Rep. John Carter, R-Round Rock, on the House floor. (C-Span)
WASHINGTON (December 16, 2011)—U.S. Rep. John Carter, R-Round Rock, has introduced a resolution that would recognize the deadly Nov. 5, 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood as an act of radical Islamic terrorism.
Carter, whose district includes the sprawling Army post, says the resolution “would end any ambiguity over whether the attack was properly classified under combat status or as part of a broader category of workplace violence.”
“This is a blatant case of political correctness denying reality to the detriment of the victims and families of those who were killed and wounded in the attack on Fort Hood,” Carter said.
“There is no justification for denying these casualties the same combat status as those at the Pentagon on 9-11, other than to deny that a radical Islamic terrorist with connections to Al Qaeda attacked our soldiers at Fort Hood.”
Carter introduced legislation after the attack and again this year that would award both military and civilian casualties of the Fort Hood attack combatant status to ensure full benefits and eligibility for the Purple Heart or the civilian award equivalent.
Maj. Nidal Hasan is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the rampage at Fort Hood's Soldier Readiness Center.
His court-martial is scheduled to begin in March.
If convicted, he could be sentenced to death.