DoD refuses Purple Hearts to Fort Hood survivors; cites trial risks

I am not following the Pentagon's "logic" in this matter - probably because there is a severe lack of it. This is the reason they are citing for not granting Purple Hearts to the survivors of Major Hasan's terrorist attack: "The Army objects to (the proposal) because it would undermine the prosecution of Major Nidal Hasan by materially and directly compromising Major Hasan's ability to receive a fair trial. This provision will be viewed as setting the stage for a formal declaration that Major Hasan is a terrorist, on what is now the eve of trial. Such a situation, prior to trial, would fundamentally compromise the fairness and due process of the pending trial," the document said.   It continues: "Moreover, the effect of such an act by Congress would be to deprive the victims of these crimes the right to see justice done." By calling Hasan a terrorist this will prevent him from getting a fair trial? What kind of nonsense is that? I suppose we shouldn't have...(Read Full Post)