Skip to comments.Cruz Blasts Administration For Not Calling Ft. Hood Shooting a ‘Terrorist Attack'
Posted on 08/26/2013 2:23:12 PM PDT by jazusamo
Hiding behind workplace violence and excluding evidence on [Army Major Nidal] Hasans pursuit of jihad will not make terrorism go away or properly honor the American heroes who were slain at Fort Hood, said Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) as he lambasted the Obama administrations decision to classify the 2009 mass shooting as workplace violence.
If we ever hope to defeat the ongoing threat from radical Islamism, we need to start by calling this terrorist attack on our armed forces by its name, Cruz said in a statement Friday shortly after Hasan was found guilty on 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder after he admitted waging a jihad against U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Both the White House and the Department of Justice told CNSNews.com on Monday that neither President Barack Obama nor Attorney General Eric Holder have released any statements following the Fort Hood verdict.
However, both Obama and Holder commented following last months acquittal of George Zimmerman on murder charges for killing Trayvon Martin in self-defense.
When Trayvon Martin was first shot I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago, President Obama said, encouraging the nation to do some soul-searching about race.
"We are all mindful of the tragic and unnecessary shooting death of Trayvon Martin, Attorney General Eric Holder said. I am concerned about this case and . . . as we confirmed last spring, the Justice Department has an open investigation into it."
Obamas initial reaction to the Fort Hood attack was to caution against jumping to conclusions until we have all the facts.
Even though an FBI investigation reported that Hasans violent radicalization led to his transformation into a killer, and a 2011 Senate report called the Fort Hood shooting the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil since September 11, 2001, the Department of Defense classified it as workplace violence instead of terrorism, which meant that victims could not receive Purple Hearts or combat-related special compensation that provides disability pay for wounded service members.
The Department of Labor defines workplace violence as any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs at the work site. It ranges from threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults and even homicide.
In 2010, the Pentagon issued a memo noting DoD programs, policies, processes, and procedures that address identification of indicators for violence and radicalization are outdated, incomplete, and fail to include key indicators of potentially violent behaviors.
The memo recommended several initiatives to improve the Departments ability to mitigate internal threats- including policies addressing workplace violence, improving information sharing with partner agencies, integrating force protection policy, and ensuring that we provide top quality health care to both our service members and our healthcare providers.
DoD resisted language that would identify Hasan as a terrorist, and instead referred to the tragic Fort Hood attack as a shooting spree."
A few days after the attack at Fort Hood, Obama referred to it only as an act of violence and a crime, saying that we cannot fully know what leads a man to do such a thing, but making no reference to terrorism.
Several days later, the president called it a terrible tragedy, adding that all of us should resist the temptation to turn this tragic event into the political theater that sometimes dominates the discussion here in Washington.
In May of this year, in a speech delivered at the National Defense University, Obama claimed that there have been no "large scale" terrorist attacks on the U.S. since he became president, even though the Fort Hood shooting and Boston Marathon bombing both occurred on his watch.
As usual Obama lies.
GO TED CRUZ!
Excellent! Defeat this head-in-the-sand political correctness!!
God, please watch over Ted. He’s going to be fighting some big, big bad thugs before this is through.
Don't expect truth from a traitor.
He needs to preemptively attack the regime for saying he is not a natural born citizen. Which is what those hypocrites will do. Mark my words
You bet he does and he’s one of the few that can and will do it.
Large scale is a relevant term, is it not. The fact of the matter despite all the spying on US citizens they failed to prevent the Boston bombimg and Fort Hood.
Cruz is without a doubt... one of us.
Amen to that!
Listen, OBuzzboy, you are the worst vaudeville act that every graced the White House. Where's the guy with the hook to drag you offstage? Where are the bushels or rotten vegetables to throw at you? Amateur night should have come to an end at the last election.
It was a terrorism attack by an enemy combatant wearing a US Army uniform. He should be executed. It was also a mass killing in a gun free zone. Any member of the US military who is issued a sidearm should carry it loaded while in uniform.
It is high time we stopped tolerating the liberal lexicon that calls a barbarous attack a “tragedy.” These are not “tragedies;” these are atrocities, committed by barbarians. And they demand swift, decisive and deadly response.
Well said, they’re atrocities, not tragedies.