WASHINGTON (August 29, 2014) U.S. Rep. John Carter, R-Round Rock, says a letter written by convicted Fort Hood gunman Nidal Hasan seeking to become a citizen of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, is proof enough that Hasan acted as a terrorist when he opened fire in the post’s Soldier Readiness Center in November 2009, killing 13 and injuring more than 30.
Hasan received a death sentence for the deadly rampage and is currently held on the military’s death row at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., from where he sent the letter.
Carter, whose district includes the sprawling Army post, has long pushed for re-designating the shooting as an act of terrorism rather than workplace violence so victims would be entitled to receive Purple Heart Medals and “the benefits they need and deserve.”
“How much more proof does this President need?” Carter said in a press release Friday.
“This was an act of terror and Hasan is a terrorist. He admitted to being a terrorist in his court martial. Now, he is asking to join ISIS, a terrorist organization that may be the most dangerous terrorist organization the world has ever seen,” he said.
“If this letter sent to ISIS by Hasan does not spur this President to take immediate action and label the 2009 attack on Fort Hood a terrorist attack, then I don’t know what will. He has failed these victims. He is failing the nation,” he said.