A 15-minute video posted to YouTube this week by “FortHoodHeroes” has revived the call for the Nov. 2009 massacre which killed 13 to be reclassified as an act as terrorism, not an incident of workplace violence.
ABC News released its report on the video today.
The Coalition of Fort Hood Heroes, the organization that released the video, said in a statement that unless the government labels the attack terrorism, victims and their families will be “denied the recognition and benefits they are rightfully due,” in particular eligibility for the Purple Heart Medal, along with which comes veterans’ medical benefits and higher priority for veterans’ disability compensation.
As defined by U.S. law, a terrorist act must be “premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by sub-national groups or clandestine agents,” and for it to be an international terrorist act, it must involve “citizens or the territory of more than one country.” All of those killed and a majority of those wounded in the attack were either active duty or reserve military personnel.
With the White House and State Department apparently still are hashing out whether the Sept. 11 assault on the U.S. consulate in Libya was a terrorist attack or a spontaneous protest, the renewed attention on the Fort Hood massacre furthers the public’s demand for a tougher stance on terror.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry is on board, issuing a statement arguing that “President Obama’s refusal to call it an act of terror is a shining example of this administration’s devotion to political correctness over the defense of our men and women in uniform.”