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Today Marks the Fourth Anniversary of the Ft. Hood Massacre

Today Marks the Fourth Anniversary of the Ft. Hood Massacre

  Today marks the fourth anniversary of Maj. Nidal Hasan's bloody rampage inside a soldier billeting center at Fort Hood.

 

  13 people were killed and another 32 were hurt on November 5, 2009, before two civilian police officers shot and wounded Hasan.

 

  Hasan, 42, was convicted in August of murder by a court martial and was sentenced to death.  He currently lives in a special detention barracks at Fort Leavenworth while he awaits the outcome of his automatic appeal through the military courts, a process that could take two years.

 

  Meanwhile, the wounded and the relatives of the dead are still trying to recover.  Many say their recovery has been hampered by the Department of Defense ruling that Hasan's actions were not Islamic terrorism, but were in fact 'workplace violence.'

 

  Several lawmakers, including Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) have introduced the Honoring the Fort Hood Heroes act, which would overrule the Pentagon and declare the attack to have been an 'act of terror.'

 

  "The victims of the attack and their family members have had to wait too long for the benefits they so rightly deserve," Cornyn said.  "While we can never undo the atrocities of that fateful day, this is an important way we can show our support for the victims and their families."

 

  The Pentagon said the declaration that the attack was not terrorism was a way to make it easier for prosecutors to win a guilty verdict agaisnt Hasan.  Here is no specific crime of 'terrorism' under the Uniform Code of Military Justice which would have made a conviction and death sentence on that charge much for difficult.

 

 

 

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