Honoring the Ft. Hood victims

Rep. Carter, me, Rep. Flores in Killeen TX

Greetings from Killeen/Ft. Hood Texas where Rep. John Carter, Rep. Bill Flores and I just finished a press conference highlighting the issues surrounding the support and benefits to the victims of the November 5, 2009 terrorist attack at Ft. Hood.

Rep. Carter has spearheaded the effort behind HR 3111 (Honoring the Heroes of Ft. Hood Act), which will properly recognize those Ft. Hood victims. It is unconscionable that after the conviction of the jihadist traitor Nidal Hasan, the attack here is still referred to officially as “workplace violence.” HR 3111 is part of the House Armed Services Committee National Defense Authorization Act. It’s now sitting over in the Senate awaiting their action — and let’s make sure Harry Reid doesn’t strip out the language which will finally recognize Ft. Hood as a terror attack and grant Purple Hearts and subsequent benefits.

We need your voices stentorian to let the Senate know this MUST be included in their and the final version of the 2014 NDAA. We also must push for these benefits for Ft. Hood victims and families to be retroactive.

When you see the sickening VA scandal happening at this moment and realize we still haven’t properly cared for the victims and survivors of the Ft. Hood terrorist attack, it is beyond appalling. A military installation is a place where our warriors should find peace, solace, and respite to enjoy their families.

It was here at Ft. Hood that we lived on Coleman Rd and my youngest daughter Austen learned to ride a bike without training wheels in the parking lot behind the 4th Infantry Division headquarters — she then rode her bike back home with big sister Aubrey.

It is that sense of safety and security that was breached by Nidal Hasan, and political correctness has no place in this matter.

As well, it has been five years since the attack and the City of Killeen has undertaken efforts to build a memorial to the fallen. As a matter of fact, the press conference this morning was held at the site. The total cost of the memorial is $402,530 and they have raised 50 percent of the requisite funds. Killeen Volunteers, Inc. Taxpayer ID# 1-74-6001504-7 is the non-profit organization receiving donations and is a 501 c(3) non-profit corporation — hope the IRS won’t target them. You can donate on the website or mail donations to November 5, 2009, Ft. Hood Memorial, Killeen Volunteers, Inc. PO Box 1329, Killeen,TX 76540

I have done so, and challenge all of you to give just $5. Since we have over 1 million who follow us on Facebook, we could make this happen today, so that on the fifth anniversary the memorial could be well underway, if not complete. I met the artist who is designing the sculpture and I truly believe it will be one of the most memorable sites in the country.

Our better angels are calling us to right a horrific wrong done to these men and women, my fellow Soldiers and civilians — but also for their families.

We must remember what happened here in November 5, 2009, just as we remember Pearl Harbor and 9-11. The Islamic terrorist battlefield of this 21st Century has no boundaries — that must be recognized and our fallen must be honored — and yes, given the proper military recognition and benefits.

18 COMMENTS

  1. The Democrats will shoot it down (no pun intended). They hate the military and will follow their mesiah’s lead in insisting that this was a matter of workplace violence. I really can’t understand how these people manage to sleep at night! And by the way, the link below DOES work…

  2. The Islamic terrorist battlefield of this 21st Century has no boundaries

    No truer words spoken, sir.

    In my estimation this is true not only of the physical borders of a nation, but also to the presupposed borders within Islam, e.g., Moderate vs. Radical, etc.

    Which Christians among us would deny key passages of the New Testament in the attempt to “moderate” our faith? If a man who proclaimed himself a Christian and in the same breath declared that John 3:16, for example, was not an integral passage in describing our faith actually be a Christian?

    That is but one example, but as I have learned from the Good Colonel, Islam must be taken as a whole – it is a whole life philosophy that encompasses the religious, the legal, the economic and the political.

    From the moment the Muslim wakes in the moment until the moment he goes to sleep, Islam (as in submission) completely consumes his very being, but in a negative light.

  3. Glad to see the General being clear about how we can help and organizing us to make a difference. This, unlike writing and selling books, sending out polls asking for donations, etc. etc etc. is how you lead and the General is wise to do more like this. I will be calling my senators, per your guidance.

    • I did a search and found the site and it’s where LTC West said it would be but at the moment, it reads:

      “This site has stepped out for a bit”

      Give it time, folks and then try to return to it. Hopefully this is a good sign that the site was so busy receiving donations that they have to give it a “power boost” so to speak to handle all the traffic.

  4. (Long post – click “See more”.) Commenting only on HR 3111 – as a one-off, I’m not sure I can support this bill, because the issue will keep coming up in the future, because the flaw is actually in the existing law itself, which needs revision in several places. If I were in Congress, I would speak out against this bill and instead and counter with an alternate bill that does the following that would not be a one-off. (A no vote would then be explained with a counter similar to what I post below.)

    1. Eliminate the distinction between civilian and military environments for purposes of the federal definition of terrorism. (As it is, the classification of workplace violence is actually forced by existing law itself—but most Congressmen will not admit that or have not bothered to read the relevant statutes; this is also what precludes the victims from receiving survivors’ benefits )

    2. Change the eligibility for the Purple Heart so that citizenship of the attacker is irrelevant. (That Hasan is an American citizen precludes the victims or survivors from receiving Purple Hearts.)
    3. Revise the military tribunal process to prevent delays as Hasan did. Among the changes:

    a. The government would have 120 calendar days from the date of the incident to file charges and turn over all evidence to the defense.

    b. Following (a), there would be a 30-day period after that during which pre-trial motions can be filed, and a judge would have to make a ruling on all motions within 10 days after that period closes.

    c. Any appeals to decisions rendered in (b) would have to be filed within 5 days, and the appellate court would have 10 days after that to rule on the motions; as they are also gatekeepers to SCOTUS, the decisions of the court of Appeals for the Armed Forces are usually final.
    d, Once all motions in (b) and (c) are decided (a maximum of 55 business days), jury selection will begin within 5 days, and be concluded in no later than 15 days after the conclusion of (b) and (c).
    e. Any motions filed by the defense may not be filed until after the prosecution has completed its case, and must be filed within 3 days of the conclusion of the case. Decisions would have to be rendered within 3 days, and then appeals would have to be filed within 2 days, and those appeals decisions rendered within 3 days.
    f. During these proceedings, all pay and allowances would be held in escrow (to take away the incentive of delaying the trial; Hasan did this to draw the trial out) A conviction would result in forfeiture of the escrow, but an acquittal would result in the escrow being paid out with interest based on the prime rate published on the first day of the month in the Wall Street Journal in the month during which the charges are filed.

    4. For purposes of military tribunals and all non-judicial punishments under the UCMJ, day (except where mentioned otherwise) would be defined as Monday through Saturday, excluding January 1*, Memoral Day, July 4*, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and December 25* (* – if the day falls on a Sunday, the holiday is observed on the following Monday). Proceedings would be held on one day of the weekend, depending on observance.

    In essence, what needs to be fixed are: definition of terrorism, eligibility for the Purple Heart, and the process of the military tribunal, bringing down the process to less than 1 year from incident to disposition…in effect, creating a rocket docket for the military. Hasan wouldn’t have delayed the case if he had no incentive to do so. However, a one-off fix is something I cannot support on principle.

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