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November 20th, 2009
10:16 AM ET

Ft. Hood a 'terrorist attack'

On Thursday the Senate's Homeland Security Committee held the first public hearing on the Fort Hood shootings, which several senators called a "terrorist" attack.

Brian Jenkins was among those who testified. He's a terrorism analyst and senior adviser for the RAND corporation. He spoke to John Roberts on CNN's "American Morning" Friday.

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  1. diet coke forever

    Why are you all trying to act as psychologists explaining away the actions of this man ?
    He is a traitor, plain and simple.
    A murdering traitor who should be put up against a wall and shot as such.
    Emailing those who have violent designs against the country and flag which he swore to defend ?
    That is consorting with the enemy !
    What if it were a non-Muslim emailing radical militia groups that have vowed to fight government, would he have IMMEDIATELY been put in isolation and investigated ?

    November 21, 2009 at 11:05 pm |
  2. MIke Carter

    In 1994, a doctor at the USAF hospital at Fairchild AFB rattled off "do-you-mind-if-I-say-a-prayer-for-you?" (in that same pro forma tone an earlier generation would rattle off "do-you-mind-if-I-smoke?"). Before we could say anything, he took my wife's hands in his and started in begging Jesus to "free this woman from the trial of cancer" and continuing through several minutes of Evangelical prayer. We suggested we'd rather do our own praying, but thanked him for the gesture. We then sat through a pitch on why we should join his church, where incurable conditions are apparently healed every Thursday.

    At that point, we headed for the Hospital Commander's office, where we were told that he was aware of the Doctor's practice, but had been advised against "interfering" with any form of Fundamentalist Christian activity, since the Air Force Academy's (ultimately unsuccessful) attempt at preventing Fundamentalist Christians from distributing literature and otherwise proselytizing on Academy grounds was still under review.

    Over the years, reflecting a society where divisions are deeper than any I've ever seen and everyone seems to feel justified in screaming if they think they're not getting their share of the attention pie, it's gotten worse. In the 60's, we taught intercultural relations, affirmative action, etc. and we had some success. But suggest that the very existence of other faiths does not, in some unknown way, attack the very heart and soul of Fundamentalist Christianity? Nobody is going to risk that.

    The bulk of shootings, bombings, and other faith-based violence over the past five decades have been linked to Christian Fundamentalism. We aren't allowed to touch them, any more than the thousand or so admitted White Supremacists can't be eliminated from the Army.

    None of these acts, none of these groups, meet an reasonable definition of terrorism or terrorist, but if we are going to insist on using "terrorist" to describe Muslims, when can we use it to describe Christian preachers who call for the death of the President? How about the people who make all those cute "Psalm 109" items? How about secessionist groups that demand the dissolution of the Republic by force and violence?

    November 21, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  3. Mitchell

    My my Ted...remember you are talking about the "Messiah", the one the liberal/socilist so called mainstream press "anointed" as the savior of this country? Yeah right. I for one am not looking forward to living in a bankrupt and socolist country complements of the people currently in power and a press happy to support the party line. Wake up mindless sheep.

    November 21, 2009 at 2:43 pm |
  4. jim vicalvi

    obam won't admit to this. It might be another reason, one of many, for him to refuse his new medal.

    November 21, 2009 at 10:07 am |
  5. Ted

    That depends on who you ask, if you ask a liberal they will say no way, but if you ask any other person in this country they would say yes! Obama needs to step up to the plate and take responsibility for letting this happen on his watch! It was his agencies that investigated this man for terrorist activities and were to scared to stereotype this man! Not to mention the fact that Obama is the Commander in Chief and he has to be held responsible for this! Its time we stop walking on glass with the issue of race and religion in this country, it only puts our citizens at risk by panderinging to these groups! They use it to their advantage and its time we do the same! Everyone of the 9/11 scumbags were Muslim and they all came from the middle east! What part of that do we not understand? Make Muslims elsewhere stand up and do the right thing, if they choose not too then we need to stereotype these people in the name of keeping our citizens safe! Oh hay, how about closing that sponge of a border with Mexico to start with!

    November 20, 2009 at 12:20 pm |