Today is the third anniversary of Nidal Hasan’s attack on a processing center at Fort Hood, TX. Three years later, the victims are still waiting for a little justice while the military appeals system decides whether they’re going to try a bearded or clean-shaven Hasan who seems to be mocking our justice system.
According to Stars & Stripes, the 148 victims have come together to sue the government as well as the estate of Anwar al-Awlaki who inspired Hasan to commit the act;
The lawsuit alleging negligence by the government said that the Defense Department is avoiding legal and financial responsibility for the killings by referring to the shootings as “workplace violence” rather than as a terrorist attack.
They claim that the government knew four years before the attack that Hasan was a radical Islamist from his thesis which had nothing to do with Psychiatry but everything to do with radical Islam.
Staff Sgt. Shawn N. Manning, who was shot six times by Hasan, said that the terrorism designation which the victims are seeking would cover the cost of the medical services that he requires. The terrorism designation would mean that the wounds the victims suffered qualify as combat-related, resulting in “a huge difference in benefits,” said Manning, who was medically discharged from the military about a month ago.
While I agree with them completely, I don’t see anything coming of the lawsuit, the government and the judicial syatem aren’t very good at admitting their mistakes. But maybe all of that will change tomorrow, or January 20.