Skip to comments.Pentagon will not label Fort Hood shootings as terrorist attack (Hasan must get fair trial)
Posted on 10/22/2012 5:18:38 PM PDT by markomalley
Already facing intense scrutiny for its shifting narrative about the assault on the U.S. Consulate in Libya, the Pentagon now says it will not reclassify the Fort Hood shootings as a terrorist attack over concern about biasing the case against the gunman an argument that is getting a mixed review from legal experts.
Late Friday, after 160 victims of the Fort Hood shooting called on the Pentagon to label the attack terrorism instead of workplace violence as it has for the past three years, the Department of Defense said it would not reclassify the attack.
In rejecting the victims outcry, Defense Secretary Leon Panettas spokesman cited concern that having the government weigh in could bias the case against Mr. Hasan. Maj. Hasan, 42 is awaiting trial and faces the death penalty if convicted.
When asked how Mr. Panetta plans to respond to the victims, his spokesman took a day and a half to respond, eventually emailing a statement Friday night.
The Department of Defense is committed to the integrity of the ongoing court martial proceedings of Major Nadal Hassan and for that reason will not further characterize, at this time, the incident that occurred at Fort Hood on November 5, 2009, Pentagon spokesman George Little said in the statement. Major Hassan has been charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder, and 32 counts of attempted murder. As with all pending UCMJ matters, the accused is innocent until proven guilty.
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I'm not sure what this terrorism is thing is.
I'm not sure what this "terrorism" thing is.
Only workplace violence.
Nothing to see here, except the 14 dead, including a prenatal infant, and dozens wounded.
Move along, now, move along ...
This excuse is CYA for the fairies at the Pentagon. If they call it a terrorist attack, heads in the Pentagon would have to roll because of their bull**** political correctness. “Workplace violence” makes it where those sorry bass turds won’t have to explain to Americans what our enemy was doing an U.S. Army uniform.
I would think a ‘fair trial’ implies that the actions be judged on the basis for what they werei.e., blatant terrorism.
Indeed: it would be far more useful for it to be called an act of war committed by a traitor than for it to be called "terrorism", and to issue the wounded and the dead Purple Hearts.
A civilian could be charged with terrorism for doing the same thing on a city street. Is terrorism by an Army officer on a military base against military personnel an less of a crime? If the definition of terrorism is the same, the jurisdiction shouldn’t matter and the “suspect” should be charged with that offense, judged guilty, and executed.
Panetta has no balls, just like the rest of this administration.
The Pentagon will not label the shooting as a terrorist act because they have been ordered not to by Obama.
Who do they think they are Bullsheiting?
The Pentagon is screwing those dead out of benefits those, living out of Purple Hearts,because their Commander In Chief does not want his Muslim friends blamed, and these political Pentagon suck butts know it, and are covering for him.
Studies have found over 100 definitions of terrorism.
The concept of terrorism may itself be controversial as it is often used by state authorities (and individuals with access to state support) to delegitimize political or other opponents, and potentially legitimize the state's own use of armed force against opponents (such use of force may itself be described as "terror" by opponents of the state)."
Uh, it only takes about an hour to shave the Jihadi rather tahn dragging teh issue out for weeks.
Four years is WAY too long for a trial that is fair to the victims to be completed.
I agree completely.
So, if I went through Ft. Hood yelling some horse hockey about Allah, the MPs wouldn’t handcuff me and throw me in jail for terroristic threats? I - don’t - think - so.
I have not heard Romney's position on the Ft. Hood terrorist attack.....
I notice that Osama Bin Laden and Momar Gaddafi didn’t get fair trials.
Saddam Hussein did get a fair trial, by the way.
Obama’s foreign policies have been decidedly PRO-Islamist. He ain’t gonna stand up against domestic terrorists. He denies any have happened on his watch. He’s a fifth columnist sitting in the damned White House.
This is all baloney. The guy should have been given a death sentence months ago. I believe the high ranks of the military including the jurors and chief judge in the Akin(?) court martial and all the way up to Gen. Dempsey are shills for Islam and the Muslims that have wormed into top government posts. My concern is what if anything Romney will do to rectify the situation.
Why the surprise? It is widely known that Zero’s administration has done everything it can to erase the words “terrorism” and “islamic extremism” from the English vocabulary.
Four years on the public dole drawing a salary and medical care AND still refusing to shave his non-regulation beard.
Obama sides with this human piece of crap.
He admitted he did it. There are a large number of witnesses who saw him do it. There is ballistic evidence he did it.
Hell, they should be able try and convict him in 30 minutes.
The problem, I guess, is they are trying him for the wrong thing. They SHOULD be trying him as an unlawful enemy combatant, instead of for murder. If they call it “Terrorism” then they’d have to change the entire trial.