Dem Blames ‘Political Correctness’ for Fort Hood ‘Workplace Violence’ Controversy – ABC News
A long-serving Pennsylvania Democrat has joined Republican colleagues to ask Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to overturn the “indefensible” decision by the military to designate the Fort Hood massacre “workplace violence” rather than terrorism.
“This designation has since resulted in an embarrassing lack of care and treatment by our military for the victims and their families,” said Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-Penn.), Rep. Thomas Rooney (R-Fla.) and Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Virg.) in a later dated May 6 and obtained by ABC News.
… Thirteen people were killed, including a pregnant soldier, and 32 others wounded in the Nov. 5, 2009 rampage at the Army base in Killeen, Texas.
The new letter alleges “political sensitivities” regarding the alleged shooter, Maj. Nidal Hasan’s “extremist” Muslim beliefs prevented the FBI from properly investigating Hasan before the attack, despite evidence he was in communication with high-profile al Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.
Since the attack, the military has denied the victims a Purple Heart and certain combat-related benefits by calling the deadly incident “workplace violence.”