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It's been more than three years since a horrific shooting -- -- -- Texas left thirteen people dead and dozens injured.
And the ex soldier accused of pulling the trigger while screening all opt bar is still collecting his army salaries so far he's banked more than 270000.
While the victims.
Aren't getting as much as they could because it was not deemed an act of terror.
Ask anyone in Washington they know this is wrong so I think do anything to stop it.
Jim Nicholson was -- secretary of veterans affairs under President Bush he's my guest this morning good morning to mr.
Morning what can be done.
Well -- to be done they could to re categorize.
This man for what he is it was a terrorists may have walked into.
Shouting as you said locked by Akbar you know god -- greatest -- spraying bullets -- people.
He was -- -- of of -- no one terrorist.
You know on more problem -- -- walkie.
Who blue Obama himself killed and Yemen in 201110.
He's he had pre elections against the war he'd -- lamented our engagements in Iraq and Afghanistan he was known.
-- for what he was which was sort of a person -- become radicalized.
Anyone and -- are killed thirteen people and wounded.
And they're saying it's workplace violence.
So you have that on the one hand and in May it may be that they don't want -- -- it workplace are they -- -- an act of terror because and they would have to admit that they missed all the warning signals all along the way.
Or that the military had become so PC that they just kind of ignored the whole process that's one issue but what about.
Nadal Hasan being able to collect his army salary we understand it's it's written in the military code of justice -- spells out that he's entitled to it.
Until he's convicted of a crime if that happens.
But you believe that congress could change that so with all the -- that congress seems to do who.
Many people believe on the day to -- basis what could they -- to change this now.
Well they could change that number one if he was deemed a terrorist which you should have been.
For political correctness reasons I mean this administration just does not want the American people recognize that.
Terrorism happens on their watch you know the war on terror is over -- for this could not be happening so this is.
Violence but they.
If they deemed him a terrorist they can make that uniform code of military justice such is even though uniformed officers he was.
They could suspend them and they could suspend his -- they can do that for a civilian employee of the military after I think seven days.
And so would be a very simple thing to re categorize.
And she didn't put a new provision in the UC MJ that this is how it applies to terrorists -- -- under our system every one is is innocent until proven guilty.
Right and -- that we have to maintain that -- so it does get this could be adapted to the reality of today's world with with terrorism and a symmetric warfare social real quickly if the American people want to feel.
Like they can have a say and that's.
They could call their members of congress and asked him to change -- -- -- the best thing that could do -- if it isn't gonna have congress put pressure on the administration mean.
The administration is saying we don't want to call him a terrorist because that will prejudice his right to a fair trial which I think is an insult.
To the US army in the US army officers were conducting that court martial -- -- they take an oath and they're gonna abide by it.
The facts and the law is presented to them and in our officers know how to keep polls.
Well said Jim Nicholson former secretary of veterans affairs thanks for -- Thank you.
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