Victims want Fort Hood shooting deemed a terror attack
Families make plea to federal government in new video
- Duration 5:04
- Date Oct 19, 2012
Families make plea to federal government in new video
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All right this -- -- -- a moment ago survivors of the Fort Hood shooting we're counting the harder of that awful day.
They -- joining now with families of those who were killed in a video that asks the Obama administration to declare that Rampage a terror attack.
The government classified it as workplace violence and that means that the survivors are ineligible.
For the purple heart and the families of those who lost their lives are not receiving the same benefits of those who are killed in combat watch some -- this.
The army knew he was in contact the FBI knew we was in contact all the -- from 2005.
Up to the shooting he had.
Email messages and conversations.
They knew he was I can't get -- -- leaving nothing.
Well -- him -- rivers you is how rocky who was later killed in a drone strike.
But was central to a number of terrorist attacks and attempts.
Joined now by Peter Brookes former CIA officer and senior fellow for national security affairs at The Heritage Foundation.
And Wally -- who is a Fox News Middle East and terrorism.
Analyst while it let me begin with you.
Why should if they should this shooting be classified as a terror attack.
Absolutely first of all as -- lady was sane in the you know what there's a direct link.
Email link between the perpetrators are major Hassan and allow lucky a senior official of all -- on that alone is.
Determining that this is a terrorist action so.
The fact that the narrative of major -- for many years he has been talking about Jihad and the targeting of the enemies.
Of his own ideology and third that pat and this is not happening alone there were shootings in Arkansas and killing of a US military.
There were attempts to attack military base of the Fort Dix six and others so all for all of these reasons the administration should if they want indicated as an act of.
Terror -- it you know Peter I should mention that one of the things is holding up this trial right now is that his lawyers are arguing that he shouldn't have to shave off the beard that he grill.
While he's in jail -- that you know this is the kind of consideration this begin being given tennis not.
At this moment as these families wait for some justice in all of this.
But you know why do you think that that they would be so determined to leave this -- a workplace violence story.
Given the evidence that shows that that he clearly had terrorist.
It's a clear case in my mind -- political correctness if you go to the Department of Defense report on this terrible tragedy in Texas.
They don't mention the -- -- religion or -- motivations.
This is part of their narrative of being tough on terrorism and they have they have been in some ways they've done a good job on terrorism drone strikes and other things but.
You know they just did not want to admit -- with -- terror attack it's a pattern here in my view with Libya.
What happened in Little Rock I mean now -- referred to this and the same year.
-- a they did good.
-- -- terrorist who was trained in Yemen claimed he wanted to avenge.
I get their take of revenge against US soldiers.
Killed one army recruiter and -- -- -- Arkansas and they classified as a drive by shooting.
Yeah you know results -- saving -- don't want to talk about terrorism governor Mike Huckabee who we spoke to earlier so that he believes that that.
Narrative that stringing together of things is something that he thinks governor Romney should bring up in terms of the way he looks at at how the president.
Approaches these things but also -- -- you know if you deem this a terrorist attack then you are also in many ways accepting responsibility for missing all the signs along the way.
Absolutely I mean I just spoke about the fact that the Obama administration is that is not just missing on this one it's missing on the whole map.
We have had over the past three to four -- that's even five years.
You know dozens of attempts by Jihad is -- rules all connected.
Two of those were -- the -- the indeed be the Texas one and focus on one.
What is that -- station trying to do is to say that war on terror is over.
I've got -- on the plot if they were recognized that these are terrorist activities and connected somehow -- Qaeda.
This would be politically you know costly for them and that's precisely the reason for why they're not that -- You know paramilitaries.
And perspective -- -- in what about the claims -- family is that they want.
The survivors to be eligible for purple hearts that they believe that that day they were they did find themselves in combat.
I don't know the legal side -- it -- I'm not a lawyer but as a veteran myself I I certainly sympathize and empathize with them.
And a basic human level I agree with them I mean this was a terrorist attack undertaken and I think they deserve.
Personally the benefits that I I think that are coming to them.
Soon happens for standing at this trial under way and deal with that.
Issue of the beard and whether or not it can be shaved -- should be -- -- All that much I'm sure is very frustrating for the survivors and the families of the victims thank you Peter Brooks thank you unfair as always thank you gentlemen yeah well.