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In the unresolved problem segment tonight.
Denying our country's heroes as may -- former army psychiatrist and Al Hasan is charged with murder for shooting.
At Fort Hood that shooting spree that we all remember in Texas back in 2009.
Thirteen people killed more than thirty others wounded.
-- now the Department of Defense has decided it will not give purple hearts to the victims of the Fort Hood massacre.
Saying that it could interfere with the -- receiving a fair trial.
That decision is not sitting well with the survivors.
Who was a victim.
Order pretty soon survivors and -- fourteen to -- And it's already obvious that information has come out where he got his orange forward to perform his -- -- angry.
-- feel very disappointed.
That I feel like.
-- we we don't even matter.
Powerful war powerful words.
Joining me now from Washington with reaction is lieutenant colonel Tony -- Who works at the center for advanced defense studies.
Now as we talked about earlier you know I'm still serving him in the Pentagon working and I know there's -- there's congressional action being taken as a result of this potential ruling by the Department of Defense.
But is this a case where there is posturing between the defense counsel and prosecution counsel.
And that the people getting hurt -- the actual victims of the attack what do you think.
Waksal has got I think this is undue deference to the defense -- mean you're actually in a memo that the Pentagon puts out.
It gives a pathway to the defense I mean it's like -- just follow this path and your client will be almost assured to get a a fair trial.
The issue here needs to be focused on doing doing next right -- you and I've served in the army continue to serve.
I was always taught do the next right thing the next right thing here is to call out the truth.
The victims of this attack were attacked by a number of -- Qaeda he was sulfur -- he was in touch with our moral locking.
And John Brennan said during his hearings and frankly in previous statements that one of the reasons they assassinated on moral lock -- because he was influencing and directing.
Directing being the key word.
People like major Hasan to actually conduct acts of terror to -- Scott that clearly puts it in the -- category of international terror.
And -- -- should have should receive the award their -- and and benefits.
And this and that's what it is about is about to recognizing people they're not only given their lives but hasn't obviously taken a bullet or worse for their country.
And I'm wondering because of the changing nature of the battlefield in the battle you have.
-- prisoners of war enemy combatants terrorists there's a gray area there and and quite frankly you had the 9/11 attacks we awarded the purple heart.
You had for -- harbors you referenced earlier.
We gave approval right now in this situation Elvis -- no we don't look out for -- for the they've got -- perpetrated the crime.
And we're not gonna look out for the victims and all they want is that small blue -- purple ribbon.
Acknowledging that they in fact did something for their country in an -- but they felt was appropriate what do you think -- -- Very clear that there there's a changing environment the air force wants a war -- major battles for flying drones which I do not agree what they did not put their lives in jeopardy.
With that said I think we have to -- to be very clear and it's just got this case was political from day one that this administration is always one of the call -- -- workplace violence.
I was on this network talking the very next day back in 2009 after the attack.
As -- a think tank guy in the army called me saying we don't agree with your assessment calling it terrorism Scott if this happened and any other place in the world.
This would be called an act of terror and with -- links to the international terrorist on wall -- there's no doubt in anyone's mind set to meet.
It is -- appalling that this administration is more worried about a political narrative.
And frankly trying to give.
Aid comfort to a terrorist here I mean my goodness -- his own words will -- -- and -- sure his his his his presence in jail for the rest of his life.
There's nothing here in the congressional legislation -- that will actually help.
The the defendant in any way any plausible way to not like you're a lawyer I'm not bat -- -- I've studied -- quite a barrier I can't I I can't see how this would give any any door and -- the congressional action and his.
Any aid to the defense of of measures -- -- -- what do you things next -- how do you think this all play out.
All I I'm going to encouraged by members.
That I consider friends on the hill took to push this forward.
That the right thing to do is take care of the family -- suffered a continue to suffer.
And and they need to be taken -- first and foremost so I hope congress passes this.
And they force secretary defense -- to do the right thing.
Well and you look at the way to get that in that involvement is from the people who are affected by their friends and family.
Listen -- -- as as a former senator and state and municipal state and federal official I know for a fact.
-- you pick up that phone you send an -- you write that letter you show up at the office that people who if people are truly moved by this I would encourage them to reach out to there.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Between the the workplace environment.
Claim we're -- or -- violence claim that they're trying to throw around now.
We'll start Alex came from a cyber -- after the war college last week we're doing cyber security is huge and -- and -- here.
Next priority on Afghanistan issues regarding how we get our forces out of there and a great responsibility so I hopefully -- ball beyond we're talking about all that over the next yourself powerless in trial I want to thank you so much for your service and.
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