Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma released his annual Wastebook, a report which highlights some of the more deplorable spending by the federal government over the past year. One particular item truly stands out though, not just as being financially wasteful, but also morally reprehensible.
Fort Hood Shooter Continued to Collect Government Paycheck (Army) ($52,952 in 2013)
While the families of the survivors and victims were fighting to receive military benefits, the Fort Hood shooter Major Nadal Hasan was cashing his paycheck. Since the shooting, Hasan has received over $278,000 in military benefits because the Military Code of Justice doesn’t allow a soldier to be suspended until they are found guilty.
In February, Kimberly Munley spoke out about the Obama administration’s neglect towards the victims families.
Munley, a former Fort Hood police sergeant, along with her partner, are credited from stopping the massacre perpetrated by terrorist Nidal Hasan in 2009. For her act of bravery, Munley was awarded a guest spot at President Obama’s State of the Union speech three years ago.
Apparently, Munley was little more than a prop for the President who continues to designate the terrorist attack on Fort Hood as a case of “workplace violence”.
Via ABC News (February, 2013):
Three years after the White House arranged a hero’s welcome at the State of the Union address for the Fort Hood police sergeant and her partner who stopped the deadly shooting there, Kimberly Munley says President Obama broke the promise he made to her that the victims would be well taken care of.
“Betrayed is a good word,” former Sgt. Munley told ABC News in a tearful interview to be broadcast tonight on “World News with Diane Sawyer” and “Nightline.”
“Not to the least little bit have the victims been taken care of,” she said. “In fact they’ve been neglected.”
There was no immediate comment from the White House about Munley’s allegations.
Hasan’s act of “workplace violence” was conducted amidst shouts of “Allahu Akbar!”, the targeted site was obviously a military outlet, and the shooter was influenced by Anwar Al-Awlaki, an American citizen that the Obama Administration considered to be such a terroristic threat, that they targeted and killed him in a drone attack.
Perhaps drone attacks also constitute “workplace violence” in Obama world.
14 people were killed (including an unborn child) as a result of the Fort Hood massacre, while 32 others were shot during the attack.
Recently, there have been reports that the Army is reviewing whether or not to re-classify the attack as “international terrorism.” That investigation should take all of 5 minutes, and should also include an apology from the White House for being ignorant with their original ‘workplace violence’ designation.
Obama’s insistence on referring to the attack as “workplace violence” means that the victims are denied medical benefits they would otherwise receive, as well as Purple Heart medals or other military awards for people like Munley.
The President has turned his back and forgotten the victims of a heinous terrorist attack. Where is the outrage? Or is sympathy solely reserved for the terrorists themselves under this administration? We know payouts clearly are.