I know the headline is not news. Anyone who understood the Ft. Hood attack and murders knows that radical Islam has infiltrated the military and is not being sufficiently monitored or controlled.
Here’s the news: The Obama Administration has classified the attacks as “workplace violence.”
Sen. Susan Collins on Wednesday blasted the Defense Department for classifying the Fort Hood massacre as workplace violence and suggested political correctness is being placed above the security of the nation’s Armed Forces at home.
During a joint session of the Senate and House Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday, the Maine Republican referenced a letter from the Defense Department depicting the Fort Hood shootings as workplace violence. She criticized the Obama administration for failing to identify the threat as radical Islam.
Thirteen people were killed and dozens more wounded at Fort Hood in 2009, and the number of alleged plots targeting the military has grown significantly since then. Lawmakers said there have been 33 plots against the U.S. military since Sept. 11, 2001, and 70 percent of those threats have been since mid-2009. Major Nidal Hasan, a former Army psychiatrist, who is being held for the attacks, allegedly was inspired by radical U.S.-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen in late September. The two men exchanged as many as 20 emails, according to U.S. officials, and Awlaki declared Hasan a hero.
Meanwhile, Rep. Peter King (R-NY), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee is addressing the threat:
Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) says the U.S. military has been infiltrated by “a significant number of people” who are tied to “radical movements and who could be potential terrorists.”
Speaking Thursday on “Fox and Friends,” King discussed his fourth hearing into the radicalization of Muslim-Americans within the U.S., which opened on Wednesday.
“There are a significant number of people who have enlisted in the military or are in the military who we believe have Islamic ties, who are tied to radical movements and who could be potential terrorists themselves,” King said. “It is a growing, growing concern.”
King said the number of terrorist attacks against the U.S. military, including the 2009 shootings at a military recruiting station in Arkansas and at Texas’s Fort Hood, which killed 14 people and wounded more than two dozen, are accelerating.
“The fact is there is growing Islamic radicalization in this country, and as Sen. Lieberman and I showed yesterday — there is clearly growing Islamic radicalization both within the United States military and also there’s been a definite increase in attacks in this country against the American military,” King said. “There’s been 33 attacks against the American military in this country since Sept. 11, and 70 percent of them have occurred in the last two years.”
King blamed “an overriding tendency in this administration to try and treat these as workplace incidents, to somehow not highlight the fact that it is Islamic terrorism” responsible for the uptick in the attacks.
“They don’t want to give any impression that somehow there’s a difference between Islamic terrorism and a person who happens to be a burglar or a bank robber,” he said.
In his opening remarks on Wednesday, King said the U.S. military has become the top target for homegrown Islamic terrorists, and noted that the only Americans to die in the U.S. from terrorist attacks since 9/11 were killed at U.S. military facilities.
We owe our military warriors more than this. This is not “workplace violence” any more than the Virginia Tech murderers are “playground bullies.” These are ongoing acts of war and must be addressed as such. Instead, the Obama Administration is determined to declare victory and go home. If he thinks that is going to make the problem go away, he is a fool.