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Petition To Award Purple Hearts to Soldiers Wounded or Killed in the Fort Hood Attack-Grass Roots Movement!

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Petition To Award Purple Hearts to Soldiers Wounded or Killed in the Fort Hood Attack-Grass Roots Movement!

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Petition To Award Purple Hearts to Soldiers Wounded or Killed in the Fort Hood Attack-Grass Roots Movement!

Summary of eRumor:

Emails are circulating on the Internet encouraging readers to sign a petition calling for the awarding of Purple Hearts to members of the military who were killed or wounded at the Fort Hood Attack of November 5, 2009
 

The Truth:

The petition is real and originated from Frontpagemag.com, a conservative political opinion site operated by David Horowitz.   Click for petition.

At the time of this writing, there is a
Fort Hood Victims and Families Benefits Protection Act (HR 625  and S. 316), which was introduced on both floors of the House of Representatives and Senate.  The bill includes a provision to award Purple Hearts to members of the military who were wounded or killed when suspected terrorist U.S.Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan turned his weapon on civilian employees and military members at Fort Hood in Texas.  It was introduced on February 10, 2011, went to the House Committee and was referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.   Text and status of this bill are posted on the Thomas Library of Congress.  Click here to read HR 625 / S. 316.

U.S. Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan is accused of having turned his weapon on civilian employees and military members at Fort Hood in Texas that resulted in the deaths of 13 people and wounding many others. He faces trial on the charges on March 5, 2012.

updated 1/24/12


A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

Dear Friend of Liberty,

Barack Obama has just done something truly disgraceful! He’s declared the 2009 Fort Hood massacre — where a radical Islamic terrorist killed 13 American soldiers and wounded 29 more — “work place violence,” not a terrorist attack.

This means that these men and women are denied the military medals they are due — like the Purple Heart — for their deaths or injuries during the attack by a radicalized Muslim combatant. The way I see it, these soldiers put their lives and their bodies in harm’s way in defense of our freedom. But instead of recognizing them as heroes, Obama is treating them like they are civil service employees who just happened to be in the way when a random accident occurred!

Once again, Obama has failed to recognize that radical Islamic terrorists have declared war on this nation and our armed forces — our first line of defense against their monstrous actions. That’s why the Freedom Center has launched a nationwide petition campaign demanding that the Fort Hood massacre be categorized as what it was — a terrorist attack — and that medals be awarded to those who suffered in battle that day.

Our goal is to collect 1 million signatures, so we need your help. Will you follow this link right now to sign the Purple Hearts for Fort Hood Heroes Petition?

My blood boils at the outrage of refusing to honor the men and women who suffered at the hands of an enemy of the United States. When the American naval base at Pearl Harbor was attacked by an enemy of our nation, 78 medals were awarded — including 16 Medals of Honor. After September 11, 2001, the military had to create a new award to recognize all of the heroism of the day. There is absolutely nothing different about the murderous attack at Fort Hood than at Pearl Harbor, the Pentagon, the World Trade Centers or the field in Pennsylvania — or IEDs blowing up our brave troops in Afghanistan!

The attacker, Nidal Malik Hasan, was an enemy combatant by every definition. He was also an Army Major who had given every indication to his superiors that he wasn’t to be trusted and worse, that he’d grown hostile and was plotting against America and our troops. On November 5, 2009, Hasan did what he had told anyone who would listen he was going to do: launch an assault on the men and women of Ft. Hood Army Base in Kileen, Texas. He killed 13 people and wounded 29 more.

The only difference between Nidal Malik Hasan and the 9/11 hijackers was the weapon he had available. If Hasan had had a bigger gun, a dirty bomb, you name it, he would have gladly used it that harrowing day. Yet the Obama Administration and the Pentagon still refuse to call this a battle zone! Why? Because Obama has bent over backwards to politically protect Muslims — even those sworn to destroy our nation. That’s why we so urgently need your help right this wrong.

Please follow this link right now to sign the Purple Hearts for Fort Hood Heroes Petition.

We both know this wasn’t “work place violence,” nor was it the action of a man angry with his co-workers. This was a premeditated act of aggression against United States’ servicemen and women by a man who Army officials confirmed plotted with known anti-American radicals here and in the Middle East. Not honoring these men and women for their actions that day is a horrible outrage — a disrespectful spit in the face of the 42 people whose blood was spilled by a man who openly admitted his hatred against our nation and a shameful slap down of the families — the husbands, wives, fathers, mothers and children of the dead and wounded.

I know the radical left hates our military, but this? How much pain can they inflict on the troops’ legacies, onto the hearts’ of the survivors and the families of these men and women? Enough is enough! Please join with me today and help the Freedom Center get 1,000,000 Americans to sign the Purple Hearts for Fort Hood Heroes Petition and demand Obama, Defense Secretary Leon Paneta, the Secretary of the Army, and all 535 members of Congress redress this deplorable action.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Sincerely,

David Horowitz
President & Founder