No Purple Hearts for Fort Hood Victims: Pentagon
Texas Rep. John Carter calls decision 'dead wrong'
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 1, 2013 5:20 PM CDT
The 2007 file photo shows Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan.    (AP Photo/USUHS, File)

(Newser) – A Texas lawmaker's attempt to make victims of the Fort Hood shooting eligible for purple hearts has fallen on deaf ears at the Pentagon, ABC News reports. Awarding them purple hearts could "irrevocably alter the fundamental character of this time-honored decoration" and "undermine the prosecution of Major Nidal Hasan" by ruining his chance for a fair trial, a Pentagon paper said. But Rep. John Carter, who introduced legislation for the awards, isn't convinced.

"The DOD position paper is dead wrong to oppose this legislation," he said. Evidence shows that Hasan had communicated with al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki before the massacre that left 12 dead and 31 injured, but the Pentagon says it considers the attack "workplace violence" and not "combat related." For now, Carter plans to hold off "any future publicity on these bills" to avoid influencing Hasan's trial, scheduled to start May 29. But he "will not rest until these victims get the recognition they deserve."

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Apr 2, 2013 11:09 AM CDT
P { margin-bottom: 0.08in; } Those in positions of money and power are willing to change the definition of everything else, from autism to marriage, but they refuse to change the definition of who can received a Purple Heart? The crooks who call themselves “psychologists” have changed the meaning of autism so the number of children qualifying is at least eight times what it was only a few years ago. And, while this may cause this not to be printed or to be removed, the fact that homosexuality has qualities of clinical self destructive obsessive sexual depravity is not being allowed to prevent marriage being debased to fit the wishes of the plurality engaging in this depravity to be able to soak up taxpayer dollars.
Apr 2, 2013 10:15 AM CDT
welcome to obamastan! barack insane obama must protect his arab brothers!
Apr 2, 2013 7:50 AM CDT
I get the impulse to honor the victims at Fort Hood. But, not with the Purple Heart. Keep in mind that tends to confer special rights as an enemy combatant to Hasan. Why would you want to do that?