them away. At the very least they must be carefully tracked, exposed and, um... rendered incapable of doing harm.
Americans should be demanding swift justice on behalf of the families of all the victims. Without a doubt, this commander-in-chief must be held personally accountable for the allowing this particular court-martial to be twisted, delayed, delayed and further delayed for base political calculations. This president has repeatedly proven to be an adept sociopath, throwing folks "under the bus" to cover his hard left progressive agenda, furthering his accumulation of extra-Constitutional authority, and quietly promoting his pro-Islamic timetable for America. This country deserves much better than this president.
President Lincoln's prophetic words still ring true for Pvt. Francheska Velez, her unborn child and the other 12 soldiers killed at Ft. Hood:
It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain-that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom-and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
Only 20 days until our national election.
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