John McHugh, Secretary of the Army announced on Friday victims of the 2009 Fort Hood terrorist attacks will finally receive the Purple Heart, which is a sudden departure from what the Obama administration labeled the attacks as “workplace violence.” Fox News first reported the announcement. Victims and their families have been pushing the military to award the Purple Hear along with the benefits that come with it, for years. In response to their pressure on Congress, they passed funding legislation forcing the Department of Defense to reexamine whether the victims qualify for the honor.
Defense officials determined the shooting could be called an attack because the shooter was communicating with the foreign terrorist organization before the attack. The Fort Hood shootings, carried out by former Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan, were classified acts of “workplace violence,” even though media outlets and witnesses reported that he shouted “Allahu Akbar” while opening fire. Evidence has begun emerging since the attack that Hasan was motivated by extreme religious views. Emails were intercepted showing conversations between Hasan and radical American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki who was a leader of Al Qaeda in Yemen. Hasan was convicted in 2013 and sentenced to death by a general court martial. He is currently incarcerated at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas, awaiting appeal. Read more at Examiner.com
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