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Ted Cruz: Award Purple Heart to Fort Hood Terror Victims

By    |   Monday, 15 December 2014 06:34 PM

Sen. Ted Cruz made a case for Fort Hood shooting victims to receive the Purple Heart in a video released Monday.

The 2009 shooting at the Texas Army base left 14 people dead, including an unborn child, and 32 injured. The shooter, Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan, was shot and wounded by a civilian police officer responding to the scene.

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The Obama administration officially classified the incident as workplace violence, but several signs point to terrorism. Hasan reportedly shouted "Allahu Akbar!" as he fired the first of several dozen shots from a high-powered, semiautomatic handgun.

If the shooting is termed an act of terrorism, the victims and their families would be eligible for life insurance, combat pay, and other benefits. The victims would also be eligible for the Purple Heart, awarded to soldiers who are injured or killed in combat.

The video begins with footage of victims being treated and an injured soldier talking about the chaotic shooting. In between showing video from the scene, this text appears on the screen: "On November 5, 2009, a terrorist attack took place at Fort Hood. A terrorist attacked American soldiers at the Texas Army base."

"It wasn't workplace violence. It was an act of terror against American heroes, and we need to speak the truth," Cruz, a Texas Republican, says in the video, titled "Why the Purple Heart Matters for Fort Hood Terror Victims."
"It is abundantly clear this was an act of radical Islamic terrorism," Cruz says. "The only explanation for the administration's persistent denial of that is politics."

Cruz introduced legislation this year that would reclassify the shooting as a terror attack. The legislation, part of the National Defense Authorization Act, made it through Congress last week and now heads to President Barack Obama's desk for enactment.

Hassan reportedly did not shoot at people dressed in civilian clothing, instead targeting military personnel in uniform. He exchanged fire with two civilian police officers before he was shot.

"We owe it to the victims of Fort Hood to speak the truth, to recognize that they died protecting this nation, and to honor and acknowledge them for their sacrifice," Cruz says at the end of the video.

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