DOD says awarding Purple Heart to Ft. Hood survivors would hurt Hassan trial

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The Department of Defense is attempting to block legislation that would award the Purple Heart to the heroes from the Fort Hood shooting, claiming that “labeling the attack terrorism” would hurt the prosecution of Maj. Nidal Hasan.

Fox News received the Defense Department’s “position paper,” which said that to broaden criteria for receiving the Purple Heart to include “domestic criminal acts or domestic terror attacks would be a dramatic departure” from tradition.

The document goes on to say:

The Army objects to [the proposal] because it would undermine the prosecution of Major Nidal Hasan by materially and directly compromising Major Hasan’s ability to receive a fair trial. This provision will be viewed as setting the stage for a formal declaration that Major Hasan is a terrorist, on what is now the eve of trial. Such a situation, prior to trial, would fundamentally compromise the fairness and due process of the pending trial.

Moreover, the effect of such an act by Congress would be to deprive the victims of these crimes the right to see justice done.

Attorney Neal Sher, who represents the survivors of the 2009 attack in a lawsuit against the agency, told Fox News the document, representing the Army’s official response to a Purple Heart request, is “an utter outrage.” But the attorney said it wasn’t surprising since it came from the same agency that labeled the attack “workplace violence.”

“This is a cynical travesty. What the government has done by making this statement is guarantee that anything done to help the victims will effectively prevent or impair Hasan’s prosecution,” Sher told Fox News via email. “There was no reason for the government to put this kind of a statement in writing, even if it were true (which it is not).”

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  • Lottie J Ahrens

    Our DOD is as much a coward as the current POTUS. They don't have any set except maybe tonsils.

  • KB Cook

    Why wasn't he tried immediately? Why has it been 4+ years from the time he shot & killed these military personnel (with witnesses abounding) and he still hasn't gone to trial. Why hasn't he been stripped of his military paycheck and why was he promoted in rank while he awaits his trial? What's wrong with this picture? WAKE UP AMERICA!

  • Jan

    Dumb asses,HE IS A TERRORIST!!!

  • Diogenes

    I think the should give them all purple hearts and set him free. I think some good ol' boy just might see justice really is done.

  • Paul Felix Schott

    In the hearts of every True American that has ever stepped foot on a United Stated Military Base. These Victims already have are Heart, and in are minds We All Know They Have Clearly Earned the PURPLE HEART ALREADY.

    Some of are leaders of this one nation under GOD need to be on trial for TREASON.

    We The People Live by are Lord GOD and "The U.S. CONSTITUTION"

    NOT SOME SICK IN THE HEAD LEADERS.

    "The U.S. CONSTITUTION ARTICLE III SECTION 3."

    (AID OR COMFORT TO THE ENEMIES HOSTILE TO US)

    (ANY ASSISTANCE RENDERED TO A FOREIGN STATE HOSTILE TO US)

    (CONDUCT WHICH UNDERMINES THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA OR ARE GOVERNMENT OR ARE NATIONAL SECURITY)

    Many U.S. Department stores and large store chain's closings Nation Wide, this year 2013.

    Taking down are Military by WEAKEN MILITARY READINESS YET KEEPS SENDING MANY MILLIONS OF OUR TAX MONEY TO OTHER COUNTRIES.

    THIS IS OBAMA'S PLAN FOR JOBS WORKING AS HE PLANED.

    MASSIVE TAX ON ALL EMPLOYERS PUTTING MILLIONS OUT OF WORK.

    Is this Obama's way of saying he is going to keep doubling the Federal Deficit or better put Doubling all Americans DEBT. Sorry Obama just QUADRUPLED your DEBT.

    THE POOR THE NEEDY AND ALL THE MIDDLE CLASS SOON TO BECOME SLAVES TO TAXES THE REST OF THEIR LIFE. THE NUMBER OF HOMELESS IS GROWING WORLD WIDE AND IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA FOR THE PAST FOUR YEARS IN A ROW AT A RECORD PACE.

    WITH ALL THE MONEY GOING TO COUNTRIES THAT HAVE LEADERS THAT HATE THE LAND OF THE FREE TO HAVE AND BE ABLE TO READ THE LORD'S WORD FROM A BIBLE.

    Egypt 1.3 billion this year alone, Iran millions in Food, North Korea and now it is saying it now has missiles that can reach the USA mainland and this list go on to the point anyone can see President Obama is giving away are tax money to many that have done a act of war against the United States of America. While America has 45 Million on Food aid 2011 and 46+ million 2012 and growing every day in the United States and that number is growing every year for the last four years in a row. More People living in America homes have been taken away from the bankers and tax man then any other time in our 236+ years of History.

    All Taxes need to be lowered cut in half or there will be a lot more Poor and needy and not in just other countries. In this year 2013 the World will see hunger like never before. More then 100 million will be sick from malnutrition going without food and safe drinking water to drink. Many will not make it and die.

    Taxing the poor more and taking their Land away from them is Wicked and sick. The leaders that are voted into office were elected to serve WE THE PEOPLE not but more burdens on them and do wicked deeds they too soon will become the Poor.

    If your Legislature will not lower Taxes vote them out of office and VOTE in someone that will Lower your Taxes.

    If your Son or Daughter was raised in a Christian Home we need them in our Government as Leaders. America is not the Roman Empire or the Persian Empire oh I am sorry the OPEC Empire.

    Why are we sending are Money and our young men and women overseas to die. Have they not bled America long enough. So why are we still sending are hard Working Americans Taxes, to people who do not believe in Our Lord GOD and Savior Jesus Christ, that We Trust In.

    Not The wicked. For years they have kill many just for having a Bible. 2012 The book called the (Quran – koran) they have been trying to give them out to pedestrians walking on the streets of many German Cities in Germany. They Plan to print over 20 million of this book and can you guess who is paying for this, and of course burn the bible. Most Germans are outraged by this.

    i ask all Americans would you want to keep your tax money going to Countries that want to kill you and make acts of war against you. Do you want to keep giving to countries that cut your head off if you have a BIBLE.

    Are Americans going to cut more to let a Non Christian President give more of our tax money to the wicked that are Lost and many will never read the Lord’s Word from a BIBLE.

    Many a Nation have fallen from taxing their people to Death. You want Prosperity and for things to Flourish and grow lower all taxes.

    You want thriving, success, or good fortune for only a few wicked, keep over taxing all. Like the FED GOV and states and cities a crossed this Nation are doing.

    Why let the Wicked in office in our Nation if they do not believe in GOD and the Bible vote them out of office.

    In all Nations on this Earth they need JOBS not more Taxes and Wars.

    SOLAR ENERGY and Renewable Energy the way to go.

    (" When Injustice Becomes Law Rebellion Becomes Duty " THOMAS JEFFERSON ).

    ("United We Will Always Stand in GOD We Trust"

    George Washington and Johann Paul Schott 12/24/1776. 3:45AM)

    ("In GOD We Trust")

    The United States of America’s Motto July 30, 1956.

    King David’s Motto 3,000 years ago.

    Soon all the World will Pray to Our Lord GOD and Savior Jesus Christ.

    "United We Will Always Stand in Our Lord GOD and Savior Jesus Christ We Trust"

    True Americans

    True Patriots

    GOD Bless

    and May HE Guide you all.

    The Lord’s Little Helper.

    Paul Felix Schott.

    PS

    Read the BIBLE while you still can.

    It is the one book all on Earth should read.

    Tell the lost and the world to do so also.

    and may they come to know the Lord Jesus Christ.