On November 5th, 2009, a U.S. Army major serving as a psychiatrist entered the Soldier Readiness Processing Center at Fort Hood in Texas, armed with an FN Five-seven pistol and opened fire. The shooter, identified as Nidal Hasan, murdered 13 people and injured 30 in roughly 10 minutes. Hasan’s motive for the shooting was to protect Taliban leaders in Afghanistan. Hasan, representing himself at his trial, attempted to justify the shooting by citing a “defense of others” law but the presiding judge has banned him from doing so.

Evidence presented has clearly proved the shooting was an act of terrorism and was labeled as such the following day. The Defense Department later reclassified the shooting as “workplace violence,” claiming that “the threat of Islamic extremism” was seen in “the context of a broader threat of workplace violence.”

Classifying the shooting as workplace violence is incredibly insulting to the victims. They have been denied a Purple Heart medal and they have been robbed of the benefits other soldiers receive if they are wounded in combat. Nidal Hasan is still receiving his salary, and has been paid almost $300,000 since the shooting.

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    I literally had to check Snopes on this. The verdict? True. http://www.snopes.com/politics/military/hasansalary.asp
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